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Milan Records: "JUPITER’S LEGACY" music by Stephanie Economou


Milan Records today announces the May 7 release of JUPITER’S LEGACY (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) by composer STEPHANIE ECONOMOU. Available for preorder now, the album features score music written by Economou for the forthcoming Netflix superhero series based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Also featured throughout the score are experimental and choral-style vocals with lyrics sourced from Mark Millar’s original comic book text, which Economou translated into Latin. Making its debut today alongside album preorder is the soundtrack’s lead single “Union of Justice” – listen here. Starring Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels and Leslie Bibb, Jupiter’s Legacy debuts on Netflix Friday, May 7.


Of the soundtrack, composer STEPHANIE ECONOMOU says, “This first season of Jupiter’s Legacy offers staggering diversity in style, scale, emotion and time period, so I set out to create a musical landscape through which the score could expand and contract; kind of like a kaleidoscope. This afforded me the opportunity to explore varied stylistic sound worlds, from hybrid orchestral to industrial rock to contemporary electronic. At a critical moment in the season, I composed a large-scale choral piece using two of the main musical themes: the heroic ‘Union’ theme and what I call the ‘quest germ,’ which is a cyclical sequence of notes that emerges as our adventure unfolds (Track 28: Jupiter's Legacy). For the chorale, I decided to source the lyrics from the original comic series by Mark Millar and translated the text into Latin. In order to make this pinnacle moment feel purposeful and impactful, I chose to unwind the choral idea by recording small modules of detuned, experimental vocals with the masterfully innovative singer, Ari Mason. My objective was to have these fragmented vocal elements serve as a kind of musical breadcrumb trail, slowly and abstractly weaving itself into the fibers of the score, culminating in a grand declaration of our main Union theme with full choir at the climax.”

After nearly a century of keeping mankind safe, the world's first generation of superheroes must look to their children to continue the legacy. But tensions rise as the young superheroes, hungry to prove their worth, struggle to live up to their parents' legendary public reputations— and exacting personal standards. Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter's Legacy is an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power, and loyalty. From executive producers Mark Millar, Frank Quitely, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott, Steven S. DeKnight, James Middleton, Sang Kyu Kim, Jupiter’s Legacy stars Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, and Matt Lanter.

Stephanie Economou is a composer and violinist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her early successes have emerged from her exploration and study of widely varying musical styles, including classical, experimental, folk and rock. Stephanie’s experience in film scoring extends from drama to action to comedy, which has demanded the synthesis of an electronic and acoustic musical palette. It is her uniquely hybridized compositional voice which has proven a valuable asset across a wide spectrum of visual media.

Stephanie is the composer of the Netflix TV series Jupiter’s Legacy, based on the comic series by Mark Millar. She has written the music for the Lionsgate/Starz series Step Up: High Water, as well as the second season of Manhunt: Deadly Games. Stephanie also scored two episodes of the Disney+ documentary series Marvel’s 616, directed by Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie. Most recently, she has completed the score for the Assassin’s Creed DLC “Siege of Paris.”

Stephanie is a long-time collaborator of Golden Globe-nominated composer, Harry Gregson- Williams, composing additional music on scores such as Disney’s live-action re-make Mulan, directed by Niki Caro, Jon Turtletaub’s The Meg, Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer 2, Disneynature’s Penguins, and Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning film The Martian. Her music can also be heard in Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, Ben Affleck’s Live By Night, and Simon Baker’s Breath. She has also aided in crafting the scores for Hulu’s mini-series Catch-22 directed by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, as well as the ABC/Warner Bros. TV series Whiskey Cavalier.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music and Master’s in Composition for Visual Media from University of California Los Angeles. In 2015, she was chosen as one of six fellows for the Sundance Institute Composers Lab at Skywalker Ranch. It was through this experience with the Sundance Institute that she felt her diversity as a woman in the film industry to be deeply fostered and celebrated. As a resident board member for The Alliance for Women Film Composers, Stephanie considers the empowerment of women in film an exceedingly necessary platform, and strives to make her voice, as well as other female voices in the industry, heard.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, Milan Records, XXIM Records and Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please visit https://lnk.to/sonysoundtracks.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music Masterworks: "THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES" music by MARK MOTHERSBAUGH


Sony Music Masterworks today releases THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by prolific composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of DEVO MARK MOTHERSBAUGH.  Now available everywhere, the album includes score music written by Mothersbaugh for the animated film, which follows an eccentric family in the middle of the robot apocalypse.  The soundtrack is the latest in a longstanding creative partnership between Mothersbaugh and film producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, having previously worked together on titles like The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and more.  Included within the 36-track collection is a new original song from Australian singer-songwriter ALEX LAHEY entitled “On My Way” – listen to the uplifting, indie-pop anthem here.  Featuring the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, Eric Andre and Olivia Colman, The Mitchells vs. The Machines is now streaming globally only on Netflix.

Of the soundtrack, composer MARK MOTHERSBAUGH says, “Just thinking about working on this film during a once-in-a-century, world-wide pandemic makes you want to draw correlations between the story of the film and what was happening in this world (the so-called real world).  Doing so really gave everything more meaning and added gravitas to an already amazing project to begin with. I will always remember this film for the added attention the pandemic allowed the directors and producers to bring to it, as we were able to work on an extended schedule.  It gave us the rare chance to play with the parts, to get them just the way we wanted them and to make a dang-near perfect film!”

“’On My Way' is a song about new beginnings. I really wanted to capture Katie's sense of urgency to grow up and expand her horizons while still being grateful of where she has come from and the people that have gotten her where she is.  It's that push and pull of being on a path towards something new and exciting while remembering and celebrating what you're leaving behind.  I think that is something we can all relate to.  'On My Way' is one of my favorite songs I have ever worked on and I am so happy it has found a home in the wild world of the Mitchells,” adds singer-songwriter ALEX LAHEY of her inclusion on the soundtrack.

From the humans who brought you the Academy Award®-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The LEGO Movie comes The Mitchells vs. The Machines, an animated action-comedy about an ordinary family who find themselves in the middle of their biggest family challenge yet…saving the world from the robot apocalypse. No big deal, right? It all starts when creative outsider Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams and is eager to leave home and find “her people,” when her nature-loving dad insists on having the whole family drive her to school and bond during one last totally-not-awkward-or-forced road trip. But just when the trip can’t get any worse, the family suddenly finds itself in the middle of the robot uprising! Everything from smart phones, to roombas, to evil Furbys are employed to capture every human on the planet. Now it’s up to the Mitchells, including upbeat mom Linda, quirky little brother Aaron, their squishy pug, Monchi, and two friendly, but simple-minded robots to save humanity.

Directed by Michael Rianda (Gravity Falls), produced by Oscar® winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Kurt Albrecht, and featuring the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, Eric Andre, and Oscar® winner Olivia Colman, The Mitchells vs. The Machines is about embracing the things that make us unique, learning what it means to be human in a world increasingly filled with technology, and holding tight to the people most important to you when the unexpected hits.

Mark Mothersbaugh is a GRAMMY® and Emmy®-nominated composer, producer, designer and visual artist whose work has become part of the pop culture consciousness. He started his career as co-creator and front man for the seminal New Wave band DEVO. Their Brian Eno/David Bowie-produced debut album “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo” went Gold and “Freedom of Choice” went Platinum. In recent years, he has transformed into an award-winning composer for film and television. His credits include a range of projects from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, The Lego Movie, Tiger King, In and Of Itself and Thor: Ragnarok. He’s had particular success with animation on the Hotel Transylvania franchise, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Willoughbys and The Croods: A New Age.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "EMILY AND THE MAGICAL JOURNEY" by Joe Kraemer


MovieScore Media’s latest release takes you a fantasy kingdom with an enchanting score courtesy of Joe Kraemer. Directed by Marcus Ovnell, Emily and the Magical Journey (also known as Faunutland and the Lost Magic in some markets) tells the story of Emily (Harriet Slater) who lives along with her mother after losing her father. She wants to help her mom find happiness and to learn about her father she never knew. When Emily finds a mysterious chest that transports her to a magical world, she meets fantastic and mythical creatures that become her new friends. After discovering her new friends are in danger, Emily must face her worst fear to complete her journey. Aiding her on the trip is a magical score composed by Joe Kraemer.

As the composer shares: “Marcus Ovnell created the world of Faunutland as a place of wonder and adventure, and I endeavored to create a score that captured those same qualities. A clear starting point was the use of the celeste, that magic sounding keyboard instrument that many film score fans know from John Williams’ iconic music for Harry Potter. For gentle giant Belaroc, I chose low woodwinds playing a chromatic figure in a playful way. Nightinglar’s theme had a similarly playful quality, but it was usually presented in a high register, on flutes, clarinets or oboes. Our villain gets a suitably dark theme, with elements of strings, brass, and even choir. The band of adults preparing for war have a characteristically military theme, and their development gave me a chance to take their theme in interesting ways. Given that this film is intended to speak to children, as most fairy tales are, I did my best to keep the score simple and direct, while still being intelligent and meaningful.”

Joe Kraemer has been scoring films since the age of 15, and is best known for his films with Christopher McQuarrie: The Way Of The Gun, Jack Reacher, and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. His score for the latter went on to win Best Original Score for an Action/ Adventure/ Thriller film for the 12th IFMCA and he was named the 2016 Discovery of the Year Award at the World Soundtrack Awards. Since then, Kraemer has continued to show a preference toward unconventional projects over mainstream work, including a new score for the 1927 silent film Sunrise, the Larry Cohen documentary King Cohen and more recently, The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot starring Sam Elliot. Joe Kraemer’s score for the anthology series Femme Fatales was released by MovieScore Media. [https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/

Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "SEPARATION" music by Brent Detar


MovieScore Media joins forces with director William Brent Bell and composer Brent Detar, releasing their fourth collaboration following Paramount’s surprise exorcism hit The Devil Inside (2012), Wer (2013) as well as The Boy (2016) and Brahms: The Boy II (2020). Separation tells the story of 8-year-old Jenny (Violet McGraw) who copes with her mother’s death in a house surrounded by puppets called "Grisly Kin", based on the works of her artist father. But when her grandfather (Brian Cox) sues for custody, and babysitter Samantha (Madeline Brewer) tries to be the new woman of the house, the puppets come to life with a dark ulterior motive. 

"Although it's wrapped in the guise of a scary movie, Separation is really a film about family," points out composer Brett Detar. "At it's core It's the story of a daughter, a mother, and a father: 3 humans. For this reason I chose to make the main musical theme just 3 notes. No matter what else happens with the music and sound design elements of the score it always returns to those same three simple notes as a reminder of the connection between the three 3 family members. Sometimes these notes appear as a high piano, while at other times I used strings or woodwinds. Perhaps most often, though, it appears as human voices. The secret weapon in this score is actually my voice. There are some moments where I use it as a traditional vocal but way more often it was processed and manipulated to be almost unrecognizable as human, not unlike the Grim Figure on screen."

Prior to becoming a film composer, Detar was a guitarist for the metal band Zao before finding his own successful post-punk / power pop ensemble The Juliana Theory. After a decade of touring and releasing four albums, the band’s disbanding lead to Detar’s first solo albuum, the critically acclaimed Bird In The Tangle, while also starting work as a film composer. His best-known projects are his collaborations with William Brent Bell: The Devil Inside (2012), Wer (2013) as well as Brahms: The Boy II (2020). [https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/

Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "THE GUARDIAN" music by Christopher Wong


MovieScore Media is releasing its eleventh collaboration with composer Christopher Wong’s, another score for his long-time directing partner, Victor Vu. Their latest presentation is the supernatural horror The Guardian (Thiên Thần Hộ Mệnh in Vietnamese) which tells the story of Huyen, a backup singer to Vietnamese pop superstar Lam Phuong. When her best friend gifts the girl with a doll called Baby Na, Huyen gets sucked into a weird cult-like behavior, praising the toy for all her successes. When Lam Phuong dies of an apparent suicide and Huyen becomes a key suspect in the eyes of the police, she must uncover the secrets behind Baby Na in order to escape her strange powers...

For composer Christopher Wong, the greatest challenge was finding a musical world in the intersections of supernatural themes and Vietnamese electro-pop as he recalls in these comments: "Director Victor Vu has collaborated with us on many supernatural thrillers in the past, however the score we composed for The Guardian is unlike any of the scores we have done before. Instead of our normal leanings towards orchestral music, the majority of this score has a reliance on electronics and sound design, and it was fun to try to do something we hadn't before. Also unusual was the need to create a good amount of EDM and pop music, since the story revolves around a college student who is aspiring to become a pop star."

Composer Christopher Wong has established himself as the go-to composer for the rising generation of Asian American directors. His first major credit was Journey from the Fall, the debut feature from director Ham Tran – the film received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, while the score earned a nomination from the International Film Music Critics Association for Best New Composer of 2007. MovieScore Media has released Christopher’s scores for The Rebel, the romantic comedy How to Fight in Six Inch Heels and his last few collaborations with Victor Vu, including Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass, Loi Bao, The Immortal, Mat Biec, The Royal Bride and Camellia Sisters earlier this year. [https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/

Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "TWIST" music by Neil Athale


MovieScore Media’s latest release revisits a literary classic with Neil Athale’s score for Twist, a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Starring Raff Law as Twist, Lena Headey as Sikes, Rita Ora as Dodge and Michael Caine as Fagin, Martin Owen’s movie re-imagines the film in modern-day London where Twist is a parkour enthusiast tagger, Fagin is a criminal mastermind organizing a heist against one of his wrongdoers and Sikes is an enforcer who is willing to sacrifice the crew in order to get things her way. Their adventures span a fun, high-octane action heist score featuring lots of percussion and a handful of emotional cues to lend some heart to the street kids with the wrong goals, but the right idea.

As composer Neil Athale explains: "Director Martin Owen wanted the music to make people feel a connection to the characters, and we achieved that by giving certain characters and key story line threads their own melodic themes. My first task was to create a theme for Oliver and his mother ('What Does Oliver See?'). The woodwind & string based cue set the tone melodically and stylistically for much of the score. In order to incorporate the more melodic storytelling score with the upbeat action score for the heist story-line, I incorporated ‘rock’ drum, bass and guitar elements with the more traditional woodwind and strings approach that I’d already established earlier in the film. This enabled me to be able to create a single pallet of instruments that I could push when I needed to score a daring rooftop chase, but also allowed me to pare back when I needed to score an emotional moment."

Originally hailing from Yorkshire, British-Indian film composer, songwriter and producer Neil Athale moved to London at the age of 18. After several years spent touring the world as an in-demand guitarist, Neil had his breakthrough by writing music for Wasteland (2012), directed by his brother, Rowan Athale. He went on to score numerous other films including John Miller's Golden Years (2016), Steve Nesbit's North Vs South (2015) and Gloves Off (2017) as well as Strange But True (2019), the latest film by his brother. [https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MILAN RECORDS RELEASES "THE MUSIC OF PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA", THREE ALBUMS FROM THE ANIME FRANCHISE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME DIGITALLY TODAY!




COLLECTION INCLUDES MUSIC FROM THE TV SERIES AND MOVIE AS WELL AS AN ALBUM OF MUSIC FROM THE MOBILE GAME “MAGIA RECORD”

Milan Records celebrates the tenth anniversary of the critically-acclaimed anime franchise PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA with the first-ever digital release of music featured in the series, movie and the mobile game “Magia Record.”  Included within the release are three albums of music from the Aniplex title, including two albums featuring music from the series and movie as well as one album from Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, a mobile game based on the anime with its own original storyline.  The release arrives as part of title’s 10th anniversary project, celebrating the original 2011 airdate of the fan-favorite show – more information on the 10th anniversary project can be found HERE.  The television series is available to stream on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max and PlayStation.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Ultimate Best and Puella Magi Madoka Magica Music Collection include a mix of score music composed by Yuki Kajiura, original vocal tracks sung by the series cast as well as additional tracks by J-pop artists ClariS and Kalafina.  Meanwhile the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Music Collection includes score music written for the mobile game side story by various artists as well as a vocal track by J-pop artist TrySail.  Full tracklisting for each album can be found.  

ABOUT PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA

She has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time… Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader of Mitakihara Middle School, is one of those lives such a life.  One day, she had a very magical encounter.  She doesn’t know if it happened by chance or by fate yet.  This is a fateful encounter that can change her destiny – this is a beginning of the new story of the magical witch girls.  
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "MORGUE" [BLU-RAY/DVD] and the GIVEAWAY!


After a harrowing accident, a down-on-his-luck security guard accepts a promising new gig at the local morgue in the terrifying supernatural thriller MORGUE.  But his luck quickly changes back when he gets locked in and eerie occurrences (and a not-quite-lifeless body) leave him to wonder: how much otherworldly rage does it take to wake the dead?  A huge breakout hit in its home country, the film is—according to first-time writer/director Hugo Cardozo —based on real events.  The cast of newcomers includes Pablo Martínez, María del Mar Fernández, Willi Villalba, Abel Martínez, Dr. Aldo Von Knobloch, Raúl Rotela, and Francisco Ayala.  MORGUE debuts on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

 
After a harrowing accident, the perpetually down-on-his-luck Diego Martinez accepts a gig as a security guard at the local morgue. He thought he’d had a lucky break, but as the night wears on, eerie occurrences and the suddenly not-quite-lifeless body of the victim leave him to wonder: how much otherworldly rage does it take to wake the dead? Country of Origin: Paraguay
 
Watch the Trailer and win: https://youtu.be/KKczTNats58
 
Send over an email and answer this question. "Why would you carry a gun in a place where dead people go"? and in all CAPS tell me where they go.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Maisie Music Publishing: "SHADOW AND BONE" music by Joseph Trapanese


Netflix has released the single titled “Ravka” from the forthcoming soundtrack of the Original Series Shadow and Bone—based on the best-selling novels by Leigh Bardugo. The mystical and epic original score comes from composer Joseph Trapanese (Tron: Legacy, The Greatest Showman), who took great influence from fairytales, Russian stories, magic, and fantasy. The single track “Ravka” is available today, April 14, on all major streaming platforms and the Shadow and Bone Original Series Soundtrack will be digitally released on April 23, 2021—the same day the series launches on Netflix.  
 
Trapanese was brought onto the project early on by Eric Heisserer (Showrunner, Executive Producer, Writer), Shawn Levy (Executive Producer), and Leigh Bardugo (Author, Executive Producer). He read the novels and scripts for inspiration and by the time the series entered post-production, he had written 40-50 minutes of music to contribute to the score. Joseph developed distinct themes for each character, giving each one their own sonic world in the valiant mystery tale of Shadow and Bone.
 
“Joseph had a monumental challenge ahead of him when he joined the team,” says Eric Heisserer. “Not only did he need to create a thematic space for each of our six lead characters in this debut season, but he also had to build a different musical language for the major regions of this invented world, most notably the kingdom of Ravka, loosely drawn from 1800s Czarist Russia. And what the rest of us soon learned was: Joseph could build all of that and more. The flourishes and flavors he gave to each piece linger with you long after the episode leaves the screen, and while he's embraced all that inspired the settings of the show, everything feels bespoke. I cannot separate the show from his score, and I'm in awe of him for it,” concludes Heisser.
 
Leigh Bardugo adds, “Joseph and I met up for coffee early on, and I knew pretty quickly that we were on the same page. We played Prokofiev favorites for each other and I inflicted some very pitchy renditions of old folk songs on him. I knew his work and how deftly he could transport a listener to a new world, but I had no idea what it would be like to hear him work his magic on Ravka and the Grishaverse. There's certain music that sparks imagination. Joseph's extraordinary work on Shadow and Bone not only helped to bring this world fully alive, but also changed the way I experience my characters' stories. I can't wait for audiences to share in that experience.”
 
Of the soundtrack, Joseph Trapanese remarks, “Nothing is more thrilling as a composer than to build a musical world to compliment an extraordinary and grand adventure like Shadow and Bone. Eric Heisserer, Shawn Levy, and Leigh Bardugo were incredibly generous with their time and guidance, inviting me to be a part of the series as soon as possible, so I could really get to know these characters and their stories as I wrote their themes. As the team was finishing on set, I was putting the final touches on extended suites and ideas for each character. It was incredibly rewarding to explore and expand these themes throughout the season, and I hope we get to continue exploring each corner of this world for many more episodes. I couldn’t be more excited or proud to share this score with you, and I’m grateful to the entire team at 21 Laps and Netflix for supporting our work through all the challenges of this past year.”

Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek score work for blockbuster films like Tron: Legacy, Straight Outta Compton, The Greatest Showman, Oblivion and the Raid series. As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with a number of mainstream musical acts. His first major break came in 2010 when he worked with Daft Punk on the sweeping digital soundtrack to Disney's Tron reboot/sequel. Trapanese followed that success by creating a score with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park for the American release of the 2011 Indonesian martial arts film The Raid: Redemption (he would continue without Shinoda in 2014 with The Raid 2). That same year, he helped with arrangements on a handful of tracks for M83's breakthrough hit Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, which led to the pair's collaboration on the 2013 Tom Cruise sci-fi epic Oblivion. For 2017's The Greatest Showman, Trapanese worked alongside Pasek & Paul and John Debney, producing songs and co-composing the score.
 
Notable scores include Shadow and Bone (2021), Finding Ohana (2021), Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge (2020), Project Power (2020), Lady and the Tramp (2019), Arctic (2019), Robin Hood (2018), Only the Brave (2017), the landmark rap biopic Straight Outta Compton (2015), and the second and third installments of the Divergent series, Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016).
 
Up next, Trapanese reunites with director Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick, Only the Brave) for his upcoming thriller Escape from Spiderhead, which marks their fourth collaboration in 11 years.
 
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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "STOWAWAY" music by Volker Bertelmann


Lakeshore Records is set to release Stowaway—Music From The Netflix Film featuring music by Volker Bertelmann (The Old Guard, Lion, Your Honor), digitally on April 23. The acclaimed pianist, composer, and experimental musician utilizes piano, strings and orchestra to explore a wide range of sounds that provide a rich backdrop to the mission to Mars thriller. The film directed by Joe Penna and co-written by Penna and Ryan Morrison, and produced by XYZ Films, Augenschein Filmproduktion and Rise Pictures, and starring Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim & Shamier Anderson, streams on Netflix April 22.
 
On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially fatal outcome, the crew is forced to make an impossible decision.
 
Says Bertelmann, “Working on Stowaway and collaborating with director Joe Penna was a special experience in many respects: Joe, who is a musician himself, gave me a lot of freedom to explore different sounds and we had a joint understanding of the purposes the music should serve. This facilitated the compositional process, which was extremely helpful given the considerable amount of music the film needed. The music for Stowaway is one of my favorite scores so far.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Magnolia Pictures: "ABOUT ENDLESSNESS"


ABOUT ENDLESSNESS is a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendor and banality. We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; a defeated army marches to a prisoner-of-war camp. Simultaneously an ode and a lament, ABOUT ENDLESSNESS presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.
 

Starring Martin Serner, Jessica Louthander, Tatiana Delaunay, Anders Hellström, Jan-Eje Ferling, Bengt Bergius, Thore Flygel Produced by Johan Carlsson and Pernilla Sandström 

Watch the Trailer: https://youtu.be/PcZesT0Aluo
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Caldera Records: "CHRONICLE: WERNER HERZOG FILM SCORES" music by Ernst Reijseger


Since his first international success “Aguirre” premiered in 1972, German director Werner Herzog has made a name for himself as a maverick, a rogue director who accepts any and every challenge to put dreams on screens – obsessions of primarily men who decide to go against society and nature. There is, for example, Brian Fitzgerald who wants to build an opera house in the middle of the jungle. There is also Timothy Treadwell, the Grizzly Man, who shuns a society that has not recognized his greatness. Instead, he decides to live among bears. There is also Graham Dorrington who builds a special airship. He says he wants to explore the rain forest but in truth, he wants to exorcise his personal demons. The list of extraordinary people who have been put on film by Herzog is endless – both in fiction and documentary though that distinction is a slippery slope here.

For 15 years, Werner Herzog has worked with cellist and composer Ernst Reijseger. It was he who penned the music for films as colorful as “The White Diamond”, “My Son My Son What Have Ye Done”, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and, most recently, “Fireball.”

Ernst Reijseger is an internationally celebrated cellist. His music knows no boundaries and is therefore hard to categorize. Reijseger rejects labels such as world music despite the fact that he has worked for over a decade with Senegalese singer and poet Mola Sylla and Dutch pianist Harmen Fraanje, with Indonesian and Sardinian ensembles, accompanying their traditional folk music with skillful improvisations on his instrument that at times sounds like a didgeridoo, percussion, but rarely like a cello, so inventive his playing is. Is it world music? Is it jazz? Is it avant-garde? Does it matter? It’s unlike anything you have ever heard.

The 42nd CD-release of Caldera Records, released in collaboration with Spring Music Productions, features a detailed booklet-text by Stephan Eicke, an interview with Werner Herzog as a bonus track, and elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas. The CD was mastered by Niels Brouwer and produced by Ernst Reijseger, Stephan Eicke and John Elborg. 
 
For more information: http://caldera-records.com/
 
Okay, one of the greatest compilations this year, one of the greatest covers of all time and one of the greatest interviews on the end of this CD. I would be lying if I said HERZOG wasn't one of my favorite director/everything, but he is. Add in the music and you have to share this music by the always talented composer Ernst Reijseger. In the end we have a great starting point for these two and their story, their journey if you will and what we have is just something great. Bravo!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Walt Disney Records: "SECRETS OF THE WHALES" music by Raphaelle Thibaut


Music from Secrets of the Whales Original Soundtrack from National Geographic’s four-part series for Disney+, featuring score composed and produced by Raphaelle Thibaut (“Introducing Selma Blair”), is available today from Hollywood Records/Disney Music Group.

Commenting on her score Thibaut said, “Music is very often thought of as a man-made thing, but the series has taught me that music is actually all around, especially in nature, especially around the whales. To me, it was like creating music out of the ultimate original music, the whales singing, the waves crashing. I used rolls and cymbals to illustrate the waves, and lush strings to illustrate the majestic movements with these huge animals. And I did it almost instinctively, I believe because of our deep connection with them.”
 
“I've learned so much about whales through this show. The whales’ societies are very similar to our society as humans, and it's just incredible to find out about all these cultural differences they have depending on where they live. All these things really helped me to relate even more and to convey emotion through my music and I hope the same will happen with the audience. “


The Disney+ original series “Secrets of the Whales,” from National Geographic, premieres Earth Day, April 22. The three-year project is also featured in the new National Geographic book, Secrets of the Whales, on sale now, and the May issue of National Geographic magazine, The Ocean Issue, available online now at natgeo.com/planetpossible.

The four-part series features National Geographic Photographer and Explorer Brian Skerry, is executive produced by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and conservationist James Cameron (“Avatar”) and narrated by award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver (“Alien,” “Avatar,” “Gorillas in the Mist”).  A clip from the series can be seen here: https://youtu.be/Nea2OLt3eMg.

Raphaelle Thibaut discusses her “Secrets of the Whales” score in an upcoming episode of Disney’s For Scores podcast series, out on April 21 wherever podcasts are enjoyed. For more music inspired by nature, listen to the Disney Celebrates Earth Day playlist here.

Experience Secrets of the Whales–live in concert–on a giant screen with a symphony orchestra, coming soon to venues around the world. Visit natgeolive.com/concerts.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "THE DEATH OF A GIRLFRIEND" MUSIC BY OSCAR FOGELSTRÖM


Following Aurora and Nighthift, MovieScore Media once again teams up with director Yam Laranas and composer Oscar Fogelström on the release of the score for their latest collaboration, Death of a Girlfriend. The film tells the story of Alonzo (Diego Loyzaga) and Christine (AJ Raval) who fall in love with each other during their walks in a forest. However, the appearance of an elderly farmer and an obsessed warden lead to a tragedy with a Rashomon-inspired investigation as each participant has his own version to explain what happened to Christine in the woods…

“As usual, working with director Yam Laranas on this pshycological drama was a wonderful experience,” explains composer Oscar Fogelström. “This time, he made the specific request of basing the main theme on Solveig’s Song from Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt as the topics of losing a loved one and keeping her memory seemed like a natural match for this story. The score also features an intercontinental collaboration between three continents - while the movie was produced in the Philippines, I scored and recorded the live strings, the bassoon and the oboe solos with Bylund Strings in Sweden. However, the Chinese instrument called hulusi (which is a gourd flute) was recorded by George Shaw in Los Angeles so that I could incorporate this most unusual sound into the farmer’s theme."

Swedish composer Oscar Fogelström has been scoring movies and TV shows for the past 20 years. His clients include award winning movie directors, among them Lasse Hallström for whom he composed the score for Sweden’s entry for the Academy Awards 2013, The Hypnotist. Death of a Girlfriend marks his fourth collaboration with director Yam Laranas, following their work together on Abomination (2018), which was nominated for best score at the Sinag Maynila Film Festival. His latest release with the label include previous projects with Yam Laranas: Nightshift (2020) and Aurora (2018) which won ”Best Overall Score 2018” at Reelmusic.com. [https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "CHARLATAN" music by ANTONI KOMASA-LAZARKIEWICZ and MARY KOMASA


European cinema is the gorgeously unnerving music from Charlatan, the official submission of Czech Republic for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. The album release co-incides with the film’s release in Germany and Netherlands and precedes its release in USA (distribution by Strand Releasing) and the UK. Directed by Oscar-nominated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, the films tells the life story of well-known Czech healer Jan Mikolášek (Ivan Trojan) who diagnosed and healed people using his intuition and his familiarity with herbs. As he healed not only poor but also many well-known people, including Czechoslovak President, Antonín Zápotocký, his methods got a throughout investigation by the Communist regime. The film recently won five Czech Lions and its director was nominated for the European Film Award.

“The score to Charlatan keeps more secret than it reveals,” explains composer Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz about how his and Mary Komasa’s music matched the mysterious themes of the film. “The challenge was to keep it painfully restrained and yet full of paradoxical, contradictory emotions, hidden undercurrents, questions and exclamations. The stiffness and rawness of the motives is counterbalanced by the inner life of each note, with every strike of the bow, every phrase becoming a piece of its own. We wanted the listener to be able to look at this music through a magnifying glass and suddenly realize, how much vitality, energy and fragility there can be inside of it.”

Polish composer Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz studied composition at the Academy of Music in Krakow, writing his first score for an Agnieszka Holland film in 2002's Julie Walking Home. Since then, he collaborated on most of the filmmaker's projects, including Copying Beethoven, Spoor (which won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize) and Mr Jones, which received a Golden Bear nomination at Berlinale 2019. Antoni’s own awards include the 2008 European Film Music Trophy Young Talent Award for Winterreise, the German Television Music Award for My Mother, My Bride and I. and an individual achievement award for his Filip Bajon’s The Butler and Adrian Panek’s Werewolf as part of the 43rd Polish Film Festival. [https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

RLJE Films: "THE MORTUARY COLLECTION" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to the horror film, THE MORTUARY COLLECTION from Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. RLJE Films will release THE MORTUARY COLLECTION on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on April 20, 2021.

Written and directed by Ryan Spindell (“50 States of Fright,” The Babysitter Murders), THE MORTUARY COLLECTION stars Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Thor: Ragnarok), Caitlin Custer (“Teen Wolf,” “Swingtown”), Christine Kilmer (“Hollywood,” “Shameless”), and Jacob Elordi (The Kissing Booth franchise, “Euphoria”). RLJE Films will release THE MORTUARY COLLECTION on DVD and Blu-ray.
 


Set in the phantasmagorical town of Raven's End, nothing is as it seems.... In THE MORTUARY COLLECTION, a misguided young girl takes refuge in a decrepit old mortuary. There she meets Montgomery Dark, an eccentric undertaker with more than a few skeletons in his closet. Montgomery chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last, but the young girl's world is unhinged when she discovers that the final story...is her own.

Check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/EPTsJZ824i4

ABOUT RLJE FILMS
RLJE Films’ recent features include Color Out of Space starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson and written and directed by Richard Stanley; the critically acclaimed horror film The Dark And The Wicked from director Bryan Bertino; Steve Byrne’s The Opening Act from producers Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley; David Ayer’s The Tax Collector and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Archenemy. Upcoming films include Sion Sono’s 2021 Sundance Film Festival premiere Prisoners of the Ghostland starring Nicolas Cage and Sofia Boutella and Shoplifters of the World from director Stephen Kijak. us.rljentertainment.com

ABOUT SHUDDER
AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. To experience Shudder commitment-free for 7 days, visit www.shudder.com

ABOUT AMC NETWORKS
Known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on ad-supported cable television for ten consecutive years, as well as Portlandia, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the Oscar-winning Boyhood. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The company also operates AMC+, its premium subscription bundle; the subscription streaming services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now, and ALLBLK (formerly branded “UMC”); AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; and Levity Entertainment Group, its production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

MovieScore Media: "HONEYDEW" music by John Mehrmann


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

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

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

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

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

VARESE SARABANDE'S "SEVEN" RECORD DAY 2021!


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

ALIENS: 35th Anniversary Edition – James Horner (Limited-Edition Color LP) – *RELEASE DATE: JULY 17TH*
Aliens is regarded as one of the greatest science fiction franchises of all-time. In honor of its 35th anniversary, the long out-of-print original soundtrack gets a fresh reboot on Acid-Blood Yellow-Green vinyl.  The soundtrack is scored by the great Academy Award®-winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar, Beautiful Mind). The LP features the original Sigourney Weaver key art and original film stills.
 
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ABOUT VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog includes albums from practically every composer in every era, covering all of film history; from Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith to Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Brian Tyler. Varèse Sarabande is a part of Concord.
 
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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "DES" music by Sarah Warne


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

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

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

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

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Jeremy [Six Strings]