Soundtrack: Stranger Things

Aaron Cooper wrote on Bearded Gentleman Music, that nostalgia has become a counter-cultural juggernaut because of the Internet. “Instead of relying on a fragmented, often romanticized memory, you have the best and the worst of history at your fingertips.”  It’s true, you can indulge in nostalgia at any moment you choose; get misty-eyed over old Coke ads, find the…

PROFILE: BERNARD HERRMANN

I had the privilege of previewing one of Waxworks‘ latest releases this week; Taxi Driver by Bernard Herrmann. I’ve reviewed this and the new Stylotone release of Twisted Nerve, also by Bernard Herrmann for a double review in the upcoming issue of The Wire. I thought I’d write about one of my favourite film score composers while the…

An Interstellar Love Letter to Hans Zimmer

It’s not often that a film score like Interstellar comes along and when one does it’s usually written by Hans Zimmer. Granted, I don’t watch as many movies as I used to and age and parenthood has affected my choices, but I have become better at spotting something special. From the first musical murmur in Christopher Nolan’s…

The Horror

For me, the most powerful moment of a horror film is when the action goes beyond sensorial experience. It’s the moment when the thing you are seeing is unleashed from the image and runs rampant in your imagination, taking on a life of its own. This moment where the horror comes alive is undoubtedly the aim…

Insensatez

I first heard this song in David Lynch’s Lost Highway; I heard it again recently when I bought Paul Smith’s Brazilian Detour LP and was surprised to discover that it was based on Frédéric Chopin‘s Prelude No.4. I’d always loved this tune but never really looked it up until now since my interest in Bossa Nova has peaked. Since reading an…

Sound, image and the making of meaning.

We’ve come to accept the idea that the score is merely a supporting part to the main event of the moving image when it comes to film. In the Fifteen Question interview we often ask the artist about the relationship between image and sound. Some recent responses to this question…”music is but one small part of…

Rock Stars and Film Scores

‘We’d watch the film together, and he’d pause the film at a certain point and say ‘Look at [that character’s] face here. Write some music about that expression.’  Johnny Greenwood Over the last few years I’ve discovered that musicians from some of my favourite bands have either collaborated or single-handedly scored films, some gaining critical…

Film and Music Collaborators

It’s not surprising that the collaborations between film directors and composers has resulted in some of the greatest films across all genres and from all corners of the globe. Emotive, powerful and versatile, music is the perfect compliment and boundless inspiration for any writer, director or artist’s creative vision. Music has a strange and powerful way…

Guano Padano; Americana

I don’t really know how to classify Guano Padano’s Americana, but this is usually a good thing. There are so many factors here, so many reasons I can give to urge you to take notice of this record, but none of those really matter once you’ve heard the music. Guano Padano is an Italian group who play American…

Spiro; Welcome Joy Welcome Sorrow

‘Dancing music, music sad, both together, sane and mad’ John Keats. While this isn’t exclusively a film-music blog, I’m drawn towards cinematic music which is why I’ve been swept away with Welcome Joy Welcome Sorrow, the newest album from British group Spiro. Aside from the title – which lures me in like bait for terminal daydreamers, I took to…

Bitchin Bajas; unknown and unknowable

I’ve never been on trend, but it turns out Bitchin Bajas is a new release and I don’t normally rush into writing a post but I’m excited about this record. Research is what writers do, part of the job; but I have decided to write about this record in the spirit of the unknown and without the…

Soundtrack: Only Lovers Left Alive

When Jim Jarmusch puts a film out, I almost get more excited about the music that it will feature. I discovered Mulatu Astatke’s hypnotic Tezeta in Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers. Dead Man [VINYL] is one of my all time favourite soundtracks, featuring the crunchy echos of Neil Young’s lonely guitar. Epic and desolate, Dead Man must have provided…

Falling in and breaking out

What is it about this clip that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up? What is it about a song with a great beat that makes you want to tap your foot? Daniel Levitin thinks it’s all about the falling in and the breaking out of the beat. He calls that…

Soundtrack: A Field in England

The first time I saw Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, I knew it was special. I had no idea what I was watching, I was confused for the most part and it was late, but, I kept watching. I couldn’t stop watching. Like the story itself, this film has as an alchemy that makes…