MovieScore Media: "Super Furball" Music by Panu Aaltio

MovieScore Media gets the (hamster)ball rolling in 2018 with a new score by Panu Aaltio (Tale of a Forest, Tale of a Lake). Based on the award-winning children’s novel by Paula Noronen, Super Furball tells the story of Emilia whose chance encounter with a guinea pig gives her special powers which she must learn to use. The classic superhero origin story is given a furry twist and an empowering message as Emilia not only uses her gift to stand up to bullies at school, but also solves an environmental crisis that poses a danger to her home in Helsinki.

"Super Furball is a really interesting take on the superhero genre as a film very grounded in urban reality” explains Panu about the story and his approach to scoring it. ”The reluctant hero Emilia is forced to balance her new powers with regular life. Standing up against bullies to defend her friend in school seems even harder than saving the town with super powers. From a scoring perspective this presented a huge variety of scenes, so I had an incredibly fun time working with director Joona Tena on finding out how big hero themes, fantasy sequences, comedic moments and small drama all come together."

Super Furball marks the sixth MovieScore Media release with Panu Aaltio for whom the label released the acclaimed Tale of a Forest (2012) and Tale of Lake (2016), both of which won the Best Original Score for a Documentary award of the IFMCA. The string of collaborations include The Home of Dark Butterflies (2009), Finland's official submission for the 2009 Academy Awards and the epic Dawn of the Dragonslayer (2009) and the Greece-set adventure score The Island of Secrets (2015). Training as a cellist since the age of six, Aaltio also studied music technology and classical composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and film music at the University of Southern California where he received the Harry Warren scholarship for Excellence in Film Scoring.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "The King's Choice" Music by Johan Söderqvist

The latest release of MovieScore Media reunites the label with composer Johan Söderqvist. Erik Poppes film The King’s Choice is a historical drama, telling a fateful episode of Norway’s history. On the 9th of April 1940, the German war machine arrives into the fjords of Oslo with the warship Blücher. Norwegian monarch King Haakon VII faces a choice that will change his country forever. While the German invaders strongly advise the King to nominate Norwegian Fascist-leader Vidkun Quisling as the prime minister, the king together with his government makes a brave choice. Starring Jesper Christensen (recently seen as Mr. White in the James Bond movies), The King’s Choice was the official submission of Norway for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards and the score won Norway’s eminent film music award, The Amanda in 2017.

Johan Söderqvist is one of the busiest and most successful Scandinavian composers. He has collaborated on a regular basis with Danish director Susanne Bier for whom he scored Brothers (2004) the Oscar-nominated After the Wedding (2006), the Oscar-winning In a Better World (2010) and the romantic comedy Love Is All You Need (2012) – the latter two albums were released by MovieScore Media. His other credits include the Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki (2014), the British/American horror The Limehouse Golem (2016) and the cult classic vampire film Let the Right One In (2008), another MSM release. More recently Söderqvist has been working closely with Patrik Andrén on the video game Battlefield 1.

“When I discussed the musical language of The King’s Choice with the director, Eric Poppe, we mainly focused on three things” explains composer Johan Söderqvist. “The first was the urgency - since the events take place in only three days, it was essential to get the feeling that it’s urgent, the feeling of a ticking clock. The second was the dark threat of Fascism, which appears with low-register brass,electronics and low drums. The third thing we always came back to when we discussed the film was that it felt like it needed to be ”monothematic” i.e. not having too many musical themes but maybe one or two strong themes that could convey the emotional journey of the king (and the film).”

Some very strong cues from  Johan Söderqvist... well done!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "Definitive Superhero Themes Collection"

This comprehensive digital collection is an update to Silva Screen’s 2012 release Super Themes. The album is a magical time capsule of both DC and Marvel universe themes and features classic music from Neil Hefti, Elliot Goldenthal, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi.

The current focus of the film industry are Superhero-themed movies and more will be released over the next decade as scriptwriters and creators are flipping through the pages of Marvel and DC comics for inspiration. With this second compilation, Silva Screen celebrates the music of caped crusaders, web-slingers, men of steel and many more.

Performed by London Music Works and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Dario Argento's DEEP RED" Seeing Red Again...

YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT!!! From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some of the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red - the ultimate giallo movie. One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. 

Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator... or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems... Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento collaborators Goblin, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso and The Hatchet Murders) is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment: "The Handmaid's Tale" (Season: One)

The Handmaid's Tale is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. It was ordered by the streaming service Hulu as a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes, for which production began in late 2016. The plot follows a dystopian future following a Second American Civil War wherein women, called "Handmaids", are forced into sexual and child-bearing servitude.

The first three episodes of the series premiered on April 26, 2017; the subsequent seven episodes aired on a weekly basis every Wednesday. In May 2017, the series was renewed for a second season scheduled to premiere on April 25, 2018. The Handmaid's Tale received widespread critical acclaim and won eight Primetime Emmy Awards from 13 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, becoming the first series on a streaming platform to win an Emmy for Outstanding Series. It also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Drama and Best Actress for Elisabeth Moss.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kino Lorber: "PORTO" with Anton Yelchin and Lucie Lucas (Blu-ray and DVD)

Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Porto, directed by Gabe Klinger, and executive produced by Jim Jarmusch. This critically-acclaimed romantic drama stars Anton Yelchin and Lucie Lucas as a pair of expatriates sharing a brief but intimate encounter while staying in the ancient Portuguese city of Porto.

Porto was an Official Selection of the SXSW Film Festival, New Directors - Festival de San Sebastian, BFI London Film Festival, and Rotterdam International Film Festival. Released theatrically by Kino Lorber, Porto opened in New York in November 2017, followed by engagements in national markets such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and Denver, among others.

Set to street on March 13, 2018, Blu-ray and DVD, Porto comes packed with special features including audio commentary by director Gabe Klinger, the trailer, outtakes, a booklet essay by Michael Sicinski, a making-of documentary, Portuguese News Report, Super 8 footage with Chantal Akerman's unused voiceover, and the documentary, Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (2013, 70 min.), also directed by Gabe Klinger.

Porto is a luminous love story that features one of Anton Yelchin's best, and most heartbreaking performances. Jake (Anton Yelchin) and Mati (Lucie Lucas) are two expats who experience a brief but intimate connection in the ancient Portuguese city of Porto. He's an American loner exiled from his family. She's a student from France embroiled in an affair with one of her professors. After spotting each other from a distance at an archaeological site and then again at a train station and a cafe, Jake works up the courage to approach Mati and they embark on a night of carefree intimacy. This romantic encounter is viewed from years later, both characters still haunted by the powerful connection they shared.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Caldera Records: "THAT GOOD NIGHT" Music by Guy Farley

Caldera Records is proud to present the original score for the motion picture “That Good Night” from 2017, directed by Eric Styles, featuring music by Guy Farley.

The film, based on the stage play by N.J. Crisp, tells the story of Ralph, a successful writer whose life is full of regrets. With a curious personality that’s both charming and rude, Ralph has built a number of “love him or hate him” relationships over his life – unfortunately, his family seems to fall into the latter group. Now in his seventies and terminally ill, Ralph sets out two goals before entering that good night: he wants to mend his relationship with long-abandoned son Michael and also make sure that he is not a burden to his much younger second wife, Anna. “That Good Night” marks the last screen performance of John Hurt who passed away in January of 2017. Hurt is joined by Charles Dance and Sofia Helin in a stellar cast.

The music for “That Good Night” was written by Guy Farley (“Modigliani”, “Maria di Nazaret”). Farley provided an elegant underscore, recorded with a small orchestra of strings, woodwinds, harp, piano, and world instruments such as a Cavaquino, Spanish guitars, an accordion and ethnic percussion which capture the Mediterranean flavour of the Portuguese Algarve, while the chamber orchestra works its magic on the emotional element of the story. The score, one of Farley’s best to date, is filled with memorable themes and motifs that are both uplifting and touching, paying tribute to the character’s struggles and the film’s hopeful message.

The 24th CD-release of Caldera Records features a detailed booklet-text by Gergely Hubai and elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas. The CD was produced by Stephan Eicke and John Elborg. (
Guy Farley never stops amazing me, takes you to a place you recognize and been before... then steps it up to a wonderful place... a beautiful place.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Mossgrove Music: "THE DOCTOR FROM INDIA" Music by Rachel Grimes

An ethereal and meditative soundtrack album from pianist and composer Rachel Grimes (Rachel’s, King’s Daughters & Sons), The Doctor from India features piano, violin, harp, saxophone, and strings interspersed with ambient sound design. Created for a new documentary film by Jeremy Frindel, this score provides a thematically unified soundscape to support the inspiring story of Dr. Vasant Lad, a holistic health pioneer whose approach centers around the ancient practice of Ayurveda.

The film had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 2, 2018. Zeitgeist Films, in association with Kino Lorber, will be releasing the film theatrically and VOD on May 18th, 2018. The film tells fascinating story of one man’s mission to bring the ancient healthcare system of wellness called Ayurveda from India to the West in the late 1970s. In this meditative, immersive portrait, with interviewees including Ayurvedic practitioner Deepak Chopra, Frindel documents the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad who, fulfilling his destiny as foretold by his family guru became a holistic health pioneer, helping to bring Ayurveda, which was almost unknown when he first arrived in the west, to become one of the most prominent alternative health systems in the world today.

Walt Disney Records: "A WRINKLE IN TIME" Music by Ramin Djawadi and others

Walt Disney Records releases the digital version of the original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” from visionary director Ava DuVernay on March 9th as the film opens in theaters nationwide. 

The soundtrack was produced by DuVernay and features the end-credit song “I Believe” performed by Grammy® nominated and multi-platinum selling artists DJ Khaled featuring Demi Lovato.   The song was written by Khaled, Lovato, Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney and was produced by Khaled.  Both artists are embarking on a 20-date North American tour beginning February 26 in San Diego, CA.

The soundtrack also includes two versions of “Flower of the Universe” performed by Sade, one of which is a remix by No I.D.  The multi-Grammy winning and multi-platinum selling artist also co-wrote and co-produced the track with Ben Travers and Andrew Hale. This is Sade’s second original song contribution to a soundtrack following 1986’s “Absolute Beginners.”

Varese Sarabande: "The Strangers: Prey At Night"... Featuring Original Music by Adrian Johnston Plus Songs By Kim Wilde, Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply, and Mental As Anything

Varèse Sarabande will release THE STRANGERS: Prey at Night – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on March 23 and on CD April 13, 2018. The album features original music composed by Adrian Johnston (Becoming Jane, Brideshead Revisited).

The Strangers: Prey At Night is a reboot of Bryan Bertino’s 2008 cult classic The Strangers.  The movie stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson and Bailee Madison.  A road trip to visit relatives takes a dangerous turn when a family arrives at a secluded mobile home park that's mysteriously deserted -- until three masked psychopaths show up.

“I had an idea that once we reach Gatlin Lake, just as the strangers are tuning into radio pop from yesteryear, so too should the scoring sensibilities get occasionally dialed across the decades,” said composer Johnston. “I also wanted to treat it as much as possible as a live event, but also incorporating certain ‘musique concrete’ techniques, reverse tape, loops, cut ups etc.”

Adrian Johnston’s film career began after he became known for live multi-instrumental performances of his new scores for classic silent movies across Europe and USA. His first feature commission was Jude in 1996. Other film credits include Becoming Jane and Kinky Boots.

Johnston thought out of the box in recording the music for THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT.  “The recording sessions took place at night in an incredibly atmospheric (deconsecrated) chapel, centuries old,” he described.  “I projected the film onto a 30-foot high paper screen and improvised to picture, mixing acoustic instruments, vintage synths and organs. There were no nearby neighbors to disturb so I was able to get the entire building thrumming with the cacophony.”

In addition to Johnston’s score, the soundtrack features classic tracks by Kim Wilde, Bonnie Tyler, and Air Supply.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Back Lot Music: "THOROUGHBREDS" Music by Erik Friedlander and other Various Artists

Back Lot Music is set to release the soundtrack album for Focus Features' Thoroughbreds, the darkly comedic psychological thriller by first time director Cory Finley, it was announced today. The soundtrack features music curated for the film by Emmy® Award-Winning music supervisor Susan Jacobs and score from composer Erik Friedlander. The album will release digitally day and date with the films limited theatrical release on March 9th. A vinyl version will deliver later this spring by Mondo Vinyl. Both the digital and vinyl versions of the album feature original artwork by artist Jay Shaw commissioned for the soundtrack.

Friedlander's evocative atonal score serves as almost an additional character in the film. The New York City-based composer and cellist's work with such diverse musicians as John Zorn, Courtney Love and the Mountain Goats has made him a fixture across Manhattan's polymorphous live music scene. Director Finley was referred to Friedlander by music supervisor Jacobs as being someone who could bring an out-of-the-box sensibility to the film's frequently jarring score, having showcased bold and innovative cello playing in his lives sets and recorded compositions.

Sony Music: "TOMB RAIDER" Music by Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is a Grammy® nominated and multi-platinum producer, musician, and composer whose versatility puts him on the cutting edge of contemporary music, as well at the vanguard of exciting new film composers. His film scoring credits include Mad Max Fury Road, Deadpool, Black Mass, Divergent, Brimstone, The Dark Tower and the forthcoming Tomb Raider origins story.

Sony Classical: "RED SPARROW" Music by James Newton Howard

Sony Classical proudly announces the release of RED SPARROW (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with original music by award-winning composer James Newton Howard. The soundtrack is available March 2, 2018. The film will be released on March 2, 2018.

Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

Based upon the best-selling novel by Jason Matthew, Red Sparrow is directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Justin Haythe and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons.

“Working with Francis Lawrence is always a joy. His movies provide a great musical opportunity, while his communication skills are clear and consistent. My first assignment in the Red Sparrow was to compose a twelve-minute piece that could serve as both a ballet and as accompaniment to an unfolding narrative. I also had the great honor of having my friend, Esa-Pekka Salonen conduct the main and end title music,” says composer James Newton Howard.

JAMES NEWTON HOWARD is one of the film industry’s most versatile and honored composers, with a career spanning over thirty years and encompassing more than 130 film and television projects. His myriad film credits include the Oscar®-nominated scores for Defiance, Michael Clayton, The Village, The Fugitive, The Prince of Tides, and My Best Friend’s Wedding, as well as Oscar® nominated songs for Junior and One Fine Day. Howard also received Golden Globe nominations for his scores for Peter Jackson’s blockbuster remake of King Kong and Defiance, as well as the aforementioned songs.

Lakeshore Records and Invada Records: "YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE" Music by Jonny Greenwood

Lakeshore Records and Invada Records will co-release You Were Never Really Here—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, featuring a score by Academy Award-nominated composer Jonny Greenwood (Phantom Thread, There Will Be Blood).  The Amazon Studios film was written and directed by Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Caller), and won awards at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix).  It’s the second time the Radiohead guitarist/keyboardist has collaborated with Ramsay having composed the score for We Need To Talk About Kevin.  Greenwood weaves his talents on synthesizers, drum machines, recorders and guitars alongside the London Contemporary Orchestra and experimental string player Ollie Coates (Under the Skin) to create a compelling backdrop to the intense and harrowing thriller.   The soundtrack will be released digitally in North America by Lakeshore Records and in the UK/Europe by Invada Records March 9th.  CD and vinyl versions forthcoming.  Amazon Studios will release the film in select theaters April 6th. 

Based on a book by Jonathan Ames, Ramsay’s fourth film stars Phoenix as Joe--a traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, who tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Says Greenwood in NME on approaching Ramsay to collaborate: “I wrote to Lynne before finding out about the film and basically hustled her for a job. Asked her if she was working on anything, and if so, whether she needed music. She said she was working on a ‘noir story in NYC.’ I’m a huge fan of her films, and was just keen to be involved with her again. We worked together on her last one, We need to talk about Kevin, so I had a good ‘in’.”
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "The CURED" Music by Rory Friers & Niall Kennedy From The Band And So I Watch You From Afar

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Pulsing with provocative parallels to our troubled times, The Cured is a smart, scary, and hauntingly human tale of guilt and redemption.

Lakeshore Records: "MIDNIGHT SUN" Music by Bella Thorne and Nathaniel Walcott

Lakeshore Records will release Midnight Sun—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD March 16th with a  CD and vinyl version forthcoming.  The soundtrack features original songs performed by the film’s star Bella Thorne as well as original score by Bright Eyes’ Nathaniel Walcott (The Fault In Our Stars).  Other artists appearing on the soundtrack are White Sea, Waters, Mia Wray and Adriel.  The film was written by Eric Kirsten and directed by Scott Speer (Step Up Revolution) and stars Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle and Quinn Shephard.  The film will be released in theaters on March 23rd by Global Road Entertainment. 
Midnight Sun is a romantic tearjerker about 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne), sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight.  Having only her father Jack (Rob Riggle) for company, Katie's world opens up after dark when she ventures outside to play her guitar.  One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window for years.  As they embark on nightly summer excursions, Katie’s risk to sunlight grows and she’s presented with the gut-wrenching dilemma of whether she can live a normal life with her newfound soul mate.   

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "MARCELLA" Music by Lorne Balfe

Set in contemporary London and starring Anna Friel, Marcella - from internationally renowned screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge) - centers on the psychological struggles of a Metropolitan police officer at a crisis point in her personal life, driven by rejection and intuition. Returning to the Met’s Murder Squad after a 12-year career break, Marcella is a detective in her late 30’s who gave up her fast-tracked role to marry and devote her life to starting a family. With the abrupt end to her marriage to the love of her life and isolated from her children at boarding school, Marcella returns to work – her sense of self shattered.

She is immediately assigned to one of her old cases that she first worked on in 2003. A spate of recent killings has occurred, all carrying the same hallmarks as those unsolved murders committed over a decade ago. Has the killer re-appeared or is this a copycat murderer? How will Marcella cope with returning to duty when her own temperament is so fragile and vulnerable? Will throwing herself into her work provide the answers she’s seeking or lead her dangerously into territory she must avoid at all costs?

Lorne Balfe [THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, CHURCHILL] is a Grammy Award-winning, EMMY and BAFTA nominated composer from Inverness, Scotland. He has scored in virtually all genres and in all visual media with projects ranging from major studio to independent films, tentpole video game franchises, beloved animated feature films, critically acclaimed television series, and documentary features.

Lakeshore Records: "LOVE, SIMON" Music by Rob Simonsen

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, The Flash, Supergirl), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love

Rob Simonsen has had a thread in the fabric of some of the most noteworthy and prestigious films of the past decade. He collaborated with director Bennett Miller to underline the unsettling atmosphere of the Oscar-nominated drama Foxcatcher, and spanned an eternity of star-crossed romance with The Age of Adaline, also co-writing the film's end credits song. He scored the Steve Carell-starring dramedy The Way Way Back with sensitivity, sympathized with the coming-of-age The Spectacular Now, and sweetened Zach Braff's coming-of-middle-age film Wish I Was Here. Also under his belt is the horror-comedy The Master Cleanse, Roland Emmerich's political drama Stonewall, and the Weinstein Company's Burnt starring Bradley Cooper, Uma Thurman and Sienna Miller. His work in television has included the Joss Whedon Fox drama Dollhouse and the CBS ratings juggernaut Blue Bloods, led by Tom Selleck.

Prior to flying solo, under the apprenticeship of composer Mychael Danna, Simonsen contributed additional music to the scores for Ang Lee's Life of Pi and Bennett Miller's Moneyball - as well as Catherine Hardwick's The Nativity Story, Sony Pictures Animation Surf's Up, and Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. With Danna, he co-composed the score for Marc Webb's hugely popular indie romance (500) Days of Summer. Simonsen's compositional voice is the product of an education in jazz, electronic and traditional orchestral music. In 2013, he co-founded The Echo Society, a collective that provides a platform for composers to experiment and create for live performances around Los Angeles.
Jeremy [Six Strings]


and more!

Saturday, April 7th, 4:00pm-5:00pm
PAX Bumblebee Theatre, Boston Convention Center

Seattle, WA (March 5, 2018) What does it take to write music for video games? Hear from five of the industry's top composers as they share their experiences and discuss the craft of scoring music for video games.

The 2018 PAX East composer panel "Maestros of Video Games" will feature the following music star lineup:

Kristofer Maddigan

Wilbert Roget, II
Call of Duty: WWII, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.

Cris Velasco
Dauntless, Overwatch, Resident Evil 7 biohazard, Bloodborne, God of War.

Darren Korb
Pyre, Transistor, Bastion.

Tom Salta
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, Killer Instinct Season 3, Halo: The Fall of Reach, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

Moderated by Emily Reese, award-winning radio host and producer of "LEVEL with Emily Reese" podcast.

Following the panel join the composers for a meet & greet / autograph session at the Queue Room from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

For information on PAX East visit:
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "RAMBO III" Music by Jerry Goldsmith

Intrada has given one of its long-standing catalog titles a refresh in this latest edition of Jerry Goldsmith's 1988 score to Rambo III.  With this title back in the catalog, Intrada now has the complete Rambo trilogy in print.  For this newly re-edited and remastered 30th Anniversary release, Intrada accessed Mike Ross-Trevor’s multi-track mixes made from the original scoring session masters. The sequencing of the previous releases was altered from that of the picture in some instances for purely musical purposes and has served listeners well for nearly three decades. This all-new presentation offers everything Jerry Goldsmith recorded for Rambo III during March and April of 1988 but now in the sequence he originally intended for the film.

In the film,  the 1979 – 1989 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan becomes the broader story, with Rambo’s daring rescue of a captured Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) the major story arc.  The largely Islamic jihadists fighting the recently established leftist government – now making ties with the Soviets—were portrayed as sympathetic freedom fighters and were in fact historically given support by the United States. In response, Jerry Goldsmith fashioned his most haunting and emotional new material for them.  He wrote what is possibly the largest number of separate themes for a single score of his career, resulting in a musical architecture that distinguishes the score for Rambo III from its predecessors, lending the score a shape characteristic of a small group of Goldsmith film scores, including The Sand Pebbles and The Challenge.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit: [CLICK HERE]

Some of the greatest.... sequel music available, just got better and well it's Jerry Goldsmith!
Jeremy [Six Strings]


Birdman of Alcatraz, director John Frankenheimer’s (The Manchurian Candidate) biographical drama, stars Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry) as Robert Stroud, the “birdman” of the title, who, as the film begins, is incarcerated at Leavenworth Prison for murder, a sentence that will eventually lead him to Alcatraz. Seeing his days stretch out to life without parole for the murder of a prison guard, Stroud will pass his days in solitary confinement caring for a baby sparrow, an act which eventually blossoms into caring for an array of birds sent as gifts to fellow inmates. 

Birdman of Alcatraz offers supporting performances by Thelma Ritter (who would receive an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress) as Stroud’s mother; Karl Malden as prison warden, Harvey Schoemaker; Betty Field (Picnic) as Stroud’s future wife, Stella; Telly Savalas (The Dirty Dozen) as fellow inmate Gomez; Neville Brand (Stalag 17) as Bull, a prison guard who befriends Stroud; and Edmond O’Brien (The Wild Bunch) as Thomas E. Gaddis, the author of the book based on Stroud’s life. Birdman of Alcatraz was photographed by Burnett Guffey (Academy Award® winner for From Here to Eternity – 1954, Bonnie and Clyde - 1968) and scored by Elmer Bernstein.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Olive Films: "GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!" [1989] BLU-RAY/DVD

Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow) and Winona Ryder (TV’s Stranger Things) star in the biographical drama Great Balls of Fire!, directed by Jim McBride (The Big Easy). Quaid portrays rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis in a film that traces his rise to fame and scandalous personal life, including his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown (Ryder). Seated comfortably between soap opera and docudrama, Great Balls of Fire! offers the viewer a look inside the life of a gifted artist and his Icarus-like rise in the music world. But what goes up … 

Featured in supporting roles are Alec Baldwin (TV’s 30 Rock) as Lee’s cousin, the pre-televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, Trey Wilson (Raising Arizona) as legendary music producer Sam Phillips, Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day) as music promoter Jud Phillips, with Lisa Blount (An Officer and a Gentleman) and John Doe (Road House) as Lois and J.W. Brown, Myra’s parents.  

Well this is one crazy family, with family... film.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kino Classics: "UNDERGROUND" Blu-ray and DVD

Kino Classics proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD release of Emir Kustrica's UNDERGROUND, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. This edition from Kino Classics presents both the 170 minute feature film as well as the 327-minute, six-part TV version, Once Upon a Time There Was a Country.

Special features include a booklet essay by Giorgio Bertellini, author of the monograph Emir Kustrica; Shooting Days, a 1996 documentary on the making of the film; behind-the-scenes footage; interviews with the cast and crew; and the trailer.

Emir Kusturica's UNDERGROUND is a carnivalesque classic of wartime profiteering and betrayal. Marko (Miki Manojlovic´) and Blacky (Lazar Ristovski) are two suspicious characters who make their living on the black market by stealing arms to sell to the Yugoslav Partisans during WWII. They make a killing, but their relationship breaks down in the face of Natalija (Mirjana Jokovic´), an actress who bewitches them both. Their lust turns into a paranoid mania, and Marko makes the delirious decision to lock Blacky in an underground cellar, trying to convince him that the war is still going on outside, and that Blacky is safer to stay hidden, manufacturing arms there in secret (which Marko sells for a tidy profit). This outrageous deception carries on for 20 years, and the repercussions resound through the remainder of Yugoslav history. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]