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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.

Jazz composer & improviser Marilyn Lerner discusses performing her score live for Frank Borzage's silent classic Street Angel (1928) at Toronto's Revue Cinema in November of 2017.

Also discussed are Lerner's prior scores, including Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), and the nuances of improvising music live for cinema audiences.

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

Special Thanks to Marilyn Lerner, the Revue Cinema's Eric Veillette, and Silent Revue series programmer & curator Alicia Fletcher.

Visit Marilyn Lerner's website for more info on the composer and music samples.

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 4:49pm EST

Recorded live at Toronto's Royal Cinema, this week's podcast features an edited version of the Q&A with Italian prog-rock and horror masters Goblin, including Maurizio Guarini, Fabio Pignatelli,Massimo Morante, Agostino Marangolo, and Aiden Zammit, and Rue Morgue Magazine's Aaron von Lupton as moderator.

The Q&A was conducted after the Toronto Premiere screening of Synapse Film's gorgeous 4K restoration of Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977).

Bookending the podcast are some thoughts on the show, plus details on the upcoming screening of the Italian silent classic Dante's Inferno (1911), to which Guarini will be performing his original score live at the Royal on Dec. 6, 2017.

Also of note: starting today, I'm making available for 1 week of free streaming via Vimeo and YouTube my experimental documentary BSV 1172: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Video Store (2016), as a salute Video Store Day, Sat. Oct. 21, 2017. A home video release will follow in late January, 2018.

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 11:08am EST

In this week's composer interview, Joe Kraemer discusses his latest work, the Amazon production Comrade Detective, a satire of a fake Soviet era detective series; and King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen

Also discussed are DVD audio commentaries and vinyl, and a lengthy editorial on classic Canadian detective shows set in Any City, U.S.A., plus some teasing details on Video Store Day, coming Saturday October 21st to a bricks & mortar video shop near you.

Visit KQEK.com for more info, links, and a review of Comrade Detective: Season 1.

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Special Thanks to Joe Kraemer, and Adrianna Perez and Molly McIsaac at White Bear PR for facilitating this interview.

Visit Joe Kraemer's website for more info on the composer and his vast C.V.

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

This week’s podcast features a compact Q&A with legendary Goblin member Maurizio Guarini, who joined the iconic Italian prog-rock band and film composing group in 1975, and co-composed & performed on many of Goblin’s greatest albums, including Roller, Suspiria, and Patrick.

Guarini, now based in Richmond Hill outside of Toronto, was recently commissioned by the Italian Institute of Culture to compose and perform a new score for L’inferno (1911), Italy's first feature film, and a surreal adaptation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, the famous narrative poem completed in 1320.

Visit KQEK.com for more info, links, and a film review of L'Inferno.

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Special Thanks to Maurizio Guarini and his wife Cinzia, and David at Daniloff Productions for facilitating the interview.

Visit Maurizio Guarini's website for more info on the composer and his vast C.V.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 4:36am EST

KQEK.com --- Interview with Cary Mansfield, Varese Sarabande's V.P. of A&R

In what’s hopefully the first in a series of vinyl related podcasts, I speak with Cary Mansfield, Varese Sarabande’s Vice President of A&R, about the label's recent trio of limited LP editions of catalogue titles – John Powell’s The Bourne Identity (2002), Don Davis’ The Matrix (1999), and Marco Beltrami’s Scream (1996) and Scream 2 (1997) – and the quirks and nuances of pressing an LP and the market itself, being more collector-oriented that when I began collecting soundtrack LPs in the late 1980s.

Visit KQEK.com for a review of Varese Sarabande’s Bourne Identity soundtrack LP, and some links on documentaries and vintage industrial shorts covering the history of vinyl records, the long-playing LP, and extreme vinyl collectors.

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 11:25pm EST

KQEK.com --- Interview with film composer Mike Higham, Part 1 (2016)

In a radical move for director Tim Burton, the score for his latest film was written by the collaborative team of Mike Higham and Matthew Margeson, both skilled in composing, orchestrating, and arranging for a diversity of projects (including several Hans Zimmer productions). 

I’ve divided the podcast on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children into separate halves, starting with Matthew Margeson in Part 1, and Mike Higham in Part 2. Additionally, coming soon is a separate and more detailed Q&A with Higham on his other specialized skill, an ace music editor.

Visit KQEK.com for more info and a review of La-La Land Records’ Miss Peregrine soundtrack CD.

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 7:23pm EST

KQEK.com --- Interview with film composer Matthew Margeson (2016)

In a radical move for director Tim Burton, the score for his latest film was written by the collaborative team of Mike Higham and Matthew Margeson, both skilled in composing, orchestrating, and arranging for a diversity of projects (including several Hans Zimmer productions). 

I’ve divided the podcast on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children into separate halves, starting with Matthew Margeson in Part 1, and Mike Higham in Part 2. Additionally, coming soon is a separate and more detailed Q&A with Higham on his other specialized skill, an ace music editor.

Visit KQEK.com for more info and a review of La-La Land Records’ Miss Peregrine soundtrack CD.

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

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

Direct download: 2016-10-12---KQEK_Digital__Miss_Peregrine__Matthew_Margeson__MP3_320.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

KQEK.com --- Interview with film composer Nima Fakhrara (2016)

In my latest conversation with Iranian-American composer Nima Fakhrara, we touch upon some of the organic experimentation that gives his recent horror score The Girl in the Photographs its eerie tenor, and the fusion of Persian and vintage electronic sounds for 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (of which both soundtrack albums are available digitally and on CD from Lakeshore Records).

This interview is also available as a visual podcast. Visit KQEK.com for more info and related CD reviews.

Additional info on the making of the visual podcast is available at my filmmaking site, Big Head Amusements.

My interview with Fakhrara on the sci-fi puzzle film The Signal (2014) is also available on iTunes, Libsyn, and YouTube.

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

KQEK.com --- Interview with film composer Brian Reitzell (2016)

I'm back with the first of several podcasts, after taking an extended break to finish up a new experimental doc, BSV 1172.

2016 starts with an interview with the esteemed Brian Reitzell on scoring NBC’s Hannibal, of which music from Season 3 was recently released digitally and on CD from Lakeshore Records and on LP via Invada Records.

Reitzell also discusses musique concrete, working with David Slade, Tangerine Dream, and using vintage analogue synthesizers.

This interview is also available as a visual podcast. Visit KQEK.com for more info.

Additional info on the making of the visual podcast (which involved a vintage video synthesizer) is available at my filmmaking site, Big Head Amusements.

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 4:27pm 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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).

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 1:36am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Darius Holbert

Composer Darius Holbert discusses his entry into film scoring, composing the music for Jason Eisener's grisly and fun Hobo with a Shotgun (2011), the sounds of vintage synths, scoring the series Quick Draw (2013) in the domain of original programming by online film / TV providers, and the music of Oh, the Places You'll Go! (2012), Teddy Saunders' clever translation of Dr. Seuss' final book.

Special Thanks to Darius Holbert for his generous time and candor, and Shoshie Aborn at Big Picture Media for facilitating this interview.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Jeff Toyne

Busy composing music for TV series such as DirectTV’s Rogue, Jeff Toyne’s latest project is the suspense film The Privileged, his third score for writer / director Leah Walker.

The film score also offered Canadian composer Toyne a plum opportunity to score a film set in his home province of Ontario, and use its premiere at the Canadian Film Fest in March of 2014 to discuss the recent talks regarding an alliance between the Canadian Directors Guild and Composers Guild.

The soundtrack to The Privileged is available as a digital album from Jagged Edge Music. Also available: a prior interview with Jeff Toyne discussing the music for Season 1 of Rogue.

Special thanks to Jeff Toyne for making time during his busy schedule, and Chandler Poling at White Bear PR.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Ronen Landa

In early February, composer & musician Ronen Landa spoke to KQEK.com about his latest scores: the comedy Cavemen(2013), and Home (2014), his second feature film score (after The Pact) for horror director Nicholas McCarthy.

Landa’s skills extend to scoring comedies, dramas, documentaries, and horror, but one of his major influences remains Ennio Morricone, whose work with the famed Gruppo di improvvisazione nuova consonanza inspired the more experimental aspects of Home.

Songs and two score cues from Cavemen are available from Lakeshore Records, whereas Landa’s Home will be released later this year. His prior score for director McCarthy, The Pact, is available from Moviescore Media.

Special thanks to Ronen Landa for his time, and Beth  Krakower at CineMedia Promotions.  

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:51am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Fabio Frizzi, Pt. 2 (2013)

In Part 2 of a lengthy career & industry discussion, Fabio Frizzi discusses “Frizzi to Fulci,” his first concert in London, England, at Union Chapel on Oct. 31, 2013; the superb sound engineering of classic 70s and 80s Italian soundtrack albums; and the effects of evolving technologies on film composing.

Special thanks to Fabio Frizzi for a lively discussion, and Stuart Kirkham at Fifth Avenue PR for facilitating the interview. “Frizzi to Fulci” is presented by Death Waltz Records and Paint It Black London.

Listen to Part 1 of this extended interview. Visit Fabio Frizzi’s SoundCloud page.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:09pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Fabio Frizzi, Pt. 1 (2013)

In Part 1 of a lengthy career & industry podcast, Fabio Frizzi discusses “Frizzi to Fulci,” his first concert in London, England, at Union Chapel on Oct. 31, 2013; the unwavering endurance of Italian film music & soundtrack albums from the 70s and 80s; adapting his own work for the special concert setting; and his unreleased film and non-film work.

Special thanks to Fabio Frizzi for a lively discussion, and Stuart Kirkham at Fifth Avenue PR for facilitating the interview. “Frizzi to Fulci” is presented by Death Waltz Records and Paint It Black London.

Listen to Part 2 of this extended interview. Visit Fabio Frizzi’s SoundCloud page.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Marco Beltrami

Known for his break-though slasher score Scream (1996), Marco Beltrami has written music for every conceivable film genre – plus TV productions – and in our podcast he discusses scoring the zombie films World War Z and Warm Bodies, action movies, mentor Jerry Goldsmith, collaborator Buck Sanders, and one of his early credits, TV’s Land’s End (1995).

Special thanks to Marco Beltrami for discussing his amazing work, and Alex May at Costa Communications for facilitating the interview.

The soundtrack to World War Z is available from Warner Bros. Music.

 

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Direct download: KQEK_Digital__Marco_Beltrami_Int__2013_10_18_192Kbps_mp3.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer John Piscitello

Podcast with up & coming composer John Piscitello regarding his work on the documentary No Place on Earth (2012).

Special thanks to John Piscitello for discussing his latest work, and Chandler Poling at White Bear PR.

The digital soundtrack album is available from Varese Sarabande Records, and the DVD is available from Magnolia Home Entertainment.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:24am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Frederik Wiedmann (2013)

After apprenticing under John Frizzell (LegionWhiteout), Frederik Wiedmann has maintained multiple careers as an orchestrator, mixer, and composer of several graphic horror films, including Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007), The Hills Run Red (2009), and Mirrors 2 (2010), but with Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011-2012), he’s written a multi-thematic, almost classic orchestral score, with organically blended electronics and sound samples.

Special thanks to Frederik Wiedmann for discussing his latest work, and Beth Krakower at CineMedia Promotions. Volumes 1 and 2 of Green Lantern: The Animated Series are available from La-La Land Records.

A 2009 print interview with Frederik Wiedmann is also available.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 11:53am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer E.C. Woodley

Although he’s only scored a handful of feature films, E.C. Woodley’s latest work, the music for Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral (2012), may be his most impressive calling card, boasting an engrossing if not hypnotic marriage of analogue and digital sounds.

Inspired by the film’s striking visuals and the performances of its cast, the music also reflects the peculiar struggle within the film as fans trying to get close to their idols through biological ingestion, if you will.

The resulting score, released as a digital album by Lakeshore Records, is lush and immersive, and features sounds that stem from Woodley’s own unique way of perceiving, crafting, and adapting material into a tailored-made score.

In our lengthy conversation, Woodley discusses his time as Michael Kamen’s assistant on Brazil (1985), and the thought processes that ultimately created a remarkable score.

Besides scoring Antiviral for cousin Brandon Cronenberg, Woodley also scored Rhinoceros Eyes (2003) for brother Aaron Woodley, Paul Fox’ The Dark House (2005), and the anthology film Toronto Stories (2008).

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Michael Wandmacher (2013)

Michael Wandmacher is one of horror’s most in-demand composers, and this year’s he’s scored the latest entries in two successful franchises: The Last Exorcism Part II, and The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia for director Tom Elkins, who began his career as an assistant editor for Wes Craven.

Wandmacher has maintained a collaborative relationship with director Patrick Lussier, himself a former editor on Craven’s Scream (1996), Cursed and Red Eye (both 2005), and Lussier’s own directorial efforts – My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009) and Drive Angry 3D (2011) – have resulted in a pair of very strong and distinct scores.

In out latest podcast, Wandmacher touches upon working with first-time director Elkins, and how horror scoring no longer includes straight music, but elements of sound design.

At the time of our conversation, a label had been approached to release the soundtrack to Lionsgate’s The Haunting in Connecticut: Ghosts of Georgia, and I’ll post further details when Wandmacher’s shape-shifting work is available.

Prior interviews at KQEK.com with Michael Wandmacher include discussions on scoring the video game Twisted Metal in 2012; scoring Lussier’s 3D film Drive Angry in 2011; composing the score for Alexander Aja’s Piranha 3D in 2010; and writing music for My Bloody Valentine 3D and his large orchestral score for The Punisher: War Zone in 2009.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 10:54am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Jeff Toyne (2013)

Since his debut in 1999 with Maxwell's Demon, Jeff Toyne's scored a diversity of feature films, gliding between studio (Hall Pass) and independent visions (Abel's Field), and working steadily as an orchestrator - most prominently for mentor Brian Tyler on the Final Destination films.

In our interview, Toyne discusses his collaborations with Tyler, and scoring Rogue -  DirectTV's first foray into original programming, starring Thandie Newton and Marton Csokas.

In Seaon 1, Toyne's music (set for a commercial release later this year) is both strategic and stealth, fluidly gliding between each episode's sound design and the profanity-laced dialogue. The fragmented life and identity crises of central character Grace - undercover cop by day and night, barely functional mom when time permits - is nicely complimented by an incomplete theme which periodically expands and recedes as Grace experiences the extreme vicissitudes of her quest for rogue justice.

Also available: a 2014 interview with Toyne on the horror film The Privileged, and a 2007 print interview regarding one of his early film scores, Shadow in the Trees.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 3:53am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer John Debney

John Debney is one of the few composers able to drift between various genres and apply his gift for strong themes and craft either richly melodic orchestral works or large-scale works featuring orchestral dissonance with deft touches of electronics.

Although he's been scoring film and TV projects since 1980, he's perhaps best-known for the hugely successful score for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004), plus a long string of popular comedies (Liar Liar), family films (The Ant Bully), sci-fi (Predators), and horror (I Know What You Did Last Summer), and the release of The Call features a unique fusion of heavy electronica and light orchestral elements for Brad Anderson's 2013 thriller.

In our podcast, Debney also disscusses his classic horror score for The Relic, recently released in an expanded CD by La-La Land Records, and the Emmy Nominated music for Hatfields & McCoys, co-composed with Tony Morales (also interviewed), and released by Silva Screen Records.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Rob Simonsen

Since his debut in 2003 with the indie film Westender, Rob Simonsen has evolved into a composer in his own right with credits spanning a diversity of genres in film and TV, but his formative years were spent learning the intricacies of composing, collaborating, and the realities of the film scoring business with Canadian composer Mychael Danna.

With the Oscar for Best Original Score going to Life of Pi this past February, Simonsen’s career will further flourish, and in our discussion he describes his entry into film scoring, and the chance meeting with Danna which provided an important entry into Hollywood, and has resulted in several important collaborations including 500 Days of Summer(2009), Moneyball (2011), and the TV series Dollhouse (2009-2010).

Simonsen’s recent solo work includes TV’s Battleground (2012) and the films The Way, Way Back and The Spectacular Now (both 2013).

Released by on Sony Classical, the music from Life of Pi is available from various online vendors. 

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Fernando Velazquez

Since his debut in 1999, Spanish composer Fernando Velazquez has scored a wide variety of genres in film and TV, but he’s perhaps best known for a a handful of horror and suspense scores, including BackWoods (2006) starring Gary Oldman, the Guillermo del Toro executive produced The Orphanage (2007), Devil (2010), and the box office hit Mama, directed by Andres Muschietti, which the director expanded from his 2008 short film after del Toro showed an interest in producing a feature length version.

Unlike Devil, which featured a series of snarling suspense cues, Mama is a more layered work, and in our conversation recorded in late January of 2013, Velazquez describes his work in horror, writing for the cello, and avoiding musical clichés.

Mama is available from Quartet Records (Spain) on CD, and as a digital album from Amazon.com and iTunes. Special thanks to Fernando Velazquez for his generous time, and Chandler Polling at White Bear PR for facilitating this podcast.  

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 11:52am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Atli Örvarsson

After enjoying a successful music career in his native Iceland, composer Atli Örvarsson moved to the U.S. and studied music composition at Berkley. Örvarsson eventually landed a plum scoring position on the hit TV series NYPD Blue with veteran TV composer Mike Post (The Rockford FilesThe Greatest American HeroHill Street BluesMagnum P.I.Murder One, and Law and Order).

Orvarsson eventually joined Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Studios, learning the ropes of composing for a wide variety of genres until he eventually landed several auspicious solo ventures, where he delivered a heavy, percussive design for Vantage Point (2008), and epic orchestral sounds for Babylon A.D. (2008).

The Eagle (2011) is perhaps his strongest work, in terms of scope and experimentation with natural sounds and folk instruments, and in his latest work, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Orvarsson creates a kinetic mélange of orchestral, folk, and rock styles to match the transposition of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale from wandering kids to a pair of adult bounty hunters, under the direction of Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow).

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Penka Kouneva

Born in Bulgaria, classically trained composer Penka Kouneva has spent the past 13 years working primarily as a top orchestrator for some of Hollywood’s biggest composers. Her credits include theTransformers films, Angels & Demons (2009), The Hole (2009), and Hostel Iand II, plus a multitude of video games.

As a solo composer, Kouneva’s tackled several indie productions (Midnight Movie), but her best work is the concept album A Warrior’s Odyssey, written for a fictional video game. Part demo CD and personal project designed to challenge her own skills, WO features a strong blend of folk themes and muscular writing which reflects her adeptness in the action genre.

In our conversation, Kouneva recalls her entry into film scoring, her mentoring years, and the challenges of working within the demanding Hollywood system.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer / Immediate Music founder Yoav Goren

For over 20 years, Immediate Music has provided various media outlets with music specifically designed for commercial use – more specifically, trailer soundtracks – and if the company’s name or chief composer, Yoav Goren, don’t ring a bell, the music is instantly recognizable.

Goren’s company, staffed with several composers, is known for a particularly epic sound – big orchestra and large choirs – and many of the cues are designed to provoke audiences using a mix of romanticism, rock, and liturgical harmonies.

They’re tailor-made for films with sweeping character sagas, plights of the disenfranchised, and historical tales where a pivotal battle decides the outcome of a people / a nation / or one really athletic hero capable of single-handedly bashing down an army of barbarians with just a sword and a love for a hot princess.

On CD, Immediate’s epic sound catalogue was previously available to companies via a 3-volume Themes for Orchestra and Choir. The collection included orchestral and mixed chorus tracks, downward & upward spiraling cues, and a few main themes spun into varying levels of orchestral epic-ness so music editors could tailor the cues for their hero vs. barbarians trailer into a taut audio-video montage of dramatic peaks & valleys with a giant cacophonic punchline.

What’s quickly evident is Goren’s ability to grasp the core elements favoured by publicity departments. Some cuts are inspired by specific original soundtrack cues once appropriated by music editors for trailers (think “Bishop’s Countdown” from James Horner’s Aliens), yet the Immediate house sound is distinct, which explains why it’s influenced our perception of what constitutes an epic movie soundtrack: it’s core is classical Hollywood, but the scope reflects audiences’ contemporary expectations of what sonic elements ought to be inherent to an emotionally wrenching saga.

The interest in Immediate’s music inevitably resulted in a trio of CDs, branded Trailerhead, and for the release of the final volume – Trailerhead: Triumph– I’ve uploaded a lengthy podcast where Goren discusses his entry into trailer music, and his unique sound.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Lorne Balfe

Podcast with composer Lorne Balfe (MegamindAssassin's Creed III) regarding his recent scoring of the BBC documentary Harry Welcomes Arctic Heroes (2011) in which four British war vets ski to the North Pole under the sponsorship of Prince Harry for the Walking with the Wounded charity.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Bobby Johnston

Podcast with composer Bobby Johnston (Mother's Day, No Impact Man: The Documentary), who discusses his preference for using acoustic instruments, and working with iconic independent filmmakers such as Stuart Gordon.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer Tony Morales

Interview with film composer Tony Morales regarding his Emmy-Nominated score (co-composed with John Debney) for the History Channel's epic mini-series Hatfields & McCoys, and his ongoing career as an arranger and guitarist (Unstoppable).

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:06am EST

KQEK.com -- Interview with film composer / Lalela founder Alan Ari Lazar

Interview with film composer Alan Ari Lazar (Jerusalema: Gangster's Paradise, TV's Sex and the City) regarding his film scoring work, and the founding of the Film & TV Music Library site Lalela.com, showcasing music from South African composers and musicians.

 

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Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:38am EST

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