Additional Resources

Special Edition 2022 Soundtrax Column interviews Andrew Scott Bell on scoring WINNIE THE POOH: BLOOD & HONEY, and features numerous genre soundtrack reviews, film & soundtrack news.

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September 2022 Soundtrax Column interviews Nima Fakhrara on scoring thriller LOU, and features numerous genre soundtrack reviews, film & soundtrack news.

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September 2022 Soundtrax Column interviews David Buckley on scoring SANDMAN, and features numerous genre soundtrack reviews, film & soundtrack news.

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July 2022 Soundtrax Column features numerous genre soundtrack reviews, film & soundtrack news, and interviews

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June 2022 Soundtrax Column interviews Blake Neely & Sherri Chung on Scoring THE ARROWVERSE, and Nainita Desai on Scoring the 14 PEAKS Documentary

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May Special Edition Soundtrax Column: Focuses on The STRANGE NEW WORLDS of Nami Melumad – An Interview with the Latest STAR TREK Composer

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April/May Soundtrax Column interviews Mark Isham on THE NEVERS and THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT… and Hesham Nazih on MOON KNIGHT – along with many genre-related soundtrack reviews and film music news

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April Special Edition Soundtrax Column interviews composer Austin Wintory – A Video Game Journey from flOw to Journey and back again

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March Soundtrax Column Interviews Sean Callery about Scoring HALO, and includes an unpublished 2015 interview with John Powell about scoring PAN, ANTZ, DRAGON 2, and RIO 2.

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December 29, 2021


FYI – I have posted a new special edition SOUNDTRAX column featuring a interviews with the composers of the KING’S MAN series along with numerous soundtrack reviews of genre films and lots of soundtrack news:

Here’s a direct link to the Soundtrax column:

December 7, 2021

I have posted a new special edition SOUNDTRAX column featuring a detailed interview with composer Robert J. Kral about scoring films in the DC Animated Movie Universe (DCAMU): 

Here’s a direct link to the Soundtrax column:

November 12, 2021

Randall D. Larson’s new SOUNDTRAX column interviews composers Brandon Robert and Drum & Lace and Ian Hultquist – plus reviews & news on new genre releases, vinyl, video game scores, & more

Read the new column here.

November 8, 2021

Fascinating Zoom Interview with RETURN OF GODZILLA Composer Prof. Reijiro Koroku

On Nov. 7th the folks behind Kaiju Masterclass arranged an exclusive Zoom video interview with composer Reijiro Koroku, which was translated into English during the video. Maestro Koroku discussed in detail his classic score to 1984’s THE RETURN OF GODZILLA, one of the most revered films in the Godzilla series.

See details here.

November 5, 2021

Why is Dune’s Score Like That? A YouTube Analysis of Hans Zimmer’s Music

YouTuber Thomas Flight has posted a fascinatingly detailed analysis of Hans Zimmer’s score for DUNE, examining the score and how the composer uses sound and melody in the soundtrack to develop themes and conflict in the film.

Read more details and link to the YouTube video here.

November 1, 2021

Fangoria: Composer Alan Howarth Discusses Legendary Scores Ahead of Coolidge Horrorthon (Link to Interview)

Last weekend, Alan Howarth’s legend combined with a local Boston legend, the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s annual Halloween Horror Marathon (twelve hours of horror movies from 12 AM to 12 PM), curated by Program Manager and Director of Special Programming Mark Anastasio. In its twentieth year, the Horror Marathon honors Howarth’s work, kicking things off with Howarth himself in attendance, performing his scores ahead of the night’s commencing screening – HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH.

Read the details, and link to the Fangoria interview, here.

October 27, 2021

Woodmoon Collective Joins Claudio Simonetti for Haunting Halloween Single

With the participation of renowned horror film composer Claudio Simonetti (keyboardist for Goblin, composer for Dario Argento and many others), the Woodmoon collective has released a new charity single in the week leading up to Halloween, now available on digital stores and Bandcamp.

Read the details here.

October 21, 2021

Hans Zimmer Describes Scoring DUNE in Variety Interview

dune-movie-art WIDEWriting in Variety, film music journalist Jon Burlingame has interviewed composer Hans Zimmer about his score for DUNE, which is releases to theatres and HBO Max tomorrow. 

Read my report here and then link to the full Variety interview.

October 14, 2021

Randall Larson’s new SOUNDTRAX column interviews composers Nathan Barr and George Kallis – reviews & news on new genre releases, vinyl, video game scores, & more

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September 29, 2021

Jerome Leroy to release his score to “the intense Vietnamese horror film” THE LIFT on his website for listening – also a Scoring Talk about the scoring the film will be presented October 1st 10A PDT

The Lift OSTComposer Jerome Leroy reports that a soundtrack album featuring his music from the horror film THE LIFT will be available on his website for listening on October 5th. The film is “an intense Vietnamese horror film directed by Peter Mourougaya which I worked on last year, in the middle of the pandemic,” said Leroy. “Additionally, on October 1st at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT, I will be part of a Scoring Talk with my sound designer and programmer Roberto Prado, moderated by Randall D. Larson, to discuss the creative process behind the production of electronic samples and their implementation in the score. If you’d like to join, make sure to sign up here.”

August 28, 2021

Isolated Score Commentary Included on SUNDOWN: THE VAMPIRE IN RETREAT Blu-Ray

SUNDOWN Blu_RayThe energetic orchestral by Richard Stone (1953-2001) for the 1990 comedy-horror vampire film SUNDOWN: THE VAMPIRE IN RETREAT greatly benefits from its deference to the musical styles of both American and Italian Western film music, providing a stylistic homage developed around the trends that have come to define the genre, while allowing plenty of room for Stone’s own musical voice to have its say.

Vestron Video/Lionsgate has released a new Blu-Ray edition of movie with a plethora of interviews and an informative audio commentary by the director Anthony Hickox and cinematographer Levie Isaacks. I’m very pleased to have been invited to supply an isolated score commentary analyzing the film’s outstanding musical score. I discuss in detail each of the film’s musical cues, which between each discussion are then played in film order from the film’s soundtrack album. I also discuss cues not included on the soundtrack album as well as the songs used in the film. I hope fans of the film and/or its score will find this commentary as interesting and informative as I did putting it together!

 – Randall D. Larson

August 3, 2021

New SOUNDTRAX column interviews composers Gareth Coker and Atli Örvarsson

Plus reviews of genre soundtracks including ALWAYS Expanded Edition/Williams (La-La Land), JAKOB’S WIFE/Busch (Lakeshore), LOKI Vol. 1 & 2/Holt (Marvel), MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION Vol. 1/McCreary (Mattel & Arts Music), THE MATRIX Complete/Davis (Varèse Sarabande), OXYGEN/ROB (Sony), plus Film & TV Music, Documentary, Vinyl Soundtracks & Game Music. News Read Soundtrax for July-August 2021 here.

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June 14, 2021

New SOUNDTRAX column interviews composers Freddie Wiedmann (OCCUPATION RAINFALL) and Amie Doherty (SPIRIT UNTAMED)

Plus reviews of genre soundtracks including THE DJINN/James (MovieScore Media), KNOWING Deluxe Edition/Beltrami (Varese), THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES/Rózsa (Quartet), VIRTUALLY/Carew (Notefornote Music), and Film & TV Music, Documentary, Vinyl Soundtracks & Game Music News. Read Soundtrax June 2021 here.

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June 10, 2021

MMI column zombie scoresJon Mansell’s Movie Music International Looks at Zombie Movie Scores

In his latest post, Jon Mansell takes a considered look at zombie movie scores, focusing on PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES (James Bernard), NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and its sequels (various), PHANTASM (Fred Myrow et al), 28 DAYS LATER (John Murphy), EVIL DEAD remake (Roque Baños), COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES (Jody Jenkins) and more.

Read the post here.

May 29, 2021

New SOUNDTRAX column interviews Dominic Scherrer/THE SERPENT and Scott Glasgow/The Mechanics of Scoring Low-Budget Sci-Fi

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May 10, 2021

Off The Beaten Soundtrack Interviews Composer Bill Marx About His Film Music, Jazz, and His Famous Father

bill-marxcount-yorgaIn Tim Ayers’ latest edition of his online radio program, Off The Beaten Soundtrack, he chats with composer Bill Marx, who talks about his father, Harpo Marx. Over the course of the hour-long interview, they also discuss his jazz music and film scores including cult classics from the 1970s for American International Pictures, including COUNT YORGA VAMPIRE, THE DEATHMASTER, and SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM.

Read more details here.

April 29, 2021

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Film music reviewer/journalist Jon Mansell has interviewed composer Alexis Maingaud about his beautifully eerie score for director Andrew Desmon’s THE SONATA. 

Read the news and link to the interview here.

April 22, 2021

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In today’s edition of Variety, film music journalist Jon Burlingame interviews composer Joseph Trapanese to dig deep into how the composer created his fantastical score for the Netflix film, SHADOW AND BONE, which debut’s tomorrow.

See details here.

April 21, 2021

New Special Edition SOUNDTRAX column: Interview with Henry Jackman on scoring Marvel’s FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER

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April 5, 2021

New SOUNDTRAX column interviews Mathieu Lambley and Gerard Fried

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New Book on Dario Argento Films Includes Chapter by RDL on their Film Music

Argento book - film music essayMusique Fantastique author Randall D. Larson was invited to contribute a chapter on film music in Dario Argento films in Troy Howarth’s new exhaustive book about the Italian horror cinema auteur. “I contributed a 12-page guest essay on the film music of Dario film’s (composers Ennio Morricone, Goblin, Mario Werba, Simon Boswell, Pino Donaggio, Claudio Simonetti, and others),” Larson said. “Very pleased to be part of this tribute/analysis of the writer/director and focus on the unique blend of music that helped to made his films what they are.” The book is available in hardback or paperback from Amazon

Jan-Feb SOUNDTRAX column interviews Daniel Pemberton & Jay Lifton:

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December SOUNDTRAX column interviews Daniel Pemberton & Jay Lifton:

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November 20, 2020

CineConcerts Launches New Online Concert Series + Digital Distribution Ecosystem

cine-concertsCineConcerts, leading global producer of live music experiences including The Harry Potter™ Film Concert series, The Polar Express™ in Concert, Gladiator Live, and The Godfather Live announce The Pinball Concerts, a new online concert series premiering this weekend (Nov 20-22) exclusively through Facebook’s paid events for $4.99. The concert, called Highballs & Brass, Part 1 features 14 Los Angeles-based renowned brass players with highballs, interviews, rehearsal footage, arcade games, and more.

Read more details here.

November 15, 2020

New SOUNDTRAX column interviews Harry Gregson-Williams & Brian Tyler

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Peruse the column here.

October 28, 2020

New SOUNDTRAX column interviews Elliot Goldenthal, Nainita Desai, Orlando Perez Rosso…

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Peruse the column here.

September 25, 2020

john-carpenter-book-troy-howarthNew Book on John Carpenter Films Includes Chapter on Carpenter’s Film Music

Musique Fantastique author Randall D. Larson was invited to contribute a chapter on John Carpenter’s film music to this Troy Howarth’s new book, Assault On The System: The Nonconformist Cinema Of John Carpenter. The hefty paperback, by Troy Howarth, edited by Tony Strauss and illustrated by Jolyon Yates, has been published by WK Books, publishers of Weng’s Chop Cinema Megazine and Monster! Digest.

Read the full details here.

August 30, 2020

Mark Snow Interviewed about THE NEW MUTANTS in latest Soundtrax Column 

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New Soundtrax features interview with Mark Snow on THE NEW MUTANTS  and David Ullman on THE BOOKSELLERS. Plus a plethora of soundtrack reviews, news, book review, and more.

Read it here.

August 27, 2020

MIT Orchestra Performs Harry Manfredini’s FRIDAY THE 13TH Suite

MIT Orch Friday 13th from youtube cropThe MIT Sounding concert MITSO MOVIES MACHOVER is the MIT Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to the art of film music, from classic Hollywood soundtracks to new works. This performance is the US premiere of Harry Manfredini’s FRIDAY THE 13TH Suite, a revamped score for the famed horror film now celebrating its fortieth anniversary.

Read the details here.

July 8, 2020


More than 170 musical artists from six continents around the world joined together to create a music video of the Oscar nominated original song “I’m Standing With You” written by iconic songwriter Diane Warren, which supports of the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO).  The arrangement of the song is by Emmy nominated TV/Film/Concert composer Sharon Farber who along with the video’s award-winning director Gev Miron, worked together in collaboration to produce the meaningful video. Read the interview at Soundtrax:

Soundtrax: Special Edition: Sharon Farber and the Making of the I’M STANDING WITH YOU Project

July 7, 2020

Musique Fantastique Notes on Ennio Morricone Books

Reviews by Randall D. Larson

May 20, 2020

White Bear PR Videos: Pinar Toprak & STARGIRL, WonderCon@Home SciFi Movie Music Panel

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In the latest Composer Talk from White Bear PR, publicist Chandler Poling chats with composer Pinar Toprak about scoring the recently debuted STARGIRL… also Chandler leads an online panel discussion with Toprak, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, and Kevin Kiner, discussing “The Music of Captain Marvel, Stranger Things, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars” as part of WonderCon@Home 2020.

Read the details and link to the videos here

May 10, 2020

New SOUNDTRAX column posted:

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New Soundtrax column features extensive interview with Kevin Kiner on scoring STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS – Final Season, and with Ceiri Torjussen on composing for Shape Shifting Aliens (CRAWLERS), Cute Cats (CAT PEOPLE documentary), Raging Bigfoot (PRIMAL RAGE), and BIG ASS SPIDERS!  

Soundtrack reviews, news, and more: 

May 8, 2020

The Dark Horror Scores of Reber Clark

Reber Clark composer & HPLHS album coverJon Mansell interviews composer Reber Clark about his horror scores and, in particular, his work for the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s (HPLHS) Dark Adventure Radio Theatre series and the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast.

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February 8, 2020

New Soundtrax column features extensive interview with Andrew Lockington on DAYBREAK, RAMPAGE, SAN ANDREAS, SANCTUARY, PRIMEVAL NEW WORLD, PERCY JACKSON, INCARNATE, THE SPACE BETWEEN US, JOURNEY 2, and more. Soundtrack reviews, news, and more:

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December 13, 2019

John Williams on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Score

These comments from composer John Williams were posted on YouTube earlier today:

December 3, 2019

First Teaser Trailer for Marvel’s BLACK WINDOW movie released.

A composer has not yet been announced; the film is slated for a March 2020 release.

December 3, 2019

New Soundtrax Column features interviews and reviews on a number of genre film scores & composers

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November 14, 2019

Variety: Ludwig Göransson on Scoring THE MANDALORIAN

In an article posted to Variety yesterday, film music journalist Jon Burlingame interviews composer Ludwig Göransson about his score for the new STAR WARS spin-off series, THE MANDALORIAN.

Read the details here.

October 29, 2019

Composer Charles Bernstein Discusses Creating the Score for A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in New Video

In this video, courtesy of  Warner Bros and WaterTower Music, Gibson Guitar sits down with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET composer Charles Bernstein to discuss the writing, recording and production of some of the most iconic and terrifying compositions in film

See details here.

October 18, 2019

David Russo Interviewed: Scoring PENNYWORTH – and GOTHAM’s Finale – in latest Soundtrax post

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Read the column, which also includes soundtrack, vinyl, game music news, and book review, here.

October 3, 2019

Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Finds The Humanity In ‘Joker’

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Read the details, and link to the interview, here.

September 16, 2019

Watch JURASSIC WORLD: BATTLE AT BIG ROCK Here – Features Engaging Score by Amie Doherty

BATTLE AT BIG ROCK IMDB poster altSet one year after the events of JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, BATTLE AT BIG ROCK is the first live-action short film in the JURASSIC WORLD franchise. Irish composer Amie Doherty composed the music for BATTLE AT BIG ROCK, which features references to the franchise’s themes by John Williams and Michael Giacchino.

Read the details and watch the short film here

August 23, 2019

Brian Tyler’s READY OR NOT  Scoring Session video posted

Brian Tyler RorN session vidComposer Brian Tyler has posted to Facebook and YouTube his scoring session video for his main theme to the new mystery-thriller READY OR NOT. (See our news report on this score, here)

Watch the video on youtube here). Thanks to Bryan Tyler and Adam Krysiński.

August 17, 2019

Alan Silvestri Interview on scoring THE AVENGERS  (+ INFINITY WAR & ENDGAME) featured in new Soundtrax column

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In celebration of AVENGERS ENDGAME coming out on blu-ray this week, my August Soundtrax column, just posted, features my in-depth interviews with composer Alan Silvestri about scoring AVENGERS, INFINITY WAR, and ENDGAME. Plus relevant-genre soundtrack reviews of GHOST HOUSE, PLANET OF THE APES, POLTERHEIST, REND (game score), THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO Series 2, and Gerry Anderson’s UFO.
Read the column here 

July 26, 2019

Christopher Lennertz and THE BOYS

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Interview with composer Christopher Lennertz on scoring Amazon Prime’s new bad-boy superhero series THE BOYS – not to mention discussing his music for the latest SHAFT interation.

See Soundtrax here.

July 5, 2019

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein interview on STRANGER THINGS S3 at MixMag

_Kyle-Michael-Stranger-Things-image from MixMagIn an interview with Cameron Holbrook posted at the MixMag website, STRANGER THINGS series composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, who explain how this season’s score is different than the previous two, what was the selection process behind which cues belonged on the STRANGER THINGS 3 album, and more.

Read the details here.

June 7, 2019

Siddhartha Khosla (MARVEL’s RUNAWAYS) interviewed in new Soundtrax

My latest Soundtrax column has posted, featuring an interview with Siddhartha Khosla – soundtrack reviews of the ANTHEM videogame, BRIGHTBURN, DJINN, GAME OF THRONES S8, GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS, GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER, PROM NIGHT (1980), THE SENTINEL, ZOMBIELARS, and much more.

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June 4, 2019

Hildur Guðnadóttir Crafts CHERNOBYL Horror Score with Sounds from a Real Nuclear Plant

_Chernobyl_2019_MiniseriesIcelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir (SICARIO 2: DAY OF THE SOLDATO, MARY MAGDALENE,  JOURNEY’S END, THE JOKER [forthcoming]) composed a chilling score or HBO’s haunting mini-series CHERNOBYL, which depicts the Societ nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented cleanup efforts that followed, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the stories of those people, who help and died in tackling the disaster, and the Russian cover up. In coming up with her musical approach, Hildur and her music team recorded sounds at the Ignalina power plant in Lithuana, and those sounds, digitally sampled and treated tonally as her musical palette, became the sonic basis for her resultant score.

Read the story and link to the interview excerpt here.

May 8, 2019

How Winifred Phillips’ theme from the Spore Hero ended up in the AVENGERS ENDGAME trailer

Composer Winifred Phillips is featured in an article she wrote for Gamasutra which focuses on the evolution of a single melodic theme – first composed for EA’s Spore Hero video game – eventually appeared in a trailer for AVENGERS: ENDGAME.

Read more information here.

May 4, 2019

A GALAXY OF ADVENTURES for composer Ryan Shore in the STAR WARS Universe

_SW Galaxy of AdvIn honor of STAR WARS Day, Forbes has posted an online interview with composer Ryan Shore, who is currently scoring STAR WARS GALAXY OF ADVENTURES, a new series of 2D animated Disney shorts set in the Star Wars world, which follows on Shore’s music for the web series FORCES OF DESTINY series (2017-2018).

Read the full details and watch the series trailer here.

May 4, 2019

New Fabio Frizzi interview posted

Zombi 2 Italian posterFilm music journalist John Mansell has posted a new interview with composer Fabio Frizzi, best known for his many Italian horror movie scores, especially his numerous collaborations with famed Italian director Lucio Fulci. Among Frizzi’s scores are SETTE NOTE IN NERO (The Psychic), ZOMBI 2, THE BEYOND, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, MANHATTAN BABY, SCORPION WITH TWO TAILS, Lamberto Bava’s DEVIL FISH (aka MONSTER SHARK),  HOUSE OF FORBIDDEN SECRETS, and the most recent iteration of the Puppet Master series, PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH. In addition, early in his career Frizzi collaborated with Franco Bixio and Vince Tempera on several Italian Western film scores, including Fulci’s I QUATTRO DELL’APOCALISSE (The Four of the Apocalypse), and CARAMBOLA for Ferdinando Baldi.

fabio8 Puppet Master Ltl Reich] poster“The feeling of nostalgia, of a sweet melancholy is contained, I believe, from each of us,” Frizzi describes. referring to his approach to scoring films. “And sometimes it merges with love, or passion, or anger or fear. It is something in which I believe deeply and this an element that can be found in everything I write. The theme of the Puppet Master [film], for example, is a tribute I wanted to pay to the wonderful theme of Richard Band… I think this theme contains the elements I was talking about, it’s sweet, but also disturbing.”

Read the complete interview here.

May 1, 2019

ANTHEM Video Game Composer Sarah Schachner Talks Composing for Video Games and Performing Live at The Game Awards

_Sarah SchachnerAs an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and modular synth artist/programmer, critically-acclaimed composer Sarah Schachner who many know from her CALL OF DUTY and ASSASSIN’S CREED game scores spoke to Twinfinite about her ANTHEM video game score (out now on Lakeshore Records and EA Games), one of the most exciting game music releases of the year. 

Read the full story, and watch Sarah’s live performance, here.

April 24, 2019

Video: Making of the SHAZAM Score with Benjamin Wallfisch

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WaterTower Music has posted the video “SHAZAM! – Making The Score – Benjamin Wallfisch” onto its YouTube page.  The composer discusses the score and its components over video of the recording session.  A thoroughly wonderful orchestral work!

Watch the video on YouTube here.

Video: Making of THOR: THE DARK WORLD Score (composed by Brian Tyler)

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Brian Tyler’s office has posted a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the music for THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013), including clips of the score being recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia of London. [For further details on Tyler’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD score, see my 2013 interview with him in Soundtrax.]

Watch the 4:43 min. video on YouTube here.

April 23, 2019

Red Carpet Interview with Alan Silvestri on Scoring AVENGERS: ENDGAME

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watch the video at via link below has posted a 2:24 interview with composer Alan Silvestri on the red carpet from last night’s AVENGERS: ENDGAME premiere in Hollywood.

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April 22, 2019

Video: Alan Howarth on Scoring ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK with John Carpenter

In 1981, John Carpenter and Alan Howarth worked on their first film score together; Escape from New York. This was the genesis of a fruitful decade of collaboration. The film has gone on to become a cult-classic, but the score has taken on a life of its own and had great influence upon many musicians. 

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Composer and music producer Alan Ball, whose YouTube documentaries and videos examine and breakdown scores like this one, has posted a detailed breakdown of the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK score, featuring an insightful interview with Howarth about creating the classic score. “Hear from the horses mouth how the score came about, what gear was used and watch analysis and recreation of several cues using vintage gear,” Ball writes in his introduction.

Watch the video on YouTube here

March 2, 3019

Interviews with Joseph Bishara, Richard H. Band, and Sharon Farber highlight latest Soundtrax column

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Read the new column here.

February 7, 2019

Star Wars Catalog of Musical Leimotifs Feb 2019Major Update to Lehman’s Star Wars Musical Theme Catalog

Music Theorist, Assistant Professor of Music, Tufts University, and John Williams Scholar Frank Lehman announces a huge new update to his Star Wars Musical Theme Catalog now up! Major updates include vastly improved layout, new sections on source music & concert arrangements, and music notation for incidental motifs.

Read the full details here

January 19, 2018

Will Bates Discusses NIGHTFLYERS Syfy Series Score in Lakeshore Online Podcast

nightflyers_600-optThe good folks over at Birth.Movies.Death have the exclusive premiere on the first Lakeshore Podcast of the year, featuring Will Bates, series composer of George R.R. Martin’s NIGHTFLYERS series on Syfy. Hosted by Aaron Vehling of the Vehlinggo music site, we get the lowdown on how Will Bates (THE LOOMING TOWER, THE MAGICIANS, etc; and one half of the production company Fall On Your Sword, of ANOTHER EARTH, AMONG RAVENS) came to scoring this futuristic psychological thriller and the unusual instrumentation used.

NIGHTFLYERS takes place in 2093, where a team of scientists, on man’s most advanced space ship ever, embark on a mission to find other life forms. See the full story and access the Lakeshore Podcast now at Birth.Movies.Death.

Bates’ soundtrack album to NIGHTFLYERS is available now: [Download/Listen]

January 10, 2019

New Brian Tyler Interview on ESCAPE ROOM, and others, featured in Special Soundtrax Column posted today

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Brian discusses the musical ideas behind the scores for ESCAPE ROOM, CRAZY RICH ASIANS, the documentary THE DEVIL WE KNOW, and the forthcoming comic fantasy, WHAT MEN WANT.


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:

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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.

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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:

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October 24, 2018

Scoring The 13th Doctor: Segun Akinola Interview – Regeneration

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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 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:

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August 27, 2018

August 2018 Soundtrax column has posted:

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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

_the-puppet-master-the-littlest-reich_2400Daniel 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.

For information about Frizzi’s score and its soundtrack release, click on the links a few words back.

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

_Original ad for Starlog SR-1000Starlog 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:

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Feature Interview:

  • Pinar Toprak’s Musical Voyage to KRYPTON

Soundtrack Reviews:

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:

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May 27, 2018

A Tribute to Joel Goldsmith (1957-2012)

Joel-GoldsmithAsturScore, the film music website from Spain, has posted a tribute to film composer Joel Goldsmith, son of Jerry Goldsmith who was well known in his own right for scoring such projects as TV’s numerous STARGATE series, THE UNTOUCHABLES, WITCHBLADE, and HELEN OF TROY, the science fiction thriller MOON 44, the family friendly SHILOH, Steve Martin’s comedy THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS, the bittersweet comedy DIAMONDS, and contributed to his father’s score for STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT. AstureScore asked several of us to contribute our remembrances. Joel, whose untimely passing six years ago last April 29 at the young age of 54, as one of the contributors wrote, “was not fair play…, a stroke when he was excelling, destined to reach total maturity.” We remember him, with affection and continue to admire his music, drawn from a career whose curtain had drawn all too soon.
Read the tribute, in English,  here.

May 10, 2018

Yoko Kanno: The Greatest Composer You’ve Never Heard Of

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An excellent article by John Bull from

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.

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A Conversation With Bear McCreary, the Composer King of Comic-Con

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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.

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April 2018 Soundtrax column has posted:


My March 2018 Soundtrax column has posted:

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My June 2017 Soundtrax column has posted:

Featured Interviews:

  • Lorne Balfe – Scoring LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
  • Martco Beltrami – Scoring GODS OF EGYPT

Soundtrack Reviews:

  • 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:

Featured Interviews:

  • Trevor Morris – Scoring EMERALD CITY
  • Chris Bacon – Five Seasons in the BATES MOTEL
  • The Animated Musical World of HEITOR PEREIRA

Soundtrack Reviews:

  •  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 

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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, 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).

CFQ online logoIn 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

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