LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE / LORD LOVE A DUCK – Neal Hefti (Kritzerland KR 20013-3, 2 CDs)

THE FINAL DESTINATION – Brian Tyler (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 983 2)

THE BLACK STALLION – Carmine Coppola (Intrada Special Collection Volume 107, 3 CDs) – 126:03

INGLORIOUS BASTERDS – Various (Warner Bros. 520377)

DRAG ME TO HELL – Christopher Young (Lakeshore 34091) – 52:27

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – Chandos, Buysoundtrax

Chandos – September: THE FILM MUSIC OF MISCHA SPOLIANSKY (Mischa Spoliansky)

Buysoundtrax – Soon: LASSITER (Ken Thorne), CAPTAIN ABU RAED (Austin Wintory)

GEORGE S. CLINTON SCORES ‘EXTRACT’

Film Opens In Select Theaters September 4

(Hollywood, CA) Award-winning composer GEORGE S. CLINTON scores writer/director Mike Judge’s (Office Space/King of the Hill) comedy EXTRACT, starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck. EXTRACT, that opens in select theatres September 4, is a comedy about a flower-extract plant owner contending with an avalanche of personal and professional problems such as his potentially unfaithful wife and employees who want to take advantage of him.
For EXTRACT, Clinton recorded a quirky and playful score to compliment the comedic style of the film. He used a small ensemble including guitar, mandolin, solo cello, pedal steel, and various percussion (also including the sounds of people playing actual extract bottles). The score was augmented by a chamber size string orchestra.

Recently, Clinton reunited with director Michael Lembeck (Santa Clause 2 & 3) for the comical-fantasy TOOTH FAIRY, starring Dwayne Johnson, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal and Ashley Judd. TOOTH FAIRY will be in theatres February 2010. Last year, Clinton scored the comedies HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO and THE LOVE GURU. Clinton’s other credits range from such diverse films as the romantic Zalman King’s RED SHOE DIARIES, the martial arts fantasy MORTAL KOMBAT, the suspenseful thriller THE ASTRONAUT’S WIFE and the sexy thriller WILD THINGS. Other projects include Mike Meyers’ AUSTIN POWERS films, John Waters’ A DIRTY SHAME and 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND.

Clinton’s musical innovation and versatility has allowed him to create memorable scores for various genres. Clinton received an Emmy nomination for Best Original Score to HBO Films’ BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE. His score varied from Americana to incorporating Native American elements. He also enlisted world-renowned Native American flutist John Two-Hawks to play on the score.

In addition to his film projects, Clinton has written several concert works, three musicals, and songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Smokey Robinson and Johnny Mathis. George S. Clinton has also been honored with BMI’s highest honor bestowed on a composer, The Richard Kirk Award for Career Achievement. He joins the company of legendary recipients which include John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Danny Elfman. George S. Clinton believes in imparting his knowledge on a new generation of filmmakers. For the last ten years, George S. Clinton has volunteered his time and experience to filmmakers and composers at the Sundance Institute in Park City, Utah. Last month the Tennessee native composer received the “Spirit of Tennessee Award” from the Tennessee Teachers Association, for his dedication to promoting film music education.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – Intrada, Kritzerland

Intrada – August: THE BLACK STALLION (Carmine Coppola), MR. MAJESTYK (Charles Bernstein)

Kritzerland – August: GAILY, GAILY / THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY’S (HenryMancini / Charles Strouse)

NATHAN BARR’S SCORE FOR ‘TRUE BLOOD’ TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 8th

Promotion for anticipated score to HBO’s award-winning series to include exclusive online music video and pre-signed-copy giveaway contest

Los Angeles, CA -– The score to HBO’s highly-acclaimed and record rating-breaking drama series, “True Blood”, is set to release September 8th on iTunes, Amazon.com and in-stores nationwide via Varese Sarabande Records. Award-winning composer, Nathan Barr, arranges all the music, and performs the majority of the instrumentals from his own private home studio in Topanga Canyon. As it’s first track, the score will feature the popular song “Take Me Home”, sung by Lisbeth Scott and featured on Episode 6 of the show. Lisbeth’s vocals can also be heard on “Sancto Erico”. Lisbeth’s own upcoming album, working title “Hope is a thing”, will be released this fall.

An exclusive music video for “Take Me Home” filmed August 17th and will be debuted the 1st of September on both Nathan’s website http://www.nathanbarr.com as well as True Blood’s top fan site, http://www.true-blood.net. A special give-away contest will also be taking place via these sites, where fans of the show can win (pre-sale) signed copies of the soundtrack signed by Barr and Lisbeth Scott. Also featured on Nathan Barr’s official website are exclusive interviews where he discusses the music from True Blood and where he draws influences for the show’s extremely aesthetic sound.

A local signing for the score will take place at Dark Delicacies, 4213 West Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505 on September 13th from 1 to 3pm. Barr and “True Blood” vocalist, Lisbeth Scott, will both be in attendance alongside Bear McCreary (Battlestar: Galactica and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

Executive Producer and show creator, Alan Ball, is extremely impressed with Barr’s score for the show. Ball recently expressed that “Nate’s score for True Blood continually impresses and surprise me, and one of the favorite parts of my job is driving out to his studio to hear his score cues, as I know I’m always in for a treat. His music, with its distinct and completely acoustic flavor, perfectly captures the mix of suspense, terror, romance, and regional authenticity that the show calls for. I know I can always count on him to take scenes which need that extra little bit of help and make them work better than I thought possible.”

Barr recently co-created a composer-centered monthly web-series called “Open Barr” which will begin airing on http://www.nathanbarr.com this Fall. In the series, Nate chats openly, intellectually, creatively, and at times hilariously with other high-profile names in the composing industry. The eclectic talents compare and contrast their lives, styles and creative processes. The series will profile and expose the inner-workings of this often un-discussed realm of the music world, and offer viewers insight into what it takes to make it or break it as a true composer for visual media. The pilot episode will feature composer Tyler Bates (Watchmen, 300).

Nathan not only composes his own original scores, he also performs all of the instruments heard in the majority of his compositions. Skilled in writing many styles and genres ranging from orchestral to rock, Barr is known for his collection and inclusion of rare and unusual instruments from around the world, which include human bone trumpets from Tibet, dismantled pianos, a rare glass armonica, and gourd cellos, among many others. Barr has scored more than 24 feature films to date, including Warner Bros.’ hit comedies The Dukes of Hazzard and Beerfest, to Eli Roth’s hit Hostel film series at Sony Screen Gems.” True Blood marks his debut as a composer for a full series.

Lisbeth Scott was raised as a classical pianist headed for a concert career practicing hours a day, until she ran away to California as soon as she could and began to discover her voice. Someone heard her singing and playing piano for a modern dance class in the hills of Idyllwild and suggested her voice for a score by composer Hans Zimmer. Scott’s uniquely moving and shiver-inducing voice has been heard on literally hundreds of films. John Williams wrote a 5 minute solo specifically for her in the score for Spielberg’s film “Munich”. She was the featured vocalist and co-lyricist for the John Debney score to the film “The Passion of the Christ” and she was the featured vocalist and songwriter for the Disney film “The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe”.

“True Blood” details the whimsical co-existence of vampires and humans in small town Louisiana. Thanks to the invention of synthetic blood, humans have been taken off the menu and vampires have become fellow citizens overnight. Disconcerting to nearly everyone but Sookie Stackhouse (played by Academy Award winner Anna Paquin), a young, telepathic waitresses. As an outcast herself, she is optimistic about the integration of vampires. Drawn to the mysteries of their world, she falls in love with vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer). “The story-telling and the characters in True Blood are all beautifully complex which makes my job as a composer very exciting because I have such a rich world to play with thematically.”
New episodes of “True Blood” air on Sundays on HBO.

For more information on True Blood and Nathan Barr visit http://www.nathanbarr.com. For more information on Lisbeth Scott visit http://www.LisbethScott.com.

TYLER BATES SCORE ALBUM FOR ROB ZOMBIE’S HALLOWEEN II

LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2009 – Composer Tyler Bates joins Rob Zombie once again in the re-imagining of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN II. Following the success of Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN, which premiered number one at the box office – breaking all Labor Day Weekend records, is the sequel, HALLOWEEN II, hitting theatres nationwide on August 28, 2009 from Dimension Films.

HALLOWEEN II picks up where HALLOWEEN left off, and focuses on the struggles of Laurie Strode (played by Scout Taylor-Compton) and killer Michael Myers (played by Tyler Mane). The film also stars Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Brad Dourif, and Danielle Harris.

Tyler Bates once again puts his creative stamp on this classic movie, sharply distinguishing it from its 1978 predecessor. Bates score takes HALLOWEEN to a new level of hellish terror, imbued with the gritty texture of Zombie’s realistic depiction of the horrors spilled onscreen by Michael Myers.

The Halloween II Score album is the inaugural release on Bates’ new label imprint, Abattoir Recordings, digitally distributed August 28, 2009 by E1 Music. A physical CD release with previously unreleased music will follow with the DVD release of the film. E1 Music will release additional projects from Bates’ Abattoir Recordings in 2010. Tyler Bates has created scores for films such as 300 (2007), The Watchmen (2009), Slither (2006), See No Evil (2005), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Dawn of the Dead (2004) and many more.

H2 Score Album Sequence:

1. Halloween Theme 2009
2. I Killed A Man
3. White Horse
4. Stairs
5. Love Shack
6. I Won’t Let You Down
7. Killing Field
8. I Found Boo
9. Rabbit In Red
10. Can I See The Pig?
11. Van Kill
12. Surveillance
13. I’m Angel Myers
14. Brackett Finds Annie
15. We Are Family
16. H1 Killing Spree

TOTAL 50:39

The soundtrack will be available at itunes.com and all digital outlets.

9th WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the list of nominees for the three principal categories in the World Soundtrack Awards, the pre-eminent international prizes for the recognition of film music: Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be proclaimed on Saturday, October 17 at the closing event of the Ghent International Film Festival.

Every year in Ghent, the World Soundtrack Awards (WSA) are presented by the World Soundtrack Academy. The Academy, which was founded in 2001 by the Ghent International Film Festival and a number of film music composers, now encompassing close to 300 leading composers and representatives of the film music business. The stated goal of the Academy is to promote music in film, and it is achieving this with ever greater success, as can be seen by the growing (international) interest and recognition being given to film music.

The three principal categories are Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. At a later time, the Academy Board will also select the Discovery of the Year 2009. In addition to the Awards presented by the Academy, film music fans around the world can vote the best soundtrack of the past year (see http://www.worldsoundtrackacademy.com).

The nominees the World Soundtrack Awards 2009:

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

o CARTER BURWELL (Burn After Reading, Twilight)
o ALEXANDRE DESPLAT (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Coco Avant Chanel, Largo Winch, Cheri)
o DANNY ELFMAN (Milk, Taking Woodstock, Notorious)
o MICHAEL GIACCHINO (Star Trek, Up, Land of the Lost)
o HANS ZIMMER (Frost/Nixon, Angels & Demons, The Dark Knight)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE OF THE YEAR

o BURN AFTER READING by Carter Burwell
o THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON by Alexandre Desplat
o FROST/NIXON by Hans Zimmer
o THE INTERNATIONAL by Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek
o SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE by A.R. Rahman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR A FILM

o “GRAN TORINO” from ‘Gran Torino’
Music & Lyrics by Jamie Cullum, Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens
Performed by Jamie Cullum & Don Runner

o “JAI HO” from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
Music by : A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by Gulzar and Tanvi Shah
Performed by A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaksmi Iyver, Vijay Prakash
Published by KM Musiq ltd
o “O SAYA” from Slumdog Millionaire’
Music & Lyrics by A.R. Rahman and Mathangi Arulpragasam
Performed by M.I.A. & A.R. Rahman
Published by KM Musiq ltd

o “RUN & HIDE” from ‘Je l’aimais’
Music & lyrics by Anna Chalon
Performed by Anna chalon

o “THE WRESTLER” from ‘The Wrestler’
Music & lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Published by Bruce Springsteen

The number of tickets for the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards including a reception are limited. Cost: € 75. You can order tickets from info@filmfestival.be

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

ALIENS IN THE ATTIC – John Debney (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 982 2)

THE APARTMENT / THE FORTUNE COOKIE – Adolph Deutsch / Andre Previn (Kritzerland KR 20013-2)

CONTATTO CON L’ORIENTE – Akira Ifukube (Kronos KRONCD001) – 56:30

I SELL THE DEAD – Jeff Grace (MMS09016)