VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS TO RELEASE ‘ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT’ SOUNDTRACK


(October 28, 2013– Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande Records will release the ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT – Original Television Soundtrack digitally and on CD on November 19, 2013.  The album features fan favorite songs and score from the four seasons of the original series, composed by Emmy® nominee David Schwartz (NORTHERN EXPOSURE, DEADWOOD).ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT’s composer David Schwartz selected his songs and score from all four seasons of the show, with a heavy dose of the original madcap songs and its signature ukulele tunes. The soundtrack features exclusive extended versions of several key songs including “Balls In The Air,” “Getaway” and “Shot By Love.” Also included are fan favorites “Big Yellow Joint,” “Fantastic 4 (medley)” and “Motherboy.”  These songs are hand-selected by Schwartz based on fan requests through the years. 

Schwartz earned his third Emmy nomination this past year for season 4 of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, and is a double nominee in the Hollywood Music In Media Awards for the “Arrested Development (Theme)” and “Get Away.”  He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  David’s first scoring job was the multi Emmy award winning hit, Northern Exposure. It earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition for its memorable theme song.

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Soundtrack Review: PUSHER (Orbital)


pusherCDMusic composed by Orbital 
Label: Silva Screen Records
Catalog: SILCD1394
Release Date: October 19, 2012
Rating: ****½

Spaniard Luis Prieto summoned the British duo Paul Hartnoll and Phil Hartnoll (Orbital) to tell Pusher story (originally directed by Nicolas Winding Refn) from a British point of view, and the results are quite surprising to say the least.

Orbital’s take on this story presents the London underground atmosphere and London-boy twang as a recurring motive. They definitely tried some Tangerine Dream every now and then in their acid house on this score, but in the end the contemporary part prevailed anyhow.

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UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – October 29 to December 10


October 29
All Is Lost – Alex Ebert – Community Music
Cocoon – James Horner – Intrada Special Collection
The Hunt for Red October – Basil Poledouris – Intrada Special Collection
Runner Runner – Christophe Beck – Lakeshore

November 5
Last Vegas – Mark Mothersbaugh – Varese Sarabande
Machete Kills – Carl Thiel, Robert Rodriguez – Morada

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DECCA RECORDS RELEASES ‘QUEEN OF CARTHAGE’ ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK


(October 22, 2013– Los Angeles, CA) – Decca Records has released the QUEEN OF CARTHAGE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack via iTunes.  The soundtrack features the original score composed by Brian Byrne (ALBERT NOBBS), who also composed the music for the worldwide production from the producers of RiverdanceHEARTBEAT OF HOME.  In addition to the original score, Byrne wrote the haunting end title track “Waltz With Me Under The Sun,” performed by Kristina Train.  Also featured on the album is “Dido’s Lament,” performed by Danielle DeNiese.

“Kristina Train is probably one of the finest young singers around just now. Although she’s has youth on her side she sounds like a classic soul voice that always was,” said Byrne. “The score is mostly based on the melody for the song ‘Waltz With Me Under the Sun’. That was the first thing I wrote for the film and it just seemed to work as a theme throughout.”  Byrne’s wife Kasey wrote the song’s lyrics.

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LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 10/18/2013


Black Beauty (Expanded) – Danny Elfman (La-La Land LLLCD 1273)

Buck Rogers – Season One –  Stu Phillips, Johnny Harris, Les BaxterRichard LaSalle (Intrada Special Collection Volume 255, 3 CDs)

Captain Phillips – Henry Jackman (Varese Sarabande 302 067 226 8)

Day Of The Dead – John Harrison (La-La Land LLLCD 1277, 2 CDs)

Doctor Who Series 7 – Murray Gold (Silva 1425, 2 CDs)

House At The End Of The Drive – Alan Howarth (BSXCD 8933)

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UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – October 22 to December 10


October 22
Da Vinci’s Demons – Bear McCreary – Sparks & Shadows
Ender’s Game – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande
Fruitvale Station – Ludwig Goransson – Lakeshore
Grimm – Richard Marvin -La-La Land
La Mula
 – Oscar Navarro – MovieScore Media/Kronos
The Last House on the Left – David Hess – One Way Static
Lost Place
 – Adrian Sieber – MovieScore Media/Kronos
Pet Sematary – Elliot Goldenthal – La-La Land
Room 237 – Jonathan Snipes, William Hudson – Death Waltz

October 29
All Is Lost – Alex Ebert – Community Music
Runner Runner – Christophe Beck – Lakeshore

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Soundtrack Review: BLADE RUNNER – 30th Anniversary Celebration (Vangelis)


blade_runner_BSXCDMusic composed by Vangelis
Label: BuySoundtrax Records
Catalog: BSXCD-8917
Release Date: September 19, 2012
Rating: ****

At the time of its release, Vangelis’ Blade Runner Score was filled with mystic romanticness, a sense of longing for home, sadness, unfairness, justice by its own hands and inequality. Deckard’s sense of duty is mainly overshadowed by his own doubts towards the Replicants, issue so Vangelis had to come up with themes that sounded dubious and had overlaying strings creating the sense of a “semi-polyrhythmical” track and consequently an unconscious idea that something else was going on on the screen.

For those into music’s technical aspects, that is a must have album, even if not a Blade Runner fan but to compare the original with the reverse engineering process album. On the other hand do not expect something entirely different because as the liner notes say: The goal was never make a soundtrack based on the Vangelis original but re-record it again to make it sound exactly like the above mentioned score.

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SPARKS & SHADOWS TO RELEASE ‘DA VINCI’S DEMONS’ SOUNDTRACK (COLLECTOR’S EDITION)


Featuring Bear McCreary’s Emmy® Award-Winning Main Title Theme And Over 30 Minutes of Unreleased Music

(October 16, 2013 – Culver City, CA) Sparks & Shadows is proud to announce the release of the DA VINCI’S DEMONS SOUNDTRACK (COLLECTOR’S EDITION) on October 22, 2013.  The 2-CD set features Bear McCreary’s Emmy® Award-winning theme along with over 30 minutes of bonus music from the hit STARZ series, not included on the digital soundtrack album, released in May.

“When it came time to find a composer for DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Bear was an obvious choice,” says series creator David S. Goyer.  “I wanted anti-period music for Da Vinci. Meaning, I didn’t want something that sounded like Richard Lester’s Three Musketeers. I wanted Bear to change things up – to use contemporary sounds and instruments as well as period ones.  Bear didn’t disappoint. When Bear played me his demo for the main title theme, I was blown away.”

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MOVIESCORE MEDIA AND KRONOS RECORDS TO RELEASE ‘LA MULA’


Featuring Original Music By Oscar Navarro

(October 15, 2013– Los Angeles, CA) – The joint venture of Moviescore Media and Kronos Records will release the LA MULA – Original Motion Picture Soundtrackdigitally and on CD on October 22, 2013.  The soundtrack features the original score composed by Spanish composer Oscar Navarro.

“This movie is about friendship, loyalty, and love,” said Navarro.

Based on the novel by Juan Eslava GalánLA MULA is the story of a soldier who finds a mule on the battlefields and travels through the country, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War.   As described in The Guardian, “It is a story of love during war and of a stubborn, long-eared, four-legged animal that wanders through the battlefields of Spain’s bloody civil war in the 1930s.”  The film earned its star Mario Casas the Best Actor award at the 2013 Festival de Málaga de Cine (Málaga Film Festival).

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UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – October 15 to December 10


October 15
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Season One – various – Intrada Special Collection
Captain Phillips
 – Henry Jackman – Varese Sarabande
The Fifth Estate – Carter Burwell – Lakeshore
Salem’s Lot – Harry Sukman – Intrada Special Collection

October 22
Ender’s Game – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande
Fruitvale Station – Ludwig Goransson – Lakeshore
Grimm – Richard Marvin -La-La Land
La Mula
 – Oscar Navarro – MovieScore Media/Kronos
The Last House on the Left – David Hess – One Way Static
Lost Place
 – Adrian Sieber – MovieScore Media/Kronos

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LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 10/10/2013


Alien Nation – Jerry Goldsmith, Curt Sobel (Kritzerland KR 20026-4, 2 CDs) Amaren Eskuak (Las Manos De Mi Madre) – Pascal Gaigne (Quartet QRSOL013) Killer Crocodile – Riz Ortolani (Kronos KRONCD020) L’Isola Di Arturo – Carlo Rustichelli (Quartet QRSCE070) Last Days Of Lucifer / Water Marked – Pascal Gaigne (Quartet QRSOL012) Le Bossu / Concierto Por La Tierra – Philippe Sarde (Quartet QRSCE069) A Single Shot – Atli Orvarsson (MMS13010/KRONCD022) Wakolda – Andres Goldstein & Daniel Tarrab (Quartet QRSM027) Continue reading LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 10/10/2013

Composer Profile: BASIL POLEDOURIS


basilpoledourisBasil Poledouris, the Emmy-winning composer of “Lonesome Dove” and composer for such films as “Conan the Barbarian,” “Free Willy” and “The Blue Lagoon,” died of cancer Nov. 8 2006, in Los Angeles. He was 61 and was survived by his mother Helen Poledouris; former wife Bobbie Poledouris of Santa Monica; two daughters, Zoë and Alexis; his brother John Poledouris; and dear friend Suni Kim of Vashon Island, WA. I am proud to say that I got to spend some time with Basil in Spain before his death.

Poledouris was born in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 21, 1945. He began studying piano at the age of 9, became part of a folk group in high school and studied both film and music at USC. He scored a handful of television projects in the early 1970s, but his feature scores for “Big Wednesday” and “The Blue Lagoon” – both for former USC colleagues – catapulted him into larger-scale features.

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Soundtrack Review: THE FOG – EXPANDED (John Carpenter)


thefogCDMusic composed by John Carpenter
Label: Silva Screen Records
Catalog: SILCD 1301
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Rating: **½

John Carpenter is quite unique because he writes, directs, produces and scores his own films, but ticking all the boxes might make the New York-born director sound too repetitive, especially because he tends to make thriller/horror films. If the reader feels uncomfortable with the word “repetitive”, perhaps “minimalistic with ambience” would be more suitable.

Detached from the film, the Fog‘s score tends to be quite overwhelmingly grey making the most sunny day look glooming. That would be the point due to the self-explanatory title, but listening to it closely and deeper, the whole glooming turns to dull and the momentum is quite lost. The synths are good, the pianos could be taken from a Phillip Glass‘ 1983 album but the effects/percussion are definitely cheesy and do not match up the quality mentioned previously.

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UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – October 8 to December 10


October 8
Black Beauty – Danny Elfman – La-La Land 
Colette
 – Atli Orvarsson – MovieScore Media/Kronos
Day of the Dead – John Harrison – La-La Land
Machete Kills – Carl Thiel, Robert Rodriguez – Morada
Romeo and Juliet – Abel Korzeniowski – Sony
The Tall Man
 – Christopher Young, Joel Drouek, Todd Bryanton – MovieScore Media/Kronos
Valhalla Rising – Peter Peter, Peter Kyed – Milan (import)

October 15
Captain Phillips
 – Henry Jackman – Varese Sarabande
The Fifth Estate – Carter Burwell – Lakeshore

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LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 10/03/2013


Gravity – Steven Price (Water Tower 39478) Hocus Pocus – John Debney (Intrada Special Collection Volume 254) I, The Jury – Bill Conti (La-La Land LLLCD 1275) Insidious Chapter 2 – Joseph Bishara (Void Rec 30) Les Visiteurs / L’Homme Qui Revient De Loin – Georges Delerue (Music Box MBR 034 The Miracle – Elmer Bernstein (Intrada Special Collection Volume 243, 2 CDs) True Grit – Elmer Bernstein (La-La Land LLLCD 1260) Continue reading LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 10/03/2013

COMPOSER JOEL DOUEK ANNOUNCES FALL RELEASES


Rise of the Animals Launches in the UK
Galapagos 3D to Hit IMAX Theaters Worldwide
Tall Man Soundtrack CD to be Released by Screamworks/Kronos

(October 3, 2013– Los Angeles, CA) Composer Joel Douek is proud to announce a full slate of fall releases starting with Sir David Attenborough’s RISE OF ANIMALS, the latest documentary produced by the renowned British filmmaker and naturalist.  Hailed by The Sunday Times as “engrossing”, RISE OF THE ANIMALS is currently showing on BBC2.

Douek has previously collaborated with Attenborough on GALAPAGOS 3D (co-composed with Elik Alvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld) which will be released into IMAX and Giant Screen Theaters in February of 2014.  The acclaimed documentary will be distributed worldwide by nWave Pictures Distribution.

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BUYSOUNDTRAX RECORDS TO RELEASE 20th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO ‘THE X-FILES’


Featuring Music From The Beloved Series by Mark Snow

(October 1, 2013) – BuySoundtrax Records is proud to announce the release of MUSIC FROM THE X-FILES: 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, available digitally and on CD on October 2, 2013.  The album features music composed by Mark Snow and is produced and arranged by Dominik Hauser, Joohyun Park, and John Beal.

Twenty years ago viewers were transfixed by the weekly drama starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully – two FBI agents who investigate supernatural cases, knowing that the truth is out there.  Film and television veteran composer Mark Snow was brought in to lead the musical charge for this truth.  From the opening notes, the eerie whistle of the main title theme, viewers were immediately engaged in the series, which would eventually boast over 200 episodes and two feature-length movies.

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BUYSOUNDTRAX RECORDS CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF ‘HALLOWEEN’


Halloween: The Sound of Evil-Music From The Halloween Film Scores Looks at the Music From The Complete and Re-Imagined Halloween Film Series With Music by John Carpenter, Alan Howarth, John Ottman, Danny Lux, and Tyler Bates

(October 1, 2013) – BuySoundtrax Records is proud to scare the bejeezus out of you this fall with the release of HALLOWEEN: THE SOUND OF EVIL – MUSIC FROM THE HALLOWEEN FILM SCORES, available digitally and on CD on October 2, 2013.  The collection is the first to celebrate the music from the eight films in the original series and the two films in the re-imagined series and includes music by John Carpenter, Alan Howarth, John Ottman, Danny Lux, and Tyler Bates.  The album is arranged and produced by Dominik Hauser.

Filmmaker John Carpenter created not only the slasher film that reinvented the genre, but the music that would define terror for decades to come.  “The piercing tonality of his shrill synth sustains took on the gleaming sheen of a butcher knife’s blade, while the electronic stabs of lower-end synth chords became the brutal blows of the killer’s slashing arm and the repetitive, tinkling piano notes became the spine-chilling icicles dripping down your spine,” describes Randall D. Larson, author of Musique Fantastique: 100 Years of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film Music in the liner notes.

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