Best Score Prerequisites

As most people are now aware, the Oscar for Best Original Score went to A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire. It’s great to see the Academy reaching out and awarding filmmakers beyond Hollywood. While I applaud them for their decision, there is still one area of the awards that still bothers me. It seems that the…

So You Want To Be a Film Composer (Pt. 1)

There is a great article here at Film Score Monthly about people inquiring how to become a film composer. The best part of the article is at the end where it asks “if you have the talent and wherewithal to do this”. It’s talking about talent, discipline and people skills. There are many facets to…

The New TV Soundtracks

The beginning of the long tail has arrived for television soundtracks. More and more soundtracks are now being released in limited editions and online. This means that music that was appreciated but never released has finally found an outlet for all of the hardcore fans out there. Much like the gaming industry, music for the…

Collaboration Disqualification

Image via Wikipedia I recently wrote a post about the growing popularity of multiple-composer collaborations. I was mainly referring to the excellent soundtrack from the ‘Dark Knight’ written primarily by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. I use the word primarily because there were a few other composers and creative people involved who ended up…

Soundtracks: The Rebirth of the Concept Album

Image via Wikipedia There was a time when the idea of a concept album was huge. It was the equivalent of going on a musical journey with your favorite artist. It went beyond the idea of just having ‘hits’ and ‘singles’ to the idea that music should be a journey and an experience. These days…

The Modern Composer: Writer or Editor?

Image via Wikipedia These days the call for music in film and television is considerable. Not only is there a big need for content but the level and variety of music must also be high. More and more composers are being asked to not only produce complete soundtracks but also be able to create music…

Two Composers: A New Trend?

Image via Wikipedia On the recent new Batman flick two of Hollywood’s top composers (Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard) once again got together (they also collaborated on ‘Batman Begins’ in 2005) to create what the critics hail as ‘yet another masterpiece’. It’s quite common in almost every other area of the music industry for…