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…

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…

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…

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…

Lalo Schifrin, nightly news and vampires

Lalo Schifrin was not a name I grew up knowing. In fact it’s only recently that I started paying attention when I heard this name, and ever since, I’ve noticed that unusual name cropping up in the most unusual places. Cool Hand Luke is undoubtedly one of Paul Newman’s best films and I love it,…

Profile: Angelo Badalamenti

The music of Angelo Badalamenti has been floating around in my subconscious since I was 12 and Twin Peaks first aired. Then as I discovered Blue Velvet and the nightmare world of David Lynch, I became certain of Angelo Badalamenti’s unique talent to evoke mystery and beauty. His gift to bring a sense of impending…

Shannon Graham and the Storytellers

Lots of  instrumental artists send me links to their music and while much of it is very nice, it’s difficult to decide what I should cover. But when Shannon Graham sent me a link to her music, I was instantly intrigued by not only the quality of the performances and production but by the style….

Soundtrack: The Ipcress File

I’ve been watching a lot of old films lately and I’ve discovered a genre of soundtracks from the late ’50s/early ’60s movies where jazz is the main influence. Instead of sweeping orchestral pieces and music that sounds like the story, jazz-based scores seem to work on a different level. They seem to act more like…