WaterTower Music: "NEW MUSIC FROM WESTWORLD SEASON 2" MUSIC BY MULTI GRAMMY® AND EMMY® AWARD-NOMINATED COMPOSER RAMIN DJAWADI


Earlier today, fans of HBO’ Westworld  were treated to the premiere of the official Westworld Season Two trailer, which features a new version of the song “Heart-Shaped Box” (originally performed by Nirvana) by multi-Grammy® and Emmy® Award-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi (Westworld, Game of Thrones), now available to stream and for purchase. Full details for the album Westworld Season 2 (Music From The HBO® Series) have yet to be announced.

 
LISTEN: “Heart-Shaped Box” by Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi

Upon hearing “Heart-Shaped Box,” Westworld fans will be thrilled to hear Djawadi continuing his masterful re-imagining of classic songs as he did in Westworld Season One. The album, Westworld: Season 1 (Music from the HBO® Series), contained his powerful versions of “Back To Black” (originally performed by Amy Winehouse), “Black Hole Sun” (originally performed by Soundgarden), “Paint It, Black” (originally performed by The Rolling Stones), “A Forest” (originally performed by The Cure), and “No Surprises” (originally performed by Radiohead), among others.   

Westworld will return to HBO for its second season on Sunday, April 22, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Debuting in 2016 to become HBO’s most-watched freshman series ever, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. The season one cast included Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth, Clifton Collins, Jr., Talulah Riley and Louis Herthum. Joining the season two cast are series regulars Katja Herbers, Gustaf Skarsgard and Fares Fares.
              
Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Roberto Patino, Richard Lewis and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

Catch up on all ten Season One episodes of Westworld on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sumthing Else Music Works: "WARHAMMER : VERMINTIDE 2" Music by Jesper Kyd

 
Sumthing Else Music Works, the award-winning record label dedicated to releasing video game soundtracks, today announced that Jesper Kyd's original soundtrack for the first person melee/shooter sequel Warhammer: Vermintide 2, based on Games Workshop's popular Warhammer Fantasy Battles world, is now available digitally from Amazon, iTunes, Sumthing.com, and other music services. Out now on PC, Vermintide 2 introduces the dark, bloody and twisted Norse tribe 'Chaos' as an enemy faction.

Inspired by Norse mythology, BAFTA award-winning Danish composer Jesper Kyd's original score for Vermintide 2 explores ancient tribal music and dark magic fantasy elements as well as evolving the raw acoustic soundscape he developed for the first game. Kyd channels his Scandinavian roots, blending Viking and Norse-inspired vocals, ritualistic percussion styles and new custom-made instruments built specifically for Vermintide 2, to create another unique soundtrack experience.

Developed by independent games studio Fatshark in Sweden, Vermintide 2 is a visually stunning and groundbreaking melee action game pushing the boundaries of the first person co-op genre. For more information on Warhammer: Vermintide 2 visit www.vermintide.com.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like us at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow us on Twitter @sumthingdigital.


Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "PILGRIMAGE" Music Stephen McKeon


MovieScore Media goes Medieval with Stephen McKeon’s Pilgrimage, a score that has won the Irish Film and Television Awards for Best Music. Starring Tom Holland (Spiderman) and Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) just before their casting into the world of Marvel movies, the film tells the story of a group of monks who must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril. Set in 13th century Ireland, Pilgrimage spans a score as uncompromising and brutal as the Medieval landscape, including powerful choral and solo voice passages that highlight both the dark side of religious fervor as well as the more uplifting side of faith.

“Music composed only of skin, bone and iron” was the brief given to me by the films director" explains composer Stephen McKeon about finding the raw, Medieval tone for the project. "Pilgrimage is set in the 13th century and concerns the evil men do in the name of religion but also the transformative power of love. I decided upon percussion, low male voices and low brass to represent those three elements. There are no female actors in the film and the only female element in the entire film is contained in the score. It’s a solo soprano who represents hope and our more noble possibilities." The bare-bones orchestral music features the haunting choral work of Paul McGough and Crux Vocal Ensemble for maximum effect.
Pilgrimage has won the Irish Film and Television Awards for Best Music, making it the third win for composer Stephen McKeon who had received the award for two John Boorman films, Queen & Country (2014) and The Tiger's Tail (2004) - he was also previously nominated for Blind Flight (2003), Savage (2009) and the children's animated feature Niko 2 - Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012). Besides his credits on over 80 films, McKeon is also known for his music for television, including multiple seasons of The Clinic, Primeval, selected episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot starring David Suchet as well as the "Fifteen Million Merits" episodes of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.The soundtrack has a digital release date of  30 March, 2018 and will be followed by a physical release later in the year, courtesy of Quartet Records.

On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from Pilgrimage by Stephen McKeon.

[CLICK HERE TO LISTEN]

Talk about Medieval... this a well-crafted piece, that can and does separate itself from the film... as it plays to epic proportions.  Well Done!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Records DK: "LACRIMOSA" Music by Elia Cmiral and Gheorghe Zamfir


Records DK recently released the Lacrimosa – Original Soundtrack. The album features original music by composer Elia Cmiral (Ronin, Splinter) and performances by panflute master Gheorghe Zamfir.  Cmiral has received numerous accolades for his work on LACRIMOSA, including Honorable Mention for Original Score at the Top Shorts Film Festival and Best Film Soundtrack at the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival.

 “The director and I wanted some unusual, haunting sound for the solo instrument and Master Zamfir’s beautiful, delicate and sensual tone perfectly matches what I had imagine for the score,” said Cmiral. “The haunting and sensual sound of the pan flute is the tone and character for the whole film, longing, emotional.” In the short film LACRIMOSA, the young girl Mila wakes up in an unknown world full of mysteries. On her journey through ever changing surreal landscapes she meets her lover Theo. Mila has to learn that love also means to let go. “Lacrimosa is only 17 minutes long and I felt I need to set a tone and bring the right voice to the whole movie from the very first frame,” said Cmiral.  “The score is written in a very traditional, classical way using acoustic instruments, pan flute, bass flute, piano, harp, organ and a small string ensemble. I think to find the pan flute as a main sound for the score for a short art film is a bit unusual.”

Born in Czechoslovakia, Elia Cmiral is the son of an actress and a theater director, and grandson of one of Antonin Dvorak’s pupils. A multi instrumentalist, Cmiral attended the Prague Music Conservatory, where he studied composition and double bass. Elia's first scoring opportunity came with his father's production of "Cyrano de Bergerac." From this experience he discovered his passion for writing for the stage.

Lakeshore Records: "LOWLIFE" Music by KRENG


What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate—and a ruthless crime boss—connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane. Careening from savagely funny to just plain savage to unexpectedly heartfelt, this audacious thriller serves up nonstop adrenaline alongside hard-hitting commentary about the state of contemporary America.

ABOUT KRENG... Pepijn Caudron (aka Kreng) was raised in Belgium by a musical family. His mother played violin and his father played guitar.  When he was twelve he followed their lead and began singing and drumming in several local bands, some touring the Belgian club circuit extensively a few years later. By fifteen he started experimenting with 4-track recorders and sampling. A growing interest in 20th century classical music gradually infused his work with a more theatrical feel. Kreng entered the Kunsthumaniora Brussels (an art school for aspiring actors and dancers) in 1992 and graduated cum laude. From that time until 2004 he worked primarily as an actor in theater, film and television.

After attending a performance by the Belgian surrealist horror-theatre company Abattoir Fermé, Kreng approached artistic director Stef Lernous and was hired to score their next performance. Since 2004, Kreng and Abattoir Fermé have collaborated on more than thirty plays, most of which feature little or no dialogue allowing the music to become an extra character that drives the narrative. By 2014, he has more than fifty stage performance soundtrack credits to his name. 

Kreng’s peculiar world of sound also drew attention from the Norwegian record label Miasmah which approached him to release music from his soundtracks for theatre. This resulted in the critically acclaimed album L’Autopsie Phénoménale de Dieu (2009), Grimoire (2011), and the lavishly designed retrospective compilation box Works For Abattoir Fermé 2007-2011 (2012).  In 2013 the 7" vinyl ... And Then in The Morning was released by the Berlin-based label Sonic Pieces. The Summoner (2015), his most personal record to date, was created around the Kübler-Ross model of the five stages of grief.  After more than a decade of stage related work, Kreng returned to his lifelong passion for film soundtracks and was introduced to international audiences with the 2014 film COOTIES.  His second score, for the feature film CAMINP, premiered in September 2016 at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX, and was released by Lakeshore Records. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "CHAPPAQUIDDICK" Music by Garth Stevenson


Varèse Sarabande will release the CHAPPAQUIDDICK – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD April 6, 2018. The album features original score composed by Garth Stevenson (TRACKS, RED KNOT).

CHAPPAQUIDDICK is the untold true story surrounding the scandal & mysterious events of Mary Jo Kopechne drowning as Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge. Starring Jason Clarke as Senator Ted Kennedy & Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne.

Composer Garth Stevenson has spent a lot of time in Massachusetts and understands how this episode has colored local history.  “John [Curran, director] was looking for a balance or coexistence of darkness and lightness in the score. To hear the devils and angels overlapping within cues,” Stevenson described. “Ted’s main theme is introduced over the Chappaquiddick card, and is woven throughout the entire score.  This theme is about the shadow Chappaquiddick cast over Senator Kennedy’s life and career. Frequently presented in overlapping orchestrations, creating a canonic effect. It hangs over his head like the recurring image of the bridge at night.”

New York based double bassist and composer, Garth Stevenson, creates music for film and television. He recently collaborated for the second time with director John Curran (THE PAINTED VEIL) on the biographical drama CHAPPAQUIDDICK, starring Kate Mara and Jason Clarke. Curran and Stevenson’s first collaboration was on the 2013 dramatic biography, TRACKS which featured Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. Stevenson’s score accompanied the character’s long desert trek from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. Stevenson lent an anguished beauty to the Antarctic-set drama RED KNOT (which he also has a part in), and sensitively scored the PBS Independent Lens documentary, YOUNG LAKOTA—which tackled a story about Native Americans, politics, and abortion. Stevenson also scored the drama TEN THOUSAND SAINTS (starring Hailee Steinfeld and Ethan Hawke), and the documentary, RESILIENCE, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Garth’s most recent work can be heard in the drama TATER TOT & PATTON (starring Jessica Rothe and Bates Wilder), SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY, THE GRIZZLIES, and in the pilot of the new TV drama directed by Alan Taylor, ROADSIDE PICNIC.

Stevenson grew up in the mountains of Western Canada, where he learned to play piano and double bass, and cultivated a harmony with nature. He studied at Berklee College of Music before launching into an active career of composing and performing. His time spent outdoors with his 150-year-old bass has inspired three studio albums, including the highly reviewed Flying and Voyage. He has also played his instrument on more than 50 studio albums for other artists.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment: "MOLLY'S GAME" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


From Aaron Sorkin, the mind behind The Social Network, Moneyball, and The West Wing, comes the astounding true story of 26-year-old Molly Bloom, who through sheer nerve, wits, and acumen builds an empire and takes over the ultimate boys club: exclusive high-stakes poker in Molly's Game, arriving on Digital March 27, 2018 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and On Demand April 10, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay, this sensational film is "one of the most radically entertaining things Aaron Sorkin has ever written" (David Ehrlich, Indiewire) and "Unendingly satisfying" (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair).  Molly's Game on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital comes with special bonus content that takes viewers deeper into the life of Molly Bloom and the making of the film.

Two-time Academy Award® nominee, Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty), delivers a powerhouse performance as the tenacious Molly Bloom and is joined by an outstanding cast including Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Star Trek: Beyond, Beasts of No Nation), Academy Award® nominee Kevin Costner (Hidden Figures, Man of Steel), Michael Cera ("Arrested Development," Superbad) Jeremy Strong (The Big Short, Detroit), Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, "Girls") and Bill Camp ("The Night Of," Hostiles).
 


Written and directed by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, Molly's Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before becoming a target of the FBI. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba), who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "STELLA BLÓMKVIST" Music by Helgi Sæmundur


Heida Reed (“Poldark”) stars as quick-witted lawyer Stella Blómkvist, in this stylish neo-noir crime drama that’s as sexy as it is dangerous.  Stella Blómkvist is not your typical lawyer. Smart and ruthless, with a dark past, a fluid sexuality and a taste for whiskey and easy money, Stella takes on cases that always lead to danger; and the only thing she likes about rules is breaking them, or using them to break her opponents.  Her moral flexibility and sympathy for the underdog ensures that she is always the right person in the wrong place at the worst possible time.  Her investigations in Season One include the murder of young woman Halla, an assistant to the Prime Minister of Iceland. When Stella has to represent Sæmi, who was found standing over the body covered in blood, everyone is convinced it’s an open-and-shut case.

But the more she investigates, the murkier it all becomes. Secrets are uncovered that powerful people want to keep hidden, and before it’s over, a seedy trail of sex, murder and blackmail leads Stella into a twisted maze of ruthless corruption at the very heart of government itself.  Based on the best-selling crime novels, “Stella Blómkvist” stars Heida Reed (“Poldark”, “Silent Witness”), and is directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson (“Trapped”, “Black’s Game”).

Helgi Sæmundur... is an Icelandic composer and producer. He is currently based in Reykjavík but will relocate to Los Angeles as of September 2018. His works have attracted a lot of attention in the Icelandic music scene for the past decade, writing and producing original works and contributions for artists in various genres. He first gained major public recognition as a vocalist and producer of hip hop duo Úlfur Úlfur in 2011. Their hard hitting, synthesizer driven music has ranked high on the national top charts for years and recently it has been charting across Europe following their past tours.

Helgi’s interest in film composing first arouse after discovering Cliff Martinez’s score in the film Drive. His fascination grew after hearing Disasterpeace’s music in It Follows and SURVIVE!’s Stranger Things. In 2017 Helgi got offered his first film scoring job, a six episode scandi-noir show called Stella Blómkvist, produced by Sagafilm in collaboration with Red Arrow Entertainment and released by Viaplay.

Following his interest in synth driven film scores, Helgi is currently working on his debut solo album, which is heavily influenced by the 80’s new wave and the modern synthwave. The full-length album will be released in the fall of 2018.

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Dubois Records: "CALL THE MIDWIFE" Music by Maurizio Malagnini


This will be the first ever released CALL THE MIDWIFE soundtrack album entirely dedicated to the composed music in the seven-season run of this acclaimed BBC One/PBS TV series made by Neal Street Productions. Maurizio began working on CALL THE MIDWIFE in season 4, and his music has since become the heart of the drama series and an essential part of storytelling. One of the themes of the show is the mystery behind the creation of life, where Maurizio notes, “In every single scene in which a woman gives birth, there is something magical. The series portrays how extraordinary and diverse every birth can be and some of the most intense music I have ever composed is present in these scenes.”

Varèse Sarabande: "THE GOONIES, BARBARELLA and CHRISTINE"... Goes VINYL!


Varèse Sarabande is launching Varèse Vinyl, an online store where fans can purchase the label’s vinyl recordings, on March 30, 2018.  When Varèse Vinyl goes live the store will feature three new numbered, limited releases exclusive to the store: CHRISTINE (John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth) in an exclusive “Fury Red” color, a 180-gram vinyl version of BARBARELLA (Bob Crewe and Charles Fox), and for the first time on LP, a two-record set of THE GOONIES (Dave Grusin) on “Willy’s Gold” colored vinyl.

Follow One-Eyed Willy’s map to the first ever LP release of Dave Grusin’s beloved score for THE GOONIES.  The film is from the imagination of Steven Spielberg, it plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling surprise-around-every corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys…and a mild- mannered monster with a face only a mother could love. 

Now available on fury red, is John Carpenter’s best-selling soundtrack to CHRISTINE.  Chris Alexander of ComingSoon.net rated Christine as #3 of the top 10 John Carpenter scores, saying, “Pulsing, moody, dread-filled, this is a car-centric and pop-tinted progression of the Halloween score and it’s probably this writer’s favorite of all the Carpenter soundtracks.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, BARBARELLA will be released on 180-gram black vinyl and features original music by Bob Crewe and Charles Fox.  The classic Roger Vadim science fiction film stars Jane Fonda in one of her career defining roles as an astronaut from the future who sets out to find -- and stop -- the evil scientist Durand Durand.

BARBARELLA, CHRISTINE, and THE GOONIES are available to order on www.varesesarabande.com on March 30th.  Sign up for the Varèse Sarabande newsletter to be amongst the first to hear of new additions to the store as they are announced.  www.varesesarabande.com
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "MONSTER HUNT 2" Music by Leon Ko


Monster Hunt 2 is a 2018 Chinese-Hong Kong adventure film directed by Raman Hui, starring Tony Leung, Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Li Yuchun and Tony Yang. A sequel to 2015's Monster Hunt, the film was released in China and Hong Kong on February 16, 2018. It has grossed US$358 million, making it the 5th highest-grossing film of 2018.

Wuba is on his own journey through monster realm. The darker forces of the evil monster king are in search for Wuba. Peace is not restored in the monster world. Wuba meets Tu and BenBen, a human-monster team, and they rescue Wuba multiple times. Meanwhile, Huo and Song are in search of Wuba and reach Monster Hunter Bureau. They get their weapons upgraded and find new friends. In the end, all of them fight, rescuing Wuba from the evil monsters. Finally, Wuba is reunited with its family.

Leon Ko Sai-tseung (Chinese: 高世章; pinyin: Gāo Shìzhāng) is a composer for musical theatre and films. He won a Richard Rodgers Development Award, a Golden Horse Award and numerous musical awards. His mother, Lucilla You Min (尤敏), was a famous actress in post-war Hong Kong Mandarin cinema and won "Best Actress" at the 1st Annual Golden Horse Awards and two consecutive Asian Film Festivals. His grandfather, Bak Yuk Tong (白玉堂), was a famous Cantonese opera artist, known as one of the Four Super Stars (四大天王).
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "B: The Beginning" Music by Yoshihiro Ike


Created by Kazuto Nakazawa and produced by legendary Production I.G, B The Beginning is a 10 episode animated series that will premiere worldwide on Netflix on March 3rd, 2018. In a world powered by advanced technology, crime and action unfold in the archipelagic nation of Cremona. This suspense drama follows Koku, the protagonist – Keith, the legendary investigator of the Royal Police Force RIS – and an underground criminal organization. A wide variety of characters race through the fortified city as it is beset by the serial killer, Killer B.

Yoshihiro Ike, one of the most prolific soundtrack composers in Japan with more than 150 titles spanning across live action films, TV dramas and animated features, contributed the exciting score to the series. The music plays a very important role in the series and puts electronic, electric guitar and otherworldly vocals on the forefront!

Yoshihiro Ike: With an ever-expanding repertoire of 12 full soundtracks completed each year, Yoshihiro Ike is the most prolific Japanese composer working in the industry today. Recording his first compilation "Ahimusa" with David T Walker in Los Angeles in 1989, he began writing soundtracks for Japanese animation features.

He was subsequently nominated for the 2000 UK Music Awards under the soundtrack category, and then awarded the top prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2001 by the Agency for Cultural affairs for his work "Blood the Last Vampire." In 1997 he began writing for film with the TV Asahi drama series "Illusion Midnight" In 2007 he released a 20-year compilation "Ike Yoshihiro the BEST- 20th Anniversary Selection" which included iconic tracks from 40 different films. In addition to writing for television and film, Ike also writes for commercials and anime works as well.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "PACIFIC RIM UPRISING" Music by Lorne Balfe


Jake Pentecost is a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity's victory against the monstrous Kaiju. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through cities and bring the world to its knees, Jake is given one last chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori, to live up to his father's legacy.

Steven DeKnight’s Pacific Rim Uprising features an epic and action packed score by composer Lorne Balfe. Legendary Pictures and Universal are releasing Pacific Rim Uprising on March 23, 2018.

Lorne Balfe (born 23 February 1976) is a Scottish music producer and composer for film, television, and video games. He is best known for composing music for films such as Terminator Genisys, iBoy, and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, DreamWorks animated films Home and Penguins of Madagascar, video games Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Crysis 2, Skylanders and the Call of Duty franchise. He has a studio at Hans Zimmer's company Remote Control Productions, and has collaborated with him on multiple projects. He sometimes composes under the pseudonym "Oswin Mackintosh".

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "A QUIET PLACE" Music by Marco Beltrami


A Quiet Place is a 2018 American horror film directed by John Krasinski, who also stars in the film with Emily Blunt, his wife in real life. The screenplay was written by Krasinski, Bryan Woods, and Scott Beck based on a story by Woods and Beck. The plot follows a family of four who must live life in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 9, 2018, where it received critical praise. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 6, 2018, by Paramount Pictures.

Following an acclaimed premiere at SXSW, Paramount Pictures will release John Krasinski’s horror film A Quiet Place on April 6, 2018. The almost dialogue-free film features a thrilling score by Marco Beltrami.

Marco Edward Beltrami (born October 7, 1966) is an American film and television composer, best known for his work scoring horror films such as Mimic (1997), The Faculty (1998), Resident Evil (2002), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) and The Woman in Black (2012). A long-time friend and collaborator of Wes Craven, Beltrami has scored seven of the director's films including all four films in the Scream franchise (1996–2011). Beltrami has been nominated for two Academy Awards for 3:10 to Yuma and The Hurt Locker, and won a Satellite Award for Best Original Score for Soul Surfer (2011). He also scored Guillermo del Toro's 2004 supernatural superhero film Hellboy, the 2013 superhero film The Wolverine and its sequel Logan.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "HOWARDS END" by Nico Muhly


Howards End is a 2017 four-part television drama series based on the novel of the same name by E. M. Forster (published in 1910). The series is adapted by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Hettie MacDonald. This BBC-produced TV adaptation of Howards End features a script by Kenneth Lonergan and a gorgeous classic score by renowned composer Nico Muhly. Starz will premiere Howards End in the USA on April 8, 2018.

Nico Muhly (b.1981) is an American composer and sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, thePhiladelphia Orchestra and others, he has written more than 80 works for the concert stage, including the operas Two Boys (2010), Dark Sisters (2011), and Marnie; the song cycles Sentences (2015), for countertenor Iestyn Davies, and Impossible Things (2009), for tenor Mark Padmore; a viola concerto for violist Nadia Sirota; the choral works My Days (2011) and Recordare, Domine (2013), written for the Hilliard Ensemble and the Tallis Scholars respectively and most recently Looking Up (2017), a work for choir and orchestra for the Cathedral Choral Society.

Muhly is a frequent collaborator with choreographer Benjamin Millepied and, as an arranger, has paired with Joanna Newsom and Antony and the Johnsons, among others. Planetarium, a large work co-written with Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner, was released on 4AD records. He has composed for stage and screen, with credits that include music for the 2013 Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and scores for the films Kill Your Darlings; Me, Earl And The Dying Girl; and the Academy Award-winning The Reader. Born in Vermont, Muhly studied composition with John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse at the Juilliard School before working as an editor and conductor for Philip Glass. He is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008). He currently lives in New York City.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "ONE STRANGE ROCK" Music by Daniel Pemberton


National Geographic and Lakeshore Records partner with Golden Globe®-nominated composer Daniel Pemberton (“All the Money in the World,” “Molly’s Game,” “Gold,” “Steve Jobs”) to unveil the richly compelling score for ONE STRANGE ROCK, a 10-part global event series premiering on National Geographic on Monday, March 26, at 10/9c. Lakeshore Records will release the original soundtrack digitally on Friday, March 30.

Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (“mother!,” “Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream”) and award-winning producer Jane Root (“America The Story of Us,” “The 80s: The Decade That Made Us”) collaborate with host Will Smith and eight legendary astronauts to tell the extraordinary story of our curiously calibrated, interconnected planet.

Pemberton’s intense score complements the visual brilliance of ONE STRANGE ROCK, exposing the hauntingly ethereal beauty of Earth, the only place we call home. His dynamic sound coupled with the cinematic storytelling takes audiences on an electrifying trip across 45 countries, six continents and outer space.

Varèse Sarabande: "I KILL GIANTS" Music by Laurent Perez del Mar


Varèse Sarabande will release the I KILL GIANTS – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD March 30, 2018. The album features original score composed by Laurent Perez del Mar (The Red Turtle), the original song “Something So Strong” performed by Rasmus Walter and the exclusive and unreleased track London Grammar’s “Under The Stars”.

From the acclaimed graphic novel comes an epic adventure about a world beyond imagination. Teen Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe, The Conjuring 2) is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldly confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, her new school counselor (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) leads her to question everything she’s always believed to be true. I Kill Giants is an intense, touching story about trust, courage and love from the producers that brought you Harry Potter.

“On each film, I try to find a particular sound for the music,” explained Perez del Mar.  “For I Kill Giants, I have mixed instruments like marimba, celesta and cymbalum to obtain a ‘quirky’ sound for the ‘psycho’ theme of Barbara, and I mixed analog textures and an octobass for the dark side of the music, for the giants and the titans.”

Intrada: "MICKEY, DONALD, GOOFY - THE THREE MUSKETEERS" Music by Bruce Broughton


For the latest release from the rich catalog at Disney, Intrada presents the premiere of Bruce Broughton's score from the 2004 animated adventure,  Mickey, Donald, Goofy - The Three Musketeers. While a song album was initially released, the rollicking score had not been included.  Now some 14 years later, Intrada has enhanced the presentation to include both the songs and Broughton's extensive score.  In fact, this score is one of Broughton's own favorites.  As he stated above, the score recalls an earlier time of swashbucklers, with the likes of Adventures of Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk found embedded in the score's heroics.  As for the songs -- the original score was designed to flow smoothly into the songs, allowing the songs and score to play as one musically cohesive whole.  This new album retains that cohesiveness, with the score melding with the songs as intended rather than being presented with separate score and song sections.  The songs are all based upon popular classical melodies and a standout attraction of the film.  As Broughton mentions in his liner notes, in order to fit them into the fabric of the score, arranging them required meticulous attention.  Intrada is thrilled to present you with the opportunity to enjoy musical meld of songs and score for the first time.

In the film, Mickey, Donald and Goofy (and Pluto, too!) are street urchins who are robbed by masked bandits, only to be saved by the Royal Musketeers.  Inspired by the rescue, they are are determined to becomes musketeers themselves.  They get as far as becoming janitors for the musketeers' headquarters, where they are not taken seriously.  But that soon changes when Minnie's life is in danger and they are put in charge to protect her.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "MATHILDE" Music by Marco Beltrami


MovieScore Media reunites with Marco Beltrami with his score for the Russian historical drama Mathilde, featuring the world-class musicians of the Mariinsky Opera, conducted by the world-renowned Valery Gergiev. Mathilde tells the story of the supposed romantic relationship between the heir to the Russian throne, Nicholas Romanov, and the ballerina of the Imperial Theater, Matilda Kshesinskaya. The story opens with the first meeting between the 22-year-old crown prince and 18-year-old ballerina in 1890, then follows the tormented affair up until the coronation of Nicholas and his wife Aleksandra in 1896. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the revolution that lead to the tsar’s abdication, Mathilde spans gorgeous costumes and a emotionally charged score to match the drama.

"I was immediately drawn to the story, the costumes, the sets… it was simply a gorgeous looking movie" says Marco about the film. Using only a handful of themes to underscore the forbidden affair, the music is anchored by Mathilde’s theme for the young dancer who finds herself in royal intrigue. The other major thematic elements include a lively chase theme written around a violin solo ('Twilight of the Empire') and a sinister theme for the proto-Rasputin mystic Dr. Fishel ('Fishel’s Holograph') and some chase sequences that highlight the composer’s skills in using unobtrusive electronic elements that don’t sound out-of-place in a historical films either ("Tent Attack", "Bear Attack").

Following his groundbreaking score for Scream, Marco Beltrami became the most reliable genre composer following the adventures of alien invaders (The Faculty), vampires (Blade II), ghosts (The Woman in Black) and zombies (World War Z). He is frequently trusted with scoring the most valuable Hollywood properties: he worked on the remakes of The Omen, The Thing and Carrie, but he also took over from Michael Kamen on the last two Die Hard movies. Beltrami’s regular filmmaking partners include Wes Craven (Scream 1-4, Dracula 2000), Guillermo del Toro (Mimic, Hellboy), James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine) and Tommy Lee Jones (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Homesman). His previous release with MovieScore Media was the Danish television mini-series 1864.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "WILD" Music by Matthijs Kieboom


MovieScore Media continues its string of documentary score releases with Matthijs Kieboom’s music for Wild, Directed by Luc Enting, Wild was shot in the woods of Veluwe in the province of Gelderland. Following the life cycle of the forest for a year, the movie focuses on three particular animal species: the boar, the deer and the fox. Each animal takes a unique place in the ecosystem of the forest, some of them are hunters, others are prey - but will all of them survive the year? Matthijs Kieboom colorful symphonic score offers a rich tapestry for the forest with music that’s emotional without overriding the beauty of Nature.

"My goal was to let Nature speak for itself by colouring the scenes without ever imposing any emotions." explains Matthijs about the music. "I wanted to give the three main characters their own musical styles. The boar: rude and playful. The deer: elegant and majestic and finally the fox: crafty and dangerous. Besides the main animals, I wanted the seasons to be prominent in the score: the lean and cold tones of the winter, the young jumpy animals in the spring, the warm and sweltering summer and the mysterious autumn where the mating battlegrounds take place. The main theme “The Veluwe” is the glue that keeps everything connected. In nature, everything is connected, so it was my goal in music to connect everything with one recognisable main theme." The score was recorded by Het Gelders Orkest with the composer conducting.

Dutch composer Matthijs Kieboom was born in 1985 in the city of Dordrecht. He started his musical education on the cello and the bass guitar before moving onto composition. He began his career in partnership with fellow Dutch composer Martijn Schimmer; his first feature film score was co-written for Fuchsia the Mini-Witch (2010). In 2011, Matthijs won the first place and the title of “Transatlantyk Young Composer for 2011” at a competition created by Academy Award winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. He later won the “Young Talent Award” at the Krakow Film Music Festival and had his music played at the closing gala. In 2013, Matthijs collaborated with DJ Armin van Buuren on the BUMA-winning score for I Love Ibiza, the top selling Dutch movie of the year. 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "ATROPA" Music by Kevin Riepl


MovieScore Media launches into outer space with Kevin Riepl’s score for Atropa, the new Canal+ streaming series. The 7-part adventure consisting of 11-13 minute-long episodes tells the story of a troubled Off-World Officer, running from his past, but finding himself slammed directly into it when he boards the mysterious spaceship ATROPA. A love-letter to the grungy science fiction movies of the 70s and 80s, the seven episode digital series ATROPA features a twisting sci-fi plot, dazzling visual effects, and legendary genre actor Michael Ironside (Total Recall, Top Gun, Starship Troopers).

“The director of Atropa, Eli Sasich, and I see eye to eye when it comes to how music should work and what kind of role it should play in a story of this magnitude" says Kevin Riepl about the project. "Since we both share an insane love for all things sci-fi, working on the score for Atropa, from the very beginning of the first musical sketches to the final orchestra recording, has been very special. There is a lot of energy and emotion in this story and since the director and I are big fans of science fiction films, we agreed that the best way to capture and support this was employing the use of some traditional orchestra alongside 80s inspired synths & ambiences. On completion the score became a slight homage to 80s sci-fi.”

Composer Kevin Riepl is well-known to fans of video game scoring with his contributions appearing in various episodes of the Unreal Tournament franchise, Gears of War, the multiplayer first-person shooter Huxley and Aliens: Colonial Marines, which is based in the world of the Alien franchise. More recently, Kevin has been branching out into the world of film and television. His popular genres include horror movies with titles like Silent Night, Contracted and Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and animated superhero adventures such as the Batman Unlimited movies as well as Justice League Action.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

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. 
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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! http://moviescoremedia.com/
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. (http://caldera-records.com/)
 
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]

PAX EAST 2018: MAESTROS OF VIDEO GAMES COMPOSER PANEL ANNOUNCED


Featuring the award-winning composers of CUPHEAD, PYRE, TRANSISTOR, BASTION, OVERWATCH, DAUNTLESS, BLOODBORNE, GOD OF WAR, RESIDENT EVIL 7, CALL OF DUTY: WWII, GUILD WARS 2, LARA CROFT AND THE TEMPLE OF OSIRIS, STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC, GHOST RECON, HALO, PLAYERUNKNOWN's BATTLEGROUNDS, KILLER INSTINCT
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
Cuphead.

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: http://east.paxsite.com/.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]