Howlin’ Wolf Records: a film by TOBE HOOPER “DJINN” Music Composed by BC Smith


Renowned genre master Tobe Hooper returns to form with DJINN, a powerful story of a young Emirati couple who return home only to discover that their new apartment in a luxury high-rise is also home to the malevolent beings known as Djinn. A unique new take on the haunted house tale, DJINN explores demonic possession and uncovers the dark, nightmarish truth behind what lurks in this high rise building. [http://howlinwolfrecords.com/]


Composer BC SMITH: From the powerful groundbreaking music of his first film score SMOKE SIGNALS (Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy winner), to the minimalist electronic textures of the upcoming Mandalay Pictures / Netflix film AMATEUR, BC Smith is one of those rare composers firmly entrenched in a world of diverse and eclectic musical styles.

Whether working with modular synthesizers, multifarious ensembles, large orchestras, peyote singers, aleatorics or electronics, BC believes that film scoring is an evolving art form and he approaches every film from its own unique perspective. A multiinstrumentalist, he is known for his unique collection of bespoke instruments and electronics. He believes that audiences crave new sounds and he’s passionate about creating an original sonic pallet and score that is truly born from the story, psychology and aesthetic of each film. 

Shhhhhh this is coming on Valentine's Day, let this Djinn steal your heart!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

10 YEARS OF THE C2E2 [YOU ARE INVITED]


Come one, come all to the only comic, cosplay and pop culture convention in the heart of downtown Chicago! We’re bringing incredible celebrities, unique exhibitors, amazing comic artists and epic literary authors, along with you of course, into one place to celebrate the fandoms you love most – together! Featuring a Show Floor packed with top exhibitors, autograph sessions, panels, screening rooms, exclusives and a massive Artist Alley C2E2 truly has something for everyone. C2E2 is also home to the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay – the most prestigious cosplay award show in the world and the final stop in a global competition series that asks one question – Who will become the Global Champion of Cosplay? If you’ve always dreamed of attending the biggest geek party in the Midwest, this is your weekend to get wild and cut loose with fellow Chicago nerds. The most epic memories and awesome lasting friendships are forged at Chicago’s home of pop culture… C2E2! [https://www.c2e2.com]
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Howlin' Wolf Records and Fourteen Kings release a Limited Cd Edition of "THE NINTH PASSENGER" Music Composed by Scott Glasgow


Howlin' Wolf Records and Fourteen Kings Music proudly present Scott Glasgow's score for THE NINTH PASSENGER. A tale of industrial espionage that morphs into a good old fashioned monster movie, THE NINTH PASSENGER is co-written and directed by Corey Large, producer of such films as IT FOLLOWS, POKER NIGHT, and THE FROZEN GROUND.


THE NINTH PASSENGER features liner notes written by composer Scott Glasgow with a note from composer Theron Kay, all beautifully packaged with designs by Javier Burgos. As a VERY limited and special offer, 25 CDs will be opened and signed by the composer prior to shipping. These limited autographed CDs are for orders placed on the Howlin' Wolf Records website and are first come, first served, so they will not last long!
(howlinwolfrecords.com)


Been a huge fan of composer Scott Glasgow and to find out we at "Howlin' Wolf Records" were teaming up with Scott's label "Fourteen Kings"... that is one great day! This a a limited release on Cd (300), I encourage you to go get this before you can't, I know what I have heard off this release "THE NINTH PASSENGER" it's worth it...
Jeremy [Six Strings]

RLJ Entertainment: "THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


RLJE Films will release THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK on DVD and Blu-ray on March 5, 2019.  Written by Henry Dunham, who is also making his feature directorial debut, the film stars James Badge Dale (13 Hours), Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips), Brian Geraghty (NBC’s “Chicago P.D."), Robert Aramayo (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Patrick Fischler (Showtime’s “Twin Peaks”), Happy Anderson (Cinemax’s “The Knick”) and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). RLJE Films will release THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK on DVD and on Blu-ray.


After a shooting at a police funeral, reclusive ex-cop Gannon (Dale) finds himself unwittingly forced out of retirement when he realizes that the killer belongs to the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Understanding that the shooting could set off a chain reaction of copycat violence across the country, Gannon quarantines his fellow militiamen in the remote lumber mill they call their headquarters. There, he sets about a series of grueling interrogations, intent on ferreting out the killer and turning him over to the authorities to prevent further bloodshed. Check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/Cu8cfNMu99Y 

This one's pretty cool...
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "ICEMAN: THE TIME TRAVELER" [Blu-ray/DVD]


Iconic action star Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, IP Man franchise) gets defrosted for the sequel to the fantasy-adventure Iceman when ICEMAN: THE TIME TRAVELER debuts on digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD February 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment. ICEMAN: THE TIME TRAVELER tells the story of warriors from imperial China who after being buried alive and kept frozen in time for 400 years, are defrosted and must continue the battle they left behind. Directed by Raymond Yip (Bruce Lee My Brother) ICEMAN: THE TIME TRAVELER features a returning cast including Baoqiang Wang (Kung Fu Jungle), Shengyi Huang (Kung Fu Hustle), Kang Yu (Ip Man 3) and Simon Yam (Operation Red Sea) with the legendary Yasuaki Kurata (God of War) joining the sequel. 


During the Ming Dynasty, a palace guard, Ying (Donnie Yen), is buried and frozen in time by an avalanche during a fierce battle. Brought back to life in the present day, Ying embarks on a quest for the only thing that can correct the wrongs of history – The Golden Wheel of Time. Ying sets out on his dangerous journey, never knowing every step he takes is leading him closer to a deadly trap.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment: "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" [Blu-Ray/DVD]


BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Arrives on Digital and Movies Anywhere January 22 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD ... available now! 


Bohemian Rhapsody arrives on Digital and Movies Anywhere January 22 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD in February. For the first time, fans can experience a truly one-of-a-kind music movie event with the complete “Live Aid” Movie Performance featuring two never-before-seen songs (“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “We Will Rock You”) packed into a 22-minute collective experience recreating the original event. In addition, on Blu-ray & Digital, fans will get a look behind the making of the film including interviews with Queen, the cast and creative team.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books "Endgames: The Imager Portfolio (Volume 12)" - L. E. Modesitt, Jr.


Endgames is the stunning final volume in L. E. Modesitt, Jr's, New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series the Imager Portfolio, and the third book in the story arc that began with Madness in Solidar through Treachery's Tools and Assassin's Price.

Solidar is in chaos.

Charyn, the young and untested ruler of Solidar, has survived assassination, and he struggles to gain control of a realm in the grip of social upheaval, war, and rioting. Solidar cannot be allowed to slide into social and political turmoil that will leave the High Holders with their ancient power and privilege, and the common people with nothing.

But the stakes are even higher than he realizes.

The Imager Portfolio
#1 Imager / #2 Imager’s Challenge / #3 Imager’s Intrigue / #4 Scholar / #5 Princeps / #6 Imager’s Battalion / #7 Antiagon Fire / #8 Rex Regis / #9 Madness in Solidar / #10 Treachery’s Tools / #11 Assassin’s Price / #12 Endgames

L. E. Modesitt, Jr. is the author of several science fiction and fantasy books, including the long-running, bestselling Saga of Recluce and Imager Portfolio, as well as a number of short stories, and numerous technical and economic articles.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

WaterTower Music: "THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART"


WaterTower Music has it's digital release of two albums of music from the exciting new animated adventure “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part,” the much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed global box office phenomenon that started it all, “The LEGO Movie.”  Both a soundtrack album and a score album will be released now.

The new music featured on the soundtrack collection includes the end title song “Super Cool,” from Beck feat. Robyn & The Lonely Island, the infectious “Catchy Song” by Dillon Francis feat. T- Pain & That Girl Lay Lay and two songs performed in the film by Tiffany Haddish – the solo “Not Evil” and a hilarious duet with Will Arnett entitled “Gotham City Guys.” Stephanie Beatriz performs on two songs - the solo “5:15” and, as part of a LEGO cast performance, one of the two reimagined versions of “Everything is Awesome” featured on the soundtrack. The second version of the song, titled “Everything Is Awesome (Tween Dream Remix),” is offered by comedy twosome Garfunkel & Oates. “Come Together Now” is performed by indie dance duo Matt & Kim; Yossi Guetta, Esther Guetta & Fiora Cutler perform “Welcome to the Systar System”; and Superoraganism rounds out the album with “Hello Me and You.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "THE PRODIGY" music by award-winning composer Joseph Bishara


Sony Music proudly announces the release of THE PRODIGY (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) featuring original music by award-winning composer Joseph Bishara. The soundtrack is available everywhere February 8, 2019 coinciding with the nationwide release in U.S. theaters.

Horror fixture JOSEPH BISHARA immerses himself in each project, developing distinct soundtracks through a mixture of classical, punk and industrial noise. In addition to his unique scores, Bishara has also appeared onscreen as creatures in many of the films he’s worked on. Of the soundtrack, Bishara says, “The score for The Prodigy was an opportunity to thematically explore the multi-life patterns of a soul’s journey, and bridging that connection into the real world where the struggle for survival takes place.”

In her much-anticipated foray into the horror-thriller genre, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Taylor Schilling stars as a mother named Sarah whose young son Miles’ disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family’s safety, Sarah must choose between her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles and a desperate need to investigate what – or who – is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality becomes frighteningly blurry.

Directed by Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact, At Devil's Door) with a screenplay by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train, Pet Sematary), the movie stars Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Jackson Robert Scott (It, Fear the Walking Dead), Peter Mooney (Burden of Truth, Rookie Blue) and Colm Feore (Thor, Pearl Harbor).

ABOUT JOSEPH BISHARA

Joseph Bishara is a composer and music producer of a darker flavor. His scores include The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, Annabelle, Insidious, Insidious Chapter 2, Insidious Chapter 3, The Other Side of the Door and many others.  Bishara has also appeared onscreen as creature performer in Insidious as the Lipstick-Face Demon, The Conjuring as Bathsheba, as well as demons in Annabelle and The Conjuring 2. Music production work includes the soundtrack for the cult musical film Repo! The Genetic Opera and its successor The Devil’s Carnival, as well programming and remix contributions for artists such as Tech N9ne, Marilyn Manson, Rasputina, Danzig, Jane’s Addiction and Nine Inch Nails.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE FILM ROMA"


Sony Music announces the FEBRUARY 8th release of MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE FILM ROMA, an album of music inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s award winning film. Yesterday, the film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture.  Available to preorder now, the album features songs from BECK, BILLIE EILISH, EL-P, IBEYI, JESSIE REYEZ, LAURA MARLING, PATTI SMITH, UNKLE and more, recorded exclusively for this project.

Included with today’s preorder and available now to stream is BECK’s first musical offering of 2019, entitled “Tarantula” - listen here.  Beck’s radical reimagining of “Tarantula," a 1982 B-Side by 4AD artists Colourbox, replaces the minimalist groove of the original with an epic arrangement by Beck in collaboration with his father, David Campbell.  Produced by Beck and mixed by Tom Elmhirst, the track features a riveting Beck vocal performance at its centerpiece with the backing of a 24-piece ensemble.

After completing work on ROMA, director Alfonso Cuarón was struck with the notion of having his favorite musical artists create songs inspired by the film.  Interested in hearing what the film might inspire in artists across the globe, Cuarón and his music supervisor Lynn Fainchtein began exploring possibilities with the help of their friend Randall Poster.  They approached artists of all genres and backgrounds, inviting them to contribute either an original piece of music or a cover of one of the songs heard in the film.

For some, ROMA inspired new originals, including Billie Eilish’s “WHEN I WAS OLDER,” available now to listen.  Like most of the original songs contributed to the collection, “WHEN I WAS OLDER” incorporates various sound elements from ROMA’s dense audio tracks.  From shouts of student protests to barkings of Borras to the grinding of knives, artists drew inspiration from the sonic landscape meticulously crafted by ROMA, imbuing their compositions with the day-to-day soundtrack of the streets of Mexico City.  16-year-old Bu Cuarón makes her musical debut with her contribution “PSYCHO,” opening with a dramatic audio clip from ROMA before descending into a synth-heavy, electro-pop gem.  Elsewhere, British singer-songwriter Laura Marling covers the Mary Hopkin original “Those Were The Days,” which is heard in the film as a cover by Ray Conniff & The Singers.  The legendary Patti Smith records a new version of her 1996 track “Wing,” while French musical duo Ibeyi draws inspiration from the character of Cleo and her story.

From hip-hop’s El-P to R&B breakout Jessie Reyez and electronic producers UNKLE and DJ Shadow, the remainder of the collection is a diverse tapestry that transcends genre, geography and age.  From Sonido Gallo Negro and Quique Rangel’s Mexico City roots to singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan’s native Israel, and with artists belonging to five different generations, Music Inspired by the Film ROMA is a contemporary touchstone that further reiterates the film’s ability to connect with audiences of all ages across the globe.

Music Inspired by The Film ROMA is the latest addition to the sonic universe of Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical film, following the release of ROMA (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack).  Delivering a sonic portrait of Mexico in the 1970s, the soundtrack presents a mosaic of sounds that further encapsulate the sociopolitical transitions of the era. 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "ALL IS TRUE" music by Patrick Doyle


Sony Music proudly announces the release of ALL IS TRUE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) featuring original music by Oscar-nominee Patrick Doyle (Hamlet, Sense and Sensibility).

Of the soundtrack, composer PATRICK DOYLE says: “I have the great fortune of a long-standing working relationship with Kenneth Branagh, which has been a huge pleasure and very fruitful. Kenneth kindly asked me to score the picture, All Is True, and I readily agreed. I loved the script and, of course, with the knowledge that Ken and Judy would be playing William and Anne, I knew it would be electric and historic.

The schedule was very tight and I was sent the rushes every day, composing hot on the heels of the cut. This included two songs written to Shakespeare's words, which both feature in the screenplay: "Fear No More", from Cymbelne, and "I Know A Bank" from A Midsummer Night's Dream. These songs formed the foundation for the thematic development of the score. It is always a privilege to have the opportunity to set music to William Shakespeare's words. He has been a constant inspiration to composers through the ages and I am no exception.”

The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.

The movie is directed by multiple Oscar-nominee Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn, Hamlet, Henry V), who also plays William Shakespeare. The film also stars Oscar-winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love) and Oscar-nominee Ian McKellen. The screenplay is by Ben Elton. The film is produced by Tamar Thomas and Ted Gagliano with Judy Hofflund, Matt Jenkins, Becca Kovacik, and Laura Berwick as executive producers.

ABOUT PATRICK DOYLE

Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer of film, theatre and concert music. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in 1975 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in 2001. Doyle has been commissioned to score over 55 international feature films, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Carlito’s Way, Gosford Park, Sense and Sensibility, Thor and recently, Murder On The Orient Express.

His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, such as Alfonso Cuarón, Brian De Palma, Robert Altman, Ang Lee, Mike Newell, Chen Kaige and Régis Wargnier.

Doyle's creative relationship with director Kenneth Branagh has resulted in many of his best-known scores over the past 25 years, for films such as Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Thor, Cinderella and Murder On The Orient Express.

Doyle has received two Oscar® nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, two Cesar nominations, and won the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme for Henry V. He has also been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Scottish BAFTA and from Film Fest Ghent, as well as the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award and PRS Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Music.

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Season 3" music by Dominic Lewis


Varèse Sarabande is excited to release THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Season 3 - Original Amazon Series Soundtrack. The music to season 3 of the award-winning Amazon series is composed by Dominic Lewis (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE) and is available digitally from your favorite music retailer.

Based on Philip K. Dick’s best-selling novel, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE is a startling depiction of an alternate history; a world in which Nazi Germany and Japan were victorious in World War II. In season 3, historic fiction meets science fiction as alternate realty doppelgangers come into play in this what if? nightmare, where fascism rules and “undesirables” must hide under assumed names and lives.

Known for his musical contributions to action films like THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION and RED DAWN, this English-born film composer has an equally animated side with his Annie-nominated, FREE BIRDS, and AACTA-nominated, PETER RABBIT, scores. Not to be limited by screen size, Dominic is both music producer and television composer for the 2017 relaunch of Disney’s DUCKTALES. 

From the start of THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, Lewis’ score has brought the distinct cultures of Imperialist Japan and Nazi Germany to life in this off-kilter existence of an occupied United States. Now in season 3, Lewis introduces the music of the neutral zone, a wild-west version America struggling to survive between the dark forces encroaching from both coasts. Complex and as emotionally pitched as the show’s narrative, the season 3 soundtrack challenges listeners with sound that is both familiar and alien as this alternative history epic.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "COLD PURSUIT" music by George Fenton


Varèse Sarabande proudly announces the release of COLD PURSUIT - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. This action thriller stars Liam Neeson, (TAKEN, TAKEN 2-3) as a snowplow driver seeking revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son. Scored by 5 time Oscar®-nominated composer George Fenton (GANDHI, CRY FREEDOM, DANGEROUS LIAISONS), the soundtrack releases today across all download and streaming services and will be followed by a CD release on March 8th.

Debuting on over 2,000 screens in the U.S., Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson) is a father bent on revenge for his murdered son.  Also starring Laura Dern (JURASSIC PARK, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI), Emmy Rossum (SHAMELESS, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW) and William Forsythe (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, RAISING ARIZONA), this action thriller follows Coxman’s transformation from upstanding citizen to coldblooded vigilante hunting a psychotic drug lord named Viking and his sleazy henchmen. Coxman’s vengeance unwittingly sets off a chain of events that includes kidnapping, murder and an all-out turf war between Viking and another rival boss.

The COLD PURSUIT soundtrack is a welcome return to the big screen for the GROUNDHOG DAY composer. George Fenton had until recently been focused more on the small screen, particularly his work on BBC projects. His scores on THE BLUE PLANET and PLANET EARTH have both won the Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Music Composition.  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varese Sarabande: "HOUSE OF CARDS SEASON 6" music by Jeff Beal


Varèse Sarabande celebrates President’s Day with the release of HOUSE OF CARDS Season 6  - Original Netflix Series Soundtrack. The album features the original music composed by Jeff Beal (JESSE STONE, MONK). The digital album is available now at online retailers, while the CD is a VareseSarabande.com exclusive. All 500 CDs of the limited run are signed by the Emmy® Award-Winning composer. Soundtracks to seasons 1-5 of The HOUSE OF CARDS are also available from Varèse Sarabande.

“It’s with great pleasure I bring you our final installment of music from HOUSE OF CARDS.” Said composer Jeff Beal about the conclusion of the award winning show.  “Our show was about politics, but I always felt it was also about something more universal - the dark recesses of human behavior, ambition, and betrayal. Our show, at it’s best, seemed to be able to make the unlikeable compellingly watchable - at times, relatable. I am honored that these final CDs complete a total of twelve over six seasons.”

The sixth and final season of the critically acclaimed Emmy®­-nominated drama HOUSE OF CARDS opens with Golden Globe® winning star Robin Wright (as Claire Underwood) at the helm of the nation as its first female President. Oscar®-nominated actors, Diane Lane (UNFAITHFUL) and Greg Kinnear (AS GOOD AS IT GETS), join season 5 survivors, Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman, for a new dawn, a new day for the Underwood administration.

“As the world of real politics devolved during the six year run of our show, the once escapist fun of the devilish Underwoods seemed to inevitably converge towards our present reality.” continued Jeff Beal. “The dangers of fascism, abuse of power, and blind loyalty are obvious and present but could not remove the small glimmer of hope buried deep within HOUSE OF CARDS.  Even the worst villain was occasionally given a fleeting moment of humanity, empathy, decency.  It was in these moments which I felt had the opportunity to express the ache, longing, and stark beauty of such possibilities.”

A five-time EMMY® winner, Jeff Beal’s approach is a fan favorite for more sophisticated works.  His TV credits include HBO’s ROME and CARNIVÀLE. His documentary work includes BLACKFISH, WEINER, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, the Oliver Stone four-night documentary event THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, which premiered at Sundance, and BOSTON, the documentary about the history of the Boston Marathon.

“The score was equal parts political thriller, dark comedy, noir romance, and operatic tragedy that often emanated from the dark truths of it’s protagonists but still represented a silent supporting character - the voices of their inner monologues, and our story.” concluded composer Jeff Beal. “I hope you enjoy this music, and relish the listening journey as much as I have had in composing it for you.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "Altamira: The Origin of Art" music by Arturo Cardelús


MovieScore Media turns back the clock with the release of Arturo Cardelús’ Altamira: The Origin of Art - a score that skillfully finds common ground between the ancient and the contemporary. MovieScore Media’s digital album comes out today, and the label has licensed the CD rights to Spain’s Rosetta Records, who also released Cardelús’ score for Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles. Directed by José Luis López Linares, Altamira: The Origin of Art is a documentary about the Cave of Altamira, a Paleolithic cave located in Santillana del Mar (Spain) that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. It is renowned for prehistoric parietal cave art featuring charcoal drawings and polychrome paintings of contemporary local fauna and human hands.

“While some researchers believe that the paintings are more than 65,000 years old, something about them feels very current.” says Cardelús about the music. “The director, José Luis López Linares, wanted a score that found common ground between the artists' world and ours. The piano ostinato of “Timeless” and “Altamira” attempts to evoke the part of us that has remained constant for more than 65,000 years. In addition, we incorporated flutes into the score because they are some of the most ancient instruments. The movie also focuses on Marcelino Sanz Sautuola and his daughter, who discovered the cave while exploring. We decided to go for a warm sound to reflect their relationship. We achieved this principally using soloists over a string orchestra.” In addition to Altamira, the album also includes music from the composer’s 2016 short, Swimming in the Desert.

Spanish composer Arturo Cardelús is a rising talent in the film industry. He studied film scoring at Boston's Berklee College of Music, where he graduated summa cum laude. Naxos, a leading classical music label, released an album of his chamber music in 2015. Cardelús has scored the internet sensation In a Heartbeat, the Netflix miniseries Call Me Francis and Frank Marshall's The People's Fighters. His most recent score, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, was called "stunning" by Variety's Peter Debruge.
 
On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from the score: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROPAJJBpqsM]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "SWINGERS" music by Pessi Levanto


MovieScore Media once again teams up with Pessi Levanto, the composer of Oma maa, to release his full-bloodied swing comedy score for the aptly titled Swingers. Co-written and directed by Pamela Tola, the film is a raunchy comedy about four couples spending a weekend at a swinger’ retreat. Although they are at different points in their relationships, all four of the couples get their faithfulness tested and who knows if all of them manage to survive the resort intact...

“Given the topic of the film, I felt that it was an obvious choice for the music to be swing,” explains Pessi. Since my education and background is in jazz music, I felt comfortable to use this style. I played the piano myself and gathered some of the best jazz musicians in the country for the sessions. Maybe the music is more hard bop in the end than strictly swing stylistically, but I believe the groovy overall sound serves the film quite well. There are some more serious parts in the film but me and the director didn’t want to show the characters any mercy by using music which would make the viewer sympathize with them. Thus there are some rather dark moments but we deliberately went against the picture and use groovy jazz on top of these to mock the characters and make fun of them even more.”

Pessi Levanto has scored eighteen full-length feature films, around thirty short films and documentaries plus miscellaneous spots and commercials. He has released seven records of his own and played in and done arrangements for dozens of others. His credits include the romantic comedy Body Fat Index of Love (2012) and the family adventure Rölli and the Golden Key (2013) and The Swedish Moment (2014). Besides his film work, Pessi is a sought-after arranger. His project Classical Trancelations with the Helsinki Philharmonics, had sold-out shows of orchestral versions of club music classics. His score for Oma maa is also available from MovieScore Media.
 
On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from the score: [https://www.facebook.com/moviescoremedia/videos/2233591506898808/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "VAN GOGH: OF WHEAT FIELDS AND CLOUDED SKIES music by Remo Anzovino


Sony Music proudly announces the release of VAN GOGH: OF WHEAT FIELDS AND CLOUDED SKIES (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) featuring original music by composer REMO ANZOVINO

Of the soundtrack, composer REMO ANZOVINO says, “Composing the score was an intense journey, an all-consuming experience. The music had to represent the subjective point of view of both protagonists: saying with sound what he must have felt, shut away in the asylum in Saint Remy, painting Starry Night (‘Vincent’); what she must have felt avidly reading his letters to Theo and voraciously viewing his paintings (‘Helene’). What it meant to find yourself in Arles at midday in the middle of a wheat field and to feel, as Vincent wrote to Theo, ‘like a cricket’, happy as never before, literally exploding with colour (‘Arles symphony’).”

VAN GOGH: OF WHEAT FIELDS AND CLOUDED SKIES provides a new look at Van Gogh through the legacy of the greatest private collector of the Dutch artist’s work: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), who in the early 20th Century, ended up buying nearly 300 of his works, paintings and drawings included. This is a story that tells the tale of the spiritual bond between two people who never met during their lifetime (Helene Kröller-Müller was 21 when Van Gogh died in 1890), but shared the same attraction for the Absolute, the same uncompromising search for a pure artistic, religious dimension.  Directed by Giovanni Piscaglia, the screenplay is by Matteo Moneta with consultancy from Marco Goldin. The film is produced by 3D Produzioni and Nexo Digital with Veronica Bottanelli as an executive producer. The accompanying narrative to the documentary is provided by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.  The film is a part of Nexo Digital’s artbeats project, which aims to bring a worldwide access to art documentaries together with their soundtracks, captured to seize amazing images from completely new and exclusive points of view.

ABOUT REMO ANZOVINO

Born in 1976 to Neapolitan parents, Remo Anzovino began playing the piano and composing music as a child. At age 24 he obtained a first-class Law degree with honors from the University of Bologna, specializing in Criminal Law. Anzovino is currently considered one of the most influential composers and pianists in the Italian music scene. His style is the perfect intersection between art music and world music, it’s the result of a long experience composing for the theatre, advertising (for brands such as Alitalia, Bulgari and NewHolland) and for the cinema. Among the many music titles of the silent pictures he played with orchestra and piano solo, there are many cult movies such as:
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "AN AMERICAN TAIL" [Expanded] Music by James Horner

 
Intrada continues its examination of the animated scores of James Horner with this new expanded edition of the 1986 soundtrack to An American Tail, a joint effort between Don Bluth's Sullivan Bluth Studios and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, and Horner's first full-length animation effort. The score follows Horner's soon-to-be-Oscar-nominated score for Aliens. Whereas Aliens was a dark, mysterious, exciting and often scary work, An American Tail was a mouse of an entirely different color. Tail spanned two animated continents, giving Horner an epic tapestry for which he weaved a colorful and beautiful score, steeped in rich themes and excitement. Throughout, songs help the story along, spawning the hit, "Somewhere Out There," sung by Linda Ronstadt and the very recently, dearly departed James Ingram. It's one of the finest scores Horner composed, among a body of work that is filled with stunning beauty.

The original album released by MCA at the time of the film's release in late '86 was 50 minutes in length, paired down from an original 65-minute program Horner had prepared. For this release on Intrada, producer Mike Matessino has remastered and expanded this benchmark in animated film scoring for the first time, working from Eric Tomlinson's original mixes, allowing the score to shine like the true jewel that it is.

The story focuses on the adventures of the Mousekewitz family: Papa (Nehemiah Persoff), Mama (Erica Yohn), Tanya (Amy Green/Betsy Cathcart), Fievel (Phillip Glasser) and infant Yasha. Chased from their Russian village by Cossack cats, they bravely set sail for America where, Papa promises them, “there are no cats!” But a storm at sea separates young Fievel from his family, and when he finally lands in the new world, his only thought is to find them. The first friend he makes is Henri (Christopher Plummer), a French pigeon building the Statue of Liberty, but he soon falls into the clutches of Warren T. Rat (John Finnegan), a cat posing as a rat to take advantage of downtrodden, immigrant mice. Promising to reunite Fievel with his family, he brings him instead to a workhouse of Dickensian gloom. Fievel must escape Rat's treachery and resume his quest to find his family.

Special thank you goes to Universal Pictures, Universal Music Group, Amblin Entertainment and the Horner estate for making this release possible.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit the: [An American Tail Soundtrack Page]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Cheezy Flicks: "WAR OF THE PLANETS" [DVD]


War of the Planets [1966] - Who doesn't like a movie about a giant robot enslaving humanoids?

War of the Planets (Italian: I Diafanoidi Vengono da Marte, literally "The Diaphanoids Come From Mars") is a 1965 Italian science fiction film, produced by Joseph Fryd and Antonio Margheriti, directed by Antonio Margheriti, that stars Tony Russel and Lisa Gastoni (Russel's name is misspelled in the opening credits as "Tony Russell"). It was released theatrically in Europe in 1966. The film's story and screenplay were written by Ivan Reiner and Renato Moretti.


This is the second film in the Gamma-One series. It follows Wild, Wild Planet (a.k.a. I Criminali della Galassia ("Criminals of the Galaxy") and precedes War Between the Planets (a.k.a. Il Pianeta Errante ("Planet on the Prowl") and Snow Devils (a.k.a. La Morte Viene dal Pianeta Aytin ("Death Comes From The Planet Aytin"). [https://www.cheezyflicks.com]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Cheezy Flicks: "LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE" [DVD]


Let Sleeping Corpses Lie [1974] - This one has been pulled, but there are still copies out there. This one is also a zombie movie, but if you're like me you'll pretty much watch all zombie movies.

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (Italian: Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti, lit. Do Not Profane the Sleep of the Dead; Spanish: No profanar el sueño de los muertos, lit. Do Not Profane the Sleep of the Dead), also known as The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue and Don't Open the Window, is a 1974 Spanish-Italian science fiction zombie horror film written and directed by Jorge Grau and starring Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy and Cristina Galbó. The film focuses on two protagonists who are harassed by a local police investigator in the English countryside and are implicated in murders committed by zombies who have been brought to life by a farming tool designed to kill insects via ultra-sonic radiation.


After being presented at the Sitges Film festival in Spain on September 30, 1974, the film was released in Italy on 28 November 1974 and was later released throughout 1975 in the United States and the United Kingdom under varying titles. In total, the film was released under more than 15 different titles internationally. In the following years, the film has become a cult picture. [https://www.cheezyflicks.com]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Cheezy Flicks: "4D MAN" DVD


4D Man [1959] - A lovely little tale of entering the 4th dimension mixed with murder. But hey, it stars Lee Meriwether and Patty Duke.

Brilliant but irresponsible scientist, Dr. Tony Nelson, develops an electronic amplifier that he hopes will allow any object to achieve a 4th dimensional (4D) state. While in this state, any object can pass freely through any other object. Tony, however, fails to pay attention to the overload, which sparks an electrical fire that burns down his lab. This results in the university terminating his contract. Now unemployed, Tony seeks out his brother, Scott, also a Doctor, to help him with his experiment. Scott is a researcher working on a material called Cargonite that is so dense that it is impenetrable.


Scott is underpaid and unappreciated at his new job. He does not have the necessary drive to ask his employer, Mr. Carson, for greater recognition. Scott has become the driving force behind the development of Cargonite, named after Carson, who is now taking much of the credit for Scott's work. When his girlfriend, Linda Davis, falls for Tony, an enraged Scott steals Tony's experiment and starts playing around with it, eventually transforming himself into a 4D state. When demonstrating this to Tony, Scott leaves the amplifier power turned off, yet he successfully passes his hand through a block of steel. Scott can now enter a 4D state via his own will. Tony is amazed, but warns Scott not to reveal this ability until he can further test for possible side effects. [https://www.cheezyflicks.com]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "HAUNTED HOSPITAL: HEILSTÄTTEN"


Horror director Michael David Pate (Gefällt mir, Potato Salad) goes social in the terrifying flick HAUNTED HOSPITAL: HEILSTÄTTEN arriving on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD February 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film tells the story of a group of vloggers who travel to Berlin to film a viral social media challenge by illegally accessing the abandoned, derelict military hospital Beelitz Heilstätten that once housed a recuperating Adolph Hitler, and documenting their experience spending the night in the ominous surgery block in the hopes that the video will go viral. They soon experience many strange events which terrorize them both physically and mentally. HAUNTED HOSPITAL: HEILSTÄTTEN stars Nilam Farooq (“SOKO Leipzig”), Farina Flebbe (Alone in Berlin), Sonja Gerhardt (Jack the Ripper), Maxine Kazis, Emilio Sakraya (“4 Blocks) and Tim Oliver Schultz (“The Red Band Society”).

 
A group of vloggers illegally access a condemned asylum for a "Will you Survive the Night" viral social media challenge. Equipped with night vision and thermal cameras, the adolescent adrenaline junkies chase the rumors of paranormal activity, not only learning they are not alone...they are not welcome.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Audition" [1999]


One of the most shocking J-horror films ever made, Audition exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such other genre delights as Ichii the Killer and The Happiness of the Katakuris. Recent widower Shigeharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, so he seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. They take advantage of their position in a film company by staging an audition to find the perfect woman. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu becomes enchanted by Asami, a quiet, 24-year-old woman, who is immediately responsive to his charms. But soon things take a very dark and twisted turn as we find that Asami isn't what she seems to be... Pulling the audience into a story that will lead to one of the most harrowing climaxes in cinema history, Miike twists and turns us through delirious editing and shocking visuals for one of the most depraved nightmares of all time!

-Brand new 2K restoriation of original vault elements
-Original 5.1 Dolby Surround Audio
-Optional English subtitles
-Audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan
-Brand new commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes examining the film and its source novel
-Introduction by Miike
-Ties that Bind – A brand new interview with Takashi Miike
-Interviews with stars Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi
-Damaged Romance: An appreciation by Japanese cinema historian Tony Rayns
-Trailers
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
-FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel

Director: Takashi Miike
Actors: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "So Dark The Night" [1946]


Like his contemporaries Howard Hawks and Billy Wilder, Joseph H. Lewis (Gun Crazy) dabbled in many genres, but excelled in the film noir tradition. A Hitchcockian tale of mystery and intrigue, So Dark the Night was one of his finest pictures. Inspector Cassin, a renowned Paris detective, departs to the country for a much-needed break. There he falls in love with the innkeeper's daughter, Nanette, who is already betrothed to a local farmer. On the evening of their engagement party, Nanette and the farmer both disappear. Cassin takes up the case immediately to discover what happened to them and who is responsible. As with his celebrated noir masterpieces My Name Is Julia Ross and The Big Combo, Lewis elevates the twisty, pulpy material with some of the finest noir touches the genre has to offer, beautifully shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Burnett Guffey (Bonnie and Clyde).

-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
-Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
-Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
-Audio Commentary by critics Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme
-So Dark... Joseph H. Lewis at Columbia - Critic Imogen Sara Smith provides the background and an analysis of the film
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tonci Zonjic
-FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Cairns

Director: Joseph H Lewis
Actors: Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel, Eugene Borden 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Caldera Records: "THE BABY" Music by Gerald Fried


Caldera Records is proud to present the score for the motion picture “The Baby” from 1973, directed by Ted Post, featuring music by Gerald Fried.  The motion picture, marketed as a horror film, tells the story of a dedicated social worker takes on a case involving a grown-up man still in diapers. It doesn’t take long for the disturbed social worker to figure out that ‘Baby’s’ family deliberately keeps the retarded man-child from maturing. There are even more disturbing facts to note: the disappearance of previous social worker being the most unsettling. But lo and behold, the new social worker finds herself confronted with the ‘Baby’s’ family who, so it seems, is out to silence her. 

Gerald Fried’s music provides a phonic reminder that things may not be as presented; a harmonic harbinger of hidden dread. Fried’s resonantly descriptive dissertation is centered around a somber and melancholy etude, offered first in cello solo (performed by the esteemed Edgar Lustgarten), and expanded into a dreamlike lullaby, which sustains the film’s emotional capital throughout. This forlorn, needful melody acts as a guiding constant with the netherworld atmosphere created by Gerald Fried’s eerily sublime orchestration – a creepy and unsettling realm of threatening rattles, hypnotic chimes, and nightmarish music box tinkling. [http://caldera-records.com]

I remember seeing this film and before coining the phrase "WTF" well here is this film "THE BABY" [1973]. Wow I thought here is the one of those things you watch and then quickly shield your eyes. If I am going to take anything away from this film, it's going to be the score by composer Gerald Fried, who took us inside the head of the baby. Scaring us without being scared, showering us with chimes and a dabble of bells. A car seat to baby carriage... innocence takes a backseat, when you close your eyes and hearing this piece it will be in your heart. I think that made sense, if not then just listen to this score it's really worth it.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Back Lot Music: "HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD" Music by John Powell and a new original song by Jónsi


From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. 

As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure. For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast. The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon,How to Train Your Dragon 2).
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "L.A. CONFIDENTIAL" Music by Jerry Goldsmith [long-awaited LP]


Varèse Sarabande announces the long-awaited LP debut of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL – Original Motion Picture Score. The black vinyl release is a VareseSarabande.com exclusive and limited to 500 copies. The last great noir score of the 20th century dives into the glitz and grime of 1950’s Los Angeles as envisioned by legendary master composer, Jerry Goldsmith.

“Goldsmith’s score is now considered a masterpiece nearly on the level of his landmark ‘Chinatown’. Jerry Goldsmith would have turned 90 in 2019. His music continues to be revered, celebrated and performed all over the world. I am thrilled to see this score, which was absolutely ideal for vinyl from the very beginning, finally debut on the classic LP format. A priceless slice of vintage Los Angeles!” as Robert Townson, VP of A&R, explains.

Jerry Goldsmith (Best Original Score) earned one of the 9 Academy nominations L.A. CONFIDENTIAL received in 1998. Kim Basinger (Best Supporting Actress) and the writers, Curtis Hanson and Brian Heigeland, (Best Adapted Screenplay) took home Oscars for the film. Preserved in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL continues to be one of the best films set in the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles. [www.varesesarabande.com]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "ARCTIC" Music by Joseph Trapanese


Sony Music announces the release of ARCTIC (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by Joseph Trapanese (The Greatest Showman, Tron: Legacy, Straight Outta Compton) – available everywhere February 1.  Originally premiering at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Joe Penna’s Arctic is a dramatic tale of survival and makes its debut in theatres on February 1.  

“Director Joe Penna was a wonderful creative partner in helping me invent a unique soundtrack for ARCTIC.  We used choirs of bass flutes, Wagner tubas, and low strings to evoke the power of the landscape, and explored electronic techniques like convolution, re-amplification, and tape varispeed to bring organic, familiar sounds into the frozen environment of the film.  We're incredibly proud of this distinct film and soundtrack, and excited to share it with you" says Joseph Trapanese.

Directed by Joe Penna and written by Penna and Ryan Morrison, Arctic is the story of a man stranded in the wake of an airplane crash who must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive.  Penna’s feature-film debut stars Mads Mikkelsen and is produced by Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros of Armory Films, who also financed, and Noah C Haeussner of Union Entertainment Group. Martha De Laurentiis, Manu Gargi and Einar Thorsteinsson serve as executive producers.

Bleecker Street acquired the North American distribution rights and select international territories following its world premiere in Cannes.  XYZ Films handled international sales for the film.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "MISS BALA" Music by Alex Heffes


Sony Music proudly announces the release of MISS BALA (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) featuring original music by Golden Globe nominee Alex Heffes (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) – available everywhere Friday, January 25. The movie will debut in U.S. theaters in Friday, February 1.

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke and with a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Miss Bala tells the story of Gloria (Gina Rodriguez), who finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime.  Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.  The movie stars Gina Rodriguez, Ismael Cruz Córdova and Anthony Mackie.  The film is produced by Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz, with Mauricio Katz, Gerardo Naranjo, Catherine Hardwicke, Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, Samson Mucke, Arturo Sampson, Andy Berman and Jamie Marshall serving as executive producers.

“I’ve always been a big fan of Catherine Hardwicke’s films and Miss Bala has all the energy and edge that is so characteristic of her work,” says composer Alex Heffes of the soundtrack.  “So I was excited to set about creating the musical world of Miss Bala and Tijuana provided a great musical backdrop to draw on. The gritty action called for the score to have a dark edge, so we ended up fusing a tough synth-driven sound with guitars and Latin percussion. As the lead character Gloria gradually outwits her captors and spreads her wings it felt like she needed her own action sound so you will hear her theme played out on high strummed guitars to give the shine that Gina Rodriguez brings to the character on the big screen.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "THE UPSIDE" music by Rob Simonsen


Sony Music announces the release of THE UPSIDE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by renowned film composer and newly-signed Sony Music Masterworks artist Rob Simonsen (The Front Runner, Foxcatcher, 500 Days of Summer).  Available January 18, the soundtrack features music from the Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston starring film from STX Films, in theaters now.

Of the soundtrack, composer Rob Simonsen says: “It was an honor to work with Neil Burger and his extremely creative team on the score for The Upside - finding just the right balance of emotion and levity in the score.”

Based on French film The Intouchables, The Upside is director Neil Burger’s heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston). The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King.

ABOUT ROB SIMONSEN... Having learned to play the piano at a young age and with an educational background in jazz, electronic and traditional orchestral music, Sony Music Masterworks artist ROB SIMONSEN has lent his scoring talents to a wide range of film projects.  Since the early 2000s, he’s worked on an expansive list of film soundtracks, among them The Front Runner, Love, Simon, Nerve, Foxcatcher, The Way, Way Back and The Spectacular Now.  Under the apprenticeship of composer Mychael Danna, Simonsen worked on films like 500 Days Of Summer and Moneyball, in addition to collaborating with Danna on his Academy Award-winning score for Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi.  In addition to his lengthy catalogue of film scores, Simonsen is the founder of The Echo Society, a Los Angeles-based non-profit artist collective.  Surrounding himself with a network of like-minded artists, Simonsen founded The Echo Society in order to connect, inspire, challenge and enrich the creative community in Los Angeles by sponsoring live, professional sonic/visual performances and offering immersive and interactive audience experiences.  Inspired by a lifetime of making music and emboldened by his work with The Echo Society, Rob Simonsen will step out from behind the screen for the release of his solo debut with Sony Music Masterworks in 2019. 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Back Lot Music: "GLASS" music by West Dylan Thordson


M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

West Dylan Thordson is an American film composer. He is best known for his original scores to Joy, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, Foxcatcher and M. Night Shyamalan's Split and Glass.
 
great film and score! Ignore the critics, if you liked the first two parts... you will dig this too!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

ScreamWorks Records: "THE FARM" Music by Sergei Stern


ScreamWorks Records opens up the new year with the chilling score to a roadside attraction you should never stop at. Written and directed Hans Stjernswärd, The Farm tells the story of a young couple who get kidnapped and treated like farm animals after stopping at a roadside diner to eat meat. Characterized by little dialogue and a lot of atmosphere, the film takes us to an alternate reality where humans live through the same things animals go through before they land on the plates - and then some…

The score ranges from the maniac strings of the “Main Title” to the more experimental and disturbing material for the protagonists’ descent into animaldom. As composer Sergei Stern explains: "The goal of this soundtrack was to create a unique palette of live instruments, human voice and organic sound design built on unconventional harmonies, catchy motifs and unpredictable counterpoint that would portray the story of the film the right and, at the same time, weird way.” The last piece entitled “On My Land” is an original 'folk' song that was written and performed by me which tells a story of a farmer running in contrast to the actual horrific farm from the film where the song is playing from the local radio.

Sergei Stern is a classically trained composer with music band background and a deep interest in electronic music. He has scored seven feature films and over 80 short films, while his music can be heard in various feature films, TV shows and video games. The Farm marks his soundtrack release debut, while the film itself is his fourth collaboration with director Hans Stjernswärd, following the short films Gepetto, Lady in Red and Rapunzel.

On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from the score: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh1UTysAqmg
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "GENERAL MAGIC" music by Benji Merrison


Benji Merrison’s hypnotic, lyrical soundtrack to the story of General Magic, Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude‘s award winning documentary about the 1989 Silicon Valley startup.

From the first smartphones to social media, e-commerce and even emojis, the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic, a 1989 Silicon Valley startup that most of us haven't heard of. General Magic is the story of one of history’s most talented technology teams and this documentary is a tale of how great vision and epic failure can change the world. With members of the original Mac team and the creators of the iPhone, Android, eBay and more, this is the story of one of history’s most talented teams and what happens when those who dream big fail, fail again, fail better and ultimately succeed.

Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018, General Magic has already won Best Documentary at the LA Film Awards and Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, as well as the Jury Award at Napa Valley Film Festival.

Benji Merrison is an award winning composer, known for BBC’s Dynasties, Class, Horizon and ITV’s Victoria. His distinctive musical voice is in high demand and he has scored music for hundreds of projects across film, television, installations and events. He has worked with all major UK broadcasters, along with many other networks and brands worldwide.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "THE BOX OF DELIGHTS" music by Roger Limb


1984 score by Roger Limb and The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, compiled and mastered by Mark Ayres and commercially made available for the first time.

Poet Laureate John Masefield's classic 1935 fantasy novel was adapted by the BBC and broadcast in six parts between 21st November and 24th December in 1984. The story of a young schoolboy whose ownership of a magic box allows him to shrink, fly, revisit the past and experience incredible wonders and creatures inspired ambitious special effects and scooped three BAFTA awards, one for best children's series and two for television craft. Starring Patrick Troughton and Robert Stephens and filmed in a variety of scenic locations in the UK at a cost of £1 million, The Box of Delights proved to be the most expensive children's series to date in the history of the BBC.

Composer Roger Limb, a specialist in electronic music and working with The BBC Radiophonic Workshop is famed for his Doctor Who work. His range extends much further than science-fiction and includes Martin Luther: Heretic and the Look And Read serials. Much like the visuals the music matches with a truly innovative score combining acoustic instruments with synthesised sounds. Included on this release is the delightful original theme, Victor Hely-Hutchinson's Carol Symphony: Andante quasi lento e cantabile performed by the Pro Arte Orchestra.

Roger Limb comments - “As creator of the incidental music, I approached the story with all the tools of a Radiophonic Workshop studio. However, this is not science fiction; certainly, magical things happen, but within the confines of an almost believable reality. This could be a definition of successful fantasy writing. So, to keep the music in line with this vision, I regularly incorporated conventional musical instruments into the score and from time to time I reference Hely-Hutchinson’s harp motif to underscore a particular emotional moment.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "INFORMER" music by Ilan Eshkeri


Ilan Eshkeri's soundtrack to BBC's hit character-driven thriller set in East London featuring Paddy Considine, Nabhaan Rizwan, Bel Powley.

Informer is a complex story that explores identity and how a situation can change the perception of an individual. Raza, a young second generation British-Pakistani man from East London is coerced by Gabe, a Counter-Terrorism Officer into informing for him. Gabe, who has a past he wants to remain secret, is joined by Holly, his new and ambitious partner whose endless curiosity becomes a threat to him. As the central counter-terrorism investigation heats up, the stakes for all three, their families and relationships, get higher and higher.

Composed as five stand-alone pieces of music, the score is made up of repeating lines of melodies performed by individual instruments. This reflects the dynamic of the characters in the show, as they weave in and out of each other’s lives with their own agendas. The score is made up from variations of these pieces of music.

The album is presented with each complete piece and its variations following so that the listener can unravel the elements in the main piece.

The score features vocals by Daisy Chute, former member of the classical cross over vocal quartet All Angels. It is performed by Sinfonia Nord and conducted by Atli Örvarsson.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "Doctor Who Series 11" Music by Segun Akinola


Composer Segun Akinola's eclectic and fresh soundtrack for the all-new Doctor Who.  With these recordings, fans will be able to relive the excitement of Series 11 as Segun’s music conjures up the wonder and mystery of the Doctor Who universe and Jodie Whittaker’s first series as the Doctor.

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer Doctor Who comments: ‘Working with Segun on the new series of Doctor Who has been a total joy and a musical revelation. His mission was to provide a new soundscape for a new era, a new version of the show and for Chris Chibnall’s vision. In that, he excelled and then some. We wanted to make 11 stand-alone movies and he has given us 11 standalone scores.’

Achieving the highest viewing figures in the history of Doctor Who for the series launch episode, with Chris Chibnall as showrunner and Jodie Whittaker’s arrival as the new Doctor, the show presents a new look, new feel and new sound.

As the new composer, Segun Akinola embraced the history of the show, delving into the best traditions of the pioneering BBC Radiophonic Workshop. An alumnus of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and part of 2017’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brit programme, he has proven to be equally adept in working with found sounds and experimental music as well as pop, ambient, big classical orchestral scores and electronic soundscapes. For Series 11 he created a fresh take on the legendary Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire theme tune.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms [Blu-Ray/DVD AND 4K]


Disney's dazzling adventure "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"- inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale and the beloved ballet "The Nutcracker"- carried audiences along with 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy) to a magical, mysterious world with breathtaking performances by Misty Copeland plus sweets, snowflakes, soldiers, scurrying mice... and no shortage of surprises. Destined to become an annual viewing tradition for adventurers of all ages, the film arrives home instantly with never-before seen extras and deleted scenes on Digital and Movies Anywhere, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Jan. 29, 2019.

Bonus features include a discussion with American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland about her role as the enchanting Ballerina Princess, her personal history with “The “Nutcracker” ballet, and her inspirational and historic rise within the world of dance. Extras take viewers on the set of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” to meet both new and reimagined characters, and discover how the Land of Sweets, Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and mysterious Fourth Realm were created to such dazzling effect. Deleted scenes provide a look at magical moments that didn’t make the final version of the movie.
 


In “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Clara travels along a golden thread, presented at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual party, eagerly searching for a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a music box that holds a priceless gift. When she enters a mysterious parallel world, Clara encounters a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and three Realm regents, including the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Ultimately, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world.

The stunning feature film will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Code) or a single DVD.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varèse Sarabande: "THE WEST WING" music by W. G. Snuffy Walden


Varèse Sarabande are excited to announce a single CD release of THE WEST WING - Original Television Soundtrack on January 18, 2019. The TV music fans have spoken and the new release of W. G. Snuffy Walden’s (THIRTYSOMETHING, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE WONDER YEARS) masterful compositions from THE WEST WING is their answer.

“As I turned the pages of that first script, the rich characters and informative stories captivated me,” said Walden in describing his first reaction to THE WEST WING. “I was convinced: this would be an opportunity that was very rare in network television. As the project got deeper into production, it became obvious that this was exceptional work and I was blessed to be a part of the experience.”

When the erudite Democrat Josiah "Jed" Bartlet is elected U.S. president, he installs his administration. He places confidants from his electoral campaigns in the White House. Each of these people plays a significant role in the Washington power game: the Chief of Staff (Leo McGarry), his deputy (Josh Lyman), Communications Director (Toby Zeigler), deputy (Sam Seaborn, and later, Will Bailey), and press secretary (CJ Cregg). Also in key positions are the assistants of each of the power players. We follow these people through many political battles, as well as some personal ones. Also playing roles are the First Lady (Abigail Bartlet), the President's daughters (Elizabeth, Eleanor, and Zoey), and the personal aide to the President (Charlie Young). All make this series, which supposedly follows the political events (often paraphrasing historical reality) almost day by day, more than merely a political soap.

“With our schedule and its breakneck speed, we hardly had time to give a second thought to what we were creating, but I knew it was magical,” Walden explained.  “I wasn’t able to appreciate the artistry of the collective achievement in the moment, but I could feel its magnitude in the response from the devotees who watched it religiously every week!”

For seven years, Walden’s theme for THE WEST WING was as presidential as “Hail to the Chief.”  The theme became “a piece of music that everybody identified with,” Walden says.  “It was magical how people felt proud to be an American when they hear that music.  I don’t know how else to say it.  I’ve just been told over and over and over again through the years by people who’ve been so moved by that.”

THE WEST WING is available where series are streamed and sold. Varèse Sarabande excited to announce a single CD release of THE WEST WING - Original Television Soundtrack on January 18, 2019. [www.varesesarabande.com]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]