UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – January 4 to February 12


January 4 Jack Reacher – Joe Kraemer – La-La Land January 8 Quartet – Dario Marianelli, various – Decca Tron Uprising – Joseph Trapanese – Disney [CD-R] January 22 Gangster Squad – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande Parker – David Buckley – Varese Sarabande January 29 Boss – Brian Reitzell – Lakeshore Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score – various – Lakeshore Silent Hill: Revelation – Jeff Danna – Lakeshore Stand Up Guys – Lyle Workman – Lakeshore February 5  Bullet to the Head – Steve Mazzaro – Varese Sarabande Microcosmos – Bruno Coulais – Varese Sarabande February 12 … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – January 4 to February 12

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – December 25 to February 5


December 25 Les Miserables – Claude-Michel Schonberg – Universal Republic Quartet – Dario Marianelli, various – Decca January 4 Jack Reacher – Joe Kraemer – La-La Land January 8 Gangster Squad – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande Tron Uprising – Joseph Trapanese – Disney [CD-R] January 22 Parker – David Buckley – Varese Sarabande January 29 Boss – Brian Reitzell – Lakeshore Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score – various – Lakeshore Silent Hill: Revelation – Jeff Danna – Lakeshore Stand Up Guys – Lyle Workman – Lakeshore February 5  Bullet to the Head – Steve Mazzaro – … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – December 25 to February 5

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 12/21/2012


A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – Stephen Sondheim, Ken Thorne (Quartet QRSCE051) Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters – Dana Kaproff (Perseverance PRD 061) Revenge Of The Pink Panther – Henry Mancini (Quartet QRSCE050) Santa Claus The Movie – Henry Mancini (Quartet QRSCE052, 3 CDs) Three Amigos – Elmer Bernstein, Randy Newman (Perseverance PRD 054) Continue reading LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 12/21/2012

‘THE HOBBIT’ SOUNDTRACK ACHIEVES HIGHEST BILLBOARD CHART DEBUT IN FRANCHISE SOUNDTRACK HISTORY


2 CD Special Edition Soundtrack Also Available (December 19, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA) – WaterTower Music has announced this morning that the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has achieved unprecedented chart success on this week’s Billboard Charts. Entering at  #30 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is now the highest charting debut of all four of filmmaker Peter Jackson’s cinematic adaptations of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, including The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and is the top-selling … Continue reading ‘THE HOBBIT’ SOUNDTRACK ACHIEVES HIGHEST BILLBOARD CHART DEBUT IN FRANCHISE SOUNDTRACK HISTORY

ATLI ORVARSSON SCORES NBC’s NEW SERIES ‘CHICAGO FIRE’


Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC  (West Hollywood, CA)- December 17, 2012—Composer Atli Orvarsson scores the new NBC series Chicago Fire, an edge-of-your-seat drama that portrays the dangerous – yet incredibly rewarding – lives of the firefighters, rescue squad, and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. Chicago Fire is executive produced by Emmy award-winner Dick Wolf (Law & Order), and the series’ creators, Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, are the writing team behind 3:10 to Yuma. In addition to scoring Chicago Fire, Orvarsson recently scored Paramount Pictures/MGM’sHansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, an edgy, action-packed reinvention of the classic fairytale. Orvarsson also scored the dark drama/thriller A Single Shot starring Sam Rockwell, … Continue reading ATLI ORVARSSON SCORES NBC’s NEW SERIES ‘CHICAGO FIRE’

MARK ISHAM SCORES ‘THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE’


Film Premieres During Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 17-27, 2013  (Park City, UT)- December 17, 2012—Award-Winning Composer Mark Isham (Crash, A River Runs Through It) teams up with Award-Winning Songwriter/Executive Producer Alicia Keys (“Girl on Fire”) to score Director George Tillman Jr.’s new drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah during the week of January 17-27, 2013. Isham previously worked with Tillman when he scored Tillman’s film Men of Honor in 2000. Inevitable tells the story of two inner-city youths who are left to fend for themselves over the summer … Continue reading MARK ISHAM SCORES ‘THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE’

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 12/14/2012


Bride Of Vengeance / Captain Carey, U.S.A. – Hugo Friedhofer (Intrada Special Collection Volume 225) – 72:38 Career – Franz Waxman (Kritzerland KR 20024-5) The Dead (2010) – Imran Ahmad (HWRCD 013) Die Hard With A Vengeance – Michael Kamen (La-La Land LLLCD 1233, 2 CDs) Hawk The Slayer – Harry Robertson (BSXCD 8920) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Special Edition) – Howard Shore (Water Tower 39373, 2 CDs) Home Alone 2 –John Williams (La-La Land LLLCD 1232, 2 CDs) Hoosiers – Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada Special Collection Volume 226) – 59:48 Il Principe Del Deserto – Ennio Morricone (GDM 4221 DLX) La Cina E Vicina / Partner – Ennio Morricone (GDM 4160) The Last Hard Men – Leonard Rosenman / Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada Special Collection Volume 224) – 66:58 Morricone: Musica Per Il … Continue reading LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 12/14/2012

DANIEL LICHT SCORES NBC’s ‘DECEPTION’


Series Premiere January 7, 2013 at 10/9C  (West Hollywood, CA)- December 14, 2012—Award-Winning Composer Daniel Licht scores the upcoming NBC drama Deception (previously entitled Infamous) airing Monday January 7, 2013 at 10/9C. Licht’s score contributes intrigue to the world of luxury, secrecy and allure Writer and Executive Producer Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights) creates in this detective mystery series. Deception stars Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) and film, television, and Broadway heavyweight Victor Garber. Daniel Licht’s previous credits include all seven seasons of Showtime’s Emmy award-winning series Dexter. Licht recently scored the video game Dishonored, which won “Best Action Adventure” at the Spike Video Game Awards held … Continue reading DANIEL LICHT SCORES NBC’s ‘DECEPTION’

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – December 18 to February 5


December 18 Django Unchained – various – Universal Republic In the Name of Sherlock Holmes – Robert Gulya – Howlin’ Wolf Jack Reacher – Joe Kraemer – La-La Land December 25 Les Miserables – Claude-Michel Schonberg – Universal Republic Quartet – Dario Marianelli, various – Decca January 8 Gangster Squad – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande January 22 Parker – David Buckley – Varese Sarabande January 29 Boss – Brian Reitzell – Lakeshore Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score – various – Lakeshore Silent Hill: Revelation – Jeff Danna – Lakeshore Stand Up Guys – Lyle Workman – … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – December 18 to February 5

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT RECEIVES GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATION FOR ‘ARGO’


Desplat’s Sixth Golden Globe nomination Desplat scores five of the Best Picture nominees ARGO-The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available Now on WaterTower Records  (West Hollywood, CA) December 13, 2012 – Film composer Alexandre Desplat receives Golden Globe nomination for Argo; this marks the composer’s sixth Golden Globe nomination with one win. Desplat also scored this year, five of the Best Picture nominees in various categories. Desplat said from his studio in Paris, “It is an honor to be nominated again by the HFPA. Writing the score for Argo was a rare experience. I wish to thank Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant … Continue reading ALEXANDRE DESPLAT RECEIVES GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATION FOR ‘ARGO’

THE 2013 GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES


Best Original Score – Motion Picture Mychael Danna – Life of Pi Alexandre Desplat – Argo Dario Marianelli – Anna Karenina Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil – Cloud Atlas John Williams for “Lincoln” Best Original Song – Motion Picture “For You” from – Act of Valor “Not Running Anymore” – Stand-Up Guys “Safe and Sound” – The Hunger Games “Skyfall” – Skyfall “Suddenly” – Les Miserables Continue reading THE 2013 GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES

Soundtrack Review: HITCHCOCK (Danny Elfman)


HitchcockCDMusic composed by Danny Elfman
Label: Sony Masterworks
Catalog: 541707
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Rating: ***½

It has been a long time since Danny Elfman big projects showed any signs of greatness and not only mere balls to the wall brass. Elfman is recognised for his flamboyant style but on Hitchcock he had to work more on the sidelines or inner lines, if you will. Hithcock is a drama, and not only a drama; it is a drama about the master of thriller’s life. With that in mind, Elfman had to pull his socks up and try to suss out what palette would make sense in a drama set in the 1960’s, which is not his usual “typeset”.

The obvious choices for creating a credible atmosphere are piano and heavy use of strings to show the classical aspect; nonetheless, therein lies the rub. Oddly enough this is where things get more interesting, since this is a score by Danny Elfman. He approached the score as a mix of a myst film and drama and in the end his work turned out to be an ode to Bernard Herrmann’s brightest moments, paying homage to the whole category of classical composers in the history of cinema.

Continue reading “Soundtrack Review: HITCHCOCK (Danny Elfman)”

‘RESTLESS’, FEATURING ORIGINAL MUSIC BY LORNE BALFE, AIRS ON SUNDANCE CHANNEL


(December 10, 2012- Los Angeles, CA) On Friday, December 7th, the Sundance Channel premiered the first part of the two-part mini-series Restless, featuring original music by composer Lorne Balfe (The Sweeney, Assassins Creed 3 video game). “Restless is a truly unique project,” said Balfe.  Having characters in two different periods of time but related to the same story was a great challenge.  I had always loved listening to the alto saxophone player John Harle since I came across Stanley Myers Saxophone Concerto. This was the perfect project to ask him to be involved.” A native of Inverness, Scotland, Lorne Balfe … Continue reading ‘RESTLESS’, FEATURING ORIGINAL MUSIC BY LORNE BALFE, AIRS ON SUNDANCE CHANNEL

AUSTIN WINTORY WINS “BEST ORIGINAL SCORE” FOR ‘JOURNEY’ AT SPIKE VIDEO GAME AWARDS


(West Hollywood, CA) December 10, 2012—2013 Grammy-nominated Composer Austin Wintory won “Best Original Score” for Journey at the Spike Video Game Awards hosted by Samuel L. Jackson on Friday December 7, 2012. Wintory was also nominated for “Best Song.” In addition to “Best Original Score”, Journey won “Best Independent Video Game” and “Best PS3 Video Game.” Wintory’s win at the Video Game Awards comes on the heels of his recent Grammy nomination: Austin Wintory is the first composer in history to be Grammy-nominated for a video game score (Journey) for “Best Score Soundtrack – Visual Media” since video games became eligible for the award in 1999. The … Continue reading AUSTIN WINTORY WINS “BEST ORIGINAL SCORE” FOR ‘JOURNEY’ AT SPIKE VIDEO GAME AWARDS

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – December 11 to February 5


December 11 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Howard Shore – Watertower On the Road – Gustavo Santaolalla – Verve Witchfinder General – Paul Ferris – De Wolfe (import) December 18 Django Unchained – various – Universal Republic In the Name of Sherlock Holmes – Robert Gulya – Howlin’ Wolf Jack Reacher – Joe Kraemer – La-La Land December 25 Les Miserables – Claude-Michel Schonberg – Universal Republic Quartet – Dario Marianelli, various – Decca January 8 Gangster Squad – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande January 29 Silent Hill: Revelation – Jeff Danna – Lakeshore February 5  Microcosmos – Bruno Coulais … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – December 11 to February 5

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 12/07/2012


Courts Metrages (Short Films) (1963-1973) – Francois de Roubaix (Music Box MBR 018) Hitchcock – Danny Elfman (Sony 41707) Hour Of The Gun / Red Pony (Cond. Raine) – Jerry Goldsmith (Prometheus XPCD 173) – 70:08 House On Carroll Street – Georges Delerue (Music Box MBR 019) La Gitane / Le Leopard – Claude Bolling (Music Box MBR 017) Los Angeles 1937 – Phillip Lambro (Perseverance PRD 060) Shanks – Alex North (Quartet QRSCE048) What’s The Matter With Helen? – David Raksin (Quartet QRSCE049) Continue reading LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 12/07/2012

AUSTIN WINTORY RECEIVES GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR HIS VIDEO GAME SCORE ‘JOURNEY’


Journey is the first video game score in history to be nominated for a Grammy Award Austin Wintory also Nominated for Best Score and Best Original Song at Spike Video Game Awards  (West Hollywood, CA) December 6, 2012—Composer Austin Wintory is nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for the video game Journey. Journey is the first video game score in history to be nominated for a Grammy Award. Wintory is nominated along with Academy Award winning composers John Williams (The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret Of The Unicorn), Ludovic Bource (The Artist), Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises), Trent … Continue reading AUSTIN WINTORY RECEIVES GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR HIS VIDEO GAME SCORE ‘JOURNEY’

Atli Orvarsson Scores ‘HANSEL AND GRETEL WITCH HUNTERS’


In Theatres January 25, 2013 (West Hollywood, CA) – December 6, 2012—If the words “other-worldly,” “mysterious,” and “extreme” can be used to describe the preternatural landscapes and stirring emotions that Iceland evokes in our imaginations, then Icelandic composer Atli Orvarsson has certainly hit home with his score for the upcoming film Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, due out in theatres January 25, 2013. Hansel and Gretel is a dark and edgy reinvention of the classic fairytale in which Hansel and Gretel have grown up to become highly-skilled bounty hunters out to rid the world of witches. Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) … Continue reading Atli Orvarsson Scores ‘HANSEL AND GRETEL WITCH HUNTERS’

James Horner Scores ‘FOR GREATER GLORY’


For Greater Glory- The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available on Varese Sarabande (West Hollywood, CA) December 5, 2012— Two- time Oscar® winning composer James Horner scores For Greater Glory. In the action epic, an impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country, as the film’s adventure unfolds against the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War — the daring people’s revolt that rocked 20th Century North America. Academy Award® nominee Andy Garcia headlines an acclaimed cast as General Gorostieta, the retired military man … Continue reading James Horner Scores ‘FOR GREATER GLORY’