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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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Jodie Walker’s 13th Doctor and her companions. Right: Segun Akinola photo by David Shoukry.

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.

Read the story at

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.

Read the story over at

April 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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