UPDATE: SIX STRINGS MAGAZINE "DOWNLOADS"


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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Howlin' Wolf Records Proudly Presents: "FINAL JUDGEMENT/TERROR WITHIN II" music by Terry Plumeri


Both scores are composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Terry Plumeri. A chamber orchestra and choir are used to create a Gothic, "brooding harmonic vocabulary" to match the psychological journey of FINAL JUDGEMENT. For THE TERROR WITHIN II, "dark and sometimes forceful accompaniment" match the extreme, post-nuclear war landscape. In the liner notes the composer reflects on the love theme for THE TERROR WITHIN II, proclaiming it as "one of my favorite love themes I have written for cinema."


Jeremy [Six Strings]

Welcome to the ALL NEW "SIX STRINGS" Season 2: Issue 5

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 SIX STRINGS - SEASON 2: ISSUE 5... INTERVIEW WITH COMPOSER "CHANCE THOMAS"... 10 Years working with "LORD OF THE RINGS: ONLINE"!

Not going to make this complicated, we are going for a much smaller, more direct issue and printable issue of SIX STRINGS... focusing on one or two projects! Everything else will be back to normal on this the main site, where we will share the best interviews and upcoming releases. You can get this, downloadable...

"SIX STRINGS" Season 2: Issue 5
DIRECT ISSUE: [CLICK HERE]

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VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS ANNOUNCES "THREE" LIMITED EDITION BLACK VINYL FRIDAY RELEASES


Varèse Sarabande Records is proud to announce three album releases in conjunction with Record Store Day’s Black Friday 2017 on November 24th: The Forbidden Zone - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack composed by Danny Elfman and The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo (available on translucent lime green vinyl), Electronic Meditation by Tangerine Dream, and Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space by Leonard Nimoy.

The cult classic film The Forbidden Zone was the first to be scored by the now legendary composer, Danny Elfman, and was also the first major recording for Oingo Boingo, (then known as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo). The soundtrack perfectly captures the band's transition from a cabaret-style group of performers to the influential new wave band they would become. Long out-of-print, this album is being released for the first time on translucent lime green vinyl.
 

Electronic Meditation is the debut album by German electronic music group Tangerine Dream, originally released June of 1970. It is the only Tangerine Dream album to feature the line-up of Edgar Froese, Klaus Schulze and Conrad Schnitzler. With the release of a new Tangerine Dream album this fall, there is no better time to explore the band’s catalog, starting with this gem. The LP will come in a replica of the original gatefold jacket. 


Leonard Nimoy's, “Spock” was unquestionably the most popular character on the original Star Trek series. The first in a series of album releases, Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space, is a cult classic favorite and was Nimoy’s best seller. This entertaining and campy album is a piece of mondo bizzaro that has long been out-of-print on vinyl and is a must-have for all the Star Trek aficionados.

The Record Store Day Black Friday 2017 LP releases of The Forbidden Zone: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Tangerine Dream’s ELECTRONIC MEDIATION, and Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space from Varèse Sarabande Records will be available from participating record stores on November 24, 2017.  For a list of participating stores please visit http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Interview with the Film "DEVIL'S WHISPER" Composer Penka Kouneva


Jeremy [Six Strings]: First, thank you... always a pleasure!

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Please tell us more about the film "DEVIL'S WHISPER", how did you become involved and how you approached this project musically?

Penka Kouneva: Devil's Whisper is a psychological thriller about the 15-year old Alex who comes from a religious family and aspires to become a Catholic priest. One day he discovers a mysterious box, opens it and unleashes a demon bent on destroying him. On the surface Devil's Whisper is a supernatural horror film about demonic possession, but at its core it's a tale about repressed memories, childhood trauma and the cycle of abuse that affects so many children. I was recommended by two dear friends, Joe Kraemer and Mark Lanza. I have genuine passion for horror, fantasy, supernatural and SciFi stories and am naturally drawn and energized by these stories. Devil's Whisper  is a richly layered and beautifully produced story. It's blood-curdling when it needs to be, and riveting from the first frame to the last. The film tackles subjects like faith and religiosity, coming-of-age and adolescent characters in a tasteful and compassionate manner. I approached the project like a modern supernatural tale, with a subtle, mostly non-traditional score in the vein of The Conjuring. The main ingredients of the score are low pulsing throbbing synths, textural effects and a mournful motif for Alex's angst. Like most horror scores, the music needs to balance between the human drama (with more traditional, heart-felt thematic motifs) and the demonic forces (with scary and explosive synths and sound design textures).

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Did you get a certain level of musical freedoms for the film "DEVIL'S WHISPER" or did the director Adam Ripp have a specific direction?

Penka Kouneva: Adam Ripp was fantastic to work with. He presented to me an inspiring and cogent artistic vision - his completed film. He gave me clear directions on the ethos of the score and the palette he thought would be fitting. Prior to meeting him, I had been doing a lot of heavy orchestral scores on my recent games and CDs, so I jumped instantly at the opportunity to compose a non-orchestral, non-traditional score. Adam was the perfect collaborator and I so much enjoyed working with him. I also brought in my co-composing partner of 10 years, Christopher Lord because of his mastery with complicated synths and orchestral design. Chris made a great contribution to the demonic palette.


Jeremy [Six Strings]: With the film "DEVIL'S WHISPER", what do you hope the audience will take away from your music and will we see a physical/digital release?

Penka Kouneva: Devil's Whisper is a terrific genre film that leaves people with deep emotional experience and also with food for thought. The music is both emotional and very scary. My role is to support the storytelling and to create that emotional backdrop that will make the film a visceral and unforgettable experience. The DVD hit the stores October 3rd !! The digital release of the soundtrack is planned for November when the film becomes available on VOD. Check it out!

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Since we last talked you have found a world of composing success with your personal releases "The Woman Astronaut" [VS] and "A Warrior’s Odyssey" [HWR]... how do you feel about those releases and what they meant to you to have them in the world?

Penka Kouneva: My passion projects are the best, most personal music I've composed and I am grateful that I created them. The Woman Astronaut brought me a scoring job for the American Astronauts - a new $30M NASA exhibit titled "Heroes and Legends" permanently located at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I have a new orchestral CD coming out in November on Varese Sarabande titled Rebirth of Id.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Share some of the work you have done, who are some that you have worked with and something that you took away from those or felt inspired?

Penka Kouneva: This year I scored The Mummy: Prodigium Strike Virtual Reality game. It was a fun project battling zombies and providing the music signature for the Special forces. I'm super-excited about the possibilities of VR for storytelling, gaming, and beyond entertainment. What inspires me most is opportunities to create innovative scores where I combine various elements in a novel and fresh way. Devil's Whisper was most definitely such an opportunity. While I still am passionate about game scoring and have a few games out there (Cookie Jam 2, Chime Sharp, Chobolabs' Mayhem), I am also pleased that 2017 has brought me 3 more feature films to score - Paul Salamoff's Sci-Fi thriller Encounter, and two other drama features in progress.


Jeremy [Six Strings]: Outside of your talented writer/actor/producer/husband Daniel Schweiger [respect], where do you find your inspiration that sets you apart and different than other composers? Is there a certain music appreciation among other composers, I can imagine you interact with composers daily.

Penka Kouneva: Yes, Daniel still plays one soundtrack every morning, which is very inspiring and informative for me. 14 years together - that's over 5,000 soundtracks that he's played in the house. These days I'm most inspired by storytelling - stories about heroes, villains, women's experiences, history, fantasy, space, science fiction, horror. Currently I'm reading See Through My Eyes, a collection of ghost stories; a story by my dear friend Victor Rodriguez published in it inspired my new orchestral album Rebirth of Id. The game that most inspired me this year is Horizon Zero Dawn. I still listen to a lot of music but these days I'm composing more and focusing on telling my own stories and writing my own music (passion projects), in addition to all jobs that are always going on. Musically, I am most inspired by the phenomenal talent and mastery of a fellow game & film composer, Neal Acree. I have the honor of orchestrating his music for all Blizzard video games.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: If you could spread one message to a new composer, what might that be?

Penka Kouneva:
01. Write fantastic music. Write music that inspires people so much that they would be dying to collaborate with you.
02. Learn, learn, learn, compose, compose, compose … the craft of music is a deepest ocean of possibilities …. being fluent in your composing skills is paramount.
03. Be a caring human being, and cultivate circles of creative communities around you, because your circles of friends and champions will bring the most inspiring scoring jobs to you. OK, three messages.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: What can you share with us outside the film "DEVIL'S WHISPER" upcoming projects or something you would like to mention?

Penka Kouneva: Yes, three upcoming features - Encounter, Blue, the 3rd one is NDA and also one NDA video game. I am a freelance composer and always on the lookout for new collaborators and new opportunities.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: You have the floor, share something you would like people to know?

Penka Kouneva: I wish all my readers a happy and fruitful Fall season and much success! I am grateful and humbled by the love and support of my fans - you make all our work meaningful and real. Enjoy Devil's Whisper!

THANK YOU!

Penka's Music:

"Heroes and Legends" - Gemini 8 [CLICK HERE]
"Alarm & Rescue (TWA)" - [CLICK HERE]
Coming soon - Devil's Whisper

Penka Kouneva is known across Hollywood as an exceptionally talented composer and artist of uncommon passion. Her credits include the games Prince of Persia and Transformers (with themes by Steve Jablonsky). She has scored on her own a dozen indie features: Chloe Moretz's Third Nail and Josh Duhamel's Dorian Gray; the supernatural horror feature Devil's Whisper on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and Paul Salamoff's SciFi drama film Encounter. She has also scored games and The Mummy VR experience. Recently Penka scored a $30M NASA exhibit Heroes and Legends  at the Kennedy Space Center celebrating the American astronauts. Varese Sarabande released her orchestral CD The Woman Astronaut and Howlin' Wolf Records released her A Warrior's Odyssey CD. In addition to her career as a composer, she has also worked as an orchestrator/arranger on some of the biggest films (Matrix, Transformers, Pirates 3, Elysium, Ender's Game, Ninja Turtles) and games (Gears of War, Sims, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo 3). Penka was born and raised in Bulgaria and currently lives in Los Angeles with her music editor husband and 11-year old daughter.  
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The Hilarious Action-Comedy Starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson Arrives on Digital HD November 7 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD November 21 from Lionsgate


Leading an all-star cast, Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Proposal) and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe) take viewers on an outrageous action-packed, comedic adventure in The Hitman’s Bodyguard, arriving on Digital HD November 7 and 4K Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand November 21 from Lionsgate. When Michael Bryce, an elite bodyguard, and Darius Kincaid, a renowned hit man, are forced to work together, they don’t just have to avoid getting killed…they also have to avoid killing each other. The film, which was #1 at the summer box office three weeks in a row, also stars Oscar® nominees Gary Oldman (2011, Best Actor, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Salma Hayek (2002, Best Actress, Frida).

The world’s top protection agent (Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men (Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years, and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades, and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Oldman) who is out for blood. Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife. 


Directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3, Red Hill) and written by Tom O’Connor (Fire with Fire), The Hitman’s Bodyguard 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital HD features exclusive bonus content including outtakes; four featurettes; deleted, extended, and alternate scenes; and audio commentary with director Patrick Hughes. The DVD will include director commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette. The 4K Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "SAW ANTHOLOGY V.1 and V.2" Music by Charlie Clouser


Lakeshore Records will release the SAW ANTHOLOGY V.1 and V.2 digitally on November 24th and on CD/LP later this year. This collection features the beloved original score from all 8 films in the SAW anthology.  Volume 1 contains music from SAW 1 through 4 while volume 2 features music from SAW 5 through 7 and JIGSAW, which will be released in theaters the same day.  All of the original music and arrangements are from composer Charlie Clouser (AMERICAN HORROR STORY, SAW).

“It was quite a task to reduce more than twelve hours of score down into about two hours for the Saw Anthology release, and in the end it took me nearly a month!” said Clouser. “I wound up listening to and evaluating every single molecule of music from the whole franchise, which was a task in itself, and in many cases creating montages of three or four cues merged into a single, seamless piece.”

“When I began work on the first Saw film I knew it was really something special, but I’ll admit that at the time I didn’t realize how it could be turned into such a long-running franchise with an ongoing series of installment,” Clouser explained.  “I feel pretty lucky to have been a part of a franchise has struck a chord with a lot of people for a bunch of different reasons.”
 

A musician since childhood, Charlie Clouser studied electronic music in college in the early 1980’s, and spent the rest of that decade in NYC making records and programming synths on television scores. In the 1990’s he moved to Los Angeles where he began working with Trent Reznor during the making of The Downward Spiral, NIN’s four-million selling breakthrough album, and joined the band as the keyboard player during the subsequent tour. He remained as the keyboard player with NIN throughout the making of The Fragile in New Orleans and multiple touring cycles, during which he also managed to rack up an impressive list of remix and production credits for dozens of artists such as Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, David Bowie, Helmet, Rammstein, and many others. After leaving NIN in 2001, he returned to Los Angeles to resume his film and television career, and has since scored over 250 hours of television dramas across six series on four networks, including the gritty theme for Fox’s American Horror Story and the haunting score for Wayward Pines, as well as fifteen feature films including all eight of the movies in the successful Saw horror franchise. He is married to Zoe Wiseman, a photographer who shoots many of the dark and atmospheric images found in the artwork for his album releases.

Lakeshore Records will release the SAW ANTHOLOGY V.1 and V.2 digitally on November 24th, with CD/LP release forthcoming.

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Play the game, with the music!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "THE VILLAINESS"

 
Bloody revenge is at the heart of the stylish, kinetic action-thriller THE VILLAINESS, debuting on digital November 7 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD November 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Certified “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, this welcome shot of adrenaline to the classic femme fatale story follows a ruthless female assassin who leaves a trail of bodies behind her as she seeks her blood-spattered revenge. Directed by JUNG Byung-gil (Confession of Murder), THE VILLAINESS stars KIM Ok-bin (Thirst, The Front Line), SHIN Ha-kyun (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) and BANG Sung-jun (Horror Stories 2, Pluto). Bonus materials include a Making-of featurette that highlights the action choreography and the characters.
 
 
Honed from childhood into a merciless killing machine by a criminal organization, assassin Sook-hee is recruited as a sleeper agent with the promise of freedom after ten years of service - and she jumps at the chance for a normal life. But soon enough, secrets from her past destroy everything she’s worked for, and now nobody can stand in her way as she embarks on a roaring rampage of revenge.
 
BAM this was pretty cool, some twists I didn't see coming and some great visuals!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Interview with Film Score Album "NO MARRIAGE" Producer Benjamin Chee


Benjamin Chee first collaborated with Vincent Gillioz on the "Last Breath" soundtrack in 2012, and they have since worked together on all of Gillioz's soundtrack albums. "No Marriage" is their most recent release.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Tell us more about this about this album, "No Marriage".

Benjamin Chee: This is an album of many firsts. It's the first soundtrack, of course, which Vincent has scored for a Chinese film. It's the first album in which the liner notes, credits and track titles are bilingual, in Chinese and English. It's also the first soundtrack we've done which contains not just instrumental tracks, but also songs, as in vocals.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: What else makes this different from his previous work?

Benjamin Chee: "No Marriage" is an excellent showcase for Vincent, who up until now has been mainly known for writing music for zombies, aliens and mad killers. As I was listening to "No Marriage", what struck me was his seemingly inexhaustible talent for melody and developing them through various expositions, and it kind of confirmed my long-time suspicion that given the right opportunity, he has a far broader and deeper scope of compositional ability than what we've seen so far. He captures the emotional beats and the comedy beats in a way that is just spot on. In a blind Pepsi challenge, this music could pass for any Hollywood rom-com.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: How did you start working together?

Benjamin Chee: It began in 2011, when when Wall Crumpler of Howlin' Wolf Records mentioned in passing if I knew of this composer named Vincent Gillioz, who had already been talking with him about doing an album. In fact, I'd already met Vincent in person the previous year when I was in Los Angeles, and I knew his music very well. So it was quite serendipitous that we came together to work on his album, which turned out to be "Last Breath". I should also add that the fabulous art design on our albums has all been designed by Luis Miguel Rojas, and he has been the creative linchpin in all our releases to date.


Jeremy [Six Strings]: Can you describe your collaborative process with Vincent?

Benjamin Chee: We really hit it off on the first one, and we enjoyed each other's ideas so much, we just had such a blast with it. So when the time came to do another album, of course we said okay. At the point we started working together, I already had everything of Vincent's music that was commercially available, so I was more familiar with his music than most, and I just loved the way his musical ideas worked. In one of our early conversations, I remember I described his music to him as "klangbeschreibung", which is one of those lovely but also unfortunate German compound words which perfectly means what it says, but has no equivalent translation in English, literally "sound description", which captures the same meaning.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Can you elaborate about what that means?

Benjamin Chee: Vincent has a very good sense of musical architecture and design, similar to how symphonies are put together, for instance. In his previous soundtracks, which has been dominated by atonal, even dissonant, themes, there has always been an underlying structure in how he creates, develops and evolves these motifs that unify the entire work. The music of "No Marriage" revolves around two motifs, the girl's and the boy's, and everything is built up from these two themes, and delivered in a plethora of diverse styles: retro pop, cartoony comedy, frenzied chase scenes, romantic ballads, and so on.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: What was your experience like, working on this album?

Benjamin Chee: As a first-language Chinese speaker, it definitely was easier to make this album bilingual, along with the help of the director Wang Zhan, so as to reach English- and Chinese-speaking markets. Writing the liner notes was quite straightforward. We had a smaller word count, and it was written fairly quickly, compared to earlier releases. What makes this bilingualism really interesting is because there are certain phrases and idioms in the respective languages, which cannot be literally translated, so we had to retain the essence of what the sentence was trying to say, and express it in the other language. What this means is, you'd need to be able to read in both languages, if you want to get the full essence of the puns and wordplay in both versions.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Can you tell us more about the film?

Benjamin Chee: The movie was produced by a consortium which included some Chinese and Hollywood heavyweights, like Tencent Productions and Fox Studios International, as part of a series of movies exclusive to the iQiyi streaming-on-demand platform. The movie itself is a live-action adapation of a manga, so a good portion of the target audience are the readers. The Chinese market shouldn't be underestimated: I remember checking the iQiyi website, and it had already scored 1.96 million views just 4 days after it was premiered.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: It is unusual to find a Hollywood-based composer writing music for a Chinese film.

Benjamin Chee: There have been some precedents - as early as 2002, Basil Poledouris scored "The Touch", and Klaus Badelt did "The Promise" a few years later in 2005, and there was "Lust, Caution" by Alexandre Desplat in 2007. But generally, there is such a wealth of local musical talent, in terms of both composers and musicians, that Chinese filmmakers don't often have to look abroad for their music. On the other hand, I suppose there will also be other opportunities, given that filmmaking these days is such an internationally collaborative process, especially with Chinese production studios taking a bigger stake in Hollywood films.

THANK YOU!

FOR MORE INFORMATION [CLICK HERE]
Or more on VINCENT GILLOIZ [CLICK HERE]


Interview with Game Soundtrack "PROJECT CARS 2" Composer Stephen Baysted

Jeremy [Six Strings]: How did you come to work on the "PROJECT CARS" game soundtrack and how much creative freedom did you have on the latest "PROJECT CARS 2" compared to the previous one?

Stephen Baysted: I’ve been fortunate enough to have composed the music for all Slightly Mad Studios’ games stretching right back to their first game release in 2004. I had a great deal of creative freedom for Project Cars 2. However, as composer and audio director for the series, my role is always to serve the needs of the game.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: When creating music like "PROJECT CARS 2", where did you find your inspiration or do you find you have a ritual?

Stephen Baysted: Good question! Inspiration comes from many sources: deadlines, walking in the countryside, being by the ocean. There’s no ritual as such, but I begin each project by doing research on the subject matter and I find that it helps to get things kick-started.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Congratulations on your nomination from the "Golden Joystick Awards" for "PROJECT CARS 2" for all your hard work in creating a great score like this... how is this different from a film "nod" to a game "nod" of appreciation?

Stephen Baysted: Thank you very much! It’s always an honour to be recognized for hard work, especially when you’ve been working on a project for such a long time. I think nowadays they are quite similar, although what makes the Golden Joystick Awards so special is the fact that they are voted by the audience.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Your career has many different levels from game, television series and film... where do you find is the most rewarding or could you please share one of your favourite of each?

Stephen Baysted: This is a difficult question. To be honest I really enjoy the variety of projects, working with new people and collaborating on new ventures. Each is a very different medium to work in and I’m not sure I have a favourite!

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Can you share some upcoming projects?

Stephen Baysted: Work has already begun on my next game project due for release in 2019. It’s a major Hollywood film franchise tie-in but I can’t say too much more about it at this stage! I’m also working on various TV series at the moment, one of which is with Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge and the BBC.
THANK YOU...

Project CARS 2 is nominated for Best Audio [Click Here] in the 25th Golden Joystick Awards (VOTE HERE) and the original soundtrack is out now on Spotify and iTunes.

Stephen Baysted
http://www.stephenbaysted.com/

Renowned for his versatility, emotionally charged and expressively powerful music, Stephen Baysted's acclaimed music scores have been enjoyed by audiences worldwide in a succession of award-winning films and video games including the best-selling racing series Project CARS, EA's Need for Speed series and Phil Grabsky's 'Exhibition On Screen' series of films bringing blockbuster art exhibitions from galleries around the world to the cinema, in stunning high definition. Baysted is an in-demand film and television composer whose credits include two seasons of Blink Film's epic documentary series "Ancient Mysteries" for Channel 5, Blink's "Volatile Earth" for Channel 4 and Nova, and "Graveyard of the Giant Beasts" for Channel 4 and PBS. Earlier this year, Baysted also reunited with award-winning filmmaker Phil Grabsky and Seventh Art Productions to score "I, Claude Monet," a new documentary feature in the acclaimed 'Exhibition On Screen' series. Their previous collaborations include "Renoir: Reviled and Revered," "The Impressionists - And The Man Who Made Them," and the Royal Television Society award-winning "Matisse: Live from the Tate and MoMa". His scores for these important landmark factual documentary series have been nominated for three Jerry Goldsmith Awards for Best Score. Stephen is currently scoring a new three-part series exploring Tutankhamen's treasures with Blink Films for Channel 4 and a six-part factual series with Bone Soup Productions for BBC2 and Michelin Star chef Tom Kerridge.

Milan Records: "MUDBOUND" Music by Tamar-kali


Milan Records will release the MUDBOUND - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on November 17th and on CD on December 1st.  The album features the movie’s original score by Tamar-kali and the original song “Mighty River” by Mary J. Blige. MUDBOUND, the Netflix Film, will be in select theaters and on Netflix November 17th.

"Everything from the strong performances of the actors and gorgeous cinematography inspired me. I imagined that I was creating a sonic painting to accompany the visuals as well as giving a voice to the human characters and the farm itself which was a character on its own,” says Tamar-kali of the score.

The director - Dee Rees – had this to say: “Ancestors. Dark strings. Those were the only three words I gave brilliant composer Tamar-kali, and she reached deeply into her musical lexicon and brought forth an interpretation, a winding and complex elaboration on the theme that I could never have described. Tamar-kali just knew--and that's why I wanted to work with her on the MUDBOUND score--Tamar knows how to find the voices. Violin arrangements that sound like wind moving through the trees. Viola triplets that sounds like hope fading. Contrabass rumbles that sound like the ground opening up, like mud grabbing our ankles, like angry ancient earth. Cello compositions that sound like time itself, marching onward, onward, onward...inevitable. My hope for this score is that it would sound like it bubbled up from the earth, that it was "in the trees", that it would simultaneously evoke the indifference of nature and the resilience of humanity--and somehow from three small words and with great deliberation, discovery, and intellect--Tamar-kali did just that. Tamar-kali made the rocks cry out.”

Milan Records: "WONDER", "MINDHUNTER" and "THE SQUARE"


WONDER - original music by Marcelo Zavros Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade to attend elementary school for the first time.

The film features a gorgeous score by Marcelo Zavros, the original song “Darker” by Hannah Faye and a selection of songs curated by music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas and director Stephen Chobsky.


MINDHUNTER - original music by Jason Hill Created by Joe Penhall and produced by David Fincher, Mindhunter is the new acclaimed Netflix series. In the late 1970s two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters. Mindhunter features a gorgeous and chilling score by Jason Hill. Mindhunter is currently airing on Netflix.


THE SQUARE Winner Of The Palme D’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival! The new film by Ruben Ostlund (Force Majeure) is is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times - about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person's need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world. The Square is currently in theaters courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Milan Records... hits it out the musical park!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

LAKESHORE RECORDS TO RELEASE TWO NEW FILM SCORES BY SERJ TANKIAN


Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter, poet and visual artist Serj Tankian will soon add two more scores to his expanding repertoire of film composing.  Lakeshore Records will release Tankian’s Intent to Destroy—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on November 17thon iTunes and Apple Music and on other platforms November 24th.   Lakeshore will also release his score Furious—The Legend of Kolovrat—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on December 8th. 

Intent to Destroy directed by Academy Award nominee Joe Berlinger, is a powerful and poignant film that dissects genocide denialism. The film, which recently qualified for Oscar consideration, outlines the century old denial campaign of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government and brings it into the current age of disinformation and scare tactics. Tankian handled the film score accordingly, infusing old and new, melancholic acoustic ethnic instruments with dissonant and unhinged ambient, rhythmical, and processed instruments.  The film was released in theatres on November 10th. 

Says Tankian: "Hands down one of the most powerful films I've ever seen let alone been a part of. It was a unique experience for me to be in the film and compose the music for it as well. To musically match the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide with the nefarious modern Turkish denial of the truth, I employed a hybrid of classical, ethnic and modern electronic instruments melting in the Duduk and Oud with processed ambient and arpeggiated instruments to match the story."


Furious—The Legend Of Kolovrat is a Russian historical fantasy film set in the 13th Century directed by Ivan Shurkhovetskly about the Ryazan knight Evpaty Kolovrat—the leader of a seventeen-man squad who defend against thousands of Mongol warrior hordes and their leader Batu Khan.  Tankian incorporates sweeping sounds of a large orchestral ensemble, bombastic percussion, soaring choir, traditional folk instrumentation and attacking metal guitars to match the action packed tone of the film.

Says Tankian: "I'm a huge fan of historical action films, so I welcomed the opportunity to create my first epic score for "Furious." We used a full orchestra with epic percussion, a huge choir, ethnic instruments and a wall of electric guitars. It's truly a kick-ass score." 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "LADY BIRD" Music by Jon Brion


Lakeshore Records will release Lady Bird—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally November 17th. CD and vinyl versions forthcoming. The soundtrack features an original score by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter/composer Jon Brion (Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).  The film was written and directed by Greta Gerwig and stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Odeya Rush, Jordan Rodrigues and Marielle Scott.  The film was released theatrically by A24 on November 3rd, amassing the highest per screen average of any film this year for its opening weekend.

The movie centers around Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), who fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job.  Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

Says Gerwig about working with Brion: “Jon Brion is my all-time favorite musician/composer/producer, and working with him was a dream come true. It is an old-fashioned movie score with melody, which is exactly what I had hoped for. I didn’t want the score to feel like background or ambience, I wanted it to be very present and structured, in the foreground of the storytelling.”

Says Brion: “Greta has an observation: ‘Why do people who want to control everything go into directing?’ Citing that it is one of the most collaborative mediums, an insight I hadn't heard before let alone so well (and knowingly) articulated, I can confirm for you that in a business of supposed collaborators, she is a real one.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "DOLORES" Music by Mark Kilian


Dolores is the documentary of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. In the 1950's, this working-class wife and mother of eleven children helps to establish the first farm workers unions alongside Cesar Chavez. From the tireless fight for racial and labor justice, Huerta, one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century, develops a platform for feminism and gender equality. Although her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized, Huerta continues the fight to this day, at age 87.

With intimate and unprecedented access, Dolores directed by Peter Bratt, delves into the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. The film documents Huerta’s fight against economic poverty, harassment, racism, physical and even sexual abuse of the farm workers, while facing the personal attacks of her enemies and the macho temperament of her allies. Like her namesake, Dolores is a smiling steamroller of a film with a soundtrack to match.

South African born Mark Kilian has had a successful and eclectic film scoring career since moving to Los Angeles in 1994. He is most known for his ethnic flavored scores like the Oscar winning Tsotsi, Traitor, Rendtion, Bless Me Ultima, and Before The Rains.

Mark’s contemporary works include Revenge Of The Green Dragons (executive produced by Martin Scorsese,) John Carpenter’s The Ward, Trust Me (Clark Gregg, Felicity Huffman, Sam Rockwell, William H Macy,) Seal Team 8 (Tom Sizemore,) and Repentance (Forest Whitaker). His TV work includes HBO’s 41, ABC’s Killer Women and Daybreak. He has also written music for many TV commercials including Apple, Toyota, Budweiser, American Express and Microsoft.  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI" Music by Carter Burwell


Varèse Sarabande will release the THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on November 10, and on CD November 17, 2017. The album features original music by Carter Burwell (CAROL, WONDERSTRUCK).

“Frances McDormand, can do anything,” said Burwell.  “We’ve done so many different things together, including FARGO, OLIVE KITTERIDGE and going back to BLOOD SIMPLE. Martin McDonagh, with whom I previously worked with on IN BRUGES, has similar sensibilities to me, and I’d be happy to work with him on anything.  This film really felt like getting back together with my family.”

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

“I think that the music is really putting you in the position of Frances’s character,” Burwell explained. “I think it’s almost always what the music should be doing, helping you to see things from her point of view, when she does things that might be reprehensible, to help you understand what she’s doing.”

Madison Gate Records and Sony Classical: "CALL ME BY YOUR NAME"


Madison Gate Records and Sony Classical proudly announce the release of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), a mix of 80s pop, classical compositions & songs by singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, including two new songs written specifically for the film.

The soundtrack to the new film by Luca Guadagnino will be released on CD on November 17. The film will be released in the U.S. on November 24.

The soundtrack for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME also includes tracks by John Adams and Ryuichi Sakamoto as well as pieces written by Erik Satie, Maurice Ravel and Johann Sebastian Bach. As the film is set in the 1980s, Guadagnino chose period Italian pop music (including Giorgio Moroder & Joe Esposito’s “Lady Lady Lady”) for the radio, but particularly spotlights The Psychedelic Furs’ anthem “Love My Way”. “I love The Psychedelic Furs,” says Guadagnino. “It’s kind of autobiographical, because I remember listening to that song when I was seventeen and being completely affected by it. I wanted to pay homage to myself then.”

SUFJAN STEVENS: A singer-songwriter currently living in New York, NY, Sufjan Stevens’ preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan and Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), an expansive EP in homage to the Apocalypse (All Delighted People), a full length partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson (The Age of Adz) and two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10). BAM has commissioned two works from Stevens, a programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE) and an instrumental accompaniment to slow-motion rodeo footage (Round-Up), and he has collaborated extensively with the New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck (Year of the Rabbit, Everywhere We Go and The Decalogue). Sevens’ Planetarium, a collaborative album with Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister imbued with themes of the cosmos, was released this year to widespread critical praise.

His 2015 masterwork Carrie & Lowell explored his relationship with his mother in the wake of her death—a companion collection of outtakes, remixes and demos, The Greatest Gift Mixtape, is set for release November 24.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Breaking Glass Pictures: "A-HOLES" [edited] DVD


Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Peter Vack’s visceral, gross-out directorial debut A-HOLES. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in July in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films. The film is slated for a theatrical release from Factory 25 followed closely by a DVD/VOD release from Breaking Glass in the Fall of 2017.

In true modern-day John Waters fashion, and described as “one of the most disgusting movies ever made” (Indiewire) that “pushes the boundaries of decency & artistry to breaking point” (Movie Pilot), A-HOLES held its world premiere at SXSW where the film won the first ever Adam Yauch Award, an award given in honor of a filmmaker whose work strives to be wholly its own, without regard for norms or desire to conform. The film went on to play Calgary Underground Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Perth Revelation Film Festival, and the Fantasia Festival.

Written, directed, and starring Peter Vack (MFA, Mozart in the Jungle, Lace Crater) alongside his real-life family, including sister Betsey Brown (“The Carrie Diaries”, Muckland) in the atypical lead role, A-HOLES also stars Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist). A-HOLES follows recovering addicts Adah and Aaron who are struggling to stay sober. After meeting in their psychoanalyst’s waiting room, they fall in love, relapse on poppers, and become the biggest assholes in New York City.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with everyone at Breaking Glass Pictures, a smart and sensitive group, perfect for releasing my film about A-holes.”, said director Peter Vack.

'Very few filmmakers have been able to blend visceral imagery with comedy and modern social commentary the way Peter Vack has with A-HOLES”, said Michael Repsch, SVP of Distribution & Sales at Breaking Glass. “Breaking Glass Pictures is ecstatic to be a part of this wildly different film experience that will surely find its way to cult status, as it is equal parts John Waters and Gaspar Noe - Peter is a pioneer and we can't wait to share his work with audiences.”

Cast: Betsey Brown, Peter Vack, Jack Dunphy, Jane Brown, Ron Brown,
Eileen Dietz, Patrick Labella

Director: Peter Vack
Written by: Peter Vack
Producers: Peter Vack, Ron Brown, Sara Yoko Howard, Christopher Santiago
Executive Producers: Cory Choy, Max Landis, Hannah Marks, Robin Shore
Associate Producer: Ben Gojer
 
What do I get my self into... lol!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group "TALON FALLS" [DVD]


Four teenagers on a road trip decide to take a detour and find themselves at at haunted house Halloween scream park deep in the woods of southern Kentucky. After witnessing an assortment of torture and gore, they start wondering if what they are experiencing isn't a little too realistic. Before they know it, each one of them is captured and made part of the horrific attraction they originally thought was all fun and games.


The movie, which stars Morgan Wiggins, Ryan Rudolph, Jordyn Rudolph and Brad Bell, was written and directed by Joshua Shreve and produced by: Shreve, Jeff Steinborn and Leslie Mills. The film was executive produced by Todd Ferren and Kent Hammond. The film was a co-production with the well-known Talon Falls Screampark located in Melber, Kentucky, where the movie was filmed.

Got to say, I liked this film... level of violence is very gruesome and fit well into this madness.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

In this third volume of music from COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, composer Alan Silvestri continues to develop his musical universe laid out in the first two episodes.  Mainly scored for episode three, this part focuses on the how humankind adapts to its surroundings using pattern recognition that has evolved over eons -- distinguishing predator from prey, dangerous from helpful plants, and on into our study of the cosmos itself.

As with the first two volumes, Silvestri's music is gloriously symphonic, with some modern synth-based rhythms. Intrada presents this third visit to the Cosmos universe, produced by the composer, including additional bonus tracks not previously released.   Inside the colorful packaging are a few words from composer Alan Silvestri describing his journey to scoring this series when he began his relationship with team Sagan back in 1997 with the film Contact. This release is the penultimate album in Intrada's four-volume trip through Silvestri's musical odyssey.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]