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Reactional Music partners with Hopeless Records and Cherry Red, opens opportunities for independent rightsholders in gaming

March 5, 2024
  • Cherry Red licenses master and song rights to tracks from catalogue spanning Dead Kennedys, Everything But The Girl and more for use via Reactional’s music personalisation engine and delivery platform
  • Hopeless Records licenses master rights to tracks from likes of Sum 41 and Avenged Sevenfold
  • Reactional to discuss creative convergence of music and gaming with SXSW panels next week

5 March 2024 — Reactional Music, the company pioneering the convergence of games and music, has agreed two new partnerships with Cherry Red Records and Hopeless Records.

Reactional, Cherry Red Records and Hopeless Records

Reactional is driving next-generation musical experiences in games and creator worlds, connecting the two sectors creatively, commercially and technically. By licensing tracks for use via Reactional’s music personalisation engine and delivery platform, Cherry Red Records and Hopeless Records are the latest in a growing network of rightsholder partners who will gain access to a global games market worth over $200 billion a year

Founded in 1978 and home to iconic acts Dead Kennedys, The Fall and Kim Wilde, UK label group Cherry Red Records includes over fifteen active labels spanning a diverse range of genres. Its agreement with Reactional covers the master rights to the group’s full catalogue, including tracks by Everything but the Girl, The Monochrome Set, The Residents and Felt, as well as a selection of song rights owned by its publishing division Cherry Red Songs.

Hopeless Records has meanwhile licensed the master rights to its full catalogue, including releases from world-leading alternative acts All Time Low, Avenged Sevenfold, Neck Deep and Sum 41. Based in Los Angeles, Hopeless Records and its charitable arm Sub City have released over 300 albums. 

Matt Bristow
Matt Bristow, Cherry Red Records

Reactional has signed multiple rightsholder agreements, including with fellow independent Defected Records, as well as  Hipgnosis Song Management and production music house APM Music. 

Cherry Red Records Director of Business Affairs and Licensing, Matt Bristow, said: “Innovation is so important to independent music; the opportunities to open up new platforms and new audiences through Reactional is a very exciting step for Cherry Red. The Reactional Platform solves the technical and commercial difficulties of connecting music and games, giving us an opportunity to bring Cherry Red’s catalogue to a whole new audience. The possibilities this opens up for all artists and creators is immensely exciting.”

Ian Harrison
Ian Harrison, Hopeless Records

Hopeless Records General Manager, Ian Harrison, said: “Hopeless is proud to partner with Reactional as it pioneers groundbreaking ways for fans to experience music. We are big believers in Reactional’s vision and thanks to their team, there is an exciting new future where music and gaming come together in a much more interesting and natural way than ever before.”

David Knox
David Knox, Reactional Music

David Knox, Reactional Music President, said: “The independent music sector has been instrumental in developing and nurturing so many new amazing artists. We believe that independent music and emerging artists will be an essential part of the Reactional Platform, for developers and for gamers. Cherry Red and Hopeless share this belief and have been vocal supporters of what we are building at Reactional. Both have really engaged and understood what we are building, as well as where new personalisation and creation technology can increase music’s reach and power. The ability for consumers to now be able to personalise their experience in gaming and interactive worlds is incredibly exciting and a natural step in technology and consumption.” 

Reactional’s technology changes the way people experience, interact with and enjoy music in games, by allowing developers to bring any commercial or production music into a game and for the entire game’s visuals, music and sound to react to an individual’s gameplay in real time. 

With nearly 200 games developers already working with its Beta programme, Reactional’s technology will also soon enable music as an in-game purchase. This will allow people to pay to personalise their personas and gameplay with their favourite music – in the same way they do with skins and other purchases. 

Reactional also has a number of global games partnerships, including Southeast Asia’s leading mobile games publisher, Amanotes. 

Reactional’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Jesper Nordin will dive into the creative applications of Reactional’s technology as part of the “New Scores: Merging Music & Gaming” panel on 12 March at this year’s SXSW Conference. He will also join the BPI’s Insight and Innovation panel sessions at SXSW’s UK House on 11 March. 

About Reactional Music

Reactional Music is changing the way we can experience, interact with, create, share and enjoy music in games and creator worlds. As the world’s first rule-based music engine, Reactional allows any music to be brought into a game and for the entire game’s visuals and sound to react live to that music – something never before possible at scale. By providing a new commercial, technical and creative framework for next-generation music experiences in games, this opens up opportunities for music personalisation and in-game purchase, unlocking value for games developers, publishers, creators and rightsholders, as well as the world’s three billion gamers. 

For gamers, your favourite music can now be a part of gameplay, reacting to your actions and movements, creating new levels of personalisation and self expression. For developers, this opens up a faster and more efficient method to create and prototype soundtracks, through generative composable music that can be modulated and procedurally created note by note in real time. Reactional also offers a global music delivery platform that is device, service and system agnostic, enabling scalable platforms and services for B2B and B2C markets. 

About Cherry Red Records

Founded in 1978, UK independent record label Cherry Red is known for frontline albums from established artists and catalogue reissues from every genre. The label puts out over 300 physical releases a year over fifteen active labels, are the custodians of several unique artist and label catalogue. The label also runs a publishing arm and sponsors various football league endeavours.

About Hopeless Records

Hopeless Records has thrived as a beloved home for independent music for nearly 30 years.The label has been a haven for accomplished legacy acts like Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard, and New Found Glory, and has also paved the way for a new generation of artists like Neck Deep and The Wonder Years. Hopeless has proudly navigated the changing tides of alternative music to continue reaching new generations of music fans over the years. The label has emerged as a leading voice in developing young talent, proudly fostering Gen-Z voices like Waterparks, Scene Queen, NOAHFINNCE, and TX2,  early on in their careers. Above all else, Hopeless Records strives to make a positive impact through music. Its’ proudest achievement is the label’s charity and advocacy work, which has long been an integral aspect of the business. Hopeless’ charity arm, Sub City, has raised over $3 million for more than 50 causes since its inception in 1999.

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