Quotes from Composers
“I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to work with CMG Music to record the score of my film Ghosts of War. There are fewer elements more paramount to a horror thriller than its score. One always has high expectations and hopes for the musicians that will ultimately become the very mortar within the bricks of one’s haunted house. Your musicians knocked it out of the park. They sounded amazing and instantly made adjustments to every note that might have been thrown at them once we compared the score to picture inside the mixing room. I don’t know how they keep track of the many last-minute changes we would throw at them. It was also impressive how they could musically interpret a story note such as, “there’s a ghost entering the room, but he’s really small in frame and a bit out of focus.” On the very next take, I swear I could hear a small ghost enter the room because they were so great at translating an abstract thought into a musical inflection. And we even managed to finish ahead of time both days! Thank you so much for your wonderful sessions, Karen. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to bring all future work to your door!” – Eric Bress, Director
“Well what can I say? Thank you so much for all your very hard work making it a truly memorable and astonishingly successful session. The players were amazing, really world class and I would have no hesitation giving them a project of any size or complexity.” – Guy Michelmore, composer
“Thanks again for yesterday’s session! I love the results, already starting to do some of the mixing. And the players were excellent!” – George Shaw, composer
“I scored the documentary ‘The Grey Area’ and needed a string trio to record the music; Jennifer Walton was able to get me players including Karen Garrity, who performed the score beautifully. I work for Paul Buckley as an engineer and editor, and as we are planning a new studio buildout, I was eager to discover how we could utilize our recording capabilities outside of the shows we work on. I was glad to cross paths again with Jennifer and Karen when my friends let me know about the Collective Media Guild, and it made a lot of sense to involve a new studio with a new organization for L.A. scoring musicians. Paul and I had a very enjoyable discussion with Jennifer and Karen about the Guild, and we’re looking forward to working with them in the very near future.” – Eric Santiestevan, composer, engineer, editor
“Thanks soooooooo much for today. You were all spectacular. It couldn’t have been any better. Looking forward to the next one. It is fantastic that you were able to record 32 cues in under 3 hours!” – Name Witheld
“Last year, I scored a film called ‘What About Love’ with Andy Garcia and Sharon Stone. I wanted to get the best results I could so I thought of some incredible players that I wanted to record. When I realized it meant dealing with the AFM, that thought quickly vanished. I thought about doing it abroad and then a colleague recommended Jennifer Biggs Walton. I can’t tell you how easy it was doing it with her and Karen Garrity. They really did an incredible job. We got really wonderful musicians and I, as well as the director were more than pleased with the results!” – Pieter Schlosser, composer
“Hi Karen, likewise, it was lovely meeting you and Jennifer. I can’t remember the last time any player or contractor sat down with me and said, “We want to be part of helping you find solutions.” The proactivity and positive vibe are a breath of fresh air. Nice to meet some people working to make it happen. Hopefully LA can turn around soon.” – Christopher Wong, Composer
“Thank you for sending the proposal and your effort to make it work. I’ve already asked the director to add “Soundtrack recorded by Collective Media Guild in Hollywood” to the end credit:) We are proud to have you playing our project.” – Tao Liu, Composer
“Hi Karen. Great to meet you today at the Think Space session and a big congrats on your new orchestra venture. Great orchestra. I’m sure the word will get around and you will be very busy. Thinking about what you said to the orchestra about bringing more live musicians to enhance or replace midi. Another angle that is sometimes overlooked is how great some of the classic TV shows sound with even a small group of live musicians. A good composer can get a lot out of 5 or 10 players. Gunsmoke or Twilight Zone come to mind. Maybe that could be the new fresh retro sound of Hollywood someday rather than another synth score.” – Name Withheld
“Nothing can describe how deeply special our day was recording the original score for DEBRIS, a short film that I wrote and directed as a Fellow with Film Independent Project Involve. On behalf of all the filmmakers with DEBRIS we could not be more happy with the musical artists who gathered around to create a deeply affecting score for our film. Ayana Haviv brought the recording room to tears with her other-worldly voice. Karen Garrity supported her with a heartbreaking cello performance that took our breath away. Les Brockmann recorded and mixed it ensuring their artistry would sing when married to image. And Nicolas Repetto wrote and led us through a stunning musical score that now will be etched forever into cinema. Our heartfelt thanks. Welcome to the DEBRIS family. Our little film with a big heart.” – Mary-Lyn Chambers, Director
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