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Finalists Announced for 2016 International Music+Sound Awards


MAS_2016_Master_SquarelogoFollowing close scrutiny from a distinguished International jury, The International Music+Sound Awards announce the finalists for 2016’s global competition.

In their fifth year of celebrating the highly skilled craftsmanship in music and sound within the media, The Music+Sound Awards serve to highlight the extraordinary talents and achievements of those involved in these industries, providing a platform to hold aloft the best of the best.

Managing Director, Emma Maguire, has this to say,

“We’re delighted to acknowledge the exceptional work from around the world shortlisted this year. There was no shortage of inspirational entries and we’re thrilled at the increased reach we appear to have achieved.  We congratulate all nominees and hope they feel proud that their work has endured such rigorous inspection from our brilliantly accomplished jury!  We wish them the best of luck.”

The jury this year included distinguished industry figureheads, Mary Ramos, Music Supervisor (all Tarantino’s movies),Rani Vaz, Director of Music at BBDO, New York, Eric David Johnson, Music Supervisor at McCann, New York, Thomas Jamois, Music Supervisor at Creaminal, Paris, composer Joe Kraemer (Mission: Impossible 5, Jack Reacher) and Sound Mixer, Adrian Bell (Everest).

Music+Sound Awards’ juror and sound designer, Will Cohen at String and Tins in London, says,

“I think The Music+Sound Awards are vital – they are judged by people who understand the amount of craft and detail that goes into a piece, and they tend to recognise work irrespective of the brand or the visual idea. They also bring many different corners of the industry together – it’s an incredible showcase for what the music and sound world has to offer.”

Winners will be announced at 4pm (GMT) on Thursday 14th July via the Awards’ Twitter feed, @MASawards.

For more details, visit


Best Original Composition in Broadcast Advertising
–       Peter Raeburn, Luis Almau, Ben Castle at Soundtree Music for Wieden + Kennedy London’s Lurpak Freestyle
–       Will Cohen at String and Tins for BBH London’s Audi RS3 Birth
–       Nate Connelly at Mutant Jukebox for Wieden + Kennedy London’s Honda Feeling
–       Glenn Cunningham at Song Zu, Sydney for Leo Burnett Sydney’s Samsung UHD Another World Awaits
–       Kerry Smith at Marmoset, USA for Wieden + Kennedy Portland’s Old Spice Truce
–       Alex Baranowski at SIREN for Wieden + Kennedy London’s Finish Dishes

Best Original Composition in Online, Viral + Ambient Advertising
–       Banjo Music, Barcelona for Teresa Helbig The Charm
–       Mark Tewarson at Amber Music, New York for Anomaly’s Johnnie Walker Blue Label Gentleman’s Wager 11
–       Daniele Carmosino at DanCa, Barcelona for Bose Music is my Language
–       Amon Tobin at Just Isn’t Music, London for Peugeot Fractal Concept Car
–       Laurent Petitgand at 2AM London for Publicis 133, Paris’ Persol Cellor Series Sunglasses Vai, Paparazzo!
–       Jamie Masters at Adelphoi Music London for Nike / Footlocker The Art of Flight

Best Original Composition in a Feature Film Score
–       Maurizio Malagnini / Dreamscores Ltd for Peter and Wendy
–       Matija Strnisa for The Power That Remains
–       Ed Scolding / W Songs for Mile End
–       Atti Pacsay at Art FM Bt. for Fever at Dawn
–       Nainita Desai & Malcolm Laws at Soundology for The Confessions of Thomas Quick
–       Atti Pacsay at Art FM Bt. for The Carer

Best Original Composition in a Television Programme Score
–       Harry Escott / SonyATV Music Publishing for River
–       Christian Henson / Air-Edel for The Go-Between
–       Vince Pope at Beetroot for The Gamechangers
–       Debbie Wiseman for Wolf Hall
–       David Arnold & Michael Price / Harswood Films for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
–       Miguel d’Oliveira at Audio Beatroot for Joanna Lumley’s Transsiberian Adventure

Best Original Composition in a Short Film Score
–      Tatev Yeghiazaryan for One Man, Eight Cameras
–       Simon Smith + Sasha Agranov at Bcnsound for The Guardian
–       Jon Clarke at SIREN for Before The Night
–       Nicolai Krepart at Bitte wählen, Germany for The Fantastic Love of Beeboy and Flowergirl
–       Radium Audio for Gravity
–       Gavin Keese, Sherri Chung at Flying Man Productions, USA, for Sing For Your Supper

Best Original Composition in Trailers + Promos
–       Luigi Pulcini for the Deserted trailer
–       Dean Valentine for the Captain America: Civil War trailer
–       Nick Crofts at Soviet Science Music for the Eagle Vision trailer
–       Tobias Jesso Jr / Universal Music Publishing for the Man from U.N.C.L.E trailer
–       Trills & Sean Redmond / Elephant Music for the ‘Suffragette’ trailer
–       Tapani Siirtola / Pusher LLC for the Daredevil Season 2 trailer

Best Original Composition in Branding + Idents
–       Alex Baranowski at SIREN for RKCR/Y&R London’s BBC1 Christmas Sprout Boy
–       Johannes Lehniger + Holger Schuhmann at Why Do Birds GmbH for Kolle Rebbe GmbH Germany’s Bundesagentur für Arbeit The Sound of Work
–       Rich Martin + Josh Arcoleo at ENVY for Blue and Yellow Channel 4 Ident
–       Lank & Tank at Bucks Music Group London for BT Sport
–       David Johnston, Tom Gilbert at Echoic Audio for Canal+ Sport’s Channel Rebrand 2015
–       Ivan Llopis at Banjo Music for MOVISTAR+, Madrid’s Idents for TV Channel #0

Best Sync in Broadcast Advertising
–      Platinum Rye / Great Guns for Saatchi&Saatchi London’s Pampers Wipes Pooface – Strauss ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’
–       Universal Music Publishing / Tom Stanford at Platinum Rye for adam&eveDDB London’s John Lewis Insurance – Elton John Tiny Dancer
–       Pete Raeburn at Soundtree Music London for FCB Inferno’s Sport England – This Girl Can ‘Get Ur Freak On’
–       Andy Stafford at Big Sync Music for LOLA MullenLowe London’s Magnum Release The Beast
–       Ann-Marie Atkins and Tim Miles at Warner Music UK for Joint’s Amazon Prime – Sonny & Cher ‘Little Man’-       Alexandre Rabia / Raphael Fruchard at The for DDB Paris’ Volkswagen & FFF Sunday Morning

Best Sync in Online, Viral + Ambient Advertising
–       Alexandre Rabia at The for DDB Paris’ Dons d’organes (Organ Donation)
–       Big Sync Music for Samsung Gear Circle On My Way
–       Jesper Gadeberg / Big Sync Music for LOLA MullenLowe London’s Magnum Be True To Your Pleasure
–       Ben Sumner + Glenn Herweijer / Feel For Music for the Just Cause 3 Firestarter trailer
–       Marcus Brooke-Smith + Daniel Altendorff at Platinum Rye / Universal Publishing Production Music for TBWA\London’s Coco de Mer – X – Count de Money ‘Wired Up’
–       Justin Andree at Adelphoi Music for Saatchi&Saatchi London’s HSBC – Rugby 7s The Descent

Best Sync in a Feature Film (single scene)
–      Ninja Tune / Just Isn’t Music for Selma – Fink ‘Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us’
–      Nimrod Productions Ltd for Final Girl – The King Street Majors ‘The Devil and the Duke’
–       Rich Robinson, Warner Music Supervision for Kill Your Friends – The Prodigy ‘Smack My Bitch Up’
–       Rich Robinson, Warner Music Supervision for Kill Your Friends – Radiohead ‘Karma Police’

Best Sync in Trailers + Promos
–       Joe Hackman / InSync + BemisBalkind / Pusher LLC for the Spotlight trailer – Lawless feat. Sydney Wayser ‘Dear God’ (XTC Cover)
–       Sky UK Ltd for Sky News ‘General Affection’ – Marvin Gaye ‘Let’s Get It On’
–       Sam Cryer and Mark Lautman / Intermission Films for the Amy Teaser trailer – Amy Winehouse ‘Back to Black’ and Cliff Martinez ‘I Drive’
–       Michael Kurtz + Joe Hackman at Cutting Edge Group / InSync PLUS for the Equals Trailer – Ben Lam feat. Tiffany Haines ‘Comets’
–       Mike Lynn at Open Road Entertainment / Pusher LLC for the Mad Max: Fury Road – Superhuman ‘Street Spirit’ (Radiohead cover)
–       Ninja Tune / Just Isn’t Music for The Hateful 8 trailer – The Heavy ‘Same Ol’

Best Sound Design in a Feature Film
–       Steve Fanagan and Niall Brady at Ardmore Sound, Ireland, for Room
–       Steve Bond for Nina Forever
–       Adam Scrivener at Rue 21 Productions for Roger Waters The Wall
–       Johnnie Burn at Wave Studios for The Lobster
–       Glen Gathard at Pinewood Studios for Kill Your Friends

Best Sound Design in a Short Film
–       Slava Pogorelsky for Table for Two
–       Radium Audio for Gravity
–       Brett Foxwell, Ryan Mauk, Chris Vibberts + Andrew Poole Todd at bfophoto USA for Fabricated
–       Colin Alexander / New Media Ltd / Wild Choir, New York for Night Stalker
–       Enos Desjardins for Food For Thought
–       Sam Ashwell and Sam Robson at 750mph for H Positive

Best Sound Design in a TV Programme
–       Boom Box Post, USA, for The Lion Guard
–       Boom Box Post, USA, for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
–       Coda-Cola, London, for Messy Goes to Okido
–       Chris Maclean and Matthew Brace at Lucky Cat Post Production, London for Inside No.9
–       Toby Griffin at Gramercy Park Studios, London for BBC F1 Titles 2015
–       Oliver Davis / We Write Music / th1ng, London for The Simpsons – Couch Gag

Best Sound Design in Trailers + Promos
–       Sons of Pythagoras at Red Shift, London for Everest trailer
–       Alvaro Iglesias at Movistar+, Madrid for Mad Max Movistar+ trailer
–       Russell Bradley at Scramble, London for Sinister
–       Box of Toys / SATV Publishing, London for GAA 2015 Launch – Closer to the Detail
–       Anthony Moore & Phil Bolland at Factory, London for The Outsider trailer
–       Rob Baker at SNK Studios, London for NBC Universal Halloween
–       Creative Assembly Ltd, London for Total War: WARHAMMER trailer

For a complete list of finalists and jurors plus further information, visit

About The Music+Sound Awards
The Music+Sound Awards were the world’s first awards programme to recognise and celebrate the indispensable role and outstanding contribution that music and sound design play in the world of visual media, and are the only global awards programme to cover the full range of music and sound design disciplines.

Aimed at professionals working in advertising, film and television (branding and programming), the awards are open to anyone who is or has been involved in the creation, composition, sourcing, licensing, briefing and / or production of music and sound design in the media broadcast or released globally.

The awards categories have been created to include the widest possible use of music and sound in visual media. They invite entries from television and cinema commercials, non-broadcast or viral advertising, branding and title sequence, feature and short films and television programmes.  Each of these areas will be judged for: best original composition, best sound design, best sync / use of existing music, best re-record / adaptation and best use of production music.


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