December 9, 2017

Alan Silvestri Scoring Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE


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New Marvel Animated Film SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Debuts December 14

animate spider-man Into the Spider Verse

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November 26, 2017 

Doctor Who theme’s co-creator honored with posthumous PhD

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_Delia Derbyshire fromTheGuardian crop

Delia Derbyshire, under-appreciated electronic music pioneer, honored by hometown university

November 15, 2017

Harry Gregson-Williams Scoring Aardman’s Early Man

EARLY MAN posterAardman Animations co-founder Peter Lord  confirmed on Twitter that Harry Gregson-Williams is currently recording his score for the upcoming animated feature Early Man. The music is being recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. The movie is directed by Nick Park (Chicken Run, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) and features the voice talent of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall and Richard Ayoade. The film tells the story of a courageous caveman and his best friend as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

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November 9, 2017

Pinar Toprak Unites with Justice League

Justice League banner with Pinar

November 5, 2017

Dudley Simpson, Australian Composer Known for Doctor Who, Has Died

October 28, 2017

Sample Danny Elfman’s “Hero Theme” from JUSTICE LEAGUE

October 26, 2017 

Jared DePasquale scores exciting JONATHAN PARK AUDIO ADVENTURES

Jonathan Park albums (samples)

The Jonathan Park Adventures is a kid-friendly audio drama – a film for your ears, if you will. Jared DePasquale has composed 21 scores for the Jonathan Park Adventures to date, with seven soundtrack albums containing music from three episodes each, available to purchase from his web site. “Jared bolsters the adventure series’ scores with an especially sturdy main theme. Introduced by exotic patterns from ney and oud, the powerful theme propels itself forward from horns over a bed of strings and a scramble of percussion that suggests the galloping of camel hoofs. This main theme is carried through a number of varied interpretations as the story follows the exploits of Jonathan and his compatriots. Maintaining a vivid instrumental timbre keeps the adventure fast-paced and fraught with exciting peril and eloquent compassion.” – Randall D. Larson

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October 18, 2017

Jóhann Jóhannsson and Rupert Gregson-Williams main winners at World Soundtrack Awards, David Shire received Lifetime Achievement Award

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September 29, 2017

Two Brand New STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY Half-Hour Specials Coming to Disney Channel on October 1st and 29th


Emmy and Grammy nominated composer Ryan Shore continues his successful streak in Animation with the Lucasfilm-Disney collaboration STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY web series. FORCES OF DESTINY focuses on the untold stories of Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, and many more noted characters through a series of two-to-three minute vignettes. Shore created several themes and an original score that accompanies John Williams’ iconic STAR WARS.  Shore details his experience on FORCES OF DESTINY: “I’m honored to be on board one of the most beloved franchises in the history of cinema. It’s especially rewarding to score these groundbreaking stories featuring the female heroines of Star Wars.” 

Disney launched FORCES OF DESTINY this summer primarily as a way to shine a light on the female characters in the Star Wars universe, but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy rightly pointed out that the short films are “for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity.” 

Disney launched FORCES OF DESTINY this summer primarily as a way to shine a light on the female characters in the Star Wars universe, but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy rightly pointed out that the short films are “for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity.” 

A new trailer has been released, previewing the two 30-minute TV specials coming to the Disney Channel with never-before-seen content. FORCES OF DESTINY part shows at October 1st at 8:00pm ET/PT, while Part Two can be seen on October 29th at 8:00pm ET/PT.

Earlier this year, Shore scored the Animated Virtual Reality (VR) short ARDEN’S WAKE for producer/director Eugene Chung of Penrose Studios, a timely tale about rising sea levels and a young woman’s quest to find her missing father under the perilous ocean waters. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews, with critics describing Penrose as the Pixar of VR Animation.

Read our interview with Ryan about scoring STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY here

Watch the new FORCES OF DESTINY trailer:

For more details, see Disney’s FORCES OF DESTINY website

September 15, 2017

Examining Wallfisch’s IT score in depth

A notable analysis of Benjamin Wallfisch’s score to IT has been posted on youtube – watch it below:

After watching, click on this link to a longer analysis, here.

September 13, 2017

Latest DC Animated Universe feature, BATMAN VS. TWO-FACE debuts at New York Comic Con Oct. 8th 

Dynamic Music Partners, also known as Lolita Ritmans, Michael McCuistion, and Kristopher Carter, have scored the stunning music for this new animated adventure. The composer trio has been scoring Batman animated properties for decades, from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES to BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE and their thrilling, modern score for BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN. Their soundtrack for BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS earned them an Annie Award nomination.

Batman_vs_Two-Face_coverBATMAN VS. TWO-FACE finds the dynamic trio composed back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must work double-time to discover his mysterious secret identity before they can halt his evil-doing – all the while combating the likes of Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Bookworm, Hugo Strange, and King Tut! The late Adam West leads the star-studded cast in his final performance as Batman – playing opposite fellow pop culture icon William Shatner as the criminally conflicted Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and alongside his longtime pal Burt Ward, supplying more “holy” fun as the Boy Wonder himself, Robin. 

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September 5, 2017

City of Prague Philharmonic performs 2018 German LITTLE WITCH score

The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Miriam Nemcova recently recorded the large orchestra score for DIE KLEINE HEXE (The Little Witch), based on the German’s children classic. The music was composed by Diego Baldenweg with Nora Baldenweg & Lionel Vincent Baldenweg (aka Great Garbo Music), with orchestral arrangements by Diego Baldenweg.

Jonas Zellweger served as orchestrator, with Michael Künstle serving as assistant orchestrator. Stanja Vomackova provided translation and session music assistance, with Tadlow Music’s James Fitzpatrick on hand as an orchestra consultant, and Benjamin Gut as the sound engineer, with the assistance of Smecky Music Studios in Prague, Tadlow Music, and Idee und Klang Studio.

DIE KLEINE HEXE will be released in 2018). The film is directed by Mike Schaerer, and is based on Otfried Preussler’s popular radio play comes to the big screen as a magical live-action movie adaptation. The little witch (Karoline Herfurth) is only 127 years old and so much too young to dance with the other witches. When she tries to creep in, she is discovered. For punishment, she has to memorize all spells from the great book of witchcraft within a year, and show that she is a good witch. But diligence and ambition is not her strength, and the evil weather witch Rumpumpel (Suzanne von Borsody) tries to prevent her from doing so.

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August 8, 2017

Jóhann Jóhannsson scoring Aronofsky’s horror thriller MOTHER!

Mother trailer logo screen grabDarren Aronofsky (NOAH, THE BLACK SWAN) has completed his latest film, a  scary horror thriller about a young couple (Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem) whose cozy relationship in their remote country home is challenged by a mysterious couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) who arrive and lodge with them, disrupting their tranquil existence and possibly threatening their safety. This will be Aronofsky’s first film without composer Clint Mansell’s involvement. The film is scheduled to open on September 17th. 

Watch the trailer for MOTHER! here.

Bear McCreary Scores Futuristic Smart-House Thriller TAU

TAU 2017 scifi thrillerBear McCreary (COLOSSAL, THE WALKING DEAD) has composed the music for Federico D’ Alessandro’s upcoming sci-fi thriller TAU. The film stars Maika Monroe as Julia, who falls victim to a serial kidnapper who has designed an advanced artificial intelligence that inhabits and automates a futuristic “smart house” in which Julia is held captive. Julia faces a battalion of drones and other automated functions of the house as she must race against time to bridge the boundaries between man and machine by connecting to TAU and win her freedom. D’ Alessandro is a former storyboard artist and animatics director who worked on the latter two NARNIA movies and most of Marvel’s superhero blockbusters since THOR. In addition to composing the music, Bear McCreary has also produced, conducted, and orchestrated the score (assisted by Sean Barrett on the latter function).
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Nathan Barr assigned to score FLATLINERS


Nathan Barr (TV’s TRUE BLOOD, HEMLOCK GROVE, THE AMERICANS) is scoring the upcoming sci-fi thriller FLATLINERS. The film is directed by Niels Arden Oplev (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Hollywood version) and is based on Joel Schumacher’s 1990 feature of the same title (which James Newton Howard scored), which follows five medical students who embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, thus triggering a near-death experience intended to give them a firsthand account of the afterlife. In spades. (Originally, composer Jacob Groth was assigned to the project; No word as to what transpired to make the change in composers). The film is scheduled for release on
Sep. 29. 
      – via filmmusicreporter

Watch the FLATLINERS trailer at imdb here.

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