Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Composer Tribute to James Horner

A Composer Tribute to James Horner


A Composer Tribute to James Horner

Twenty-one film, television, video game composers deliver their heart-felt thoughts and reflections about the man, James Horner, and his music.  Listen to their thoughts set to many of James Horner's most memorable scores.

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Episode Highlights

00:00 — Introduction
01:00 — Austin Wintory
02:34 — Debbie Wiseman
03:51 — Greg Edmonson
05:21 — Frederick Wiedmann
07:12 — Jeff Rona
08:51 — Introduction to special tribute
09:23 — Jo Blankenburg
10:41 — Grant Kirkhope
12:07 — Mark Griskey
15:36 — Jason Graves
17:03 — Neal Acree
07:57 — Garry Schymann
20:02 — Sam Hulick
20:45 — Introduction to special tribute II
21:12 — Chance Thomas
23:17 — Jessica Curry
24:10 — Scott Glasgow
27:10 — Rolfe Kent
28:20 — Penka Kouneva
30:30 — James Christopherson
31:36 — Elia Cmiral
32:13 — Olivier Deriviere
33:54 — Kathryn Bostic
36:08 — Close

Music Selections

00:00 — "Teaching Mathematics Again" (A Beautiful Mind) by James Horner
00:54 — "Closing Credits" (A Beautiful Mind) by James Horner
02:38 — "Epilogue" (Searching for Bobby Fischer) by James Horner
04:51 — "An Epitaph to War" (Glory) by James Horner
23:44 — "Part 2" (Iris) by James Horner
07:25 — "The Lovemaking" (Cocoon) by James Horner
09:23 — ""Wunderkind" by Jo Blankenburg
10:30 — "Main Title" (Battle Beyond the Stars) by James Horner
12:26 — "Deciding to Build the Field" (Field of Dreams) by James Horner
13:33 — "All Systems Go" (Apollo 13) by James Horner
16:02 — "The Ludlows" (Legends of the Fall) by James Horner
18:48 — "Casper's Lullaby" (Casper) by James Horner
19:52 — "A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics" (A Beautiful Mind) by James Horner
20:48 — "Becoming One of the People…" (Avatar) by James Horner
21:45 — "Suite from Avatar: The Video Game by Chance Thomas
23:17 — "Main Title - Takeoff (The Rocketeer) by James Horner
30:23 — "Rose" (Titanic) by James Horner
29:05 — "My Heart Will Go On" (Titanic) by James Horner
30:23 — "Main Title" (Braveheart) by James Horner
33:08 — "The Passage of Time" (Bicentennial Man) by James Horner
35:02 — "All Love Can Be" (A Beautiful Mind)


Notes:

Special THANKS to all of the composers listed above who gave of their time to contribute to this project.  Also thanks to The Krakower-Poling PR and Costa Communications for their assistance.


Austin Wintory - http://austinwintory.com/
Debbie Wiseman - http://www.debbiewiseman.co.uk/
Greg Edmonson - http://gregedmonson.com/
Frederick Wiedmann - http://www.frederikwiedmann.com/
Jeff Rona - http://jeffrona.com/
Jo Blankenburg - http://joblankenburg.com/
Grant Kirkhope - http://www.grantkirkhope.com/
Mark Griskey - http://www.griskey.com/
Jason Graves - http://www.jasongraves.com/
Neal Acree - http://www.nealacree.com/
Garry Schymann - http://garryschyman.com/
Sam Hulick - http://samhulick.com/
Chance Thomas - http://www.chancethomas.com/
Jessica Curry - http://www.thechineseroom.co.uk/
Scott Glasgow - http://www.scottglasgowmusic.com/
Rolfe Kent - http://www.rolfekent.com/
Penka Kouneva - http://www.penkakouneva.com/
Jamie Christopherson - http://www.jamiechristopherson.com/
Elia Cmiral - http://www.eliacmiral.com/
Olivier Deriviere - http://olivierderiviere.com/
Kathryn Bostic - http://www.kathrynbostic.com/




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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Interview: Brian Tyler (2015) Part 1

Interview:  Brian Tyler (2015) Part 1

Interview: Brian Tyler (2015) Part 1 of 2

Having, not one, but two $1 Billion + box office smashes in less than two months, Brian Tyler shares his perspective on how long one can bathe in the afterglow of such success.  He also talks about two of his recent forays into sports via his NFL theme for ESPN and, most recently, his new theme for the USGA's 2015 US Open.  Finally, Christopher Coleman puts the ultimate question to him, "If you had to pick just one, which franchise would you choose to write a score for, Star Wars or Star Trek?"

Episode Highlights

00:08 — Introduction: Brian Tyler
02:43 — In the Afterglow of The Furious Age
13:40 — Writing the USGA - 2015 US Open Theme
18:41 — Upcoming project - "Truth"
19:37 — Box Office and Soundtrack Sales
22:45 — Writing ESPN's NFL Theme
26:30 — Star Wars or Star Trek?
33:51 — Wrap up and Intro to 2015 US Open Theme

Music Selections

00:00 — "Rise Together" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:00 — "Operation Ramsey" (Furious 7) by Brian Tyler
06:30 — "Farewell" (Furious 7) by Brian Tyler
14:22 — "Olympic Fanfare Medley" (John Williams Greatest Hits 1969 - 1999)
23:44 — "Main Theme" (ESPN's NFL) by Brian Tyler
33:38 — "The Mission" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
34:55 — "US Open Theme" (US Open Theme) by Brian Tyler


Notes:

Follow Brian Tyler on Twitter.
Visit Brian Tyler's Official Website 
Follow Christopher Coleman Twitter.



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Olivier Derivière Goes Supernova

 Olivier Derivière Goes Supernova


Hailed by MTV as "Game music's eclectic daredevil," IFMCA award-winning composer Olivier Derivière (Remember Me) continues to push the boundaries of enhancing interactive experiences through music with his latest opus for the upcoming online space video game SUPERNOVA, developed by Primal Game Studio and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.

For SUPERNOVA, Derivière has combined his trademark electronic music wizardry with epic orchestral space themes recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Abbey Road by three-time GRAMMY® award-winning engineer John Kurlander (The Lord of the Rings). Entitled "SUPERNOVA Volume 1: Through The Portal" the original soundtrack is now available for digital download on Bandcamp and other digital music sites. Preview samples of the score are available at Soundcloud.

"The musical journey of the OST follows a big crescendo from a star's birth to its supernova," explains Derivière. "Volume 1 is about the first planet, more will come as the game progressively extends its universe to new worlds. This is only the beginning."

SUPERNOVA's futuristic science fiction setting, with technology and space-faring races, offers huge gameplay possibilities. Players are transported to a universe where contests between commanders are won with unique technologies and strange alien powers. Set in the distant, space-faring future, SUPERNOVA takes an innovative approach to the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre by adding real-time strategy (RTS) elements and promises an exciting science fiction setting with vast potential.

Buy SUPERNOVA Volume 1 at Bandcamp

Get more information on SUPERNOVA visit http://supernovagame.com.

Get more information on Olivier Derivière visit http://olivierderiviere.com.


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Soundcast Ep. 81 - Avengers: Age of Ultron

Soundcast Ep. 81 - Avengers:  Age of Ultron


Episode 81 - Avengers: Age of Ultron

Kristen Romanelli and David Kociemba return and join Christopher Coleman and Marius Masalar to discuss, in-depth, both the film and film score, by Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman, for Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Also, WHYBLT? is back and they share three scores you might have recently missed that you should be listening to!

Episode Highlights

00:37 — Opening and Welcome to Kristen Romanelli and David Kociemba
09:18 — WHYBLT?  Madding Crowd, Pirates and Huck Finn.
17:09 — Avengers: Age of Ultron - General film reaction
26:36 — Avengers: Age of Ultron - General score reaction
42:58 — Avengers: Age of Ultron - Spoiler film discussion
01:07:42 — Avengers: Age of Ultron - Spoiler score discussion
01:30:33 — The Final question:  Where does the score work best?

Music Selections

00:01 — "New Avengers" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Danny Elfman
09:46 — "Opening" (Far from the Madding Crowd) by Craig Armstrong
11:29 — "Seven Chests" (Pirates Passage) by Andrew Lockington
13:36 — "Main Title" (Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn) by Robert Gulya
16:41 — "Rise Together" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
37:18 — "Hulkbuster" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
42:20 — "The Battle" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
54:28 — "Vision" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:06:24 — "Wish You Were Here" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:10:12 — "Outlook" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:11:03 — "Red Ledger" (The Avengers) by Alan Silvestri
01:12:13 — "Vision" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:06:24 — "Wish You Were Here" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:40:33 — "Farmhouse" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Danny Elfman
01:42:30 — "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Danny Elfman


Notes:

Follow Kristen Romanelli on Twitter.
Find David Kociemba at Emerson College
Follow Marius Masalar on Twitter.
Follow Christopher Coleman Twitter.



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Thursday, April 02, 2015

First track from Mad Max Fury Road by Junkie XL/ Tom Holkenborg



Water Tower Music give us a taste of one of this summer's most hotly anticipated films, MAD MAX FURY ROAD.  Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) has composed the original score for the film and this is the first track to find its way to the internets.

It's definitely big ... and bold, just as the film looks to be itself.  Sounds like things are going to match up in that regard, but dare we hope for some memorable character moments underscored by some equally memorable motifs and themes?

What do you think of this track, "Escape"?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Superhero Soundtracks by the Golden State Pops Orchestra

Superhero Soundtracks by the Golden State Pops Orchestra



Golden State Pops Orchestra Presents
SUPERHERO SOUNDTRACKS
At The Warner Grand Theatre
Saturday, April 18th, 2015


WHAT:

A superhero is not a superhero without tights and a cape…or a rousing theme song!  The Golden State Pops Orchestra brings these iconic melodies to life in Superhero Soundtracks!  This exhilarating adventure through the soundtracks of favorite heroes includes a special segment of the concert dedicated to the recent Marvel blockbusters Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers.  Other music to be performed includes themes from Superman, The Dark Knight, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men and music from the new Marvel television show, Agent Carter.


WHO: 

Golden State Pops Orchestra and Choir

Special Guests:

Craig Safan (The Last Starfighter)

Christopher Lennertz (Agent Carter)

Jason Livesay (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Plus surprise guests


WHEN:

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
8:00 PM


WHERE:

Warner Grand Theatre
478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731


WHY:

To experience an evening of enthralling superhero music from current blockbusters to past favorites performed by the leading film music orchestra in the United States.


HOW:

Ticket prices range from $28.50 to $60.00 and they are sold through the orchestra’s website (www.GSPO.com). For additional information you may visit the website or call 310-433-8774.

http://www.gspo.com/seasons/2014/9/14/superhero-soundtracks



Thursday, March 19, 2015

SoundCast Interview - Gareth Coker (Ori and the Blind Forest)

SoundCast Interview - Gareth Coker (Ori and the Blind Forest


Interview - Gareth Coker (Ori and the Blind Forest)

Marius and Gareth sit down for a detailed discussion about Ori and the Blind Forest—the game, the score, and the incredible stories behind its four-year development cycle. Naturally, they stray off topic too, tackling the future of game audio, the role of library music in modern scoring, the power of game music concerts, and the amazing resource that Twitch has become for gamers and developers alike.

Episode Highlights

00:00 - Intro & musical background
04:20 - Getting the Ori gig
06:52 - Long development time for the game and its impact on musical development
10:00 - Moon Studio's distributed development structure
14:36 - Constant testing by the entire team and how it contributes to polish
17:07 - Musical flow on album and why the main title cue isn't on the album
20:52 - How the incredible prologue came together, and its many musical challenges
28:25 - Finding the score's musical identity; references, and how visuals inform the music
33:50 - Unifying the flavours of each location's score
35:42 - Working with the Nashville Music Scoring Orchestra
39:30 - Score excerpt from 'Finding Kuro'
40:30 - Video Games Live concerts and inspiring listeners to engage with new genres
42:14 - The landscape of recent game releases, the role of the composer, patience, and the value of immersing yourself in the project
46:58 - Whether or not new game devs recognize the potential value of great music
50:54 - How Gareth discovered Aeralie Brighton and her magnificent voice
56:21 - Library music and whether or not it's a threat to creative opportunities for composers
59:32 - What's next for game audio? What's the "next level?"
65:15 - Future projects and the way it feels to experience such a huge release
66:42 - Finishing games and how polish and process influence the way people engage with a game
69:31 - Word of mouth marketing, release schedules, and having fun "trolling" on Twitch
71:03 - Having fun "trolling" on Twitch; Twich as a platform for feedback and engagement
73:14 - Conclusion

Music Selections

00:00 - 01. Ori Lost in the Storm
16:49 - 02. Naru Embracing the Light
22:55 - 04. The Blind Forest
32:16 - 07. Finding Sein
34:47 - 22. Kuro's Tale II: Her Pain
37:33 - 09. The Spirit Tree
49:34 - 31. The Sacrifice
52:52 - xx. Ori and the Blind Forest (Launch Trailer)
61:11 - 16. Climbing the Ginso Tree
73:36 - 32. Light of Nibel


Notes:

Download Gareth Coker's score excerpt from "Finding Kuro"

Special thanks to: Greg O'Connor-Read


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