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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Loudness Equals Power - Onion Talks

Every day we interact with thousands of incredibly loud people, but Barry Buchwalter doesn't think we should limit ourselves to current volumes. With his innovative new device, anyone can be as loud as anyone, and then they can be even louder.