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Restless, Featuring Original Music by Lorne Balfe, Airs on Sundance Channel

On Friday, December 7th, the Sundance Channel premiered the first part of the two-part mini-series Restless, featuring original music by composer Lorne Balfe (The Sweeney, Assassins Creed 3 video game). "Restless is a truly unique project,” said Balfe. Having characters in two ... More


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


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 ... More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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