Grammy Award Winning Arranger Nan Schwartz contributes orchestrations for Oscar nominated scores ARGO and LIFE OF PI


Schwartz receives Grammy-nomination “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist” for “Wild is the Wind” performed by Whitney Kaufman and the London Symphony Orchestra. (West Hollywood, CA) January 31, 2013—Grammy award winning arranger/composer Nan Schwartz contributed orchestrations to two Oscar nominated film scores this year: ARGO and LIFE OF PI. The score for ARGO won the Satellite Award, the score for Life of Pi won the Golden Globe and both scores are Academy Award nominated. Nan Schwartz is nominated this year for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for “Wild is the Wind” performed by Whitney Kaufman and the London … Continue reading Grammy Award Winning Arranger Nan Schwartz contributes orchestrations for Oscar nominated scores ARGO and LIFE OF PI

HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS SLAYS OSCAR-NOMINEES AT BOX OFFICE


SCORE BY HANS ZIMMER PROTÉGÉ ATLI ORVARSSON Now In Theaters  (West Hollywood, CA)- January 31, 2013—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 film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, now in theaters. 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) directs the film, and … Continue reading HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS SLAYS OSCAR-NOMINEES AT BOX OFFICE

Soundtrack Review: ARGO (Alexandre Desplat)


ArgoCDMusic composed by Alexandre Desplat
Label: WaterTower Music
Catalog:  WTM39382
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Rating: **½

Frenchman Alexandre Desplat tends to be the most balanced of the great film composers out there and on Argo he went to the opposite direction, but the effect is not the best cut, as some would say. The complete bulk is quite chaotic and it reflects the period of time and country, which is completely acceptable since this is a film about a heist to rescue people from a hostage crisis in Iran in 1979. Nonetheless, the performance leaves a sense that something is missing.

First off, if I were to give this job to anyone, Desplat would not be on the list. Simply because his music tends to be overly dramatic rather than tense; since running out of time is the main problem, someone else should be scoring this film. A temp score that would perfectly fit here is Harry Gregson-WilliamsSpy Games and he is a great pal of Mr. Ben Affleck. Therefore, the question is posed: Why not Gregson-Williams? Answering that is completely irrelevant so let us get on with some factual analysis.

Instead of pursuing the way of a psychological thriller and action movie, Desplat tried to go through an ethnical way and the result is not a “greatest-hits”. Some would definitely say Argo’s music sounds more adventurous than life-threatening-wise and Alexandre Desplat should try playing his own Syriana score, which was a tremendous job, throughout the whole film. All and all, Argo OMPS has its clarity moments on “Scent of Death”, that starts with lots of imagery, evoking memories of the good spy films from the 70’s.

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UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – January 29 to March 19


January 29 Antinea Lamante Della Citta Sepolta [Journey Beneath the Desert] – Carlo Rustichelli – GDM Bond for Orchestra (re-recordings) – John Barry, David Arnold, etc. – Carl Davis Collection Boss – Brian Reitzell – Lakeshore Concerto Per Pistola Solista – Francesco De Masi – Beat First Love – John Barry – La-La Land Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score – various – Lakeshore Gracie Zia – Ennio Morricone – Digitmovies Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – Atli Orvarsson – La-La Land Incubo Sulla Citta Contaminata [Nightmare City] – Stelvio Cipriani – Digitmovies La Faccio Violenta Di New York – Riz Ortolani – Beat La Moglie … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – January 29 to March 19

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 01/24/2013


Dave (Expanded) – James Newton Howard (La-La Land LLLCD 1234) – 67:25 Duello Nel Texas – Ennio Morricone (Digitmovies DPDM 005) E Alla Fine Lo Chiamarono Jerusalem L’Implacabile – Franco Micalizzi (Digitmovies CDDM 229) Flight Of The Intruder – Basil Poledouris (Intrada Special Collection Volume 227) – 55:25 Gangster Squad – Steve Jablonsky (Varese Sarabande 302 067 178 2) Joe Kidd – Lalo Schifrin (Intrada Special Collection Volume 234) – 43:21 Poliziotto Solitudine E Rabbia – Stelvio Cipriani (Digitmovies CDDM 228) The Relic – John Debney (La-La Land LLLCD 1237) – 62:12 Rosmunda E Alboino – Carlo Rustichelli (Digitmovies CDDM 226) Continue reading LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 01/24/2013

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES: February 22 to March 5


January 22 Mama – Fernando Velazquez – Quartet January 29 Antinea Lamante Della Citta Sepolta [Journey Beneath the Desert] – Carlo Rustichelli – GDM Bond for Orchestra (re-recordings) – John Barry, David Arnold, etc. – Carl Davis Collection Boss – Brian Reitzell – Lakeshore Concerto Per Pistola Solista – Francesco De Masi – Beat First Love – John Barry – La-La Land Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Score – various – Lakeshore Gracie Zia – Ennio Morricone – Digitmovies Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – Atli Orvarsson – La-La Land Incubo Sulla Citta Contaminata [Nightmare City] – Stelvio Cipriani – Digitmovies La Faccio Violenta Di New … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES: February 22 to March 5

Soundtrack Review: TRON: UPRISING (Joseph Trapanese)


TRON_uprising_CDMusic composed by Joseph Trapanese
Label: Walt Disney Records
Catalog: D001405902
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Rating: ****

Joseph Trapanese can be called the bloke who makes a tremendous job but does not appear much, that can be said because Mr Trapanese worked on Tron: Legacy from scratch to the final product and arranged the new orchestral version of Moby’s Extreme Ways for The Bourne Ultimatum, that sums up his qualifications. The reason for Joseph Trapanese to be the fella who does not appear much are rather uncertain but the fact is that he pulled out a terrific job of mixing and editing on Tron: Legacy, and was called to be a crucial part for the Tron: Uprising television series project. The difference here lies essentially on the source, music for cinema tends to be more surface-wise, on the other hand, music for television tends to be rather more synthetic and background-ish. Nonetheless, Trapanese managed to bring some balls-to-the-walls moments to light, as the Americans would say.

For the technical fans, all the patches from Tron: Legacy can be found on Tron: Uprising, which sort of leads to a continuum movement towards the stream of the story so the viewer can evolve from the previous experience but with familiar aspects, overtones and music excerpts. Trapanese goes sort of deeper on Uprising, the melodies are harsher and the harmonies tend to be more intricate, mysterious, some might call them leery-ish. Furthermore, he plays a lot hide and seek and the dynamics have improved considerably, so those who were not very into the previous work might think this one is for the film and the other is for the television series. Continue reading “Soundtrack Review: TRON: UPRISING (Joseph Trapanese)”

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 01/17/2013


Carrie – Pino Donaggio (Kritzerland KR 20017-5) Hot Spell / The Matchmaker – Alex North / Adolph Deutsch (Kritzerland KR 20023-6) Hud / The Lonely Man – Elmer Bernstein / Nathan Van Cleave (Kritzerland KR 20023-8) Le Conformiste / La Petite Fille En Velours Bleu – Georges Delerue (Music Box MBR 022) Uncovered – Philippe Sarde (Quartet QRSCE054) Vendredi Ou La Vie Sauvage – Maurice Jarre (Music Box MBR 02) Continue reading LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 01/17/2013

JOHN DEBNEY SCORES ‘jOBS’


Film Premieres at Sundance Film Festival January 25, 2013  (West Hollywood, CA) January 17, 2013 — Academy Award-nominated Composer John Debney scores the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival January 25, 2013. Debney will be attending the Sundance premiere. jOBS stars Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and is directed by Joshua Michael Stern. The film relays the story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college drop-out to one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple, Inc. Debney previously worked with Stern on the film Swing Vote, which starred and was produced by Kevin … Continue reading JOHN DEBNEY SCORES ‘jOBS’

MARK ISHAM COLLABORATES WITH ALICIA KEYS TO SCORE ‘THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE’


(Los Angeles, CA)- January 17, 2013—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 on January 25, 2013 at 9:45PM at Eccles Theatre. 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 after their mothers are taken away by the authorities. The drama … Continue reading MARK ISHAM COLLABORATES WITH ALICIA KEYS TO SCORE ‘THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE’

CHRISTOPHER TYNG SCORES ‘SUITS’


Season 2 Returns Tonight, Thursday January 17, 2013 at 10/9c (Los Angeles, CA) January 17, 2013—Composer Christopher Tyng returns to the hallow halls of Pearson Hardman Law Offices to score the return of the second season of USA Network’s Suits. Created by Aaron Kosh (The Deep End), Suitswill premiere tonight, Thursday January 17, 2013 at 10/9c starring Gabriel Macht (Because I Said So) and Patrick J. Adams (Old School). Christopher Tyng recently scored the seventh season of Comedy Central’s Futurama, available now on DVD. Also, for the first time the Futurama main title theme by Tyng is available on iTunes. Christopher Tyng also has developed … Continue reading CHRISTOPHER TYNG SCORES ‘SUITS’

CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ SCORES ‘IDENTITY THIEF’


Lennertz rteams with director Seth Gordon to score new comedy Film Releases Friday, February 8, 2013 (West Hollywood, CA) January 14, 2013—Award-winning composer Christopher Lennertz scores Identity Thief, the new Aggregate Films/Universal Pictures crime comedy in theatres nationwide Friday, February 8, 2013. Identity Thiefmarks Lennertz’s second collaboration with director Seth Gordon; they previously worked together on Horrible Bosses. The film stars Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids). Lennertz recorded the majority of the music for Identity Thief at his new state-of-the-art recording facility – Sonic Fuel Studios – in El Segundo, CA. Lennertz reteamed with several Horrible Bosses musicians including Jane’s Addiction Bassist Chris Chaney; Earth, Wind … Continue reading CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ SCORES ‘IDENTITY THIEF’

UPCOMING SOUNTRACK RELEASES – January 22 to February 12


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 Magic City – Daniele Lupi – Silva 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 Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash – Marc Shaiman – Columbia A Good Day to Die Hard – Marco Beltrami – Sony Date Unknown Attention, Les Enfants Regardent/L’Indiscretion – Eric … Continue reading UPCOMING SOUNTRACK RELEASES – January 22 to February 12

THE 2013 OSCAR NOMINATIONS AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina – Alexandre Desplat, Argo – Mychael Danna, Life of Pi – John Williams, Lincoln – Thomas Newman, Skyfall BEST ORIGINAL SONG – “Skyfall” – Skyfall – “Everybody Needs A Friend” – Ted – “Pi’s Lullabye” –  Life of Pi – “Suddenly” – Les Miserables – “Before My Time” – Chasing Ice Continue reading THE 2013 OSCAR NOMINATIONS AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES

‘TRON: UPRISING’ SOUNDTRACK SET FOR DIGITAL RELEASE ON JANUARY 8, 2013


BURBANK, CA  – Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for TRON: Uprising, the Disney XD animated television series inspired by the films TRON (1982) and TRON: Legacy (2010) on January 8, 2013. The TRON: Uprising soundtrack features the original score from the series composed by Joseph Trapanese and will only be available in digital format. In addition to the 16 tracks provided by Trapanese, TRON: Uprising soundtrack also includes remixes from 3OH!3, Opiuo, David Hiller, and a brand new track from Hollywood Records’ rising EDM star, 16-year-old Cole Plante, entitled “Rezolution.” Trapanese worked in tandem with Daft Punk on … Continue reading ‘TRON: UPRISING’ SOUNDTRACK SET FOR DIGITAL RELEASE ON JANUARY 8, 2013

MASTERWORKS BROADWAY ANNOUNCES 50TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF ‘BYE BYE BIRDIE’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK


Newly Remastered With Three Bonus Tracks CD and Digital Download Available January 8, 2013 Masterworks Broadway will release a newly remastered version of Bye Bye Birdie – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, in conjunction with the film’s 50th anniversary. Bye Bye Birdie opens a new chapter in the label’s celebrated campaign to preserve the music of Broadway by entering the arena of film musical soundtracks. This new reissue of Bye Bye Birdie will include three bonus tracks and will be available on CD and via digital download January 8, 2013. Fifty years later, Bye Bye Birdie continues to charm and entertain, … Continue reading MASTERWORKS BROADWAY ANNOUNCES 50TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF ‘BYE BYE BIRDIE’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK