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…

Fricatives, Sibilance and Sonorance; singing without words

Legend has it that it all started with Louis Armstrong in 1926. In the late 30’s the BBC banned its use on air, believing it lacked respectability. But in fact, scat singing had been around long before Louis Armstrong forgot the words. In the New Orlean’s jazz scene it was said, ‘if you can’t sing it- you can’t play…

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…

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…

The Spirited Music of Britain

Before you settle in to read this post, hit play on this track called The Hidden Door by Belbury Poly, otherwise known as Eric Zann, otherwise known as Jim Jupp. It won’t surprise you that Jupp’s alias Eric Zann is an homage to an HP Lovecraft and that Jupp’s various incarnations often reference “crows,church bells, magic spells and other horror…

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: Mad Max

I watched Mad Max for the first time last week. I liked it. A lot. It has that same callow honesty as many other Australian films made around the time of the great film-grant plunder of the mid-late seventies. Everything from the story telling to the setting, the sound, the dialogue and that inimitable Australian perspective give films of this era a…