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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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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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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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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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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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Composer Alexandre Desplat On Scoring His Newest Film, 'Rise Of The Guardians'

You may be surprised to hear the same person composed the scores for the hormone-pumping vampire flick "Twilight" as well as Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" -- we certainly were. If you're still unfazed, the same composer is also the musical force behind "Harry Potter and the ... More

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Top 5 Stunning Soundtracks from Awful Movies

There’s nothing quite like the long, insufferable wait before a film’s release. You sit at your computer desk, counting the days as they slowly roll by, devouring every bit of leaked footage and exclusive clips that the internet has to offer. When your excitement has reached a level beyond any normal human’s ... 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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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