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Joe Hisaishi: Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert

These days there are a plethora of concerts featuring great film and video game music being performed all over the world. Many of them I truly wish I was able to attend, but there is one, above just about all others, that I've desired to see for years....and the only way to do so has been via a Japanese ... More

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with composer Howard Shore

Howard Shore successfully adapted the words and themes of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings into a truly iconic score for one of the most successful film franchises of the decade. Now he's returned to the studio with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to record the latest soundtrack to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , released next month. Tolkien's ... More

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Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound System: First Impressions

The scariest part of a mortar round isn't just the fact that it can rend your limbs off with consummate ease. A sniper interdicted with mortar fire knows the morale-breaking potential of an incoming shell's tell-tale banshee wail. It's the same case with the massive boom of an MOAB bomb, the terrifying ... More

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Contenders – Sound Mixers Scott Millan and Greg Russell, Skyfall

From blasting bullets and the purr of an Aston Martin to propulsive music and exotic atmospherics, the suave and kinetic sound world of the 007 films has long been an alluring aspect of the popular film franchise, now celebrating its 50th year with the recent release of Skyfall. “Sound has ... More

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Inside Abbey Road: the Best Studio in the World

We are pleased to announce 'Inside Abbey Road: the Best Studio in the World' - a new series of talks to be held in the famous Studio Two during March 2013. Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan (authors of the critically acclaimed, definitive book ‘Recording the Beatles’), will give their second series of fascinating ... More

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The record label is dead: long live the record label

How has the internet changed the role of record companies? To many, it seemed the digital world would render record labels obsolete, in an age when artists could self-publish and self-promote their work. However, a new report we have published at IFPI today suggests a very different story. Far from ... More

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Critic's Notebook: Thoughts on the Year's Strongest Scores by Some of Hollywood's Best Composers

Where film music is concerned, has any year since 2008 been anything other than the Year of Alexandre Desplat? The composer is as brilliant as he is indefatigable. In 2012, he has his name on eight films, and it's an extraordinarily eclectic bunch: Moonrise ... 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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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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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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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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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