Universal Publishing Production Music’s (UPPM) label, BBC Production Music, has launched the BBC Orchestral Toolkit, offering media professionals the ability to re-create the BBC custom music score sound from their own editing suites.
Created by UPPM composers Marten Joustra and Andy Blythe, the BBC Orchestral Toolkit allows an editor to construct bespoke soundtracks for their picture using music in a production-friendly format. The toolkit is designed to make the composition process easier by supplying its 4,000 elements in a way that enables them to be joined together quickly. This open-ended project will see more tracks added to its catalogue in the future.
Features of the toolkit include: fifty orchestral tracks, each presented in its entirety and split sequentially along their timelines into their constituent sections; scores for pictures, giving editors the ability to build a dynamic score that follows pictures, either by restructuring existing musical passages, constructing new ones, or by creating a free-time orchestral sound collage; and a labelling system designed to make it easy to find suitable cues to set the tone and pace. The Toolkit is available to download or supplied on a USB stick that works with MAC or PC, on software including Final Cut and Avid.
Dominic Walker, director, BBC Radio & Music commented: “The BBC Production Music label features prestigious orchestras, composers and soundtracks from programmes such as Human Planet,Desperate Romantics, Rome, Living Planet and many others, allowing users to create productions with big and amazing filmic sound.”
Commenting on the toolkit, Gary Gross, worldwide president, UPP, added: “We are always looking for creative ways to help our clients make their jobs easier, without sacrificing quality, and with the BBC Orchestral Toolkit we really believe we’ve accomplished this again. While there is no substitute for a custom score in your production, the BBC Orchestral Toolkit comes as close as possible to having an orchestra at your fingertips.”