Thursday, February 19, 2015

IFMCA Announces 2014 Award Winners


INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2014 IFMCA AWARDS


INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2014 IFMCA AWARDS; HANS ZIMMER, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT TAKE TOP HONORS

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 — The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of winners for excellence in musical scoring in 2014, in the 2014 IFMCA Awards.

The award for Score of the Year goes to composer Hans Zimmer for his work on the Christopher Nolan-directed epic science fiction odyssey “Interstellar”. IFMCA member James Southall called the score “one of the most impressive creations of Zimmer’s career” and felt that the film “inspired him to create something unusually personal and about which he is understandably proud,” while IFMCA member Kaya Savas called Interstellar “one of Hans Zimmer’s finest accomplishments as a composer”. This is the third IFMCA Award of Zimmer’s career, and the first time he has been awarded Score of the Year.

French composer Alexandre Desplat was named Composer of the Year, for his astonishingly accomplished work on a half dozen scores spanning multiple genres; his work in 2014 included the blockbuster monster movie “Godzilla,” director Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the critically acclaimed biopic of British code breaker Alan Turing “The Imitation Game,” and the George Clooney-directed WWII drama “The Monuments Men,” all of which were nominated in their respective genre categories. The score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was also named Best Score for a Comedy Film. These are the tenth and eleventh IFMCA Awards of Desplat’s career, and it marks the fourth time he has been named Composer of the Year, following his previous wins in 2006, 2007, and 2010.

The IFMCA’s ongoing recognition of emerging talent in the film music world this year spotlights British composer Mica Levi, who was named Breakthrough Composer of the Year. Levi, who is best known as a singer/songwriter with her band Micachu & The Shapes, impressed IFMCA members with her debut score for the art-house science fiction drama “Under the Skin”. IFMCA member Alan Rogers called “Under the Skin” “a complex and carefully thought out score”.

Composer John Powell wrote the IFMCA’s Film Music Composition of the Year, “Flying With Mother,” and won the Best Animation Score award, both for his work on “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. In talking about Powell’s score, IFMCA member Jon Broxton noted that “anyone who loved the first score in this series will surely have the same reaction here, and anyone who loves good, old-fashioned, proper orchestral music, written by a composer who knows what he’s doing, performed by an ensemble of musicians at the top of their game, and containing an overwhelmingly positive sense of life, joy and enthusiasm will love it too.”

The various other genre awards were won by Marco Beltrami for director Tommy Lee Jones’s dark, bleak Western drama “The Homesman”; Christopher Young for the epic Chinese action adventure “The Monkey King”; James Newton Howard for Disney’s re-imagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty fantasy “Maleficent”; and Danny Elfman for his music for the political documentary “The Unknown Known”.

In the non-film categories, Argentine composer Federico Jusid won the award for Best Original Score for a Television Series for the second year in a row for his outstanding work on the third season of the Spanish historical TV drama “Isabel,” while composers Geoff Knorr, Griffin Cohen, Michael Curran and Grant Kirkhope won the award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media for their stellar work on “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth”.

La-La Land Records won the Film Music Record Label of the Year category for the fifth straight year, solidifying their position at the top of the list of labels specializing in lovingly restoring the greatest film music of the past. However, both Archival categories were won by releases from Oakland, California-based Intrada Records and producer Douglass Fake; firstly, in the Re-Release or Re-Recording category, for their landmark release of the classic 1954 score for “On the Waterfront” by Leonard Bernstein; and, secondly, in the Compilation category, for their wonderful box-set of the legendary recordings Elmer Bernstein made for the Ava label between 1962 and1965, which include his masterwork scores for films such as “Walk on the Wild Side,” “The Carpetbaggers,” “The Caretakers,” “Baby the Rain Must Fall,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

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COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR
Interstellar, music by Hans Zimmer

COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Alexandre Desplat

BREAKTHROUGH COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
Mica Levi

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM
The Homesman, music by Marco Beltrami

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM
The Grand Budapest Hotel, music by Alexandre Desplat

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM
The Monkey King [Xi You Ji: Da Nao Tian Gong], music by Christopher Young

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR FILM
Maleficent, music by James Newton Howard

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE
How to Train Your Dragon 2, music by John Powell

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY
The Unknown Known, music by Danny Elfman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A TELEVISION SERIES
Isabel, music by Federico Jusid

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, music by Geoff Knorr, Griffin Cohen, Michael Curran and Grant Kirkhope

BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE – RE-RELEASE OR RE-RECORDING
On the Waterfront; music by Leonard Bernstein, album produced by Douglass Fake, liner notes by Frank K. DeWald, album art direction by Joe Sikoryak (Intrada)

BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE – COMPILATION
The Ava Collection; music by Elmer Bernstein, album produced by Douglass Fake, liner notes by Douglass Fake, album art direction by Joe Sikoryak (Intrada)

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR
La-La Land Records, MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
“Flying With Mother” from How to Train Your Dragon 2, music by John Powell

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

Since its inception the IFMCA has grown to comprise over 60 members from countries such as Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to Abel Korzeniowski’s “Romeo & Juliet” in 2013, Mychael Danna’s “Life of Pi” in 2012, John Williams’s “War Horse” in 2011, John Powell’s “How to Train Your Dragon” in 2010, Michael Giacchino’s “Up” in 2009, 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’s “Memoirs of a Geisha” in 2005 and Michael Giacchino’s “The Incredibles” in 2004.

For more information about the International Film Music Critics Association go to www.filmmusiccritics.org , visit our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @ifmca, or contact us at press@filmmusiccritics.org.

Monday, February 16, 2015

2014 Cue Award Nominees Announcement

2014 Cue Award Nominees Announcement





Founded in 2002, The Cue Awards are the official awards of Tracksounds.com. The 2014 awards make for the seventh year the awards have given. The nominations are made by all eligible contributors to Tracksounds and The SoundCast in the last 12 months and seek to recognize “the best in soundtracks” for that year.

Each contributor may nominate up to FIVE titles in each category. Each makes their nominations, 1-5, in descending order. The highest ranked receives 5 points and the lowest 1 point. The nominations are tallied and five nominees in each category with the highest total points become the official nominees. Occasionally tiebreakers are necessary and to allieviate any ties, a simple vote is taken in each category.

*This year we had one special case, where, having six eligible voters, resulted in a tie remaining even after the tie-break votes were cast. Because of this you will find SIX nominees in the Best Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Score category.

This year we have made nominations in 11 categories.  Two award categories were removed this year: “Breakout Composer of the Year” and “Surprise of the Year.” But another category was re-added, “Best Theme.”

Starting today, The Genius Choice Vote is openFrom Feb. 16 and running through Feb. 23, you will be able to cast your very own vote for each of the nominees. The winners of the Genius Choice Vote will be announced along with the official Cue Award Winners in a few weeks time.



BEST DRAMATIC SCORE

The Imitation Game by Alexandre Desplat
The Monuments Men by Alexandre Desplat
Kano by Naoki Sato
Field of Lost Shoes by Frederik Wiedmann
Calvary by Patrick Cassidy


BEST ANIMATED SCORE

The Boxtrolls by Dario Marianelli
Planes:  Fire & Rescue by Mark Mancina
How to Train Your Dragon 2 by John Powell
When Marnie Was There by Takatsugu Muramatsu
Tarzan by David Newman


BEST TELEVISION SCORE

Gunshi Kanbee by Yugo Kanno
The Good Wife by David Buckley
Fargo by Jeff Russo
Penny Dreadful by Abel Korzeniowski
Game of Thrones (Season 4) by Ramin Djawadi


BEST ACTION SCORE

Need for Speed by Nathan Furst
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Brian Tyler
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 by Hans Zimmer
The Monkey King by Christopher Young
Kundo: Age of the Rampant by Jo Yeoung Wook


RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR

MovieScore Media
Silva Screen Records
Varese Sarabande
La-La Land Records
Intrada


BEST THEME

"Maleficent's Theme" (Maleficent) by James Newton Howard
"Valka's Theme" (How To Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell
"New Beginning Theme" (Civilization: Beyond Earth) by Geoff Knorr
"Main Theme" (Need for Speed) by Nathan Furst
"Main Theme" (Dragon Age: Inquisition) by Trevor Morris


CUE OF THE YEAR

"The Future of Mankind" (Civilization: Beyond Earth) by Geoff Knorr
"Maleficent Suite" (Maleficent) by James Newton Howard
"Flying With Mother" (How To Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell
"Ni Mo Wang, The Buffalo Demon King" by Christopher Young
"In the Lead" (Need for Speed) by Nathan Furst


*BEST SCI-FI/ FANTASY SCORE

The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies by Howard Shore
Interstellar by Hans Zimmer
Hercules by Fernando Velasquez
Guardians of the Galaxy by Tyler Bates
Maleficent by James Newton Howard
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Michael Giacchino



BEST VIDEO GAME SCORE

Civilization: Beyond Earth by Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffen Cohen, Michael Curran
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor by Russ Brower, Neal Acree, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, Edo Guidotti, Clint Bajakian, Eimear Noone, Sam Cardon.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 by Oscar Araujo
Child of Light by Coeur de Pirate
Dragon: Inquisition by Trevor Morris


COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

Alexandre Desplat
James Newton Howard
John Powell
Howard Shore
Marco Beltrami


BEST OVERALL SCORE

How To Train Your Dragon 2 by John Powell
Maleficent by James Newton Howard
The Monkey King by Christopher Young
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies by Howard Shore
Civilization: Beyond Earth by Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffen Cohen, Michael Curran



You can cast your vote now at http://bit.ly/geniuschoicevote

You can receive all of the 2014 Cue Awards updates on the official site - cueawards.com



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Friday, February 06, 2015

SoundCast Episode 79 - Oscar Best Score Nominations

SoundCast Episode 79 - Oscar Best Score Nominations


Episode 79 - Oscar Best Score Nominations

Yes.  The Oscar nominations have been public for a while, but it takes time for these things to settle in.  The crew assemble (virtually) to discuss each of the five nominees in the BEST SCORE category for the 87th Annual Academy Awards.  We give our predictions as to who we think will win and also who we'd like to see win.  We also share some responses from Twitter and Facebook on the topic.  Also in this episode WHYBLT? is back and Edmund Meinerts gets his chance to lay down his thoughts on Shore's Battle of the Five Armies score and our discussion in ep. 78.


Episode Highlights

00:00 — "Olflactenal Nominations"
00:39 — Intro and welcome
02:04 — WHYBLT?
24:48 — Re-Battle of the Five Armies with Edmund
39:30 — Oscar Best Score Nominations Intro
41:09 — The Grand Budapest Hotel by Alexandre Desplat
49:09 — The Imitation Game by Alexandre Desplat
53:38 — Interstellar by Hans Zimmer
68:20 — Mr. Turner by Gary Yershon
81:09 — The Theory of Everything by Johan Johannsson
90:51 — How to find and follow us
92:12 — Listeners Twitter/Facebook responses:  Who will win?  Who do you want to win?
95:44 — The Final Quesitons: Who will win?  Who do you want to win?
24:48 — Re-Battle of the Five Armies with Edmund
39:30 — Oscar Best Score Nominations Intro
41:09 — The Grand Budapest Hotel by Alexandre Desplat
49:09 — The Imitation Game by Alexandre Desplat


Music Selections

00:00 —  "Clippers Discoteque Break" (Pan Am - The Sound of the 70s) by Yoshinori Sunahara
02:17 —  "1st Movement" (Jupiter Ascending) by Michael Giacchino
03:36 —  "Save This World"  (Phantasy Star Universe) by Hideaki Kobayashi
06:38 —  "2002 FIFA World Cup Official Anthem" by Vangelis
08:37 —  "Big Hero 6" (Big Hero 6) by Henry Jackman
18:00 —  "Roman Fanfare" (Coliseum) by Marc Timon Barcelo
19:22 —  "Sands of the Coliseum" (Coliseum) by Marc Timon Barcelo
23:03 —  "Ecstasy of Gold"  (The Book of Life) by Gustavo Santaolalla
38:07 —  "The Return Journey"  (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) by Howard Shore
39:03 —  "The Darkest Hour" (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) by Howard Shore
41:12 —  "Mr. Moustafa" (The Grand Budapest Hotel) by Alexander Desplat
49:10 —  "The Imitation Game" (The Imitation Game) by Alexander Desplat
53:39 —  "First Step" (Interstellar) by Hans Zimmer
81:12 —  "Cambridge, 1963" by Johan Johannsson
92:23 —  "M. Ivan" (The Grand Budapest Hotel) by Alexander Desplat
95:44 —  "Where We're Going" (Interstellar) by Hans Zimmer
105:35 —  "Moonshine (Traditional)" (The Grand Budapest Hotel) arranged by Alexander Desplat

Notes:
The Video Game Music Database (http://vgmdb.net/)
Blizzard "Overwatch" Announcement trailer: http://youtu.be/UXCNNDHboho

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

2014 IFMCA Official Nominees

2014 IFMCA Official Nominees

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of nominees for excellence in musical scoring in 2014, for the 11th annual IFMCA Awards. The most nominated composers are American James Newton Howard and Frenchman Alexandre Desplat.

Howard received seven nominations, including nods for Score of the Year, Composer of the Year,
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller score, and Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror score, all of which were split between his two main works of 2014: the action adventure sequel “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I,” and Disney’s reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty story, “Maleficent”. Howard also received an unprecedented three nominations in the Film Music Composition of the Year category, including one for the song “The Hanging Tree,” which he co-wrote with Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, and Hunger Games book series author Suzanne Collins, and which was performed by the film’s lead actress, Jennifer Lawrence.

Desplat received six nominations: for Score of the Year, two for Best Drama score, Best Comedy
score, Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror score, and overall Composer of the Year. Desplat’s work in 2014
comprised several outstanding works, notably the blockbuster monster movie “Godzilla,” director
Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the critically acclaimed biopic of
British code breaker Alan Turing “The Imitation Game,” and the George Clooney-directed WWII
drama “The Monuments Men”.

Below is the complete list of nominees and you can read the the full, official press release here.


FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR

• The Grand Budapest Hotel, music by Alexandre Desplat
• How to Train Your Dragon 2, music by John Powell
• Interstellar, music by Hans Zimmer
• Maleficent, music by James Newton Howard
• The Monkey King [Xi You Ji: Da Nao Tian Gong], music by Christopher Young



COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• Marco Beltrami
• Alexandre Desplat
• James Newton Howard
• John Powell
• Hans Zimmer



BREAKTHROUGH COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• Alexander Cimini
• Gustavo Dudamel
• Mica Levi
• Matthew Llewellyn
• John Paesano



BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM

• The Homesman, music by Marco Beltrami
• The Imitation Game, music by Alexandre Desplat
• The Liberator [Libertador], music by Gustavo Dudamel
• The Monuments Men, music by Alexandre Desplat
• The Theory of Everything, music by Jóhann Jóhannsson



BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM

• Cantinflas, music by Roque Baños
• The Grand Budapest Hotel, music by Alexandre Desplat
• A Million Ways to Die in the West, music by Joel McNeely
• Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, music by Alan Silvestri
• Wishin’ and Hopin’, music by Matthew Llewellyn



BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM

• The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, music by James Newton Howard
• Inherent Vice, music by Jonny Greenwood
• The Maze Runner, music by John Paesano
• The Monkey King [Xi You Ji: Da Nao Tian Gong], music by Christopher Young
• No God No Master, music by Nuno Malo



BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR FILM

• Autómata, music by Zacarías M. de la Riva
• Godzilla, music by Alexandre Desplat
• The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, music by Howard Shore
• Interstellar, music by Hans Zimmer
• Maleficent, music by James Newton Howard



BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE

• Asterix: The Land of the Gods [Astérix: Le Domaine des Dieux], music by Philippe Rombi
• The Boxtrolls, music by Dario Marianelli
• How to Train Your Dragon 2, music by John Powell
• Son of Batman, music by Frederik Wiedmann
• Tarzan, music by David Newman



BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY

• Ballet Boys, music by Henrik Skram
• Bears, music by George Fenton
• Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, music by Alan Silvestri
• Hidden Kingdoms, music by Ben Foster
• The Unknown Known, music by Danny Elfman



BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A TELEVISION SERIES

• Fargo, music by Jeff Russo
• Gunshi Kanbei, music by Yūgo Kanno
• Isabel, music by Federico Jusid
• The Leftovers, music by Max Richter
• Penny Dreadful, music by Abel Korzeniowski



BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA

• Assassin’s Creed: Unity, music by Chris Tilton and Sarah Schachner
• The Banner Saga, music by Austin Wintory
• Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, music by Óscar Araujo
• Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, music by Geoff Knorr, Griffin Cohen, Michael Curran
and Grant Kirkhope
• World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, music by Russell Brower, Neal Acree, Clint Bajakian,
Sam Cardon, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, Edo Guidotti and Eímear Noone



BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE – RE-RELEASE OR RE-RECORDING

• The Abyss; music by Alan Silvestri, album produced by Nick Redman and Robert Townson,
liner notes by Julie Kirgo, album art direction by Robert Townson and Bill Pitzonka (Varèse
Sarabande)

• Empire of the Sun; music by John Williams, album produced by Mike Matessino, liner notes by
Mike Matessino, album art direction by Jim Titus (La-La Land)

• Lair; music by John Debney, additional music by Kevin Kaska, album produced by Dan
Goldwasser and John Debney, liner notes by Jeff Bond, album art direction by Dan Goldwasser
(La-La Land)

• The Lion King; score by Hans Zimmer, songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, album produced by
Randy Thornton, liner notes by Hans Zimmer and Don Hahn, album art direction by Lorelay
Bové (Disney)

• On the Waterfront; music by Leonard Bernstein, album produced by Douglass Fake, liner
notes by Frank K. DeWald, album art direction by Joe Sikoryak (Intrada)



BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE – COMPILATION

• The Ava Collection; music by Elmer Bernstein, album produced by Douglass Fake, liner notes
by Douglass Fake, album art direction by Joe Sikoryak (Intrada)

• Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3; music by Shirley Walker, Carlos Rodriguez, Peter
Tomashek, Todd Hayen, Harvey R. Cohen, Michael McCuistion, Lars Clutterham, Stuart
Balcomb, Mark Koval, Lolita Ritmanis, Richard Bronskill, Tamara Kline, Carl Johnson, Steve
Chesne and James Stemple, album produced by John Takis and Neil S. Bulk, liner notes by John
Takis, album art direction by Dan Goldwasser (La-La Land)

• Elmer Bernstein: The Wild Side; music by Elmer Bernstein, performed by Big Band de
Canarias feat. Esther Ovejero, Kike Perdomo and Sara Andon, album produced by Robert
Townson and Kike Perdomo, liner notes by Robert Townson, album art direction by Robert
Townson and Bill Pitzonka (Varèse Sarabande)

• Henry Mancini: The Classic Soundtrack Collection; music by Henry Mancini, album produced
by Didier C. Deutsch and Mark G. Wilder, liner notes by Didier C. Deutsch, album art direction
by Chris Mancini and Edward O’Dowd (Legacy/Sony)

• The Naked Gun Trilogy; music by Ira Newborn, album produced by Dan Goldwasser and Neil
S. Bulk, liner notes by Daniel Schweiger, album art direction by Dan Goldwasser (La-La Land)



FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR

• Intrada Records, Douglass Fake and Roger Feigelson
• La-La Land Records, MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys
• Moviescore Media, Mikael Carlsson
• Quartet Records, Jose M. Benitez
• Varèse Sarabande, Robert Townson



FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

• “Flying With Mother” from How to Train Your Dragon 2, music by John Powell
• “The Hanging Tree” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, music by Jeremiah Fraites,
Wesley Schultz and James Newton Howard, lyrics by Suzanne Collins
• “Maleficent Flies” from Maleficent, music by James Newton Howard
• “Maleficent Suite” from Maleficent, music by James Newton Howard
• “Tsunami” from Exodus: Gods and Kings, music by Harry Gregson-Williams


Read the full Press Release at the official IFMCA Site.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SoundCast Ep. 78 - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

SoundCast Ep. 78 - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Episode 78 - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Author Doug Adams (The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films) joins Christopher Coleman and Marius Masalar to break down Howard Shore's score for the final Hobbit installment:  The Battle of the Five Armies.   Richard Buxton joins in for our first WHYBLT (What Have You Been Listening To) segment of 2015 and we also take a few twitter questions for Doug Adams about The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings scores.


Episode Highlights

00:30 — Introduction and "What Have You Been Listening To?"
22:39 — Battle of the Five Armies - movie discussion
33:25 — Battle of the Five Armies - movie discussion (spoilers)
45:08 — Battle of the Five Armies - music in context (spoliers)
50:27 — The Hobbit versus The Lord of the Rings
63:09 — Twitter question - "Will there be a Complete Recordings of The Hobbit?"
66:29 — "Unexpected Unresolution"
76:48 — Twitter questions:  LOTR re-recordings? The Music of the Hobbit Films book?
84:02 — The Hobbit on vinyl - digital versus physical releases
94:03 — The legacy of the six films and the six scores


Music Selections

00:02 —  Sons of Durin (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) by Howard Shore
12:46 —  The Seeding  (Civilization: Beyond Earth) by Jeff Knorr
16:37 —  Bathfime  (The Homesman) by Marco Beltrami
17:51 —  Into The Starscape (The Last Starfighter) by Craig Safan
22:13 —  Battle for the Mountain (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) by Howard Shore
44:39 —  The Darkest Hour (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) by Howard Shore
49:08 —  Sons of Durin (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) by Howard Shore
56:01 —  The Ruins of Dale  (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) by Howard Shore
60:21 —  Feast of Starlight  (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) by Howard Shore
102:30 —  There and Back Again (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) by Howard Shore

Notes:
Follow Doug Adams on Twitter (@DougAdamsMusic)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

SoundCast Interview: Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything)

SoundCast Interview: Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything)


Interview: Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything)

Christopher Coleman talks with composer Jóhann Jóhannsson about Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominated score for THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.  Jóhannsson shares his reaction to finding out about his Golden Globe nomination, his thoughts on some of the other scores nominated, his involvement in the production of the soundtrack and how the voicebox voiceover of Stephen Hawking effected the score.


Episode Highlights

00:00 — Introduction to Johann Johannsson
02:00 — Finding out about the Golden Globe Nomination
04:33 — Becoming a part of "Everything"
06:44 — Coming on to the project later
09:38 — Surprisingly Warm
11:40 — Progression and Digression
13:52 — Putting the soundtrack together
16:56 — Fans reaction to film music
19:27 — The voicebox challenge

Music Selections

00:00 —  Cambridge 1963  (The Theory of Everything) by Johan Johannsson
01:49 —  Rowing  (The Theory of Everything) by Johan Johannsson
09:12 —  The Wedding  (The Theory of Everything) by Johan Johannsson
12:29 —  Collapsing Inward (The Theory of Everything) by Johan Johannsson
14:26 —  Rowing [Alternate Version] (The Theory of Everything) by Johan Johannsson
15:38 —  Domestic Pressures (The Theory of Everything) by Johan Johannsson
18:52 —  Prisoners (Prisoners) by Johan Johannsson
22:00 —  The Theory of Everything  (The Theory of Everything) by Johan Johannsson

Notes:

Follow Johann Johannsson on Twitter (@JohannJohannss)
Follow Christopher Coleman on Twitter (@ccoleman)
Special thanks to Erica Hungerford at Brigade Marketing.

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2014 Critics Choice Nominees For Best Original Score

2014 Critics Choice Nominees For Best Original Score

The Broadcast Film Critics Association's list of nominees for the annual CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS were announced this morning.   There are no huge surprises in the BEST SCORE category, as hose with the most "awards-buzz" to date find themselves nominated.  We have conveniently put at the top of the nomination list for you.  You can tune into the live awards show on January 15, 2015 at 9 PM ET on A&E.

So what do you think of these noms?  Predictable? Acceptable?  Outrageous-able?



SCORE

Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game

Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl

Antonio Sanchez – Birdman

Hans Zimmer – Interstellar


SONG

Big Eyes (“Big Eyes”)

Everything Is Awesome (“The Lego Movie”)

Glory (“Selma”)

Lost Stars (“Begin Again”)

Yellow Flicker Beat (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″)


PICTURE

Birdman

Boyhood

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Nightcrawler

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Unbroken

Whiplash


DIRECTOR

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay – Selma

David Fincher – Gone Girl

Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman

Angelina Jolie – Unbroken

Richard Linklater – Boyhood


ACTOR

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton – Birdman

David Oyelowo – Selma

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything


ACTRESS

Jennifer Aniston – Cake

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon – Wild


SUPPORTING ACTOR

Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice

Robert Duvall – The Judge

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash


SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game

Emma Stone – Birdman

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer


ACTING ENSEMBLE

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Into the Woods

Selma


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo

Boyhood – Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

The Imitation Game – Graham Moore

Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten

Unbroken – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson

Wild – Nick Hornby


CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman

Interstellar – Hoyte Van Hoytema

Mr. Turner – Dick Pope

Unbroken – Roger Deakins


ART DIRECTION

Birdman – Kevin Thompson/Production Designer, George DeTitta Jr./Set Decorator

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator

Inherent Vice – David Crank/Production Designer, Amy Wells/Set Decorator

Interstellar – Nathan Crowley/Production Designer, Gary Fettis/Set Decorator

Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator

Snowpiercer – Ondrej Nekvasil/Production Designer, Beatrice Brentnerova/Set Decorator


EDITING

Birdman – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione

Boyhood – Sandra Adair

Gone Girl – Kirk Baxter

Interstellar – Lee Smith

Whiplash – Tom Cross


COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero

Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges

Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood

Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard

Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran


HAIR & MAKEUP

Foxcatcher

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Into the Woods

Maleficent


VISUAL EFFECTS

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Edge of Tomorrow

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar


ANIMATED FEATURE

Big Hero 6

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Lego Movie


ACTION MOVIE

American Sniper

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Edge of Tomorrow

Fury

Guardians of the Galaxy


ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

Tom Cruise – Edge of Tomorrow

Chris Evans – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Brad Pitt – Fury

Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy


ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow

Scarlett Johansson – Lucy

Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy

Shailene Woodley – Divergent


COMEDY

Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

St. Vincent

Top Five

22 Jump Street


ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Jon Favreau – Chef

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Bill Murray – St. Vincent

Chris Rock – Top Five

Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street


ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Rose Byrne – Neighbors

Rosario Dawson – Top Five

Melissa McCarthy – St. Vincent

Jenny Slate – Obvious Child

Kristen Wiig – The Skeleton Twins


SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

The Babadook

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Interstellar

Snowpiercer

Under the Skin


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Force Majeure

Ida

Leviathan

Two Days, One Night

Wild Tales


DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Citizenfour

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Last Days in Vietnam

Life Itself

The Overnighters


YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood

Ansel Elgort – The Fault in Our Stars

Mackenzie Foy – Interstellar

Jaeden Lieberher – St. Vincent

Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Quvenzhane Wallis – Annie

Noah Wiseman – The Babadook

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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