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 … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – December 4 to February 5

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 11/29/2012


As seguintes trilhas sonoras já estão à venda nas principais lojas online internacionais: Conan The Barbarian –Basil Poledouris (Intrada MAF 7123, 3 CDs) – 187:17 Coogan’s Bluff – Lalo Schifrin (Intrada Special Collection Volume 223) – 56:48 Hellraiser / Hellbound: Hellraiser II – Christopher Young (BSXCD 8919) Life Of Pi – Mychael 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 Psychopaths – Carter Burwell & Various (Lakeshore 34307) Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part … Continue reading LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 11/29/2012

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 … Continue reading Joe Kraemer scores ‘JACK REACHER’

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 … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – November 27 to December 18

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 … Continue reading THE HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS WINNERS

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

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – November 20 to December 18


November 20 Downton Abbey: The Essential Collection – John Lunn – Decca Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – James Dooley – Disney (CD-R) Life of Pi – Mychael Danna – Sony Red Dawn – Ramin Djawadi – Sony Seven Psychopaths – Carter Burwell – Lakeshore 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 … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – November 20 to December 18

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 11/15/2012


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UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES: November 13 to December 18


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SONY MUSIC RELEASES ‘RED DAWN’ SOUNDTRACK


ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE ON NOVEMBER 19, 2012MUSIC BY RAMIN DJAWADI FOR AN ACTION-PACKED WAR STORY Sony Music is pleased to announce the release of RED DAWN, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi, available on November 19, 2012. The score accents the inspiring film about war and patriotism. Ramin has composed a powerful score for this action film that features a variety of moods to match the sensitive and comic moments of the movie. Ramin Djawadi, (Java-Dee) German-born (Iranian father and German mother), graduated from Berklee School of Music in Boston and attracted the attention of Los Angeles … Continue reading SONY MUSIC RELEASES ‘RED DAWN’ SOUNDTRACK

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES: November 6 to December 18


November 6The Boy Who Could Fly – Bruce Broughton – Varese Sarabande CD ClubCloud Atlas – Tom Tykwer, Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek – WatertowerDie Hard 2: The Deluxe Edition – Michael Kamen – Varese Sarabande CD ClubEnemy Mine: The Deluxe Edition – Maurice Jarre – Varese Sarabande CD ClubA Late Quartet – Angelo Badalamenti – DeccaLincoln – John Williams – SonyMan on a Mission – Brian Satterwaite, Paul Constant – La-La LandMan on Fire – John Scott – Varese Sarabande CD ClubThe Red Pony – Jerry Goldsmith – Varese Sarabande CD ClubSkyfall – Thomas Newman – Sony28 Hotel Rooms – … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES: November 6 to December 18

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 11/01/2012


Sharktopus – Tom Hiel (BSXCD 8918) Sinister – Christopher Young (Varese Sarabande 302 067 173 2) Star Trek: Generations – Dennis McCarthy (GNP Crescendo GNPD 8080, 2 CDs) – 141:50 The Witches Of Eastwick – John Williams (Perseverance PRD 050) Wizards – Andrew Belling (La-La Land LLLCD 1223) – 42:42 Wreck-It Ralph – Henry Jackman (Disney 809092) Continue reading LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 11/01/2012

MARK ISHAM SCORES TNT’s ‘LA NOIR’


Frank Darabont’s LA Noir picked up by TNT for Six Episodes  (Los Angeles, CA) November 1, 2012—Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer Mark Isham is scoring the recently picked up TNT period drama LA Noir, directed by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile) and produced by Michael De Luca (The Social Network) and Elliott Webb (Tall Time Tales). LA Noir stars Jon Berthnal (Walking Dead) as an ex-Marine turned LAPD Cop during the 1940’s & 1950’s.   LA Noir is based on the non-fiction book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by author John Buntin. Mark … Continue reading MARK ISHAM SCORES TNT’s ‘LA NOIR’

WATERTOWER MUSIC RELEASES ‘THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY’ SOUNDTRACK 2CD SET


Featuring Original Music by Academy Award™ Winner Howard Shore
With An Original Song Performed by Neil Finn
2 CD Special Edition Soundtrack Also Available
 
(November 1, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA) – WaterTower Music has announced the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at all retailers on December 11th.  The soundtrack will be available both digitally and as a 2 CD set.  A Special Edition of the soundtrack featuring six exclusive bonus tracks, seven extended score cues, and deluxe liner notes will also be available December 11.
 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features original score by Academy Award® winner Howard Shore recorded at famed Abbey Road studios by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally it includes an original song entitled “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” written and performed by Neil Finn (Crowded House).  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of a trilogy of films from Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), will be released in the U.S. on December 14, 2012.
 
Shore’s music for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy has been performed in concerts throughout the world.  In 2003, Shore conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Wellington, New Zealand.  Since then, the work has had over 140 performances by the world’s most prestigious orchestras, and has even been the subject of a book, Music of The Lord of the Rings Films.
 
“I have looked forward to returning to the imaginative world of Middle-earth for quite a while,” says Shore. “I read all of the books by Tolkien, including The Hobbit, when I was in my twenties, and his deep love of nature and all things green resonates deeply with me.”
 
“It’s a thrill for us to work with Howard Shore on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack” stated WaterTower Music head Jason Linn, “His reputation and body of work have long inspired us, and we look forward to another successful partnership as we embark on the next chapter of our journey together.”