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  • “Mr. Robot” Score Takes On New Life During Composer Mac Quayle’s Roxy Performance

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Los Angeles concert venue The Roxy is no stranger to diverse fans.  From the reggae enthusiasts on hand for Bob Marley’s “Live at the Roxy” recordings to the punks that gathered for the California debut of The Ramones, every walk of life has passed through the venue’s double doors. Cosplayers, however, may…

     

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  • Oscar FYI: Composer Nicholas Britell’s “Battle Of The Sexes” Score

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas The date was September 20th, 1973.  An exhibition tennis match, dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes” drew a record-defying 30,400 spectators to the Houston Astrodome and millions of television viewers world-wide.  The global audience converged to watch 29 year-old female tennis champion Billy Jean King take on 55 year-old tennis legend Bobby…

     

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  • Siddhartha Khosla Creates Diverse Scores For “Runaways”, “This Is Us” And “Me, Myself and I”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Hulu’s upcoming series “Runaways” marks the third entry in a trio of fall projects showcasing the composer Siddhartha Khosla’s diverse range.  Unlike the organic-infused instrumentation of “This is Us” or surf guitar sounds in “Me, Myself and I,” “Runaways” finds the composer crafting a completely electronic score. Based on a Marvel comic,…

     

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  • Composer Bear McCreary On His Score For “Rebel In The Rye”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas On paper, Bear McCreary was an odd choice for first time feature director Danny Strong to pick as the composer for his film, “Rebel in the Rye.”  Emmy-winning McCreary’s resume includes acclaimed scores for TV series such as “DaVinci’s Demons”, “Outlander”, “Black Sails” and “The Walking Dead.”  At that time, McCreary only…

     

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  • From Whale Songs To Clarinets: Heitor Pereira’s Score For “Sonic Sea” Earns Emmy Nom

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Some artists get to weave their personal passions with their professional works.  Take, for example, composer Heitor Pereira.  When he’s not creating innovative music, he’s engaged with nature.   He’s an avid birder who’s spent years recording the calls of many species.  He was able to take his knowledge of the feathered community…

     

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  • Behind The Scenes Talent Were Fan Favs At Comic Con 2017

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Comic Con fans flock to the four-day convention, anxious to glimpse the talent who bring their favorite shows and characters to life.  And that talent isn’t contained in the actors in front of the cameras.  The Art Directors Guild panel, “The Production Designer: Architect of Imagination,” featuring Oliver Scholl (“Spider-man: Homecoming”), Francois Audouy (“Logan”), Hannah…

     

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  • Heitor Pereira Returns To The Minion Universe In Despicable Me 3

    By 411 Update

     

    Grammy winning musician and composer Heitor Pereira, who has scored all of the films in Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise, returns to score Despicable Me 3.  The film opened in theaters on June 30, 2017 and quickly shot to the top of the box off.  Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon…

     

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  • Music Makes The Man: “Better Call Saul” Music Supervisor Thomas Golubic And Composer Dave Porter

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Members of the “Breaking Bad” family – including characters – found themselves reunited when Vince Gilligan/Peter Gould’s  “Better Call Saul” concept was greenlit.  Composer Dave Porter and music supervisor Thomas Golubic were thrilled to reteam on the prequel that follows Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) transformation into Bad’s sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman.  However,…

     

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  • Nathan Barr’s Score Highlights Family Evolution In “The Son”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Set in Texas in the 19th and 20th centuries, “The Son” follows the McCollough family through 150 years of history, highlighting Eli McCollough’s (Pierse Brosnan) climb from boyhood to reigning oil tycoon.  Noting the importance the score would have ushering the story through multiple decades and several culture clashes, showrunner Kevin Murphy…

     

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  • A Study From “Lion” – Building A Scene From The Ground Up

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Imagine the scenario. You’re five-years-old, accompanying your brother to a train station. After a short nap, you find yourself alone on a deserted platform.  Bewildered and groggy, you wander on an empty train, curl up on a bench and sleep, only to wake as you’re being hurdled over 900 miles away from…

     

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  • Finding The Heart In Comedy: “Son Of Zorn” Composer Leo Birenberg

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas “Son of Zorn” is quickly rounding the corner, approaching its first season finale on February 19th.  For composer Leo Birenberg, the opportunity to create the score for each episode has been a perfect fit.  When he gets a call about a project, he’s much more focused on what the content is about…

     

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  • Abel Korzeniowski Used Dual Storyline To Build Lush Score For “Nocturnal Animals”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    It had been seven years since composer Abel Korzeniowski worked with director Tom Ford. Korzeniowski had scored Ford’s debut, “A Single Man” and was thrilled to reteam on the director’s sophomore outing.  When he received Ford’s script which he based off Austin Wright’s novel “Tony and Susan”, he was overwhelmed by the story’s power. “Nocturnal Animals” tells…

     

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  • Composer Lesley Barber Discusses Her Score For “Manchester By The Sea”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Lesley Barber knows how beautiful Massachusetts can be. During a trip to Tanglewood in Stockbridge, MA, she traveled through the state’s Berkshire Mountains.  She couldn’t resist indulging in a hike along one of the landscape’s scenic trails. “I felt like I was in one of the oldest places on the planet,” said Barber. “It is…

     

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  • Composer Michael Levine On Designing Instruments/Score For Doc “Landfill Harmonic”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    When life gives you trash, build a symphony.  That simple sentiment fuels “Landfill Harmonic,” a documentary highlighting a poverty-stricken Paraguay slum that finds renewed purpose when a garbage picker and music director turn trash into musical instruments for the community’s children.  Comprised exclusively by young teens from a neighborhood that finds more than 40% of…

     

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  • Creating A Hair-Raising Atmosphere In “Rats” – An Interview With Editor/Composer Pierre Takal

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    A synth heavy beat propels “Rats” – the latest documentary from the mind of director Morgan Spurlock.   After watching footage that highlights the universally prevalent rodent, composer Pierre Takal determined the instrumentation would present a mood Spurlock was craving.  “Rats”, after all, was more than an educational film; it was a merging of the documentary…

     

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  • Creating A Musical Poem: Composer Nicholas Britell On Scoring “Moonlight”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    One evening while dining with composer Nicholas Britell, Jeremy Kleiner, co-president of Plan B Entertainment, described a project his company had acquired and suggested the composer read the script. Having worked on the company’s previous films “The Big Short” as composer and “12 Years a Slave” providing additional music, Britell enthusiastically agreed to review it….

     

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  • Composer Paul Leonard Morgan On His Emmy Nominated “Limitless” Score

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Composer Paul Leonard Morgan wasn’t expecting any recognition for his score to the CBS television series “Limitless.”  He was simply excited to be able to experiment with some interesting music over the course of twenty-two episodes.  Although Morgan is busy scoring his next project, he took some time out to answer a few questions about his…

     

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  • The Power Of Female Composers On Stage At “The Women Who Score”

    By 411 Update

     

    Grand Performances, a Los Angeles based organization dedicated to providing free access to diverse musical styles, devoted an evening during their special 30th anniversary season to a special class of women: female composers. “The Women Who Score” concert, presented August 19th in downtown Los Angeles, featured a full orchestra complete with choral accompanists. With music ranging from…

     

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  • Ten Minutes With : “Mr. Robot“ Composer Mac Quayle

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By:  Marjorie Galas Just as summer kicked off, Lakeshore Records released the Emmy nominated score to “Mr. Robot – Season One.”  Mac Quayle, thrilled to be receiving his second consecutive Emmy nom (he was nominated last year for “American Horror Story: Freak Show”), was particularly tickled to discover fan’s devotion to the music.  After a recent…

     

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  • Ten Minutes With: “The Night Of” Composer Jeff Russo

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Jeff Russo considers himself extremely fortunate. The composer recently received his second Emmy nomination for the critically heralded, and Emmy nominated, second installment of FX’s  “Fargo.”  He received his first Emmy nomination for the first installment of the 2014 Emmy winning mini-series “Fargo.”  He’s found himself attached once again to a limited…

     

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