Film and TV
Thom Yorke’s Suspiria Soundtrack Is Haunting Even If You Haven’t Seen the Movie (Thrillist)
Currently available to purchase or stream on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, the Suspiria soundtrack, which was composed by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, is 25 tracks long and totals around 80 minutes of music.
Homecoming Stars Julia Roberts & a Score of Scores, a New Soundtrack Feat (Billboard)
In an unheard-of move, Sam Esmail made an ambitious decision: to use only pre-existing scores for the show’s musical accompaniment.
Music supervisor spotlight: Madonna Wade-Reed (Pop Disciple)
Powerful award-winning music supervisor and owner of whoopsie daisy speaks on paying respects to local Los Angeles artists in her energy packed soundtrack for All American, infusing the historical drama of Reign with enchanting contemporary cover songs, and reuniting with director, John Ridley for the anticipated time travel love story, Needle in a Timestack.
Killing Eve: How the hit BBC show’s killer soundtrack was made (BBC News)
The group’s singer Jade Vincent and partner Keefus Ciancia, as well as series music supervisor Catherine Grieves, have been sharing their top tips on how to create that killer sound.
Soundtrack Dissonance: Horror’s Secret Sync Weapon (Synchblog)
The dissonance between song and action has the power to make a horror movie scene even more terrifying. Here are some of our favourite examples.
Netflix’s Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Soundtrack Features Blondie, K.Flay & More (Billboard)
As The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has also unveiled the series’ eclectic, spooky soundtrack.
The music of Doctor Who makes a glorious return to form (New Yorker)
The current season is full of intriguing fresh beginnings. Most obviously, there’s the thirteenth iteration of the lead, played by Jodie Whittaker, who is the series’s first female Doctor. The producer, Chris Chibnall, is also new, and there’s a new composer, Segun Akinola.
Film & TV Composer Spotlight: Saunder Jurriaans & Danny Bensi (Pop Disciple)
The impactful, award-winning composing duo discuss the components of their rustic and propulsive score for the bleak universe of Ozark, their thoughtful approach in illustrating the emotional complexities of Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, and the creative evolution of their invincible partnership over the course of two decades.
Sam Smith Records Theme Song for BBC & Netflix’s Watership Down (Variety)
Peter Capaldi has joined the all-star voice cast for the BBC and Netflix adaptation of Watership Down, and Sam Smith is recording the theme song for the animated miniseries.
Music supervisor spotlight: Matt Kaleda (GMS UK & Europe)
This month we feature an exclusive interview with Head of Music Supervision at Felt Music and GMS Board Member, Matt Kaleda who shares insights into his career to date and what inspired him to pursue a career in supervision.
How Bohemian Rhapsody Recreated 1985’s Live Aid (Variety)
Bohemian Rhapsody is bookended with one of Queen’s most iconic performances: a 20-minute set at Wembley Stadium outside of London for 1985’s Live Aid concert.
Unheard George Michael songs will debut on soundtrack to forthcoming Last Christmas movie (The OCC)
The legacy of Wham’s timeless favourite Last Christmas is set to continue with a new movie slated for release in 2019 – and there are previously unheard George Michael songs on the way too.
Top TV Song Last Week: ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain’ by Jonathan Clark (Tunefind)
Top TV song last week goes to CBS hit NCIS with a captivating cover version of a classic. A slower, poignant start to the iconic song sets the tone for the final montage of the episode. Vietnam Marine Ray Jennings leaves the prison library and meets up with retired Marine Sgt. Thomas Fletcher and reflects on his decisions from long ago.
How John Carpenter made (and remade) his game-changing Halloween score (Dazed)
The horror master delves deep into the iconic 1978 soundtrack, and tells us how he gave it a contemporary reboot for David Gordon Green’s new sequel.
Composer Michel Legrand Sent Himself Back to ’70s to Work With Orson Welles on Wind (Variety)
The 86-year-old three-time Oscar winner was reunited with Welles, in a fashion, 44 years after scoring F for Fake.
The Nutcracker And The Four Realms Soundtrack Puts A New Twist On Some Classic Holiday Music (Bustle)
The upcoming holiday adventure is a brand new — and risky — venture for Disney, but they’re pulling out all the stops to ensure its success; and that includes an impressive Nutcracker and the Four Realms soundtrack.
Motown Magic Trailer: First Look At Netflix’s Music-Filled Toon Series For Kids (Deadline)
Featuring more than 50 newly recorded versions of classics made famous by Berry Gordy’s iconic record label, the series is executive produced by Smokey Robinson.
10 of the Best Horror Movie Soundtracks (LA Weekly)
Here are 10 examples of wonderful music from horror movies to get you in a festive spirit. Kinda.
Lin-Manuel Miranda on Mary Poppins Returns and Movie Musicals (NY Times)
The movie musicals Mr. Miranda watched growing up have played a formative role in his development as a composer, lyricist and performer on the stage (In the Heights, Hamilton) and the big screen (Moana).
Listen to Tyler, The Creator’s first song from The Grinch soundtrack (FADER)
The first evidence of Tyler, The Creator’s move into family entertainment is here in the shape of “You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch.” The song is featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming animated fantasy movie The Grinch, for which Tyler has created a number of original songs.
The 20 Best Original Twilight Songs, Ranked: Critic’s Picks (Billboard)
After the success of the first film’s soundtrack, which spent 20 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, rising and big-name artists alike jumped to contribute an original song to the franchise.
Hans Zimmer to score Spongebob Squarepants’ origin movie (Nerdist)
Oscar-winning composer (and 11 time nominee) Hans Zimmer will score the movie. He will also lead the film’s musical direction, with contributing “big names” to still be announced.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Soundtrack Includes New Music From D’Angelo, Willie Nelson, Nas, Arca, Josh Homme, & More (Stereogum)
Red Dead Redemption 2 captures the wild west in its soundtrack, which features artists D’Angelo, Willie Nelson, and others, according to publisher Rockstar Games. The score of the game was composed by Woody Jackson, who worked on the original Red Dead Redemption as well as other Rockstar titles, L.A. Noire and Grand Theft Auto V.
Megadrive to Mega Hit: Why Video Games Are So Tied to Club Music (Noisey)
From Wip3out to The Black Madonna premiering a track in GTA V, this is the story of how software and hardware linked electronic music to gaming.
Diggin’ In The Carts Host Nick Dwyer On What Makes An Iconic Game Soundtrack (The Gamer)
Diggin’ In The Carts host Nick Dwyer has been exploring Japanese video game music on his hit Red Bull Radio show for two seasons, but this year sees him expand his reach: he’ll be talking with British, American, and other Western composers and artists about their processes and inspirations.
10 Creepy Gaming Soundtracks Guaranteed To Fuel Your Nightmares (What Culture)
Whilst story and concept design are undeniably a huge part of what makes a game scary, chances are that if you’ve ever had to stifle a scream, hide behind the sofa, or deal with the sensation of someone walking over your grave, it was thanks in no small part to the game’s soundtrack.
10 things we learnt from APRA AMCOS’ event for gaming composers (The Industry Observer)
For the second year, APRA AMCOS hosted High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Gaming, its one day event dedicated to one of the most booming music sectors. For those who missed out, here are some key takeaways.
Marketers Often Overlook Music. Here’s How They Can Start Weaving It Into Strategies (Adweek)
Music is an integral part of a marketing campaign and helps connect consumers to a brand, explains Music and Strategy’s Gabe McDonough.
How Brands Can Traverse These 3 Common Music Partnership Misconceptions (Adweek)
Brands will spend $24 billion dollars on North American sponsorships in 2018 and more than two and a half times that globally. Although sports represent the bulk of that spending, music sponsorship has represented the fastest-growing segment for several years in a row, meaning more brands than ever before are tapping into entertainers to help reach consumers.
The most Shazamed ads of the week (US) – Oct 26: Halsey’s ‘Without Me’ Gets Beats Into This Week’s Most Shazam’d Ads | Nov 02: Emmit Fenn’s ‘Meteorite’ Gets Another Apple Spot Into Our List of Most Shazam’d Ads (Clio)
Every week, Clios.com, in partnership with Shazam, rounds up the most Shazamed ads of the previous week. These are the top spots from October 26th to November 2nd.
Variety’s Music for Screens Summit Tackles Diversity, Pay and Awards Contention (Variety)
The film, television and gaming music communities got the confab they’ve long deserved Tuesday as Variety hosted the inaugural Music for Screens Summit. Guests including Annie Lennox, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Linda Perry, Terence Blanchard and Ramin Djawadi came to Neuehouse in Hollywood for a day of interviews and panels celebrating the art, craft and business of composing and music supervision.
And the Synch of the Year Winner at Variety’s Music for Screens Summit Is…. (Variety)
Linda Perry was one of five participants in the “Commercial Synchs of the Year” panel at Variety’s inaugural Music for Screens Summit, in which executives, producers and talent reps presented case studies exploring the most successful commercial synchs in the last year.
Why The Intersection Of Music And Esports Is Bigger Business Than Ever (Forbes)
Why are music and esports merging and gaining more momentum now than ever before? It’s a two-way exchange, writes Cherie Hu.
Captain Marvel Composer Breaks Superhero Glass Ceiling as Scoring Diversity Lags (Variety)
The composers for Captain Marvel, Black KkKlansman and others weigh in on diversity in the film scoring world, in advance of Variety’s Music for Screens summit.
Astralwerks jumps into the world of video games with Twitch star Ninja – and his tens of millions of followers (MBW)
Dance label Astralwerks is taking a leap into the unknown – in a bid to get its artists massive exposure amongst the video gaming community. The Capitol Music Group label has inked a new partnership with Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, who has a good claim to the title ‘the world’s biggest gamer’.
For Mickey Mouse’s 90th, Not Your Grandfather’s Custom Music House (Variety)
Formed by music attorney Doug Davis and rap artist Ali Theodore, DJDTP is taking a different approach to custom music with its focus on pop tunes.
Tips and Tricks
How To Get Your Songs Placed In Movies And On TV (Hypebot)
Landing your song in or show or film can have a far reaching range of benefits for artists, both in terms of financial gain and notoriety. So what are your options when it comes to sync licensing, and what are the steps to take in order to get your songs these coveted placements?
A2IM SynchUp – November 8th (Santa Monica)
A2IM is moving to beautiful Santa Monica for a two-fold day: a focus on synch licensing and a focus on digital capacity. This day will be rich with networking panels, discussions, and one-on-one meetings.
Key Worldwide Music Industry & Sync Events List 2019 (Synchblog)
Our list of key music industry events in 2019 has landed! Don’t forget to bookmark this page – we’ll keep updating it as more dates get announced.
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