CD Review: HANNIBAL Seasons 1 and 2 soundtracks

HANNIBALS Seasons 1 and 2 soundtracks | ©2014 Lakeshore Records

To label the sonic nightmare that Brian Reitzell has cooked up for television’s most lethally elegant doctor-gourmand as “music” is way to simple a way of defining the wildly experimental stew of sound design and occasional shards of melody that infuse a show that by rights shouldn’t be anywhere near network television, especially scoring that could lead to seizures in more tender viewers foolish enough to tune in. But the psychological incisiveness with which Reitzell conveys the sound of insanity is like nothing else that’s ever been done within the psycho-killer genre, be it on the big or small screens. […]Read On »

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INTERVIEW: HANNIBAL gets twisted score by Brian Reitzell

HANNIBAL | ©2013 NBC

You might argue that the spark for film scores to get industrially dark was lit when the scraping metallic music of Nine Inch Nail’s song “Closer” ran over the unforgettably disturbing opening titles of SEVEN. Now this bleakly transfixing style has become all the rage, from the visceral video forensics of CSI to the big screen torture dungeons of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and THE CALLER. But in a media obsessed with churning out serial killers to this alt. rock inspired bump-and-grind, the one psychopath creation that remains unequalled in ghoulish popularity is Hannibal Lector, the gourmand cannibal […]Read On »

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CD Review: RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON soundtrack

RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON soundtrack | ©2011 Red Faction

Of all the alt. tech composers who are giving sonic flesh to the ghosts in their machines, Brian Reitzell is certainly one of the most intriguing. Shaping guitars to the dusty football plains of Texas in FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS or mutating their chords into the terrifying mayhem of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, Reitzell has also heard the existential funk of STRANGER THAN FICTION before finding fairy tale eeriness in the MTV generation reboot of RED RIDING HOOD. If Reitzell’s interests have often pushed the boundaries between sound design and music, they now reach surreal meltdown with the videogame soundtrack to […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: RED RIDING HOOD Los Angeles Premiere

Amanda Seyfried at the Los Angeles premiere of RED RIDING HOOD | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures presented the Los Angeles Premiere of RED RIDING HOOD, An Appian Way Production A Catherine Hardwicke Film recently at the Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Walking down the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Amanda Seyfried (Valerie), Gary Oldman (Father Solomon), Shiloh Fernandez (Peter), Max Irons (Henry), Virginia Madsen (Suzette), Michael Hogan (The Reeve), Adrian Holmes (Captain), Michael Shanks (Adrien Lazar), Kacey Rohl (Prudence), Brian Reitzell (Co-Composer/Music Supervisor), David Leslie Johnson (writer), and Catherine Hardwicke (Director). Joining the stars were guests, which included:  Rachel Fox, Ryan Newman, American Idol Season 10 Top 13 Finalists, […]Read On »

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