GENRE FILM MUSIC NEWS
September 12, 2018
THE PREDATOR Soundtrack Premiere: Listen to the Debut Track by Henry Jackman
Ahead of the The Predator theatrical release on September 14, listen to the appropriately named debut track, “The Arrival” by Henry Jackman. A three-track EP of Jackman’s music drops on September 14, with a full album to follow on September 28 from Lakeshore Records.
See details here.
August 24, 2018
Dove Cameron Debuts New Single “Born Ready” – theme song for new MARVEL RISING: SECRET WARRIORS series
Walt Disney Records and Marvel Music today released “Born Ready,” an exclusive new single performed by Dove Cameron (DESCENDANTS 3, HAIRSPRAY LIVE) which is the theme song to the upcoming animated film MARVEL RISING: SECRET WARRIORS, a new animated film premiering simultaneously on both Disney Channel and Disney XD on September 30th. The digital single is currently available for download and at streaming services, and the companion featurette is now available on DisneyMusicVEVO.
The series will be scored by Dynamic Music Partners, the expert composing team of Michael McQuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, and Kristopher Carter…
Read the full story here.
August 23, 2018
Warner Bros. Joker Origin Movie Has a Composer
August 2, 2018
Film and TV composer Neil Argo has died
The Hollywood Reporter has related that composer Neil Argo has died in Scottsdale, Arizona. “His résumé included DYNASTY, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 and MELROSE PLACE as well as the PBS documentary program WILD AMERICA,” wrote Mike Barnes in Thursday’s Hollywood Reporter.
One of his last scores was the family drama with fantasy sequences, THE LEGENDS OF NETHIAH.
Read our full story here.
July 26, 2018
Remembering Patrick Williams – and his early fantasy-horror scores
Composer Patrick Williams passed away early Wednesday morning of complications from cancer. He was 79.
Williams served as a versatile and innovative film composer, arranger, and conductor for popular music, concert, film, and television for more than thirty years, gaining more than 200 film and TV scoring credits listed on IMDB. He worked in many genres and won four Emmy Awards (out of 22 nominations), two Grammys for his jazz arrangements, an Oscar nomination for film composition (best music, original song score, and best adaptation score for 1979’s BREAKING AWAY), and a Cable ACE award (plus two nominations).
Patrick Williams scored only a few science fiction/horror pictures in his early years in film music. His first and best horror movie score was for a film titled, simply, SSSSSSSS (1973, called SSSSSNAKE abroad), about a mad scientist (Strother Martin) who for unexplained reasons chemically transforms a man into a giant cobra…
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July 21, 2018
Watch DC’s AQUAMAN trailer
The AQUAMAN trailer has surfaced today. Rupert Gregson-Williams (WONDER WOMAN) is slated to score the film.
Watch the trailer:
July 21, 2018
Bear McCreary to Score GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS
In Facebook and Twitter posts today, composer Bear McCreary revealed that he has been brought on board to compose the score for the forthcoming GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (trailer below).
Read the story here.
July 21, 2018
Benjamin Walfisch to score DC’s SHAZAM
Film Music Reporter has confirmed that composer Benjamin Wallfisch (IT, LIGHTS OUT, HELLBOY , co-composer on BLADE RUNNER 2049, HIDDEN FIGURES, DUNKIRK) is reuniting with David F. Sandberg to score SHAZAM.
Read the story here.
July 11, 2018
Goosebumps 2 Announced – Dominic Lewis to Score
Halloween comes to life in GOOSEBUMPS 2 – HAUNTED HALLOWEEN, a brand-new comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books. Composer Dominic Lewis (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, MI-5 (SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD) is set to score the film,
For more details, see here.
June 29, 2018
Composer Christophe Beck re-teams with Marvel Cinematic Universe to score ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – Film & Soundtrack out July 6
“I had previously created a theme for the Ant-Man in the odd meter of seven which means seven beats per bar. I created a theme for The Wasp which was in the odd meter of five. Most songs and scores are written in the more traditional 4/4 or 3/4 meters. But, when more beats are added to create a complex meter, it brings a dynamic, rhythmic effect to the music which fits in with the multifaceted character of these two superheroes.”
Read full story here
June 27, 2018
New DOCTOR WHO composer revealed
Read story here
June 7, 2018
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Official Trailer Released (HD)
Watch the new SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE trailer now – in theaters this Christmas. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind THE LEGO MOVIE and 21 JUMP STREET, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
Composer Richie Kohan has scored the trailer – but a composer for the movie has apparently not yet been named.
April 26, 2018
SUSPIRIA remake poster & websites revealed
In a story posted today at the Rue Morgue web site, the forthcoming remake of Dario Argento’s classic SUSPIRIA has revealed its latest teaser poster and websites.
Read our story here
April 21, 2018
John Carpenter to Score New HALLOWEEN Film
In an online report originally posted on April 20 at the playlist.com it was reported that producer Jason Blum has confirmed in a Twitter post that John Carpenter, while not directing Blumhouse’s new version of HALLOWEEN, has agreed to score the movie.
David Gordon Green (SNOW ANGEL, UNDERTOW, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS) is directing 2018’s HALLOWEEN, which brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strod, confronting her homicidal, unkillable bother Michael Myers. Curtis recently told Yahoo, “I’ve seen a trailer and I’ve seen some footage, and it’s terrifying.”
The new HALLOWEEN opens October 19.
See theplaylist.com for the details.
April 5, 2018
Colin Stetson Scores Mindbending Horror Film HEREDITARY
Colin Stetson (LAVENDER, OUTLAWS & ANGELS, + Arcade Fire Collaborator) has conjured an eerie, booming, malevolently droning score where the end result is a uniquely uneasy, sinister suite of music capped with one of the most unexpected conclusions in recent years.
Read the full story, and sample a truly frightening music cue & film’s trailer, here.
April 4, 2018
Netflix’s LOST IN SPACE Premiers April 13
Christopher Lennertz (SUPERNATURAL, AGENT CARTER, RIDE ALONG) has composed the series score as well as its new title theme; both affectionately integrate elements of John Williams’ music from the classic original TV series. See link to watch the opening credits , featuring Lennertz’s score…
See full story here
March 30, 2018
Dominik Scherrer Scores THE CITY & THE CITY for BBC Two
…”With a story set in two radically different cities, inhabiting the same geographical space, but each with their own characteristic look and feel, writing the soundtrack for the series was a challenge to say the least. THE CITY & THE CITY takes place in the not-too-distant future, and contrasts two cities, which inhabit the same location, in their culture, feel, language and wealth,” Scherrer explained. “The two cities … coexist in the same geographical space but are separate because people are taught from birth to unsee the other city. The music had to highlight the contrast as well as unite the storyline spanning across the two cities.”
Read the full story here.
March 28, 2018
Composer Murray Gold to Step Down from Scoring DOCTOR WHO
Silva Screen Records has announced that five time BAFTA nominee Murray Gold recently confirmed that he is stepping down from composer duties on the show after 12 years of providing some of the finest music to be heard on contemporary television. This is also the 12th Silva Screen release of his music from the 2005 revival onwards and underlines the breadth of Gold’s composing skill across over two and a half hours of music.
March 22, 2018
Bear McCreary Embraces authentic Nordic Music for latest GOD OF WAR Game Score
Image from Sony Interactive Entertainment, via Billboard
Featuring Faroese vocalist Eivør Pálsdóttir and an orchestra of 50 strings, 17 brass instruments and six low woodwinds, plus Iceland’s 22-singer Schola Cantorum choir and a 48-singer choir from Prague, Bear McCreary’s new score for God of War may well find itself among gaming’s greatest scores.
God of War, which will be released for PlayStation 4 on April 20, refocuses the prior games’ emphasis on Greek mythology to Norse lore. “I researched Nordic folk music — the way it sounds,” McCreary said. “I wanted to communicate something authentic. Rather than using traditional choirs recorded in London or Los Angeles, we went to Iceland. That’s as immersed as I can get into the world of God of War — going onto these glaciers and experiencing it.”
By recording in Iceland with an Icelandic choir, the singers could read the text and pronounce the words properly, McCrary explained. There’s a section of text in the game which is sung in the score; the words were translated by a scholar into Old Norse. That dialect no longer exists today as a spoken language, but of current languages it is closest to Icelandic. Having it sung in proper pronunciation gave McCreary an incredible edge in the historical authenticity of the choral music
Read the full article by by Brian Leak at Billboard.com
March 22, 2018
Composer Pinar Toprak Brings Krypton’s ‘Otherworldly’ Sounds to Life – and links John Williams’ Superman to his Krptonian ancestry
According to composer Pinar Toprak, currently scoring SyFy’s KRYPTON, the sound of Superman’s home planet is a decisively “otherworldly” sound. In an online article posted today at Variety, writer Jon Burlingame discussed with Toprak her process of scoring the new series.
Using a phalanx of synthesizers and electronic music making machines in her own studio, Toprak is able to endow the planet of Krypton with a “dark, oppressive atmosphere” while augmenting its main characters with an evocative sonic spirit of “heroism and warmth.”
“This show has a lot of heart,” Toprak said. “Even though it’s a world that is not ours, we can relate to a lot of the motivations and struggles and successes. Conveying the right emotion at the right time is the main gig.”
Read the full story by Jon Burlingame at Variety
Note: Having just watched the pilot episode at Syfy – com, I’ll add this note (no major story spoilers that aren’t already evident in the trailers): In Toprak’s score for KRYTON’s pilot episode, she quotes the first eight notes (the fanfare) of John Williams’ classic SUPERMAN theme: first when Seg-El and his mother first arrive at his grandfather Val El’s Fortress of Solitude after being given the key by Earth time-traveler Adam Strange; and again during as the very last musical cue of the episode, after Strange confronts Seg-El again in the Fortress informing him what is at stake to Krypton – and his future descendent. By using the powerful, sparkling, and instantly recognizable Williams fanfare (arguably the most important notes of Williams’ full Superman anthem), Toprak associates the El family heritage, its past and its potential future (it also associated and the cinematic linkage between the Richard Donner SUPERMAN film and its filmic descendant, the KRYTON series). The connection is both emotional and iconic, lending a credibility to the series’ pedigree. – rdl
March 15, 2018
Listen to Alan Silvestri’s Main Title from READY PLAYER ONE
The Main Title music from Steven Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE, based on the Ernest Cline novel, has been released to all those in the stacks. Read full story here.
March 13, 2018
Dumbledore, Grindelwald, and James Newton Howard: FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 trailer
Image copyright 2017 Warner Bros Entertainment. All rights reserved.
The official teaser trailer for FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD was released today. Fancy a viewing? See below!
James Newton Howard, who composed the first FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, returns with a powerful new score for the sequel.
In then new film, magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.The film opens November 16th, 2018 from Warner Bros.
March 5, 2018
Coming this Christmas: Mary Poppins Returns
The teaser trailer was released this weekend for Disney’s Christmas surprise, MARY POPPINS RETURNS – a sequel to the studio’s charming fantasy-musical of 1964, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
Film, TV, and Broadway composer & songwriter Marc Shaiman (HAIRSPRAY, the Broadway musical; Stephen King’s MISERY, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, LBJ) is composing the score while he and partner Scott Wittman wrote the songs; both certainly possess the talents and musical chops to follow the legacy of the original’s Irwin Kostal (score) and Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman (songs).
Read full story here .
February 18, 2018
Freeform’s forthcoming SIREN Series Scored by Michael A. Levine
Read Story here.
February 10, 2018
ARRIVAL, SICARIO Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Dies at age 48
- Read Story here
Women in Horror Month: The 9th Annual Blood Drive is Upon Us
Since February is Women in Horror Month (WiMH), and America needs blood donations, we’d like to support the partnership between WiMH and Twisted Twin Productions (the amazing filmmakers Jen & Sylvia Soska and their talented crew) in getting the word out about the WiHM Blood Drive.
Read the Whole (Blood) Story, here
February 5, 2018
After yesterday’s short teaser at the Super Bowl, now here’s the Full 1:44-min teaser trailer for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
And if you missed yesterday’s short teaser, here it is:
February 4, 2018
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY: Trailer debuted today during Super Bowl – In theaters May 25.
Score is being composed by John Powell with a new theme by John Williams.
February 1, 2018
WINCHESTER: The Spierig Brothers Bring Us The Most Haunted House In The World – In Theaters February 2
Check out the trailer to Winchester, the new supernatural horror film brought to you by Jigsaw directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (The Spierig Brothers)! Lakeshore Records will release the soundtrack, featuring score by Peter Spierig — more album details coming soon!
Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness.
[Not inspired by true events but here’s where the story becomes way more interesting- rdl (who grew up with spitting distance of the Winchester Mansion).] But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the troubled Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters…
Watch trailer below:
January 28, 2017
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN composer John Morris dies at 91
Best known for scoring nearly all of director Mel Brooks’ comedy films, composer John Morris died Thursday Jan. 25th at the age of 91. Morris began as Brooks’ regular composer with 1967’s THE PRODUCER; he went on to compose the music for all of Brooks’ movies except DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT and ROBIN HOOD, MEN IN TIGHTS…
Read full story here
January 27, 2018
Netflix Just Dropped the Trailer for David Bruckner’s THE RITUAL Horror Film, Score by Ben Lovett
The trailer for THE RITUAL, the new horror film by David Bruckner (SOUTHBOUND, V/H/S, THE SIGNAL) has been posted by Netflix. The score has been composed by ace synth expert Ben Lovett. No stranger to delivering moody and foreboding scores (Ben delivered one of Lakeshore’s favorite releases of 2016, SYNCHRONICITY), we can expect to hear more of Lovett’s dark synth handiwork in this forthcoming album release. Check out the trailer below.
THE RITUAL premieres February 9 on Netflix.
The digital soundtrack album will be released on February 9th from Lakeshore. Sample tracks and pre-order the album on iTunes here