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Howard Shore Master Class. Master Class: Steven Spielberg & John Williams. Song Exploder. “The Martian” In the film “The Martian,” astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) is stranded on Mars, forced to rely on science and his ingenuity in order to survive.

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The film opened at #1 at the box office, and has earned critical praise as well. In this episode, composer Harry Gregson-Williams breaks down his music from the film, where part of his job was to score the excitement of scientific discovery and the grandeur and mystery of Mars itself. Buy The Martian Score Suite (as heard in this episode), or the entire Original Motion Picture Score on iTunes. Legendary Composer Leonard Bernstein on the Future of Music, Harvard 1973. By Maria Popova “A great new era of eclecticism is at hand.”

Legendary Composer Leonard Bernstein on the Future of Music, Harvard 1973

In the fall of 1972, legendary composer Leonard Bernstein was appointed the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard, his alma mater — a position originally created in 1925 to bring celebrated poets as campus residents and student advisors and previously occupied by such luminaries as T. HuffPost Live. Danny Elfman on Film Scores, 'Simpsons' and Working With Tim Burton.

The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it.

Danny Elfman on Film Scores, 'Simpsons' and Working With Tim Burton

" He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series. The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off its New York City at Lincoln Center on July 6th, contain 15 suites of music from throughout Elfman's three decades of collaborations with the director — from the primal mania of Pee-wee to the textured grandeur of Alice in Wonderland, with stops at Beetlejuice, Batman and Edward Scissorhands, among others, along the way.

"So I remember sitting backstage, hyperventilating before I walk out, and Helena Bonham Carter's there," he continues. James Horner Tells The Story Behind Five Of His Classic Film Scores. The lauded movie composer goes deep on Steven Spielberg, Terrence Malick and Rick Moranis.

James Horner Tells The Story Behind Five Of His Classic Film Scores

James Horner's back catalogue of film scores is ridiculous. Among his 158 IMDb credits are, most famously, James Cameron's box-office smashers Titanic and Avatar, but his repertoire is much broader and deeper. Horner has worked within just about every genre you might care to name. How Film Composers Work" If a few scratchy chords conjure up the image of a shower, a knife and an unsuspecting young woman, or a bar of menacing music brings to mind a cruising underwater shark, you've responded to the work of a film composer.

How Film Composers Work"

In movies like "Psycho" (1960) and "Jaws" (1975), the film composer has provided a musical accompaniment that blends almost unconsciously with speech and action to create a mood [source: Internet Movie Database]. But as invisible as these musical motifs seem at the time, the successful ones can linger long after the credits roll, triggering memories of bold adventure (the "Star Wars" series), ephermeral magic (the "Harry Potter" series) or impending doom and salvation ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy).

Creating the magic is all part of a day's work for film music composers like Danny Elfman, Howard Shore or John Williams. Psycho - The Shower Scene With And Without Music. Man Of Steel Soundtrack - Sculptural Percussion - Hans Zimmer. John Williams conducts circus tain chase from Indiana Jones and the last crusade. Bernard Herrmann: The Ghost & Mrs. Muir - Film Score Guide - Alexander Publishing. Regarded as one of the greatest film composers of all time, Bernard Herrmann was responsible for some of the most memorable music in film.

Bernard Herrmann: The Ghost & Mrs. Muir - Film Score Guide - Alexander Publishing

His work with Alfred Hitchcock produced a slew of classics including Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960). Several years before collaborating with Hitchcock, however, Herrmann composed the brilliant score for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), which remained a personal favorite of the composer's. Herrmann's score reinforces the film's romantic theme, and much of the music has an appropriately elegiac quality. In mood, orchestration, and even to some extent thematic identity, it seems to prefigure his music for Vertigo.

In this latest addition to the Scarecrow Film Score Guide series, author David Cooper examines Herrmann's career in general, as well as the specific elements that went into the creation of The Ghost and Mrs. VSL Studio Chat with Danny Elfman. SoundCloud. Interview Michael Giacchino JUPITER ASCENDING. Making of a Film Score. Trent Reznor, Danny Elfman and Top Composers Reveal Insecurities, Power of Procrastination and the Real Story Behind 'Interstellar's' Controversial Sound Mix. This story first appeared in a special awards issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Trent Reznor, Danny Elfman and Top Composers Reveal Insecurities, Power of Procrastination and the Real Story Behind 'Interstellar's' Controversial Sound Mix

Film composers love to talk about insomnia. Prior to The Hollywood Reporter roundtable with five of the industry's most sought-after film scorers, the group — Marco Beltrami, 48 (The Homesman), Danny Elfman, 61 (Big Eyes), John Powell, 51 (How to Train Your Dragon 2), Trent Reznor, 49 (Gone Girl), and Hans Zimmer, 57 (Interstellar) — chatted at length about their preferred sleep aids. Most favor Ambien, but at least one opted for a method that might or might not be entirely legal (hint: It involves THC). Then there's Zimmer, who is such a night owl, he referred to the 1 p.m. start of the sit-down as "my morning time.

" The discussion that followed touched on the technical, like less-than-ideal sound mixes, and the personal, including the admission that their lives are so hectic, they rarely get time to relax with family and listen to music for pleasure. Big Eyes composer Danny Elfman. Watch Trent Reznor, Danny Elfman, & Hans Zimmer Discuss Their Work In A Composer Roundtable. The Hollywood Reporter got some of the composers of the top films of the year together to talk about their craft.

Watch Trent Reznor, Danny Elfman, & Hans Zimmer Discuss Their Work In A Composer Roundtable

The panel includes Trent Reznor (Gone Girl), Danny Elfman (Big Eyes), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar), John Powell (How To Train Your Dragon 2), and Marco Beltrami (The Homesman) — most of them have a good chance at getting nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Score. It’s a really fascinating conversation, and the interviewer makes the wise decision to take a backseat and let these great minds bounce off of each other for almost 50 minutes. Reznor in particular discusses how he had to schedule recording time with Atticus Ross in between the latest Nine Inch Nails tour, which he says may have benefitted him in the long-run and allowed him to think things out more clearly. THR also did similar panels with male and female actors, directors, writers, and producers this year, if you’re so inclined. Watch below. ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′: Getting the Music to Soar.

Hans Zimmer - making of HANNIBAL Soundtrack. How Alexandre Desplat creates a film score in three weeks. If you have a full-length feature film in need of a score very quickly Alexandre Desplat may be your composer.

How Alexandre Desplat creates a film score in three weeks

The Frenchman has built up an unrivalled reputation in the film world for speed and reliability - with recent credits including The King's Speech, Godzilla and Unbroken. But three films equals less than half his yearly output, he tells the BBC. Alexandre Desplat sits in a small room at Abbey Road studios in London, taking a break before the afternoon's recording session downstairs. Director Tom Hooper awaits, ready to put finishing touches to his third commercial for Jaguar. CONVERSATION WITH JAMES HORNER  JAMES HORNER.

"If you build it he will come …" Just like Ray Kinsella, the character played by Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, a voice (or rather my intuition) led me to create the Association and the James Horner Film Music website.


Every minute, every hour spent working for this project was partly guided by an objective I held close in my heart: publish a new, previously unreleased conversation with James Horner. I gave myself five years to get there. Next January we will celebrate four years of JHFM… SoundWorks Collection Interview Series - Composer Marco Beltrami. This week we talk with Composer Marco Beltrami about his recent collaboration with Director Tommy Lee Jones for his film, The Homesman. Jones’ instructions to composer Marco Beltrami were typically succinct. Composer Hans Zimmer Talks 'Interstellar' Origin, Punk Influence on 'Dark Knight' (Exclusive Video)

Christopher Nolan's epic Interstellar began with a mysterious letter the director sent composer Hans Zimmer, the latter told a gathering of students Oct. 15 at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television. Without telling Zimmer that he was planning a futuristic science-fiction film — and without even telling him what the movie was about — Nolan sent Zimmer a letter typed (with a typewriter) on thick paper, outlining what he saw as the theme of his film and asking Zimmer to spend one day writing some musical ideas.

Zimmer was hooked, even though he didn't know what Nolan planned to do. In one night, he wrote a four-minute piece with piano and organ. Elliot Goldenthal vs. Tyler Bates - Victorious Titus/Returns A King. Episode 7: Jeff Beal. House of Cards (Main Title Theme) In this episode, composer Jeff Beal deconstructs the main title theme music to the Netflix original series House of Cards, which has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Original Main Title Theme and Outstanding Music Composition. Film Studies 101: Michael Giacchino On Being A Composer. From Music Editor to Oscar Winning Composer: The Surprising Story Behind the Music of 'Gravity' When Steven Price came on to "Gravity," it was for a short two-week music editing gig; when he left, he'd spent a year on the project as the film's composer.

At first, Price was brought on to help with an internal studio screening for Alfonso Cuarón's technologically-stunning space epic and the two got to talking about how music could work in the film. Two weeks became six weeks, and then Cuarón asked Price to write the score. "When I spoke to Alfonso, it was clear that he was looking to do something different," Price told me in a phone interview from London. "He was looking to investigate how the music could work. " Elliot Goldenthal. People + Opinion : Artists / Engineers / Producers / Programmers One of Hollywood's most intelligent composers, Elliot Goldenthal is equally adept at writing for the big screen as the concert hall or theatre.

We talk to him about his background and approach to composition, technology and orchestration. Mark Wherry "I tend to gravitate to dramatic and mythic subject matter," admits composer Elliot Goldenthal, who, having written scores for films such as Alien 3, Batman Forever, Interview With The Vampire, Titus and Final Fantasy, needs little introduction in these areas. A Conversation with Elliot Goldenthal - The Score with Edmund Stone. Alien - Scorepedia. Alien is the Jerry Goldsmith score for the 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott about a deep-space tugboat crew who face a hostile alien life form that boards their ship and destroys them.

Composers Roundtable with Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, Steven Price, and Alan Silvestri. Angelo Badalamenti explains how he wrote "Laura Palmer's Theme" Making Notes: Starting Out As A Composer. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Production Diary 14. 'The Hobbit': Howard Shore's soundtrack. When fans of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy return to Middle-earth for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of three films based on J.R.R.

Tolkien’s earlier book, there will be plenty of familiar sights and sounds. Ian McKellen’s Gandalf plays a major role in this adventure, of course, and a few other favorite actors from LOTR return as well. Composer Focus - Music & Audio Tutorials. 5 Orchestration Lessons from John Williams' Flight to Neverland - Composer Focus.

For many young film composers, including myself, John Williams is the guy when it comes to orchestral film music. His scores are lush, complex and exciting. Although we all strive to have a unique voice in our music, there is plenty to be learned by taking a close look at the techniques Williams uses to achieve his orchestral sound. Alexandre Desplat Talks Embracing Humor Through Music in 'Philomena' Score. Upcoming Film Scores. 'Philomena' Composer Alexandre Desplat Probably Wrote One Of Your Favorite Film Scores. Interview with Thomas Newman. Tuxedoed penguins, dancing chimney sweeps, a housekeeper floating in on an umbrella to tame a household of errant children – all accompanied by some of the most memorable songs to grace a Disney movie, let alone any family film in Hollywood via England history.

Video: The Music of “Lost” Danny Elfman on Tim Burton, The Simpsons and his return to singing live. BBC iPlayer - Sound of Cinema: The Music that Made the Movies: The Big Score. Joe Hisaishi in Budokan - Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert (BluRay, 1080p) Revenge composer iZLER shares his process to scoring story and character. Composer Interview: Mark Mancina. 'Game of Thrones' Composer Ramin Djawadi: 'I'm Just Trying to Create Something Magical' (Q&A) How the Game of Thrones Composer Scored the Massively Epic Music of Pac Rim. Why Hans Zimmer Got The Job You Wanted (And You Didn't) I am Hans Zimmer - Ask Me Anything! : IAmA. AirTalk Event: The History and Future of Hollywood Film Music. 'Avengers' Composer Alan Silvestri: Bringing Heroes Together with Music — EXCLUSIVE. Howard Shore Use Well the Days (Part 1)

WKUK - Season 5 - John Williams.