ALEX WURMAN RECEIVES EMMY NOMINATION FOR ‘TEMPLE GRANDIN’

(Hollywood, CA) –Film composer Alex Wurman is nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for A Miniseries, Movie, Or Special, for the HBO film biopic “Temple Grandin.” Wurman was nominated in 2008 in the same category for the HBO film, “Bernard and Doris.” According to “Temple Grandin” director Mick Jackson, “Wurman’s score for ‘Temple Grandin’ is astonishing and truly original – both cosmic and intimate, full of boundless energy, yet movingly simple. An amazing achievement. This music really finds and gives voice to the true spirit of the movie.” “The film stars Claire Danes as a young woman who persevered while struggling with autism at a time when it was still quite unknown. The film chronicles Temple’s early diagnosis to her emergence as a woman with an innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior.

When it came to scoring “Temple Grandin,” Wurman took the assignment and the challenges of Autistism very personally, “My nephew is autistic and I’ve learned alot from him and my tireless sister. This film gave me the opportunity create music that conveys the frantic, smart and passionate mindset of Temple Grandin,” said Wurman.

During his career, Wurman has shown himself to be a truly versatile composer with a broad musical palette: the eerie, spare piano melodies of “Confessions of A Dangerous Mind,” the lush 85 piece orchestral chases of “Hollywood Homicide,” avant-heartland score to the Emmy nominated HBO film “Normal,” groovy ‘70’s themes for the outrageous comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” contemporary interpretations of French impressionism for “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing” and soulful melodies combined with ethereal orchestrations for “March of the Penguins,” in which the music gives voice to the characters. His signature style is defined by an emphasis on harmony, rhythm and melody, not sound design. 

After studying music at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Alex Wurman moved to Los Angeles to pursue film music scoring. Independent films started coming his way, and soon he was working with directors such as John August, Doug Liman and Ron Shelton. Wurman’s resume reflects the quality and diversity of his talent. Wurman’s next film, “The Switch,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, will be released nationwide on August 20. He is also scoring the 2011 feature “The Convincer.”

CARPENTIER AND ALFRED MUSIC PUBLISHING TO RELEASE THE BOOK ‘THE MUSIC OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS FILMS’

In-Depth Journey into Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-Winning Score

(July, 28, 2010—New York, NY) Carpentier and Alfred Music Publishing are pleased to announce the release of The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films, a comprehensive account of Howard Shore’s score for the trilogy, by Doug Adams. The book will be available in the European Union on September 28 and in the U.S. and worldwide on October 5, 2010.

The culmination of almost a decade of writing and research, The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films is an unprecedented look at Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning score, with extensive music examples, original manuscript scores, a rarities CD, and glimpses into the creative process from the composer, himself.

The 416-page full-color volume features a Foreword by Howard Shore, an Introduction by The Lord of the Rings screenwriter/producer Fran Walsh, original sketches by John Howe and Alan Lee, and numerous images from the films. Also included in the book, courtesy of Howe Records, is “The Lord of the Rings: The Rarities Archive” a CD presenting 21 tracks of previously unreleased music created for the films, and an audio interview with Howard Shore.

The score for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy has been hailed as some of the greatest film music ever written. Sweeping in scope, it is a musical interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth—an operatic tapestry of cultures, histories, languages, and people. “Howard Shore’s [LOTR] music has touched millions of people the world over,” said Adams. “It’s been my great pleasure to assemble a piece that chronicles the creation of this music, and examines exactly how it tells this classic story.”

“Doug was a detective uncovering clues, tracing how one theme or character related to another,” said Shore. “He not only shows the themes and motifs for characters, cultures, objects, and their connection to Tolkien’s work, but also the ideas that were sometimes buried deep inside the writing.”

“Researching Shore’s music has been a true adventure,” described Adams. “His work is every bit as intricate and passionate as Tolkien’s Middle-earth.” Doug Adams, a Chicago-based author and musicologist, was invited in 2001 by Howard Shore to observe and document his work on Peter Jackson’s motion picture trilogy. Adams attended recording sessions, examined the original scores, and was given complete access to the composer’s archives. As an acknowledged authority on Howard Shore’s music, Adams has become a regular fixture at concerts and events across the globe. He runs the popular blog, http://www.musicoflotr.com/, which documents his work on this project and brings fans together in ongoing discussions.

UPCOMING EVENTS
September 27 Book signing and Q&A with Howard Shore and Doug Adams (Chappell of Bond Street, 152-160 Wardour St. London,UK)
September 28-29 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King, concert (Royal Albert Hall, London, UK)
October 7 Book signing and Q&A with Howard Shore and Doug Adams (Barnes and Noble, 1972 Broadway, New York, NY)
October 8-9 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, concert (Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY)

LAKESHORE RECORDS TO RELEASE PIRANHA 3D

Dimension Films presents Piranha 3D, in theaters on August 20, 2010. Piranha 3D – Original Score on Lakeshore Records will be released digitally on August 10th and in stores on August 17, 2010.

(Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release Michael Wandmacher’s Piranha 3D — Original Score, available digitally on August 10th and in stores on August 17, 2010. The film was directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) and features original music composed by Michael Wandmacher (Punisher: War Zone, My Bloody Valentine).

Composer Michael Wandmacher has built a solid reputation for his highly textured, definitive and meticulously produced scores. Wandmacher’s feature films scoring credits include My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Punisher: War Zone, Freakonomics, Never Back Down, The Killing Floor, Cry Wolf, Train, Max Keeble’s Big Move and The Legend Of Drunken Master for director Jackie Chan, television series, TV movies, including Ben 10: Alien Swarm, and videogames including Singularity, Madagascar, Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa and Over The Hedge.

“There were two priorities for the score,” described Wandmacher. “One was to find a central theme and motif for the piranha and the other was to capture the utter chaos that the fish bring to the screen. In addition to a large orchestra, heavily layered electric guitars, electric cello, bowed piano and rock percussion were used in combination with custom signature electronic sounds created specifically for the film.”

A deep knowledge of orchestral, ethnic and all forms of electronic and ambient genres made Wandmacher an ideal choice for realizing the most eclectic musical tastes; he possesses the ability to seamlessly blend symphonic music with cutting-edge electronica, rock and hip hop. In addition to scoring films, Wandmacher is often called upon to write songs for feature films and collaborate with major artists, including Kelly Clarkson.

“Working with Alex Aja,” said Wandmacher, “has been a tremendously rewarding experience. His imagination has no limits when it comes to music.”

CHRISTOPHER YOUNG TO PREMIER AT FILM MUSIC LIVE

Golden Globe nominated composer Christopher Young discusses music scores of The Priest, The Black Tulip, and Drag Me to Hell

(July 23, 2010 – Los Angeles) – Film composers are increasingly receiving the spotlight, and now fans have the opportunity to interact with them live. Film Music Live, the first interactive video site dedicated to the sounds of film, premiers with Christopher Young July 28 at 5:30-6:30 pm PST. Emmy nominated composer (Norma Jean and Marilyn, Last Flight Out) Young received both Golden Globe® and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for The Shipping News. Young created memorable action scores for two Marvel movies: Spiderman 3 and Ghostrider. His chilling score for The Grudge propelled the film to a mega hit, and his score to Drag Me To Hell has made several film music site listings as Best Score for 2009. These scores are among the nearly 100 films that embody the work of this prolific composer. The video broadcast will stream on the Film Music Live channel from the website Justin.TV. Visit http://www.justin.tv/filmmusiclive to watch.

Two years ago, Young received BMI’s highest honor, The Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award. In addition to his busy film-composing schedule, Young also teaches aspiring film composers at the University of Southern California (USC), wherewith he bought a house that offers free residency to young composers because he never forgot his own personal trials.

Film Music Live is a new channel on Justin.TV created to give viewers a chance to ask there favorite composers questions about their current and past work. Showcasing bi-weekly, different composers and musicians’ stream live. This live broadcast is open to the public with chats and questions of their choosing.

Users of Justin.TV can broadcast and watch live videos. Registration is free and users can produce and watch unlimitedly without fee. Live video streams and chats are open to anyone who has Internet access, and participation does not require an account.

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

Butterfield 8: Bronislau Kaper At MGM Vol. 1 – Bronislau Kaper (FSMCD Vol.13 No.9, 3 CDs)
Dark Shadows: The Revival Series – Robert Cobert (CPT1002)
Garbo The Spy – Fernando Velázquez (MMS10013)
Hornet’s Nest – Ennio Morricone (Quartet QRSCE011) – 44:35
Iron Man 2 (Score) – John Debney (Sony 746542)
Maxie – Georges Delerue (Intrada Special Collection Volume 137) – 50:42
The Mean Season – Lalo Schifrin (Intrada Special Collection Volume 138) – 77:52

DANIEL LICHT’S SCORE TO DEXTER SEASONS 2 & 3 AND 4 RELEASED

LOS ANGELES (July 15, 2010) – The sound of the summer involves the scratch of duct tape, the tinkling of medical instruments and percussion of human and animal bones. Composer Daniel Licht who incorporates these sounds with traditional instrumentation for the Emmy winning Showtime series DEXTER has two score releases available this season from Milan Records. A score compilation from Seasons 2 and 3 are now accessible by iTunes and Amazon.com. A CD release of the Season 4 score will be available August 17.

The DEXTER Facebook page recently exploded with more than 148,000 fans responding to Milan Records offer of a free download of three tracks from Seasons 2 and 3 for one week. A similar offering of the Season 4 soundtrack will be available in August at http://www.Facebook.com/Dexter.

Licht realized a dream when he incorporated into the DEXTER score pre-Columbian instruments such as a sacrificial drum, bone flutes, rasps, pierced phalanges and bullroarers. “When I lived in New York, I visited the ancient music wing of the Metropolitan Museum many times and wondered what the hell the instruments behind the glass sounded like,” said Licht. “He laughingly adds that “I should point out that the sacrificial drum did not have a human skin head as they did in Pre-Columbian times.”

Adding the sounds of duct tape and medical instruments was a natural progression for the story of a forensic expert and serial killer. DEXTER, which is now in production for the September debut of Season 5, has a reputation for unique storytelling as well as music.

The versatile Licht has scored across many genres of film but horror stories hold a soft spot for him. “I got my start doing horror/thriller genre films. I enjoy the fact that music is an essential element that contributes to the tension. I transitioned into dramatic films and then comedy, and only really have come back to thriller via Dexter.”

Dan Licht’s film credits include HELLRAISER BLOODLINE, STEPHEN KING’S THINNER and PERMANENT MIDNIGHT. TV credits include JAKE IN PROGRESS and KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL. He was Emmy nominated for his Season 1 music to DEXTER.

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

Ad Ogni Costo (Expanded) – Ennio Morricone (GDM Club 7086)
African Story – Francesco De Masi (Digitmovies CDDM 169)
Beatitudini – Ennio Morricone, Alessandro Alessandroni, Egisto Macchi, etc. (PCD 271)
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid – Theodore Shapiro (La-La Land LLLCD 1139) – 44:22
Finale – Shawn K. Clement (BSXCD 8871)
Inception – Hans Zimmer (Reprise 524667) – 49:20
Knight And Day – John Powell (Varèse Sarabande 302 067 034 2) – 54:51
Live Evil – Austin Wintory (BSXCD 8872)
Office Space / Idiocracy – John Frizzell / Theodore Shapiro (La-La Land LLLCD 1134)
Stu Phillips – Three Scores – Stu Phillips (Kritzerland KR 20016-0)
Tre Nel Mille – Ennio Morricone (CMT10008)
Ulysses (Expanded) – Alessandro Cicognini (Legend CD 31 DLX)

LA-LA LAND RECORDS ANNOUNCES 3 SPECIAL RELEASES AND GUEST APPEARANCES AT COMIC CON

2CD Set of Film Version of Batman (Danny Elfman)
2CD Set of Krull (James Horner)
Predators (John Debney)

(July 15, 2010- Los Angeles, CA) – La-La Land Records announces three special releases, available at their booth at San Diego’s Comic Con on July 21-25 (including preview night): Predators Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (John Debney), and two 2CD sets of Batman (Danny Elfman) and Krull (James Horner). All three recordings will be available via http://www.lalalandrecords.com/ on July 27th but you can grab them here, FIRST, at THE CON! In addition, there will be special appearances and great deals on La-La Land Records soundtracks at their display, housed at the Toy Hungry booth, space #429.

BATMAN (1989): LIMITED EDITION (2-CD SET) Expanded Archival Collection
The world premiere release, as part of the La-La Land “Expanded Archival Collection,” of the EXPANDED and NEWLY REMASTERED 2 disc set of Danny Elfman’s iconic score! Disc one includes the score as heard in the film. Disc Two includes the re-mastered original 1989 album presentation PLUS never-before-released bonus tracks, including alternates and source cues. The 20 page CD booklet features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by film music writer Jeff Bond. Limited Edition of 5000 units.

KRULL: LIMITED EDITION (2-CD SET)
Previously out-of-print, James Horner’s beloved score thunders back to life, re-mastered with bonus tracks and includes new, in-depth liner notes by Jeff Bond. Limited Edition of 3000 units.

PREDATORS
John Debney propels you into the heart of the Predator jungle with his thrilling score to the new hit film Predators. Debney’s powerhouse music incorporates Alan Silvestri’s classic themes from the original film. The 20 page CD booklet features exclusive liner notes from John Debney, Nimrod Antal, Robert Rodriguez and film music writer Daniel Schweiger.

SPECIAL APPEARANCES
In addition to special announcements on upcoming releases, amazing deals on La-La Land product, and other soundtrack surprises, guest composers will be stopping by the La-La Land area to greet fans and sign CDs.
Newly Emmy Award® nominated composer Bear McCreary (Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, Human Target) will kick things off from 4-5PM on Thursday. Visit the La-La Land gang at Comic-Con to find out who will be appearing to sign autographs and when.

Follow La-La Land on Twitter for breaking news at Comic Con, including information about special composer guests and signing times: http://twitter.com/LaLaLandRecords. La-La Land Records will be housed at the Toy Hungry booth, #429, during Comic-Con from July 21-25 (including preview night).