The 2013 ART OF THE SCORE discussion hosted by Alec Baldwin and featuring the Coen brothers plus their long time composer Carter Burwell is now available in its entirety via Soundtrack Specialist on YouTube. A great meeting of the minds which dares to examine film music from a psychological perspective. Highly entertaining and worth every minute!
In conversation with Hans Zimmer
Hans talks about his work in sampling, creativity and working with Spitfire Audio.
The absolutely lovely people over at Varese Sarabande hooked us up with the Ender’s Game soundtrack last night and I’ve spent the entire day listening to it on the way to work, on the way home from work, and even at work. At one point I had the “Battle School” track blaring in my car with its use of the violin and driving had never before been so fun. I can’t wait for you all to hear this!
Soul Outside - Antonio Pinto - The Host
A soundtrack, I feel is noticed by few but should be listened to by many. Antonio Pinto features some absolutely gorgeous melodies and beautiful sounds to accompany them in this score.
This cue in particular pairs wonderfully with the beautiful imagery and the souls as they escape the human bodies. It really gives a perfect sense of purity and lightness.
The gentle electronic background pad helps the melody along, ebbing and flowing like a wave and is then gracefully brought into the foreground, sounding almost like the sound design of the aliens rather than part of the musical score.
These sounds, along with the swelling string accompaniment and the beautiful violin solo, although simple, convey a huge expanse of emotion and give us a really clear feeling of the souls.
The award will be presented on October 2nd at the Classic Brit Awards, to be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Zimmer's prolific output over the last 30 years has included iconic soundtracks for Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Lion King. He has previously been the recipient of an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, four Grammys and a Classic BRIT.
Co-chairmen of the Classic BRIT Awards committee Dickon Stainer and Barry McCann commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be honouring the outstanding talent of Hans Zimmer with this award. Hans Zimmer’s recent work including Inception has been a dominant force for classical music specifically in the digital download era.”
They continued: “It is only appropriate that four years on from his 2009 win for Soundtrack of the Year for The Dark Knight he should receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music at this year’s ceremony.”
Last year’s winner of the Outstanding Contribution award, John Williams, was honoured at the Classic BRITs with an epic musical tribute with an orchestra-accompanied series of excerpts from films containing his music.
Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag Exclusive Soundtrack Preview - Brian Tyler
The initial report that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm and were going to launch a new Star Wars trilogy shocked the world, as did the report that J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) would be directing the film. News on Star Wars: Episode VII has been relatively quiet as of late, with the big exception being the rumors (extreme emphasis on the “rumor” part) that Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling have auditioned.
Now we have the announcement from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy that legendary composer John Williams will be providing the score for Episode VII, just as he has for the six previous Star Wars films. The news arrived today from Star Wars Celebration Europe, the huge fan convention currently underway in Germany.
StarWars.com has also released a new interview with Williams, in which he discusses his enthusiasm for returning to this universe… and whether or not he has read the new story (spoiler alert: he hasn’t).
It’s a brief but enjoyable look at Williams, who is a warm and personable man, and the insight into his process as a composer (he prefers to experience the film as an audience would, rather than read the script ahead of time, for instance) is fascinating. You can watch the interview above.
John Williams is, of course, one of the most famous and honored composers working today. He has won five Academy Awards, has scored countless classics (Jaws, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, and The Raiders of the Lost Ark, to name a few) and his style has come to define what we expect to hear in Hollywood epics. His landmark score for the original Star Wars trilogy is one of the greatest things about them, so while the news that he’s returning for Episode VII may not come as a huge surprise, it’s certain to please fans.
Abrams might have been expected to bring on his Star Trek Into Darkness composer Michael Giacchino, who also worked on Lost and Fringe, in order to put his own stamp on the franchise while most likely retaining the main themes from John Williams’ original scores. With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher all reprising their roles from the original trilogy, it’s clear that Disney and Lucasfilm know perfectly well that pleasing their core fan base – of which there are still legions – is essential to launching the franchise once more.
While the actual storyline for Episode VII is still a complete mystery, the new installment in the series is already expected to make $1.2 billion worldwide. Given the widespread excitement over a continuing series of Star Wars films, it’s probably an accurate prediction.