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Spielberg & Williams: Inseparable tandem

Thirty-eight years ago, Steven Spielberg wanted musical Americana for his first feature, "The Sugarland Express." He hired John Williams on the strength of the composer's folksy scores for "The Reivers" and "The Cowboys." "Lincoln" marks their 26th film, one of the longest-running director-composer partnerships in ... More

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We Get Mail: How Much Music Is Too Much Music?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and tucked into the piles of new CDs is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. In this holiday-shortened week of over-indulgence, we answer questions about too much music and not enough time. Doug Cutchins asks: "Given a finite amount of time to ... More

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Soundtracks Go Old School With New Vinyl-Only Releases

We may stand in line to get our hands on the latest technology and watch as record stores close their doors as more and more music fans turn to iTunes and digital downloads instead of physical CDs, but there is still something about vinyl records that keep people coming back for more. While digital ... More

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Atticus Ross Out, Javier Navarette In To Score '47 Ronin'

If things had gone according to plan, Keanu Reeves' "47 Ronin" would already be in theaters. But a troubled production has seen the movie's release date get bumped twice, as reshoots took place and the studio got involved with the editing process. Not always a good sign. And there are still more ... More

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Jon Brion Tried To Score 'The Fighter' For David O. Russell, But The Score Was Scrapped

At the beginning of the aughts, Jon Brion was the man for film soundtracks, especially the quirky and offbeat kind. He wrote the score for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch-Drunk Love" (and had done the same for "Magnolia"), as well as Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of ... More

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For film scores, composers create a world, note by note

A film's music is often considered a character itself, and this season the roles composers have to play aren't getting any easier. Talking about love between the emotionally unstable is one thing, but how, for instance, does that sound? Or when a character speaks to God, should God answer back with ... More

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2012 Annie Award Nominations for Best Music

One of this year's first list of award nominees are the Annies. Over the years, the Annies were one of the few organizations that didn't appear to automatically hand the latest Pixar feature every award possible, which, among other things, made their annual awards interesting to follow. This year, I find them ... More

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Santa Cruz's Gourd Music part of 'Lincoln' soundtrack

In Hollywood terms, "Lincoln" is a powerhouse film, directed by the world's most famous director, Steven Spielberg, and starring what may be the world's finest actor in Daniel Day-Lewis. In musical terms, the film featured perhaps the greatest film composer still breathing, John Williams. And then ... More

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Study: Music, language's common evolutionary roots lie in emotion

Some folks who are “tone-deaf” musically might be a little hard-of-hearing emotionally too. A new study of people with amusia – the inability to properly process music – revives an old Darwinian hypothesis linking music and language to a common evolutionary origin. According to an idea ... More

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Experience the Sound of Universal Pictures’ Les Misérables in Select IMAX

If you’re eager to see Les Misérables this holiday season you’re in for a sound so sweet. We’re excited to announce to fans that select IMAX® theatres will begin featuring this musical epic beginning December 25. Universal Pictures’ Les Misérables, the motion-picture adaptation of ... More

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The Origins of Post-Production Audio on the West Coast

To relate the history of film post-production sound during the past 75 years is to tell the story of the creative post facilities that made such developments possible through a combination of tenacity and technical developments. It is widely recognized that Warner Bros.’ The Jazz Singer, which ... More

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Soundtrack

WaterTower Music has announced the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at all retailers on December 11th. The soundtrack will be available both digitally and as a 2 CD set. A Special Edition of the soundtrack featuring six exclusive bonus tracks, seven extended score ... More