RAMS: Icelander Atli Örvarsson shepherds the score – Interview

RAMS soundtrack | ©2016 Lakeshore Records

There’s a muscular, solitary spirit that hails from The Great White Nord, as well as a natural eccentricity. Perhaps that might explain the individualistic, off-kilter spirit running through even the most bombastic multiplex movies that Icelander Atli Örvarsson has scored in Hollywood. Drawn to Hans Zimmer’s orbit like so many talented western European composers (if geographically located on a mostly frozen volcanic land mass), Örvarsson rose through such American TV shows as DRAGNET and LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT to impress with his surreal film scores for BABYLON A.D. and THE FOURTH KIND. With Viking blood no doubt in his […]Read On »


THE WITCH: Mark Korven is in a musical thrall – Exclusive Interview

THE WITCH | ©2016 A24 Films

There are horror films and scores that do a good job of scaring you, and then there are others like THE EXORCIST, THE SHINING and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET that truly hit a nerve by making one feel that they’ve taken part in something unholy – or at least that’s if you believe The Satanic Temple’s big thumbs up that THE WITCH is a “transformative Satanic experience.” Whether one feels encouraged to strip naked in the woods and call upon the powers of darkness remains to be seen after a viewing of THE WITCH But one thing that that […]Read On »


Interview: Composer Stephen Raynor-Endelman banks on MADOFF

MADOFF | ©2016 ABC

Few English composers have gotten to score the stylistic extremes of America like the creatively and physically pugnacious Stephen Raynor-Endelman, a musician of all emotional trades if there ever was one. A musical prodigy who’d write two operas by the wage of 18, Endelman moved to New York to start fulfilling a movie scoring career with such individualistic, eccentric scores as HOUSEHOLD SAINTS, POSTCARDS FROM AMERICA and IMAGINARY CRIMES. His music depicting rough and tumble lives with humanity to spare before going back to the British and Irish isles with the romantic comedy, and fatherly drama of THE ENGLISHMAN WHO […]Read On »


Composer George Fenton parks with THE LADY IN THE VAN – Interview

THE LADY IN THE VAN soundtrack | ©2016 Sony Classical Records

If one might have the cliched attitude of old school English composers as adhering rigorously to the classically imperious music of Queen and Country, then they likely haven’t heard much of George Fenton’s prolific work over the last four or so decades, let alone had a crotchety, crazy old lady parked in their driveway for fifteen of them. Not only has Fenton contributed one of his most delightfully attitude-filled scores to represent THE LADY IN THE VAN, but he also has the distinction of having actually met the fearsome Ms. Shepherd, a curmudgeonly homeless woman who became a grudgingly accepted […]Read On »


Composer Charlie Clouser invades earth for CHILDHOOD’S END – Interview

CHILDHOOD'S END soundtrack | ©2016 Lakeshore Records

Among practitioners of torture horror, Charlie Clouser’s razor-sharp industrial grinds and nightmarish, metallic atmospheres were the anti-tunes to inflict utter doom with in such nastily effective soundtracks as DEAD SILENCE DEATH SENTENCE, RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION and the SAW franchise in particular. Beatific music this wasn’t, even as the Nine Inch Nails keyboardist and award-winning hard rock producer showed that he had more than one stylistic hatchet at his scoring disposal when it came to television, especially in his rhythmic calculations for NUMB3RS and the surreal suspense that filled WAYWARD PINES So forgive us for thinking that Charlie Clouser has seen […]Read On »


Movie Review: INTRUDERS

INTRUDERS movie poster | ©2016 Momentum Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Beth Riesgraf, Martin Starr, Rory Culkin, Jack Kesy, Joshua Mikel, Timothy T. McKinney, Letitia Jimenez Writers: T.J. Cimfel and David White Director: Adam Schindler Distributor: Momentum Pictures/Entertainment One Release Date (theatrical and VOD): January 15, 2016 INTRUDERS – not to be confused with the 2012 horror/fantasy of the same title – has a good cast and a decent premise that gets somewhat undermined when one character has to deliver a boatload of third-act expository dialogue. The movie is reasonably creepy and weird, but it isn’t quite creepy and weird enough on the one hand and doesn’t […]Read On »


CSI: CYBER: Actor Shad Moss goes from rap to hacking – Interview

Shad Moss in CSI: CYBER - Season 1 | ©2015 CBS/Randee St. Nicholas

In CSI: CYBER, now in its second season on CBS Sunday nights at 10 PM, Shad Moss plays Brody “Baby Face” Nelson. Nelson is a former “black hat” computer hacker whose skills have gotten him recruited to work for the FBI, under the command of Cyber Crimes division leader Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette). Moss has a little in common with his character, in that they both started young and were doing something else before their current jobs, though Moss’ real past is far more benign. Under the name Bow Wow (starting out as Lil’ Bow Wow), he was a best-selling […]Read On »


IN THE HEART OF THE SEA: Composer Roque Baños on scoring the seas – Interview

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA soundtrack | ©2015 WaterTower Music

If you madly hunt for great composing talents the world over, chances are you’ll hear the particular, vast melodic abilities of one Roque Baños. Hailing from Spain where he’d notably engage in the Spaghetti Western pastiche of 800 BULLETS,  the artistic classicism of GOYA IN BOURDEAUX and the bad cop antics of TORRENTE among the numerous movie he’d score in his home country, Baños first caught American ears with his romantically twisted crime stylings for 2000’s SEXY BEAST and the Herrmann-esque doom of 2004’s Theremin-possessed  THE MACHINIST. It’s been a long, prolific journey to our shores over the years before […]Read On »


MARVEL LIVE: Michael Picton chats about the touring stage show – exclusive interview

MARVEL LIVE composer Michael Picton | © 2015 Michael Picton

Composer Michael Picton has his hands as full as a Cirque du Soleil juggler. Picton has actually worked with Cirque du Soleil. At present, he’s working with Cirque alumnus Chris Lashua on Cirque Mechanics, with Marvel Entertainment on the MARVEL LIVE touring stage show, and with Nickelodeon on their new series MUTT & STUFF. In a phone conversation, Picton talks about all of these projects and more. AX: When did you become involved in composing? MICHAEL PICTON: I mostly became a musician with the intent of becoming a composer from a pretty young age, probably as a teen. After being […]Read On »


NARCOS: Composer Pedro Bromfman on scoring the new Netflix series – Interview

NARCOS soundtrack | ©2015 Lakeshore Records

Whether it’s a desperately poor person or the most sophisticated (and seditiously entertained) movie and TV watcher, nothing represents the ruthlessly swift, or successfully doomed path to the good life like The Drug Lord. Whether real or imagined, these captains of illegal industry represent the ultimate in charisma, cunning and seduction, everything it takes to keep enemies close, maintain armies of devoted followers and addict the public to your supply. From Mexico’s “El Chapo” to Cuba’s imagined Tony Montana, Latin America has been a hothouse region from which these enthralling villains have emerged, which makes Brazilian composer Pedro Bromfman especially […]Read On »

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