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

Direct download: KQEK_Digital__Jeff_Toyne_Int__2013_06_14_MP3_192_Kbps.mp3
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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All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK_Digital__John_Debney_Int__2013_03_17__MP3_192Kbps.mp3
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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All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK_Digital__Rob_Simonsen_Int__2013_03_09_192Kbps.mp3
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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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_Digital__Fernando_Velazquez_Int__2013_02_07_192kbps.mp3
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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All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK_Digital__Atli_Orvarsson_Int__2013_01_05_192kbps.mp3
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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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_Digital__Penka_Kouneva_Int__2012_11_19_192kbps.mp3
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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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_Digital__Yoav_Goren_Int__2012_11_15_192kbps.mp3
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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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_Digital__Lorne_Balfe_Int__2012_11_08_192Kbps.mp3
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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All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK_Digital_BobbyJohnston_Int_2012_08_31_192kbps.mp3
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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All podcast editing, mixing, and audio restoration produced in-house. For inquiries and demo reels, please visit Mondomark.com.

Direct download: KQEK_Digital_TonyMorales_Int_2012_09_09_192kbps.mp3
Category:Filmmusic -- posted at: 2:06am EST