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Tor Books: "Fortress of Magi" (Chronicles of Amicae #3) by Mirah Bolender


The Hive Mind has done the impossible—left its island prison. It's a matter of time before Amicae falls, and Laura Kramer has very few resources left to prevent it.  The council has tied her hands, and the gangs want her dead. Her only real choice is to walk away and leave the city to its fate.

Chronicles of Amicae:
City of Broken Magic
The Monstrous Citadel
Fortress of Magi

MIRAH BOLENDER graduated with majors in creative writing and art in May 2014. A lifelong traveler, she has traveled and studied overseas, most notably in Japan, and these experiences leak into her work, which includes City of Broken Magic and The Monstrous Citadel. She currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "TRIGGER POINT" music by ANDREW LOCKINGTON AND MICHAEL WHITE


American theatrical and VOD release on Crackle on 23 April, MovieScore Media joins forces with composers Andew Lockington (Journey to the Center of the Earth, San Andreas) and Michael White on the gritty action thriller score for Trigger Point. Directed by Brad Turner, the film follows Nicolas Shaw (Barry Pepper), a retired U.S. special operative who becomes part of an elite "invisible" team that quietly takes out the worst villains around the world. After his team members had been assassinated in a mission gone wrong, Shaw must return from hiding in order to stop a similar murder spree...

"Andrew and Michael's beautiful score for Trigger Point elevates every single moment of the movie,” says director Brad Turner. “They were able to access Nicolas's subconscious and supply a level of music that any filmmaker would envy. We had agreed early in the process that this film would be a pure thriller and they not only heard me but doubled down with remarkable skill. It's also wonderful music to listen to." Andrew Lockington and Michael White add: “At every stage of production, Brad meticulously carved out space for the music to say the words the characters in the story only hint at. Using ukelines, nyckelharpa, bass flute and analogue synth rhythms and textures we started building the sound of the world of Trigger Point. The score serves to echo the humanity deep within and hint at the two extremes of Nicolas's character - the person he used to be, and the demon he's willing to unleash to avenge that person."

Canadian composer Andrew Lockington has been writing film music since 1997, his breakout credit was the Walden / New Line blockbuster Journey to the Center of Earth which brought the composer the Award for Breakout Composer of 2008 by the IFMCA. Since then he scored the second movie in the Percy Jackson franchise – Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) as well as San Andreas (2015). Andrew’s score for the Native American-based horror Skinwalkers (2006) and the Donald Sutherland-starring animated film Pirate’s Passage (2015) are available from MovieScore Media. [https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "HONEYDEW" music by John Mehrmann


Co-inciding with the film’s release on April 13, MovieScore Media’s continuous efforts of presenting the best and the most unusual film scores comes to one of its most delightfully off-beat stops with John Mehrmann’s music for Honeydew. Directed by Devereux Milburn, Honeydew tells the story of young couple Sam (Sawyer Spielberg, the son of Steven) and Rylie (Malin Barr) who experience strange cravings and hallucinations after seeking shelter in the home of an aging farmer and her peculiar son. The highly unorthodox score has been cited in all the reviews with descriptions like "beautifully macabre razor-like" and "supremely off-kilter". With a combination of mouth sounds, bodily sound effects and percussion instruments using household objects like cutlery and water bottles, Honeydew is pushing the envelope akin to the soundtracks of the 1960s Italian scores. The digital release is to be followed later this year by a physical release (on CD and vinyl) by Svart Records.

As composer John Mehrmann explains: “When I started to write the soundtrack for Honeydew, my first few tracks were for fairly traditional instruments, but director Devereux Milburn made it clear that he didn’t want that, and he encouraged me to get weirder and weirder. The first time I sent him a track of me popping on my cheeks, he just about flipped out with excitement. I recorded the entire album with a single mic in my living room, using whatever sounds were at hand — namely, my voice, my body, long kitchen knives, glasses filled with water, little percussion instruments and sound effects. The fleshy body percussion, mouth noises and kitchen utensils were not really consciously chosen. But in retrospect they are the absolutely perfect ‘instruments’ for this film. I’m a percussionist and vocalist, among other things, and a lot of the soundtrack represents a hybrid of those two worlds.”

John Mehrmann is based in Maine. He is a composer of choral music (for the ensemble Voice of Twenty), an organist at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn and a member of the Bangor Symphony percussion section. A percussionist and music teacher by trade, Mehrmann is a relative newcomer to the world of film music, his only previous feature film score was written for Honeydew screenwriter Dan Kennedy's Loud Places.

MovieScore Media and its sub-label Screamworks Records have released over 400 soundtrack albums since the launch of the company in 2006. With its special knack for identifying up and coming talent, MovieScore Media was the first label to release music by many of the hottest composers in Hollywood today, including Benjamin Wallfisch (the composer of Blade Runner 2049 and It), who had his first MovieScore Media album of seven released in 2006; Daniel Pemberton (the composer of The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Enola Holmes), who had five MovieScore Media albums released before his big Hollywood break; and Pinar Toprak (the composer of Captain Marvel) who had her tender score for The Lightkeepers released by MovieScore Media ten years ago. [https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

THE SINGLE TRACK “RAVKA” from "SHADOW AND BONE" music by Joseph Trapanese


Netflix has released the single titled “Ravka” from the forthcoming soundtrack of the Original Series Shadow and Bone—based on the best-selling novels by Leigh Bardugo. The mystical and epic original score comes from composer Joseph Trapanese (Tron: Legacy, The Greatest Showman), who took great influence from fairy-tales, Russian stories, magic, and fantasy. The single track “Ravka” is available today, April 14, on all major streaming platforms and the Shadow and Bone Original Series Soundtrack will be digitally released on April 23, 2021—the same day the series launches on Netflix.  
 
Trapanese was brought onto the project early on by Eric Heisserer (Showrunner, Executive Producer, Writer), Shawn Levy (Executive Producer), and Leigh Bardugo (Author, Executive Producer). He read the novels and scripts for inspiration and by the time the series entered post-production, he had written 40-50 minutes of music to contribute to the score. Joseph developed distinct themes for each character, giving each one their own sonic world in the valiant mystery tale of Shadow and Bone.
 
“Joseph had a monumental challenge ahead of him when he joined the team,” says Eric Heisserer. “Not only did he need to create a thematic space for each of our six lead characters in this debut season, but he also had to build a different musical language for the major regions of this invented world, most notably the kingdom of Ravka, loosely drawn from 1800s Czarist Russia. And what the rest of us soon learned was: Joseph could build all of that and more. The flourishes and flavors he gave to each piece linger with you long after the episode leaves the screen, and while he's embraced all that inspired the settings of the show, everything feels bespoke. I cannot separate the show from his score, and I'm in awe of him for it,” concludes Heisser.
 
Leigh Bardugo adds, “Joseph and I met up for coffee early on, and I knew pretty quickly that we were on the same page. We played Prokofiev favorites for each other and I inflicted some very pitchy renditions of old folk songs on him. I knew his work and how deftly he could transport a listener to a new world, but I had no idea what it would be like to hear him work his magic on Ravka and the Grishaverse. There's certain music that sparks imagination. Joseph's extraordinary work on Shadow and Bone not only helped to bring this world fully alive, but also changed the way I experience my characters' stories. I can't wait for audiences to share in that experience.”
 
Of the soundtrack, Joseph Trapanese remarks, “Nothing is more thrilling as a composer than to build a musical world to compliment an extraordinary and grand adventure like Shadow and Bone. Eric Heisserer, Shawn Levy, and Leigh Bardugo were incredibly generous with their time and guidance, inviting me to be a part of the series as soon as possible, so I could really get to know these characters and their stories as I wrote their themes. As the team was finishing on set, I was putting the final touches on extended suites and ideas for each character. It was incredibly rewarding to explore and expand these themes throughout the season, and I hope we get to continue exploring each corner of this world for many more episodes. I couldn’t be more excited or proud to share this score with you, and I’m grateful to the entire team at 21 Laps and Netflix for supporting our work through all the challenges of this past year.”
 
Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek score work for blockbuster films like Tron: Legacy, Straight Outta Compton, The Greatest Showman, Oblivion and the Raid series. As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with a number of mainstream musical acts. His first major break came in 2010 when he worked with Daft Punk on the sweeping digital soundtrack to Disney's Tron reboot/sequel. Trapanese followed that success by creating a score with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park for the American release of the 2011 Indonesian martial arts film The Raid: Redemption (he would continue without Shinoda in 2014 with The Raid 2). That same year, he helped with arrangements on a handful of tracks for M83's breakthrough hit Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, which led to the pair's collaboration on the 2013 Tom Cruise sci-fi epic Oblivion. For 2017's The Greatest Showman, Trapanese worked alongside Pasek & Paul and John Debney, producing songs and co-composing the score.
 
Notable scores include Shadow and Bone (2021), Finding Ohana (2021), Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge (2020), Project Power (2020), Lady and the Tramp (2019), Arctic (2019), Robin Hood (2018), Only the Brave (2017), the landmark rap biopic Straight Outta Compton (2015), and the second and third installments of the Divergent series, Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016).
 
Up next, Trapanese reunites with director Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick, Only the Brave) for his upcoming thriller Escape from Spiderhead, which marks their fourth collaboration in 11 years.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Marvel Music: "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" Episodes 1-3, music by Henry Jackman


Marvel Studios' "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of "Avengers: Endgame," team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities-and their patience. Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the six-episode series also stars Daniel Brühl as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker.  

"The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" debuted worldwide on Disney+ March 19, 2021 to critical acclaim and was ranked as the most watched series premiere ever on Disney+ during its opening weekend, Friday, March 19 - Sunday, March 22, and the most watched title overall for the same time period on a global basis, including in Disney+ Hotstar markets.
 
Henry Jackman has established himself as one of today's top composers by fusing his classical training with his experience as a successful record producer and creator of electronic music.  

"I've spent a lot of time working in the record industry," says Jackman, "and for my money being a film composer is way more fun. You can be working on 'X-Men,' and then a movie set in 17th-century Italy. It's not about showing off what you think is cool or what you want to hear, but 'what is this movie about, and what would best serve it?' That process just leads to strange and remarkable places."

Recent projects include "Cherry," directed by Anthony and Joe Russo; "Jumanji 2," a continuation of the magical board game adventure story; and "Detective Pikachu," following the story of the beloved Pikachu Pokémon character starring Ryan Reynolds. Jackman's other recent work includes the Oscar®-nominated animated feature film "Ralph Breaks the Internet." His diverse credits include "Captain America: Civil War," "Kong: Skull Island," "Captain Phillips," "Big Hero 6," and "Kingsman: The Golden Circle."  

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

WaterTower Music: "MORTAL KOMBAT [2021] music by Benjamin Wallfisch


WaterTower Music is excited to announce the April 16 release of the soundtrack to New Line Cinema’s explosive new movie “Mortal Kombat,” which brings to life the intense action of the blockbuster video game franchise in all its brutal glory, pitting the all-time, fan-favorite champions against one another in the ultimate, no-holds-barred, gory battle that pushes them to their very limits. The film is helmed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, is set for release nationwide in theaters on April 23 and will be available in the U.S. on HBO Max in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos on supported devices for 31 days from theatrical release.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
 
The Mortal Kombat (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) contains all new score by Golden Globe-, Emmy-, and Grammy-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch (IT and IT Chapter 2, Shazam, Blade Runner: 2049 [w/ Hans Zimmer]). And today, the first single from the album was released. “Techno Syndrome 2021 (Mortal Kombat)” is composer Benjamin Wallfisch’s musical homage to the music, fans, and enduring lineage of Mortal Kombat. The track was produced and performed by Wallfisch and mixed and Mastered by Tom Norris (Skrillex, Gaga, Zedd).  

Director Simon McQuoid discussed working with Wallfisch on the score and on “Techno Syndrome 2021”. "Ben and I both knew that we needed to use the classic Immortals track ‘Techno Syndrome’ as source material for the entire score of Mortal Kombat. But along with that we knew that an updated elevated version of the song also needed to be created. And Ben certainly delivered, I am so excited by this new 2021 version of the track, when I first heard it, it blew my mind. Actually, Ben kind of blew my mind on a daily basis through the making of this film, so we can all thank Benjamin Wallfisch for his genius and passion in creating ‘Techno Syndrome 2021’.
 

Benjamin Wallfisch further elaborated. “When I was invited to come on board ‘Mortal Kombat,’ I was very aware of the responsibility that comes with scoring a franchise so deeply embedded in pop culture and with such a passionate fanbase. My first question was what can we do with ‘Techno Syndrome,’ a piece of music so much part of the DNA of the game and the original movies? What motifs could be reinvented and blown up to a full-scale symphonic sound world in the score, and might there be room for a full reinvention of the whole song as an EDM single in 2021? A huge thank you to The Immortals for giving us their blessing to reimagine their classic track in this way, as a celebration of the world of Mortal Kombat and its fans, and of the uplifting power of Electronic Dance Music, which the original did so much to light the fuse of 30 years ago.”
 
The soundtrack release date is set for April 16 and features 24 tracks by Wallfisch, who interpreted the film’s themes and emphasized the story’s hard-driving, visceral action through his music. Fans will be thrilled to hear the composer’s heart-pumping score, which includes themes for such characters as Lord Raiden, Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, Cole Young, Shang Tsung, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao, among others, and epic battle themes from the film, including “Kano v Reptile” and “Sub-Zero v Cole Young.”
 
Benjamin Wallfisch scored Andy Muschietti's “IT” and “IT Chapter Two,” David F. Sandberg's “SHAZAM!,” Leigh Whannell's “The Invisible Man,” and is co-composer of Denis Villeneuve's “Blade Runner 2049” (with Hans Zimmer). Wallfisch has worked on over 75 feature films and received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, and was twice Grammy- and Emmy-nominated.
 
Wallfisch’s other recent projects include Neil Marshall's “Hellboy”; Academy Award Best Picture nominee, Ted Melfi's “Hidden Figures” (in collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer); and Sandberg's box office hit “Annabelle: Creation.” On the invitation of Zimmer, he contributed music based on Elgar's “Enigma” Variations for Christopher Nolan's “Dunkirk.”
 
In recent years, Wallfisch has also scored Gore Verbinski's “A Cure for Wellness”; the Steven Spielberg-produced short film “Auschwitz,” directed by James Moll; James Marsh's “King of Thieves,” starring Michael Caine; and Steven Knight's “Serenity,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.
 
With over 25 albums of his music released to date, Wallfisch has performed live in over 100 concerts worldwide, leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony at venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. He has collaborated, recorded and performed his music with artists including Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock and Yuja Wang, and has over 50 concert music commissions to his name.
 
WaterTower Music, the in-house label for the WarnerMedia companies, releases recorded music as rich and diverse as the companies themselves. It has been the soundtrack home to many of the world’s most iconic films, television shows and games since 2001.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "THEM" (MUSIC FROM THE AMAZON ORIGINAL SERIES)


Milan Records today releases THEM (MUSIC FROM THE AMAZON ORIGINAL SERIES) with music by MARK KORVEN.  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Korven for the Prime Video limited anthology series set in 1950s Los Angeles.  Building on a legacy in the genre, Korven has scored popular horror films such as The Witch and The Lighthouse in addition to trending on YouTube with his mind-blowing “Apprehension Engine” video.  Among the album’s 18 tracks are four covers of classic R&B staples from the 1950s newly-recorded by The Watts Wonders including “Go! Go! Go!,” “Pink Champagne,” “Rockin’ at Midnight,” and “Information Blues.”  Them premieres today exclusively on Prime Video from Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios.

Of the soundtrack, composer MARK KORVEN says, “The score for Them seemed to call for music that was rough, dissonant, and brutal.  There's not a lot of polish.  It's guttural, visceral and in your face, which I think suited the horror that our protagonists endure in the lilywhite Compton of the 1950s.”

From breakout creator Little Marvin and executive producer Lena Waithe, Them is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. The first season, set in the 1950s, centers on a Black family that moves from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family’s idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next-door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.  Them stars Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Alison Pill, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Melody Hurd, and Ryan Kwanten. The series is created and executive produced by Little Marvin along with executive producers Lena Waithe, Miri Yoon and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment, David Matthews, and Don Kurt. Them is a co-production from Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios.

Toronto based, multi-award-winning composer Mark Korven has had his feet firmly planted in the dramatic and documentary film and television worlds for over 20 years. He has 8 Genie Nominations, 14 Gemini Nominations, a Genie Award, a Gemini Award, a Canadian Screen Award and recently, another CSA nomination.

Mark has worked with acclaimed directors Deepa Mehta, Patricia Rozema, Vincenzo Natalie and Robert Eggers. His collaboration with Eggers yielded the smash cult hits The Witch (A24) and the Oscar®-nominated film The Lighthouse (A24).  The latter film premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight, where it received the Critics’ Choice Award – Best Film of the Festival. 2019 saw Mark scoring Ridley Scott’s The Terror: Infamy for AMC, and this year two new series will launch, both scored by Korven: Chapelwaite for EPIX and the Sony Pictures Television production Them: Covenant for Amazon.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "THUNDER FORCE" (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM)


Milan Records today releases THUNDER FORCE (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM), an album of music from the Netflix superhero comedy by composer FIL EISLER.  Available everywhere now,  the album was initially introduced with lead single “Thunder Force,” a star-studded collaboration between Eisler and metal legends Scott Ian (Anthrax), Corey Taylor (Slipknot & Stone Sour), Lzzy Hale (Halestrom), Dave Lombardo (Slayer) as well as dynamic electric cellist Tina Guo.  The track is one of many collaborations on the album, with Eisler enlisting the expertise of guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Dave Lombardo as featured artists on nearly half of the soundtrack.  The 33-track collection infuses soaring orchestral instrumentation with the raw intensity of heavy metal riffs and rhythms, resulting in an album of film music unlike any other.  Starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, Thunder Force premieres today on Netflix.      

Of the soundtrack, composer FIL EISLER says, “When Ben and I first talked about what the score should be, it was more of a conversation about how much Ben didn’t want it to be a comedy score and how it had to feel like a legitimate superhero movie.  The comedy had to work so there’s always this fine line between writing something that’s going to elevate the story but also have fun and not take itself too seriously. So when I saw that Melissa’s character was a metal fan and even mentioned Slayer in the film, I just thought ‘This is it. This is how we can make a kick arse score and have some fun at the same time.’ After that, there was no question - if you’re going to work in a genre, especially metal, you can’t dabble. You have to have the real thing. Choosing the right musicians for a score is no different to casting actors in a movie really. I was just lucky enough to be able to cast Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo, both metal legends who brought more to the project than I could have ever hoped for.”

In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.

Fil Eisler is one of today’s busiest and most diverse film composers, with projects that range from big studio action pieces and comedies, to gritty independent films and hit television shows. He has been nominated for and been the recipient of numerous awards including the World Soundtrack Awards New Discovery, SXSW Best Soundtrack Award and multiple BMI Awards. Eisler’s ability to understand directors’ musical intent and his flexible approach to scoring has led to numerous collaborations with some of Hollywood’s most accomplished creatives, including Lee Daniels, Marti Noxon, Catherine Hardwicke, Ben Falcone, and Phillip Noyce, with whom he is currently working on the thriller feature film “Lakewood,” starring Naomi Watts.

Eisler, a Czech-born, English-raised composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, has worked with ensembles of all shapes and sizes to help bring his scores to life. Variety described his music as "smoky, elaborate film noir-inspired compositions,” while Beatweek Magazine praised him for making “beautiful music” that “…almost acts as another character further enveloping the audience in its grasp.”

Eisler’s inventive scores and signature themes enliven some of TV’s most popular series and notable films. His tension-filled orchestral cues for Fox’s Golden Globe-nominated drama series “Empire” and Sony’s action thriller “Proud Mary,” provide a powerful contrast to his integrated electronic and orchestral arrangements for Netflix’s sci-fi thriller “The Titan,” and provocative music for Lifetime’s Peabody-winning series “UnReal.” He also composed the main title music for Amazon’s critically acclaimed “The Romanoffs.” Recently in television, Eisler has been scoring two quite different series for Netflix now in their second seasons, “Biohackers,” a German-produced action/suspense series and the massively popular youth-oriented Netflix series “Outer Banks”. Last fall he scored the HBO Max premiere feature, “Super Intelligence,” starring Melissa McCarthy, and recently teamed up with them again on the feature “Thunder Force” for Netflix. This heavy-metal/orchestral hybrid score features guest instrumentalists Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Dave Lombardo (Slayer/Suicidal Tenencies). Together with vocals from Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) and Corey Taylor (Slipnot), Fil and this supergroup recorded the eponymous title song for the feature as well.

Eisler’s music for Showtime's Emmy-winning “Shameless” earned him the BMI Film and TV Award. The same year, he also won the BMI Award as both the composer and conductor for ABC’s breakout hit drama “Revenge.” Eisler also composed the main title theme and acted as co-composer and music director for the Peabody-winning documentary, “Newtown,” for which he organized and led an all-star line-up of over a dozen Hollywood composers who each donated a piece of music for the film.

In 2008, Eisler was invited to participate in the prestigious Sundance Film Composer's Lab and his projects have garnered critical acclaim on the film festival circuit ever since. As part of his ongoing commitment to independent film, he returned to Sundance in 2011 with the Inupiaq-themed thriller “On the Ice,” scored the Sundance-backed documentary “Whatever It Takes” and Jonathan van Tulleken's BAFTA-nominated horror thriller “Off Season.” Eisler won the Best  Film  Score  Award  for  his  work  on  Robbie  Pickering's “Natural Selection” at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. The film was the most decorated of the festival, also winning the Grand Jury and Audience Awards. He continued his work with Pickering on the 2015 Sony feature “Freaks of Nature. and was represented at the 2017 festival with Marti Noxon’s To The Bone (Netflix) and at the 2020 festival with the documentary “Us Kids.”

Eisler’s credits further include three films for Warner Bros., the comedy “Life of the Party,” the hilarious film reboot of “CHIPS,” and the People’s Choice Awards-nominated “How To Be Single.” Eisler has scored several shows across multiple genres including AMC’s twisted drama, “Dietland” and Bravo’s hit comedy series “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce.”

Fil lives in Los Angles with his one lovely wife, two charming kids, and three badly-behaved dogs.

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

VARESE SARABANDE'S "SEVEN" RECORD DAY 2021!


Varèse Sarabande Records will be releasing seven amazing soundtrack LPs on Record Store Day 2021’s newly announced release dates: The Matrix will be released as a deluxe 3-LP set, Village of the Damned will be released as a deluxe-edition double LP, The Iron Giant and The Goonies will get the picture disc treatment, and Shrek, Ghosts of Mars, and Aliens will be released as limited-edition color LPs. This annual celebration will be held through a series of Record Store Day drops, which will occur on June 12th and July 17th.
 



These seven Varèse Sarabande Records titles will be available on the dates listed below at thousands of independent record stores. For a list of participating stores and more information about these special LPs, visit RecordStoreDay.com.
 
*JUNE 12th: The Matrix, The Goonies, Village of the Damned, Shrek
*JULY 17th: The Iron Giant, Ghosts of Mars, Aliens
 
THE MATRIX: The Complete Edition – Don Davis (3-LP Set) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12th*
The science-fiction masterpiece has captured the imagination of another generation with news of a new Matrix film in production. This deluxe 3-LP set is pressed on Glitter-Infused Green vinyl, expanded to 44 tracks, and housed in a stunning new art design. Also included are classic film stills and an exclusive new interview with composer Don Davis.

THE GOONIES – David Grusin (Picture Disc) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12TH*
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of The Goonies, the beloved soundtrack by Dave Grusin will be released on an LP picture disc for the first time ever! The special release features the album cover on side A and the infamous One-Eyed Willie on side B. The track listing to this abbreviated single-disc version of the original score was personally selected and assembled by Grusin himself.

VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED: The Deluxe Edition – John Carpenter & Dave Davies (2-LP Set) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12TH*
The Deluxe Edition for Village of the Damned presents the full score as heard in the film for the first time, a far more complete presentation than the 1995 Original Soundtrack which was not only truncated but made of an entirely separate mix that wasn’t featured in the film. The set does, however, include the track “Midwich Shuffle,” a fun number which was created specifically for the 1995 soundtrack, despite never actually appearing in the film. Interest in John Carpenter’s original film scores has never been higher, and his collaboration with Dave Davies of the Kinks is a one-of-a-kind moment in cinematic music history. The album includes all-new original art direction with new notes and classic film stills and comes pressed on Orange Haze vinyl.

SHREK – Harry Gregson-Williams & John Powell (Limited-Edition Color LP) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12TH*
Shrek is the second most successful animated franchise in history and celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021. Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell are two of the most prominent composers working on animated features today, and they joined forces to create a score that is still as fun and memorable as it was when it was first released. The LP will be released on Neon Green vinyl, making it a standout addition to any record lover’s collection.

THE IRON GIANT – Michael Kamen (Picture Disc) – *RELEASE DATE: JULY 17TH*
This first-ever picture disc of this heartwarming 1999 animated film celebrates The Robot, his best friend, Hogarth, and a cast of characters. The music is by Academy Award®-nominated composer Michael Kamen (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard), who was well-known for his work with Eric Clapton, Metallica and Pink Floyd, in addition to his brilliant theatrical scores.

GHOSTS OF MARS – John Carpenter (Limited-Edition Color LP) – *RELEASE DATE: JULY 17TH*
In celebration of Ghosts of Mars’ 20th anniversary, the epic soundtrack will be released on “Red Planet” vinyl. John Carpenter recruited an unbelievable cast of musicians to record the soundtrack to this sci-fi horror film, starring Ice Cube and Natasha Henstridge. Among the featured players are GRAMMY®-winning musician Steve Vai, most of the heavy metal band Anthrax (including Scott Ian), Elliot Eason of the rock band The Cars, Buckethead of Guns N’ Roses, and Robin Finck of Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses. This soundtrack is apocalyptic and an important mark in John Carpenter’s unparalleled career as a director and composer.

ALIENS: 35th Anniversary Edition – James Horner (Limited-Edition Color LP) – *RELEASE DATE: JULY 17TH*
Aliens is regarded as one of the greatest science fiction franchises of all-time. In honor of its 35th anniversary, the long out-of-print original soundtrack gets a fresh reboot on Acid-Blood Yellow-Green vinyl.  The soundtrack is scored by the great Academy Award®-winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar, Beautiful Mind). The LP features the original Sigourney Weaver key art and original film stills.
 
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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "DES" music by Sarah Warne


Des is Sarah Warne’s 3rd TV soundtrack album release on Silva Screen Records. Previously released on Silva Screen were Dark Money broadcast in 2019 on BBC One and Humans Series 2 & 3, broadcast during 2018 and 2019 on Channel 4.

Des is a British three-part television drama miniseries, based on real life events, the 1983 arrest of Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen and one of the most infamous criminal cases in UK history. David Tennant (Doctor Who, Good Omens) gives an award-winning performance as Dennis Nilsen, serial killer who murdered over fifteen young men and boys in London over a period of five years. Co-starring Daniel Mays and Jason Watkins, Des focuses on Nilsen's capture and subsequent trial. The three-part series is based on the book Killing For Company by Brian Masters. The series premiered on ITV, UK on 14 September 2020 on. On 16th March 2021 the series was released on DVD and Blue-ray in the US.

The psychological portrait of Dennis Nilsen has given Sarah a stimulus to create an all-enveloping slow tide of pulsating electronic sound. Gently moving through a body of chords and punctuated by tenderly distorted piano, percussion and floating string fragments, Sarah Warne’s score provides a cold and meditative space for Nilsen’s character to unravel.

Sarah is a Film and Arts Composer and multi-instrumentalist based in London. Trained as a classical harpist and pianist, and as a composer Sarah specializes in the blending of acoustic instruments with unique electronic signatures. Her for love for narrative and drama so story-telling is always at the core of the music she creates. She is a graduate of Oxford University, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and The National Film and Television School (MA Composing) and her recent work includes BAFTA nominated documentary series Catching a Killer (C4), drama series Humans (Season 2 and 3, C4), Dark Money, Prey (ITV), Trump’s Breadline Kids and The Treasures of Ancient Greece (BBC 4).

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "Fourth Dimension" music by Paddy Kingsland


“The BBC Radiophonic Workshop was a public-funded bunker dedicated to envisioning sounds that no one had ever heard before, and infecting them into the most mainstream of all culture like a strange, beautiful dream. It makes me wrenchingly sad that this will never, ever happen again.” - The Quietus

First released in 1973 on the BBC Records label, Fourth Dimension showcases Paddy Kingsland’s signature tunes and incidental music for various BBC Radio and Television programmes. Originally planned as an album to be used as test-card, BBC Records wanted the Radiophonic Workshop to provide the music, having already released the Pink Album in 1968 to mark the Workshop’s 10th anniversary. Gradually, the “test card” idea went away and so the title changed to Fourth Dimension, with a sleeve to match designed by Andrew Prewett.

The recordings feature a rock-style backing band and synthesizers including the VCS 3 and “Delaware” Synthi 100, and the track “Reg” from the album was also released as the B side to the 1973 single release of the iconic Doctor Who theme tune.

“the beauty is enhanced by the oddity of the synthesizers. Even a full forty years afterwards, something like "Vespucci" still sounds futuristic, like the love theme for a romance in outer space. …the glorious "Kaleidoscope," which sounds like "Greensleeves" by way of the Star Trek theme – which is to say, glorious… (The record is) full and crisp, with none of the tinniness one associates with '70s synthesizer music. The warmth of those analogue synths comes through fully.” – Starburst Magazine 5*

Paddy Kingsland was the first Radiophonic composer to see a solo release of his compositions. He remained at the workshop for 21 years, leaving in 1981, during which time he composed music for much loved TV shows The Changes, Doctor Who and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy among others.
 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "Through A Glass Darkly" music by Peter Howell


Through A Glass Darkly is a 1978 playful and stylistically diverse studio album by Peter Howell and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Featuring six original compositions, the album is heavily influenced by prog rock and the electronic style of the Radiophonic Workshop.

Starburst Magazine comments “Howell's work is magical and quite fantastic, in the most literal sense of the world… I'll not spoil where it goes entirely, but you'll be rapt, trust me”, whilst Progarchives awards it 5 stars “This is an often-overlooked instrumental masterpiece… Highly recommended for those who like anything from symphonic prog to ambient to synthpop to folk rock to techno (sometimes within the same song).”

Originally released on BBC label in 1978, Silva Screen Records released Peter Howell’s Through A Glass Darkly on 29th August 2020, as part of the special Radiophonic Workshop Record Store Day 6-CD set titled Four Albums 1968 - 1978, followed by the 180-gram vinyl release in November 2020. Completing the reissues, the digital album is to be released on 9th April 2021.

Peter Howell joined the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1974, coming from a career in various psychedelic folk bands, which saw him record five albums with fellow musician John Ferdinando. He composed his first Doctor Who output in ’75 in the form of additional incidental music and electronic overdubs for Revenge of the Cybermen, and Special Sound for Planet of Evil. In 1980, he was asked by the programme’s then new producer, John Nathan-Turner, to update the iconic Doctor Who theme. In the same year, Howell's new arrangement appeared on The Leisure Hive, continuing to be used through the remaining Tom Baker’s series and throughout Peter Davison’s tenure as the Doctor.

Currently, Peter Howell is part of the revived independent “Radiophonic Workshop” which has been playing major festivals (Glastonbury and Womad). He is composing new music including the score for the recent feature film by Matthew Holness, Possum.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Django UHD + Texas Adios" [Blu-Ray]


In this definitive spaghetti western, Franco Nero (Keoma, The Fifth Cord) gives a career-defining performance as Django, a mysterious loner who arrives at a mud-drenched ghost town on the Mexico-US border, ominously dragging a coffin behind him. After saving imperilled prostitute Maria (Loredana Nusciak), Django becomes embroiled in a brutal feud between a racist gang and a band of Mexican revolutionaries... With Django, director Sergio Corbucci (The Great Silence) upped the ante for sadism and sensationalism in westerns, depicting machine-gun massacres, mud-fighting prostitutes and savage mutilations. A huge hit with international audiences, Django's brand of bleak nihilism would be repeatedly emulated in a raft of unofficial sequels. The film is presented here in its 4K UHD Blu-ray debut, with a wealth of extras. Also included is the bonus feature Texas, Adios on Blu-ray, which also stars Franco Nero, and was released as a sequel to Django in some countries.
 
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MVD Entertainment Group: "Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection" [BLU-RAY]


The essential Bill Rebane movie collection, one of America's most tenacious outsider auteurs!  Bringing together six films, all new to Blu-ray and in brand new restorations, Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection packs in a mutant astronaut bothering blissful sunbathers (Monster A Go-Go), a contagion apocalypse as seen from the vantage point of a remote mountain cabin (Invasion from Inner Earth), deadly alien spores from the rocks of Mars (The Alpha Incident), rural gothic and outright horror (The Demons of Ludlow), an eccentric 'body count' movie (The Game) and a comedy smash-'em up that pits three hillbilly stooges against a talking Monster Truck with artificial intelligence (Twister's Revenge).
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Giants And Toys" [1958] (BLU-RAY)


Candyland for cutthroats!.. Giants and Toys is a sharp and snappy corporate satire that revolves around the ruthless machinations of a group of admen working in the confectionary industry. Its absurdist and acidly cynical take on the excesses of the media and advertising worlds presents a garish vision of a bold new postwar Japan where traditional company values come head-to-head with American-style consumer capitalism. As a new recruit to the marketing department of World Caramel, fresh-faced graduate Nishi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi) is eager to impress his ambitious and hard-nosed boss Goda (Black Test Car's Hideo Takamatsu), even if it strains his relationships with his college friend Yokoyama (Koichi Fujiyama) and new love interest Masami (Michiko Ono), who work at the rival companies of Giant and Apollo. With World's lead over its competitors slipping badly, the two spot a chance to get back in the race in the shape of the pretty but unsophisticated 18-year-old, Kyoko (Hitomi Nozoe). 
 
The two get to work polishing this rough diamond as their new campaign girl, but as the three rival confectionery companies pitch themselves into an all-out advertising war that spills out onto the streets of Tokyo as it escalates to ludicrous extremes, Kyoko's newfound fame starts going to her head. With the pressure mounting within the hothouse environment of World's boardroom, it soon becomes clear to Nishi that the Goda has sold out more than just his family in the name of corporate advancement. Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, this lurid and colorful adaptation of the award-winning 1957 novel by Ken Kaiko is considered a landmark in Japanese film history and a key work by Yasuzo Masumura (Blind Beast, Red Angel), one of the country's most acclaimed directors of his generation.
 
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'HOODMAN' HORROR CRIME-THRILLER SLATED FOR RELEASE ON AMAZON PRIME MAY 1, 2021


Nightwatcher Films and Indie Rights announce the release of the feature film 'Hoodman' a horror-crime-thriller starring Madison Spear and Brock Morse on AmazonPrime May 1, 2021.
 
'Hoodman' is the story of a troubled young woman [Madison Spear] who seeks to find her missing child as an urban legend haunts her small town. A relentless detective [Brock Morse] pieces together clues that lead them both to a suspected killer [Jack James]. As the mystery unfolds so does the frightening realization that the urban legend is real.
 

'Hoodman' is the second feature film written and directed by Hollywood-based indie horror film maker Mark W. Curran under his Nightwatcher Films moniker. His first effort, 'Abandoned Dead,' starred Sarah Nicklin and Night of the Living Dead's Judith O'Dea, was initially distributed through Gravitas Releasing and enjoyed a 6-year run on US and Canadian cable before being bought by Indie Rights.

Hoodman will appear on other major streaming platforms IMDB-tv, Roku, Hulu, and the Indie Rights Movie Channel in June 2021.

Trailer: https://bit.ly/2KnzAZN
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Notefornote Music: "AGAINST THE ODDS" music by Edwin Wendler [Coming April 9]


Notefornote Music has teamed up with Red Bull to release the digital soundtrack to the nearly 4millioned viewed film on YouTube, AGAINST THE ODDS. Composer Edwin Wendler created an exciting electronic score which perfectly reflects team OG's unbelievable ups and downs on their way to the biggest tournament in e-sports.

Edwin Wendler has written music for such notable games as; Torchlight: Infinite, Honor Of Kings Game For Peace aka. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Bladed Fury, Iris.Fall, Synced: Off-Planet, Mafia City, BuildTopia, Ring Of Elysium and has worked on blockbusters such as, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Non-Stop, The Nice Guys, X-Men: Apocalypse and Dead Ant, I Spit On Your Grave III, NBC's Fear Factor, Tales Of Halloween & many more

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MovieScore Media: "HELD" music by Richard Breakspear


Co-incinding with the film’s theatrical and VOD premiere on April 9, MovieScore Media’s latest score release is the lock-down horror Held, directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing. The film tells the story of Henry and Emma Barrett (played by Bart Johnson and screenwriter Jill Awbrey), whose ailing marriage is put to the test when they are held hostage in an isolated vacation rental by an unseen Voice who commands their every move. The film’s claustrophobic score by Richard Breakspear (Blumhouse’s Prey) cleverly builds upon the high-tech concepts of the captor’s hideout and has been gathering rave early reviews.

"The directors of Held asked me to create a score that terrorized the audience," summarized Breakspear about his contributions. "As we discussed having the sound of alarms being prominent throughout the score, I strayed away from writing melodies and decided the sonic palette would be a combination of dark distorted synths and gritty string elements that would help create the brutal tension and chaos within the house. It was important that the score was hard hitting and felt like an attack on the senses, highlighting what our main characters were experiencing throughout the film. It was my goal to make the audience feel uncomfortable and immerse them in the lock-down world that Chris & Travis had created, and transport them inside the house with Emma and Henry."

Originally hailing from a small town called Lewes on the South Coast of England, Richard Breakspear (aka Reg B) started out as an accomplished guitarist who shared the stage with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Guns N' Roses, Slayer and Incubus. He started writing film and trailer music in 2010 with contributions to CSI:NY and Top Gear USA as well as to the marketing campaigns of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Avengers, Sully, Power Rangers and Dark Phoenix. His music is used every week before kick off in Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium. Richard's most recent credit is Blumhouse's Prey, which premiered in September 2019. [https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/

Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "THE LAWYER" music by Ieva Marija Baranauskaite


MovieScore Media’s latest release is a first in many senses of the word. The first film score of Lithuanian composer Ieva Marija Baranauskaite chamber jazz score for the pioneering Baltic queer drama has been getting rave reviews. Written and directed by Romas Zabarauskas, the film tells the story of gay corporate lawyer Marius (Eimutis Kvosciauskas) his life drifts away while he is busy teasing his friends and chasing young lovers. When Marius' estranged father dies, his mourning turns to love as the lawyer finds an unanticipated connection with a sex-cam worker Ali - a Syrian refugee stuck in Belgrade.

"When I was offered to the movie, I had to leave to Dubai for a year to teach and perform there” explains Ieva Marija Baranauskaite about the film. “So, I started writing music based solely on the script, imagination and conversations with the director. This was not new to me since I create music for theater performances in a similar way which basically means that I have to start seeing through the eyes of the director and trust my imagination.” [https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/]
 
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MovieScore Media: "LOS LOBOS" music by Kenji Kishi


MovieScore Media’s latest international release is the multi-award winning Los Lobos with music by Mexican-born composer Kenji Kishi. Directed by Samuel Kishi, the film tells the story of a Mexican mother Lucía (Martha Reyes Arias) emigrating to the US with her two children, Max and Leo (played by real-life siblings Maximiliano and Leonardo Nájar Márquez). The brothers’ days pass in a tiny flat waiting for her to come back as they hold on to the hope of visiting Disneyworld. The sibling theme continues with the production, as director Samuel and composer Kenji are brothers in real life as well. Los Lobos won awards at International Film Festival in Berlin, Calgary, Miami as well as specialized festivals for Children and Young People, including the Olympia International Film Festival and Lucas.

"I created the music based on the characters and the idea of emigration,” explains Kenji Kishi. “I used the harmonica for the voyage, because I found it important to have a specific sound matching the winds of the desert. The sound of the piano represents the mother, Lucía. The simple theme I wrote for her is based on a major seventh interval, which sound dissonant in a very wounded way (the track title ’Cicatrices’ literally translates to scars). For elder brother Max, I used the the guitar in a rhythmic way which matched nicely with the harmonica whenever he makes a new discovery. Finally, for little brother Leo and the wolves animation sequences use the ukulele and a vibraphone in order to get into a fantasy universe, but the harmony it's the same of her mother's theme.” 
 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]