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Toronto based journalist & filmmaker Mark R. Hasan interviews artists & producers for the film / video / filmmusic media site KQEK.com and the filmmaking site Big Head Amusements.com.
KQEK.com --- Interview with The Baby director Dan Spurgeon and actor Frank Blocker (2015)

Back in 1973, veteran TV and feature film director Ted Post helmed The Baby, a film written by playwright and occasional film & TV writer Abe Polsky.

The Baby tells the story of a social worker assigned to check in on a most unusual case: a grown man living in a crib with the emotional and intellectual capacity of an infant.

The eccentric plot, bizarre characters, twist ending, and classic seventies kitsch motivated writer / director Dan Spurgeon to adapt Polsky’s script into a play with a little more camp value and grindhouse qualities.

Spurgeon’s bawdy play, which remains very faithful to the characters and Polsky’s plotting, debuted in Los Angeles in 2013 with actor Frank Blocker playing the venomous matriarch Mama.

Currently running at Toronto’s Storefront Theatre until November 1st, The Baby retains several members from the original L.A. production, and in this month’s podcast I spoke with writer / director Dan Spurgeon and star Frank Blocker about the impressionable film, the play’s genesis and creation, Blocker’s clever interpretation of Mama, bad seventies music, and slight differences in L.A. and Toronto audiences.

Also available: reviews of the 2015 Toronto production + the Severin Films Blu-ray of the original 1973 feature film.

 

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All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK_Digital__The_Baby__2015_10_23_MP3_320_kbps.mp3
Category:Theatre -- posted at: 11:39am EST

KQEK.com --- Interview with film composer Fabio Frizzi (2015)

Interview with Italian film composer Fabio Frizzi, conducted prior to his follow-up concert Frizzi 2 Fulci at London’s famous Barbican in the fall of 2014.

In addition to discussing the thrill of performing his music live in London, Frizzi discusses his early film work – Oscar Brazzi’s “sexy” film Giro girotondo... con il sesso è bello il mondo (1975) and Lucio Fulci’s Il cav. Costante Nicosia demoniaco, ovvero: Dracula in Brianza (1975) – plus working with Fulci on Zombi (1979), The Beyond (1981), and scoring severe eye trauma.

Frizzi also talks about the restoration of his Contraband (1980) score, which makes its premiere release via Beat Records, who’ve also released a 2-CD set of Frizzi’s 2013 London concert.

Please note: this interview was edited just prior to Frizzi's announcenent in mid-July of Frizzi 2 Fulci's North American tour, including a performance at The Opera House in Toronto on Thursday October 8th.

A two-part podcast interview with Frizzi regarding his 2013 concert at London's Union Chapel is also available (Part One + Part Two).

Read the Editor's Blog at KQEK.com for related reviews.

 

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Direct download: KQEK__2015_07_18__Fabio_Frizzi__320_Kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 1:18am EST

KQEK.com --- Interview with film composer Claudio Simonetti (2015)

Interview with film composer Claudio Simonetti regarding the expanded, remastered release of Demons (1985) on LP and CD from Rustblade Records. Topics include crafting the score, the remixes, the great sound engineering typical of Italian soundtracks of the 70s and 80s, vinyl releases, an upcoming recording of Goblin's Profondo Rosso / Deep Red score by his new band Claudio Simonetti's Goblin set for release later this year by Rustblade, and the possibility of releasing Simonetti's music for the 1922 classic silent film Nosferatu.

Also available: a print Q&A with Rustblade's owner Stefano Rossello on the nuances of releasing vinyl albums.

Read the Editor's Blog at KQEK.com for related film reviews.

 

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Direct download: KQEK__2015_05_18__Claudio_Simonetti__320_Kbps_MP3_b.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 7:02pm EST

KQEK.com --- Interview with film composer Craig Safan (2015)

Interview with film composer Craig Safan regarding the expanded, remastered releases of The Last Starfighter (1984) on CD from Intrada Records, and Warning Sign (1985) on CD and LP from Invada Records. Topics include electronic / orchestral scoring, 'baking' master tapes, and discussing Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985), Son of the Morning Star (1991), and his upcoming album Rough Magic from Perseverance Records, inspired by ancient cave paintings in Europe.

Read the Editor's Blog at KQEK.com for related film score reviews.

Visit Craig Safan's website at www.craigsafan.com.

 

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All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK__2015_03_25__Craig_Safan__320_Kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

KQEK.com --  Interview with film composer John Murphy  (2015)

Interview with film composer John Murphy (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Miami Vice, Armored ) regarding his latest album, Anonymous Rejected Filmscore.

Topics include being part of the elite 'rejected film score composers club,' crafting themes and variations, using vintage analogue audio gear to create layered distortion, and the album's vinyl / LP release.

Also available: online print interview with John Murphy from 2010.

Read the Editor's Blog at KQEK.com for more info and stills from the upcoming montatge accompanying an extract from Anonymous Rejected Filmscore.

Visit John Murphy's website at www.johnmurphyofficial.com.

Purchase the album at www.tapednoise.com.

 

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All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK__2015_02_05__John_Murphy__320_Kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

KQEK.com --  Interview with film composer Elia Cmiral (2014)

One of Hollywood's best-kept secrets, film composer Elia Cmiral has built a career scoring diverse movies with traditional orchestral and hybrid electronic scores, and in this latest interview with the composer, Cmiral talks about the classical orchestral sounds of Atlas Shrugged Part 3: Who is John Galt? from Atlas Productions, and being the subject of a documentary by fellow Czech director Petr Kanka - Elia Cmiral: Part 1, which recently premiered at the Golden Prague International Television Festival.

Also available: online print interviews with Elia Cmiral from 2009, 2007, and 2006.

 

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Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviews, soundtrack reviews, interviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.

All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK__2014_11__Elia_Cmiral_podcast_320_Kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:33am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Nima Fakhrara

Iranian-born composer Nima Fakhrara discusses his breakthrough electronic score for The Signal (2014), released digitally and on CD by Varese Sarabande, and featuring an incredible blend of hand-crafted sounds for William Eubank's visually striking sci-fi thriller. Fakhrara also talks about classical Persian music, minimalism, and his love for the hammer dulcimer, which he's performed on several scores for mentor Hans Zimmer.

 

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Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviews, soundtrack reviews, interviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.

All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK__2014_10__Nima_Fakhrara_podcast_320_Kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:24am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Ceiri Torjussen

Film composer / orchestrator Ceiri Torjussen talks about orchestrating for composer Marco Beltrami (Snowpiercer), and his latest soundtrack release from MovieScore Media, Test (2014), which captures the electronic soundscapes of eighties Brit pop in this unique AIDS drama.

 

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Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviews, soundtrack reviews, interviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.

All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK__2014_10__Ceiri_Torjussen_podcast_320_Kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:14am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Timothy Williams

Film composer / orchestrator Timothy Williams discusses his entry into film scoring, his early years at the BBC, and studying in Ontario, Canada, before moving to Los Angeles and becoming an in-demand orchestrator. Also discussed: his latest release, Red Sky, available from Lakeshore Records.

 

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All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK__2014_09__Timothy_Williams_podcast_320_Kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 1:43am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Michael Penn

Film composer Michael Penn talks about crafting the music for TV's Masters of Sex and using the sounds of the Mellotron, a fantastic organ-like instrument which allowed musicians to access looped sound samples through a keyboard.

Also available: review of Dianna Dilworth's excellent 2008 documentary Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie (released by Bazillion Points).

 

If you enjoyed this podcast, connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Visit KQEK.com for additional film reviews, soundtrack reviews, interviews, and read the Editor's Blog by Mark R. Hasan for additional info and related links.

All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK__2014_07__Michael_Penn_podcast_320_Kbps_MP3.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 1:36am EST