Thursday, November 13, 2014

SoundCast Episode 77 - The Music of Marvel Phase 3 - Part 2

SoundCast Episode 77 - The Music of Marvel Phase 3 - Part 2


Episode 77 - The Music of Marvel Phase 3 - Part 2

For part 2 of of this Marvel Phase 3 discussion, Kristen Romanelli (Film Score Monthly), David Kociemba, Wendell Jones (Sideshow Sound Radio) finish out with Christopher Coleman and Richard Buxton on Captain Marvel, Inhumans and Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2.


Episode Highlights

00:21 — Let's Talk About Phase 3 ... part 2
01:42 — Captain Marvel
24:07 — InHumans
36:44 — Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2
58:13 — Will Marvel Pull It Off?

Music Selections

00:00 — Extremis (Iron Man 3) by Brian Tyler
07:58 — Main Title (The Cape) by Bear McCreary
14:14 — Green Lantern Main Titles (Green Lantern: Animated Series) by Frederick Wiedmann
20:27 - Silver Surfer Theme (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) by John Ottman
22:47 - Age of Gods (Illusions) by Thomas Bergersen
25:04 - Outlands (Tron: Legacy) by Daft Punk
31:41 - The Third Man (Battle Royale) by Masamichi Amano
33:25 — Plague, Trinity & Wasp (The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo) by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
43:48 - Splinter vs. Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) by Brian Tyler
46:00 - Spyders (Minority Report) by John Williams
49:37 - Following Godzilla (Godzilla) by Alexandre Desplat
53:54 - Entrance to Cave (Tarzan) by David Newman
70:34 - Battle Finale (Iron Man 3) by Brian Tyler

Notes:
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Follow Wendell Jones on Twitter (@Sideshowsound)
Follow Richard Buxton on Twitter (@monkeybutlerman)
Follow Christopher Coleman on Twitter (@ccoleman)

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Soundcast Interview: The Flight (Joe Henson, Alexis Smith) - Alien Isolation

Soundcast Interview:  The Flight (Joe Henson, Alexis Smith) - Alien Isolation


Interview:  The Flight (Joe Henson, Alexis Smith)

Marius Masalar talks to Joe Henson and Alexis Smith of ‘The Flight’ about their work on the multiplayer segment of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, as well as the full score to Alien: Isolation.

From performing things live on esoteric instruments to the challenges of building on Jerry Goldsmith’s work, the duo discusses their process and offers a glimpse into their workflow and how their extensive experience producing for pop artists has informed their approach to media scoring.

Episode Highlights

00:00 — Intro
00:45 — Getting the opportunity to score the multiplayer for Assassin’s Creed IV
02:20 — Working in parallel
03:38 — How pop producing experience influences game scoring
07:50 — How multiplayer scoring differs from campaign/singleplayer work
11:25 — Live performances, and creative instrumentation
14:35 — A team of three for Alien: Isolation
17:55 — Building on the franchise’s musical history
23:05 — Scoring the alien
25:40 — Implementation and interactive music challenges for horror
30:08 — Diversity of mediums and the growth of game audio
34:28 — Advice for aspiring media composers
38:31 — Conclusion

Music Selections

00:00 - Saba Island (ACIV: Black Flag) by Joe Henson, Alexis Smith
08:14 - La Havana (ACIV: Black Flag) by Joe Henson, Alexis Smith
12:45 - Prison (ACIV: Black Flag) by Joe Henson, Alexis Smith
18:38 - Promo Cue 1 (Alien Isolation) by Joe Henson, Alexis Smith
20:54 - Promo Cue 2 (Alien Isolation) by Joe Henson, Alexis Smith
23:12 - Promo Cue 3 (Alien Isolation) by Joe Henson, Alexis Smith
26:56 - Promo Cue 4 (Alien Isolation) by Joe Henson, Alexis Smith
39:18 — 03 Tampa Bay (ACIV: Black Flag) by Joe Henson, Alexis Smith
58:27 - "Humans Are Predators" (Twilight) by Carter Burwell
61:25 - "Monkey See, Monkey Coup" (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) by Michael Giacchino
62:40 - "Main Titles" (Pillars of the Earth) by Trevor Jones
65:00 - "Hercules and Hebe" (The Legend of Hercules) by Tuomas Kantelinen
69:04 - "April 1945" (Fury) by Steven Price
72:05 - "I Am Iron Man" (Iron Man 2) by John Debney
73:35 - "Battle of Vanaheim" (Thor: The Dark World) by Brian Tyler

Notes:
Follow The Flight on Twitter (@theflightmusic)
Follow Marius Masalor on Twitter (@mostlymarius)


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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

AmazonMP3's $5 Soundtrack Sale

AmazonMP3's $5 Soundtrack Sale


AmazonMP3 continues to give us great weekly deals on soundtrack releases fans actually want.  This week they're offering some greats like E.T. (John Williams), The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Ennio Morricone), An American Tail and A Beautiful Mind (James Horner).  There are several other less-known, but decent titles that you might have been on the fence about purchasing like:  Snow White and the Huntsman (James Newton Howard) or Halo 4 (Neil Davidge).  Check them out below or here for the full list of $5 titles!








Halo 4
by Neil Davidge



















Monday, November 03, 2014

Soundcast 76 - The Music of Marvel Phase 3 - Part 1

Soundcast 76 - The Music of Marvel Phase 3 - Part 1



Episode 76 - The Music of Marvel Phase 3 - Part 1

Kevin Feige recently unveiled the titles for the next massive phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Nine films will comprise Marvel's Phase 3 and will take us through 2019.  Christopher and Richard are joined by Kristen Romanelli (Film Score Monthly) David Kociemba (Adjust professor at Emerson College) and Wendell Jones (Sideshow Sound Radio Podcast) to discuss the announcement and who we'd like to see compose the scores for each of the upcoming films.


Episode Highlights

00:00 - Marvel Phase 3 Announcement Excerpt
00:37 - Introductions
05:55 - What is Marvel Phase 3?
07:08 - Captain America: Civil War
21:01 - Doctor Strange
31:35 - Guardians of the Galaxy II
46:28 - Thor: Ragnarok
60:30 - Black Panther
72:22 - You've just been "cliffhangered."

Music Selections

00:10 - "Marvel Fanfare" (Thor: The Dark World) by Brian Tyler
13:48 - "Lemurian Star" (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) by Henry Jackman
17:05 - "Main Theme" (Captain America: The First Avenger) by Alan Silvestri
19:23 - "Ivan's Metamorphesis" (Iron Man 2) by John Debney
22:40 - "The Lair II" (Batman Returns) by Danny Elfman
25:10 - "The Horror in Canisters" (Sinister) by Christopher Young
26:09 - "Humans" (Daybreakers) by Christopher Gordon
28:08 - "Evacuation" (I Am Legend) by James Newton Howard
30:03 - "The Woman in Black" (The Woman in Black) by Marco Beltrami
30:51 - "Don't Say it, Don't Write It, Don't Hear It" (Evid Dead) by Roque Banos
32:15 - "The Lifespring Rhapsody" (Warriors of Virtue) by Don Davis
33:30 - "Guardians United" (Guardians of the Galaxy) by Tyler Bates
41:02 - "The Pod Chase" (Guardians of the Galaxy) by Tyler Bates
48:25 - "That is the Target" (The Incredible Hulk) by Craig Armstrong
49:12 - "Storm" (Elizabeth - The Golden Age) by Craig Armstrong
52:34 - "Driving with the Top Down" (Iron Man) by Ramin Djawadi
53:20 - "Merchant of Death" (Iron Man) by Ramin Djawadi
58:27 - "Humans Are Predators" (Twilight) by Carter Burwell
61:25 - "Monkey See, Monkey Coup" (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) by Michael Giacchino
62:40 - "Main Titles" (Pillars of the Earth) by Trevor Jones
65:00 - "Hercules and Hebe" (The Legend of Hercules) by Tuomas Kantelinen
69:04 - "April 1945" (Fury) by Steven Price
72:05 - "I Am Iron Man" (Iron Man 2) by John Debney
73:35 - "Battle of Vanaheim" (Thor: The Dark World) by Brian Tyler

Notes:
Follow Kristen Romanelli on Twitter (@kbfornow)
Follow Wendell Jones on Twitter (@Sideshowsound)
Follow Richard Buxton on Twitter (@monkeybutlerman)
Follow Christopher Coleman on Twitter (@ccoleman)

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Soundcast Ep. 75 - Top 10 2014 Summer Scores!

Soundcast Ep. 75 - Top 10 2014 Summer Scores!


Ep. 75 - Top 10 2014 Summer Scores!

Christopher, Marius, Richard and Edmund reconvene to countdown their top ten scores from the very ripe, 2014 Summer movie line up!  It's been a few months, but we're back with  almost two-hours of episodic vengeance!


Episode Highlights

00:00 - Summer Countdown Mix
01:00 - Intro and How We Spent Our Summer Vacation
09:31 - #10
27:35 - #9
37:10 - #8
45:08 - #7
64:49 - #6
73:10 - #5
76:07 - #4
80:00 - #3
93:19 - #2
97:14 - #1
99:31 - Scores that didn't make the list

Music Selections


00:04 - "The Pod Chase" (Guardians of the Galaxy) by Tyler Bates
09:55 - "Dochi Theme" (Kundo:  Age of the Rampant) by Jo Yeong-wook
12:56 - "You Understood Us" (Earth to Echo) by Joseph Trapanese
16:38 - "Guardians United" (Guardians of the Galaxy) by Tyler Bates
21:00 - "The Kylin Escape" (Guardians of the Galaxy) by Tyler Bates
23:14 - "TMNT March" (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) by Brian Tyler
30:38 - "Son of Zeus" (Hercules) by Fernando Valezquez
37:21 - "Training Dusty" (Planes 2: Fire and Rescue) by Mark Mancina
40:45 - "Godzilla!" (Godzilla) by Alexandre Desplat
45:14 - "There He Is" (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) by Hans Zimmer et al
52:03 - "Main Titles" (The Giver) by Marco Beltrami
56:49 - "Enough Monkeying Around" (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) by Michael Giacchino
58:41 - "Level Plaguing Field" (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) by Michael Giacchino
65:01 - "Hiten-Kyoto" (Rurouni Kenshin - Kyoto Inferno) by Naoki Sato
66:55 - "End Title Suite" (A Million Ways to Die in The West) by Joel McNeeley
69:17 - "Main Titles" (Belle) by Rachel Portman
73:16 - "Trajectory of a Miracle" (Magical Sisters Yoyo and Nene) by Go Shina
77:07 - "Dragon Racing" (How to Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell
80:15 - "Hassan Learns French Cooking" (Hundred Foot Journey) by A. R. Rahman
82:52 - "Maleficent Suite" (Maleficent) by James Newton Howard
89:00 - "Main Titles" (X-Men: Days of Future Past) by John Ottman
93:34 - "Marnie" (When Marnie Was There) by Takatsugu Muramatsu
98:05 - "Opening Title" (Stand By Me Doraemon) by Naoki Sato
100:02 - "The Unspeakable Has Happened" (The Boxtrolls) by Dario Marianelli
103:12 - "Angel of Verdun" (Edge of Tomorrow) by Christophe Beck
105:34 - "Toothless Found" (How to Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell



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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Best Soundtrack Cover Art for 2014

Follow Tracksounds's board 2014 Best Soundtrack Cover Art on Pinterest.


Yes.  We are on Pinterest! 

So what are we doing there?  Oh ... just keeping track of, what we consider, the best soundtrack cover art work for each year.  We'll be adding to it as the year goes, so if you're feeling "pinny," please do follow us there and give some of our pins some "like-age" on the covers you agree are among the best of the year.

Of course, it is possible that we might miss some great art out there...whether it is for a CD release or vinyl.  Heck.  It might even be for a digital-only release.  If we do miss something, don't hesitate to hit us up in our comments, tweet us, Facebook us... you know the drill.

This may even signal a return of the "Best Cover Art" category to Cue Awards or something.



Monday, August 11, 2014

In Context - Need for Speed by Nathan Furst



"Way" back in March of 2014, a rival to the Fast And Furious franchise made its debut.  NEED FOR SPEED, directed by Scott Waugh, was marketed to give us a slightly retro-street-race movie from what the Fast And Furious franchise has evolved into.   Boasting real cars, in-camera effects, and a host of drool-inducing automobiles, NEED FOR SPEED looked to bring the popular and historic game franchise to the big screen in a big way.  Brought on to score the film was previous collaborator, NATHAN FURST, who worked with Waugh on Act of Valor (2012).

Missing out on its theatrical release, I went the VOD (Video on demand) route and watched on my home theater.  I rented the HDX version of the film from Vudu.  Although, my setup is several years old now, I can honestly say that I have, on a number of occasions, had a superior audio/video experience watching a film on my own home theater than watching that same film in one of my local cinemas.  So I'm quite confident that my viewing of Need for Speed in this context delivered an adequate experience from which to base this review.

The visuals of this film are top-notch.  In fact, I was surprised at how crisp the video was.  I completely forgot I was watching a HD-streaming and not blu-ray.  Same goes for the sound.  During the race scenes, the sound of those engines were nothing short of thunderous.  The question is how Furst's score fit into all of that thunder.

In the first half of the film, the races tend to not have any music until about half-way through the segment.  Around that  point in the race, there is some sort of threatening event or issue that arises. It is there that Furst’s score is interjected into the mix to ramp up the tension.  As the film proceeds; however, we get additional and extended, race scenes and the score begins to enter into the mix much earlier.

That said, most of the time, the mix places the score underneath the killer sound effects of the amazing looking and sounding, Mustangs, Agera’s, Lamborghinis, McLarens, and Bugattis.  There were times that the score almost disappeared completely behind it all, which begs the question, "Why have score there at all?"  On the odd occasion, the score would ramp up in volume for a few seconds before getting buried beneath the dust of the sound effects again.

The NEED FOR SPEED score is really built around a main theme representing the protagonist, Toby Marshall.  It starts the film as a low-key, post-modern-rock piece.  It begins with a very spacious guitar over acoustic bass drum beat, placid electronics and strings, but develops, over the course of the film, to become a bold, heroic anthem, bolted out on brass and supported by full orchestra.  It’s really quite a compelling theme and not what one might expect for a film like this and it definitely helps to distinguish this potential franchise from the Fast and Furious.

One last bit of context here - there are several songs which are scattered throughout the film.  Each of these I I found absolutely out of place, distracting, and of pretty poor quality.  Furst’s score far out-classes them, but Interscope Records found them worth releasing on an EP.  NATHAN FURST's score also found a release from Varèse Sarabande on March 14, 2014 and remains widely available.

If you are looking for a slightly different experience from the Fast and Furious, then NEED FOR SPEED might be of interest to you.  If you love the look of real cars doing real racing and sound of muscle and exotic cars, then this film is definitely for you.  Hearing Furst's score in context, might bring a modicum of extra-appreciation to the score, but to really hear what the composer has done for this film, I recommend listening to the original score, instead.