Soundtrack Review: LIFE OF PI (Mychael Danna)

Music composed by Mychael Danna
Label: Sony Classical
Catalog: SK 547725
Release Date: November 19, 2012
Rating: ****

Canadian composer Mychael Danna treaded a very exotic path on this score. Danna is already used to allegory, gathered from works like The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and his usual tendency to mix up electronic/orchestral minimalism with non-Western sounds, which makes him a pioneer in the field. For those who are not very fond of his work, it might be due to lack of exposure rather than lack of skills.

Regarding the soundtrack itself, a very distinctive phenomenon happens: from the composer perspective, it seems über exciting to flavour and spicy things up whilst playing with a different song palette but on the other hand, the outcome might not be exactly the same for the listener and things can go west or east (the pun is intended). It goes without saying that this is tremendous technical work, superbly done and it will certainly only kick in for the new age or world music fans out there.

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UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – December 4 to February 5

December 4
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin, Dan Romer – Thirty3anda3rd
Die Hard with a Vengeance – Michael Kamen – La-La Land
Hitchcock  Danny Elfman – Sony
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – John Williams – La-La Land
Invader – Lucas Vidal – Lakeshore
Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection – Alexander Courage, George Duning, Jerry Fielding, Gerald Fried, Sol Kaplan, Samuel Matlovsky, Joseph Mullendore, Fred Steiner – La-La Land
The Untouchables – Ennio Morricone – La-La Land

December 11
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Howard Shore – Watertower
Witchfinder General – Paul Ferris – De Wolfe (import)

December 18
In the Name of Sherlock Holmes – Robert Gulya – Howlin’ Wolf
Jack Reacher – Joe Kraemer – La-La Land
Quartet – Dario Marianelli, various – Decca
Silent Hill: Revelation – Jeff Danna – Lakeshore

January 8
Gangster Squad – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande

February 5
Microcosmos – Bruno Coulais – Varese Sarabande

Date Unknown
Career – Franz Waxman – Kritzerland
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous – Georges Delerue – Universal France
Hawk the Slayer – Harry Robinson – Buysoundtrax
L’Aine Des Ferchaux/Un Flic – Georges Delerue/Michel Colombier – Universal France
Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur – Michel Colombier/Serge Gainsbourg – Universal France
Los Angeles, 1937
 – Phillip Lambro – Perseverance
Shanks – Alex North – Quartet
What’s the Matter with Helen? – David Raksin – Quartet

Source: Film Score Monthly

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 11/29/2012

As seguintes trilhas sonoras já estão à venda nas principais lojas online internacionais:

Conan The BarbarianBasil Poledouris (Intrada MAF 7123, 3 CDs) – 187:17

Coogan’s BluffLalo Schifrin (Intrada Special Collection Volume 223) – 56:48

Hellraiser / Hellbound: Hellraiser IIChristopher Young (BSXCD 8919)

Life Of PiMychael Danna (Sony 47725)

My Life In Music – Lalo Schifrin (Aleph 47, 4 CDs)

Red Dawn (2012)Ramin Djawadi (Sony 20942)

Rio Grande / Sun Shines Bright / Quiet Man – Victor Young (Disques Cinemusique DCM 142)

Seven PsychopathsCarter Burwell & Various (Lakeshore 34307)

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Carter Burwell (Atlantic 533081)

Joe Kraemer scores ‘JACK REACHER’

Score Album Available on La-La Land Records December 18th

 (West Hollywood, CA) November 13, 2012—Composer Joe Kraemer has reteamed with Oscar winning director Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) for the highly anticipated Paramount Pictures’ action-thriller Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise. Kraemer first garnered critical-acclaim with his score for McQuarrie’s The Way of the Gun, which The Washington Post referred to as “one of the best [scores] in recent memory, rich in classic film noir atmospherics.” Jack Reacher opens in theatres December 21, 2012. The score album is available December 18, 2012 on La-La Land Records.

Jack Reacher tells the story of a renegade homicide investigator tasked with unraveling five seemingly random murders. Reacher, played by Tom Cruise, goes about the job in his own unorthodox and violent way. The film is based on the bestselling Lee Child Novel “One Shot,” and costars Rosamund Pike (Surrogates), Oscar winner Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies), and Oscar-nominated director Werner Herzog (Rescue Dawn).

Joe Kraemer has a vast musical palette that yields a score that best services the vision of a director regardless of the style, genre or tone of the film. When Kraemer collaborates with McQuarrie, the result is a score that is somewhat reminiscent of the orchestral scores of the 1970’s. For Joe Kraemer’s original score, which the composer also conducted, he incorporated a 90-piece orchestra heavy with brass and low strings, in a score that is packed with motifs. “The sounds we gravitated towards tended to be a little more ‘70s, that is an era that Chris relates to filmicly; similar to the 80’s feel Spielberg gave his film Super 8,” explained Kraemer. “I was looking for a score that could stand on its own- orchestral, melodic, moving- not typical of the genre,” said McQuarrie. “We made the right choice with Joe Kraemer.”

Kraemer’s relationship with McQuarrie began when Kraemer was only 12 years old and living with his family in upstate New York. While a seventh grader, Kraemer befriended a neighbor- high school senior Scott Storm- an aspiring filmmaker who went on to the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Storm and his new classmates Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie would return to Albany on weekends to shoot movies; they enlisted Kraemer first as an actor. When the film score-loving kid asked Storm what he used for music, he then became the composer.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Kraemer moved to Hollywood, and found work as a sound editor (an early credit was editing the dialogue in Dumb and Dumber).

In 1997, his early relationships would begin to pay off. Kraemer reunited with Christopher McQuarrie, who had recently won an Oscar for his The Usual Suspects script. Kraemer scored the NBC pilot The Underworld, which McQuarrie wrote and produced. That in turn led to Kraemer scoring the indie film Burn, produced by Bryan Singer. Two years later, McQuarrie made his directorial debut with The Way of the Gun. Kraemer and orchestra delivered a delightfully mysterious, castanet-salted score- influenced by the classic film scores he loved but with an approach all his own. Since 1997, Joe Kraemer has composed music for more than 50 films and television projects.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – November 27 to December 18

November 27
Breaking Dawn, Part 2 
Carter Burwell – Atlantic

December 4
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin, Dan Romer – Thirty3anda3rd

Hitchcock  Danny Elfman – Sony
Invader
– Lucas Vidal – Lakeshore
Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection – Alexander Courage, George Duning, Jerry Fielding, Gerald Fried, Sol Kaplan, Samuel Matlovsky, Joseph Mullendore, Fred Steiner – La-La Land

December 11
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Howard Shore – Watertower
Witchfinder General – Paul Ferris – De Wolfe (import)

December 18
In the Name of Sherlock Holmes – Robert Gulya – Howlin’ Wolf
Jack Reacher – Joe Kraemer – La-La Land
Quartet – Dario Marianelli, various – Decca
Silent Hill: RevelationJeff Danna – Lakeshore

Date Unknown
Cent Mille Dollars Au Soleil/Les Morfalous
Georges Delerue – Universal France
Courts Metrages – Francois De Roubaix – Music Box
Gangster Squad – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande
Hawk the Slayer – Harry Robinson – Buysoundtrax
The House on Carroll Street – Georges Delerue – Music Box
La Gitane/Le Leopard – Claude Bolling – Music Box
L’Aine Des Ferchaux/Un Flic
– Georges Delerue/Michel Colombier – Universal France
Le Pacha/Vidocq/Comment Trouvez Vous Ma Soeur – Michel Colombier/Serge Gainsbourg – Universal France
Los Angeles, 1937
– Phillip Lambro – Perseverance
Shanks – Alex North – Quartet
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – various – La-La Land
What’s the Matter with Helen? – David Raksin – Quartet

Source: Film Score Monthly

THE HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS WINNERS

Award Night Solidifies the Music Industry Greats

HOLLYWOOD, CA- November 19, 2012: The Hollywood Music in Media Awards took place last week honoring industry leading composers, music supervisors, and songwriters at the beautiful and historic Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA. Guest presenters included Academy-Award nominee actor Eric Roberts, guitar hero (Guns n Roses) Gilby Clarke, film director Andy Fickman, former Matchbox 20 guitarist Adam Gaynor and actress Natasha Henstridge. The show opened with a visual montage of nominated composer clips, followed by a performance by anchor host and master musical impressionist Greg London. Live performances by talented nominees included Gary Lynn Floyd, Lauren Silva, and Sound Cannon.

Winners for the evening included composer Marco Beltrami, Best Original Score – Film for his music in the film “The Sessions,” Robert Duncan and Kim Planert won Best Score – TV for music in the ABC TV show “Missing,” and the composers for the video game “Diablo 3” picked up Best Original Score- Video Game.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards has concluded with another successful year, showcasing the brightest talent in the industry. Winners for the evening were as follows:

ORIGINAL SCORE – FILM – Marco Beltrami (The Sessions)

ORIGINAL SCORE – INDIE/SHORT/DOCUMENTARY – Jennifer Thomas (Minuet)

ORIGINAL SCORE – TV – Robert Duncan & Kim Planert (Missing)

ORIGINAL SCORE – VIDEO GAME – Russell Brower, Derek Duke, Glenn Stafford, Joseph Lawrence , Neal Acree, Laurence Juber & Edo Guidotti (Diablo 3)

ORIGINAL SONG/SCORE – MOBILE VIDEO GAME – Winifred Phillips & Winnie Waldron (Assassin’s Creed III Liberation)

ORIGINAL SONG/SCORE – SPECIAL FEATURE – Jesus Calderon – VIII Triathlon TITAN

ORIGINAL SONG – FILM – “Ready” Written & performed by Summer Rona

ORIGINAL SONG – TV “Traffic Lights” (90210) Written by Alexander Cardinale & Morgan Taylor Reid. Performed by Alexander Cardinale

ORIGINAL SONG – VIDEO GAME -“The Felucia Podraces” (Kinect: Star Wars) By Gordy Haab

ORIGINAL THEME MUSIC – TV SHOW – Thomas Newman – Newsroom (HBO)

ORIGINAL SCORE – COMMERCIAL ADVERTISEMENT – Vladimir Persan – Definitely Dubai (Definitely Dubai 2012 commercial)

SONG – INDIE FILM / DOCUMENTARY / SHORT – (The Highest Pass) Composed by Michael Mollura & Jon Anderson, lyrics & vocal by Jon Anderson

SONG – COMMERCIAL ADVERTISEMENT “World Go By” (Troybilt) Written & Performed by Tom Luce

SONG/SCORE – MOVIE TRAILER – Audiomachine – Rise of the Guardians trailer
SOUNDTRACK ALBUM – Piranha 3DD (Lakeshore) – Various Artists

OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION – FILM – Julia Michels & Julianne Jordan – Pitch Perfect (Universal)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC SUPERVISION – TV – Liza Richardson – The Secret Circle (CW) / Parenthood (NBC) / Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) / Awake (NBC)

MOVIE TRAILER PRODUCTION – SPECIAL RECOGNITION – Transit

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Ultimate Ears

THE SEANY ROBINS ROCK AWARD – Sound Cannon

Adult Contemporary/AAA – Gary Lynn Floyd

Alternative – The Controversy

Blues – Steve Postell

Christian/Gospel – Eleventh Hour Messengers

Contemporary Orchestral/Instrumental – Jordan Perez

Country – Brent Payne

Dance – Tracy Woody

Dub-Step – Sirens of Dionysis

Female Vocal – Yulia

Folk/Acoustic – Robert Morgan Fisher

Jazz – Chris Greco

Male Vocal – Tim Urban

Metal – Kim La Chance

New Age/Ambient – Marla Maples

Pop – NJ Lewrel

R&B/Soul – Crystal Starr

Rap/Hip-Hop – ill-Logical Linguistics

Reggae – International Farmers

Techno/Electronica – Fukker Mikey

World – Leah Curtis

BACK LOT MUSIC TO RELEASE ‘A VERY EUREKA CHRISTMAS’ SOUNDTRACK

Bear McCreary
Bear McCreary

Featuring Original Music by Bear McCreary

(November 19, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA) Back Lot Music will release A Very Eureka Christmas digitally on November 20th and through other digital music outlets later in the month.  The album features composer Bear McCreary’s (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica) score for the two beloved Christmas episodes of the SyFy series Eureka: “O Little Town” and “Do You See What I See.” Said series co-creator Jaime Paglia, “We hoped our holiday episodes would become perennial favorites for Eureka fans. Getting to release a holiday soundtrack is like finding an extra present under the tree. Please enjoy responsibly.”

ABOUT “O LITTLE TOWN” (originally aired December, 2010)
On Eureka, as the Global Dynamics employees celebrate the season at the company holiday party, staff member Dr. Noah Drummer (guest star Chris Parnell) nearly absconds with a volatile experiment. The halls get seriously decked when Dr. Drummer’s unstable hydrogen crystal starts to grow at a frightening rate. Carter (Colin Ferguson) and Henry (Joe Morton) attempt to deal with the potentially explosive crystal, but before long the true scope of the problem is revealed, and it will take more than tinsel and carolers to save Christmas and Eureka. Former series regular Matt Frewer also returns as Taggert.

“When I first watched the episode with producers Jaime Paglia, Bruce Miller and Todd Sharp, we knew right away this one was special and would require a unique approach,” said McCreary.  Bear brought in an orchestra to perform, and a special vocalist – Raya Yarbrough.

“Raya just has a fantastic, distinctive voice,” Paglia said.  “When Bear said she was interested in recording a song for our Christmas episode, it didn’t take much convincing.”

“In addition to performing the songs and in the score cues, Raya joined me in singing my ‘Christmas Caroler, arrangement of Mark Mothersbaugh’s theme song,” McCreary described.  “Melded with the hilarious holiday imagery, this main title absolutely cracks me up.  I wish they’d use it for every episode.”

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MARCO BELTRAMI WINS “BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – FEATURE FILM” FOR ‘THE SESSIONS’

(West Hollywood, CA) November 16, 2012 — Two- time Academy-Award® nominee Marco Beltrami, the composer of the recent Clint Eastwood film Trouble with the Curve, was honored with Best Original Score- Feature Film for Fox Searchlight’s The Sessions at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards on November 15, 2012 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Beltrami won over an impressive list of fellow nominees including Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, and Thomas Newman.

The Sessions tells the story of a man who lived most of his life in an iron lung who is determined – at age 38 – to lose his virginity. Beltrami created an intimate and classically oriented score. He incorporated meditative elements to embody the spirit of the story, including playing the rims of crystal bowls. The Sessions – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Lakeshore Records is available digitally now and in stores.