LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 12/22/2011

Captain Thunder And The Holy Grail – Luis Ivars (MMS11020)
Chillerama: Zom-B-Movie – Bear McCreary (BSXCD 8898)
Conan The Destroyer (Cond. Raine) – Basil Poledouris (Prometheus XPCD 171, 2 CDs) – 92:50
Fireflies In The Garden – Jane Antonia Cornish (BSXCD 8899)
Iron Lady – Thomas Newman (Sony 14342) – 54:42
Music From The Twilight Saga For Chamber Orchestra – Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, Howard Shore (BSXCD 8899)
Music Of Battlestar Galactica For Solo Piano – Bear McCreary (BSXCD 8893)
The Rum Diary – Christopher Young (Lakeshore 342432)
Scrooge (New Recording) – Leslie Bricusse (BSXCD 8901)
Treasure Guards – Michael Richard Plowman (MMS11019)
Exorcist II: The Heretic – Ennio Morricone (Perseverance PRD 042) – 34:26
Tentacoli (Tentacles) – Stelvio Cipriani (Digitmovies CDDM 199)
Zorro – Guido & Maurizio De Angelis (Digitmovies CDDM 200)

MERVYN WARREN CREATES ‘JOYFUL NOISE’

Score Album Available WaterTower Records

(Los Angeles, CA) December 5, 2011—Five- time Grammy Award winning composer and music producer Mervyn Warren scores, produces, and arranges the songs for Warner Brother Pictures’, Joyful Noise. The film is directed by Todd Graff and stars Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, and Jeremy Jordan. Joyful Noise tells the story of two choir members (Latifah and Parton) who have differing opinions on how to lead their Georgia choir to victory at the “How Sweet the Sound” competition in Los Angeles. The film opens January 13, 2012. The soundtrack is available on WaterTower Records.
Mervyn Warren’s uplifting score adds a sense of exaltation to the film’s moving scenes and highlights the individual struggles and triumphs of each character throughout the story. Warren’s involvement with the film goes beyond composing, lending his hand to arranging and producing; he also appears on screen as the PacDiv choir’s pianist.
The film includes original songs, “I’m Yours”, which is performed by Keke Palmer, DeQuina Moore, and Angela Grovey and “He’s Everything” written by Dolly Parton and arranged and produced by Mervyn Warren. In addition, Warren arranged a new version of the classic spiritual “Fix Me, Jesus,” performed as a stirring solo by Queen Latifah, with whom Warren has collaborated previously on both movies and albums. Joyful Noise also includes Warren’s arrangements of chart topping hits including Michael Jackson’s, “Man in the Mirror,” and Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed”.
Warren began writing and arranging music for the film in 2009, just after Graff finished an early version of the script. “I enjoy the process,” he notes. “It’s like working a puzzle: a given song needs to accomplish something specific, needs to be a certain tempo, and needs to say something specific or comment upon the story.” He also accompanied Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton at the “How Sweet the Sound” National Gospel Competition Grand Finale at Staples Center (2011), performing “He’s Everything” to prepare for the role.
Mervyn Warren is an accomplished film and television composer, record producer, songwriter/lyricist, arranger, pianist, and vocalist. His career has traversed from Grammy-winning producer and performer with the group Take 6 to composer, scoring and writing songs for film. His list of credits includes Dreamgirls, The Preacher’s Wife, Sister Act: Back in the Habit, The Wedding Planner, A Walk to Remember, and Honey. He has written arrangements for Quincy Jones, David Foster, and Whitney Houston. Mervyn Warren’s accolades include the Soul Train Award and recognition by the NAACP Image Awards, Dove Awards, and Stellar Awards.
The Joyful Noise soundtrack will see its release at both physical and digital retail on January 10, 2012.

KOTAKU’S BEST GAME MUSIC OF 2011: ‘LITTLEBIGPLANET 2’

Kotaku, the wildly popular game site, named the LittleBigPlanet 2 game itself as having one of the best video game soundtracks of the year. LittleBigPlanet 2 music was composed by Winifred Phillips, whose other projects include:

* LittleBigPlanet 2 (Sony Computer Entertainment) –  “Soundtrack is simply wonderful.”  PlayStation Universe
* God of War (SCEA) –  “Captivating soundtrack.”  Digital Pro Sound
* Speed Racer (Warner Bros. Games) – “Vibrant score.  Mindblowing.”  Tracksounds
* The Da Vinci Code (2K Games) –  “Ethereal.  Score: 9 out of 10.”  BBC News
* Legend of the Guardians (Warner Bros) –  “Epic and intimate at the same time.”  ScoreNotes
* The Maw (Twisted Pixel Games) –  “The soundtrack is excellent.”  IGN

Winifred’s Awards include:

*  Hollywood Music in Media Award recipient – Best Song in a Video Game
*  Interactive Achievement Award recipient for Best Original Score
*  Game Audio Network Guild, 4 Awards, including “Music of the Year”
*  Finalist, International Film Music Critics Award for “Best Original Score for a Videogame”

The Kotaku article included YouTube videos for the tracks: “Victoria’s Lab” (http://bit.ly/fvRPno) and “Eve’s Asylum” (http://bit.ly/vbtKDt). Kotaku also called these tracks their favorites from the game. You can read the full article HERE.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES: December 27 to February 7

December 27
Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox (14 CDs) – Bernard Herrmann – Varese Sarabande CD Club
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (3 CDs) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – Null
The Iron Lady – Thomas Newman – Sony
Man to Man – Patrick Doyle – MovieScore Media

January 3
The First 45s of Georges Delerue – Georges Delerue – Disques CineMusique

January 10
Mission: Impossible
– Ghost Protocol – Michael Giacchino – Varese Sarabande
In the Land of Blood and Honey – Canções, Gabriel Yared – Varese Sarabande

January 13
Friday the 13th (6 CDs) – Harry Manfredini – La-La Land

January 17
The Darkest Hour – Tyler Bates – Lakeshore

January 24
Big Miracle – Cliff Eidelman – Varese Sarabande

February 7
Black Gold – James Horner – Varese Sarabande
There Be Dragons – Robert Folk – Varese Sarabande

Date Unknow
Chillerama: Zom-B Movie – Bear McCreary – Buysoundtrax
Music from the Twilight Saga for Chamber Orchestra – Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, Howard Shore – Buysoundtrax
Synanon/Enter Laughing – Neal Hefti, Quincy Jones – Kritzerland
Doctor Who: Season Six – Murray Gold – Silva
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Leonard Rosenman – Intrada

Source: Film Score Monthly

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 12/12/2011

The Adventures Of Tintin – John Williams (Sony 75282)
Albert Nobbs – Brian Byrne (Varese Sarabande 302 067 126 2)
Fat Man And Little Boy – Ennio Morricone (La-La Land LLLCD 1196, 2 CDs) – 104:09
The Ides Of March – Alexandre Desplat (Varese Sarabande 302 067 123 2)
Overboard – Alan Silvestri (Music Box MBR 007) – 45:11
Regarding Henry / Something Wicked This Way Comes (Unused Scores) – Georges Delerue (Universal 2786036)
Sand Pebbles – Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada MAF 7116, 2 CDs) – 109:28
Scrooged – Danny Elfman (La-La Land LLLCD 1195) – 49:20
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows – Hans Zimmer (Water Tower 39270)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Leonard Rosenman (Intrada MAF 7114) – 72:44Synanon / Enter Laughing – Neal Hefti / Quincy Jones – (Kritzerland KR 20020-9)
Tora! Tora! Tora! – Jerry Goldsmith – La-La Land LLLCD 1197 – 55:58
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – Carter Burwell (Atlantic 529538)
Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas – William Ross (Varese Sarabande 302 067 125 2)
The Wrong Box – John Barry (Intrada Special Collection Volume 191) – 59:03
The Great Train Robbery – Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada MAF 7115, 2 CDs) – 137:01
In Time – Craig Armstrong (Lakeshore 34242)
My Week With Marilyn – Conrad Pope (Sony 983672)
Wolfen – James Horner (Intrada Special Collection Volume 185) – 46:29

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – December 13 to January 24

December 13
The Adventures of Tintin (U.S. release) – John Williams – Sony
Albert Nobbs – Brian Byrne – Varese Sarabande
Breaking Dawn, Part 1 – Carter Burwell – Atlantic
Capitan Trueno Y El Santao Grial – Luis Ivars – MovieScore Media
The Darkest Hour – Tyler Bates – Lakeshore
Hideaways – Eric Neveux – MovieScore Media
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Hans Zimmer – Watertower
We Bought a Zoo – Jonsi – Columbia

December 20
Answers to Nothing – Craig Richey – Lakeshore
The Rum Diary Christopher Young – Lakeshore

December 27
Bernard Herrmann at 20th Century Fox – Bernard Herrmann – Varese Sarabande CD Club
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (3-disc set) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – Null
The Iron Lady
– Thomas Newman – Sony

January 3
The First 45s of Georges Delerue
– Georges Delerue – Disques CineMusique

January 10
In the Land of Blood and Honey – songs, Gabriel Yared – Varese Sarabande
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
– Michael Giacchino – Varese Sarabande

January 13
Friday the 13th (6-disc set) – Harry Manfredini – La-La Land

January 24
Big Miracle – Cliff Eidelman – Varese Sarabande


Date Unknown
Chillerama: Zom-B Movie
– Bear McCreary – Buysoundtrax
Conan the Destroyer (re-recording) – Basil Poledouris – Prometheus
Music from the Twilight Saga for Chamber Orchestra – Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, Howard Shore – Buysoundtrax
Synanon/Enter Laughing – Neal Hefti, Quincy Jones – Kritzerland

Source: Film Score Monthly

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT SCORES ‘EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE’

With special performance by piano virtuoso Jean-Yves Thibaudet

(Los Angeles, CA) — Critically- acclaimed composer Alexandre Desplat scores Warner Bros. drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, directed by Stephen Daldry and produced by Scott Rudin. Based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, the film tells the story of a nine-year-old boy who loses his father in the September 11 attacks and goes on a journey across New York to find a lock- box that matches a key left behind by his father. The film stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and newcomer Thomas Horn. The movie opens to limited engagements December 2011 and worldwide January 2012.
For this score, Desplat recorded in New York City with over 90 musicians, working very closely with Daldry and Rudin. The composer enlisted world renowned piano virtuoso Jean- Yves Thibaudet to perform on the score. Thibaudet stated, “”I loved working with Alexandre Desplat. He knows exactly what he wants, which is both helpful and inspiring.” After many rigorous writing sessions, Desplat recorded the score for this inspiring story in four days, with several double and triple sessions.
Literally Hollywood’s most in-demand composer, Alexandre Desplat has worked with a prestigious and diverse list of directors, including David Yates (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Parts I and II), David Fincher (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button), Roman Polanski (Carnage, Ghost Writer) and most recently George Clooney (Ides of March). Alexandre Desplat made his Hollywood breakthrough in 2003 with his stately score for Girl with a Pearl Earring, which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. After solidifying himself as a diverse artist with Birth, he went on to score films such as The Painted Veil and Fantastic Mr. Fox. He has received four Oscar nominations including last year’s The King’s Speech.
In addition to his film work, Alexandre Desplat has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Czech Philharmonic. He also teaches master classes at La Sorbonne in Paris and London’s Royal College of Music.

LAKESHORE RECORDS TO RELEASE ‘ANSWERS TO NOTHING’

Soundtrack Album Features Songs by Nico Vega, Imagine Dragons, and Brian Vander Ark
Original Score by Craig Richey

(December 5, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the Answers To Nothing – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available digitally on December 20th and in stores in January 31, 2012. The soundtrack features original music by Craig Richey (Lovely & Amazing, Wonderful World), songs by Imagine Dragons, Brian Vander Ark, Jump Jump Dance Dance and new recordings of four Nico Vega songs.  Nico Vega’s singer, Aja Volkman, also appears in the film.

A native of North Carolina, Craig Richey graduated from the Juilliard School of Music.  His first score, When It’s Over, won critical praise.  Richey’s credits also include Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money, The Gymnast, The King of Kong, Gardens of the Night, Wonderful World, The September Issue, A Marine Story, and Greenlit

Craig is a Sundance Composer’s Lab Fellow, invited to participate in the 2006 Sundance Institute, and has appeared on BMI’s Composers Round Table at the Sundance Film Festival on several occasions.  His score to Greenlit, a documentary about ‘greening’ a Hollywood film production, features instruments that he fashioned out of garbage and recycled materials found at home.  Also a singer-songwriter, Richey’s songs have appeared both in the films and on the soundtracks for Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money, The King of Kong, Greenlit, and Wonderful World.

Answers To Nothing was one of the best scripts I have ever read,” said Richey, “so beautifully written and immediately rich and visual and filmic while still on the page. I heard music instantly.”

Intertwining stories exploring the bad in the best of us and the good in the worst of us in Answers to Nothing. Against the backdrop of a child abduction case we follow five days in the life of the single parent detective assigned to the case, her best friend whose determination to get pregnant keeps her from confronting her husband’s infidelity, a school teacher and his obsession with the missing child that pushes him to the edge of vigilantism, a beat cop grieving over the violent death of his wife, a recovering addict and her wheel chair bound brother preparing for the LA marathon, and a self-loathing African American TV writer’s search for love.

“Because of the intricately interwoven characters, all of whom connect in unexpected and refreshingly un-manipulated ways, I felt that the music needed to ‘hover’ above them all, to be an additional element that binds them all together. I am proud of the music it inspired and honored to be a part of this film,” Richey added.

Ambush Entertainment presents Answers To Nothing in theaters December 2, 2011.  Answers To Nothing – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Lakeshore Records will be released digitally on December 20th and in stores on January 31, 2012.

Track Listing
01. Romantic Story – Craig Richey
02. Missing Girl – Craig Richey
03. Meet Jerry – Craig Richey
04. Rabbit In The Bag – Nico Vega
05. Drew Runs With Eric – Craig Richey
06. I Went With The Road – Brian Vander Ark
07. Say Hi To Eric – Craig Richey
08. Jerry’s Beat – Craig Richey
09. A Trunk Full Of Baby Clothes – Craig Richey
10. Hear Me – Imagine Dragons
11. Just A Handshake – Craig Richey
12. 2.0 – Jump Jump Dance Dance
13. Bathing Eric – Craig Richey
14. Jerry Searches Funerals – Craig Richey
15. Ryan’s Second Thoughts – Craig Richey
16. Second Chance – Coby Brown
17. Hard Time In A Cold Room – Craig Richey
18. Wooden Dolls – Nico Vega
19. On The Perpetrator’s Porch – Craig Richey
20. The Beast – Nico Vega
21. Knocks Beneath The Floor – Craig Richey
22. The Truth About Jerry – Craig Richey
23. Two Determined Runners – Craig Richey
24. We’ll Try Again – Craig Richey
25. Finishing The Race – Craig Richey
26. Iron Man – Nico Vega
27. Fade – Imagine Dragons

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