Harkit – December: RETURN FROM THE RIVER KWAI (Lalo Schifrin), THE DOVE (John Barry)


24: REDEMPTION – Sean Callery (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 936 2)LET THE RIGHT ONE IN – Johan Soderqvist (MMS08022)
MILK – Danny Elfman (Decca 1230902)
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK – Jon Brion (Lakeshore 34047)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – Varèse Sarabande, Buysoundtrax

Varèse Sarabande – CD Club, December 12th: THE PRESIDENT’S LADY (Alfred Newman), REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER (Elmer Bernstein), SHORT CIRCUIT (David Shire), SILVER BULLET (Jay Chattaway)

Buysoundtrax – November 24th: STAR CRASH (John Barry), THE MIKLOS ROZSA COLLECTION: MUSIC FOR GUITAR (Miklos Rozsa)


50’s sci fi B-movie composer Irving Gertz (It Came from Outer Space, The Alligator People) died on November 14th in Los Angeles, at the age of 93.


Los Angeles, CA – Like the anonymous narrator in the hit CW series “Gossip Girl,” the Transceders have anonymously reached the ears of the masses. The group, consisting of Terence Yoshiaki, Brian Lapin, and Mike Fratantuno (founding members of the Black Eye Peas), wrote the iconic theme song, now familiar to viewers all over the world. In addition, Transcenders weekly compose the original music to complement the visuals and storyline within this controversial drama.

The Transcenders began working together in 1995. On the Black Eyed Peas first album, “Behind the Front,” Lapin mixed, produced and played keyboard and bass; Yoshiaki played drums; and Fratantuno played bass and guitar. Lapin left the band in 1999, but Yoshiaki and Fratantuno continued to tour with the band, writing the Grammy nominated hit “Let’s Get It Started” in 2004. The three formed the Transcenders in 2002 during a Black Eyed Peas tour break when they collaborated on the film score for “Cross Bronx.” From that point they realized that their individual styles complemented each other and they began creating music for various film and TV projects under the name Transcenders.

Along with “Let’s Get It Started,” Fratantuno’s songwriting credits include the #1 hit “Where Is the Love?” featuring Justin Timberlake, and the MTV favorite “Request Line,” featuring Macy Gray. On the film front, they recently scored the film “College” with Drake Bell and composed additional score music for the blockbuster film “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” They have also used their musical expertise to write original songs for “Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Harold & Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” and “ATL.”

Gossip Girl revolves around the drama of a group of East Side Manhattan socialite teens who attend elite prep schools. The series was created by Stephaine Savage and Josh Schwartz and is based on a popular young adult book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. The show is the driving force for the CW Network and has given them #1 position on Monday nights among the 18 to 39 female demographic.


BOLT – John Powell (Disney 278102)
THE EXPRESS – Mark Isham (Lakeshore 340302)
LITTLE MONSTERS – David Newman (Intrada Special Collection Volume 82) – 58:37


The score for “The Dark Knight” has been disqualified by the executive committee of the Academy music branch. Formal letters to that effect are expected to go out this week to composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, who collaborated on the music. Their previous collaboration, on “Batman Begins,” was similarly disqualified in 2005.

Sources inside the committee said that the big issue was the fact that five names were listed as composers on the music cue sheet, the official studio document that specifies every piece of music (along with its duration and copyright owner) in the film.

Zimmer said, in an interview with Variety prior to this week’s Acad action, that listing multiple names on the cue sheet was a way of financially rewarding parts of the music team who helped make the overall work successful. (Performing-rights societies like ASCAP and BMI use the cue sheet to distribute royalties to composers.)

Zimmer, Howard and the other three individuals — music editor Alex Gibson, ambient music designer Mel Wesson and composer Lorne Balfe — reportedly signed an affidavit stating that the score was primarily the work of Zimmer and Howard.

That apparently wasn’t enough for the majority of the committee, which was also supplied with documentation indicating that more than 60%, but less than 70%, of the score was credited to Zimmer and Howard.

The “Dark Knight” score — and the whole issue of multiple-composer collaboration, which is on the rise in Hollywood these days — has occupied about four hours of discussion over the past two executive committee meetings.
Some members sided with Zimmer and Howard; citing the originality and cutting-edge nature of the music, they urged others to keep the “Dark Knight” score eligible despite the cue-sheet issue.

Both Zimmer and Howard declined comment on the ruling. Both are seven-time nominees; Zimmer won for “The Lion King.”

Source: Variety


Varèse Sarabande – December 16th: FROST/NIXON (Hans Zimmer), SEVEN POUNDS (Angelo Milli) , LARGO WINCH (Alexandre Desplat, download iTunes)

Concord Music – December 23rd: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (Alexandre Desplat)