Varèse Sarabande 40th Anniversary

Varèse Sarabande - 40th anniversary concert with the RSNO Film Music Record Label Varèse Sarabande have celebrated their 40th Anniversary with two Concerts in Scotland, with Scotland's National Orchestra the RSNO and RSNO Chorus conducted by Diego Navarro. The event featured many guests, Composers and Soloists, and was presented by the Label's own Robert Townson. More...

Humans Series 2 & 3 by Sarah Warne

Sarah Warne: Humans Series 2 and 3 - TV score album cover Taking over from "Cristo" who scored Series 1 and created the theme music, composer Sarah Warne has continued to provide incidental music for the TV drama Humans Series 2 & 3 in the same genre, with electronic music being the perfect way to accompany android "synths" with very human emotions. More...

Ocean's 8 by Daniel Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton: Ocean's 8 - film score album cover Following an 11 year gap, the ocean franchise continues with Ocean's 8 featuring an all female gang and a daring heist. Composer Daniel Pemberton provides the good-humoured and engaging music in a jazz lounge style, chillout but with a propulsive energy! More...

Doctor Who Series 9 by Murray Gold

Murray Gold: Doctor Who Series 9 - boxset album cover After a long and very successful period with the show, Murray Gold has left the world of Doctor Who Music. But his long delayed Series 9 boxset is now available. This comes on 4 discs in total, with disc 3 devoted to Gold's astonishing music for the Hugo-nominated episode "Heaven Sent"! More...

Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: Isle of Dogs - film score album cover Isle of Dogs is an unconventional stop-motion animation by Wes Anderson, and the director turns again to Alexandre Desplat for an equally eccentric score. As with Fantastic Mr. Fox, Desplat's music delights in quirky instrumentation, in this case including taiko drums reflecting the Japanese setting. More...

Ready Player One by Alan Silvestri

Alan Silvestri: Ready Player One - film score album cover Alan Silvestri is the perfect composer for Spielberg's Ready Player One. His score effortlessly takes us back to the 80s with sly touches of Back to Future and other genre movies, but the score's sense of period homage is carefully balanced to allow its own identity to shine. More...

Phantom Thread by Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood: Phantom Thread - film score album cover Phantom Thread is up for several Oscars including Best Original Score for composer Jonny Greenwood, working again with director Paul Thomas Anderson and chameoleonic actor Daniel Day Lewis. Greenwood's music is frequently sublime and gets to the heart of the characters and their story arc. More...

Suburbicon by Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: Suburbicon - film score album cover It's a shame that few will hear Alexandre Desplat's excellent score for Suburbicon will given its critical and commercial panning. It is resplendent in the composer's characteristic mannerisms whilst also serving its slippery, troubling movie brilliantly - a darkly comic score that both carves out its own highly entertaining territory. More...

Final on Vinyl?

Richard Rodney Bennett: The Return of the Soldier - film score album cover There are a number of film scores previously out on vinyl which have yet to receive a CD release. Our article Final on Vinyl? lists 4 albums that record labels need to get these on their release schedule now! More...

Salvo Scores

Alexandre Desplat In his article Salvo Scores subtitled "Apprenticeship of Film Composers" John Caps identifies those film scores which mark a significant transition in the career of film composers, the film title that publicly jump-starts their careers even though they may have been scoring films for some time beforehand. More...

Philippe Sarde, the Enigma

Philippe Sarde French composer Philippe Sarde will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award this month at Film Fest Gent. The event has prompted author John Caps to investigate his approach to orchestration in the article Philippe Sarde: the Enigma. More...

Incredibles 2 by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino: Incredibles 2 - film score album cover We've waited 14 years for a sequel to Pixar animation The Incredibles, and its engaging film score from composer Michael Giacchino. Now that Incredibles 2 is on general release, how does its music compare with the original movie? More...

Interview with Rachel Portman

Rachel Portman John Caps interviews Rachel Portman covering her music both for the Stage and the Screen. The wide-ranging discussion touches on the composer's experiences with a range of projects such as "The Human Stain", "Oliver Twist" for Roman Polanski, and the Opera "The Little Prince". More...

Red Sparrow by James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard: Red Sparrow - film score album cover James Newton Howard has already shown his versatility, but Red Sparrow is an usual score even by his standards. Half the score is dark and suspenseful, very Russian sounding and Herrmannesque in places. The rest of the score seems rooted in dance, with ballet music and a substantial dark waltz. But these all blend together well to make an excellent score. More...

Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson

Ludwig Göransson: Black Panther - film score album cover There's no denying the huge cultural impact of Black Panther, but it is also one of the best MCU films to date. Sonically there are the songs of Kendrick Lamar but the movie's soul is owned by its score. Composer Ludwig Göransson spent a month in Senegal absorbing the culture and musical colours, and the result is an exotic and diverse soundscape which does the movie justice. More...

Desplat wins the Triple

oscar statuette For the 3rd consecutive year a composer has made a clean sweap of the top 3 awards, winning Best Original Music/Score at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars. In 2016 it was Ennio Morricone with the Hateful Eight, then in 2017 it was Justin Hurwitz with La La Land and now Alexandre Desplat has scooped all three for The Shape of Water. Congratulation to all the winners and nominees. More...

Doyle: Murder on the Orient Express

Patrick Doyle: Murder on the Orient Express - film score album cover Patrick Doyle has worked with Kenneth Branagh many times since 1989. Murder on the Orient Express is their latest collaboration, and Doyle's score works well in the film with ethnic touches, action music, jazz cues, a strong lyrical element and a song performed by Michelle Pfeiffer. More...

Best Film Scores of 2017

Rael Jones: My Cousin Rachel - album cover A preponderance of rising musical stars made their mark this year, further refuting the oft-held opinion that there's no creativity or spark left in film music anymore. Couple this with a strong showing from soundtrack veterans like John Williams and 2017 proved to be another dynamic, exciting and colourful year. Here are our Best Film Scores of 2017. More...

The Shape of Water - Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: The Shape of Water - film score album cover Despite the apparently simple story The Shape of Water is a complex movie with many facets and layers. Alexandre Desplat's music is instrumentally diverse, narratively appropriate, romantic, terrifying, exciting and otherwordly, serving the movie well and also standing on its own as a rich listening experience. More...


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