PBS approached Flavorlab Score to create a custom music package for their “Best of Indies” series, highlighting the best independent documentaries released through PBS. Jeffrey Hughes, Creative Services Director for PBS, asked for underlying theme music that could be adapted to fit the aesthetic of each documentary showcased. In this way, the music is the glue helping to unify the works together into a cohesive final product.
“Flavorlab Score was more than up to the challenge of providing music for the “PBS Previews THE BEST OF PBS INDIES” show. The opening theme had to represent six very different independent films, from the profound and irreverent, to the shocking and inspiring. Then Flavorlab’s team created variations on the opening theme to match each of the films, all with distinct approaches, nuances, instrumentations, and timings. The results were a group of organic, unifying tracks that helped maintain the flow and energy of the show, and that gave PBS and our lineup of outstanding independent films a unique showcase.”
-Jeffrey Hughes (PBS Creative Services Director)
Erik Blicker and Glenn Schloss of Flavorlab Score started by composing a memorable theme that could be adapted to be both fun and serious. Then molded this foundation to reflect the individual stories being presented. A key method Erik and Glenn used to create these adaptations was orchestration, writing and recording in-house with regional acoustic instruments like Nylon and Slide guitars. The final result was six organic, varying soundscapes tied together through their melodic commonality. Erik reflects on his experience with the project: “We absolutely love working with producer Jeffrey Hughes. He possesses the rare talent of understanding music and making suggestions to improve the structure and impact of the show package music.” Flavorlab looks forward to continuing its partnership with PBS for years to come.