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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Sunday, March 08, 2015

SoundCast Ep. 80 - The 2014 Cue Awards



SoundCast Ep. 80 - The 2014 Cue Awards


Episode 80 - The Cue Awards 2014 

The 7th Cue Awards are finally revealed!  Christopher Coleman, Marius Masalar, Edmund Meinerts, Richard Buxton, Thomas Medina, and Steven Sharrat, are joined by award-winning composers and record industry professionals to accept their awards.  All eleven award categories are announced as well as the winners of The Genius Choice Vote!  Additionally, Richard Buxton's spotlight on scores and composers from Asia returns with The Monkey King Award.

Episode Highlights

00:00 — Opening and Welcome to the 2014 Cue Awards
04:08 — How the Cue Awards Work
06:36 — Best Action Score: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
22:58 — What is The Genius Choice Vote?
23:35 — Best Dramatic Score: Cue Award and The Genius Choice Vote Winner
35:55 — Best Score for Television: Cue Award
38:11 — Best Score - Television: The Genius Choice Winner
45:10 — Best Score - Video Game: Cue Award and Genius Choice Winner
01:03:04 — Best Score - Animation: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:13:37 — Best Cue - Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:22:55 — The Monkey King Award
01:26:31 — Record Label of the Year: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:36:06 — Best Theme: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:46:00 — Composer of the Year: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:50:05 — Best Overall Score: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:57:43 — Wrap Up and Spotlight Titles from 2014
02:11:14 — Credits and Thanks

Music Selections

00:01 — Cue the Orchestra by Marius Masalar
06:59 — Sun Wukong, The Monkey King (The Monkey King) by Christopher Young
11:35 — Niu Wo Wang, the Buffalo Demon King (The Monkey King) by Christopher Young
23:59 — Main Title (The Field of Lost Shoes) by Frederik Wiedmann
32:09 — The Imitation Game (The Imitation Game) by Alexandre Desplat
36:17 — Main Theme (Gunshi Kanbee) by Yugo Kano
38:34 — Main Theme (Game of Thrones) by Ramin Djawadi
45:50 — The Seeding (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffin Cohen
47:06 — Planetfall (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffin Cohen
47:46 — The Signal (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffin Cohen
51:49 — Planetfall Ambient Late 2 (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffin Cohen
54:49 — Xeno Titan (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffin Cohen
01:03:33 — Dragon Racing (How To Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell
01:14:06 — The Future of Mankind (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Geoff Knorr
01:17:38 — Flying With Mother (How To Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell
01:17:38 — Naoki Sato Suite - Arranged by Richard Buxton
01:17:38 — Son of Batman (Son of Batman) by Frederik Wiedmann
01:36:35 — A New Beginning (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Geoff Knorr
01:40:18 — Maleficent Flies (Maleficent) by James Newton Howard
01:46:24 — Opening Titles (Monuments Men) by Alexandre Desplat
01:50:43 — Two New Alphas (How To Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell
01:50:43 — Should I know You? (How To Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell


Notes:

Special thanks to:  Albert Tello (Costa Communications), Laura Engel (Kraft/Engel), Maria Klienmann (Walt Disney Music),  Dan Berry (Gorfaine Schwartz Agency)



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Friday, March 06, 2015

SoundCast - Bonus Track - Superhero Rumbly Bumbly



Bonus Track - Superhero Rumbly Bumbly

The crew welcomes Steven Sharrat (Tracksounds contributor) to his first SoundCast and talk recent superhero film news, rumors, and composer gossip including: Danny Elfman on the Avengers, Hans Zimmer on introducing themes for Aquaman and Wonder Woman, John Ottman on X-Men: Apocalypse and Philip Glass joining with Marco Beltrami on The Fantastic Four.

Episode Highlights

00:30 — Those Menacing Avengers
03:30 — Hans Zimmer: Aquaman and Woman Wonder themes
03:28 — Danny Elfman: Music to Avenge By?
18:59 — John Ottman: X-Men Apocalypse
21:00 — Philip Glass and Marco Beltrami on the Fantastic Four
25:32 — Wrap Up and Contact

Music Selections

00:01 — Main Title (Spider-Man) by Danny Elfman
01:25 — Rumbly Bumbly Bee (Dinosaur Diner) by Lois Young
02:39 — Flight (Man of Steel) by Hans Zimmer
07:00 — And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad (The Dark Knight) by Hans Zimmer
10:16 — End Credits (Spider-Man) by Danny Elfman
18:41 — The Future/ Main Titles (X-Men: Days of Future Past) by John Ottman
21:12 — Cassandra's Dream (Cassandra's Dream) by Philip Glass
23:24 — Main Title (The Homesman) by Marco Beltrami
26:54 — Rumbly Bumbly Bee (Dinosaur Diner) by Lois Young



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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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