Amblin’s Revival of AMAZING STORIES TV Series Debuts March 6
AMAZING STORIES, Apple TV+’s highly anticipated original series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, will make its global debut on Friday, March 6, exclusively on Apple TV+. Thus far the episode composers for the new show are…
Bear McCreary Scoring Amazon’s THE DARK TOWER Pilot
Recent word has it that Bear McCreary (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, COLOSSAL, THE WALKING DEAD, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) has been brought in to score the forthcoming Amazon pilot THE DARK TOWER. The show was developed by Glen Mazzara (THE WALKING DEAD, Season 3) based on Stephen King’s book of the same title, with Stephen Hopkins (PREDATOR 2, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5) directing the pilot. The series is intended to serve as a reboot of the poorly-received 2017 movie adaptation…
New BIRDS OF PREY Trailer Launched – Film Scored by Daniel (SPIDER-VERSE) Pemberton
Daniel Pemberton (THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.) steps into DC territory to score another wild and crazy super-hero adventure with BIRDS OF PREY. Formerly titled BIRDS OF PREY: AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN, the film features the return of Margot Robbie as fiendish Joker’s fiendish femme-fatale ex, Harley Quinn, revving up the frenzied character after her delightful manic performance in THE SUICIDE SQUAD (2016).
SHERLOCK’s David Arnold & Michael Price Score BBC’s DRACULA series
BBC has broadcast their new DRACULA miniseries over three days beginning on January 1st, 2020. Netflix will launch the show on their streaming site tonight, January 4th. The series consists of three episodes.
Composers David Arnold and Michael Price, who created the innovative theme and scores for the Benedict Cumberbatch SHERLOCK series, scored the title theme and episode music for the DRACULA series.
Watch a featurette on the DRACULA scores, and the series trailer below that…
Jon Burlingame Interviews John Williams about his final STAR WARS opus
“With THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, set to open Dec. 20, composer John Williams closes the book on his 42-year history with STAR WARS after nine films and more than 20 hours of some of the most lavish and memorable symphonic accompaniment in the history of movies,” writes premiere film music journalist Jon Burlingame, interviewing John Williams for Variety.
Former James Horner associate Simon Franglen will to score James Cameron’s AVATAR 2 & 3. The first two sequels to the director’s Academy Award-nominated 2009 film (which are being shot simultaneously) will premiere in December 2021 and 2023, respectively.
Franglen previously served as arranger and score producer on the original AVATAR movie, composed by James Horner. He also collaborated with Horner on numerous other projects.
Gershon Kingsley, Master of Electronic Sounds, Dies at 97
Gershon Kingsley, a German-American composer who brought electronic sounds into popular music and wrote the score for 1972’s horror movie SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT, has died on Dec. 10 at his home in Manhattan. He was 97.
Shudder TV Debuts THE DEAD LANDS in January – Score by Lachlan Anderson
THE DEAD LANDS stars Te Kohe Tuhaka as a murdered warrior named Waka Nuku Rau who is sent back to the world of the living to redeem his sins… The original score has been created by Australian composer Lachlan Anderson, mostly known for his work on the internationally acclaimed Belgian supernatural, slow-burn thriller series TABULA RASA.
Upcoming Horrors from Scare Maestro Joseph Bishara
Horror music maestro Joseph Bishara has a few interesting new projects of note. He’s returning to James Wan’s CONJURING franchise with the latest sequel, THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT, set for release next September… He has scored the latest sequel in the INSIDIOUS franchise, INSIDIOUS: THE DARK REALM, directed by James Wan… he is scoring DREAMKATCHER, about a young boy who, in order to stop his bad dreams, steals a dreamcatcher from a mysterious neighbor which in turn forces his family to rescue him from a nightmarish entity [he also plays the demonic entities in the latter two films].
French composer Rob (aka Robin Coudert) (MANIAC, REVENGE, HORNS) is composing the original score for the upcoming fantasy horror movie GRETEL & HANSEL. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the movie follows a young girl who leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
Composers Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli score new Netflix series THE WITCHER
“We had the opportunity to work with great artists and songwriters, record with historical instruments and use unique instruments. Developing a new sound palette, new motifs, and themes is always exciting. Every step you discover new things.” – Sonya Belousova
Get ready early 2020: Who’s Back! Series [Season] 12 starts up early next year. Featuring Jody Whittaker as the 13th Doctor – with new music by Segun Akinola.
November 18, 2019
Trevor Gureckis Scores Apple TV+’s SERVANT
From executive producer and director M. Night Shyamalan comes SERVANT, the forthcoming psychological thriller premiering November 28 on Apple TV+… The series features a score by award-winning Composer Trevor Gureckis (THE GOLDFINCH, BLOODLINE): “The music is somewhat liturgical. There are bells and violins—a lot of piano. I was actually playing inside my piano, scratching it and hitting hammers. There’s always going to be electronics in what I do, but this score’s a lot more transparent…
Read more details and watch the show’s trailer, here
November 11, 2019
Matthew Margeson to Score Blumhouse Horror Take on FANTASY ISLAND
Jeff Wadlow (CRY WOLF, NEVER BACK DOWN) directs the forthcoming supernatural horror take of the 1977-83 ABC series. Matthew Margeson (KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, ROCKETMAN) is composing the original music for the film adaptation.
Ohad Benchetrit & Justin Small Score forthcoming s.f. thriller THE MANDELA EFFECT
The music is provided by the Canadian songwriting and film scoring partners Justin Small and Ohad Benchetrit (PREY [documentary], BRAVEN, THIS IS NOT A MOVIE). They also play in the mostly-instrumental Toronto post-rock band Do Make Say Think, and also write separately for films. THE MANDELA EFFECT may be their most ambitious scoring project to date.
Based on the bestselling Valiant comic book and directed by David S. F. Wilson (LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS (episode “Sonnie’s Edge), Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Announce 3-LP WATCHMEN Soundtrack
Nine Inch Nails members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have announced the release of their score for the new HBO TV adaptation of the Watchmen comic series. That series premiered on HBO last night, October 20th. Their score will be released across three volumes over the coming weeks.
Michael Giacchino to Score Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN
Michael Giacchino confirmed at tonight’s Settling the Score concert at Royal Albert Hall in London that he will be scoring the upcoming superhero movie THE BATMAN… The film is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Composer Sam Ewing, a member of Bear McCreary’s Sparks and Shadows music production team who co-composes THE WALKING DEAD with McCreary, has recently completed scoring the forthcoming horror film THE SHED… The film is about two friends who have been relentlessly bullied most of their lives. All of that changes when Stan discovers he has a murderous vampire living in his shed…
Bear McCreary’sSparks & Shadows Fledges Composers Sam Ewing & Jason Akers
Composer Bear McCreary (GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS, HAPPY DEATH DAY, THE WALKING DEAD, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD) has announced that he is now sharing screen credits with two long-standing members of his Sparks and Shadows music production team. “Sam Ewing now officially co-composes with me on The Walking Dead, and Jason Akers on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” McCreary said…
Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE Trailer Released – James Newton Howard Scoring the film
Eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, MALEFICENT, THE DARK KNIGHT, DEVIL’S ADVOCATE, SIXTH SENSE) is scoring Disney’s upcoming supernaturally-overtoned action adventure movie, JUNGLE CRUISE, based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name.
German Silent Horror Classic HÄXAN Comes to Blu-ray, Rescore Debuts on Lakeshore Records
Criterion has remastered the classic film HÄXAN, which includes music from the 1922 Danish premiere, arranged by film-music specialist Gillian B. Anderson and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra. In addition, Cemetery Gates, horror-centric film music composers and creators of “synth-driven death ballads,” has given the 1922 horror film an musical update: HÄXAN –Original Motion Picture Rescore is out now digitally on Lakeshore Records.
Mark Korven Provides a Creepy Score for Netflix’s IN THE TALL GRASS
Netflix debuted the creepy horror film IN THE TALL GRASS yesterday, adapted by director Vincenzo Natali (CUBE, CYPHER, SPLICE) from the novella by Steven King and his son Joe Hill. Enhancing the story’s mood and atmosphere is a powerfully unsettling score by Mark Korven (THE WITCH, THE LIGHTHOUSE, Natali’s CUBE).
Frederik Wiedmann Scores WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES – Preview Clips Revealed
The 13th installment of the DC Animated Movie Universe—and the 36th overall film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line—is WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES. The film will serve as a prequel to 2014’s JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR. The film’s music has been composed by Emmy-Award winning composer, and a veteran scorer of DC animated films, Frederik Wiedmann. DC has released two short clips from the forthcoming animated film to youtube (watch them both here, including the film’s trailer).
October 3, 2019
Netflix to Release Horror Film ELI, Score by Bear McCreary – Watch Trailer
Bear McCreary has scored the forthcoming horror film ELI, which is scheduled for release on October 18th on Netflix. The story centers on a young boy named Eli who is undergoing treatment in a remote clinic for his auto-immune disorder, only to discover that the house he’s living isn’t as safe as he thought.
Russ Davies Has Scored BBC One’s New THE WAR OF THE WORLDS Miniseries – Trailer Available
Russ Davies is a British composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer having released over 15 artist albums since 2002 under various alias’ including Abakus, Cinnamon Chasers, Aiiso. He’s a newcomer to film scoring, having scored the short film, THE CONTROLLER (2013), and has recently completed the soundtrack for THE WAR OF THE WORLDS adaptation…
THE LIGHTHOUSE Soundtrack Announced from THE WITCH composer Mark Korven
Available Friday, October 18 from Milan Records, THE LIGHTHOUSE original motion picture soundtrack will feature music from the Robert Eggers-directed horror film and is composer Mark Korven’s second collaboration with the director following his score for Eggers’ directorial debut THE WITCH. Of the soundtrack, composer Mark Korven says, “Robert [Eggers] and I were rather like the two wickies that went insane in THE LIGHTHOUSE, musically speaking. We traveled to some very dark harmonic and textural places…”
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP Vignette Released, Composer David Sardy returns to Score Sequel
A decade after ZOMBIELAND became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer for ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP… Composer David Sardy, who scored the original 2009 ZOMBIELAND, returns to re-invest the new film with brain-crunching flavor and zombie-fleeing excitement.
Read the details, and watch the extended trailer/featurette, here.
September 9, 2019
HBO’s Take on Stephen King’s THE OUTSIDER Scored by Bensi & Jurriaans
Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans (FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, NOS4A2, AMERICAN GODS, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE) will score HBO’s upcoming limited series THE OUTSIDER, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same title. The series, which will premiere in 2020, stars Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Jason Bateman, Bill Camp, and Mare Winningham, and centers on a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy that leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe to be real, as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case.
HEREDITY’s Colin Stetson Scores Richard Stanley’s COLOR OUT OF SPACE
Colin Stetson (HEREDITARY, RED DEAD REDEMPTION II, THE FIRST) has provided a synth-based score for the film, which is based on the classic H. P. Lovecraft story about a farm and the family that lives on it slowly being overrun by an otherworldly contamination
The music for the upcoming science fiction/horror film, UNDERWATER, was co-composed by Marco Beltrami and Brandon Roberts. It was completed during summer 2018, but the movie got a stuck in the Fox/Disney merger.
For more details, and to watch the trailer, click here.
September 5, 2019
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN Special Screening in Advance of Premiere Release of Franz Waxman’s Original Score Recording
Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection and La-La Land Records celebrate the official world premiere release of the original 1935 Franz Waxman score recording of THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN with a special screening of “Bride” at Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival… La-La Land’s limited edition CD will be available for purchase at the event in the Music Hall lobby, ahead of the CD’s official release date…
Composer Ryan Shore’s Music Haunts BUCKOUT ROAD Thriller
In a new horror thriller coming out later this month, a college class project on creation and destruction of modern myth turns terrifying when a trio of young people comes to realize the urban legends surrounding the infamous Buckout Road of New York State may, in fact, be real.
The creepy thriller features a score by Ryan Shore (STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES, STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY, R. L. STINE’S MONSTERVILLE: CABINET OF SOULS, CABIN FEVER 2: SPRING FEVER).
Read the full details, and watch the film’s trailer, here.
August 26, 2019
BLACK PANTHER’s Ludwig Göransson Scores Disney’s MANDALORIAN TV series
Disney released their official trailer this week for MANDALORIAN, their live-action STAR WARS spin-off TV series. Composer Ludwig Göransson (VENOM, CREED, Oscar winner for BLACK PANTHER score) was signed last December to score the series.
Jefferson Friedman Scores Animated HARLEY QUINN TV Series
Composer Jefferson Friedman, who along with Craig Wedren scored the short-lived super-hero-related sitcomPOWERLESS(2017) will be scoring the forthcoming HARLEY QUINN animated series. The show is scheduled to premiere in October on DC Universe.
For more details, and to watch the latest trailer, see here.
August 16, 2019
Ride the Wild Dead Surf with Ridenhour, Cano, & Perkins as ZOMBIE TIDAL WAVE Premieres Tomorrow
An original musical score from Chris Ridenhour, Christopher Cano (composers of most of the SHARKNADO movies and most of the Asylum’s plethora of mockumentaries, weather disaster films, and multi-headed shark attack movies) and their new collaborator Craig Anthony Perkins, is sure to keep the action rolling in as they play straight-man to ZTW’s Ziering, Ferrante, and writing team of Darby Parker & Josh LeBlanc, whose screenplay is based on a story by Ian Ziering & SHARKNADO 1-5’s writer Thunder Levin.
Showtime’s HALO series to be scored by Abel Korzeniowski
Composer Abel Korzeniowski (BATTLE FOR TERRA, THE NUN, PENNY DREADFUL, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS) will be scoring the forthcoming Showtime original series HALO. Developed by Kyle Killen (MIND GAMES, AWAKE, LONE STAR), the series is based on the hit video game of the same title. Otto Bathurst (2018’s ROBIN HOOD, HIS DARK MATERIALS, BLACK MIRROR, PEAKY BLINDERS) is set to direct. The series will begin shooting later this year in Budapest and is scheduled to premiere in early 2021.
Season 2 of THE TERROR Premieres Tonight – Score by Mark Korven(THE WITCH)
Debuting on AMC tonight, the second season of THE TERROR, titled THE TERROR INFAMY, takes place on the west coast of the United States during World War II and has to do with an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific… Season 2 is composed by Mark Korven (THE WITCH, AWAKENING THE ZODIAC, IN THE TALL GRASS); the series’ first season was scored by Swedish composer and audiovisual artist Marcus Fjellström, who sadly died in 2017.
DC Universe drops TITANS Season 2 Trailer – Mansell & Kiner Return to Score
Composers Clint Mansell and Kevin Kiner scored the first season and both are now at work scoring the second season. “I’m thrilled to be writing music for Superboy again, 30 years down the line,” Kiner, who scored the 1988-90 SUPERBOY TV series, told Musique Fantastique. “This new season has been so much fun, and I’m very excited to be doing themes for the new characters, especially the world’s deadliest mercenary, Deathstroke.”
Read the story and watch the Season 2 trailer here.
August 4, 2019
A Celebration of America in Space with Film Music
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association presents America in Space at the Hollywood Bowl – a celebration of the achievements of American space travel – Thursday, August 15, at 8PM. Hear how Hollywood’s composers and filmmakers tell the story of America’s push to explore beyond Earth’s atmosphere, from the thrill of the space race, to the possibility of missions to Mars. The one-night-only event features a mix of music, film clips, and archival footage, for a true celebration of the universe’s real stars.
Joe Kraemer & Penka Kouneva Score Mark Altman’s New Sci-Fi series for The CW, PANDORA
“It’s been a wonderful process working with [Penka] on the music for PANDORA,” said Kraemer. “She brings a terrific balance of classical and modern techniques of composition and production to the score for the show, and I love that the diversity of the cast is reflected in the crew as well.” … “Composing orchestral music for this galactic adventure and working with Joe Kraemer is a dream come true,” said Kouneva.
PRIMAL is an upcoming American adult animated action-adventure television series, created by Genndy Tartakovsky, that is set to premiere on Adult Swim in the Fall of 2019. The series is being scored by Tyler Bates (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, JOHN WICK, WATCHMEN) and Joanne Higginbottom, who has contributed programming and additional music to a number of Bates’ scores, including HOBBS & SHAW, JOHN WICK 3, TV’s THE PURGE, THE PUNISHER, and SAMURAI JACK. Bates has collaborated with Tartakovsky on the many of the director’s animated projects.
Superhero Composers Receive Standing Ovation from Fans at Comic-Con’s 7th Annual “Musical Anatomy of a Superhero” Panel
On Thursday July 18 at the San Diego Comic-Con, the 7th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero Panel packed Ballroom 20 and ended with a standing ovation from the nearly 5000 spectators… Participants included composers Pinar Toprak (CAPTAIN MARVEL, KRYPTON), Benjamin Wallfisch (SHAZAM, HELLBOY), Christopher Lennertz (THE BOYS, AGENT CARTER), Blake Neely (BATWOMAN, THE FLASH), Sherri Chung (BATWOMAN), and special guest moderator Michael Giacchino (SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, DR. STRANGE).
Mario Beltrami & Anna Drubich Score SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
The very versatile film composer Marco Beltrami (LOGAN, A QUIET PLACE, WORLD WAR Z, 2004’s HELLBOY, SCREAM) has joined with Anna Drubich, a noted film composer in Russia, to score the horror thriller SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. Directed by André Ovredal (THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, TROLLHUNTER), the movie is based on the book trilogy by Alvin Schwartz, originally published between 1981-1991. The screenplay by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman is based on a screen story by Guillermo del Toro, who also co-produces…
The team of Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (BIRD BOX, GONE GIRL, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE SOCIAL NETWORK) are scoring the forthcoming WATCHMEN superhero drama television series, based on the DC Comics limited series of the same name created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
Christopher Drake to Score Shudder’s CREEPSHOW Series
Shudder, AMC’s subscription video on-demand service featuring horror, thriller and supernatural fiction titles, has delivered the first trailer for its new TV series CREEPSHOW, based on the CREEPSHOW films by Stephen King and George A. Romero. The series is being scored by composer Christopher Drake, known for scoring Kevin Smith’s TUSK, the HELLBOY animated series, and numerous animated movies based on DC comic characters…
Read the story, and watch the creepy trailer,here.
July 18, 2019
Nathan Barr Scores Amazon Prime’s CARNIVAL ROW
The new Amazon Original series CARNIVAL ROW is a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological creatures. Feared by humans, they are forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom.
No surprise, since composer Alan Silvestri has scored nearly all of director Robert Zemeckis’ feature films, since 1984’s ROMANCING THE STONE, but it’s been reported that Alan Silvestri (AVENGERS: ENDGAME, READY PLAYER ONE, BACK TO THE FUTURE) has signed on to score the upcoming fantasy adventure THE WITCHES. The fantasy-comedy film is directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock, Jahzir Kadeem Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick. The movie is based on the classic Roald Dahl book (previously filmed in 1990) and tells the story of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his Grandmother in rural Alabama, where they come across some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches.
Bad Boy Super Heroes: Christopher Lennertz Scores THE BOYS
Award-winning composer and songwriter Christopher Lennertz (SHAFT, HORRIBLE BOSSES, RIDE ALONG, LOST IN SPACE, AGENT CARTER) scores Amazon Prime’s forthcoming original eight-episode series THE BOYS, coming to Amazon Prime video on July 26.
DC Universe tags Pinar Toprak to Score STARGIRL Series
In a recent interview on Score: The Podcast Pinar Toprak (CAPTAIN MARVEL, KRYPTON) revealed that she will be scoring STARGIRL, a forthcoming DC Universe superhero series. The show is based on the DC Comics superhero created by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder; and is scheduled to premiere in early 2020 on the DC Universe streaming service.
Newly-composed music for 1925 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Craig Safan to be featured in live-to-picture concert on July 11
Composer Craig Safan (THE LAST STARFIGHTER, SON OF THE MORNING STAR, STAND AND DELIVER) reports that he was commissioned to write an original score the1925 silent film version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starring Lon Chaney. In “Opera at the Shore” on July 11, the Marina del Rey Symphony will perform a live-to-picture medley of the music accompanying scenes from the movie.
Blake Neely & Sherri Chun to score The CW’s BATWOMAN
Sherri Chun, who along with Nathaniel Blume and Daniel James Chan, joined Blake Neely in 2015 and have been mainstays on all his superhero shows on The CW since then… Chun, who had focused largely on RIVERDALE, THE RED LINE, currently has co-composer credit with Neely on CW’s forthcoming BATWOMAN series..
TOKYO GHOUL Sequel Set for July: Naruyoshi Kikuchi & Tomomi Oda to Score
Tokyo Ghoul is set in a world full of ghouls, creatures who have dwelt among humans in secret for many years, consuming them for sustenance. Directed by Kazuhiko Hiramaki and Takuya Kawasaki (both first-time directors), Naruyoshi Kikuchi (MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT: BANDIT FLOWER) and newcomer Tomomi Oda are scoring the cannibalistic TOKYO GHOUL S, the sequel to Kentarô Hagiwara’s 2017 manga/anime-based live-action horror film TOKYO GHOUL.
MISSING LINK: Carter Burwell Interview Posted Online
The website PopMatters has posted a fairly comprehensive interview with composer Carter Burwell (RAISING ARIZONA, FARGO, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI). While the interview focuses on his scoring of the new animated fantasy/comedy MISSING LINK directed by Chris Butler (PARANORMAN), it also takes a walk through his career, based on some very good, wide-ranging questions by interviewer Robert Daniel Evers…
Geoff Zanelli is scoring director Joachim Rønning’s upcoming fantasy adventure sequel MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL. The film stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Michelle Pfeiffer, picks up several years after the original 2014 film ended.
Ryuichi Sakamoto scores BLACK MIRROR episode “Smithereens” – Soundtrack Coming in June
Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto produced the breathtaking electronic-driven score to the BLACK MIRROR episode “Smithereens,” directed by James Hawes and starring Andrew Scott, Damson Idris, and Topher Grace. Netflix shared the following synopsis of the episode: “A cab driver with an agenda becomes the center of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.”
Milan Records will release the score to “Smithereens” on June 7th, 2019.
Read the full story, hear a music track, and watch the episode’s trailer, here.
May 20, 2019
Reznor & Ross Score HBO’s WATCHMEN TV Series – Premieres This Fall
Who’s Watching? Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who became a member of the band in 2016 after working with Reznor on several film scores) have scored HBO’s forthcoming superhero drama series, WATCHMEN. The ten-episode series is based on the famed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (made into a feature film cby Zach Snyder in 2009).
Creating A Soundworld of Heaven and Hell: David Arnold Scores GOOD OMENS
– Randall D. Larson
Grammy-winning film composer David Arnold (SHERLOCK, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, INDEPENDENCE DAY) has scored GOOD OMENS, the forthcoming comical horror series forthcoming from Amazon Prime and the BBC. “The story is labyrinthine and the cast is so massive, the trick is to find something which pulls it all together, Arnold told Adam Sherwin in an interview for the British website inews… It’s almost three and a half hours of new music. Often composers re-use music in episodic TV to display something about a character but this never stops moving.”
Penka Kouneva has scored Paul J. Salamoff’s science fiction thriller ENCOUNTER – set for October 1 release
In a news brief posted yesterday, Variety reports that Vega Baby Releasing has acquired Paul J. Salamoff’s alien thriller ENCOUNTER. The film is about a group of grief-stricken friends dealing with a recent tragedy who encounter an otherworldly organism with uncertain intentions. When they bring the alien object home, they soon discover that it holds greater secrets that they could have imagined.
Penka Kouneva (PRIMROSE LANE, THE THIRD NAIL, MIDNIGHT MOVIE, TV’s FORENSIC FILES and MODERN MARVELS) has scored the movie.
Dynamic Music Partners Score Two New DC SHOWCASE Animated Shorts
Dynamic Music Partners – Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis, and Michael McCuistion, the outstanding purveyors of music for multiple animated super hero universes, which most recently have included JUSTICE LEAGUE VS THE FATAL FIVE, the MARVEL RISING and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TV series, BATMAN VS. TWO-FACE, and BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN – have composed the music for Bruce Timm’s SGT ROCK, the first of the five new DC Showcase films, and are schedule to score THE PHANTOM STRANGER as well.
Mark Isham Kicks Off Music Experiment on Season 2 of Marvel’s CLOAK & DAGGER
This year, the show has decided to run an experiment in recent episodes by creating a musical theme throughout the story by using one single song, reimagined multiple ways. It’s not surprising that they had Mark Isham kick off this musical experiment with the instrumental version of familiar melody “In The Sweet By And By.”
CRAWL: A Category 5 Horror Score from Max Aruj & Steffen Thum
Composers Max Aruj & Steffen Thum (iBOY, WARNING SHOT, IGNITE) have composed the original music for the upcoming horror thriller CRAWL.
Directed by Alexandre Aja (THE HILLS HAVE EYES, HIGH TENSION, PIRANHA 3D) from a screenplay by Michael & Shawn Rasmussen (THE WARD), the movie follows a young woman who becomes trapped in a flooding house during a Category 5 hurricane and must battle against Florida’s most savage and feared reptile predators…
Paul Haslinger-Scored Thriller THE PERFECTION Coming to Netflix
THE PERFECTION is a new American horror thriller film directed by Richard Shepard (THE MATADOR, THE HUNTING PARTY, UGLY BETTY)… The film’s music has been composed by Paul Haslinger (MONSTER HUNTER, HALT AND CATCH FIRE, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER).
“Chucky haunted my dreams when I was a kid, ever since his devilish little face peered out at me from a torn VHS cover at my local video store,” McCreary said. “Now, thirty years later, I have a remarkable opportunity to contribute to his musical legacy. “Inspired by the Chucky’s toy-store origins, I’ve assembled a ‘toy orchestra,’ of toy pianos, hurdy gurdies, accordions, plastic guitars, and otamatones, that will be featured prominently in the score
Paul Haslinger Scoring Paul W. S. Anderson’s MONSTER HUNTER
MONSTER HUNTER “will reunite me with Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich,” Haslinger revealed in an interview. “MONSTER HUNTER is based on the computer game of the same name. Set for release in early 2020, it will be larger than life and a great opportunity to come up with more musical monster madness.”
New Super Hero-Horror Film BRIGHTBURN Scored by Timothy Williams
Composer Tim Williams (WALKING WITH THE ENEMY, I.T., RED SKY, WILD HORSES, DIABLO) recently scored the upcoming horror thriller BRIGHTBURN. The film postulates “what if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?”
Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg; MAD MAX FURY ROAD, TOMB RAIDER, THE DARK TOWER, DEADPOOL) has been confirmed to score TERMINATOR: DARK FATE. The new film in the Terminator franchise is directed by Tim Miller (DEADPOOL, LOVE+DEATH+ ROBOTS “Ice Age”) with a screenplay written by David S. Goyer.
Jacob Yoffee to Score Global Release of the Anime Series INGRESS: THE ANIMATION on Netflix – also news on YouTube’s SHERWOOD Soundtrack
American composer Jacob Yoffee has been announced as the composer behind the global release of the anime series INGRESS: THE ANIMATION, which will be available on Netflix worldwide on April 30th. The show was first released in Japan with a different score, but will be introduced to the global audience with a reinvented score by Yoffee… In related news, the soundtrack to the Youtube original animated series SHERWOOD has been released digitally… The music is composed by Roahn Hylton & Jacob Yoffee…
Kaz Boyle Scores Blumhouse’s MERCY BLACK, Released to Netflix
Netflix has quietly released the Blumhouse horror picture MERCY BLACK on its streaming service Sunday night… The film has been scored by Kazima (aka Kaz) Boyle, who provides an eerie and tonal sonic architecture, maintaining a creepy atmosphere and much tension as the story plays out.
Joseph Bishara Scores ANNABELLE COMES HOME – Watch Film’s Trailer Here
The new film will feature a deliciously spooky score by Joseph Bishara, who has composed the music for most of Wan’s Atomic Monster horror films (except for ANNABELLE: CREATION), and will undoubtedly secure ANNABELLE COMES HOME with a very creepy and eclectic mix of sonic textures and tonalities appropriate to the doll’s haunted personality.
Netflix’s New ULTRAMAN scored by anime vets Jinnouchi & Toda
No fooling – on April 1st Netflix will premiere a new 3D CGI anime ULTRAMAN series, based of course on the popular and long-running Japanese animated and live action franchise… The new show is being composed by Kazuma Jinnouchi and Nobuko Toda…
SHARKNADO’s Team Ridenhour & Cano score ZOOMBIES 2 for The Asylum
The first ZOOMBIES movie from 2016 was a fun comedy horror movie built around the premise of a strange virus that quickly spreads through a safari park and turns all the zoo animals undead. Those left in the park must stop the creatures before they escape and zombify the whole city. Now, we have ZOOMBIES 2, turning the concept in a somewhat different direction, albeit equally quirky.
For more information, click here.
March 26, 2019
Mark Isham returns to score Marvel’s CLOAK & DAGGER Season 2
– Randall D. Larson
Marvel’s CLOAK & DAGGER is back for season 2, and Mark Isham is on board to continue scoring the adventures of Tandy Bowen (Dagger) and Tyrone Johnson (Cloak)…
Read the whole story (and watch the Season 2 Trailer)here.
March 25, 2019
Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels – UK Tour 2019 to celebrate their 30th anniversary
On May 15th 2019, UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) is teaming up with Aardman to host the premiere of Carrot Productions live orchestral interactive experience, Wallace & Gromit’s Music Marvels as well as a Q&A with creator and NFTS alumnus Nick Park and fellow alumnus and composer, Julian Nott.
Sample Jon & Al Kaplan’s score for CRITTERS: A NEW BINGE
The series is directed by Jordan Rubin and written by Rubin along with Jon and Al Kaplan. The latter also composed the series theme and its music. Known for their film scoring work with Jim Wynorski (GILA!, PIRANHACONDA, DINOCROC VS. SUPERGATOR), Jon and Al also scored Rubin’s previous two films, ZOMBEAVERS and THE DRONE.
For more details, and to sample an 11-minute suite of Jon and Al Kaplan’s music from the film, see here.
March 20, 2019
Zimmer to Score Villeneuve’s DUNE
Production is now firmly underway on Denis Villeneuve’s ambitious adaptation of the iconic sci-fi novel DUNE, as a report in Colliderannounced on March 18. The film is set to be released worldwide on November 20, 2020 by Warner Bros… A press release also reveals that Hans Zimmer will be composing the score, reuniting with Villeneuve after he co-composed the score for Villeneuve’s BLADE RUNNER 2049 with Benjamin Wallfisch.
Netflix has released the trailer for STRANGER THINGS Season 3, which will premiere exclusively via Netflix’s web streaming service on July 4, 2019. The trailer shows how elements of the season’s story arc, revealed in part during the last year, will be played out in the new season.
The new Men in Black movie, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, will feature a score composed by Danny Elfman and Chris Bacon. Elfman scored previously the first three films in the MEN IN BLACK series; Bacon (SOURCE CODE, GNOMEO & JULIET, TV’s BATES MOTEL) has contributed additional music to several of Elfman’s scores.
The new post-invasion science fiction film CAPTIVE STATE, which premieres next Friday via Focus features, is set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force. The film’s musical score has been composed by Rob Simonsen (THE UPSIDE, THE CLEANSE, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, STONEWALL, TV’s DOLLHOUSE)…
New AMC Horror Series NOS4A2 to be scored by Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
The forthcoming horror series NOS4A2, developed by Jami O’Brien and based on Joe Hill’s bestselling novel, will be scored by Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans (BOY ERASED, AMERICAN GODS Season 2, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 4+).
Javier Navarrete scores Neil Jordan’s psychological horror thriller GRETA
The latest film from director Neil Jordan (BYZANTIUM, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, THE CRYING GAME, THE COMPANY OF WOLVES) is the thriller GRETA. Chloë Grace Moretz, plays a young woman who befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert) who’s harboring a dark and deadly agenda towards her… The film score has been composed by Javier Navarrete (PAN’S LABYRINTH, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, WRATH OF THE TITANS), who scored Jordan’s previous vampire film BYZANTIUM…
Joe Kraemer scores THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT
Epic Picture’s latest adventure-fantasy-thriller, THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT, has been scored by composer Joe Kraemer (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, JACK REACHER, COMRADE DETECTIVE). Sam Elliott plays a legendary American war veteran is recruited to hunt a mythical creature.
Major 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
International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Award Nominations Announced
The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of nominees for excellence in musical scoring in 2018, for the 15th annual IFMCA Awards. In one of the most open fields in IFMCA history, composer James Newton Howard received the most nominations with four, closely followed by Nicholas Britell, Alexandre Desplat, Ludwig Göransson, Justin Hurwitz, and John Powell, who each received three.
This is a good year for genre film scores being recognized by the IFMCA. The nominees for Best Original Score For A Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film are Ludwig Göransson for BLACK PANTHER, James Newton Howard for FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, Michael Giacchino for JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, Alan Silvestri for READY PLAYER ONE, and John Powell for SOLO.
Christopher Young scores Paramount’s PET SEMATARY remake – Watch Trailer
The film is being scored by veteran genre composer Christopher Young (HELLRAISER, THE GRUDGE, DRAG ME TO HELL, SPIDER-MAN 3). This film will be Young’s second score for a movie based on a Stephen King novel – the previous score was for George A. Romero’s THE DARK HALF in 1993.
Agent extraordinaire Richard Kraft posted on Facebook that Pinar Toprak has become the first woman to compose a score for Pixar. She wrote the music for the first short film from Pixar’s new SparkShorts animation program, aimed at cultivating independent projects from the company’s talent.
Read the full story, and link to watch the short film, here.
January 31, 2019
Lavish Chinese fantasy LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT comes to USA – features score by Klaus Badelt
The film’s music was composed by Klaus Badelt(the first PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film, CATWOMAN, SOLOMON KANE, Werner Herzog’s QUEEN OF THE DESERT, K19 THE WIDOWMAKER, etc.), who scored the director’s previous wuxia (martial heroes) fantasy film, THE PROMISE (2005). Some segments were scored by Mischa Segal, with additional music by Anne Kathrin Dern.
The acclaimed French composer Michel Legrand, winner of three Oscars during a career spanning more than half a century, has died in Paris aged 86, his spokesperson has announced.
Legrand’s musical style was rooted in popular jazz but he was equally adept at classically-styled orchestral scores and melodic romances. He wrote more than 200 film and TV scores, in addition to many memorable songs. Legrand’s death follows that of another beloved French film composer, Francis Lai, who passed away last November.
Legrand contributed occasionally to the fantasy genre, scoring New Wave director Jacques Demy’s evocative musical fairy tale, PEAU D’ÂNE (DONKEY SKIN, 1970) and Sean Connery’s last James Bond thriller, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983), as well as several borderline fantasies. He is best known for his jazz-inflected and orchestral scores for Demy’s THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) and THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (1967), Richard Lester’s all-star THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1973), the Emmy-winning TV-movie A WOMAN CALLED GOLDA (1972, Ingrid Bergman’s final picture), ICE STATION ZEBRA, LADY SINGS THE BLUES, Orson Welles’ F FOR FAKE and Louis Malle’s ATLANTIC CITY; his most recent film score was THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, composed for Orson Welles’ last film, which was finally completed and released in 2018.
His passing is a huge loss to the film music & jazz communities.
Paz Bros.’ THE GOLEM trailer dropped – score by Tal Yardeni
From Epic Pictures, comes the first Dread Central Presents original feature, THE GOLEM. The film will be part of the official selection of the 2019 Miami Jewish Film Festival. Available on VOD and in select theaters February 5, 2019. Directed by Doron Paz and Yoav Paz, known for their 2015 zombie movie JERUZALEM, THE GOLEM follows a woman in a devout Jewish community that is besieged by foreign invaders who believe that the Jews have cursed them with a plague. The score has been composed by Israeli musician and composer Tal Yardeni, who is known for scoring the music in the tween science fiction series GREENHOUSE ACADEMY…
Christopher Young Reads Poe, others to unreleased Bernard Herrmann Scores
Prior to all his film and radio scores Bernard Herrmann wrote a series of orchestral works he called “Melodrams,” as an accompaniment to poetry readings. The success of these works led directly to his creation of original scores for the new art of radio drama and ultimately to his unparalleled film scoring career over the next four decades. The “Melodrams” have gone unheard and unrecorded for 80 years.
Three of these Melodrams are newly recorded by the Hollywood Studio Orchestra conducted by Michael McGehee with narration by film composer Christopher Young…
Holly Amber Church Scores 80’s Slasher Throwback THE 6th FRIEND
The film features a score by Holly Amber Church, who has become noted for scoring supernatural thriller and horror films, many of which have had their official score soundtracks released by Screamworks Records…
Having turned a number of ears for his breakthrough scores for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and DEADPOOL (and most recently, MORTAL ENGINES), Holkenborg has produced for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL a wide-reaching symphonic score filled with emotion and packed with action…
Reintroducing HELLBOY – with Benjamin Wallfisch settling the score.
The first trailer has been released for Marshall’s new HELLBOY, which is scheduled to hit theaters next April. Benjamin Wallfisch (LIGHTS OUT, ANNABELLE: CREATION, IT, BLADE RUNNER 2049) is set to compose the film’s score (he’s also scoring SHAZAM!, DC’s version of the Captain Marvel legend).
Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Unusually, a horror score is among this year’s nominations, with Marco Beltrami’s A QUIET PLACE (see my interview with Marco about scoring this film at Soundtrax), while Marc Shaiman’s music for the Disney fantasy/musical sequel, MARY POPPINS RETURNS is also nominated, as is Ludwig Göransson’s science fiction/super hero score for Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER.
Brian Tyler’s ESCAPE ROOM Soundtrack due in January
ESCAPE ROOM is an upcoming 2019 American psychological horror film directed by Adam Robitel… it tells of six strangers who are invited to compete in a series of immersive escape rooms; however, when they discover that whoever leaves the room last will die, they must use their wits to survive. The film has been scored by Brian Tyler and John Carey. Carey has worked with Tyler before as a musical arranger for CRAZY RICH ASIANS (2018) and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015). Brian Tyler’s latest work is scoring the fantasy comedy film WHAT MEN WANT, a gender-swapped version of Mel Gibson’s 2000 comedy film…
Trailer Released for HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U – Bear McCreary On Board for Music
The sequel to last year’s hit “feel-good slasher movie” HAPPY DEATH DAY [some might call it aka GROUNDHOG DAY MEETS SCREAM) has released its trailer and it looks like cast and crew have turned out another winner, with a twisted take on the original story and another terrific performance from Jessica Rothe as the last-girl-dying, again and again and again.
Bear McCreary has also returned to score the film, which is great news since his score for the first movie was intensively excellent and full of inventive sounds of intensive spookery.
Adam Lastiwka Scores New Season of Netflix’s TRAVELERS
…the series features a score by Adam Lastiwka, who “tried to extrapolate what music would sound like in the future performed by a homogenized people who, while remaining musical, actually played traditional instruments incorrectly…” Lakeshore released the full original score from Season 1, digitally, last January…
Remembering Francis Lai (1932-2018), Beloved French Film Composer
Francis Lai, whose beautifully melodic pop- and orchestral-driven scores for A MAN AND A WOMAN, LOVE STORY, the French fantasy version of Tom Thumb, LE PETIT POUCET, and so many more have brought pleasure to so many, has died in France on November 7th. He was 86.
Inon Zur, Internationally Renowned Film, Television & Video Game Composer, Signs to Sony Music Masterworks as Recording Artist
Known for his emotionally dynamic and powerfully melodic writing, award-winning film, television and video game composer INON ZUR signs to Sony Music Masterworks in anticipation of releasing new original music.
Classically trained with a flair for powerful, melodic orchestral writing, Inon Zur’s rich portfolio spans across film, television and video games. Today’s announcement arrives just days ahead of the November 14th release of his score for FALLOUT 76, the latest installment in the critically-acclaimed FALLOUT video game franchise.
John Williams Update: Doing Well and Returning to Los Angeles shortly
Photo via SoundtrackFest
The SoundtrackFest website reports that John Williams is recovering well from his illness (see below), and will return to Los Angeles next week, according to information provided by Mike Matessino, record producer, who had first hand information from John Williams’circle.
John Williams: Composer pulls out of concerts due to illness
The BBC reports that STAR WARS and HARRY POTTER composer John Williams has pulled out of conducting concerts of his music in London and Vienna due to illness.
The 86-year-old had been due to appear with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday. But the venue said he had pulled out because of a “last-minute illness.”
He will be replaced by Dirk Brossé, who will conduct Williams’s music from soundtracks including ET and Jaws as well as Star Wars and Harry Potter.
We with Mr. Williams all the best and hope for a speedy recovery.
October 20, 2018
Joseph Bishara scores new La Llorona Chiller from James Wan
James Wan is producing the new horror film THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, for release through Warner Bros. next April. Joining him in exploring the horrific hex of the crying lady is composer Joseph Bishara, who has scored most of Wan’s directed and produced franchises. Bishara’s proven capabilities at creating very creepily textured and toned music designs have already made him one of the most fear- fabricating composers in modern genre cinema.
The La Llorona Legend in Cinema
A legend out of Mexican folklore tells of La Llorona (“The Weeping Woman”), which has become very popular especially in Mexican movies, with an occasional foray beyond its borders. Legend has it that La Llorona is the ghost of a woman who cries for her lost children, resulting in misfortune for those who hear or come upon her in her lamentation. The first film to deal with the ghostly weeper was the 1933 Mexican film LA LLORONA…
Bear on Bear: Behind the Score of New Shocker I STILL SEE YOU
“I was intrigued by the film’s premise,” Bear wrote in his online blog. “I knew this clever story could support dynamic, emotional, genre-bending music.” Bear writes that his early ideas “were based on vocal audio samples that had been slowed down by a magnitude of a thousand times or more, generating huge haunting textures. I wanted to create musical ‘rems,’ as if instruments and singers had been frozen in a supernatural audio purgatory.
Book on Movie Thriller Music by Composer Marco Werba to be Released in Europe
Composer Marco Werba has written a composition treatise dedicated to iconic film music for genre motion pictures. Structured from the point of view of a composer rather than a music critic, Marco Werba analyzes the functions of music in the genre movies of thrillers, horror, and science fiction, the composers’ working methods, the collaboration between director and producer, the coexistence between dialogues, music and sound effects….
HMMA Award Nominees Include Notable Genre Film & TV Scores
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) has announced the nominees for music in film, TV, video games, commercials, and trailers. The HMMA nominations have historically been representative of the nominees of other key awards shows that occur months later. With over 500 submissions this year, HMMA nominees are chosen in specific genres of music for film, TV and video game including dramatic feature, sci-fi/ fantasy, documentary and animation. Among the nominees for 2018 are these works which fit into the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres:
Word has come that Robert J. Walsh, a talented musician, composer, and orchestrator for films and television, has passed away at the age of 70. No further details have yet been announced.
Perhaps best known for his thick and powerful synth-based score to the 1983 action film REVENGE OF THE NINJA, Walsh was an expressive and articulate composer whose dexterity on synths and electronics brought him numerous opportunities to score feature films, television movies, and animated TV shows.
Horror genre expert and all-around Hollywood film music maestro Christopher Young (SPIDER-MAN 3, HELLRAISER, GHOST RIDER, HELLRAISER, THE GRUDGE) will score the forthcoming new film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1983 horror novel PET SEMATARY. Paramount Pictures is scheduled to release the new film on April 5, 2019.
R.I.P. film composer Stelvio Cipriani – a Master of All Genres and Profoundly Moving Movie Music
Beloved Italian composer Stelvio Cipriani has died this morning in Rome at the age of 81. Cipriani was a gifted melodist whose work traversed European cinema since 1966. He was fluent in virtually all genres of film and was known for sublime melodies, exotic mixtures of orchestra and guitars, voices, and inventive instrumental combinations.
THE X-MEN Movie, DARK PHOENIX, is set for release Feb 14, 2019. Hans Zimmer is scoring the movie. Zimmer had stated back in March 2016 that he would not score another superhero film following his experience working on BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, but he later explained that in conversations with director Ron Howard he was convinced to not keep a “blanket” view and to focus on waiting for the right story rather than avoiding an entire genre.
BUMBLEBEE Trailer Released – Hits Theaters Dec 21st
Watch the teaser trailer for the new TRANSFORMERS spinoff, BUMBLEBEE. Composer Dario Marianelli (DARKEST HOUR, ATONEMENT, THE BOXTROLLS, V FOR VENDETTA) is scoring the film. The music heard throughout the trailer is by composer Bryan Nguyen…
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.
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…
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.
Remembering Patrick Williams – and his early fantasy-horror scores
Composer Patrick Williams passed away early Wednesday morning of complications from cancer. He was 79.
Photo courtesy Film Music Society
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…
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.
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,
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.”
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.
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.”
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…
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.”
Composer Murray Gold to Step Down from Scoring DOCTOR WHO
Murray Gold – Photo by Richard Ecclestone (Navymaroon)-Flickr
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
Composer Pinar Toprak Brings Krypton’s ‘Otherworldly’ Sounds to Life – and links John Williams’ Superman to his Krptonian ancestry
According to composerPinar Toprak, currently scoring SyFy’sKRYPTON, 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 atVariety ______________________________________________________________________________________
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 storyhere.
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).
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.
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…
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
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