January 10, 2019
New Brian Tyler Interview on ESCAPE ROOM, and others, featured in Special Soundtrax Column posted today
December 10, 2018
My (tardy) November Soundtrax column features interviews with Winifred Phillips on scoring the science fiction/action VR game, SCRAPER: First Strike, and with David Buckley on his unique but sadly underrated score for the 2018 remake of PAPILLON. Plus a number of genre-associated album reviews & news:
November 14, 2018
Wendy Carlos, Synth Pioneer, Turns 79 Today (vintage interview link)
The Bob Moog Foundation on Facebook posted this earlier today:
Vermont Review :” If you are the “Henry Ford” of the synthesizer, who is the Mario Andretti?”
Bob Moog: “Wendy Carlos, without a doubt.”
Happy 79th birthday to Wendy Carlos, who drove synthesis to new heights and new realms through sheer talent, brilliance, and tenacity. What a force.
In honor of her 79th: my 1983 interview with Wendy Carlos, about scoring Disney’s TRON, has been archived here:
November 4, 2018
October Soundtrax column features interviews with Mark Isham (ONCE UPON A TIME finale, CLOAK & DAGGER), Jesper Kyd (TUMBBAD), and a number of genre-associated album reviews & news:
October 24, 2018
Scoring The 13th Doctor: Segun Akinola Interview – Regeneration
The world’s longest running science fiction program, DOCTOR WHO, has undergone its biggest refresh ever, with Jodie Whittaker in the role of The Doctor. The new series has been scored by BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2017 Segun Akinola, who took on the daunting task of defining a new, but familiar, sonic universe…
Read an in-depth interview with the new composer at musictech.net here.
Listen to Segun’s impressive new DOCTOR WHO title theme arrangement:
October 3, 2018
September Soundtrax column features interviews with Sean Murray (DEEP BLUE SEA 2) and Rael Jones (HARLOTS), and a number of genre-associated album reviews & news:
August 27, 2018
August 2018 Soundtrax column has posted:
Feature Interview: The Ghost Stories of Frank Ilfman
Soundtrack Reviews: AMORE E LIBERTA, MASANIELLO (Werba/Rosetta), ANCIENT ALIENS (McCarthy, et al/La-La Land), THE BANNER SAGA 3 (Wintory/T-65b Records), CARNIVAL OF SORROWS (Hess/Promo), THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX (McCreary/Sparks & Shadows), CRAZY RICH ASIANS (Tyler/WaterTower), CRAZY RICH ASIANS songtrack (Various/WaterTower), DESTINATION WEDDING (Ross/Lakeshore), DRÔLES DE PETITES BÊTES (Coulais/Quartet), GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (Hattori/Toho), MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 1988 Series (Schifrin & Jones/La-La Land), THE NINTH PASSENGER (Glasgow/Fourteen Kings), Q – THE WINGED SERPENT (Ragland/Kronos), SHOCK AND AWE (J Beal/Varèse Sarabande), LA SORCIÈRE/THE BLONDE WITCH (Glanzberg/Disques Cinemusique), TIMELESS (Duncan/Varèse Sarabande).
Plus: Book, Soundtrack, Vinyl, & Game Music News
August 10, 2018
Daniel Schweiger has posted a very detailed interview with composer Fabio Frizzi about scoring PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH for Film Music Magazine. Explore the composer’s style and development of this new score here.
August 10, 2018
The Story Behind STARLOG Records (from the author’s archives)
By Randall D. Larson
Published in CinemaScore #2 (newsletter format), March/April 1979 issue
Starlog Records was sparked by a suggestion from composer and orchestrator Albert Glasser, who thought it might be a good idea if Starlog magazine people initiated a recording of Ferde Grofé’s “lost” score for ROCKETSHIP X-M (1950), which Glasser himself had orchestrated and had a personal desire to see recorded. Glasser knew where the original tapes of that score were kept, and also knew who should be contacted in order to obtain them. His suggestion and assistance ultimately resulted in the release of Starlog’s first recording, in 1977. The soundtrack album (SR-1000), reproduced from the original studio tapes, was at first available only through mail from Starlog [magazine], but retail distribution was eventually arranged.
Read the full story here
July 23, 2018
July 2018 Soundtrax column has posted:
- Pinar Toprak’s Musical Voyage to KRYPTON
DESERT MIGRATION (Gil Talmi), DOGGED (James Griffiths), DOWNRANGE (Aldo Shllaku), GENIUS: PICASSO (Lorne Balfe), GODLESS (Carlos Rafael Rivera), KARMA (Kristian Sensini), LACRIMOSA (Elia Cmiral), RAUL – DIRITTO DI UCCIDRE (Andrea Morricone), SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO/ (Hildur Guðnadóttir)
Book, Soundtrack, Vinyl, & Game Music News
June 12, 2018
June 2018 Soundtrax column has posted:
May 27, 2018
A Tribute to Joel Goldsmith (1957-2012)
May 10, 2018
Yoko Kanno: The Greatest Composer You’ve Never Heard Of
An excellent article by John Bull from medium.com
In the world of anime, there are a few individuals whose name alone is enough to guarantee that a series will be worth watching. Composer and arranger Yoko Kanno is a member of that small, select group. In a career that has so far spanned almost thirty years, she has written, performed and arranged some of the most iconic and memorable soundtracks the world of anime has ever seen.
Read the story at medium.com
A Conversation With Bear McCreary, the Composer King of Comic-Con
The man behind the music in ‘God of War,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Outlander,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and myriad other sci-fi, fantasy, and horror creations on his composing idols, his aversion to being typecast, becoming the sound of sci-fi, and more – by Ben Lindbergh.
Read the story over at theringer.com
April 2018 Soundtrax column has posted:
My March 2018 Soundtrax column has posted:
Read the column at buysoundtrax here
My June 2017 Soundtrax column has posted:
- Lorne Balfe – Scoring LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
- Martco Beltrami – Scoring GODS OF EGYPT
- Tyler Bates – Scoring THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, ATOMIC BLONDE
- ALIEN: COVENANT (Kurzel/Milan), EAST OF EDEN/BEASTMASTER/WIZARDS & WARRIORS etc. [Gerhardt LSO] (Holdridge/BSX), GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (Bates/Marvel), JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK (Kral/La-La Land), LEGEND OF THE LICH LORD (Valenti/Howlin’ Wolf), LIVIDE (Gesqua/Kronos), PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (Zanelli/Disney), THRILLER TV (Goldsmith/Tadlow & Silva Screen), WONDER WOMAN (TV – Fox, Kane, etc./La-La Land), WONDER WOMAN/Gregson-Williams/WaterTower + more
Book, Soundtrack, Vinyl & Game Music News
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My April 2017 Soundtrax column has just posted:
- Trevor Morris – Scoring EMERALD CITY
- Chris Bacon – Five Seasons in the BATES MOTEL
- The Animated Musical World of HEITOR PEREIRA
- CLINICAL (Hultquist), COLOSSAL (McCreary), FRANKENSTEIN (Cauthery), The GAME OF THRONES Symphony (Silva Screen), THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (Jackman & Lewis). MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA (Sharone), POWER RANGERS (Tyler), THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (Rózsa/Tadlow) + more.
Soundtrack & Game Music News
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Speaking with the Players:
My interview with virtuoso erhu player Karen Han, noted for playing on numerous film soundtracks including PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END and many others, has been archived on Karen’s web site here. It originally appeared on the musicfromthemovies web site, which is sadly now defunct.
My interview with soprano Karen Hogle Brown, who’s sung solo and with chorus on numerous film scores including AVATAR, is included in my July, 2015 Soundtrax column, available here. Both interviews provide insight into the unique perspective of the instrumentalist and vocalist performing on modern film scores.
Video: The Making of the SHARKNADO 4 Score
Composers Chris Ridenhour and Chris Cano. specialists in bringing The Asylum’s wild and whacky sci-fi films to a polished, cinematic musical energy, have posted a short video on YouTube about how the latest of the SHARKNADO scores was made. This one features a super-hero theme matched with epic, apocalyptic orchestral crescendos using a powerful mix of digital and live symphonic orchestras. Watch the video here .
RDL’s “The Score” columns from Cinefantastique, interviews from CinemaScore & Soundtrack Magazine Archived
Prior to writing Musique Fantastique and Music from the House of Hammer, my primary film music writing endeavors were soundtrack reviews for Soundtrack Magazine (previously called Soundtrack Collector’s Newsletter when I started), then I began doing interviews with composers for CinemaScore: The Film Music Journal which I acquired from its former publisher in 1981 and edited/published until 1987, and later a number of other magazines. With the exception of the occasional issue turning up on amazon or eBay, these magazines are pretty much long out of existence, but increasing portions of their content (and not just my own contributions, thankfully!) in online archives. The CinemaScore and Soundtrack Magazine Archives web site, published in The Netherlands at www.runmovies.eu/, continues to preserve many of the articles, reviews, and interviews from these vintage film music periodicals (both of which predated the modern print and online magazines and, for a decade or two were the only magazines devoted to this topic until the advent of Film Score Monthly in the US and Music from the Movies in the UK. There’s also a very nice tribute to what CinemaScore magazine meant to some in its day, from Roger Feigelson, which I am very grateful for – link to it here). In addition to archiving content from Soundtrack and CinemaScore, publisher Jeannot Boever is also posting new interviews and reviews as well as archiving out-of-copyright content from the original film music magazine, titled simply Film Music, from the 1950s, featuring articles written by prominent composers on their recent scores. (Incidentally, Boever also manages a Hugo Friedhofer website, preserving old and new articles, reviews, and interviews).
In other pre-Musique Fantastique archive news, Along with the occasional soundtrack review, I wrote most of Cinefantastique magazine’s film music/composer interview oriented “The Score” columns from 1982 to 1999, and then in the magazine’s online incarnation from 2009 to 2011. The latter are archived at Cinefantastiqueonline at this link, and include interviews of such variety as John Debney (IRON MAN 2, PREDATORS), Brian Tyler (THE FINAL DESTINATION), Robert Carli (George A. Romero’s SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD), Tom Hiel (SHARKTOPUS), Tyler Bates (HALLOWEEN II), Rafael May (Australia’s crocodile terror thriller BLACK WATER),l and Brian Ralston & Kays Al-Atrakchi (SyFy’s BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES). – rdl 06/27/16