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Naxos Recordings: "I Will Build You A House" music by Andreas Ihlebæk


Naxos Recordings is excited to announce the release of the I Will Build You A House composed by Andreas Ihlebæk. This digital release is now available on all streaming platforms.
 
Andreas’ story has an impressive and deeper dimension due to his rise coming from having lost almost a decade of his life due to illness. In Andreas Ihlebæk you are hearing a pianist who has spent years in uncertainty, not knowing whether he would survive – or ever be able to play the piano again. It’s a story of refusing to give up, and patiently working himself back up from zero. When you listen to the piano pieces on his new album, I Will Build You A House, these are the melodies of someone who knows the harshness of reality, while maintaining a head full of gratitude and wonder. It’s the sound of life and music flowing intrinsically together.

Since his return to music, Andreas Ihlebæk has become one of the most internationally critically acclaimed Norwegian composers and pianists. His solo debut The Guest (2017) was immediately declared a genre- and mind-bending masterpiece in Europe’s biggest newspaper (Bild), a level of praise which was unanimously repeated by European music magazines and media outlets across the genre spectrum. Ihlebæk went on to sign with Naxos, who released his second album Northern Lullabies in 2020, to great critical acclaim and a nomination for the Norwegian Grammy Spellemannprisen. In the lead-up to his now third album I Will Build You A House, all of seven singles have been playlisted by Apple, Spotify, Tidal and Amazon for their global modern classical playlists. Through the last year he has continuously been one of the globally most played composers of classical songs.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Decca Records: "DREAM HORSE" music by Benjamin Woodgates


Decca Records is excited to announce the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the Bleecker Street and Topic Studios comedy-drama ‘Dream Horse,’ composed by Benjamin Woodgates. The digital soundtrack is available on all major streaming platforms, coinciding with the U.S. theatrical release on May 21, 2021, two weeks before the U.K. release on June 4, 2021.
  
“Euros Lyn [director] and I worked closely together to create the musical blueprint for this score, meeting regularly in the cutting room in Cardiff and picking up the phone to bounce ideas back and forth. Euros is an accomplished musician himself but made a point of communicating through dramatic and emotional ideas rather than using musical terminology, so that we could build a musical language from the ground up. He had prepared a broad palette of musical references for the tone of the film as a whole – everything from Nick Cave to The Velvet Underground – but was careful to keep these as broad as possible in the hope that we could forge our own sound for Dream Horse.
 
Euros was keen to give each race scene its own distinct identity, so each race cue has its own musical flavor and structure, governed by what's at stake. Dream Alliance himself is voiced as a solo violin – capricious, un-tamed, brilliant – which vies against the mass of the string orchestra, refusing to yield to its pull. This counterpoint between solo violin and ensemble underpins all the race sequences, through highs and lows, a battling duet, an unrelenting passacaglia, and a barnstorming rondo-finale.
 
One of the film's key themes is that of giving voice to the unheard; both literally, in the case of Dream Alliance, and more symbolically for Jan and her community. In the early scenes the score lies near-dormant, its step-wise motion punctured only by Jan's sheer force of will and a faint rumbling of hope. However, as Jan sets out to realize her dream and rekindle a sense of belief in her community, the rumblings intensify and the music's melodic contours begin to soar.”  – Benjamin Woodgates

Benjamin Woodgates is one of the UK’s most sought-after young composers. An alumnus of Oxford University and the Royal College of Music, his strong sense of musicality, broad stylistic reach and sensitivity towards picture is evident in his scores for film, installation, video games and high-profile advertising campaigns.
 
He has also worked extensively as an orchestrator and musical director for film and television, recent credits including Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Victoria and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Orchestrator); Madeleine Sims-Fewer’s Violation (Conductor); and Terence Davies’ Benediction (Musical Director & Arranger). Benjamin also writes and arranges music for the live arena, recently adapting Jonny Greenwood’s Oscar-nominated Phantom Thread score for live performance at the film’s European premiere, arranging music for The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and arranging the Ivor Novello Award-winning Aeons for Opera North.
 
Dream Horse is Benjamin’s debut feature film score and was recorded by the London Contemporary Orchestra and six of the UK’s most exciting solo instrumentalists.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records> "Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines: More Music From the Vault" music by Rik Schaffer


Following decades of playing in various touring bands and releasing music on different labels, Rik Schaffer was offered the chance to write music for a video game. It was 1997, and the title was called Red Asphalt, a ‘Mad Max’ apocalyptic racing game. Little did Rik know at the time, but this first step down a different path would end up being the most important of his career as a composer, as it would one day lead to his greatest musical achievement: the original score to 2004’s Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines.

Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines became a critical hit, amassing an extremely loyal following that has continued to grow more and more over the years, taking on a life of its own two decades later. Set in the Los Angeles underworld, Schaffer’s melancholy, visceral score navigated various moods through the use of ambient atmospheres, trip hop beats, industrial music, and references to traditional international fare. Schaffer also acted as recording engineer, dialogue editor, and foley artist on the game. Check out the original video game trailer.

With hardcore fans identifying with Rik’s music as a key cog to the game’s identity, compositions were continuously added to daily fan playlists, with updated versions and new experiences for the game being created via mods. Fans have continued to reach out to Schaffer asking for any music that may not have been included in the game.

After issuing the score for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines in 2019, Sony / Milan Records is proud to announce the release of Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines - More Music from the Vault , on June 25th. The album artwork was unveiled today and the full album track list is below.

Schaffer gives some background on this unique project: “1999 to 2003 was the most prolific writing period of my career. During these years I composed hours of original material that would become the score for Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines. For the first time I’m opening the vaults and releasing ALL of the music I composed during this prolific period of my life. From unused tracks to alternative remixes, and bonus tracks previously only available with the original vinyl album.

Rik’s earliest works included composing the score to the seminal MMORPG Dark Age of Camelot (2001), Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon (2002), Spawn Armegedon, The Scorpion King, and the industrial tinged score for X-Men Legends. More recently, Schaffer composed music for The Elder Scrolls Online (2014). Other credits include Fantastic Four (2005) and X-Men: The Official Game (2006), Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (2007), Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Call of Duty: World at War (2008). But his most acclaimed work would come with the release of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (2004).

As for Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines - More Music From the Vault? Put your headphones on, dim the lights, and enjoy.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music Masterworks: "THE LONGEST ROAD ON EARTH" music by Beícoli


Sony Music Masterworks today releases THE LONGEST ROAD ON EARTH (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK), an album of music from the new PC and mobile indie video game.  Available everywhere now, the album includes twenty-four original songs written and performed by game developer & artist Beícoli, marking her first-ever album release. Created by Brainwash Gang and published by Raw Fury, The Longest Road on Earth is available now on PC and mobile.

Of the soundtrack, Beícoli says, ­"The Longest Road on Earth has turned out to be something I needed and didn't even know it. It was a blank slate on which I have learned to use music as a journal. To me it is a long road — One of self-discovery and self-acceptance that I hope to keep walking for the rest of my life."

Be swept away by the haunting and sentimental lyrics of twenty-four original, emotionally charged songs, sung by Beícoli. Walking down The Longest Road on Earth will only take you two hours, and it’s worth every step.

The Longest Road on Earth is a deeply personal and meditative narrative title. Play in the songs of four short stories featuring stripped down mechanics and no words. Each story is up for interpretation – what story lives inside you for each character and the world around them?

Beícoli (Beatriz Ruiz-Castillo) is a Spanish songwriter and video game developer based in Madrid, Spain. She has been creating music on her own and for games for the past five years, but The Longest Road on Earth is her first full album-length endeavor. She aims to create music that connects with others on a deep, emotional level and uses this as a focus across all genres
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "PANIC" (MUSIC FROM THE AMAZON ORIGINAL SERIES) by composers ISABELLA SUMMERS and BRIAN H. KIM


Milan Records today releases PANIC (MUSIC FROM THE AMAZON ORIGINAL SERIES) by composers ISABELLA SUMMERS and BRIAN H. KIM.  Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by the duo for the latest Amazon Original series based on the best-selling young adult novel by Lauren Olivier.  Best known as “the Machine” of Florence and the Machine and an Emmy®-nominated composer in her own right, Isabella Summers brings her extensive writing, producing and recording experience to the project, joining forces with classical pianist turned composer Brian H. Kim to create the show’s soundscape.  The resulting 15-track collection is an intensely visceral and emotionally evocative soundtrack that encapsulates the show’s narrative of desperate teenagers competing for a chance to escape their small town roots.  Also included within the soundtrack is a new original song performed by breakout pop singer-songwriter Tate McRae entitled “Darkest Hour.” Panic premieres all 10 episodes exclusively on Amazon Prime Video today, Friday, May 28 in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

Of the score, co-composers Isabella Summers and Brian H. Kim say, “The score for Panic needed to be visceral and modern.  The story is told through the perspective of 21st century teenagers, but the stakes are life and death, with challenges that border on tribal.  We used aggressive synths — tons of Virus, distortion and effects — combined with huge war drums and attacking strings.  Many synth arpeggiations bordered on abstract, but everything was always grounded in the emotion of the characters.  We were able to branch those sounds into more subtle cues about family strife, tension between friends, and romance, as the show explored more personal themes.  We are thrilled with how the music turned out.  We think it is like nothing else out there.  It is a gut punch."

Panic is a new Amazon Prime Video one-hour drama series, written and created by Lauren Oliver (based on her bestselling novel).  It takes place in a small Texas town, where every summer the graduating seniors compete in a series of challenges, winner takes all, which they believe is their one and only chance to escape their circumstances and make their lives better.  But this year, the rules have changed — the pot of money is larger than ever and the game has become even more dangerous.  The players will come face to face with their deepest, darkest fears and be forced to decide how much they are willing to risk in order to win.

Panic is created, written by and executive produced by Lauren Oliver and executive produced by Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Adam Schroeder. Lynley Bird and Alyssa Altman serve as co-executive producers. Panic is produced by Amazon Studios.

Isabella (the Machine) Summers, known best as the architect of the sound of Florence and the Machine, spent 14 years writing, producing, touring, and composing her cinematic sound with the band before making the jump from pop music to composing for film and television.

First scoring some of Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation, Isabella then went on to score Little Fires Everywhere for Hulu, earning her her first Emmy® nomination, in addition to creating the main title theme for Sky's Riviera. Less than a year later, she teamed up with Brian Kim to score Panic, her third show and is coming out on Amazon this spring.  She is currently composing her fourth and fifth series for Apple TV and Netflix, alongside writing her debut record.

Brian H. Kim is a classically trained pianist turned modern film composer. In his late teens, after years of rigorous conservatory training since early childhood, Brian planted himself in New York City’s electronic music scene, running errands between — and learning from — as many studios as he could. He later moved to Los Angeles to write music for film and television, and has since scored award-winning, genre-bending projects for Disney, Fox, NBC, HBO, and many others. His music weaves electronic experimentation with grounded acoustic ensembles, often with Brian playing every instrument. As an instrumentalist and singer, Brian has recorded with several multi-platinum artists and performed in more than two dozen countries around the world.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "THE OPERATIVE" music by Frank Ilfman


MovieScore Media’s latest team-up with Big Bad Wolves composer is the pounding action suspense score for the Tehran-set Mossad thriller The Operative. Based on Yiftach R. Atir's book, The English Teacher, Yuval Adler's The Operative is a taut psychological thriller about a young Western woman Rachel (Diane Kruger) recruited by the Mossad to go undercover in Tehran where she becomes entangled in a complex triangle with her handler Thomas (Martin Freeman) and her subject Farhad (Cas Anvar).

”Yuval is a big fan of thematic music,” adds Frank Ilfman, ”but not in the normal sense of a straight out melody line, but more of a sound clusters and textures that can be repeated also in different parts of the film and be associated with some of the characters. I thought it was the perfect place to use some old synthesizers that are not always in tune and can give almost a live flowing texture to the large and heavy low based orchestra. We used an 80 Piece orchestra with a large string section with extra cellos and basses recorded at Teldex Studios in Berlin to give that extra low end textures to convey the thriller and sense of danger in the film. For Rachel, I wanted something that can still give a sense of deep troubling emotional and found a solo harp to be the perfect instrument as it can sound beautiful and gentle yet be uneasy when needed.”

Frank Ilfman originally studied trombone and piano at the Jaffa Conservatorium of Music, then at the age of thirteen he was joined the Tel Aviv Dixieland Band where he played lead trombone in addition to arranging for them. His passion for film music was ignited when a visit to Bavaria Studios got him introduced to German composer Klaus Doldinger, who was scoring The Neverending Story at that time. Since starting out, Frank had scored over sixty films and television projects. His breakthrough was written for Big Bad Wolves whose music won a Saturn Award shortly after being issued by MovieScore Media. Some of Ilfman’s other recent credits include the supernatural thriller Sensoria (available from ScreamWorks Records), Rory’s Way (available from MovieScore Media) and the new logo of Legendary Pictures.

For more information: https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/

Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "THE DJINN" music by Matthew James


MovieScore Media’s exploration of indie horror films yields another treasure trove that might very well come from a hidden lamp. Written and directed by David Charbonier and Justin Powell, The Djinn tells the story of a mute boy, Dylan Jacobs (Ezra Dewey) who gets trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart's greatest desire. Complementing the haunting coming-of-age story is composer Matthew James’ 80s style score which combined vintage retro synth-wave aesthetics with haunting vocal and choral elements performed by the composer himself.

"The musical score for The Djinn explores the delicate innocence, reflection, mourning and sheer terror Dylan experiences,” explains composer Matthew James. “It was very important to make sure the musical score grew with him throughout the film. It was important to the filmmakers to use human voice, so I performed vocal and choral work for The Djinn's main theme that serves as a very crucial juxtaposition to Dylan's unique situation. This myriad of hymns/chants/whispers were effected and used throughout to cover the wide spectrum of emotions Dylan goes through. It truly set the tone for the entirety of the score. In addition to the traditional orchestral instruments element of the film, a key part of the score (very obviously so) is an homage to the synth era (late 80s) when the film takes place. I sampled famous synths from Yamaha, Arturia, Moog et all to send us back in time."

Originally hailing from Chicago, composer Matthew James has been working in Los Angeles since 2017. After scoring the Emmy award-winning PSA campaign Life After Hate, he kick-started his film scoring career as an assistant to composer Kurt Farquhar, contributing to the scores of shows like Being Mary Jane, The Quad, Stitchers and the CW’s hit super hero series, Black Lightning. His music can also be heard in the 2020 thriller Arkansas starring Liam Hemsworth and John Malkovich.

For more information: https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "THE AFFAIR" music by Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz


MovieScore Media’s once again dips into the world of Czech film-making with The Affair (also known as The Glass Room in certain markets). Directed by Julius Sevcík, the man behind the 12-time Czech Lion winning film A Prominent Patient, The Affair tells of two romantic triangles entwined with each other. When wealthy newlyweds Viktor (Claes Bang) and Liesel Landauer (Hanna Alström) move into the glass house built for them, relationships get entangled as Liesel’s friend Hana (Carice van Houten) starts nursing unrequited romantic feelings for her while Viktor is caught in the act with nanny Kata (Alexandra Borbély). When the couple flees to neutral Switzerland On the eve of Nazi invasion, Liesel must face her true feelings for Hana...

For composer Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz, the location and the ideas associated with it proved to be a valuable inspiration: "In The Affair, the main tension is built between the timelessness of the main artifact: the house, a building with a personality of its own, and its ever changing inhabitants. The music needed a beating heart and a human soul. The first element was provided by the string orchestra, the second - by the sound of solo cello, played by my friend, the Virtuoso Karol Marianowski. I allowed myself to be very melodious and passionate, shattering the coldness of the Glass House."

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. His score for Agnieszka Holland’s five-times Czech Lions film, Charlatan has just been released by MovieScore Media. 
 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "EDEN" (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL ANIME SERIES) by composer KEVIN PENKIN


Milan Records announces the May 28 release of EDEN (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL ANIME SERIES) by composer KEVIN PENKIN (Tower of God, Made in Abyss, Florence).  Available for pre-order now, the album features music written by Penkin for Netflix’s latest original anime series, which follows the last remaining human girl as she navigates an unfamiliar robot-inhabited world.  Making its debut alongside album pre-order today is lead single “Penrose Steps, A.I. Bloom” – listen here.  Created by Justin Leach (Ghost in the Shell 2) and directed by legendary Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood director Yasuhiro Irie, Eden debuts on Netflix Thursday, May 27.

Of the soundtrack, composer KEVIN PENKIN says, “Eden is one of those projects that I will cherish forever. The love put into this project not only from the team, but also the musicians, is humbling. Being able to work with people who gave so much trust in the direction of the music is something I will forever cherish. Please enjoy the unique world of Eden, as we combine the unique worlds of a 3D-printed 6-string violin, female voices and electro-acoustic sound-sources. We have tried to put our best foot forward to honor the amazing work of this team.”

Thousands of years in the future, a city known as “Eden 3” is inhabited solely by robots whose former masters vanished a long time ago. On a routine assignment, two farming robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe -- that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.

Kevin Penkin, based in Melbourne, is a BAFTA-nominated composer for Japanese animation and video games. He is best known for composing the award-winning score to Made in Abyss, and the music to the BAFTA award-winning game Florence.

Kevin moved to London in 2013 to complete a Masters degree in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music. During this time, Kevin collaborated with legendary video game composer Nobuo Uematsu on a number of Japanese video game titles, which eventually led him to break into the Anime industry. After releasing his breakthrough score for Made in Abyss, Penkin continued to compose music for Japanese animation, with scores for both The Rising of the Shield Hero and Tower of God.

Throughout his career, Penkin has recorded with orchestras around the world. Works of his have been recorded in Prague, Vienna, Macedonia, Boston, Nashville and Australia. He has also collaborated with acclaimed singers Takeshi Saito, Emi Evans and Raj Ramayya.

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]

MOVIESCORE MEDIA LAUNCHES NEW SUB-LABEL "SHORT CUTS" WITH THE CLOUDMAKER BY MATTHIJS KIEBOOM


Following its string of annual short scores anthology series Short Cuts, MovieScore Media launches a new sub-label with the same name in order to highlight the best short film scores during the year as well. The inaugural release of the new Short Cuts sub-label is Matthijs Kieboom’s score for The Cloudmaker, which is nominated for a Buma Music in Motion award. Written and directed by Hanna van Niekerk, the film tells the story of sky-dwelling Hipólito, who transforms clouds into wondrous figures. However, in order to return to his true love on earth, he first has to find a worthy successor.

As Matthijs Kieboom explains: The Cloudmaker was a wonderful project to work on, it had all the things you want in a project: a beautiful story, intimacy, stunning animation, a passionate director and trust. When Hanna asked me, I immediately got inspired. The backdrop of South America in this film was a great opportunity for me to combine my orchestral side with my side as a guitar player, using traditional guitars like the Charango. Because it was such an intimate story I mainly wanted to keep the sound of the music light while supporting the great magical visuals from the film and focus on the feelings and emotions. Thankfully I was able to record the score in Budapest and was able to capture the emotion properly."

Dutch composer Matthijs Kieboom was born in 1985 in the city of Dordrecht. He started his musical education on the cello and the bass guitar before moving onto composition. His first feature film score was co-written for Fuchsia the Mini-Witch (2010). In 2011, Matthijs won the first place and the title of Transatlantyk Young Composer for 2011 at a competition created by Academy Award winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. He later won the Young Talent Award at the Krakow Film Music Festival and had his music played at the closing gala. In 2013, Matthijs collaborated with DJ Armin van Buuren on the BUMA-winning score for I Love Ibiza, the top selling Dutch movie of the year. Previous releases with MovieScore Media include the IFMCA-nominated documentary Wild, Bloody Marie and Pirates Down the Street.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MOVIESCORE MEDIA PRODUCES WORLD PREMIERE RELEASE OF COLIN TOWNS’ SCORE FOR STUART GORDON’S SPACE TRUCKERS!


MovieScore Media’s latest addition to its Discovery Collection series is the 1995 cult sci-fi Space Truckers, directed by Stuart Gordon (1947-2020) to whose memory this world premiere release is dedicated. Following his success with Fortress, Space Truckers featured one of Gordon’s largest budgets that allowed him to realize a down-and-dirty space road movie. The film tells the story of independent space trucker John Canyon (Dennis Hopper), his reluctant waitress-turned-bride Cindy (Debi Mazar) and up-and-coming company trucker Mike (Stephen Dorff) who carry a shipment of sex dolls which turn out to be quite deadly, especially in the hands of space pirate Captain Macanudo (Charles Dance). MovieScore Media has produced the album and will release it via download and streaming, and has sub-licensed rights to release on CD via Quartet Records and on vinyl via Svart Records.

Tagging along the ride was English composer Colin Towns who remembers the project like this: "Discussing the score with Stuart Gordon, it was clear that for his movie he wanted a big orchestral sound plus sound design. As he said at that time, no-one had made a comedy space movie. But this film is full of fun and country & western music seeps in and out of it. Madness prevails in some parts of the score and the romantic love scene with Charles Dance needed class with the great Phil Todd playing the saxophone. Recording with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, I put on my best ‘country and western’ head and added the piano/ keyboards and sound design in my studio back in the UK. I’d always wanted to write a score for a space movie and Stuart Gordon made my wish come true."

A former keyboardist of the Ian Gillan Band, Colin Towns started film scoring with the 1977 supernatural thriller Full Circle, starring Mia Farrow. On British television his best-know credits are BBC crime procedural comedy Pie in the Sky (1994) starring Richard Griffiths, the Medieval mystery Cadfael (1994) with Derek Jacobi in the title role and of course ITV's still-running hit series Doc Martin (2004) starring Martin Clunes. His feature credits include such cult movies as Nicolas Cage's Vampire's Kiss (1988), Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004) and of course Space Truckers.

More Information: https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MOVIESCORE MEDIA: "VAN HELSING", FEATURING MUSIC BY RICH WALTERS FROM ALL FIVE SEASONS!


With the launch of the fifth and final season of the Syfy original series Van Helsing, MovieScore Media releases over an hour’s worth of music from the show’s history, composed by Rich Walters (Olympus). The fantasy horror series stars Kelly Overton as Vanessa Helsing, a distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, who gets resurrected only to find that vampires have taken over the world. With the unique ability of turning vampires into humans, Vanessa must fight through an apocalyptic wasteland in order to fight the Elders, the group of vampires in charge. 

"Van Helsing spanned 65 episodes which has given me the musical opportunity to explore many traditional and contemporary musical foundations," recalls Rich Walters about the 5-season trip with the show. "From the quiet beginnings in the isolated hospital to traveling back in time into Transylvania, the musical palate like the vast character and location storylines evolved alongside all of these. At the core of it all is the journey through evil & good. The music reflected all of these situations from very simple, quite and delicate emotional scenes of loss, love and successes to massive set battle sequences between Humans, Vampires and Other Worldly entities. Where in one moment a solo cello might be all the story required to switching gears abruptly as brass, strings and percussive instrumentation were called upon to help solidify the foundations for war."

Based in Los Angeles and Vancouver, composer Rich Walters gained his musical education at Capilano University, majoring in music theory, composition and arranging. He started out his career as a music editor, working on dozens of projects, including television series (Just Cause, Continuum), TV movies (Nick Willing’s Alice) and feature films (Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium). As a composer, his work ranges from television shows (Riese, Dussault Inc.) and movies (Ring of Fire) to providing additional music to this year’s sci-fi extravaganza Chappie. His list of accolades include a Leo Award, 2 Emmy nominations and 2 Canadian Screen Award nominations. Rich’s music for Olympus has been released by MovieScore Media.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

MOVIESCORE MEDIA: "SASQUATCH" MUSIC BY H. SCOTT SALINAS


Sasquatch follows investigative journalist David Holthouse as he attempts to solve a bizarre twenty-five year old triple homicide of three cannabis growers in the woods of Mendocino County - a tragedy which was said to be the work of a mythical creature. Executive produced by Jay & Mark Duplass and directed Joshua Rofé’s Sasquatch mixes elements of true crime suspense with the ever so popular theme of monster hunting, all set to the stylish and moody score of H. Scott Salinas.

“At its core, Sasquatch is about the unknown and how mankind’s innate fear of what creature might be lurking around the corner at any given moment plays into larger tropes in our society,” explains composer H. Scott Salinas. “The goal of the score was to take the viewer to that uncomfortable place where you are deep in the forest and it’s getting dark soon and you suddenly don’t want to be there anymore. Every sound in the score was carefully curated to have an unnerving quality - percussion made out of leaves being crushed underfoot, a distant and distorted organ, strings slowed down and warbled, pianos played through guitar amps and recorded down a long hallway, The main thematic thrust is an inevitable and prodding chord progression that keeps you on your toes but never really resolves and contains just a hint of backwoods mountain flavors with low and deliberate echos of bluegrass twang.”

Award-winning composer, H. Scott Salinas has contributed towards a variety of divergent projects including Bruce Lee action fable Birth of the Dragon, Aaron Sorkin's smash hit The Newsroom, and the Academy Award nominated documentary Cartel Land. In 2002, Scott became the youngest Grand Prize recipient of the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition by scoring the 1928 movie Laugh, Clown, Laugh. His most recent credits include include the heist thriller score for The Banker starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackey as well as Baghdad Central a film noir detective thriller set in Baghdad during the U.S. occupation in the early 2000’s.
 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Marvel Music/Hollywood Records: "Marvel's M.O.D.O.K." music by Daniel Rojas and more.


Marvel Music/Hollywood Records has released the digital soundtrack from the Hulu Original Series Marvel's M.O.D.O.K today.  The album features an original score composed and produced by Daniel Rojas ("Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts," "Downsizing") with 3 original songs written by series co-creator Patton Oswalt.  Oswalt performs two tracks, "Sunshine" and "There He Is," produced by Randall Crissman.  Emmy®-winning actor Bill Hader ("Barry") performs "Mississippi Tingle," written by Oswalt, and Grammy®-winning and Academy Award® nominated artist Aimee Mann performs "Never Let You Go" written by Stephan Jenkins. Marvel's M.O.D.O.K is now streaming exclusively on Hulu.

"Marvel's M.O.D.O.K." is created and written by executive producers Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt.  Brett Cawley, Robert Maitia, Grrane Gish, Joe Quesada, Karim Zreik and Jeph Loeb also serve as executive producers.

The megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. (Patton Oswalt) has long pursued his dream of one day conquering the world.   But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth's mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground.  Ousted as A.I.M.'s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet: a midlife crisis...THAT WILL SHAKE THE MARVEL UNIVERSE TO ITS CORE!

The series stars Patton Oswalt, Melissa Fumero, Aimee Garcia, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ben Schwartz.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

CRUELLA ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK FEATURING SONGS PLUS CRUELLA ORIGINAL SCORE ALBUM BY OSCAR®-NOMINATED COMPOSER NICHOLAS BRITELL



The Cruella Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and the Cruella Original Score album, both from Walt Disney Records, are available today. Multi-platinum and global award-winning artist Florence + The Machine perform the new original song, “Call me Cruella,” in the lyric video also available today. The track is included on both albums as well as the Official Cruella Playlist available here.


In the new featurette, “Cruella” stars Emma Stone and Emma Thompson and director Craig Gillespie discuss how music--signature songs from some of the most iconic artists of the period--is integral to the film, enhancing the story and boosting the fun and excitement of the experience.

Experience Disney’s all-new live action film in theaters beginning Friday, May 28; also available on Disney+ with Premier Access for a onetime additional fee.

Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s “Cruella,” an all-new live action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense and Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

"Cruella" stars Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong. The film is directed by Craig Gillespie, with screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, story by Aline Brosh McKenna and Kelly Marcel & Steve Zissis, based upon the novel “The One Hundred and One Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith. “Cruella” is produced by Andrew Gunn, Marc Platt and Kristin Burr, p.g.a., with Emma Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff and Glenn Close serving as executive producers.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

RLJE Films: "ANYTHING FOR JACKSON" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to the horror film, ANYTHING FOR JACKSON, from Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. RLJE Films will release ANYTHING FOR JACKSON on VOD, Digital, DVD and Blu-ray on June 15, 2021.

Directed by Justin G. Dyck (Christmas With a Prince) and written by Keith Cooper (A Witches’ Ball), ANYTHING FOR JACKSON stars Sheila McCarthy (The Broken Hearts Gallery, Die Hard 2), Julian Richings (Spare Parts, Man of Steel), Konstantina Mantelos (“Miss Misery”, “Paranormal 911”) and Yannick Bisson (“Murdoch Mysteries”). RLJE Films will release ANYTHING FOR JACKSON on DVD and Blu-ray.


In ANYTHING FOR JACKSON, after a tragic car accident that took their grandson’s life, Audrey and Henry are unable to go on without him. Following the guidance of their ancient spell book, the elderly couple decide to abduct a young pregnant woman with the intention of performing a "reverse exorcism” to channel their grandson’s spirit inside her unborn child. But when it becomes clear the ritual has called upon more than one spirit, the couple realize they have summoned more than they bargained for and must put an end to the evil entity they’ve invoked.

Check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/Vb2rpeNHRmY

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 David Oyelowo’s directorial debut The Water Man starring Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson and Lonnie Chavis. 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
AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK (formerly branded “UMC”). AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and Levity Entertainment Group, its production services and comedy venues business.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "ARMY OF THE DEAD" music by JUNKIE XL


Milan Records announces May 21 release of ARMY OF THE DEAD (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) by multi-platinum producer, musician, composer and educator TOM HOLKENBORG aka JUNKIE XL.  Available for pre-order now, the album features music written by Holkenborg for director Zack Snyder’s upcoming zombie heist film.  The project is the latest in a longstanding creative partnership between Snyder and Holkenborg, who most recently collaborated on Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but started their relationship in 2014 with the Snyder-written and produced 300: Rise Of An Empire. The duo have also worked together on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  2021 has already been a major year for Holkenborg, whose epic score for Zack Snyder’s Justice League was one of the longest ever recorded, and was swiftly followed by him scoring the record-breaking Godzilla vs Kong blockbuster.

Making its debut alongside the album pre-order is the soundtrack’s lead single – listen to “Scott and Kate Part 2” here.  Army of the Dead will be available to watch in select theaters Friday, May 14 and to stream on Netflix beginning Friday, May 21.

Of the soundtrack, composer TOM HOLKENBORG says, “A zombie heist movie in Vegas with Zack and Netflix, how could I say no? Army of the Dead was a chance to start something very new and fresh, which is certainly ironic for a movie about the undead! It was such a fun project as we got to rip up the rule book, and really re-examine what a zombie movie could sound like. It's a LOT of fun!”

From filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Zack Snyder’s Justice League), Army of the Dead takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a former zombie war hero who’s now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it’s with the ultimate proposition: break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. With little left to lose, Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing’s for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.

Starring Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Samantha Win, Michael Cassidy, Richard Cetrone, and Garret Dillahunt.

ABOUT TOM HOLKENBORG

Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is a Grammy nominated multi-platinum producer, musician, composer and educator whose versatility puts him on the cutting edge of contemporary music, and whose thirst for innovation is helping to re-imagine the world of composition.

A Full Contact Composer, Holkenborg is hands on at every stage of the composing process, a multi-instrumentalist who combines a mastery of studio engineering, classical musical training and an innate sense of curiosity. He’s as adept working with a 50 piece philharmonic orchestra as he is with a wall of modular synths, playing a bass guitar or building his own physical and digital instruments. His drive to re-imagine what’s possible and share that knowledge with the next generation of composers is what makes Holkenborg a unique force, and one of the most in-demand film composers in the world.

Tom’s film scoring credits have grossed over $2 billion at the box office and include Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Black Mass, Alita Battle Angel, Divergent, Brimstone, The Dark Tower, Tomb Raider, Terminator: Dark Fate, the record setting Sonic the Hedgehog, recent monster hits Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Godzilla vs Kong and forthcoming projects The 355, and Army Of The Dead. He has worked with directors including Peter Jackson, Robert Rodriguez, James Cameron, George Miller, Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder and Tim Miller among many others.

An educator as well as a creator, Tom is committed to breaking down the barriers of entry in the world of film composition, creating the free SCORE Academy program in Los Angeles and a music composition program at the ArtEZ conservatorium in his home country of the Netherlands. On YouTube, Tom hosts his educational series StudioTime, which is available for free and has been watched millions of times.

Tom is able to draw on his extensive knowledge of classical forms and structures while keeping one finger planted firmly on the pulse of popular music. When his eclectic background is paired with his skill as a multi-instrumentalist (he plays keyboards, guitar, drums, violin, and bass) and a mastery of studio technology, a portrait emerges of an artist for whom anything is possible. Outside of his own artistry Tom’s desire to marry technology and classical composition to initiate change and evolution led him to partner with Orchestral Tools in 2019 to create Junkie XL Brass, his first sample library, making world-class sounds available to composers everywhere.

The foundation for Tom’s work in film started in his native Holland, where he created multiple film scores, before undertaking mentor-ships with celebrated composers Harry Gregson Williams and Hans Zimmer, with whom he worked on projects like Inception, Batman vs Superman and Dark Knight Rises. Tom’s partnership with Hans was formative, enabling him to hone his own voice and style while learning from one of Hollywood's most influential composers. Tom’s own Hollywood journey really started to take flight in 2014 with his first major solo project, 300: Rise Of An Empire, which was also the first of his many collaborations with Zack Snyder, who wrote and produced the film. It was the beginning of a scoring schedule that has netted billions of box office dollars, included blockbusters and indie projects, seen Tom work with some of Hollywood’s most lauded directors, and kept him jam packed ever since.

Holkenborg’s music career began in 1993 when he started the industrial rock band Nerv and was also producing hardcore and metal bands like Sepultura and Fear Factory. Drawn by electronic breakbeats he started Junkie XL in 1997 debuting with the album Saturday Teenage Kick. Holkenborg went on to produce five more albums under the Junkie XL moniker while playing headline shows all over the world. In 2002 the producer remixer scored a number 1 chart hit in 24 countries with his rework of “A Little Less Conversation”. Following its success Holkenborg collaborated with celebrated artists like Dave Gahan, Robert Smith, Chuck D, and remixed artists such as Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and many more. In addition Holkenborg created the music for video games like FIFA, Need For Speed, The Sims, and SSX and commercials for global campaigns like Nike, Heineken, Adidas, Cadillac and VISA.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "DEEPSTAR SIX" Music Composed and Conducted by HARRY MANFREDINI


Intrada's latest release is a reissue of Harry Manfredini's exciting and evocative score for the 1989 under-water horror film DeepStar Six. First issued at the time of the film's release, it proved to be one of Manfredini's most popular works. Although best known for his highly creative and scary scores to the Friday the 13th franchise, DeepStar Six afforded the composer the opportunity to use the resources of a large orchestra for this thrilling ride. The result is a large-scale score featuring music that captures both the mystical beauty and mystery of the ocean and the horrors hidden deep below. Running nearly 70 minutes, and a bit longer than the amount of music in the film, it is an epic listening experience.

This new release features revised packaging with new liner notes and remastered sound. The album will also be available digitally in hi-res.

The film was directed by Friday the 13th veteran Sean S. Cunningham and takes place in the near future, where a Navy-sponsored team unleashes an insect-like beast when trying to turn its sea cave into a missile silo. The beast first terrorizes the team outside their underwater station, but soon finds its way on board, unleashing terror as the team races against the clock to escape both the beast and the compromised deep-sea station. The other race against the clock was getting the film out before competing underwater adventures produced that same year were released. Producer Mario Kassar accomplished his mission of having DeepStar Six out first before Leviathan and The Abyss when the film opened on Friday, January 13, 1989.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit the Deepstar Six soundtrack page.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Blue Underground: "THE FINAL COUNTDOWN" (1980) [BLU-RAY/4K/SOUNDTRACK]


The time is now. The place is aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz, America's mightiest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier on maneuvers in the Pacific Ocean. Suddenly, a freak electrical storm engulfs the ship and triggers the impossible: The Nimitz is hurtled back in time to December 6, 1941, mere hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As the enemy fleet speeds towards Hawaii, the warship's Captain (Kirk Douglas), a Defense Department expert (Martin Sheen), a maverick Air Wing Commander (James Farentino) and a desperate Senator in the Roosevelt administration (Charles Durning) must choose between the unthinkable. Do they allow the Japanese to complete their murderous invasion, or launch a massive counter-strike that will forever change the course of history?

Katharine Ross and Ron O'Neal co-star in this spellbinding sci-fi action hit filmed on location aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz with the full participation of the U.S. Navy and the ship's crew. Now Blue Underground is proud to present THE FINAL COUNTDOWN in a stunning new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, for the ultimate in explosive home theater excitement!
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Irezumi" [1966] [BLU-RAY/DVD]


Drawn from the pen of one of Japan's foremost writers of the 20th century, Junichiro Tanizaki (A Fool's Love, The Makioka Sisters), Irezumi is a stylish tale of lust, betrayal and revenge directed by Yasuzo Masumura (Giants and Toys, Blind Beast).

Masumura's muse Ayako Wakao (The Blue Sky Maiden, Red Angel) stars as Otsuya, the daughter of a rich merchant, who is tempted by her lover, Shinsuke, a lowly employee of her father's, to elope. During their flight, Otsuya's beauty attracts the gaze of Seikichi, a mysterious master tattooist who sees her pristine white skin as the perfect canvas for his art. The image of the large demonic spider that he emblazons across Otsuya's back marks her as the property of another man, radically altering her relationships with all around her as her personality transforms under its influence.

Available for the first time outside of Japan in a new 4K restoration, Irezumi sports some of Japanese cinema's most respected talent of its day both in front of and behind the camera. The bewitching cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu) captures the sensual atmosphere of the period setting, while the script by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba, Kuroneko) lends a modern twist to this feverish meditation on obsession and the act of creation.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "THE STYLIST" [2-DISC LIMITED EDITION]


Obsession gets a makeover in The Stylist, a deliciously twisted slice of female-led psychological horror, nominated for the New Visions Award for Best Motion Picture at the 2020 Sitges International Film Festival and based on co-writer/director Jill Gevargizian's award-winning short film of the same name. We all dream of being someone else... but for Claire (Najarra Townsend, Contracted), that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Hairstylist by day, serial killer and collector of scalps by night, Claire's lonely existence is thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia (Brea Grant, After Midnight, Lucky), asks her to style her hair for her wedding day. 
 
 
Increasingly fixated on Olivia's seemingly flawless life, Claire vows to lock up her scalp collection and change her ways for good - only to discover that repressing your deadly desires is easier said than done... Featuring striking visuals and pitch-perfect performances from its talented cast, The Stylist offers viewers "a delicately deranged glimpse into social anxiety and loneliness" (Slashfilm) - a bold and mesmerizing debut feature from a filmmaker to watch.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

KeepMoving Records: "THREE DAYS TILL THE SPRING" music by Anton Lubchenko


Inspired by the film music of the 1960s and 1970s (when these war epics were first made in Soviet cinema), the main theme from Lubchenko’s score is a beautiful waltz, inspired by an earlier title of the movie (Leningrad Waltz). Besides this recurring waltz (an admittedly unique addition to a thriller score), the composer also provides a powerful theme for the people suffering as well as a handful of powerful organ cues lingering ominously over the besieged city. The score was recorded by the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra in the Theatre Concert Hall under the baton of Anton Lubchenko.

For more information: https://keepmovingrecords.com/
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

KeepMoving Records: "DOCTOR LIZA" music by Yuri Poteyenko


The music by Yuri Poteyenko is a hybrid thriller score featuring a small ensemble of string players mixed in with suspenseful electronic passages to capture the essence of the human drama. Though the first half of the film is left mostly un-scored, the second half features a variety of exciting mystery cues while also adding a bit of heist music into the mix as Doctor Liza takes it upon herself to possibly break the law as she tries to help out. The CD also premieres Poteyenko’s original conception of the opening sequence which eventually went unused. For more information: https://keepmovingrecords.com/
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Night Flight will celebrate the 40 year anniversary of its premiere episode!


On June 5th, 2021, Night Flight will celebrate the 40 year anniversary of its premiere episode with an exclusive streaming event on the Night Flight Plus app (nightflightplus.com). Known for flying the weekend airwaves of the USA Network from 1981-1988 and being a cultural lifeline for millions of starving cable viewers, Night Flight has garnered a cult status that prevails today.  
 
Night Flight has returned as a subscription streaming service featuring original episodes of the series, and hundreds of curated cult films, music docs, retro horror, and more hidden treasures. The streaming app now features two innovative 24/7 live channels, NFTV, which updates a programming schedule every Friday night and NFTVi, which is devoted to independent music videos.
 
Night Flight is proud to host cult pioneers The Residents for an exclusive performance of DUCK STAB! ALIVE!, a re-imagining of the group’s iconic 1970s album. Directed by celebrated video artist John Sanborn, DUCK STAB! ALIVE! will be a contemporary, "live-in-the-studio" interpretation of the band’s classic sound and serves as a as a prelude to The Residents’ 50th Anniversary tour beginning this August. The Residents have always been a beacon of the avant-garde and Night Flight is honored to have them back.


From Night Flight’s “Take Off’ to San Francisco Rock and The Residents (Air Date: 2/18/86) Also featured in the anniversary episode: a marathon of Penelope Spheeris's landmark documentary series covering LA's music scene, The Decline of Western Civilization Parts 1,2, and 3, and Modern Harmonic's reissue of the meeting of two experimental titans, John Cage Meets Sun Ra.
 
Night Flight will also be surveying independent record labels on its 40th Anniversary with brand new Video Profiles from Independent labels Mexican Summer and Sacred Bones, who will be joining the Independent label roster later this year that includes Sub Pop, Drag City, Dark Entries, Dais Records, and RVNG Intl.
 
In keeping the underground music mission embodied by Night Flight's sister show New Wave Theatre, Night Flight will also feature exclusive commissioned performances from Plack Blague and Def Rain.
 
Stuart S. Shapiro, Night Flight’s Creator and CEO said: “40 years ago, USA Network gave us a test with just 2 hours of late-night airtime for a summer shot for three months. At that time, movie theaters around the country were filled with midnight screenings of Rock and Roll docs, but cable was a vast wasteland of reruns. It seemed obvious that there was cultural need to bring our special DNA of counterculture music and docs to fulfill the real dream of the cable universe. I believe that Night Flight Plus today, as its own streaming channel, is every bit as impactful, not only as a time machine of full frontal cutting edge nostalgia, but also packed full of the best curated cutting edge entertainment anywhere. Night Flight is for sure The Best Weed in Town!”
 
Night Flight Plus members will have access to the 40th Anniversary streaming event on the Night Flight app’s live 24/7 channel. It will begin at 9PM ET, June 5th, 2021.

https://www.nightflightplus.com/
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

"Everyone Is Horrid Except Me (And Possibly You) "From the Simpsons Episode "Panic on the Streets of Springfield"


Listen to "Everyone Is Horrid Except Me (And Possibly You)" from the Simpsons episode "Panic on the Streets of Springfield" available: http://hollywoodrecs.co/everyoneishorrid.

About "Panic on the Streets of Springfield"... Lisa's imaginary friend is a depressed British singer from the 1980s (Guest Voice Star Benedict Cumberbatch); Homer becomes a truck guy.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MOVIESCORE MEDIA RELEASES HAUNTING, MUCH ACCLAIMED SCORE FOR DEATH OF ME BY MARK SAYFRITZ


MovieScore Media travels to the islands of Thailand with Death of Me, the latest film directed by by contemporary cult horror icon Darren Lynn Bousman (writer/director of Saw II and Repo! The Genetic Opera). In Death of Me, Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth play Christine and Neil, a couple vacationing in Thailand whose trip takes a dark turn when they must discover the mystery behind a strange video that shows one of them killing the other. The strange hunt for answers is underscored by the ominous, ethnically-charged horror score by Mark Sayfritz, featuring extensive vocal work by Thai singer Yanin Bandhaya.

“When director Darren Lynn Bousman reached out for my alternate vision of what a horror/thriller film set in the Thai islands might sound like, I plunged into a world of counterpoint between deep atmospheric synthesizers, tribal percussion and beautiful ethereal vocals of a Thai singer,” explains composer Mark Sayfritz. “With limited scoring time available this unique marriage of soundscapes got the production’s approval and Darren gave me a blank canvas.”

Inspired by its exotic setting and a supernatural narrative Mark sought to create something that felt dark yet beautiful, hypnotic but ominous. The resulting score is an extraordinary fusion of Avant-garde electronica and morphed tribal percussion with the eerie vulnerability of the naked female voice. It’s a unique-sounding score that has struck a chord with fans of the film, as the composer said he’s received hundreds of fan emails requesting a commercial release of the music.

In a journey from record producer & in-house writer for Jive records, to recording artist signed to Heavenly/EMI records Mark Sayfritz had a broad palette of experience to craft from when it came to his film music career. His recent credit include Snatch, a 10-part series based on Guy Ritchie’s film of the same name, and more projects by Darren Lynn Bousman, including Abattoir and the female driven nunsploitation horror St. Agatha. In terms of concert music, Mark recently premiered his symphony Sound of Light inspired by the northern lights & composed in collaboration with Artificial intelligence at Brahms Saal, Musikverein, Vienna.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MOVIESCORE MEDIA RELEASES SCORE BY ARIEL BLUMENTHAL FOR ACCLAIMED INDIE DRAMA PAPER SPIDERS STARRING LILI TAYLOR


MovieScore Media presents the quirky yet haunting dramedy ensemble score by Ariel Blumenthal. Directed by Inon Shampanier, Paper Spiders is about the comically eccentric mother-daughter relationship of Dawn (Lily Taylor) and Melanie (Stefania LaVie Owen). Their bond has grown even stronger following the passing of Melanie’s father - but their lives get disrupted by a menacing neighbor hellbent on tormenting Dawn. With no evidence left for the crimes, not even the police can help - but Melanie also wonders if the strange stories are through or are they only a figment of her mom's imagination... 

For composer Ariel Blumenthal, finding the shifting dynamics of the relationship became the cornerstone of his score which uses a small ensemble to cover a wide range of emotions. As he puts it: "To mirror the disintegrating mother-daughter relationship at the heart of Paper Spiders, I was called to compose a musical theme that can morph from a loving and warm beginning to eminent hostility and tragedy. Three raw and exposed string instruments reflect similarly raw emotions, and to bring forth the crushing alienation caused by mental illness we added sound design elements that are screeching - yet almost silent."

LA-based Israeli composer Ariel Blumenthal studied at Rimon School of Contemporary Music in Israel and graduated from Berklee College of Music. As a winner of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra composition competition, Ariel has written music for the San Diego Master Choral,

the Israeli Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony as well as he has created a permanent 3D, immersive music installation for the Plaza Hotel in NY. In terms of film and television scoring, his most recent credits are Tzion Baruch's fantasy series Juda (2017) and Lior Chefetz's aerial family adventure film Sky Raiders (2019).

https://moviescoremedia.com/newsite/ 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

MOVIESCORE MEDIA RELEASES SCORE FOR SENSATIONAL DOCUMENTARY SYNDROME K BY COMPOSER/DIRECTOR STEPHEN EDWARDS


Following in the footsteps of Stephen Warbeck’s The Man in the Hat, MovieScore Media’s latest release features another film composer turned director who had to wear several hats during the making of his film. Composer/director Stephen Edwards actually considered hiring a colleague for Syndrome K, before making the decision to score this unbelievable true story himself. The titular syndrome is a highly contagious, but also highly fictitious disease created by three Roman Catholic doctors (Adriano Ossicini, Pietro Borromeo, and Vittorio Sacerdoti) during the holocaust to hide Jews in a Vatican-affiliated hospitals - the idea of catching a deadly disease kept Nazis far away until further steps could be made to save those in need. The documentary will be distributed worldwide via networks such as Discovery, Sky and Deutsche Welle. The score is unusual in that it’s recorded by several different orchestras and thus a truly international venture.

“Since this project took place in World War 2, I was inspired to have a ‘world orchestra’ perform the score,” explains Stephen Edwards about his unique vision to score his own film. “We were able to have cues recorded in Los Angeles, London, Moscow, Prague, Belgrade and Rome. Thematically, I borrowed Haydn’s “Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser” - which became the German National Anthem - and flipped it into minor mode to represent the Nazis and SS troops in the film. It is also subtly woven into the score to represent our villains. I was lucky enough to have vocalist/composer Lisbeth Scott perform on the score, and her voice is crucial to the “rescue theme” that is heard in later cues. My goal was to musically reflect hope over despair, love and acceptance over hate, and the best of humanity helping one another during one of the darkest periods of human history.”

As one of Hollywood’s most prolific composers, Stephen Edwards’ original compositions have been featured in top grossing films including the multiple Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club, Amelia, The Prestige, and The Mechanic, among many others. In the realm of television, Edwards’ original works can be heard on series such as Mad Men, ER, It’s Always Sunny in

Philadelphia, and over 50 other shows. Select orchestral and choral compositions of his have premiered at the Music Sacra Festival in Vatican City and Carnegie Hall. 
 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Cinema Paradiso Recordings: "THE PARALLAX VIEW" music by MICHAEL SMALL


Cinema Paradiso Recordings is proud to announce the release of the soundtrack to the motion picture 'The Parallax View', on vinyl for the first time ever,.
 
Based on the book by Loren Singer, The Parallax View is directed and produced by Alan J Pakula as the second installment of his Political Paranoia trilogy - alongside Klute (1971) and All the President's Men (1976). With cinematography by Gordon Willis (The Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall) and starring Warren Beatty, this political thriller from 1974 is perhaps even more relevant today than it was back then.
 
The legendary score by composer Michael Small is regarded as a benchmark in the sound of paranoia thrillers that dominated cinema in the 1970s, with revered film critic Pauline Kael hailing the film as essential for all fans of the genre. Now, 47 years later, the soundtrack newly remastered by Bob Weston, will finally be available to own on vinyl.
 
The single LP, deluxe gate-fold limited edition in colored vinyl includes liner notes with two essays by Scott Bettencourt and Alexander Kaplan (of Film Score Monthly), which provide a fascinating insight into the making of the film and an analysis of the score.
 
The CPR edition of The Parallax View soundtrack includes for the first time the infamous brainwashing scene, an influence on countless films and TV shows over the years. Notably, most recently with the Watchmen series and shows Mr Robot and Homecoming even using the music from the film.
 
To be able to include the dialogue of the brainwashing scene - the disembodied voice from Warren Beatty’s “Parallax Test” - was fundamental to the label's decision to release the soundtrack on vinyl. In order to include the segment, they needed authorization from Paramount and the original voice actor. With permission granted from Paramount, they scoured the film credits but gained no insight into whom the mysterious voice belonged. Researching every other name on the credits hoping to find a contact that might know who the actor was, they settled on Jon Boorstin (Alan Pakula’s assistant on The Parallax View) who they duly contacted.
 
Jon replied immediately saying, “…And yes, I know who that actor is, who welcomes Warren so mellifluously. It was Alan Pakula. He did a temp track, and we got used to it, and never replaced it.“ Thanks to this never-before-revealed information, they were put in touch with Hannah Pakula – Alan’s widow – and obtained permission to use the dialogue which can be heard before the Parallax Test at the start of side B.

Boorstin states, “The Parallax View embodies a particularly paranoid moment for America, when assassination wounds were still fresh and the President’s bungling burglars were running him out of the White House. Michael Small’s music beautifully captures our hope, our dread, and our nostalgia for truer values. In the Parallax Test sequence, he brilliantly seduces the assassin in all of us. Watching this today, wrapped in Michael's music, what was once wild fantasy feels at least as credible as the pronouncements of our Kool-Aid drinking Congressmen." [https://www.cinemaparadisorecordings.com/]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music Masterworks: "WRATH OF MAN" music by Chris Benstead


Sony Music Masterworks today releases WRATH OF MAN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) by composer CHRIS BENSTEAD.  Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Benstead for director Guy Ritchie’s latest action thriller starring Jason Statham. The score is the latest collaboration between Benstead and Ritchie, the duo having previously worked together on The Gentleman and Aladdin.  Wrath of Man makes its theatrical debut today from MGM.     

Of the soundtrack, composer CHRIS BENSTEAD says, “The score for Wrath of Man is centered around the cold and mysterious character ‘H’. Super close-mic’d cellos and double basses were used (and abused) to created awkward and jarring stabs as well as angry and unnervingly dark textures. A stoic main ‘hook' is constantly repeated in different guises to help amplify the sense of impending unease and, ultimately, revenge. Sometimes only percussion was needed to create the brutal and exigent action cues. It was an amazing experience to collaborate with the utterly brilliant Guy Ritchie once again."

A mysterious and wild-eyed new cash truck security guard (Jason Statham) surprises his coworkers during a heist in which he unexpectedly unleashes precision skills. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.

Chris Benstead is a British film composer, arranger and Academy Award®-winning re-recording mixer. He has worked on several projects with director Guy Ritchie including composing the score for The Gentlemen, starring Matthew McConaughey and Michelle Dockery, and the upcoming action thriller Wrath of Man. He also arranged and composed additional music for Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin alongside legendary songwriter and composer Alan Menken and produced and arranged the songs in the film, working with Will Smith to create re-imagined versions of the classic Disney songs.

Chris composed additional music for Beauty and The Beast, working closely with Alan Menken and director Bill Condon. His arrangements helped contribute to the film’s massive success – becoming the biggest grossing musical of all time.

Chris received Oscar® and BAFTA awards for his work as re-recording mixer on Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpiece Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Chris’ unique skillset allowed him to mix and sculpt the music in an extremely immersive way, pushing the limits of surround sound and exploiting the new ‘Dolby Atmos’ standard.

Chris is a versatile multi-instrumentalist and achieved a First-Class honors in music and sound recording from the University of Surrey. He was also named as Alumni of the Year for his ground-breaking achievement in music mixing on Gravity.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "THE WATER MAN" music by Peter Baert


Lakeshore Records has released the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the RLJE Films family adventure film The Water Man—acclaimed actor David Oyelowo’s directorial debut. The album is comprised of an ethereal original score from Belgian composer Peter Baert, also making a debut with his first composition for a major Hollywood feature. The soundtrack also features two original songs written and performed by Jessica Oyelowo, including the end credits song “My Son.” The Water Man soundtrack is available digitally today, May 7, alongside the film’s U.S. theatrical release.
 
The music of The Water Man is a mix of classical orchestra, piano, percussion, and electronics. Peter felt the score should follow the journey of the main character Gunner, going on quest into the woods to save his ill mother. He processed the Water Man’s screams and sighs through long delays, modular tools, and tape echoes to create “The Water Man Synth.” When David proposed a motherly energy to be present in the music, Peter worked with a vocalist, who has a similar timbre of the mother (Rosario Dawson), and created “The Mother Synth.”
 
David Oyelowo says, “Music and sound in film has always been important to me, which is why I consider myself lucky to have met composer Peter Baert when I did. We first crossed paths when he was the sound engineer on another project I was working on in Belgium, and he had previously shared a music demo of his compositions that I just couldn’t shake. While in post-production on The Water Man, I was working with another composer and had initially cut Peter’s music in as an experiment, and it all just worked perfectly. Within a week, he flew over, sat next to me in the edit, and that's how he became my composer. He'd never done an English-speaking film before, and he totally nailed the tone. We recorded and mixed at Galaxy, and did all the sound design and mixing at Sony and re-recording at Deluxe Hollywood.”
 
Peter Baert on his collaboration experience: “David Oyelowo is such a wonderful human being and a gifted storyteller. He took a giant leap in choosing me as a composer and I felt his trust and guidance throughout the time we worked together. Being present for a short time in the editing room with David and editor Blu Murray was such a wonderful experience—I felt part of something bigger.”
 
Of his musical inspirations, Baert says: “The heartfelt story of The Water Man took me back to two periods in my life. The first reminded me of being in my early teens, always playing in the neighborhood with my friends and going on adventures in a nearby forest. The second transported me back to a day in 2008 when my mom and I found out the diagnosis of her pancreatic cancer. She would be gone in 6 months. At some moment during the composing process the music found me, and it glued to the screen. This beautiful story reflects what I experienced in real life—that it is sometimes better to let go and cherish the time we have, than to hold on at all costs.”
 
ABOUT PETER BAERT... Bringing a refreshing sonic architecture in a diverse body of work spanning across film, television, and commercial work, Belgian-born composer Peter Baert’s talents also encompass orchestration, electronic music, and music production.
 
After creating a 30-minute-long demo for Golden Globe-nominated David Oyelowo years previously, Baert recently scored the Selma actor’s directorial debut feature The Water Man, co-produced by Oprah Winfrey, which was orchestrated by Matt Dunkley and recorded in a special set up within Galaxy Studios in Belgium during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Water Man is now playing in U.S. theaters and will be available internationally on Netflix later this year. Baert is currently scoring Lost Luggage, a Belgian prime-time fictional series based on the 2016 Brussels bombings.
 
In 2018, he scored the Ensor Award-winning documentary exposé Breathless about the hazardous but surprisingly still booming asbestos industry, as well as the 2017 Belgian film Façades, directed by Kaat Beels & Nathalie Basteyns, which was pre-selected for the European Composer Awards and was also nominated for an Ensor Award.
 
In 2006, Baert co-founded Raygun—a commercial sound studio in Brussels working in advertising, television, and film; which he owns and runs together with his wife Liesbeth. He is also the proud father of three daughters.

For more information visit: www.lakeshorerecords.com
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]