JOHN HUNTER SCORES THE OSCAR WINNER FOR BEST ANIMATED SHORT

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

(Los Angeles, CA) February 27, 2012— John Hunter, composer and partner at Breed Music, scores the Academy Award winning animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios. The team also worked together on the accompanying app which was named by Apple as one of the “Top 5 New Apps for iPad.” Both the fantastically innovative short and app use a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and MGM Technicolor musicals. John Hunter collaborated on Moonbot Studios’ newest app, The Numberlys. In addition to Lessmore and Numberlys, Breed has worked with Oldenburg on ad campaigns.
John Hunter stated, “I worked closely with the directors to musically convey their vision since the music is such a key component in the storytelling.” The directors wanted to include an ornamentation of the folk song/nursery rhyme “Pop Goes the Weasel” as a theme in the original score. Hunter incorporated a 50 piece orchestra to create a powerful yet retro score that interacts with the visual, mirroring Morris Lessmore’s adventures and emotions.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, written by William Joyce (Rolie Polie Olie and Meet the Robinsons), follows Lessmore, a man devoted to books, to an unfamiliar place where books live. Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, Louisiana based Moonbot Studios created the story using a variety of techniques, including miniatures, computer animation and 2D animation. The Apple app allows the reader to participate throughout the story by painting the sky, writing in the book or playing the piano all while reading and watching the graphics.
John Hunter is a partner, composer, and music producer at Breed Music. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Hunter partnered with fellow alum Jon Slott to form Juniper Music, a music production company with clients including Coca-Cola, Dodge, and Southwest Airlines. They later merged with long- time competitor Brian Flores to form Breed Music. The Dallas based music production company specializes in scoring and sound design for feature films, shorts, and commercials. Breed clients include HBO, NBC, ESPN, McDonald’s, Budweiser, BMW, AT&T and Ford. Hunter’s film credits include Big Stan, American Virgin, and Tekken.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – February 28 to April 3

February 28
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Thomas Newman – Sony (import)
Jennifer Eight – Christopher Young, Maurice Jarre – La-La Land
The Mechanic – Jerry Fielding – La-La Land
Sherlock: Series Two – David Arnold, Michael Price – Silva
Speed – Mark Mancina – La-La Land

March 6
The Flowers of War – Qigang Chen – Sony
John Carter – Michael Giacchino – Disney
The Lorax – John Powell – Varese Sarabande

March 13
Silent Hill: Downpour – Daniel Licht – Milan
The Woman in Black
– Marco Beltrami – Silva

March 20 
Bel Ami – Lakshman Joseph De Saram, Rachel Portman – Varese Sarabande
Brake Brian Tyler – Varese Sarabande
CoriolanusIlan Eshkeri – Varese Sarabande
Gone David Buckley – Lakeshore
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Dario Marianelli – Lakeshore
Spartacus: Vengeance – Joseph LoDuca – Varese Sarabande
Transformers Prime – Brian Tyler – Lakeshore

March 27
Being Flynn – Badly Drawn Boy [Damon Gough] – Lakeshore
The Hunger Games – James Newton Howard – Universal Republic
Last Night – Clint Mansell – Milan

April 3
The Cabin in the Woods – David Julyan – Varese Sarabande
Fringe: Season Three – Chris Tilton – Varese Sarabande

Date Unknown
Avalanche – William Kraft – Buysoundtrax
Ben-Hur
– Miklos Rozsa – Film Score Monthly
Casino Royale – Burt Bacharach – Quartet
The Film Music of Arthur Benjamin and Leighton Lucas – Arthur Benjamin, Leighton Lucas – Chandos
The Gauntlet – Jerry Fielding – Perseverance
Hardly Working
– Morton Stevens – Buysoundtrax
Human Planet
– Nitin Sawnhey – Silva
Masque of the Red Death – David Lee – Quartet

SONY CLASSICAL RELEASES TWO NEW ‘TITANIC’ SOUNDTRACKS

TITANIC in 3D will open on April 4, 2012

Sony Classical announces the soundtrack releases of TITANIC: Anniversary Edition and TITANIC: Collector’s Anniversary Edition on March 26, 2012. The releases will coincide with the newly re-mastered re-release of TITANIC, the world’s most beloved and acclaimed film, in theaters on April 4, 2012. The theatrical re-release marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic setting sail (April 10th).
In commemoration of these events, Sony Classical will release two newly remastered versions of the original TITANIC soundtrack with extensive bonus material. Both feature an unreleased disc of period music recorded for the movie by I Salonisti, plus 4 bonus vintage Titanic luggage stickers. I Salonisti is the 5-piece quintet that appears in the film. Director James Cameron painstakingly researched the music that was played on the ship and hired them to record authentic music from the period – specifically, the music that all bands from the White Star Line would have been required to perform when hired to play as employees of the prestigious cruise fleet. Arranger and music historian/advisor John Altman oversaw the process and was tasked with taking the White Star Line official playlist, arranging and recording those songs for the film. Two of the marquee songs on the disc I Salonisti: Gentlemen, It Has Been a Privilege Playing with You Tonight are “Nearer My God To Thee” which was the last song played by the band as the ship went down, and “Song of Autumn” which does not appear in the movie, but is rumored to be the actual song that the band played as the ship went down.
TITANIC: Collector’s Anniversary Edition will include two additional discs featuring the remastered BACK TO TITANIC soundtrack and Popular Music From The Titanic Era, which is a new compilation of songs from the early 1900’s. The music from this blockbuster movie is central to the film and has always been widely embraced by fans. The original TITANIC soundtrack sold over 26 million units worldwide and the BACK TO TITANIC soundtrack sold over 3 million units worldwide.
Of the new releases, composer and conductor James Horner says, “I’m thrilled that Sony Classical is re-releasing the soundtrack album to TITANIC.  It is wonderful to know that the original music has retained its magic through all of these years.”

Of the new film version, director James Cameron says, “There’s a whole generation that’s never seen TITANIC as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen. And this will be TITANIC as you’ve never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike.”
The film is released by Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm. Written, directed and produced by Cameron, TITANIC is the second highest grossing movie of all time. It is one of only three films to have received a record 11 Academy AwardsÒ including Best Picture and Best Director; and launched the careers of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

TRACK LISTINGS:
Included on TITANIC: ANNIVERSARY EDITION and TITANIC: COLLECTOR’S ANNIVERSARY EDITION:
DISC ONE: TITANIC – Music from the Motion Picture
1. Never an Absolution
2. Distant Memories
3. Southampton
4. Rose
5. Leaving Port
6. “Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch”
7. “Hard to Starboard”
8. Unable to Stay, Unwilling to Leave
9. The Sinking
10. Death of Titanic
11. A Promise Kept
12. A Life So Changed
13. An Ocean of Memories
14. My Heart Will Go On (performed by Celine Dion)
15. Hymn to the Sea

DISC TWO: I Salonisti: Gentlemen, It Has Been a Privilege Playing with You Tonight
1. Valse Septembre
2. Marguerite Waltz
3. Wedding Dance
4. Poet and Peasant
5. Blue Danube
6. Song Without Words
7. Estudiantina
8. Vision of Salome
9. Titsy Bitsy Girl
10. Alexander’s Ragtime Band
11. Sphinx
12. Barcarole
13. Orpheus
14. Song of Autumn
15. Nearer My God to Thee

Included only on TITANIC: COLLECTOR’S ANNIVERSARY EDITION:
DISC THREE: Back to TITANIC
1. Titanic Suite
2. An Irish Party In Third Class (performed by Gaelic Storm)
3. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (performed by I Salonisti)
4. The Portrait
5. Jack Dawson’s Luck
6. A Building Panic
7. Nearer My God to Thee (performed by I Salonisti)
8. Come Josephine, In My Flying Machine (performed by Máire Brennan)
9. Lament
10. A Shore Never Reached
11. My Heart Will Go On – with dialogue from the film (performed by Celine Dion)
12. Epilogue: The Deep And Timeless Sea

DISC FOUR: Popular Music from the Titanic Era
1. It’s a Long Way to Tipperary (John McCormack)
2. Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Halfway House Dance Orchestra)
3. Vilia (Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra)
4. My Gal Sal (Chick Bullock & His Levee Loungers)
5. Oh! You Beautiful Doll (Chuck Foster & His Orchestra)
6. Martha (Adrian Rollinoi Trio)
7. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (Duke Ellington & His Orchestra)
8. Waiting at the Church (Beatrice Kay)
9. Frasquita Serenade (John Kirby & His Orchestra)
10. Shine On, Harvest Moon (Hal Kemp)
11. From the Land of the Sky Blue Water (Mildred Bailey & Her Orchestra)
12. Loch Lomond (Maxine Sullivan & Her Orchestra)
13. A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight (Miff Mole’s Molers)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – February 21 to April 3

February 21
Footnote – Amit Poznansky – Milan
Safe House 
– Ramin Djawadi – Varese Sarabande

February 28
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Thomas Newman – Sony (import)
Sherlock: Series Two – David Arnold, Michael Price – Silva

March 6
The Flowers of War – Qigang Chen – Sony 
John Carter – Michael Giacchino – Disney
The Lorax – John Powell – Varese Sarabande

March 13
Silent Hill: Downpour – Daniel Licht – Milan
The Woman in Black
 – Marco Beltrami – Silva

March 20 
Bel Ami – Lakshman Joseph De Saram, Rachel Portman – Varese Sarabande
Brake – Brian Tyler – Varese Sarabande
Coriolanus – Ilan Eshkeri – Varese Sarabande
Gone  David Buckley – Lakeshore
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Dario Marianelli – Lakeshore
Spartacus: Vengeance – Joseph LoDuca – Varese Sarabande
Transformers Prime – Brian Tyler – Lakeshore

March 27
Being Flynn – Badly Drawn Boy [Damon Gough] – Lakeshore
The Hunger Games – James Newton Howard – Universal Republic
Last Night – Clint Mansell – Milan

April 3
The Cabin in the Woods – David Julyan – Varese Sarabande
Fringe: Season Three – Chris Tilton – Varese Sarabande

Date Unknown
Avalanche – William Kraft – Buysoundtrax
Ben-Hur
 – Miklos Rozsa – Film Score Monthly
The Gauntle
t – Jerry Fielding – Perseverance
Hardly Working
 – Morton Stevens – Buysoundtrax
Human Planet
 – Nitin Sawnhey – Silva

COLIN AGUIAR SCORES ‘ROSIE TAKES THE TRAIN’

Premiering at the Sedona International Film Festival
(Los Angeles, CA) February 16, 2012—Composer Colin Aguiar scores Rosie Takes the Train, for film director Stephen Scott. The protégé of composer Mychael Danna (Moneyball, Time Traveler’s Wife, and 500 Days of Summer), Colin Aguiar creates an emblematic score that complements the drama. Rosie Takes the Train will premiere at the Sedona International Film Festival held at 2030 W. State Route 89A, Sedona, Arizona, 86336. The screening will take place on February 21, 2012 at 12:00PM in the Sedona Rogue Theater followed by a Q & A with Aguiar. A second screening will be held February 25, 2012 at 9:00PM in the Harkins 1 Theater, and a Q & A with Aguiar and director Stephen Scott will follow. Colin Aguiar’s other credits include the Oscar nominated short Fly.
Set in the 1930’s, Rosie Takes the Train tells the story of Rosie, a young girl who boards a train and befriends a mysterious conductor. What unfolds is an extraordinary journey speeding Rosie towards the unknown, experiencing love, loss, fear, and courage along the way. As a metaphor, the train shows Rosie in her past as well as in her future. Her “real self” is always trying to catch up to her “ideal self.”
Colin Aguiar created two interweaving themes for each of Rosie’s “selfs.” Aguiar stated, “My original score is wrapped around the film’s visuals. I wanted to push the music beyond the ‘literal’ and expand it to have a deeper symbolism.” Incorporating solo piano, Aguiar creates a slow, soft melody to symbolize Rosie’s innocent yet intriguing character. Additionally, the score merges classical orchestration with ethnic melodies to showcase various cultures and people. Aguiar uses the end credits as his symbolic expression of Rosie’s self-exploration. He stated, “The melodies are played backwards while in counterpoint with other melodies, as if to suggest Rosie’s ‘idealized self’ and her ‘real self’ can exist in the same moment.”
Beginning his compositional maturity writing musicals, Colin Aguiar quickly gained music credits for television and film. His film credits include the critically acclaimed Ernest andFlyerman. His television credits include Traders and Harrison Bergeron, both nominated for ACCT Genie Awards and the series Lexx. Aguiar scored System of Units for director Richie Mehta who raved, “Colin Aguiar created a score with depth and emotion, heralding the arrival of a unique and major talent.” Other music credits include Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Bad Trip. Colin Aguiar splits his time between Toronto and Los Angeles.

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 02/14/2012

A Vous De Jouer Milord – Francois de Roubaix (Music Box MBR 008)
Black Gold – James Horner (Varese Sarabande 302 067 134 2)
Borderline – Gil Melle (Intrada Special Collection Volume 194) – 60:31
The Grey – Marc Streitenfeld (Lakeshore 342522)
The Innkeepers – Jeff Grace (MMS12001)
Man On A Ledge – Henry Jackman (Summit 530177)
Pigalle La Nuit – Eric Demarsan (Music Box MBR 009)
There Be Dragons: Secretos De Pasión – Robert Folk (Varese Sarabande 302 067 135 2)
Troll In Central Park – Robert Folk (Intrada Special Collection Volume 195) – 64:27
Underworld: Awakening (Score) – Paul Haslinger (Lakeshore 342512)

MICHAEL WANDMACHER SCORES ‘TWISTED METAL’

(Los Angeles, CA) February 10, 2012— Composer Michael Wandmacher scores SCEA and Eat Sleep Play’s Twisted Metal for the PlayStation Network. Twisted Metal is the longest running franchise in PlayStation® history. Michael Wandmacher scores the eighth installment, creating an individual theme for each character. Twisted Metal is set to be released Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012. The soundtrack and score album will be available on Sony.
Twisted Metal combines ultimate destruction, dark humour, vehicles, and weapons that act as extensions of each character. The game follows four characters who participate in the Twisted Metal Tournament hosted by Calypso. The tournament results in one lone player, the survivor, to whom Calypso awards one wish- often money or power. However, this time Calypso has much more to offer. At the same time one player is trying to bring Calypso Industries down.
Composer Michael Wandmacher created individual themes for each character faction for Twisted Metal. Wandmacher stated, “The primary role of the music is to give each character their own sound to portray their individual struggle.” Wandmacher created Sweet Tooth the Clown’s theme and his ice cream truck’s theme using large amounts of dissonance combined with dark industrial sounds. Mr. Grimm, a modern day Josey Wales, has a biker rock theme with sad undertones imitating his need for redemption. Dollface has a distorted lullaby theme as if written by demons from hell mirroring her struggle with her physical imperfections. “For Calypso, the mastermind behind the tournament, I created an epic theme. I used gothic tones created by pipe organs, guitar, and strings,” Wandmacher stated.
Starting in commercial advertising, Michael Wandmacher quickly gained composing credits for works including film, television, and video games. His recent film credits include Bachelorette, Drive Angry, and Piranha. His other film credits include Never Back Down, My Bloody Valentine 3D and The Killing Floor. Wandmacher’s video game credits include Singularity, Over the Hedge and Madagascar. He has written and mixed music for two time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson for the film From Justin to Kelly. Michael Wandmacher recently recorded and produced the Extended Play single “Can You Hear Me?” featuring Sarai Gavity to also be released Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012.

MARK ISHAM’S SCORE FOR ‘ONCE UPON A TIME’ TO BE RELEASED

(Los Angeles, CA) February 10, 2012 – ABC will release the Once Upon A Time original score EP [Expanded play music album] Tuesday, February 14, 2012 as an iTunes digital download. The original music is written by award-winning composer Mark Isham. The EP includes four originally composed tracks. A full length album will be released this spring. This Sunday, ABC will run an on-air lower third banner, promoting the release of the EP. The highest rated new drama and now airing overseas, Once Upon A Time is a modern- ay fairy tale created by Lostwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.
The music for Once Upon a Time is unique because the epic score is recorded weekly using a live orchestra in Los Angeles and not electronically created music as most shows. The majestic quality of the series coupled by commissioning a leading film composer for the series, lends to further the musical credibility of the production.
Mark Isham’s recent film credits display his musical range; from the action-pack suspense of The Mechanics and dark yet inspirational drama of Warrior to the heartfelt emotional family feature Dolphin Tale, Mark Isham has built a reputation as a leading Hollywood composer. His credits also include Crash (Oscar winner for Best Picture), Miracle, A River Runs Through It (Oscar nomination for Best Score), and Nell (Golden Globe nomination for Best Score). Other projects include Quiz Show, The Cooler, In the Valley of Elah, Little Man Tate, The Moderns and Fly Away Home.
Mark Isham has collaborated with leading Hollywood icons including Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma, Chick Corea, Jodie Foster, Robert Altman, Sting and Sydney Lumet. As a performer, Isham has the ability to display his talents in a variety of genres. His musical stylings can be heard on releases of music legends’ Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. Isham’s solo recordings have received worldwide critical acclaim, including Grammy nominations for Castalia and Tibet, and a win for his Virgin Records release, Mark Isham.
In addition to creating music Mark Isham is an activist for musicians’ rights. He launched “I Buy My Music,” an anti-piracy music campaign that supports music makers and their art. A portion of all sales from “I Buy My Music” merchandise benefits Education Through Music Los Angeles.