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Ubisoft: "FAR CRY 6" music by Pedro Bromfman


Brazilian composer Pedro Bromfman, perhaps best known for his music form Narcos and Robocop, is providing the score for the Far Cry® 6, the next entry in Ubisoft's critically acclaimed narrative-driven video game series.

For the new entry in the long-running series, Bromfman creates music that is drenched in lush soundscapes, driving percussion, processed organic instruments and a ton of synthesizers. The game takes place in the fictional country of Yara, and the music reflects its surroundings with roots in traditional Latin American and Caribbean music, while being completely free to experiment with contemporary sounds, elements and techniques.

The Far Cry® 6 (Original Game Soundtrack) album will be released September 30th, and available across all available platforms featuring 21 tracks. On October 21st, the expanded Far Cry® 6: Complete Music (Original Game Soundtrack) will also be released.

Bromfman brings the listener into the evocative world of Far Cry® 6, marked by expanding synths wrapped around dark-cloaked strings with a pulse that continues to build throughout. His score for Far Cry® 6 has a clear artistic vision, with distinctive, haunting melodies and character themes, fully immersing the listener. He calls it "a journey full of beauty, violence, adrenaline and passion," and it’s hard to disagree with those descriptions once the entirety of the score is taken in.
 
About Pedro Bromfman:

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Pedro Bromfman has been writing, playing and producing ‘Music For Images’ for nearly twenty years. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Pedro has worked as a session musician, music producer and arranger, before his passion for film scores brought him to Los Angeles.

Since moving to California, Pedro has composed scores for MGM’s RoboCop; three seasons of the hugely popular Netflix series Narcos; the EPIX feature documentary Deep Web, narrated by Keanu Reeves; the 6-part series The Story Of Us With Morgan Freeman for Nat Geo; Jessica Sanders’ Sundance hit End Of The Line; the 8-part series Chain Of Command and Alex Winter’s Panama Papers, narrated by Elijah Wood.

Some of his early credits include scores for Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad), winner of the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival; the HBO feature documentary They Killed Sister Dorothy; March of the Living; Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within), the most successful Latin-American film to date; the romantic comedy and Brazilian blockbuster Qualquer Gato Vira-Lata; G-Dog, and the video game Max Payne 3 for Rockstar Games.

Pedro Bromfman has been awarded two Gold Medals for Excellence in Film Music at the Park City Film Music Festival, an ASCAP Award, a Guarani Award for best original score, nominated for two Cinema Brazil Grand Prizes (Brazilian Oscars), a Hollywood Music in Media Award, an ACIE Award and a Premio Contigo! De Cinema

About Far Cry® 6:

Set in Yara, a tropical paradise frozen in time in the heart of the Caribbean, players will experience the adrenaline rush and chaos of guerrilla combat as they join the revolution to liberate Yaran people from the oppressive rule of dictator Antón Castillo and his teenage son Diego – brought to life by Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian, Breaking Bad) and Anthony Gonzalez (Coco).

As local Yaran and military dropout Dani Rojas, players will be swept up in the guerrilla movement as the brutality of Antón’s rule reaches new heights and the fire of revolution ignites across the country. Players will be able to choose to play Dani as a woman or a man, and will join forces with a colorful cast of characters, including Clara Garcia, the leader of revolutionary group Libertad, or Juan Cortez, a jaded ex-KGB spy and guerrilla master as they fight their way to take down the tyrant.

Far Cry® 6 will release on October 7 worldwide on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Stadia, Amazon Luna and for Windows PC exclusively on both the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store. The game will also be available on Ubisoft+*, Ubisoft’s subscription service.

About Ubisoft:

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs.
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Silva Screen Records: "The Boy Behind the Door" music by Anton Sanko


The Boy Behind the Door is a 2021 American horror-thriller film written and directed by David Charbonier and Justin Powell. The film stars Ezra Dewey, Lonnie Chavis, Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood, Maleficent, Seinfeld), Scott Michael Foster (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Californication). The Charbonier / Powell debut feature focuses on two boys attempting to escape their kidnapper's house. Interestingly, this is a film in which children are the heroes but the film is not a children’s film on any level. It was released on the streaming service Shudder on July 29, 2021.

The film received glowing reviews, with MovieWeb describing it as “tense and riveting as thriller flicks come” and stating that “Shudder has a legitimate hit”. Film Week claims it to be “the most nerve-wracking small horror film that I have seen in a very, very long time” and New York Times focuses on the storytelling describing it as “virtuosic, almost abstractly taut”.

The emotional complexity of the Boy Behind The Door is assiduously depicted by the Sanko’s dreamy, expanding and contracting and at points interrupted, electronic score. The minimalist and beautiful eerie guitar theme in Six Hours Earlier and beautiful ethereal harmonies in Resolution mirror the inner normality of the protagonists’ world, interrupted by violence. Sanko observes "Composing the score to The Boy Behind the Door was like taking a deep dive into the depths of human depravity. And I mean that in the best possible way. David and Justin’s directorial style opened up a lot of space to explore as a composer, and I got to work in a musical sandbox that I really love.”

Originally trained in classical guitar, piano and composition, the Emmy Award winning composer and producer Anton Sanko has been making music for film and television for over thirty years. His first commission in film was for Jonathan Demme, whom he met while playing keyboards for Suzanne Vega in the mid 80’s. Demme offered Anton the opportunity to score his documentary Cousin Bobby. Sanko’s other notable film credits include the Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, Ouija, Jessabelle and The Possession. In 2019 he was nominated for a French Academy Award (The Cesar) for his score to Michael Hers’ film Amanda. He recently completed The Half of It for director Alice Wu and Fractured for director Brad Anderson. Both projects were for Netflix. In 2018, he was co-composer for the film adaptation of The Seagull, along with Nico Muhly which starred Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss and Corey Stoll, directed by Michael Mayer.

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Silva Screen Records: "The Beatles And India" music by Benji Merrison


Silva Screen Records will digitally release The Beatles And India, the original score for the award winning documentary film. The hypnotic, lyrical soundtrack for The Beatles And India was written by award winning composer Benji Merrison and recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2, the legendary home of The Beatles recording sessions, Budapest, Hungary and Pune, India. Both a classically trained composer and a skilled music producer and engineer, Benji has scored music for hundreds of projects across film, television, installations and events. His distinctive musical voice is in high demand, and he is known for SAS: Red Notice, Forces of Nature with Brian Cox, Dynasties, General Magic.

The Beatles And India film is a unique historical chronicle of the enduring love affair between The Beatles And India that started more than half a century ago. Rare archival footage, recordings and photographs, eye-witness accounts and expert comments along with location shoots across India bring alive the fascinating journey of George, John, Paul and Ringo from their high octane celebrity lives in the West to a remote Himalayan ashram in search of spiritual bliss that inspires an unprecedented burst of creative songwriting. It is the first serious exploration of how India shaped the development of the greatest ever rock band and their own pioneering role bridging two vastly different cultures.

Premiering earlier in June at the UK Asian Film Festival, the film won two awards for Best Film Audience Choice and Best Music. It will now also feature at upcoming film festivals in Gent (Belgium), Valladolid (Spain) and at the New Generations Indian Film Festival. The film has screened at select Everyman Cinemas on August 31st as part of their Everyman Music Film Festival and is set for October 4th UK digital release and UK TV premiere on Channel 4 on January 4, 2022. BritBox will premiere the documentary for the US and Canada early 2022.

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Milan Records: "MY HERO ACADEMIA: SEASON 5" music by Yuki Hayashi


Milan Records today announces the release of MY HERO ACADEMIA: SEASON 5 (ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK) with music by composer and arranger YUKI HAYASHI (My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, Pretty Cure, Strawberry Night). Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Hayashi for the fifth season of the critically acclaimed, hugely popular anime series. In addition to the season five soundtrack, Hayashi has scored all four previous seasons of the hit anime television series as well as three corresponding film installments, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising and My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission. Today’s soundtrack is the latest in a series of releases from Milan Records from the My Hero Academia franchise, following official soundtrack releases for My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising film and My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission film. Based on Kōhei Horikoshi’s well-loved manga series, My Hero Academia concluded its fifth season on September 25 and is available to watch in its entirety now.   

Yuki Hayashi was born in Kyoto in 1980.  Being an active member in a men's rhythmic gymnastics team in his early years spawned his interest in BGM while selecting songs to complement performances.  This led him to begin teaching himself music composition while at university, despite not having a background in music itself. After graduating, Yuki acquired the basics of track making under house techno DJ and sound-maker Hideo Kobayashi and started producing his first range of music accompaniments for dance sports.  His experience as a rhythmic gymnast has enabled Yuki to intuitively incorporate an eclectic range of music and produce a unique sound, empowering scenes from TV drama, animation and film.

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. 
 
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VARÈSE SARABANDE RELEASES THREE DIGITAL ALBUMS: ON DEADLY GROUND, UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY AND ROBOCOP 3


Varèse Sarabande has released three deluxe edition digital albums: On Deadly Ground: Deluxe Edition, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory: Deluxe Edition and Robocop 3: Deluxe Edition by Basil Poledouris.
 
Varèse Sarabande started releasing deluxe edition albums in 1989 as part of their CD Club and since then they have been a staple of the label, relaunching classic titles from renowned composers such as John Williams and Ennio Morricone, among many others. All of these former CD Club releases (many permanently sold out) are being made available digitally for the first time. The albums will be available through streaming and download services, while lossless files are available exclusively through VareseSarabande.com in WAV, FLAC and ALAC formats.

Basil Poledouris – Under Siege 2: Dark Territory: Deluxe Edition
Basil Poledouris’ epic score for Under Siege 2: Dark Territory clocked in at 28 minutes upon its original release in 1995. This deluxe edition has an expanded running time of 75 minutes.
 
Basil Poledouris – On Deadly Ground: Deluxe Edition
On Deadly Ground is one of Basil Poledouris’ greatest action scores. The original 30-minute soundtrack has been expanded to 79 minutes. 

Basil Poledouris – RoboCop 3: Deluxe Edition
Director Paul Verhoeven’s original RoboCop (1987) featured one of Basil Poledouris’ most famous themes and beloved scores. Though he wasn’t on board for Irvin Kershner’s 1990 sequel RoboCop 2, Basil did return for the third installment of the hit franchise with director Fred Dekker’s RoboCop 3 in 1993.  

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Varèse Sarabande is one of the leading and most prolific producers of film and television soundtracks. The label was formed as a merger between Varèse International Records (named for composer Edgar Varèse) and Sarabande Records (named after a musical dance form). The label’s iconic logo – a frequent curiosity of fans around the globe -is actually an inkblot created by blowing a straw on a piece of paper with India ink.  
  
Initially a classical label, Varèse Sarabande released its first album of film music in June 1978. Since then, Varèse Sarabande has released thousands of soundtracks and new recordings of classic film scores conducted by celebrated composers with the world’s best-known orchestras.  
  
The label upped the ante for fans by creating the Varèse Sarabande CD Club—releasing exclusive limited-edition deluxe soundtracks featuring rare and long-requested titles. The CD Club ran initially from 1989–92 and was restarted in 2001, and Varèse continues to create Deluxe Editions of cherished scores that might otherwise never see a release.  
   
Since joining Concord in 2018, Varèse Sarabande continues to release new television and film scores, high-quality vinyl and Deluxe Edition soundtracks.  
    
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Milan Records: "TITANE" muisc by Jim Williams


Milan Records today announces the October 1 release of TITANE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by JIM WILLIAMS. Available to pre-order now, the album features score music written by Williams for director Julia Ducournau's critically acclaimed thriller, which received the top Palme d’Or award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is the second collaboration between Williams and Ducournau, the duo having worked together on Ducournau’s 2016 feature film debut Raw. Out today alongside album preorder is the soundtrack’s lead single “Sarabande,” an ominous, pulsating track indicative of the darkly foreboding quality of Williams’ score – listen here. Also included within the 18-track album is singer Lisa Abbott’s rendition of the folk classic “Wayfaring Stranger” as well as two additional tracks by Titane sound supervisor Séverin Favriau. One of the year’s most talked-about films, Titane will make its theatrical debut on Friday, October 1 from NEON.

“The score for Titane grows from a short theme for a scene where the protagonist leaves home in startling circumstances,” says composer JIM WILLIAMS of his work on the film, continuing, “Initially in a contemporary popular music style with a tinge of John Barry, later this was set with metal percussion and male voice choir using the Neapolitan Minor for a scene set in a car. As the film develops the theme takes on an emotional, darker twist.”

Educated in classical and jazz composition, Jim Williams first established himself in popular music writing and performance, with his subsequent extensive television experience culminating in an Ivor Novello Award nomination for Hotel Babylon. More recently he has focused on some of the more innovative feature films of recent times.

For Ben Wheatley’s Kill List press accolades described an ‘unsettling score – the film’s saturnine heartbeat – puls[ing] underneath’ (Financial Times), and a ‘brilliant score, which is filled with strings so taut, they sound like screams you might hear in the distance’ (LA Times). The score for Wheatley's A Field in England ‘[underpinned] ostensibly calm pastoral scenes with a constant undertow of clanging, churning menace’ (Hollywood Reporter), and Julia Ducournau’s highly acclaimed RAW used ‘folksy lighter numbers giving way to heavier, more psychedelic freak-out tracks as the characters degenerate into madness’ (Variety). The score for RAW was César Award nominated.

2018’s score for Beast was nominated for a BIFA for Best Music, with Variety noting ‘the many, varied screeches and squeaks of Jim Williams' terrifically rattling score’.

2020 saw Indian horror Kriya with ‘an unforgettable score’ (First Showing) premier at Fantasia Festival, and Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESSOR premiered at Sundance featuring a ‘booming and distressing score… [that] helps to hammer home psychological breakdown’ (cinemasmack.com). The film won the Prix de la Musique Originale at the prestigious Gérardmer International Fantastic Film Festival, as well as Best Score at the 2021 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards.

Premiered in March 2021 at SXSW and directed by Kier-La Janisse, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror ‘is uplifted by a stunning score by Jim Williams’ (Horror Buzz), and produced by The Forge for Channel 4 released in autumn 2021, the score for Help, an ‘eviscerating’ feature starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham, contains a harrowing 12-minute music sequence that trawls the depths of despair thrown up by the pandemic.

Julia Ducournau’s second feature TITANE was scored with ‘unnerving low chanting… like a Black Mass’ (Variety), ‘accompanying the fervid action with its own fever dream rhythms, alternating between techno and something more operatic’ (Sight and Sound). TITANE was awarded the Palme d'Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

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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.
 
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MILAN RECORDS ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE OF MUSIC FROM NARUTO 19 SOUNDTRACKS FROM THE HUGELY POPULAR ANIME TV SERIES & FILMS AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME OUTSIDE JAPAN TODAY


RELEASE INCLUDES MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL NARUTO, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN AND BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS AS WELL AS FILMS BY COMPOSERS YASUHARU TAKANASHI & TOSHIO MASUDA
 
Milan Records today announces the first-ever digital release of music from the legendary NARUTO series, including 19 original soundtracks from the long-running anime television series and films. Available to stream and download for the first time outside of Japan, the release includes composer Toshio Masuda’s soundtracks to the original Naruto television series and corresponding Naruto films as well as composer Yasuharu Takanashi’s soundtracks to the Naruto Shippuden sequel series and films and new series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and film. Known for blending traditional Japanese instruments like the shamisen and shakuhachi with modern production and sounds, the soundtracks are a genre-blending collection as distinct and influential as Naruto itself.
 
ABOUT TOSHIO MASUDA

Toshio Masuda is a composer and music director who has produced and provided music for TV variety shows, dramas, animes, and commercials. In addition to that, he is also active as a music director and support for artists' concerts and tours. He is active in a wide range of fields.

ABOUT YASUHARU TAKANASHI

Heavily influenced by rock music, he takes his work to another level by blending hard rock and orchestral sounds to create profound and elegant soundscapes. He is the organizer of the music production team “Team-MAX” and also the leader of “YAIBA”, a rock and roll group featuring Japanese musical instruments. His representative works are NARUTO Shippuden, FAIRY TAIL, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS, Zombieland Saga and more. Received JASRAC International Award in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2021.

ABOUT NARUTO

The epic adventures of the world’s greatest ninja! Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja!

ABOUT BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS

The life of the shinobi is beginning to change. Boruto Uzumaki, son of Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki, has enrolled in the Ninja Academy to learn the ways of the ninja. Now, as a series of mysterious events unfolds, Boruto’s story is about to begin!

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
 
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Sony Music Masterworks: "VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE" music by MARCO BELTRAMI


Sony Music Masterworks today announces the October 1 release of VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by award-winning composer MARCO BELTRAMI (Scream, Resident Evil, A Quiet Place). Available to preorder now, the album features score music written by Beltrami for the highly anticipated sequel to the 2018 worldwide box office hit film Venom. Making their debut today alongside album preorder are two lead singles from the soundtrack – listen to “Carnage Unleashed” and “Venom and Blues” here. Sony Pictures film, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, will be released exclusively in movie theaters on Friday, October 1.

Of the soundtrack, composer MARCO BELTRAMI says, “Because of COVID restrictions, we had to change the way we worked on processing acoustical sounds. Where we’d normally work with live musicians to create source material, here we had musicians record at home and then re-amp them at Sony. In addition, we worked with feedback looping to create some of the aggressive tones for Carnage. The film presented a lot of fun musical challenges, from a unique enhanced brass theme for Venom, to the altered woodwind theme for Carnage and Shriek, to a slightly bluesy feel for Eddie. Overall, in spite of those COVID restrictions, I feel very lucky we were able to still record many of the orchestral sessions at Sony and have it come out sounding so good!”

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL’s greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.

Screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Story by Tom Hardy & Kelly Marcel. Based on the Marvel Comics. Produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, Kelly Marcel, Tom Hardy and Hutch Parker. Executive Producers are Barry Waldman, Jonathan Cavendish and Ruben Fleischer. The film also stars Reid Scott and Stephen Graham.

Marco Beltrami is a two-time Oscar®-nominated composer. He has collaborated with many iconic film directors including Kathryn Bigelow, James Mangold, Bong Joon-ho, Angelina Jolie, Robert Rodriguez, Luc Besson, Guillermo Del Toro, Wes Craven, Alex Proyas, Jonathan Mostow, Roland Joffé, Jodie Foster, David E. Kelley and Tommy Lee Jones.

The composer established an early reputation as a genre innovator with his non-traditional horror scores for the Scream franchise. Beltrami’s musical palette has since expanded to virtually all film genres. Beltrami has received accolades for his music including two Academy Award nominations for Best Score: 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and for Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, starring Jeremy Renner, co-scored with frequent collaborator Buck Sanders. In 2011 Beltrami won a Golden Satellite Award (Best Film Score of the Year) for Soul Surfer. Beltrami scored the Marvel film Logan, directed by James Mangold, and Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, First They Killed My Father. He also wrote the theme for the hit video game Fortnite. Beltrami scored the critically acclaimed box-office hit A Quiet Place, which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Score and shortlisted for Best Score for the Oscars. Beltrami won an Emmy® Award for National Geographic’s 2019 Oscar winning documentary Free Solo, (with co-composer Brandon Roberts) for Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary, Series or Special.

He has lent his voice to such unique hit films as Live Free or Die Hard, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and I, Robot. His other scores include The Homesman directed by Tommy Lee Jones, the zombie comedy Warm Bodies directed by Jonathan Levine, the final installment of the Bruce Willis action series A Good Day To Die Hard, Snowpiercer starring Chris Evans and directed by Bong Joon-ho, the Brad Pitt action thriller World War Z, James Mangold’s The Wolverine, and The Night Before also directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Seth Rogan and Joseph Gordon Levitt.

Beltrami co-scored James Mangold’s Ford v. Ferrari (Twentieth Century Studios) with Buck Sanders, for which they were shortlisted for Best Score for the 2020 Oscars, with the film going on to receive four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.  Other recent projects include Guillermo Del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access, the Lionsgate comedy Long Shot starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, the Zac Efron-starrer Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile, and Evil and the Paramount Pictures adventure comedy Love and Monsters. Recently for Beltrami was the Paramount Pictures’ horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II, Netflix’s horror film Fear Street, Sony Pictures action horror sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and the Lionsgate sci-fi feature Chaos Walking starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

Upon completing his undergraduate studies at Brown University, Beltrami entered the Yale School of Music on a scholarship. His pursuit of music composition then led him to Venice, Italy for a period of study with the Italian master Luigi Nono, and then to Los Angeles for a fellowship with Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "GOLIATH" music by Jon Ehrlich and Jason Derlatka


Lakeshore Records releases Goliath—Amazon Original Series Soundtrack digitally. The score by Jon Ehrlich and Jason Derlatka encompasses all four season of the entire Prime Video series starring Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton.  The vividly orchestrated score provides a highly atmospheric backdrop to the legal drama. The fourth and final season of “Goliath” premiered today on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
 
In the final season, Billy returns to his Big Law roots after Patty (Nina Arianda) takes a job at a prestigious white-shoe law firm in San Francisco. Together, they try to take down one of America’s most insidious Goliaths: the opioid industry. As Billy deals with his own chronic pain and Patty can’t shake the feeling she’s being used, their loyalties will be tested, putting their partnership on the line. In a world where money can buy anything, even justice, they’ll have to risk everything to do what’s right. Goliath is from Amazon Studios, with executive producers Lawrence Trilling (Parenthood), Geyer Kosinski (Fargo), and Jennifer Ames and Steve Turner (Boardwalk Empire).
 
Says Ehrlich: “We’re incredibly proud of the work we did on ‘Goliath.’ In season four we had a really special opportunity to score in the classic film noir vernacular, as the season is visually dripping with classic noir associations and references. It was such a rare gift to be inhabiting that melodic and harmonic space, and to be able to develop those themes and ideas across an entire season.”
 
Says Derlatka: “We’ve had such a great time putting our heads together each season to develop a distinct sound and palette that reflects that season’s setting, visual language and legal case, while also maintaining the looming ‘Goliath’ sound which evokes that dark, shadowy, and, at times, twisted force that’s out there hanging over Billy.”
 
ABOUT JON EHRLICH
Three-time Emmy nominated composer Jon Ehrlich has accrued, over the years, a prolific list of scoring credits encompassing a broad range of projects. Ehrlich co-scores with Jason Derlatka Amazon Studios’ drama series Goliath, starring Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Dennis Quaid, and J.K. Simmons, which has its 4th season premiere slated for September 24th; and Fox’s medical drama, The Resident, starring Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp, which returns September 21st with its season 5 premiere.

Ehrlich received an Emmy nomination in the "Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)" category for his score on Fox’s adventure/fantasy series Roar, starring Heath Ledger; and has received two additional nominations, with co-composer Jason Derlatka, for their work on Fox’s Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globes Award-nominated drama series House, M. D., starring Hugh Laurie; and on CBS’s drama/thriller series The Agency, starring Beau Bridges.

Ehrlich’s music can also be heard on hit series such as NBC’s Parenthood, starring Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, and Craig T. Nelson; About A Boy, starring Minnie Driver; The Slap, starring Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Peter Sarsgaard, and Uma Thurman; and Life, starring Damian Lewis; CBS’s The Guardian, starring Simon Baker; USA Network’s Graceland, starring Daniel Sunjata and Aaron Tveit; and White Collar, starring Matt Bomer; Fox’s Golden Globes-nominated series Party of Five, starring Neve Campbell and Scott Wolf; its spinoff series Time of Your Life, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jennifer Garner; and Pitch, starring Kylie Bunbury and Mark Consuelos; ABC’s Invasion, starring Eddie Cibrian; and Karen Sisco, starring Carla Gugino; and more.

Ehrlich’s unconventional path to becoming a scoring composer calls back to his former life in the theater. Ehrlich studied music and theater as an undergrad at Yale University where he graduated Scholar of the House. He spent his early years writing musicals, and got his start at Warner Bros. Feature Animation writing a musical film called The Jester, with collaborator Stephen Lloyd.

 Ehrlich is also a founder of Qwire, a collaborative, cloud based, web platform that streamlines workflows across every aspect of the music to picture ecosystem, while managing music assets and all associated music metadata


ABOUT JASON DERLATKA
Two-time Emmy nominated composer Jason Derlatka has written music for multi-platinum  selling recording artists, countless national ad campaigns and some of the most popular
television shows of the past decade.
 
Derlatka co-scores with Jon Ehrlich Amazon Studios’ drama series Goliath, starring Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Dennis Quaid, and J.K. Simmons, which has its 4th season premiere slated for September 24th; and Fox’s medical drama, The Resident, starring Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp, which returns September 21st with its season 5 premiere.
 
Derlatka received two Emmy nominations in the "Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)" category for Fox’s Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globes Award-nominated drama series House, M. D., starring Hugh Laurie; and CBS’s drama/thriller series The Agency, starring Beau Bridges; both of which he co-scored with Jon Ehrlich.
 
 
In addition to scoring hit television shows, Derlatka tours with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Journey on keyboards, backing and lead vocals. Derlatka became an official band member in 2020.
 
Derlatka’s music can also be heard on hit series such as NBC’s Parenthood, starring Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, and Craig T. Nelson; About A Boy, starring Minnie
Driver; and The Slap, starring Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Peter Sarsgaard, and Uma Thurman; USA Network’s Graceland, starring Daniel Sunjata and Aaron Tveit; and White Collar, starring Matt Bomer; Fox’s Pitch, starring Kylie Bunbury and Mark Consuelos; and Tru Calling, starring Eliza Dushku; and more.
 
Derlatka started playing piano at age four. By age 11, he was studying at the University of Montana, where he would later receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in music. While earning his degree, Derlatka met renowned record producer David Foster, who gave him the opportunity to orchestrate and perform with him. This experience would inspire him to move to LA and pursue a career in music.
 
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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "WOLFBOY and the EVERYTHING FACTORY" music by Xav Clarke and Clap! Clap!


Lakeshore Records releases today, September 24, Wolfboy and the Everything Factory Season 1--Apple TV+ Original Series Soundtrack digitally.  The album contains the irrepressible theme song, “Excaliboom,” composed by Clap! Clap! (AKA Cristiano Crisci), plus a thrilling, kaleidoscope of a score by Xav Clarke.  “Wolfboy and the Everything Factory” premieres today on Apple TV+.
 
The 10-episode animated epic "Wolfboy and the Everything Factory" follows Wolfboy (voiced by Kassian Akhtar), an imaginative oddball who discovers a strange realm at the centre of the earth where fantastical beings called Sprytes create things for the natural world on the surface — clouds, trees, rabbits, dreams, hiccups, memories, time... everything! With his newfound Spryte friends, Wolfboy learns that not only can he use the creative energy of the Everything Factory to make his wild imagination come to life, but that he is destined to play a central role in an age-old battle between the forces of creation and destruction. Wolfboy soon comes to realize that being different is what makes him special — and ultimately, that it's the oddballs and dreamers who change the world.
 
Says Crisci: “It was a real pleasure to compose a theme for such a great new show! The images & animation of Wolfboy were incredibly inspiring and seeing it gave me that instant desire to record the ‘Excaliboom’ theme song with some classic old warm-sounding analog machines! What a great experience! Unforgettable!”
 
Says Clarke:  "’Wolfboy & The Everything Factory’ is a show about a boy who discovers a strange realm at the centre of the earth, where fantastical beings called Sprytes create things for the world above. Clouds, trees, rabbits, dreams, hiccups, memories, time... I wanted the music to contain elements of instruments and tones we know, but to combine them and twist them into new and magical sounds that could only have been made by Wolfboy and the Sprytes themselves in the Everything Factory.
 
This soundtrack has some of our favourite moments from the first season; wonder, beauty and adventure - all heard through the lens of the unique, heartfelt and handmade nature of the show. There is also a suite of music woven together from all the different sounds of the 'Labs' in which the Sprytes create things for the surface. I hope you enjoy listening to these stories of sound from The Everything Factory as much as I did making them. 'Everything has a heart.’”
 
ABOUT XAV CLARKE
 Musician, composer, and songwrier Xav Clarke's musical style could best be described as imaginative, dream-like, playful, and fantastical with a wondering sophistication and curiousity that welcome listeners into his rainbow world of complex sounds, textures, and emotions.

As a composer and songwriter, Xav’s love of animation that can be enjoyed by all ages led him to compose an organic score and write original songs for Apple TV’s Wolfboy and the Everything Factory as well as forging a cinematic score for Cartoon Network’s grandiose sci-fi adventure Elliot from Earth. He entered the animation scoring space after writing the viral song “Weird Like You and Me” for Cartoon Network’s BAFTA Award-winning The Amazing World of Gumball.

As a musician, he also produces his unique brand of psychedelic pop under his own name and with the bands Itchy Teeth, Captain Fix & The Midnight Honeys, and Starfish Men. Xav’s kaleidoscopic and dreamy debut solo album “magic arrow” will release in 2021. As a guitarist Xav has appeared in Danny Boyle's film Yesterday, and has performed on soundtracks and been lucky enough to work with acclaimed composers Daniel Pemberton and Michael Giacchino.
 
Whether scoring for animation, songwriting, jamming with his bands, or producing his solo work, Xav’s versatile skill and free-spirited nature will always follow where the music leads him.
 
ABOUT CLAP! CLAP!
Clap! Clap!, aka Cristiano Crisci, is an internationally acclaimed producer and performer. Bringing together disparate inspirations and styles onto the dancefloor of his mind, Crisci has spent over a decade establishing himself as one of Italy's most daring electronic music producers. His work has been recognized and supported by Paul Simon, Gilles Peterson, Future Music Magazine, DJ Mag and featured on GTA V, Boiler Room, Ninja Tune's Solid Steel, and the FABRIC mix CD series. He also performs regularly, and has brought his energetic live shows to clubs and stages across the world, including Mutek Montreal, Star Festival Kyoto & Nuits Sonores Lyon.
 
Born and bred in Florence, Crisci began his career in the mid-1990s as a rapper before picking up the saxophone and performing both jazz standards and jazz/punk fusion with Trio Cane. In 2004, he returned to his electronic roots with the A Smile For Timbuctu project, a collaborative effort which released four albums and performed across Europe. By 2008, Crisci decided to strike it out on his own as Digi G’Alessio, channeling the same hip-hop meets electronic music energies as those animating the nascent Los Angeles beat scene. Following a string of EPs and albums under the name, Crisci hit upon a new formula when he started combining samples from the African continent with energetic drum programming. The results led to the birth of Clap! Clap! in 2013. The stripped-back, high-energy yet inventive sound caught the attention of British label Black Acre with whom Crisci has been working since.
 
Clap! Clap!’s music is a unique blend of global dance and timeless sounds drawing from nature, traditional music, field recordings, and the electronic savvy of modern centres like Chicago and London. At its core are the inspiration of everyday life, what Crisci calls “the search for new flavours,” and a unifying narrative approach. The results are albums that play out like sonic movies. 2014's Tayi Bebba was a soundtrack tour of an imaginary island, and 2016's A Thousand Skies told the story of a young girl's journey through the stars. It was this inventive style that attracted Paul Simon, who discovered Crisci through his son, and eventually led to the pair collaborating on Simon's 2016 album Stranger To Stranger.
 
Following a busy year in 2016, Crisci took a break from focusing on samples and composition to study sound dynamics and the science of mixing and engineering. He changed his studio and tools, putting more emphasis on the correct melding of analog and digital technology. His third album, Liquid Portraits, is a result of this process with a new compositional approach that puts a stronger focus on field recording and sound design to achieve clarity without diminishing the energy and enthusiasm of the music. As the name hints at, the album is a collection of sonic paintings, an attempt at capturing furtive, subconscious memories through sound. The tracks reference trips Crisci took and people he met – from southern Italy to Hokkaido via the Kif Mountains of Morocco – as well as more abstract ideas of loss, calmness, and childhood. Helped by a small cast of close collaborators – harpist Kety Fusco, singer Martha Da'ro, percussionist Domenico Candellori, and bassist Piero Spitilli – Liquid Portraits is a major new step in Crisci's evolution as an artist.
 
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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Hollywood Records: "What If…Thor Was an Only Child?" music by Laura Karpman


What If…Thor Was an Only Child? (Episode 7) features score by Emmy -winning composer Laura Karpman. The score was produced by Karpman and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum and album producers are Brad Winderbaum, Bryan Andrews and Dave Jordan.

Release dates for all 9 soundtracks follow:

Aug. 13:         What If...Captain Carter Were the First Avenger? (Ep.1)
Aug. 20:         What If...T’Challa Became a Star-Lord? (Ep. 2)
Aug. 27:         What If…The World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes? (Ep. 3)
Sept. 3:          What If…Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? (Ep.4)
Sept. 10:        What If…Zombies?!  (Ep.5)
Sept. 17         What If…What If…Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark? ( Ep. 6)
Sept. 24:        What If…What If… Thor Was an Only Child? (Ep. 7)
Oct. 1:            What If…? Episode 8
Oct. 8:             What If…? Episode 9

“What If...?” flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios’ first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. Directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, “What If...?” launched exclusively on Disney+ on August 11, 2021.

Karpman creates powerful, imaginative scores that push the boundaries of storytelling. Her award-winning music, spanning film, television, theater, interactive media and live performance, reflects an audaciously creative, prodigious, fresh spirit. Karpman collaborates with the most creative filmmakers of our time, including Misha Green, Steven Spielberg, Alex Gibney, Kasi Lemmons, Rory Kennedy, Sam Pollard, Laura Nix plus Eleanor, Francis Ford and Sophia Coppola.   The five-time Emmy winner’s scores span the HBO hit series Lovecraft Country, 2020 Oscar-nominated Walk Run Cha-Cha, and the Discovery Channel docuseries Why We Hate, for which she recently won an Emmy Award. 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "MAYDAY" music by COLIN STETSON


Milan Records announces the October 1 release of MAYDAY (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) and today shares two lead singles from the album. Available for preorder now, the soundtrack features score music written by COLIN STETSON (Color Out of Space, Hereditary) for the film, which follows a young girl transported to an alternate reality where she finds herself amongst a crew of female soldiers at war. Showcasing writer-director Karen Cinorre’s love of aural storytelling, Stetson’s score works closely with the film’s otherworldly narrative to transport listeners to this new world. Also included on the album and out today alongside preorder is an original vocal track by acclaimed vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer CAROLINE SHAW, who provides an ethereally layered theme song for the film – listen to “Mayday Song” here. The track makes its debut today alongside a score offering from Stetson entitled “Never Letting Go” – listen here. Originally premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Mayday will be released by Magnolia Pictures on Friday, October 1 in theaters and on-demand.

Of the soundtrack, composer COLIN STETSON says, "Like the gorgeous imagery we see upon first arriving on the island in Mayday, I wanted the music to have an airy freedom about it - light dancing on water, wind through trees, a sense of suspenseful propulsion. Copious flutes and pointillistic saxophones comprise the core of the sound, balanced with several rare, old synths. I recorded this music in the autumn of 2020, surrounded by the colors of the trees in a particularly slow transition."

“Colin’s score for Mayday is elemental,” says writer-director KAREN CINORRE. “In it, you can hear the film’s gun metal, forest winds, flow of the ocean and heartbeat of the characters. He understands that a story about women’s voices need not be small, it can be cosmic. His score harnesses the fury, hope and power inside these women.” Of Caroline Shaw’s theme song for the film, Cinorre continues, “’Mayday Song’ is a sonic wonder. Caroline embodies the voices of the film sirens using, as she explained to me, ‘elements of morse code messaging, fractured language, sonic lift, mysterious expanse, and strong women fighting together.’ No other composers could transport us to the world of Mayday with such artistry and generosity.”

An unusual storm is approaching, and it’s about to change everything for Ana (Grace Van Patten). After a short circuit at her workplace mysteriously transports her to an alternate world, she meets a crew of female soldiers caught in an endless war. Along a wildly beautiful coastline, men face the stark truth lurking behind damsels who appear to be in distress. Under the leadership of Marsha (Mia Goth), Ana trains as a sharpshooter and discovers a newfound freedom in this uninhibited sisterhood. She soon senses she may not be the ruthless killer they expect, though, and time is running out for her to find a path home.

Unafraid of pushing cinematic boundaries, writer-director Karen Cinorre blurs genres and draws us into the unique realm of her debut, where possibilities multiply and women take control of their own destinies. Both a feminist fever dream and an ambitious reimagining of a war film, MAYDAY detonates expectations to question where empowerment truly lies.

Colin Stetson, born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, spent a decade in San Francisco and Brooklyn honing his formidable talents as a horn player before eventually settling in Montreal in 2007. Over the years he has worked extensively with a wide range of bands and musicians, including Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and The National.

Stetson has developed an utterly unique voice as a soloist, principally on saxophone and clarinet. His astounding physical engagement with his instruments (chiefly bass and alto saxophones) produces emotionally rich and polyphonic compositions that transcend expectations of what solo horn playing can sound like. He is at home in the avant-jazz tradition of pushing the boundaries through circular breathing and embouchure, and his noise/drone/minimalist sound encompasses genres like dark metal, post-rock and contemporary electronics.

More recently, Stetson has focused on scoring a number of original soundtracks, including Lavender (2016), which he co-scored with Sarah Neufeld, A24 production Hereditary (2018) and Hulu series The First (2018). He also contributed to the score for award-winning game Red Dead Redemption II (2018) and is set to score David Blue Garcia’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel as well as the new Adult Swim anime miniseries Uzumaki, an adaptation of Junji Ito’s renowned horror manga, which arrives in 2020.

Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the GRAMMY®-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member. Recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming with Inon Barnatan, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, Seattle Symphony, Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, the LA Philharmonic, Juilliard 415, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, the Dover Quartet, TENET, The Crossing, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Calidore Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the Baltimore Symphony, and Roomful of Teeth with A Far Cry.  Caroline’s film scores include Erica Fae’s To Keep the Light and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madelineas well as the upcoming short 8th Year of the Emergency by Maureen Towey. She has produced for Kanye West (The Life of Pablo; Ye) and Nas (NASIR), and has contributed to records by The National, and by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Once she got to sing in three part harmony with Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center, and that was pretty much the bees’ knees and elbows. Caroline has studied at Rice, Yale, and Princeton, currently teaches at NYU, and is a Creative Associate at the Juilliard School. She has held residencies at Dumbarton Oaks, the Banff Centre, Music on Main, and the Vail Dance Festival. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin."

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]

Lionsgate Home Entertainment: "LADY OF THE MANOR" [BLU-RAY/DVD]


Past and present collide in this supernaturally funny buddy comedy when stoner-slacker Hannah (Melanie Lynskey) is hired to portray Lady Wadsworth (Judy Greer), a Southern belle who died in 1875, in a tour at Wadsworth Manor. Hannah, a hot mess, figures she can fake it —until the ghost of Lady Wadsworth appears! Lady Wadsworth tells Hannah it’s time to change her wild ways — and she’ll haunt her until she does — in this hilarious movie costarring Justin Long and Ryan Phillippe.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "Misha and the Wolves" music by Nick Foster


THE STORY: The dramatic tale of a woman whose holocaust memoir took the world by storm, but a fallout with her publisher – who turned detective – revealed an audacious deception created to hide a darker truth.

THE SCORE: “Misha and the Wolves is kind of a psychological thriller; a fairy tale where all is not as it seems. I wanted to create a sense of an incredible story being told through the filter of memory; of an epic journey with a hint of a fairy tale, but always with a hint of darkness, of a story with further layers to be revealed. It seemed right to feature traditional storytelling musical elements, but with the potential to twist and turn and subvert those elements as director Sam Hobkinson did with the story; orchestrator Ben Foster & I worked with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to create rich warm strings that could turn glacial at a beat’s notice; and with clarinettist Ben Castle to make moody woodwind pads full of texture and physicality; all built on a bed of uneasy synth textures and tones.” – Nick Foster

THE COMPOSER: Nick Foster is a multiple BAFTA-winning composer, arranger and producer of music for television, commercials and film. Working both solo and in collaboration from Air Studios, London, Nick has made his name composing distinctive and emotive scores for television shows and feature films in the UK and US including Timewasters, Bounty Hunters, the Derren Brown specials (including the recent Netflix special, Sacrifice), The A List, Cuckoo, the Emmy-winning Hank Zipzer for the BBC, and the popular animated series, Thunderbirds Are Go, which Nick composes with brother Ben Foster, and for which they have been BAFTA, MAS and BAA-nominated.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "Bac Nord" (The Stronghold) music by Guillaume Roussel


THE STORY: A police brigade working in the dangerous northern neighborhoods of Marseille, where the level of crime is higher than anywhere else in France.

THE SCORE: “Cédric’s movies are always so powerful, it’s an exciting challenge to find the right tone and the right dynamic. Bac Nord is so realistic that the music really needed to blend in except for a few very internal and psychological moments. The guitar was definitively the main instrument to impersonate the Mediterranean vibe that surrounds the characters so we took a lot of time working on sounds we recorded on guitars and manipulated to transform it into textures and make them sound like synth. So while a lot of the soundtrack is only guitar – you’ll never be able to tell it!” – Guillaume Roussel

THE COMPOSER: French composer Guillaume Roussel is becoming one of the most promising composers in France. He wrote music for his first French feature film in 2012 with Les seigneurs for director Olivier Dahan (after a previous collaboration on La vie en rose as an orchestrator); they collaborated two years later on Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth. His other important credits include McG’s Three Days to Kill as well as Cedric Jimenez’s La French and HHhH. Working as a composer in Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions team, Guillaume‘s contributions can be heard in the scores for James L. Brooks’ How Do You Know?, Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides and the 2012 Academy Award Ceremony. His score for the Medieval adventure film Outcast has been released by MovieScore Media.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "Help, I Shrunk My Friends" music by Anne-Kathrin Dern


THE STORY: To protect his magic objects Otto Leonhard has taught Felix the secret art of shrinking. When Felix’s friends almost mess up his date with Melanie, he shrinks them spontaneously to a tenth of their size.

THE SCORE: “Help I Shrunk My Friends is the last installment in the ‘Shrunken’ series. It was a joy to once again compose music for this world of magic and comedy. Despite the growing pandemic at the time, we managed to record the score in a rather unique way at a Belgian studio. We used ISO booths and a lot of post-production magic to get everything to sound right but in the end it was worth it for an exciting conclusion to this saga!” – Anne-Kathrin Dern

THE COMPOSER: Born in Eutin, Germany, Anne-Kathrin Dern graduated from the UCLA Film Scoring program. She started out working as a sample developer and percussion library programmer before getting her first mock-up commission on the Alan Menken/Christopher Lennertz medieval comedy Galavant. As a composer, her traditionally melodic writing can be enjoyed in a variety of children’s adventure films as well as in her collaborations with Klaus Badelt, most notably on the 3D animated ballerina movie Leap! (2016). MovieScore Media has previously released The Jade Pendant (2017), Lilly’s Bewitched Christmas (2017), The Legend of the War Horse (2018) and of course the previous entry in the series, Help, I Shrunk My Parents (2018).

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "The Innocents" (De uskyldige) music by Pessi Levanto


THE STORY: During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveal their dark and mysterious powers when the adults aren’t looking. In this original and gripping supernatural thriller, playtime takes a dangerous turn.

THE SCORE: “The Innocents asks the question whether children can be evil – as in are they born with morals or do we develop a sense of right and wrong as we grow? The score begins with the idea of simple sounds but they are then aged and corrupted illustrating how the purity of childhood is tainted over time. The score utilises strings and various gongs which have been manipulated by running them through tape machines and other vintage equipment producing a whimsical, nostalgic and slightly melancholic sound to remind us that the world of children is something we no longer have access to as grown-ups.” – Pessi Levanto

THE COMPOSER: Pessi Levanto has scored around twenty full-length feature films, thirty short films and documentaries plus miscellaneous spots and commercials. He has released seven records of his own and played in and done arrangements for dozens of others. His credits include the romantic comedy Body Fat Index of Love (2012) and the family adventure Rölli and the Golden Key (2013) and the war movie Oma maa (2018). Besides his film work, Pessi is a sought-after arranger. His project Classical Trancelations with the Helsinki Philharmonics, had sold-out shows of orchestral versions of club music classics. MovieScore Media has recently released The Film Music of Pessi Levanto, a portfolio edition of eight film scores.

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Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "FOUNDATION" music by Bear McCreary


Lakeshore Records is set to release the soundtrack to the upcoming epic saga “Foundation,” based on Isaac Asimov’s timeless trilogy and featuring music by Emmy® and BAFTA award-winning composer Bear McCreary (Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Godzilla: King of the Monsters).  Foundation—Apple TV+ Original Series Soundtrack will be available digitally September 24 and the series will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on September 24.
 
Based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov and brought to the screen for the first time from visionary show-runner and executive producer David S. Goyer, “Foundation” chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire. When revolutionary Dr. Hari Seldon predicts the impending fall of the Empire, he and a band of loyal followers venture to the far reaches of the galaxy to establish The Foundation in an attempt to rebuild and preserve the future of civilization. Enraged by Hari's claims, the ruling Cleons — a long line of emperor clones — fear their unrivaled reign may be weakening as they’re forced to reckon with the potential reality of losing their powerful legacy forever.
 
Says McCreary: "When show-runner David S. Goyer invited me to join him on his adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s seminal science fiction novel ‘Foundation’ for Apple TV+, my imagination immediately went into overdrive. Inspired by the ‘psychohistory’ of the source material, I wanted to incorporate mathematics into the score. Using custom computer software, I crafted an ‘orchestra’ of sampled instruments playing dazzling patterns of algorithmically generated musical notes that would be virtually impossible for human beings to play.
 
These distinct colors underscore the story’s concept that there is a fundamental mathematical principal guiding the universe, unseen by nearly all. This 'math theme' is layered underneath a live symphonic orchestra and soaring choir I needed to hit the emotional high points of this ambitious series. Scoring Foundation changed the way I think about how computers can affect my creative process. It was a joy putting music on this epic canvas, and I’m grateful to be a small part of the Foundation saga."


Emmy® and BAFTA award-winning composer Bear McCreary was first launched into pop culture with his groundbreaking score to the hit series Battlestar Galactica, lauded by Variety as “the most innovative music on TV today.” Io9.com ranked McCreary one of the Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of All Time, and he has twice been awarded ASCAP Composer of the Year by his peers.
 
McCreary’s recent projects include Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation; Activision’s Call of Duty: Vanguard; acclaimed documentary Crip Camp, produced by Barack and Michelle Obama; Godzilla: King of the Monsters; and the blockbuster video game God of War, for which he received a BAFTA® Award. Other project highlights include 10 Cloverfield Lane; Child’s Play; Netflix’s hit animated film, Animal Crackers; the hit TV series, Outlander; The Walking Dead; and  Marvels’ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
 
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Jeremy [Six Strings]

The World’s Best Music Creators Unite to Capture the Sound of Mindfulness on myndstream Collection, Volume 1


myndstream, the groundbreaking record label devoted to elevating mental and physical health through meditation, mindfulness, and movement, announces myndstream Collection, Volume 1, available at all major digital music services worldwide beginning September 24, 2021.

myndstream invited the world’s most forward-thinking, creatively conscious, and chart-topping artists—having amassed billions of streams across their culturally significant and iconic albums—to offer their personal musical answers to the question, “What does mindfulness sound like?”

Hailing from all types of musical backgrounds—from wellness musicians and top film/TV composers to legendary rock and electronic performers and producers—these towering talents have come together for the first time.

          The result is a trail-blazing instrumental anthology that challenges each artist to create new music around the theme of mindfulness and brings to the music community an unforgettable experience that harnesses the power of music for personal well-being.

          The dozen artists on the myndstream Collection have garnered an ocean of international accolades, including 33 Grammy® nominations, 11 Grammy wins, 7 Academy Award® nominations, 2 Academy Award wins, 12 Emmy® nominations, 3 Emmy wins, 5 Golden Globe® nominations, and 1 Golden Globe win.

          Quadruple Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Daniel Lanois contributes “Blue Steel,” a track driven by atmospheric guitar and plaintive pedal steel. Then, the meditative chords of “Song of the Firefly Harmonium” by Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer, trumpeter, and synthesist Mark Isham play call-and-answer with an evolving pulse.

          Gustavo Santoalalla, who has won two Academy Awards for his scores to the films Brokeback Mountain and Babel, takes an intuitive approach that eschews traditional structure on “Realize.” Composer and synthesist Lisa Bella Donna, the current artist in residence for Moog Music, Inc., weaves “Parting of the Ways,” a tapestry of analog synthesizers that calls to mind the best of 1970s ambient electronica.

          The dreamlike solo piano piece “Sierra Dreamscape” is by Emmy-nominated composer and songwriter Kathryn Bostic, a recipient of the prestigious Time Warner-Sundance Fellowship and a Best Music in Film Award from the African American Film Critics Association. Michael Brook straddles ambient, world, Americana, and electronic territories on “Garish” which recalls early collaborations with such artists as Brian Eno and David Sylvian.

          Jordan Rudess, best known as the keyboardist of prog-metal heroes Dream Theater, gives us “Whispers of Hope,” which show that virtuoso piano technique need not be difficult to appreciate. David Torn melds the guitar processing and looping techniques he pioneered on “and then there were no words…”

          Rick Wakeman, titanic keyboard player of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Yes, contributes “The Sunflower Ghost,” which is reminiscent of his classically influenced solo work and yet also a charting of new waters.

          Two-time Emmy winning composer and internationally renowned recording artist Michael Whalen, who also has 36 solo and soundtrack albums to his credit, crafts a building, lilting love sonnet to his wife on the very personal “Always Returning.”

Brazilian jazz keyboardist and film/TV composer Marcelo Zarvos explores gently repeating patterns on the aptly named “Circles.” Finally, Cliff Martinez, known as much for drumming with the Red Hot Chili Peppers as for his prolific film work, makes synthesizers sing almost like human voices on “Ambient 2.”

“During the pandemic, people have taken a pause and thought about what it means to be mindful,” says Michael Whalen, general manager and A&R director of myndstream. “We kept mindful of that fact when we approached each artist. We wanted them to be free of any preconceptions about genre, what wellness-focused music is supposed to sound like, or what they are supposed to sound like. The result is an incredibly strong record, which I would describe as some of the world’s best musicians composing and playing from the heart. Beyond engaging listeners who seek out wellness music, it is sure to show unexpected and intriguing new facets of each artist to their longtime fans.”

For more information about myndstream, please visit www.myndstream.com

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music Masterworks: "SABLE" music by JAPANESE BREAKFAST


Sony Music Masterworks today releases JAPANESE BREAKFAST’s Original Soundtrack to SABLE, an album of instrumental and vocal music featured in the open-world video game. Drawing from her years of songwriting experience, the 32-track collection finds musician, director and author Michelle Zauner making new explorations into ambient and experimental music, the resulting soundtrack as breathtaking and otherworldly as the game itself. The album was initially introduced with lead single “Glider” in August, garnering critical acclaim from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, NME, American Songwriter, UPROXX and more, with both Pitchfork and Entertainment Weekly naming the soundtrack one of their most anticipated albums of Fall 2021. From indie game developer Shedworks and publisher Raw Fury, Sable is now available to play with Xbox Game Pass on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.

Of the soundtrack, JAPANESE BREAKFAST says, “I was so lucky Daniel Fineberg and Gregorios Kythreotis from Shedworks invited me onto this game so early on. I was immediately captivated by the world they’d built, a desert planet filled with mysterious natural and architectural wonders, and the story they’d imagined, one of a young girl coming of age through exploration. It was important to me that each biome in this world felt unique. I used woodwinds and vocal layering to make monumental ruins feel ancient and unknown, industrial samples and soft synths to make atomic ships feel cold and metallic, classical guitar and bright piano to make encampments feel cozy and familiar. I wanted the main themes to recall iconic works of Joe Hisaishi and Alan Menken, to fill the listener with the childlike wonder of someone on the precipice of a grand discovery."

Also available for pre-order today is the vinyl edition of the soundtrack, which will arrive as a 2-LP disc set in gate-fold packaging. In addition to the standard edition, an artist exclusive edition is also now available to pre-order on Japanese Breakfast’s official merch store and various color variants will be exclusive to retailers including Newbury Comics, Light in the Attic and Vinyl Me Please.
 
ABOUT SABLE... Embark on a unique and unforgettable journey and guide Sable through her Gliding; a rite of passage that will take her across vast deserts and mesmerizing landscapes, capped by the remains of spaceships and ancient wonders.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, Milan Records, XXIM Records and Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please follow Sony Soundtracks at the link here:  https://lnk.to/sonysoundtracks.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: :The Snake Girl And The Silver Haired Witch" (1968) [BLU-RAY/DVD]


What do you get when Noriaki Yuasa, director of Daiei Studios' much-beloved Gamera series, makes a monochrome film adaptation of the works of horror manga pioneer Kazuo Umezu (The Drifting Classroom)? The answer is 1968's The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, a fantastically phantasmagorical slice of twisted tokusatsu terror ostensibly made for children that will irreparably traumatize any child that sees it! A young girl named Sayuri is reunited with her estranged family after years in an orphanage - but trouble lurks within the walls of the large family home. Her mother is an amnesiac after a car accident six months earlier, her sullen sister is confined to the attic and a young housemaid dies inexplicably of a heart attack just before Sayuri arrives... is it all connected to her father's work studying venomous snakes? And is the fanged, serpentine figure that haunts Sayuri's dreams the same one spying on her through holes in the wall? 
 
Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut and its home video premiere outside Japan, this rarely-screened, nightmarishly disorienting creepshow not only displays a seldom-seen side of kaiju auteur Yuasa, but its skilful blending of Umezu's comics (published in English-language markets as Reptilia) arguably anticipates many of the trends seen in J-horror decades later.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

WaterTower Music: "THE DUNE" music by Hans Zimmer


WaterTower Music has today released the Dune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), the latest of three separate album releases of music from and in celebration of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the highly-anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestselling book from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”). All three albums feature the music of legendary composer Hans Zimmer (Interstellar, Inception, Gladiator, Dark Knight Trilogy). The film began opening in select markets around the world beginning September 15, and is scheduled to open in the U.S. on October 22 in theaters and on HBO Max.

The Dune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) features 22 tracks of music from the film and will be released in both standard digital and CD configurations as well as a digital release in Dolby Atmos Music - a listening technology he has wholeheartedly embraced for the music of “Dune.”
 
Dune director Denis Villeneuve and Hans Zimmer, who previously collaborated on Blade Runner 2049, instantly bonded over their shared passion for Herbert’s novel. “We agreed that the music would need to have a spirituality to it… a sanctified quality,” explained Villeneuve. “Something that would elevate the soul and have the effect that only sacred music can. And I believe that is firmly present in Hans’ score.”
 
Zimmer offered, “I absolutely love working with Denis. He has an incredible imagination and offers so much soul within the complexity of making a film of this magnitude, and our aesthetic is very comparable. Dune has always been very close to both of our hearts. The task was to figure out how we were going to interpret something we truly loved and admired, and invite the audience to come and have their own personal experience. That was, for us, the reason to make this film.”
 
The prolific composer took a unique approach in creating the music of Dune. He decided that, since Dune was about a different civilization, he would invent instruments to accompany that concept, instead of utilizing solely standard instrumentation.  “Hans spent months and months creating new instruments, defining, creating, and seeking new sounds, pushing the envelope,” described Villeneuve. “The musicianship is extraordinary, and this is not your normal orchestral score.”  
 
Dolby Atmos Music goes beyond the ordinary listening experience and puts you inside the song in a spatial way, via a listener’s enabled headphones, revealing every detail of the music with unparalleled clarity and depth, similar to the audio experience of a cinema. On releasing his first Dolby Atmos Music soundtrack, Zimmer explained, “I was inspired to look at this music in a different way and to take the audience on of journey beyond the movie. To fully showcase these unique sounds and this soundtrack, I felt it must be available via an immersive technology that utilizes spatial audio. So, it was decided to deliver it in Dolby Atmos.”
 
Villeneuve was thrilled that Zimmer continued to explore the music on two additional albums past the soundtrack itself. On Zimmer’s process, he described “It was absolutely beautiful… he continued to write music even when the movie was finished! He was still inspired and went on writing.”
 
The details for Zimmer’s 3 albums of Dune music is as follows:
 
01. The Dune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is now available, and the track list is as follows. It is available in both Standard and Dolby Atmos Music configurations.

02. The Dune Sketchbook (Music from the Soundtrack) is now available and the track list is as follows. It too is available in both Standard and Dolby Atmos Music configurations.
 
03. October 22nd - The release of The Art and Soul of Dune - the companion soundtrack to the book of the same title, which offers uniquely crafted versions of the film’s main themes curated by Zimmer to accompany the reader on their journey through this visually dazzling book, which was written by the film’s executive producer Tanya Lapointe and offers unparalleled insight and exploration into the film.
 
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
 
Oscar® nominee Denis Villeneuve directed Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Dune. The film stars Oscar® nominee Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Oscar® nominee Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, with Oscar® nominee Charlotte Rampling, with Jason Momoa, and Oscar® winner Javier Bardem. Villeneuve directed Dune from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve and Eric Roth, based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. The film’s producers were Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. The executive producers were Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert, with Kevin J. Anderson as special consultant.  Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, a Film by Denis Villeneuve, Dune. The film is slated to be released worldwide this fall, in theaters from 15 September internationally and in the U.S. on October 22 in theaters and on HBO Max; it will be available on HBO Max in the Ad-Free plan for 31 days from theatrical release.  The film has been rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some disturbing images and suggestive material.
 
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: "PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND" music by Joseph Trapanese


Milan Records today releases PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) by critically-acclaimed composer JOSEPH TRAPANESE (Shadow and Bone, Straight Outta Compton, The Greatest Showman). Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Trapanese for the Nicolas Cage-starring western directed by Sion Sono, produced by Patriot Pictures and XYZ Films, fully financed by Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital Management. Originally making its debut at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Prisoners of the Ghostland will be available in theaters and on video on demand Friday, September 17 from RLJE Films.
 
Of the soundtrack, composer JOSEPH TRAPANESE says, “My score for Prisoners of the Ghostland is a love letter to my favorite films and music. You’ll hear clear influences from Spaghetti Westerns and classic sci-fi, as well as from traditional Japanese music, Baroque Sarabande, and French Impressionism. For me, the collision of these musical styles with Nicolas’ expressive performance and Sion Sono's beautiful images is the most gratifying result of the film. What I love most about Sono-san’s work is that regardless of how dark, violent, or unconventional it may be, there is a clear, effusive, and vibrant joy for filmmaking. One cannot watch a Sion Sono film without being infected by his inventiveness, and I’m honored to have experienced his artistry firsthand. I’m thrilled to be sharing this music with you.”
 
In addition to today’s digital release, Waxwork Records will release an exclusive vinyl edition of the soundtrack, which will arrive as a 2-LP set pressed on 180-gram, colored vinyl with gatefold packaging, liner notes from composer Joseph Trapanese, an art print insert and layout and design by Matt Needle. Pre-order for the vinyl is available now at https://waxworkrecords.com/.

Story: In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber is sprung from jail by a wealthy warlord, The Governor, whose adopted granddaughter has run away. Strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct within five days if he doesn’t find the missing girl, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman — and his own path to redemption. Starring Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Bill Moseley, Nick Cassavetes, Tak Sakaaguchi. Directed by Sion Sono. Michael Mendelsohn produced the film with Reza Sixo Safai, Laura Rister, Ko Mori and Nate Bolotin. Executive producers on the project included Natalie Perrotta, Nick Spicer, Aram Tertzakian, Yuji Sadai, and Toyoyuki Yokohama.
 
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 Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021), Finding Ohana (2021), Spontaneous (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), Earth to Echo (2014), and the second and third installments of the Divergent series, Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016). For television, he has composed scores for Netflix’s Shadow and Bone (2021), USA's Unsolved (2018); Amazon's Jean-Claude Van Johnson (2017); ABC's Quantico (2016-17), Freeform's Dead of Summer (2016), and Disney XD's Tron: Uprising (2012). Video game scores include ILMxLab’s Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge (2020), EA's Need for Speed: Payback (2017) and Ubisoft's The Crew (2014).
 
In the studio and in concert, in addition to Daft Punk, Dr. Dre, M83, and Mike Shinoda, he has worked with 3OH!3, Active Child, Alessia Cara, Aloe Blacc, Amon Tobin, Dia Frampton, Dierks Bentley, The Glitch Mob, Haim, Halsey, The Haxan Cloak, James Newton Howard, Janelle Monae, John Newman, Kelly Clarkson, Kendrick Lamar, Moby, S. Carey, Sohn, Steven Price, White Sea, and Zedd. As a conductor, he has appeared at The Hollywood Bowl and Central Park, as well as with The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, AUKSO Poland, and numerous festival ensembles and Hollywood orchestras.
 
Born in Jersey City, Trapanese earned his B.A. in classical composition from the Manhattan School of Music. He went on to study at UCLA for his M.A. and taught electronic music composition at the school from 2008-2011. In 2016, he became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 
In 2013, alongside a tenacious group of composers, artists, and musicians, Trapanese founded The Echo Society. Aiming to inspire each other and the community around them, the group creates and performs new music showcasing the unique talents and environments of Los Angeles.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Mattel, Inc. and Warner Music Group: "HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: ANIMATED SERIES" music by Michael Kramer


Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) and Warner Music Group’s (NASDAQ: WMG) Arts Music division today announced the release of the soundtrack for the new CG-animated series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
 
Available now on Netflix, the series reimagines the heroic adventures of the Guardians of Grayskull for the next generation of kids and families. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Volume 1 (Original Series Soundtrack) is available today for digital download and on streaming services.
 
The soundtrack was composed by Emmy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Michael Kramer and includes the Series Theme Song by platinum producer and songwriter Ali Dee. Kramer’s credits include music for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and video games such as Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. Dee has written and produced hit songs for a wide variety of artists including Miley Cyrus and Shakira as well as soundtracks for Marvel’s Iron Man and 20th Century Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks.
 
Kramer said, “Whether it was programming custom 80s synth patches for He-Man, banging out the wild drums of the Tiger Tribe, or screaming into the microphone to capture the pure evil of Skeletor, the vast mythology and cast of characters of MOTU never failed to inspire. I’m so grateful to Mattel’s Rob David and the entire creative team - their brilliant work motivated and empowered me with the freedom to explore beyond the edges of the map. I hope the melodies and colors of the score help kids (and parents!) fall in love with this universe as much as I have.”
 
Mattel Television's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe offers a fresh, stylized take on the world of Eternia that’s designed to reflect the sensibilities and aspirations of today’s kids. At the same time, the series continues to celebrate the core truth behind Masters of the Universe: We all have the power to become the best version of ourselves.
 
Since its creation in 1982, the Masters of the Universe franchise has transcended generations and ignited the passion of fans around the world. Nearly 40 years later, Mattel relaunched Masters of the Universe, delighting long-standing fans and introducing a new generation to He-Man and Skeletor. In the new series, their classic battle rages to new heights as both hero and villain forge new and mighty teams.
 
Michael Kramer is a two-time Emmy nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist for film, television, and video games. A graduate of USC's acclaimed film scoring program, he scores the hit Cartoon Network TV series LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu, for which he received a 2020 Emmy Award nomination. For more than 10 years and counting, the show is one of the network's longest running animated programs and airs in more than 30 countries.
 
In 2019, Disney Imagineering recruited Michael to write and produce several tracks for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the highly anticipated new land in both Disneyland and Disney World. Playing in the “Oga's Cantina” attraction, one of his featured tracks is a follow up to the iconic "Cantina Song" from the original Star Wars film.
 
Other TV credits include Netflix’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2021), Disney’s The Ghost and Molly McGee, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Netflix's Healing Powers of Dude, Dreamworks TV's Rhyme Time Town, and Disney XD's Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, for which he was also nominated for a 2017 Emmy. On the big screen, Michael's music can be heard in Furious 7, Thor: The Dark World, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, on which he collaborated with Brian Tyler. His video game credits include Need For Speed: The Run, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, and Assassin's Creed: Unity.
 
Raised in Chicago by a master woodworker, Michael approaches each score like a carpenter with a keen eye for craftsmanship. Combining a spirit of inventiveness with meticulous attention to detail, he believes that materials matter, and uses his expansive collection of instruments and cutting-edge technology to craft a score uniquely fitting of each project. A passion for the process of filmmaking lies at the core of his work, and through collaborating with directors and producers, Michael loves the challenge of guiding a project from the script to the final mix. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]