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Remembering David Shire’s Zodiac

by Charlie Brigden There isn’t a lot of score in ZODIAC. Nearly thirty minutes out of a hundred and fifty-eight, which isn’t unknown for a movie of its sort. “It didn’t need a score,” thought director David Fincher, who had already curated a large and personal playlist of songs for the film which both served to reflect the general mood as well as illustrate the passage of time. But then he was reminded of David Shire. Even today, on the…

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The Interview: Nicholas Britell (Moonlight)

By Charlie Brigden Nicholas Britell is about to hit the big time through his Oscar-nominated score to Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. With the film out soon in the UK, we sat down with the composer to discuss awards, swimming, and chopping and screwing. CB: Hey Nicholas, how are you? NB: I’m good, I’m good. I’m, you know, watching this huge snowstorm! [laughter] CB: First of all, congratulations on the Oscar nomination. NB: Thank you. Thank you so much. CB: How did…

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Nocturne

Raiomond Mirza’s score for Saul Pincus’ enchanting indie drama NOCTURNE is a classy affair, a heady mix of jazz rhythms and traditional symphonic music, with haunting melodies punctuated by explosive emotions. The relationship between symphonic score and jazz in movies is a lengthy and historic one, from the the scores of Elmer Bernstein to the use of George Gershwin in Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN, and it’s treated beautifully here. Mirza’s score has elements of tension and danger behind it, but pushing…

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Hello Moviedrone!

Hi! You might have noticed things have changed. As of today, Films On Wax has officially become Moviedrone. I imagine this is confusing, so I’ll try and explain why. Films On Wax – as good a name as it is/was – was originally chosen in mind with the approach we were taking, which was a focus on looking at soundtracks on the vinyl format (hence the wax). For many reasons, mainly because it’s prohibitively expensive, it’s never been something we…

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The Best of 2016

2016 has been a pretty fantastic year for film music and here are what we consider the best of the lot, in no order of quality… By Charlie Brigden ABULELE – Frank Ilfman  A darker take on E.T., with spectacular melodies from Ilfman, one of the best contemporary composers around. HIGH RISE – Clint Mansell As dystopian as the film’s concept, Mansell combines orchestra and moog to score a deterioration of society and it’s a spectacular work. Review. JACKIE – Mica…

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Watership Down

Vocalion steps in with a welcome reissue of the long out of print rabbit drama score, along with two other back catalogue releases… By Charlie Brigden A beloved adaptation with an undeserved reputation as a nasty piece of work, 1978’s WATERSHIP DOWN is a tale of a group of rabbits that escape from their warren after believing a great danger is oncoming, and search for a new home. It was bestowed with a wonderful score by the late Angela Morley, with…

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Op-Ed: Embrace The New, Academy!

Watch out – it’s an Oscar hot take! By Charlie Brigden Okay, so controversy has yet again reared its ugly head now that the list of film scores eligible for a 2017 Academy Award have been revealed. Of a reel of 145 scores there are some eye-opening omissions, including Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Kluge’s score to Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Lesley Barber’s Manchester By The Sea, and probably the biggest shock, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Arrival. The latter was hotly tipped for…

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No Holst Barred: 25 Years of Star Trek VI

Exploring Cliff Eidelman’s score to the original cast swan song… By Charlie Brigden On December 12th 1991, the original crew of the USS Enterprise – Kirk, Spock, et al – took their final voyage aboard the iconic starship with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the swan song of the original cast movies (since then, we’ve had four “Next Generation” pictures as well as three of the J.J. Abrams-produced reboots). And while the series already had a rich musical legacy…

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