WE LIKE TO WORK
ORIGINAL MUSIC PRODUCTION
Belmont, MA- Douglas Stevens, Charles "Kook" Lawry, and Ed Grenga are the recipients of the 2023 ASCAP Screen Music Awards for the top rated television series, This Old House on PBS. While working at Handsome Brothers Music in Somerville, the trio were approached by Director, David Vos to create music toolkits for Editors, Mike Svirsky, Gary Stephenson, and Adam Bush.
Over the years, they composed hundreds of acoustic rock beds that supported the various process videos on the show spanning multiple home locations, renovations and repairs.
They also compose and produce music for Ask This Old House.
Ed and Doug traveled to West Hollywood and attended the ceremony which was held at an intimate, invitation only celebration at the Sunset Marquis on May 16.
ED & DOUG LAUNCH NEW BOUTIQUE PRODUCTION
Belmont, MA- After years of providing music and production services to the video, film, and television industry, and to Fortune 500 companies, composer/producer, Ed Grenga and writer/producer, Doug Stevens are pleased to announce that KOZMIC DEBRIS LLC, their new, boutique production library, is now live!
The KOZMIC DEBRIS library is made for the content producer who wants more than the typical “inside the box” soundtrack.
“Most KD tracks are hard to classify and are emotionally complex,” describes Grenga. ”All tell a story, evoke an image, set a mood,
and sometimes do all three simultaneously. Being storytellers ourselves, we tend to imagine the kind of story we’re telling each time we sit down and immerse ourselves into a new composition.”
The pair are no strangers to producing original music that functions in a variety of mediums.
“In the past, we’ve licensed thousands of music compositions to larger, more established production music libraries.”, reveals Stevens. “Watching and studying the trends, we decided now is the time to launch and offer our own brand of
Most KD tracks have alternate mixes and stems. Many titles were composed as big themes, but using the stems allows the editor to create custom-sounding scores. The elements can be broken up and peppered into and out of scenes, allowing you to build slowly to the main theme, or just have a common thread throughout the program without sounding repetitive.
Although Ed and Doug still offer custom music scoring and song production, they hope KOZMIC DEBRIS music will be a valued alternative resource that satisfies the demands of editors and producers
at a reduced cost.
STUDIO RECORDING, EDIT,
PRODUCTION, MIX, MASTER
I had the transformative experience of spending two-plus years recording and producing, "Saving Judy Pocketbook; An Inspirational Story of Survival and Healing from Childhood Abuse", an audio play written and performed by author,
Originally written as a "verse memoir", this one-woman play tells the story of a traumatized girl who courageously survives her childhood abuse to emerge determined
to heal and thrive—committed to living a creative, joyous, and
The author bears witness to the emotional and physical pain she endured as a young child from her father's abuse—all the while assuming the role (abdicated by her mother) of protecting her beloved younger siblings from their father's sickness and cruelty.
In addition, she discusses the effect of this trauma on both her childhood and adult relationships, the challenges she faced during her long abuse recovery (especially, the difficulty of recovering her buried memories after traumatic amnesia), and the effect of her childhood trauma on her adult life. Readers are encouraged to listen to children when they share truthful accounts of their abuse —desperate in their almost unimaginable suffering—and to support adult survivors as they fight to reclaim their lives.
Linda was a perfectionist in the studio and as time went on, adopted and mastered advanced recording techniques that brought a magical quality to the final audio production.
Music by New Age Pianist and Composer, David Tolk
Visit Linda’s website at https://www.judypocketbook.com/
LIVE RECORDING, EDIT,
PRODUCTION, MIX, MASTER
Occasionally an audio project comes along that is truly special. One that stimulates my interest, but also excites my funnybone. “Fetch This!”, a new CD and digital recording by comic, Paul D’Angelo, does both.
Paul hired me to record two live shows at the Foster Country Club, in Foster, Rhode Island in late November 2019, and then edit and master the performances for a new CD and digital release.
Both shows were sold out. Friday’s show was a hit and the audience roared with laughter. But when Paul showed up on Saturday, he was even more fired up and focused, and performed with a precision that I’ve rarely seen or heard.
(And I’ve been to and produced hundreds of comedy shows.)
His timing was right on, his facial expressions and body language perfectly descriptive, and his delivery was meticulous. A woman in the audience came up to me after the Saturday show and said, “I was watching you. You really enjoyed the show! I’ve never seen anyone laugh so hard.”. I said, “I know! And I was here last night!”
Here’s how I set up and recorded the shows. I placed microphones to the left and right side of the stage facing the audience and recorded those in stereo. I aimed one shotgun mic right down the middle from the center of the stage. Paul wore a lavalier mic on his shirt, and I took a mono feed off the PA head. 5 tracks in all. My intent was to put the listener in the audience so they could hear and experience the full effect of the laughter with stereo imaging.
And there was plenty of laughter!
Paul killed! Hear for yourself!
“Fetch This!” by Paul D’Angelo can be heard on Pandora and Spotify and downloaded at iTunes, amazon, and cdbaby.
And be sure to visit Paul’s website at https://www.pdangelo.com/
BioCatch presents, "Digital Tells",
a podcast about cybercrime and financial fraud, and how Behavioral Biometrics identifies the tells that tip the hands of cybercriminals – and flip the tables on fraudsters.
Your host, Peter Beardmore, talks with industry leaders and experts, and explores the origins of behavioral biometrics, and the application of innovative tech to expose account take overs, new-account fraud, social engineering scams, and mule activity.
Music by Ed Grenga
a BioCatch Podcast
can be heard wherever you
listen to podcasts,
or at the following links.
Episode #1- Discovering Behavioral Biometrics
Episode #2- Facing Account Takeover Fraud
Episode #3- Detecting Account Opening Fraud
Episode #4- Falling Victim To Scams
Episode #5- Are You A Mule?
Episode #6- Market Opportunities For Behavioral Biometrics https://www.biocatch.com/podcast/episode-6
HEAR ALL THE EPISODES AT-
THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF BABAR AND HARIS SULEMAN AND THEIR JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD
An award-winning film
Directed & Produced by
Beth Murphy and Amina Chaudary
On June 19, 2014, Babar and Haris Suleman– a father-son pilot team – began the adventure of a lifetime – a round-the-world trip to fulfill their own dream and inspire
the dreams of others.
A tragic crash during their journey ended their lives, but not their mission. In this remarkable and inspiring story, we come to know the Suleman family as they search for meaning – not in death, but in the way Babar and Haris lived.
List of full awards as of 11/12
*WINNER* Best Documentary Feature Film, Sweden Film Awards
*WINNER* Best Documentary Film, Golden Gate International Film Festival
*WINNER* Best Documentary Film Honorable Mention, Los Angeles Film Awards
*WINNER* Jury Selection Best Documentary Film, Port Blair International Film Festival
*WINNER* Best Director Honorable Mention, American Golden Picture International Film Festival
*WINNER* Best Documentary Gold, Virgin Spring Cinefest
*WINNER* Best Inspiration Film, New York Film Awards
*FINALIST* Florence Film Awards
*FINALIST* New Cinema Film Festival
*Semi-Finalist* Chicago Indie Awards
*Award of Merit* The IndieFest Film Awards
*Official Selection* Montreal Independent Film Festival
*Official Selection* Hollywood Gold Awards
*Official Selection* Venice Film Awards
*Official Selection* Gold Star Movie Awards
Premiered on NOVA
For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilna was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title “Jerusalem of the North” until World War II, when the Nazis murdered about 95% of its Jewish population and reduced its synagogues and cultural institutions to ruins. The Soviets finished the job, paving over the remnants of Vilna’s famous Great Synagogue so thoroughly that few today know it ever existed.
Now, an international team of archaeologists is trying to rediscover this forgotten world, excavating the remains of its Great Synagogue and searching for proof of one of Vilna’s greatest secrets: a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a horrific Nazi execution site.
directed by Paula S. Apsell
and Kirk Wolfinger
edited by Rob Kirwan
music by Ed Grenga
visit the program website-
MedPEP, the Medical Professionals Empowerment Program, is a podcast series created and sponsored by Physician Health Services (PHS), a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being and effectiveness of physicians and medical students. Regulations, technology, organizational complexity, and the explosion of medical knowledge have created a perfect storm for most practicing health professionals. Physician burnout rates now exceed 50%.
MedPEP’s star, Dr. Marie Curious, is a young, primary care internist who has started to fantasize about leaving the profession that she loves. On her MedPEP journey, Marie joins Dr. Les Schwab and a group of specialized physicians, coaches, and other experts, who offer a broad range of practical techniques to help her survive and thrive in today’s tough medical environment. The territory they cover includes nutrition, exercise, getting along with difficult colleagues, dealing with bureaucracy and bosses, multi-tasking, system improvement, meditation, and addiction. The MedPEP journey helps Marie, and other health professionals facing similar challenges, gain insight into practical methods for empowering themselves as well as their teams, employers, and the broken system.
The American Kennel Club and Powderhouse Productions produced a series of short videos describing the physical traits and behaviors of 20 select breeds. The videos will educate dog lovers and families and help them decide which breed is best for them.
Here is a link to the Boston Terrier. https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/boston-terrier/.
Visit the AKC website at akc.org to view more of the videos. Joel Olicker of Powderhouse wrote and produced the videos, David Vos directed, Cathy Kleckner was Production Manager, Douglas Stevens provided the sound design and mix, and Chris Vallencourt narrated the segments.
The select breeds produced are Doberman, Yorkshire Terrier, Beagle, Boston Terrier, Great Dane, Chihuahua, Boxer, Brittany, Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Miniature Schnauzer,
Havanese, Mastiff, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Bernese Mountain Dog, Shih Tzu, Bulldog, Siberian Husky, and Shetland Sheepdog.
Check out a great new book, GLAD FARM: A Memoir that I recorded with the author, Catherine Marenghi for Audible!
Catherine bares her personal account of growing up in a one room farmhouse with no plumbing. Her American story of renewal and reinvention is rich with imagery as seen through the eyes of a studious, little red-haired girl who keeps her family life hidden from her schoolmates.
Driven, she emerges from poverty to become a successful journalist, able to buy her family a decent house.
But it doesn't end there.
Long, buried family secrets surface over time and she learns how her family was coldly betrayed and uncovers the truth behind her parents long kept silent history.
You witness life through each subtle emotion and feeling in every chapter.
MUSIC & SOUND MIX
Harvey Bravman, the director of
"Soul Witness", was on Radio Boston October 7 discussing his film with
WBUR host, Tiziana Dearing.
In the 1990s, the town of Brookline recorded the stories of dozens of Holocaust survivors. For decades, tapes of those interviews were locked up and forgotten in a storage closet. Filmmaker Bravman rescued more than 80 hours of those stories, and made them into a documentary called "Soul Witness: The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project." I repaired the audio and provided the sound mix and was music consultant for the film. (soulwitness.org)
On Sept. 18, 2019, I attended the 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
The event featured a 35-minute film that documented the history of how the Coolidge Corner Cinema was saved from the wrecking ball in 1989.
Since 1933, the Coolidge Corner Theatre has been showing the best classic, foreign, indie, & midnight cult films.
290 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
REPAIR, & MIX
Soul Witness, The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project is a work-in-progress documentary written, directed and produced by R. Harvey Bravman. The film is based on over 80 hours of interviews of local survivors conducted by Lawrence Langer, one of the world's foremost authorities on Holocaust testimonies. The tapes ended up in a metal closet for over 25 years. The film contains some of the most epic and noble thoughts seen on screen. Besides bringing attention to genocide and the Holocaust, the film is about racism, intolerance, as well as the refugee and immigrant experience.
The film has sold out in numerous venues and is being screened in limited release throughout New England and in select theaters across America.
produced + directed by Harvey Bravman
co-produced + edited by Rob Kirwan
associate editor- Danielle Myers
music theme by Ed Grenga
see trailer here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ej7jnrtI_0
What happens when your life comes to a screeching halt?
Second Start is a podcast that explores how people face monumental change, overcome obstacles, and restart midlife. Hosted by Joel Olicker.
For 20 years, Joel built and nurtured a successful TV production company. A healthy, home-owning family man in a happy marriage and career, he felt fulfilled. Then, the television industry changed, leaving him, and his company, out of work. Ensuing debt, stress, and health issues left Joel forced to confront big questions of change. But, he knew he wasn’t alone.
Americans in their midlife are experiencing discontent like never before. Second Start explores fascinating moments of difficult change in the lives of mature adults, with host and producer Joel Olicker narrating his own experience charting a new path forward in real time, and interviewing others confronting the big question of “What now?”
with WBUR host, Anthony Brooks
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman has lived a fascinating life. He grew up in Boston, and learned first hand about the challenges of life on the streets. He also became lead singer in a major pop band.
More recently, he was the Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University, and is now the Muslim Imam for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.
Abdur-Rahman is also host of the podcast "Exconversations," which features conversations with ex-offenders who are out of prison and trying to restart their lives.
TARIQ'S CUBE, a film directed by Amina Chaudary, follows Tariq Ali into the world of speed-cubing as he comes to terms with personal tragedy and a complex multiracial identity as a young Muslim from Boston.
The film was part of The Boston Globe Documentary Series and will air the week of October 14, 2019 on PBS at 9 pm EST.
Check out another great book, Cardinal Days: A Coming-Of-Age Memoir, that I recorded with the author, Susan Eyre Coppock for Audible.
A bittersweet portrait and survival story of a young girl growing up in NYC and her relationship with her mother, a beautiful actress who was neither loving nor maternal.
Like all good survivors, Susan seeks out and finds substitutes in other women who filled the role of mother in her life.
Carinal Days: A Coming Of Age Memoir