Mee studied composition, conducting and violin at the Royal College of Music, London in the 1980s and uses this classical conservatoire training for an extremely diverse output that spans music for orchestra and choir for rock, pop, EDM, TV and film scores. Her given name is Ysanne Spevack, but she has lived and worked under the name Mee as well, from 1990 until the present.
Her strings and vocal harmonies have graced the world's most esteemed artists from every genre, including Elton John, Tiesto, and Christina Perri, who she toured with throughout the USA. She recorded for Tilda Swinton, Cat Powers, and Michael Stipe, composed music for TV and games, two movie soundtracks (including one for Aaron Eckhart), and music for MoMA, ENO, Peter Sellars, Laurie Anderson, and with Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV. She is perhaps best known for her work with The Smashing Pumpkins.
She has been arranging and composing music for over two decades, conducting and recording symphony orchestras, and has shared studio time with the world's most cherished artists in the USA, Europe and Asia. Her multi-discipline collaborations include her compositions for movies, commercials, live theater, opera and dance. She has lived in the USA since 2004.
Ysanne is currently composing music presented within an immersive sensory experience. It's called YNTEGRITY, and is the latest in a long line of solo music from her first album released in 1996 to her most recent 2013 solo release, The Mermaid Song. She conducted The City of Prague Symphony Orchestra for that project, and sold 24,000 copies in an innovative brand and non-profit partnership.
Her YNTEGRITY experiences launched in New York City in September 2016, combining her philosophy and music with music from celebrated guest songwriters Billy Corgan and Shepard Fairey's band NØISE. The experience is featured in Huffington Post, Yahoo! News, Cool Hunting, and in international newspapers from the UK to Singapore.
Ysanne presented a TEDxTalk in May 2017.
She is currently composing music for film and TV, including her recent original soundtrack for a Chanel commercial for their 'Gabrielle' bag, which was directed and illustrated by Jo Ratcliffe.
Ysanne composes music based on new and emerging neuroscience, to integrate all the senses. She creates multi-sensory immersive experiences on a foundation of her music. She includes content to trigger the senses - hearing, sight, smell, taste, touch - within her music, creating integrated cohesive experiences that are memorable, emotional and deeply engaging. Her work is based on a deep knowledge of newly emerging neuroscience to create experiences that are rigorously accurate in terms of the development and deployment of ideas.
Ysanne presented a TEDxTalk in May 2017 about this, which included the premier of a new piece she composed and recorded with the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra, for the color blue, and for the oceans.
Visit YNTEGRITY for more information.
Ysanne's sensory experiences have been praised internationally, including by The Huffington Post, who called her experiences:
Brands have unique communities around them, with unique emotional needs. Music connects communities, and music ignites emotions. That's why music and brands are natural partners, alongside non-profits, who also have committed communities, and with emerging technology like AR. Let's explore the soundtrack to your brand in every facet of the experience, from web, to retail, to live activations, including crossmodal experiences, like YNTEGRITY.
Ysanne has worked for Whole Foods Market, LUSH Cosmetics, Chanel, Nordstrom, Siemens, Levi's, ZICO (Coca Cola), American Express, Intercontinental Hotels, Ted Baker, British Aerospace, Jaguar, and media clients, including Sony, EMI, Virgin, CAA, BBC, Discovery, Taiwan Television (TTV), M&C Saatchi and BBH. She works with non-profits including Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Childfund, and Elton John Aids Foundation.
Ysanne can find the perfect music for your brand in every genre, and integrate your brand's musical experience across all media, from call waiting music, to in-store playlists, to a soundtrack for Snapchat.
She has a special interest in how emerging technology can enhance a brand experience, from apps and AR, to sensory tech and IoT, and is the leading crossmodalist in the USA, with strong connections to the international crossmodal community.
Ysanne is constantly listening and learning. Through her company Cherry Plum Media, Ysanne creates custom strategies for musicians, tech companies, and brands, and generates high-quality content about the music and technology that makes her excited.
Whether it's written interviews, videos, photos, podcasts, or old-fashioned tweets, she champions technology, entertainment and ideas to a focused, dedicated audience that listens to her recommendations. Ysanne is an influencer beyond her immediate reach, from her home in New York to her industry friends in Los Angeles, London, and Taipei.
If you're a brand reach out to her to discuss your music and technology identity, or to find an artist for a specific project.
If you're an artist who wants Ysanne to consider a custom strategy for you, start the conversation by sending your music.
If you're a music supervisor feel free to reach out with a specific brief, and she'll source the perfect track for your project.
Ysanne is a Brit currently based in New York after a decade in Los Angeles, and her travel schedule has been super active for many years. Check out her calendar to find out where she is. As an active working composer, Ysanne rubs shoulders with musicians and tech industry execs wherever she goes, and her ear is to the ground while she's connecting and learning. That's how she stays hyper-current.
Sign up to Ysanne's social streams for instant access to her unique perspective and discoveries, to learn about tracks she is licensing for sync, and artists she's currently actively supporting in every genre. She has unique access to music from Taiwan and the rest of Asia, and from the UK and the rest of Europe.
To request a consultation via Skype or FaceTime, contact Ysanne using this form.