Created In The Corridor

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Created in the Corridor: 85 Decibel Monks

Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 07:34 AM CDT
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - If you've ever watched TV shows like "Chopped" on the Food Network, "Behind the Music" on VH1 or "Breaking Amish" on TLC, you've likely heard the music of Timothy Tack and his production team, 85 Decibel Monks.  It's all original music--with a twist--Created in the Corridor.

Tack builds what he calls a 'sound collage,' taking bits and pieces of recorded and live music from different eras and genres and piecing them together to make an original track. “I’ll start off with a drum beat then I’ll figure out a bass line, then we kind of layer it with melodies,” explains the force behind Tack-Fu Productions. He certainly has come a long way from producing basic mix tapes on an old beat up four track recorder in the early '90s, thanks to some early encouragement. “From the reaction that I was getting from my original mix tapes that I was making at home
and passing it out to my friends to listen to and enjoy, they were like, ‘ya know,  this is something maybe you should do.”

So, he did...and eventually sent about thirty of his tracks to a small music licensning company called Pump Audio. About a year later, Tack happened to be watching MTV's "Making the Band."  Recalls Tack, “This music comes on that kind of fits the scene and I’m like, ‘this is familiar, ‘fellas?’ They said, ‘Tac, that’s your track.”  Then, as fate would have it, the giant Getty Images buys Pump Audio broadening Tack's opportunities with Viacom. “Now it’s MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and all those affiliated cable channels that are opening up the doors for me,” says the grateful producer.  And the royalty checks grew as well. “First it started off $300, then $500, then when Getty Images took over Pump Audio it started to be a thousand, $3,000, $5,000, and that’s when I said, ‘Hey!  This is an avenue I need to explore!”
 
Most of the instrumental music produced by Tack and 85 Decibel Monks is used on reality TV shows. And with programs like "Kimora-Life in the Fab Lane" and "Punk'd," it's more than just the money that excites
Tack. “Sometimes you actually get your music on television shows you really watch and like and that’s great to hear your stuff…I like this show and I like my music on this show!”

Tack's hip hop-style music can also be found on Youtube and corporate videos. You can actually download a lot Tack's music for free from his website. You can find it by going to the News Links section of cbs2iowa.com. Created in the Corridor: 85 Decibel Monks


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