PRI’s The world
PRI’s The World gave me a simple prompt: make a theme song that reflects our present times. The show reports on not only the national but international challenges facing our world, and the theme needed to reflect that.
Above all, I focused on building a strong melody. After days of experimentation, I settled on a cello line that travels between major and minor, slinking between them before finally building to a dramatic crescendo. Once I had strong idea, I gave it a heavy beat and strong arrangement as support. Mixing synths, pianos, guitars, and cellos, I arranged the track to reflect the present but to also fit into the long line of timeless news music.
The World is available on apple podcasts or wherever you listen. The World also broadcasts on over 300 stations across the United States and Canada. Check your local NPR station to listen live every weekday.
Client: PRI’s The World
Music: Ned Porter
Executive Producer: Andrea Crossan
Cello: Clara Kennedy
Recording: Atomic Sound and Ned Porter
Engineering: Merle Chornuk
Mixing: Jack DeBoe
Mastering: Sarah Register