Saturday, January 30, 2010

DANNY ELFMAN's "ALICE IN WONDERLAND" [CD] score release for the new TIM BURTON adaptation


Track Listings

1. Alice's Theme
2. Little Alice
3. Proposal/Down The Hole
4. Doors
5. Drink Me
6. Into The Garden
7. Alice Reprise #1
8. Bandersnatched
9. Finding Absolem
10. Alice Reprise #2
11. The Cheshire Cat
12. Alice And Bayard's Journey
13. Alice Reprise #3
14. Alice Escapes
15. The White Queen
16. Only A Dream
17. The Dungeon
18. Alice Decides
19. Alice Reprise #4
20. Going To Battle
21. The Final Confrontation
22. Blood Of The Jabberwocky
23. Alice Returns
24. Alice Reprise #5

Click here to follow a link to amazon.com, focused on the CD release: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alice-Wonderland-Score-Various-Artists/dp/tracks/B002ZTQVCA/ref=dp_tracks_all_1#disc_1

DANNY ELFMAN's "Wolfman" [CD] details

This CD will ship on or after 2/23/10.



Benicio Del Toro
Anthony Hopkins
Emily Blunt

Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Oscar® winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother…and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. Lawrence Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate. As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full. Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor. But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to himself…one he never imagined existed.

The classically Gothic, Transylvania-flavored score is by Danny Elfman.

Universal opens THE WOLFMAN nationwide on February 12.

Varèse Sarabande Catalog #: 302 067 010 2
Release Date: 02/23/10

Track List:

1. Wolf Suite Pt 1 (4:12)
2. Wolf Suite Pt 2 (5:55)
3. Prologue (2:57)
4. Dear Mr. Talbot (1:45)
5. Bad Moon Rising (0:59)
6. Gypsy Massacre (2:24)
7. Wake Up, Lawrence (5:17)
8. The Funeral (4:13)
9. The Healing Montage (2:50)
10. First Transformation (3:30)
11. You Must Go (3:46)
12. The Antique Shop (3:32)
13. Country Carnage (2:31)
14. Be Strong (2:31)
15. The Madhouse (5:32)
16. Reflection / 2nd Transformation (4:12)
17. The Traveling Montage (4:27)
18. The Finale (4:11)
19. Wolf Wild #2 (1:27)

Friday, January 29, 2010

IFMCA - the international film music critics association - awards 2009 - NOMINEES ANNOUNCED


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION (IFMCA) ANNOUNCES ITS 2009 NOMINEES FOR SCORING EXCELLENCE MICHAEL GIACCHINO RECEIVES A RECORD NINE NOMINATIONS FOR 2009


JANUARY 29, 2010-- The International Film Music Critics Association announces its list of excellence in musical scoring for 2009 with composer Michael Giacchino receiving nine individual nominations, the most for any composer in a given year since the Association began issuing awards in 2004. Along with multiple mentions for his score to the Disney Pixar movie UP and JJ Abrams’ reinvented STAR TREK, Giacchino receives nominations for his scores to the TV series LOST as well as the documentary EARTH DAYS. Giacchino is also nominated for Composer of the Year along with Alexandre Desplat, James Horner, Christopher Young and Brian Tyler.

Both UP and STAR TREK are nominated for Score of the Year, along with James Horner’s score to the worldwide blockbuster AVATAR and Christopher Young’s score to Sam Raimi’s DRAG ME TO HELL. These film scores are tied with the most nominations this year at four noms each. Alexandre Desplat’s score to THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON rounds out the category.

In the category of Breakout Composer, the Association took notice of scores by up-and-coming composers Henry Jackman (MONSTERS VS ALIENS), Abel Korzeniowski (A SINGLE MAN and BATTLE FOR TERRA), James Peterson (THE RED CANVAS), Clinton Shorter (DISTRICT 9) and Austin Wintory (CAPTAIN ABU RAED, GRACE, MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY).

The nominations by the IMFCA, which has members from around the world, reflect the Association’s global perspective. International nominees include Alejandro Amenábar’s latest movie AGORA with a score by Oscar winner Dario Marianelli; Giuseppe Tornatore’s semi-autobiographical BAARÌA with a score by Ennio Morricone; Australian composer Christopher Gordon’s score to Bruce Beresford’s MAO’S LAST DANCER, about ballet dancer Li Cunxin; as well as the Spanish documentary GARBO: EL ESPÍA with a score by Fernando Velázquez.

The International Film Music Critics will announce the winners of its Sixth Annual Awards on February 26, 2010.

The nominees are:

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR

• AVATAR, music by James Horner
• DRAG ME TO HELL, music by Christopher Young
• STAR TREK, music by Michael Giacchino
• THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, music by Alexandre Desplat
• UP, music by Michael Giacchino

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• Alexandre Desplat
• Michael Giacchino
• James Horner
• Brian Tyler
• Christopher Young

BREAKOUT COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• Henry Jackman
• Abel Korzeniowski
• James Peterson
• Clinton Shorter
• Austin Wintory

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM

• AGORA, music by Dario Marianelli
• BAARÌA, music by Ennio Morricone
• CREATION, music by Christopher Young
• MAO’S LAST DANCER, music by Christopher Gordon
• A SINGLE MAN, music by Abel Korzeniowski

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM

• COUPLES RETREAT, music by A.R. Rahman
• DUPLICITY, music by James Newton Howard
• THE INFORMANT!, music by Marvin Hamlisch
• JULIE & JULIA, music by Alexandre Desplat
• LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS, music by Debbie Wiseman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE FILM

• G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, music by Alan Silvestri
• LUCKY LUKE, music by Bruno Coulais
• THE RED CANVAS, music by James Peterson
• SHERLOCK HOLMES, music by Hans Zimmer
• UNDER THE MOUNTAIN, music by Victoria Kelly

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION FILM

• AVATAR, music by James Horner
• THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, music by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
• KNOWING, music by Marco Beltrami
• STAR TREK, music by Michael Giacchino
• THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, music by Alexandre Desplat

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A HORROR/THRILLER FILM

• DRAG ME TO HELL, music by Christopher Young
• IMAGO MORTIS, music by Zacarías M. de la Riva
• IN THE ELECTRIC MIST, music by Marco Beltrami
• THE KILLING ROOM, music by Brian Tyler
• TRICK ‘R TREAT, music by Douglas Pipes

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE

• A CHRISTMAS CAROL, music by Alan Silvestri
• CORALINE, music by Bruno Coulais
• FANTASTIC MR. FOX, music by Alexandre Desplat
• THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, music by Randy Newman
• UP, music by Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

• BROTHERS AT WAR, music by Lee Holdridge
• EARTH DAYS, music by Michael Giacchino
• GARBO: EL ESPÍA, music by Fernando Velázquez
• HOME, music by Armand Amar
• UNDER THE SEA 3D, music by Micky Erbe and Maribeth Solomon

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

• AVATAR – “War,” music by James Horner
• DRAG ME TO HELL – “Concerto to Hell,” music by Christopher Young
• THE RED CANVAS – “Ballet for Brawlers,” music by James Peterson
• STAR TREK – “Enterprising Young Men,” music by Michael Giacchino
• UP – “Married Life,” music by Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR TELEVISION

• BATTLESTAR GALACTICA [SEASON 4.5], music by Bear McCreary
• CAPRICA, music by Bear McCreary
• LIFE, music by George Fenton
• LOST [SEASON 5], music by Michael Giacchino
• YELLOWSTONE, music by Edmund Butt

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA

• ASSASSIN’S CREED II, music by Jesper Kyd
• CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2, music by Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer
• HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, music by James Hannigan
• NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN, music by Chris Tilton
• SPORE HERO, music by Winifred Phillips

BEST NEW RELEASE/RE-RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE

• BACK TO THE FUTURE, music by Alan Silvestri; Douglass Fake, producer (Intrada)
• INNERSPACE, music by Jerry Goldsmith; M.V. Gerhard and Mike Matessino, producers (La-La Land)
• THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN, music by James Horner; James Horner, Simon Rhodes and Douglass Fake, producers (Intrada)
• STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, music by James Horner; Lukas Kendall, producer (Film Score Monthly)
• TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE, music by Jerry Goldsmith; Bruce Botnick, Lukas Kendall and Mike Matessino, producers (Film Score Monthly)

BEST RE-RECORDING OF AN EXISTING SCORE

• THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, music by Max Steiner, cond. William Stromberg; Anna Bonn, John Morgan and William Stromberg, producers (Tribute Film Classics)
• EXODUS, music by Ernest Gold, cond. Nic Raine; James Fitzpatrick, producer (Tadlow)
• THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, cond. William Stromberg; Anna Bonn, John Morgan and William Stromberg, producers (Tribute Film Classics)

BEST FILM MUSIC COMPILATION ALBUM OR BOX SET

• 40 BANDES ORIGINALES POUR 40 FILMS, music by Vladimir Cosma; Vladimir Cosma, producer (Larghetto Music)
• DAVID RAKSIN AT M-G-M, music by David Raksin; Lukas Kendall, producer (Film Score Monthly)
• THE FILM MUSIC OF MISCHA SPOLIANSKY, music by Mischa Spoliansky; Philip Lane, Ralph Couzens and Neil Varley, producers (Chandos)
• HOWARD SHORE: COLLECTOR’S EDITION Vol. 1, music by Howard Shore; Jonathan Schultz, producer (Howe)
• NORTHWEST PASSAGE: CLASSIC WESTERN SCORES FROM M-G-M Vol. 2 (1940-1974), music by various composers; Lukas Kendall, producer (Film Score Monthly)

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR

• Film Score Monthly
• Intrada
• La-La Land Records
• MovieScore Media
• Varèse Sarabande

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The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music.

The IFMCA was originally formed in the late 1990s as the now-defunct “Film Music Critics Jury” by editor and journalist Mikael Carlsson, a regular contributor to filmmusicradio.com and filmmusicmag.com, and the owner of the Swedish independent film music label MovieScore Media.

Since its inception, the IFMCA has grown to comprise over 50 members from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to Alexandre Desplat’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON in 2008, Dario Marianelli’s ATONEMENT in 2007, James Newton Howard’s LADY IN THE WATER in 2006, John Williams’ MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in 2005 and Michael Giacchino’s THE INCREDIBLES in 2004.

The IFMCA strives to encompass and champion all genres of musical scoring and the composers who excel in them. Running the gamut of writing for theatrical movies to music for video games, composers all have the same job and that is to enhance the vision of their project with music. As such, the IFMCA acknowledges the broad spectrum of ways in which artists can write unique and varied music for their medium.

For more information about the International Film Music Critics Association, its members and the list of past awards, please visit http://www.filmmusiccritics.org or contact press@filmmusiccritics.org.

HANS ZIMMER to score the latest JAMES L. BROOKS comedy


I guess one can't really expect any musical surprises here as Zimmer's romantic / comedy output during the last 5 years or so, has been generally moving onto the same direction.

Quoting from the source, moviescoremagazine.com:
"Hans Zimmer has been tapped to score another film for veteran director James L. Brooks, tentatively titled How Do You Know? Brooks and Zimmer worked before on three films, including As Good As It Gets – and joining the two from that 1997 success is actor Jack Nicholson, who has tops the cast together with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson. "

Click here for the rest of the article: http://moviescoremagazine.com/2010/01/zimmer-to-score-new-brooks-comedy/

SOUND CLIPS from HOWARD SHORE's "EDGE OF DARKNESS" [CD]


Click below to follow the amazon.com link and listen to sound clips from the much awaited upcoming HOWARD SHORE release for EDGE OF DARKNESS.

Amazon.com preview page for The Edge of Darkness CD release.

Listen to a clip from DANNY ELFMAN's "WOLFMAN"


Click this link here, to listen to a 30'' clip from the upcoming original score for WOLFMAN, by Danny Elfman.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SOUND CLIPS

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

October 2009 Interview with ANDREW LOCKINGTON


"MainTitles was present at the past World Soundtrack Awards and found out Andrew was hiding in Ghent too. Nominated for a Discovery of the Year award, for City of Ember and Journey to the Center of the Earth, Andrew agreed on an interview. We took him downstairs in the basement of the Marriot Hotel to talk about his past couple of years, his big adventurous scores and the evil click-tracks."

Check it out here:
http://www.maintitles.net/features/interviews/andrew-lockington/

BEAR McCREARY talks about BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and CAPRICA


Check out Bear McCreary's interview over at underscores.fr, where he talks about his work on BattleStar Galactica and Caprica among other interesting facts.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ANDREA GUERRA's "Extraordinary Measures" on [CD]


LAKESHORE RECORDS TO RELEASE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FOR EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES Inspirational Drama Features Original Music By Andrea Guerra

(January 12, 2010- Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the original soundtrack for the inspirational drama Extraordinary Measures, available digitally (iTunes and Amazon Digital) on January 19th and in stores on February 2, 2010. Andrea Guerra (Nine, Hotel Rwanda) composed the original music.

Andrea Guerra was born in October 1961 in the northern Italian town of Santarcangelo di Romagna. After studying composition and arrangement under maestro Ettore Ballotta, he moved to Rome where he began his career composing music for nature documentaries. He soon turned his hand to film music, writing his first score for the 1990 movie Viaggio d'Amore starring Omar Sharif and Lea Massari.

Since then, Guerra has written more than 70 scores and worked with a host of directors from his native Italy and abroad including Rob Marshall, Terry George, Griffin Dunne, Zhang Yuan, Gabriele Muccino, Ferzan Ozpetek, Marco Bechis, Giuseppe Bertolucci and Pepe Danquart. His credits include The Accidental Husband, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Hotel Rwanda, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe® Award and a Grammy®.

Extraordinary Measures marks the first time Guerra has worked with director Tom Vaughan. “Even though it was the first time we'd worked together, there was an immediate rapport which made it simple to find the right kind of musical themes for the film,” said Vaughan. “And I must say, it was also a really fun experience, playing around with ideas on the piano at Tom's house, his music-mad dog howling away in the background...”

Extraordinary Measures is inspired by the true story of John Crowley, a man who defied conventional wisdom and great odds, and risked his family's future to pursue a cure for his children's life threatening disease. From his working class roots, John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) has finally begun to taste success in corporate America. Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen (Keri Russell) and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. With Aileen by his side, harnessing all of his skill and determination, Crowley teams up with a brilliant, but unappreciated and unconventional scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford).

Together they form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to save his children, this unlikely alliance eventually develops into mutual respect as they battle the medical and business establishments in a fight against the system – and time. But, at the last minute, when it appears that a solution has been found, the relationship between the two men faces a final test - the outcome of which will affect the fate of John's children.

CBS Films presents Extraordinary Measures, in theaters on January 22, 2010. Extraordinary Measures original soundtrack on Lakeshore Records will be available via iTunes and Amazon Digital on January 19th and in stores on February 2, 2010.

Author of the p.r: cinemediapromo@yahoo.com

DANNY ELFMAN'S "WOLFMAN" score to be released on [CD]


After being rejected, replaced with Paul Haslinger and then........unrejected, Elfman's score is finally back on the film's final cut and it's getting a cd release via Varese Sarabande.

Below you'll find details for the cd release as announced by the label and here's a refreshement of our memories from last week:

THE WOLFMAN
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Music Composed by Danny Elfman
Benicio Del Toro
Anthony Hopkins
Emily Blunt

Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Oscar� winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Oscar� winner Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother…and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. Lawrence Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother’s fiancιe, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate. As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full. Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor. But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to himself…one he never imagined existed.

The classically Gothic, Transylvania-flavored score is by Danny Elfman.

Universal opens THE WOLFMAN nationwide on February 12.

Varθse Sarabande Catalog #: 302 067 010 2
Release Date: 02/23/10

JOHN POWELL's "GREEN ZONE" gets a release on CD

GREEN ZONE
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Music Composed by John Powell
Matt Damon

Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) re-team for their latest electrifying thriller in Green Zone, a film set in the chaotic early days of the Iraqi War when no one could be trusted and every decision could detonate unforeseen consequences. During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission. Spun by operatives with intersecting agendas, Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region. And at this blistering time and in this combustible place, he will find the most elusive weapon of all is the truth.

Another veteran of the Bourne team is composer John Powell, who contributes an adrenaline-pumping score.

Universal Pictures opens GREEN ZONE nationwide on March 12.

Varèse Sarabande Catalog #: 302 067 011 2
Release Date: 03/09/10

Sunday, January 24, 2010

HOWARD SHORE to score the third TWILIGHT Movie


I'd have never thought that such a mediocre franchise as Twilight would give us a quirky dark score by Carter Burwell, a wondrous and sentimental melodic trip from Alexandre Desplat and now a score by the Lord of the Rings composer, Howard Shore.

It’s fascinating news really, as everyone is satisfied. Both the zombie-like crazy teenage hordes of female fans of Twilight that in the face of the pale and feminine lead vamp they find the true prince of love that understands their feelings and needs unlike the real-life men who are plain pigs and also lovers of quality music can get joy out of such assignment.

Read the details of the news story from Mikael Carlsson’s website by clicking this link: http://moviescoremagazine.com/2010/01/howard-shore-to-score-twilight-eclipse/

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The much anticipated HOWARD SHORE's score for "EDGE OF DARKNESS" released on CD


*international release (excluding North America)

CD: SILCD1314 REL. DATE: 22nd February 2010

On 22nd February Silva Screen is set to release EDGE OF DARKNESS, Howard Shore’s soundtrack to Martin Campbell’s remake of 1985 BAFTA Award-winning BBC mini-series.

Directed by Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale), and starring Mel Gibson, Edge of Darkness is an emotionally charged thriller that tells a murky story of politics and big business.

This is the fifth release of a Howard Shore soundtrack on the Silva Screen label. Previous releases include The Cell, A History Of Violence, The Departed and The Last Mimzy.

Tracklisting:
1. Titles
2. Mourning
3. Beach
4. Knife
5. Burning
6. Diogenes
7. Pursuit
8. Hit & Run
9. Nightflower
10. Senator
11. Emma
12. Captured
13. Killing
14. Reunited
15. Edge Of Darkness
16. You’re My Girl

Friday, January 22, 2010

JESPER KYD's "ASSASIN'S CREED II' game score nominated for Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music.


Jesper Jakobson Kyd (born February 3, 1972) is an acclaimed video game and film score composer.

Kyd combines sounds of dark ambient, electronic and symphonic music and has won many awards. He is also notable for his work in the demoscene, where he composed a large amount of music in his teenage years, in particular a ten year long set of gatherings known as "The Party". Today, he is best known for composing music for the Hitman and Assassin's Creed video game series. (wiki)

Assassin's Creed II and Uncharted II nominated for Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition.


Check out more about the awards here: http://www.interactive.org/awards/index.asp

Official page of the composer: http://www.jesperkyd.com/

Find out more about the score and his work n general here: http://www.jesperkyd.com/music_alt.php

Deeply recommended as one of the best game scores of 2009.



GREG EDMONSON's exotic orchestral action score for "UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves" finally getting the recognition it deserves




Greg Edmonson is a music composer for television and movies. He is primarily known for composing the soundtrack to the cancelled TV series Firefly. He is also the composer for the successful Uncharted PS3 game series and for a number of episodes of the animated sitcom King of the Hill. (wiki)

About this prolific composer got the attention he deserved. His UNCHARTED II score is an incredibly variecolored and exotic orchestral score full of great action and bold themes.

Now, it's nominated for Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition.

Check out more about the nomination here: http://www.interactive.org/awards/index.asp


Myspace page of the composer here: http://www.myspace.com/gregedmonson

CD release by SUMTHING ELSE WORKS on February the 9th, 2010.

HALO LEGENDS original soundtrack getting a release.



SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF THE HALO LEGENDS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Brand new orchestrations of the classic Halo themes originally created by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori with new original Anime music composed by Tetsuya Takahashi and Yasuharu Takanashi

New York - January 20th, 2010 - Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with Microsoft Game Studios, proudly presents Halo Legends Original Soundtrack featuring the original music from the anime series Halo Legends composed by Tetsuya Takahashi (Sonic: Night of the Werehog, Resident Evil: Degeneration) and Yasuharu Takanashi (Genji: Dawn of the Samurai). Presented by 343 Industries Halo Legends is an unprecedented gathering of the finest talent in Japanese animation that have drawn together to explore the mystery and action of the Halo universe. Halo Legends Original Soundtrack will be released on February 9th to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works www.sumthing.com, and will be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital www.sumthingdigital.com and iTunes®.

Created by some of the world's leading anime studios including Bones Inc., Casio Entertainment Inc., Production I.G, STUDIO4°C and Toei Animation, Halo Legends takes one of the most iconic franchises in science fiction and video games to an amazing new level; Eight episodes and a stunning range of visual styles shed new light and epic perspective on Halo lore. Halo Legends will be distributed by Warner Home Video on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital formats on Feb. 16, 2010.

For more information on Halo Legends, please visit www.halolegends.com and www.halolegendsdvd.com.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, please visit www.sumthing.com and www.sumthingdigital.com.

author: Top Dollar

CD release via Sumthing Else Works on February the 9th, 2010.

BEAR McCREARY's "DARK VOID" third person action game score to be released



SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF THE DARK VOID™ ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Highly Anticipated Orchestral Score Written and Produced by Acclaimed "Battlestar Galactica" Composer Bear McCreary

New York - January 21st, 2010 - Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with Capcom®, proudly presents Dark Void™ Original Soundtrack featuring the original orchestral score composed by Bear McCreary for the new third-person action game Dark Void. Developed by Airtight Studios and Capcom, Dark Void combines the thrill of soaring jetpack action with unique vertical cover and on-ground combat. Dark Void marks the first time that Bear McCreary, the composer of popular sci-fi TV series "Battlestar Galactica," has created a score for a video game. The Dark Void Original Soundtrack will release on February 9th, 2010 to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works www.sumthing.com, and will be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital www.sumthingdigital.com.

Recorded at the renowned Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage and performed by some of the best orchestral musicians in the world, Dark Void Original Soundtrack features 80 minutes of score hand-picked by composer Bear McCreary. It also includes a special bonus track, "Theme from Dark Void (Mega Version)," an 8-bit rendering of the main theme produced by McCreary for Capcom's just shipped downloadable DSiWare™ title, Dark Void™ Zero.

Dark Void is a new sci-fi action-adventure game that combines an adrenaline-fuelled blend of aerial and on-foot combat set in a parallel universe called "The Void". Players will take on the role of Will; a pilot dropped into incredible circumstances while on a routine air cargo flight he crash lands into the Bermuda triangle leading him to be trapped in the Void. This unlikely hero soon finds himself swept into a desperate struggle for survival at the head of a group called The Survivors. Also stuck in the Void, these resistance fighters are battling to hold off a mysterious alien race that plans to threaten Earth.

Capcom will release Dark Void on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC in North America on January 19, 2010 and across Europe on January 22, 2010. For more information on Dark Void, please visit www.darkvoidgame.com. Dark Void Zero, Capcom's long lost prequel to Dark Void and ode to classic 8-bit gaming, is available today as a downloadable title for Nintendo's DSiWare.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, please visit www.sumthing.com and www.sumthingdigital.com.

Author: Top Dollar

Find out more about the score here: http://www.bearmccreary.com/blog/?p=3045

CD release via Sumthing Else Works on February the 9th, 2010.

BEAR McCREARY - "Battlestar Galactica: the plan / razor"


The album comes out February 23rd. Here’s the official track list:

1. Apocalypse (Theme from “The Plan”)
From “The Plan”
Featuring Raya Yarbrough, vocals
Lyrics Traditional
Music by Bear McCreary
2. Razor Main Title
From “Razor”
3. Arriving at Pegasus
From “Razor”
4. The Plan Main Title
From “The Plan”
5. Attack on the Scorpion Shipyards
From “Razor”
6. Apocalypse, Pt. I
From “The Plan”
7. Apocalypse, Pt. II
From “The Plan”
8. Pegasus Aftermath
From “Razor”
9. Kendra’s Memories
From “Razor”
10. Mayhem on the Colonies
From “The Plan”
11. Civilian Standoff on the Cylla
From “Razor”
12. Husker in Combat
From “Razor”
Contains “Theme from “Battlestar Galactica”
by Stu Phillips and Glen A. Larson
Adapted and Arranged by Bear McCreary
13. Major Kendra Shaw
From “Razor”
14. Cavil Kills and Cavil Spares
From “The Plan”
Featuring Raya Yarbrough, vocals
Music and Lyrics by Bear McCreary
15. The Hybrid Awaits
From “Razor”
16. Kendra and the Hybrid
From “Razor”
17. Princes of the Universe
From “The Plan”
18. Starbuck’s Destiny
From “Razor”
19. Apocalypse (Theme from “The Plan”) [Bonus Live Version]
Performed by The Battlestar Galactica Orchestra


Follow the link here: http://www.bearmccreary.com/blog/?p=3093 for SOUND CLIPS, VIDEOS from the recordings and more.

BRUNO COULAIS' "OCEANS" - new CD released, and new interview


Oceans is an upcoming film from Disneynature, with an intended release date of April 22, 2010. Previews were shown on the 2009 Disneynature film, Earth. A companion book may be released.

Nearly three-quarters of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans. French co-directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud have set out to capture the full expanse of these waters that have played such a crucial and constant role in the history and sustenance of man. The deep and abundant oceans are places of great mysteries and dangers that this film will dare to explore. (wiki)

The score is composed by French composer Bruno Coulais and it is released next week.


Here's the official site of the film here: http://www.oceans-lefilm.com/

You can also find a new interview with the composer here: http://www.filmmusicsite.com/interviews

Thursday, January 21, 2010

ANGELO BADALAMENTI'S "44 INCH CHEST" on [CD] from Varese


Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, and Joanne Whalley star in 44 Inch Chest, first-time feature filmmaker Malcolm Venville’s darkly comic tale of a man who rallies his friends in order to seek revenge against the French waiter who recently slept with his wife. Sexy Beast scribes Louis Mellis and David Scinto penned the screenplay for this film produced by Richard Brown and Steve Golin.

The mysteriously beautiful score is from famed composer Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet). Additional Music by 100 Suns.

Click here to listen to the sound clips from the score CD: http://www.colosseum.de/product_info.php/info/p2300_44-Inch-Chest.html

Elfman’s score back in ‘The Wolfman’

After being rejected and replaced with Paul Haslinger (!) Elfman's previously rejected score gets back on the picture. Certainly a not very proud situation for anyone to be in, especially if your name starts with P and your surname with an H. Oh well.

Here's what Mikael Carlsson writes about it:

"Following the latest twist in what has to be one of the most unusual chain of events in the film music business lately, Joe Johnston’s upcoming horror film The Wolfman will now feature original music by Danny Elfman, who was the original composer on the film but had his score for the film rejected in November. Universal Pictures has confirmed to MovieScore Magazine that Elfman’s music is back in the picture, and it appears that Paul Haslinger, the replacement composer is not working on the film."

http://moviescoremagazine.com/2010/01/elfmans-score-back-in-the-wolfman/

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) AWARDS nominations for Best Original Score announced


Bafta just announced their nominees for the Best Original Score category and which you can view below:

Avatar
- James Horner
Crazy Heart - T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
Fantastic Mr Fox - Alexandre Desplat
Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll - Chaz Jankel
Up - Michael Giacchino

To find out more about the awards and the institution as well as view the nominees from the other categories, just go to http://www.bafta.org/

JAMES HORNER's new audio interview


Check out a new audio interview with the man of the year, the composer behind the original score to AVATAR, here:

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/episodes/2010/01/19/segments/148277

CHRISTOPHE BECK's "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Soundtrack"


ABKCO Records will release both the physical and digital soundtrack from Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the much anticipated feature film based on the first book in author Rick Riordan's best selling Percy Jackson series. The Twentieth Century Fox film was directed by Chris Columbus (Gremlins, The Goonies, Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Night at the Museum) and will debut in theaters nationwide on February 12TH. ABKCO will release the album, featuring Christophe Beck's original score digitally on February 9TH, with a physical album release to follow on February 16TH.

In the film, trouble-prone teen Percy Jackson is having problems at school – but that's the least of his challenges. It's the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus seem to have walked out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology texts and into his life – and they're not happy. Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, Percy and his friends must embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true thief, save Percy's family, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief stars Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Joe Pantoliano and Uma Thurman.

Christophe Beck's evocative score provides a musical context for the epic struggle between gods and men in this highly anticipated adventure fantasy film. The Canadian-born composer has scored numerous films including The Hangover, What Happens In Vegas, The Pink Panther, We Are Marshall, Under the Tuscan Sun, Fred Claus, Charlie Bartlett, Cheaper By The Dozen and won an Emmy for his work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Commenting on his work on the score for Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Beck noted, "Working on "Percy Jackson" gave me a fantastic opportunity to write a richly thematic and full-bodied symphonic score. This is the kind of project that composers dream of scoring, and I'd like to thank Chris Columbus for making it such a great experience."

Track Listing:
1. Prelude
2. The Minotaur
3. Chiron
4. Victory
5. The Fury
6. Dyslexia
7. The Hydra
8. Medusa
9. Son of Poseidon
10. The Parthenon
11. Hollywood
12. Lost Souls
13. Fighting Luke, Part 1
14. Fighting Luke, Part 2
15. Hades
16. Mount Olympus
17. Poseidon
18. Homecoming
19. End Credits

Monday, January 18, 2010

INTERVIEW with JOHAN SODERQVIST


Check out this very interesting interview with one of those young composers whose music is absolutely beautiful and heartfelt, certainly one of the most talented musicians working in the film music genre these days. After his critically acclaimed work for LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, the much-praised (and quite deservingly so) release from MovieScore Media, the spotlight is one again on him with his works for his most recent release, Tannod.


GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD for Best Score goes to Michael Giacchino


Michael Giacchino is the composer of UP and is the winner of GOLDEN GLOBE in the best original score category.

The list of the complete nominees was:

Michael Giacchino - Up
Marvin Hamlisch - The Informant!
James Horner - Avatar
Abel Korzeniowski - A Single Man
Karen O and Carter Burwell - Where The Wild Things Are


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT' s "GHOSTWRITER" [cd]


THE GHOSTWRITER
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Music Composed by Alexandre Desplat

Ewan McGregor
Pierce Brosnan
Kim Catrall
Olivia Williams

The New Film From Roman Polanski

THE GHOSTWRITER tells the story of a former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), who is holed up on an island off the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. in midwinter, writing his memoirs. When his long-standing aide drowns, a professional ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is sent out to help him finish the book. The anonymous ghost writer is quickly drawn into a political and sexual intrigue involving Lang’s wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams) and his aide (Kim Cattrall). Hanging over Lang is the threat of a war crimes trial and a mysterious secret from his past that threatens to jeopardize international relations. The cast also includes Jim Belushi, Robert Pugh and Tom Wilkinson. THE GHOSTWRITER is based on the novel The Ghost written by best-selling author Robert Harris. It won the International Thriller Writers’ Award for best novel of 2008. Harris joined director Roman Polanski in adapting the book for the big screen.

Academy Award nominee Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) has created a suspenseful and captivating work, which recalls the classic thriller scores of the legendary Bernard Herrmann.

Summit Entertainment opens THE GHOSTWRITER nationwide on February 19.

Varèse Sarabande Catalog #: 302 067 007 2
Release Date: 02/23/10

Friday, January 8, 2010

Meet the musicians of HANS ZIMMER's "Sherlock Holmes"



Hans Zimmer recorded the score with featured soloists Lorne Balfe, Ann Marie Calhoun, Tina Guo, Aleksey Igudesman, Davey Johnstone, and Diego Stocco on a triple-neck double-bass he himself built.

Zimmer contrasted an opulent sounding chamber orchestra with these soloists and a Salvation Army Brass Band; infusing Doyle’s orderly, Victorian world with the unorthodox.

Get to know these diverse talented musicians and learn how they became involved with this project in the videos below.

CLICK HERE

HOWARD SHORE's "EDGE OF DARKNESS " - Preview the score


Hear, you can preview the original score composed by HOWARD SHORE, composer of the LORT OF THE RINGS trilogy, which is soon to be released.

Check it out and stay tuned or more info as it becomes available: http://edge-of-darkness.warnerbros.com/index-soundtrack.html

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

JOHN POWELL to score "Knight and Day"


Knight and Day, the upcoming action comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, will be scored by John Powell (best known for other action films such as the Bourne trilogy, X-Men: The Last Stand and Hancock). The film is directed by James Mangold, a director who has a habit of changing composers from project to project (before Powell, he has worked with Howard Shore on Cop Land, Alan Silvestri on Identity and Marco Beltrami on 3:10 to Yuma, to name a few).

For more info, visit the original source and read the whole article here: http://moviescoremagazine.com/2010/01/john-powell-hired-to-score-knight-and-day/

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Chris Velasco and Mike Reagan composers of the God of War series among others, return with a big-ass choral score for DARKSIDERS




DARKSIDERS™ FEATURES BOMBASTIC CHORAL MUSIC
BY CRIS VELASCO AND MIKE REAGAN

AWARD-WINNING "GOD OF WAR" COMPOSERS PROVIDE EPIC

ORIGINAL SCORE FOR NEW ACTION ADVENTURE FRANCHISE

Los Angeles - January 4th, 2010 - Award-winning composers Cris Velasco (God of War series, Clive Barker's Jericho) and Mike Reagan (God of War series, Conan) have created the original music score for THQ's highly anticipated new action adventure title DARKSIDERS™. Developed by THQ in-house studio Vigil Games, DARKSIDERS puts players in the role of War, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. The dramatic score features 60 minutes of original music composed by Velasco and Reagan and was recorded with a full choir at the world renowned Skywalker Sound Studios.

Jeremy Robins, audio director at Vigil Games, commented, "Mike and Cris have delivered a score that not only encompasses a character as epic as one of the four horsemen, but helped define it as an IP."

Victor Rodriguez, music director at THQ, added, "Cris and Mike bring the emotion with their unique, highly visceral musical score."

In DARKSIDERS players will explore a world set 100 years after the biblical Apocalypse, traveling through expansive dungeons, battling demons and angels and striking deals with unsavory characters in an epic quest to restore the balance between Heaven and Hell. DARKSIDERS is scheduled to release in North America on January 5th, 2010 and launches in the UK on January 8th, 2010. For more information please visit www.darksiders.com.

[Author: Top Dollar PR]

For more info on the composer Chris Velasco and his work, check out his official page here:
http://www.monarchaudio.com/ and for Mike Reagan's site, visit this url: http://www.mikereaganmusic.com/


List of eligible scores for OSCAR, 2009

In order to be eligible for the Academy Awards, a score cannot automatically be considered unless someone (the composer for instance) sends out a "for your consideration" Oscar promo CD of their scores.

Now, the academy awards have always been the most popular awards each year, some calling it a celebration of the cinematic art in the spotlight of the most glamorous worldwide event, others considering it as a highly overrated celebration of the business of Hollywood money, but nevertheless the whole events draws attention, no matter what.

The 'best original score' category however, has been loosing its eligibility year by year, because of a general notion that characterizes their choices and emits characteristics having to do with a lack of knowledge in the field, and draft & quick issuing of the winners, just for filling out with the rest, "more important" categories of the awards. Most importantly, the choices the Academy makes in the 'best original score category' are often laughable as they ommit the truly notable and worthiest scores of the year, often for technical reasons but not alone, and the ones they do finally choose to award are usually not even good scores, or good music for the matter.

This year, things seem to be even worse however. The list of eligible scores for Oscar Consideration suggests that the truly great scores this year aren't eligible once again, and it was a good year for film music. For instance, no Brian Tyler scores at all ("The Killing Room" was a breath of fresh air from Tyler this year, a very good dark score and it should have - at least - been eligible for sure), there are no David Newman scores, no Beltrami's "The knowing", no Harry Potter nor Zimmer's "Angels and Demons", no Brian Eno's the "Lovely Bones", no "Red Canvas" (not released in the US), no Dario Marianelli's excellent score for "Agora" (not released in the US), no Philippe Rombi's beautiful "Un Homme Et Son Chien" (not released in the US), no Ennio Morricone's lyrical orchestral graces of "Baaria" (not released in the US), no "Pope Joan" (not released in the US), not even the exotic "Mao's Last Dancer" (not released in the US), just to name but a few of the omissions.

Apparently only 81 scores have been deemed eligible by AMPAS for the Oscars this year. They are:

1. Bates, WATCHMEN
2. Bellon, IRON CROSS
3. Beltrami/Sanders, THE HURT LOCKER
4. Bradshaw, BRIGHT STAR
5. Brandstaetter, PUNCTURED HOPE
6. Brett, PLANET 51
7. Burwell, A SERIOUS MAN
8. Cave/Ellis, THE ROAD
9. Cnejevicvi, EVA
10.Coulais, CORALINE
11. Danna, ADORATION
12. Danna, THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE
13. Danna/Danna, THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS
14. Danna/Simonsen, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER
15. De La Puente, THE MISSING LYNX
16. Debney, ALIENS IN THE ATTIC
17. Debney, HOTEL FOR DOGS
18. Debney, OLD DOGS
19. Debney, THE STONING OF SORAYA M
20. Desplat, CHERI
21. Desplat, COCO BEFORE CHANEL
22. Desplat, FANTASTIC MR. FOX
23. Desplat, JULIE & JULIA
24. Desplat, THE TWLIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON
25. Eastwood/Stevens, INVICTUS
26. Eidelman, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU
27. Elfman, TERMINATOR SALVATION
28. Englishby, AN EDUCATION
29. Eshkeri, THE YOUNG VICTORIA
30. Giacchino, LAND OF THE LOST
31. Giacchino, STAR TREK
32. Giacchino, UP
33. Gold, ADVENTURES OF POWER
34. Goldenthal, PUBLIC ENEMIES
35. Golijov, TETRO
36. Hamlisch, THE INFORMANT!
37. Hisaishi, PONYO
38. Horner, AVATAR
39. Howard, DUPLICITY
40. Iglesias, BROKEN EMBRACES
41. Isham, BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS
42. Jablonsky, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
43. Kent, 17 AGAIN
44. Kent, GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST
45. Kent, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS
46. Kent, UP IN THE AIR
47. Kloser, 2012
48. Korzeniowski, A SINGLE MAN
49. Lara, RUDO Y CURSI
50. Lennertz, ADAM
51. Mansell, MOON
52. Marianelli, EVERYBODY’S FINE
53. Mothersbaugh, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
54. Muddiman, SKIN
55. Navarrete, INKHEART
56. Newman T, BROTHERS
57. Newman R, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
58. Ottman, ASTRO BOY
59. Ottman, ORPHAN
60. Penn, SUNSHINE CLEANING
61. Penn, THAT EVENING SUN
62. Powell, ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS
63. Rabin, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN
64. Rahman, COUPLES RETREAT
65. Rohatyn, THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE
66. Shorter, DISTRICT 9
67. Silvestri, DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
68. Silvestri, G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
69. Silvestri, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN
70. Toprak, THE LIGHTKEEPERS
71. Wagner, PARIS 36
72. Wedren, BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA
73. Yared, AMELIA
74. Yevtushenko, THE LAST STATION
75. Young, CREATION
76. Young, DRAG ME TO HELL
77. Young, THE UNINVITED
78. Zarvos, SIN NOMBRE
79. Zigman, MY SISTER’S KEEPER
80. Zimmer, SHERLOCK HOLMES
81. Zimmer/Pereira, IT’S COMPLICATED

Find out more at http://moviescoremagazine.com/2010/01/brian-eno-and-others-not-eligible-for-oscar/