A lot is going on as we get into spring 2009. Here is some commentary on what we have done so far, what we are doing now, and what we will be doing soon:
FSM Get-Together in L.A.:
The weekend of May 30-31 (the weekend after Memorial Day) will have (at least) two FSM-related events in Los Angeles.
Saturday, May 30th we will have our second annual get-together tentatively scheduled for 2-4PM at Private Island Trax in Hollywood. (They are one of the mixing facilities we use to make our CDs; they are at the Crossroads of the World complex, 6671 Sunset Blvd, Suite 1550, Hollywood CA 90028—enter the parking lot from Las Palmas.) This will be an informal opportunity to meet your fellow FSMers and let me hear the sound of my own voice as I answer questions about how we make our CDs, give hints if not outright revelations of upcoming projects, and host special guests. What special guests?
Ta-da! Craig Spaulding and Ed Dennis from Screen Archives Entertainment will be traveling from rural Virginia to L.A. to meet you all IN PERSON. Can you believe it? How many of us have ordered from Craig over the last two or three decades yet never met him? Here’s your chance! Try not to be alarmed by his superfluous third nipple.
What else will we do? Whatever we want! I encourage everyone from other labels, as well as composers, agents, lackeys and other professionals reading this, to show up and we can have a freewheeling conversation about film music that will be loads more interesting than some dreadful panel you might attend at a film festival.
Last year’s get-together was a lot of fun and I look forward to doing it again. In case you are wondering: this is a FREE event. Everybody is welcome!
Sunday, May 31st we are going to be one of the participating labels at a CD signing at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California. This is so that people actually traveling to Los Angeles for the Saturday event have more than one thing to do on the weekend. (Craig and Ed will be leaving Sunday morning but there were some people who couldn’t do Saturday but can do Sunday…so this way we make more chances for people to meet each other.)
Already confirmed is Michael Giacchino who will be signing his Star Trek CD released by Varèse Sarabande. Please visit Dark Delicacies for their address as well as updates of confirmed guests and signing policies. FSM as well as La La Land will be trying to gather as many of our composers as we can (a harder task for FSM unless someone out there knows a medium) and we will post confirmations as we get them.
If you are traveling to L.A. for this event and want a place to stay, there is a Travel Lodge on Hollywood Way in Burbank, CA 818-845-2408 not far from Dark Delicacies. (“Not a fancy place but is clean” is the endorsement.) Private Island Trax is “over the hill” in Hollywood and you would need to carpool or take a bus; see the thread on the board.
We will make an attempt to record if not broadcast over the Internet the event on Saturday. How, I’m not sure yet. Indy is making this up as we go.
Finally…I said “at least” two events because I would encourage people to organize or suggest other activities for FSMers to do maybe Saturday night or Sunday morning—whether it’s a movie or a brunch somewhere, I’m happy to publicize it. I created the fanzine that became FSM in 1990 as a teenager because I was annoyed that I could not find people in the world with which to discuss a form of music I liked. The easiest, most rewarding and cheapest thing we can do together is simply meet each other and talk. I have attended more than a few Star Trek conventions, autograph shows and Comic Cons in my time and always been disappointed at how commercial they have become—people herded along like cattle to buy crap they don’t need. I’ve also attended academic conferences with topics of interest only to likeminded androids. This is our event and there’s no reason it can’t be informal, fun and entertaining, and populated by humans, not consumption machines.
Thank you for making Twilight Zone: The Movie a “hit.” We like hits. (How has your recession been? Not fun for us.) The first four months of 2009 have seen the release of projects that were very exciting for us, some of which we initiated years ago (really! I think I licensed Inside Daisy Clover in 2005). In fact, we started them when the economy was good, which is why in rapid succession we released the David Raksin collection (five discs), Mandel collection (three discs), Inside Daisy Clover (two discs) and Dr. Kildare (three discs). Whew! Things have truly changed in film music collecting—ten years ago it was “why isn’t this out? And this? And that?” Now it’s “I don’t have enough money to buy it all!” We are sensitive to this and a little torn…but what should we do, not release them? We’re going to continue releasing all the great scores we can, and hopefully people can buy them over time.
To this end: Expect the next three FSM CDs to be one score apiece, $19.95 apiece, and two of them are expansions of Warner Bros. Records LPs. They are not as earth-shattering as Twilight Zone, but they are quality scores, now complete (or nearly so) and in terrific sound, probably to be released over the course of May. Oh, here’s a hint! The two WB Records LPs (by different composers) were both orchestrated by Shuken and Hayes…think about who those two worked for, then check the WB Records catalog and you might find our titles.
We do have one CD scheduled for this summer that if anything will be MORE sexy than Twilight Zone: The Movie. A real Holy Grail that has been released before, but never complete. You can try to guess but you will only drive yourself crazy. In fact it’s so “hot” we’re going to pay the re-use fees for the unreleased music so it will be, like The Omega Man 2.0, an “unlimited” edition. (I don’t like these feeding frenzies either…people should buy things because they want to listen to them, not because they are afraid of missing out!) I predict that someone will be able to guess this, but it will be so intermixed with wrong guesses, it won’t be useful. Sorry to drive you crazy but you know you love it.
The redesign and improvements continue. I am very pleased with our bloggers and how well their posts are inspiring conversation on the message board. Also our CD catalog is now more searchable and sortable than ever, and we’ve added pictures and mini-bios for almost all of our composers.
Next up for redesign is FSM Online. Expect full searchability of backissues, online and print. I don’t want to say any more as this is Jon and Tim’s thing but subscribers will be pleased, and those of you who are not subscribers will be newly intrigued by what you are missing.
Podcasts will be coming back as well. Yay!