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) Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – Varèse Sarabande, Buysoundtrax

TRANSCENDERS SETS TONE FOR HIT TV SERIES ‘GOSSIP GIRL’


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 … Continue reading TRANSCENDERS SETS TONE FOR HIT TV SERIES ‘GOSSIP GIRL’

AMPAS DISQUALIFIES ‘DARK KNIGHT’ SCORE FOR OSCAR CONSIDERATION


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 … Continue reading AMPAS DISQUALIFIES ‘DARK KNIGHT’ SCORE FOR OSCAR CONSIDERATION

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


DEATHSTALKER II / CHOPPING MALL – Chuck Cirino (BSXCD 8840) – 49:25INDIANA JONES: THE COMPLETE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION – John Williams (Concord CRE-31000, 5 CDs)MAX PAYNE – Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders (La-La Land LLLCD 1080) – 44:22MERLIN (TV) – Rob Lane (MMS08022)REST STOP: DON’T LOOK BACK – Bear McCreary (La-La Land LLLCD) – 64:38SPLINTER – Elia Cmiral (BSXCD 8844) Continue reading LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

WALT DISNEY RECORDS TO RELEASE JOHN POWELL’S ‘BOLT’


(Burbank, CA)- Walt Disney Records will release the original soundtrack for Walt Disney Pictures’ animated comedy adventure BOLT on November 18, 2008. The recording features score written by Grammy®-nominated composer John Powell (Happy Feet, Shrek) and two original songs: “I Thought I Lost You” performed by the film’s stars Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, and “Barking at the Moon” by Jenny Lewis. Composer John Powell has written music for comedies (Hancock, Pluto Nash, Alfie, Mr 3000) and action films (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand, Face/Off and the Bourne film trilogy). Some of his most beloved work has … Continue reading WALT DISNEY RECORDS TO RELEASE JOHN POWELL’S ‘BOLT’

BMI’s 21st ANNUAL PETE CARPENTER FELLOWSHIP FOR ASPIRING FILM COMPOSERS


NEW YORK, November 7, 2008 – The BMI Foundation has announced the opening of the 21st annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship for aspiring film composers under the age of 35. The Fellowship was established by the BMI Foundation and Mr. Carpenter’s family, colleagues, and friends to honor the late co-composer of television themes and scores including The A-Team, Magnum P.I., The Rockford Files, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hunter and Riptide. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work for 4-5 weeks with BMI composer Mike Post, Pete Carpenter’s partner and friend and writer of such TV themes as NYPD Blue, Hill … Continue reading BMI’s 21st ANNUAL PETE CARPENTER FELLOWSHIP FOR ASPIRING FILM COMPOSERS

MICHAEL WANDMACHER SCORES ‘PUNISHER: WAR ZONE’


(Hollywood, CA) – Composer Michael Wandmacher brings a new note to the battle between good and evil with his score for Punisher: War Zone, based on the Marvel comic book character. Along with Wandmacher, Academy Award nominated director Lexi Alexander (“Johnny Flynton”) and writers Nick Santora (“Prison Break,” “Law & Order”), Art Marcum (“Iron Man”) and Matt Holloway (“Iron Man”) round out the impressive team. Lionsgate Films releases Punisher: War Zone in theaters on December 5, 2008.For Punisher: War Zone, Michael Wandmacher’s score both reflects the ominous tone of the film and skillfully brings a necessary lightness to the heavy … Continue reading MICHAEL WANDMACHER SCORES ‘PUNISHER: WAR ZONE’

ALEX WURMAN SCORES ‘FOUR CHRISTMASES’


(Hollywood, CA) – Critically acclaimed composer Alex Wurman scores New Line Cinema’s latest, holiday comedy Four Christmases, directed by Seth Gordon, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. Four Christmases tells the story of Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate’s (Reese Witherspoon) struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day after the couple gets caught in a lie by their families on a live news broadcast. Four Christmases will be in theatres this holiday season opening on November 26th. Wurman’s original score to Four Christmases mixes traditional Christmas music with new original music, resulting in unique adaptations of … Continue reading ALEX WURMAN SCORES ‘FOUR CHRISTMASES’