LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


Atlantic – ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES (Eric Serra, January 9th)
Varèse Sarabande – THE HOLIDAY (Hans Zimmer, January 9th), CODE NAME: THE CLEANER (George S. Clinton, January 30th)
Milan America – LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens, January 9th)
La-La Land Records – THE LIBRARIAN (Joseph LoDuca, January 9th)
Dramatico – MISS POTTER (Nigel Westlake, January 9th)
Hit Parade – AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DATS (Victor Young, complete, January 9th)
Lakeshore – CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER (Shigeru Umebayashi, January 23th)
New Line – LITTLE CHILDREN (Thomas Newman, January 23th)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


Intrada – 2001: A Space Odyssey – The Original Score (Alex North, Intrada Special Collection, January)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


BLOOD DIAMOND – James Newton Howard (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 780 2) – 61:37
HAPPY FEET (Score) – John Powell (Atlantic 94646)
KING SOLOMON’S MINES – Jerry Goldsmith (Prometheus PCD 161)
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – Alan Silvestri (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 778 2) – 53:35
PAN’S LABYRINTH – Javier Navarrete (Milan 36190)
PLANET EARTH – George Fenton (EMI 76648, 2 CDs)
PLATOON / SALVADOR – Georges Delerue (Prometheus PCD 136)
QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER (Expanded) – Basil Poledouris (Prometheus XPCD 162)
THE SPY WITH MY FACE – Gerald Fried, Morton Stevens, etc (FSMCD Vol.9 No.18)
WE ARE MARSHALL – Christophe Beck (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 779 2)

JEFF DANNA GETS ANIMATED IN CHICAGO 10


(Los Angeles, CA) Award winning composer Jeff Danna scores Chicago 10, the documentary that will open this year’s Sundance Film Festival January 18. Directed by Brett Morgen, the film takes a groundbreaking approach to documentary filmmaking by combining live-action footage with animation to recreate the trials of the anti-war protestors at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The animated segments, which illustrate the events of the trial itself, include trial transcripts read by Hank Azaria, Nick Nolte and Mark Ruffalo. Chicago 10 is only the second non-fiction film in history chosen to open the prestigious festival in Park City, UT.

The animated documentary, heralded as possibly the next step in animated films, tells the story of the infamous 1969 trial of the Chicago Seven. In 1968, eight student protest leaders and counter-culture figures were charged with conspiracy to incite violence at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Originally, the group was comprised of eight defendants including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Black Panther Party activist Bobby Seale. It took two years and a series of appeals for the seven defendants to finally be found not guilty of the charges.

Jeff Danna, just honored with the SOCAN International Film Music award for his work on the #1 Sony Pictures release, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, has demonstrated versatility and adeptness as a composer. For example, in the epic film The Gospel of John, Danna painstakingly researched ancient instruments to create an authentic score and incorporated a full orchestra and a choir for the music. For the film The Kid Stays in the Picture, a look at legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans, Danna researched music of various time periods to create a score that would incorporate the eras of Robert Evan’s personal journey. Other Danna credits include his acclaimed score to the Miramax Othello adaptation O, The Grey Zone, Green Dragon, and Roger Spottiswoode’s The Yeltsin Project.

In addition to his busy scoring schedule, Danna enjoys a career as a recording artist. His collaborative orchestral Celtic albums with brother Mychael reached worldwide success and placed in the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. Jeff Danna has received numerous BMI and SOCAN Awards for scoring excellence.

His upcoming projects include Closing the Ring, a romantic drama starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, and Mischa Barton, and Nimrod Nation, an eight-part documentary series about a Michigan town’s obsession with high school basketball, also directed by Brett Morgen.

TYLER BATES SCORES ‘300’


Warner Bros Records Releases Tyler Bates’ 300 Soundtrack

(Los Angeles, CA) — Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 free Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian slave army. Facing impossible odds, their valor and sacrifice ultimately inspired all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy to fight for democracy.

For this “Battle Epic” director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) engaged Tyler Bates to create a score that embodies expansive orchestral and choral themes that express a sweeping palette of color and emotion, while embracing a tonal palette unfamiliar to studio films of its nature.
In developing a sound that wouldn’t betray the Frank Miller-inspired dark and stunning backdrop, the rugged stature of the Spartans, and the threatening characters they encounter on their quest to preserve freedom and democracy, Bates chose percussion as an effective foundation for much of the score. Bates explains, “My intent was to support the physicality of the actors, while staying true to the inspiration of this film and that of the Spartans — freedom and will.” Singer Azam Ali (Niyaz, Vas) served as both the voice of Sparta and the Persian threat. Orchestra and choir were recorded in London at Abbey Road studios, serving as the emotional canvas for the many colors and textures of Azam’s haunting voice. Bates designed score pieces to incorporate Ali’s many singing techniques in a broad range of emotions. Feeling it important to not color the story with specific words, yet to be bold and confident with voices throughout the score, Azam’s vocal melodies were written in a phonetic language, as were all the choral parts. The guitarviol, an obscure electric bowed instrument, was used to create the crude melodies and much of the score’s darker atmospheres, in addition to hand-crafted ambient sound design apparent in the music.

Bates comments, “The greatest challenge to writing and producing the music for 300, was to bead a musical thread throughout the film’s ever-changing landscape of visual art and its ominous, horrific and mystical beings, while sustaining the epic and emotional qualities from which this film was made. I had to approach it in a style as inventive as the film itself.” Warner Bros Records is distributing the score soundtrack album, comprised entirely of Bates’ music, with the film’s March 9th theatrical release.

NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES CRITIC’S AWARDS


The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has given their Music award to Alexandre Desplat for THE PAINTED VEIL and THE QUEEN, with Thomas Newman as runner-up for THE GOOD GERMAN and LITTLE CHILDREN. The New York Online Film Critics Association elected Philip Glass to receive the Music Award for THE ILLUSIONIST’s score.

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES


Original Score – Alexandre Desplat (THE PAINTED VEIL), Clint Mansell (THE FOUNTAIN), Gustavo Santaolalla (BABEL), Carlo Siliotto (NOMAD), Hans Zimmer (THE DA VINCI CODE)
Song – “A Father´s Way” (PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS), “Listen” (DREAMGIRLS), “Never Gonna Break My Faith” (BOBBY), “Song Of The Heart” (HAPPY FEET), “Try Not to Remember” (HOME OF THE BRAVE)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


Film Score Monthly – THE SPY WITH MY FACE: MUSIC FROM THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E MOVIES (Gerald Fried, Jerry Goldsmith, Nelson Riddle, Richard Shores)
Varèse Sarabande – January 30th: CODE NAME: THE CLEANER (George S. Clinton), PARTITION (Brian Tyler)
Tribute Film Classics – 2007: MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, FAHRENHEIT 451 (Bernard Herrmann)
Naxos – 2007: THE SEA HAWK, DECEPTION.( Erich Wolfgang Korngold), SHE (Max Steiner), THE KENTUCKIAN / WILLIAMSBURG: THE STORY OF A PATRIOT (Bernard Herrmann)