Designing Music NOW
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Designing Music Now is an online magazine by composers for composers. It is a central destination and a portal for all things related to composing music for video games and interactive media. It is a resource dedicated to the art and techniques of composing music, with the aim of sharing that information and knowledge in an open and collaborative manner. We see it as a way to create a community of composers who can support one another in our craft.
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Ep. 19 video - Composer Rob Kolar
It has been called the Renaissance of Television with such fantastic shows as Game of Thrones, Veep, and Breaking Bad. Each year, amazing new series arrive to occupy our minds and cause us to binge watch on stream-able services like Netflix, Amazon, and HBO NOW. Enter, The Detour, starring Jason Jones and co-written by Samantha Bee on TBS. This road trip comedy in the vein of a twisted Vacation narrative required special music, and the director of the pilot, Steve Pink (of High Fidelity and Hot Tub Time Machine fame), knew that. He was a fan of the band "He's My Brother, She's My Sister" and so he emailed Rob Kolar, co-founder of the group along with his sister Rachel and his wife, Lauren.
According to Rob, this email could not have come at a better time, as it was a difficult time in his life professionally and financially. After a very successful first season, Rob has been tapped to score the new season of The Detour and also has a new band that he is taking on the road this summer called "The Kolars."
Rob's unique original songs have been featured in many hit series such as Showtime’s award-winning drama “Homeland,” ABC’s Golden Globe nominated “American Crime,” the comedy series “Community,” FOX’s “New Girl,”and CBS’s top-rated, critically acclaimed comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” as well as several more.
Fun fact: Rob is the grandson of iconic British actor Robert Shaw, known for pivotal roles such as Captain Quint in the classic thriller, “Jaws"
I was instantly attracted to Rob's music for its innate cinematic character. Some of my favorite bands such as Nick Cage, Tom Waits and Lou Reed all come to mind as I listen to his eclectic and eccentric take on life and the road. He claims inspiration from bands such as Pavement, Spoon, and Wilco as well as Psychadelic bands such as Syd Barret. As a live act, his bands glow with originality and character, with a hint of the theatrical in all the performances I have seen on YouTube. His new band, "The Kolars" is on tour this summer - see below for the tour dates and get out and see them if you can!
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Date published: 2015-10-15