UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – Varèse Sarabande, Buysoundtrax

Varèse Sarabande – July, 1st: HANCOCK (John Powell), MEET DAVE (John Debney)
Buysoundtrax – June: THEY LIVE (John Carpenter, Alan Howarth, expanded), A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Mervyn Warren)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

I CORPI PRESENTANO TRACCE DI VIOLENZA CARNALE – Guido & Maurizio De Angelis (Digitmovies CDDM 110)
IL DIO CHIAMATO DORIAN – Peppino De Luca (Digitmovies CDDM 111)
IL MAESTRO E MARGHERITA – Margherita Ennio Morricone (GDM CD Club 7051)
JOE PETROSINO – Pino Donaggio (LKP 598) – 53:30
LA DONNA DELLA DOMENICA – Ennio Morricone (Cinevox MDF 625) – 36:00
MILANO PALERMO: IL RITORNO – Pino Donaggio (Warner Chappell WCR 4800)
RUBA AL PROSSIMO TUO – Ennio Morricone (Digitmovies CDDM 109) – 41:13
SON OF RAMBOW – Joby Talbot (Bulletproof 91041)
STACATTO / PARIS SWINGS – Elmer Bernstein (DRG 19110) – 64:49

MARK SNOW RETURNS TO ‘THE X-FILES’

(Hollywood, CA) Award-winning composer and X-Files theme creator Mark Snow returns to the paranormal with the score for “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.” Based on the hit sci-fi TV series, the 20th Century Fox film is directed by X-Files creator Chris Carter and reunites original cast members Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Andersen). For his score, Mark Snow incorporates an 80-piece orchestral rendition of his iconic theme as well as an original haunting, yet dramatic underscore.
Best known for creating memorable music for leading TV shows, Mark Snow continues to receive accolades for his film work. Last year, Snow was the only American nominated for the prestigious César Award, France’s equivalent of the Oscar, for “Best Music Written for a Film” for the French film “Coeurs.” He has also received over a dozen Emmy and ASCAP awards, including ASCAP’s prestigious Golden Note Award for his significant impact on music culture. Mark Snow is the first composer to receive the Golden Note Award, joining past recipients such as Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
As a master at composing electronically and with an orchestra, Snow has scored over one hundred feature films, television series and telefilms. His name is synonymous with the most popular themes in TV history including Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, Dynasty, Cagney and Lacey, and T.J. Hooker. Snow continues to evolve with current TV scores for “Ghost Whisperer, “Smallville” and “One Tree Hill.” Mark Snow continues to demonstrate his ability to transcend genres and make significant contributions to the realm of film and television music.

R.I.P.: ALEXANDER COURAGE, EARLE HAGEN

Alexander Courage, composer of the original Star Trek theme and an Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated arranger for TV and movies, died May 15 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 88 and had been in declining health since 2005. Courage’s fanfare for the Starship Enterprise, written in 1965 for the first of two Star Trek pilots, was heard throughout the three original seasons of the show and has been reprised in all of the Trek feature films and several of the TV series, especially Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 1980s and ’90s. Courage’s eight-note brass signature for the Enterprise may be the single best-known fanfare in the world.

Earle H. Hagen, Emmy-winning composer of some of the most memorable musical themes in television history, died at 8:30 Monday night, May 26, at his home in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 88. Death was attributed to natural causes. Hagen wrote the iconic themes and much of the music for The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Danny Thomas Show, I Spy, That Girl, The Mod Squad, Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, and many more. He composed original music for more than 3,000 individual television shows during his TV career, which spanned more than three decades. He was also active in the film business, mostly as an arranger and orchestrator for 20th Century-Fox. He received a 1960 Oscar nomination (shared with Lionel Newman) as musical director for the Marilyn Monroe film Let’s Make Love.
Read the complete John Burlingame’s articles about Courage and Hagen HERE.

THE 2008 BMI FILM/TV AWARDS

BMI honored the composers of music featured in the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated prime-time network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs May 21 at its annual Film & Television Awards. Follows the full list of film music winners, and for exclusive pictures from the event click here:

BMI Richard Kirk Award
Christopher Young BMI

Classic Contribution Award
Peter Golub

BMI Film Music Awards (alpha by composer)
Tyler Bates: Halloween
Charlie Clouser: Saw IV
Mychael Danna: Surf’s Up
Alexandre Desplat: The Golden Compass
Randy Edelman: 27 Dresses
George Fenton (PRS): Fool’s Gold
Harry Gregson-Williams (PRS): Shrek the Third
Rupert Gregson-Williams (PRS): Bee Movie
Rupert Gregson-Williams (PRS): I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
David Holmes: Ocean’s Thirteen
Steve Jablonsky: Transformers
Harald Kloser: 10,000 B.C.
Christopher Lennertz: Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alan Menken: Enchanted
John Ottman: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Trevor Rabin: National Treasure: Book of Secrets
David Sardy: 21
Lalo Schifrin: Rush Hour 3
Thomas Wander: 10,000 B.C.
Nathan Wang: The Game Plan
Christopher Young: Spider-Man 3
Aaron Zigman: Step Up 2: The Streets
Aaron Zigman: Why Did I Get Married?

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST – John Williams (FSMCD Vol.11 No.6)
AQUAMARINE – David Hirschfelder (La-La Land LLLCD 1069)
THE BIONIC WOMAN – Joe Harnell (JHCD23)
THE DAY THE TIME ENDED / THE DUNGEONMASTER – Richard Band (Intrada Signature Edition ISE1021) – 75:18
DOCTOR WHO SERIES 3 – Murray Gold (Silva Screen 1250)
FLOOD – Debbie Wiseman (Silva Screen 1247)
THE ICE PIRATES – Bruce Broughton (FSMCD Vol.11 No.5)
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDON OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL – John Williams (Concord CRE-30825)
PROUD MEN / TO HEAL A NATION – Laurence Rosenthal (Intrada Signature Edition ISE1018) – 47:53
SILK – Ryuichi Sakamoto (Silva Screen 1253)

NEW SCORE ASSIGNMENTS: JOHN WILLIAMS

According to industry sources, the upcoming schedule of John Williams would include the scores for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Jurassic Park IV” and “Superman: Man of Steel”. However the most likely is that the scores will be written by another composers, incorporating Williams original themes.

TREVOR RABIN SCORES “GET SMART”

(Hollywood, CA) Platinum selling recording artist/award-winning composer Trevor Rabin scores the Warner Bros. action comedy, “Get Smart.” The film, directed by Peter Segal and starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, opens June 20 (soundtrack available June 17 on Varese Sarabande). Based on the 1960s TV series, “Get Smart” follows protagonist Maxwell Smart (Carell) and his partner Agent 99 (Hathaway) on their mission to defeat crime syndicate KAOS and save the world from evil domination. Trevor Rabin, originally from South Africa, had never seen or heard of the series prior to working on the film adaptation. “I literally watched full seasons of the show on YouTube, non-stop, before interviewing with the director,” explains Rabin.

In addition to writing the score, the composer/musician created a rock rendition of the original “Get Smart” TV theme by Irving Szathmary. “My rock background was my inspiration for my arrangement of the theme,” explain Rabin. In composing the score, Rabin primarily used a dramatic/action approach as opposed to a comedic approach. “I wanted the music to be the straight man,” explains Rabin. Also doing a comedy like this allowed me to utilize my jazz sensibilities.”

Music was always a part of Rabin’s life. He studied classical piano at age six and he taught himself the guitar at eleven. His family was musical. Rabin’s father was the first violinist of the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra; his mother a concert pianist; his brother a violinist and sister a pianist and ballet dancer. As a teenager, Rabin was doing session work, producing and arranging for records. He formed the legendary multi-platinum selling rock band Rabbitt. In protest to Apartheid, Rabin challenged the South Africa government and toured with an Anti Apartheid band called Freedoms Children. Later, Rabin moved to Los Angeles and became a founding member of the multi-platinum selling progressive rock group, Yes. He wanted the name to be Cinema, but he was out-voted. Rabin was a crucial band mate, fulfilling the role of guitarist, keyboardist, singer, producer and recording engineer as well as writer of the smash hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” Rabin left Yes in 1994 to pursue film composing.

Trevor Rabin’s diverse musical background complements his ability to create memorable film scores in various genres. As a winner of numerous BMI Film Music Awards, Rabin’s scores include action thrillers “Con Air” and “Armageddon” to the eerie “Exorcist: The Beginning” and Disney favorite “Remember the Titans.” Recently Rabin has scored the blockbuster hits “National Treasure,” “Snakes on a Plane,” “Flyboys,” and “Bad Boys 2.”