Nestled in the verdant Oakland Hills above the San Francisco Bay, PopTuna is a music production company creating original soundtracks for film, web, television and advertising. Our music has been featured on all the major networks, numerous independent films, platinum selling game titles, regional and national advertising campaigns as well as several full-length, internationally distributed documentary films. Additionally, PopTuna has over 500 original pieces of music that are ready to be licensed for your project.
In addition to original music, we also do sound design. We have most of the top sound effects libraries loaded up and ready to go, and we're not averse to creating something entirely new when a stock sound just won't do.
You can reach us at 510-338-1240
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can watch our YouTube demo reel here.
HOW WE WORK
While we love to have clients drop by our lovely studio to talk over ideas, we find that we do most of our work via internet and telephone conversations. With clients all over the country, we’ve figured out how to implement the speakerphone to great effect. (Surprisingly, ace engineer BZ finds the device oddly challenging while Monica, who in general considers herself technically challenged, had a previous life training executives on their new phone systems and delights in showing off her skills in this arena).
Our individual skills and backgrounds have created different filters through which we interpret ideas and after nine years of working together on films, commercials, games and TV shows, we’ve developed a rhythm that allows us to quickly understand what the client is asking for and how to turn it around quickly.
WHO WE ARE
BZ Lewis was once named best guitarist in all of Texas, but that’s nothing, really. BZ can do the Rubik’s Cube in 45 seconds flat and he single handedly built 3 recording studios from the ground up. Perhaps his most impressive talent is his uncanny ability to make human and un-human sounds come right out of his mouth – especially strange are the human ones. He has degrees in Classical Guitar and Studio Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. BZ loves bean and cheese burritos, cycling in San Francisco during the wee hours of the morning, and his wife and two sons. His Rock-God status was recently reignited with a feature performance on Guitar Hero. He is PopTuna’s chief engineer as well as producer, composer, programmer, and cool-sound maker.
Monica Pasqual spent a good part of her first four years underneath her family’s grand piano, operating the pedals while her father played Mozart. She liked the swirling sounds and later got into trouble with her piano teacher for using too much pedal while playing Bach. With her touch to the keys, Monica brings the beautiful, the avant-garde, and the heart wrenching to life. She follows her instincts and knows exactly what is and isn’t needed in a composition. When she’s not putting in the hours at PopTuna she’s stepping out with her nationally touring all-gal rock band, Blame Sally. She loves reading Vanity Fair, taking long baths, talking politics, and eating authentic Mexican food. She’s producer, composer, and ambassador for PopTuna.
AD AGENCIES AND PRODUCTION COMPANIES
Banduho, Donker, and Bros
Goodby SilverStein and Partners
Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners
Little Fluffy Clouds
Winton duPont Films
Young and Rubicam
CORPORATE AND NONPROFIT CLIENTS
Berkeley Law, University of California
French Culinary Institute
Honey Baked Ham
Johns Hopkins University
New Jersey, Office of the Governor
Sit and Sleep
San Francisco Film Festival
The Wall Street Journal
CW Bay Area
National Geographic Channel
The History Channel
University of Phoenix