A2A Music Releases “Pearl” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Pearl SoundtrackA24 Music has announced the release of the Pearl Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with music by Tyler Bates & Timothy Williams, listen here. The 19-track album is available today, September 23 on major digital platforms.

With only six weeks to assemble a 68-person orchestra, Bates brought in frequent collaborator Timothy Williams, who worked with the composer on Guardians of the Galaxy, to help him audition musicians, build the orchestra, rehearse over four days in Nashville, and record the score.

“In the style of mid-century melodramas,” says West, “Tyler Bates fashioned a sweeping, shrieking, strings-based score that lets the viewer know from the opening credits that Pearl will not be a subdued or quiet film. I said to him, ‘let’s do a romantic, melodramatic, old-school score for this movie.’”

He continues, “This wasn’t the first time I’ve used live instruments on a movie—but it was the first time I had a full orchestra. It was awesome. Tyler and Tim really hit it out of the park. The score is very much one of the film’s central characters, and that was important.”

“Ti expressed the musical approach to this film with us before filming,” says Bates & Williams. “We knew that the music would be based in an “Old Hollywood” approach, which stylistically is something we both love to do. This was a rare opportunity to write a lyrical score where the main theme permeates the music throughout the myriad emotional and psychological dynamics from beginning to end.”

Pearl had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, followed by its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In a teaser that debuted at the end of the TIFF screening on September 12, it was revealed that A24 has greenlit MaXXXine, the third film of the X horror franchise. MaXXXine is written and directed by Ti West with Mia Goth reprising one of her two roles in X.

Pearl is showing in theaters now across the US.

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Netflix’s “The Sandman” Season 1 Soundtrack Featuring Music By David Buckley Released

Soundtrack From  Netflix Original Series The Sandman Season 1 ReleasedWaterTower Music has announced the release of The Sandman: Season 1 (Soundtrack From the Original Netflix Series) which features music by composer David Buckley (The Good Wife, The Gifted). This 27-track score is available now on all major digital platforms for digital purchase and streaming.

“The Sandman is an incredibly eclectic story spanning everything from other-worldly magic to deep trauma and horror, but is always told with real human feelings,” says Buckley.

The Sandman’s range of genres gave Buckley the opportunity to embrace a large palette for the score including full orchestra, choir, early music instruments, such as viola da gamba and baroque flutes, and some esoteric sounds. He combined historic classical music and instruments with modern electronic textures to bridge time within the music.

One of the most notable experimentations is that of Dream’s theme, using bells to portray his character’s ruling of the sleeping world, reminding the viewer of a midnight chime. The bells are sometimes warped or dissonant, mimicking the inconsistency and eclecticism of dreams. As an Endless, Dream’s theme is ubiquitous, being used throughout episodes regardless of his on-screen presence.

The emotional score switches from dark to dainty themes episode to episode while still remaining cohesive and homogenous. Buckley created sounds unique to every moment of the series, making the music feel alive and distinctive.

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Diane Warren To Receive Honorary Oscar

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Randy Jackson presenting Diane Warren the Hollywood Music In Media Awards in 2017

The songwriter, musician, and record producer is set to receive an Honorary Award alongside Peter Weir, Euzhan Palcy, and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Michael J. Fox.

This will make Warren the first person ever to receive an Honorary Oscar for songwriting.

“The Academy’s Board of Governors is honored to recognize four individuals who have made indelible contributions to cinema and the world at large,” said Academy President David Rubin in a press statement.

“Michael J. Fox’s tireless advocacy of research on Parkinson’s disease alongside his boundless optimism exemplifies the impact of one person in changing the future for millions. Euzhan Palcy is a pioneering filmmaker whose groundbreaking significance in international cinema is cemented in film history. Diane Warren’s music and lyrics have magnified the emotional impact of countless motion pictures and inspired generations of musical artists. Peter Weir is a director of consummate skill and artistry whose work reminds us of the power of film to reveal the full range of human experience.”

Warren, 65, has previously lost 13 Oscar nominations, all of which she lost, and was most recently just been up for the original song award earlier this year.

She has contributed original songs to more than 100 films including “Because You Loved Me,” “How Do I Live” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”

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Varèse Sarabande To Release The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift And Big Night

the fast and furious and big nightVarèse Sarabande Records will be releasing two soundtrack LPs for Record Store Day Drops 2022: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift will be released as a double LP with collector’s edition etching and Big Night on crystal clear vinyl.

These Varèse Sarabande Records titles will be available tomorrow, June 18, at thousands of independent record stores. For a list of participating stores and more information about these special LPs, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

The Fast and the Furious is the most successful movie franchise of all time, with almost 6.5 billion dollars in box office receipts from ten films over the past 20 years. Tokyo Drift is often cited as one of the best of the lot, and the musical score is definitely one of the most lauded among score fans. Brian Tyler (Scream, Thor, Avengers) scored Tokyo Drift (with an assist from Slash on “Welcome to Tokyo”) and went on to score four of the five subsequent films.
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Varèse Sarabande Records To Release LP of The Iron Giant Original Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition)

Varese-Sarabande-Records-The-Iron-Giant-Original-SoundtrackVarèse Sarabande Records is set to release the LP of The Iron Giant (Deluxe Edition) Original Motion Picture Score with music by Michael Kamen. Varèse Sarabande has previously released Kamen’s The Iron Giant score as a 49-minute program single LP. The album will release August 5.

Creating The Iron Giant’s beautiful, sympathetic score was Michael Kamen, one of his last major scores and his first animated film, miles away from the action blockbusters for which he had become known.

This Deluxe Edition adds an additional 13 minutes of alternates, outtakes and rare demos—including a piano-and-guitar attempt at an unrealized song, “Souls Don’t Die,” based on Kamen’s theme, performed by Kamen and Eric Clapton. Tim Greiving’s new liner notes feature new interview material with director Brad Bird, music editor Christopher Brooks and orchestrator Blake Neely, going deep into Kamen’s working process and their adoration for the gifted, late composer.

A modern classic, The Iron Giant, directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol) tells the story of a young boy who befriends a giant alien robot during the Sputnik era of the Cold War. Based on the 1968 book The Iron Man by poet Ted Hughes, the film is a marvel of heartfelt storytelling, with timeless themes of friendship, caring and self-determination.
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Varèse Sarabande To Release New Edition Of Firestarter (1984) Soundtrack By Trangerine Dream

firestarter soundtrackVarèse Sarabande revisits the glory days of 1980s sci-fi “synthwave” with a new edition of Tangerine Dream’s classic electronic score for Firestarter (1984). This is in conjunction with the new Firestarter (2022) film, released May 13. This 11-track program—released on LP by MCA Records in1984 and on CD by Varèse Sarabande in 1990—has been newly remastered for this reissue.

The new LP and CD packages also contain previously unused film stills and new liner notes by Randall D. Larson explaining how the band did not score to picture but created “wild” cues to be used by the film’s music editors. The re-issues is available on VareseSarabande.com and Intl.VareseSarabande.com. Both the CD and LP are available now for pre-order and will release July 22.

Firestarter, based on a 1980 book by Stephen King and directed by Mark L. Lester, starred eight-year-old Drew Barrymore as Charly, a girl with pyrokinetic powers owing to her parents’ participation in a secret study of hallucinogenic drugs. When the agency behind the experiments comes for Charly to weaponize her powers, led by an assassin played by George C. Scott, she goes on the run with her father.

Firestarter came amidst the 1980s film-scoring heyday of German synth band Tangerine Dream, in their well-known lineup of Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmoelling. The band’s pulsating textures and ambient soundscape reinvented film scoring in films as varied as Thief, Risky Business, The Keep, Legend (U.S. version), Three O’Clock High, Near Dark and Miracle Mile, and have cast a long shadow on future styles.

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‘Moon Knight’ Original Series Soundtrack Released

Moon Knight Original Series SoundtrackHollywood Records has digitally released the original series soundtrack of Moon Knight, Music by Hesham Nazih from the latest hit Marvel Studios superhero series on Disney+.

The soundtrack features 33 tracks by the Egyptian composer, who infused signature Egyptian flavor with a more modern and contemporary sound rather than relying on outdated music tropes from the region. Hesham was also touched by the character of Marc Spector, who has to save the world while struggling with his own mental health issues, and used his score to express the human emotions that words cannot.

The epic, adventurous score infuses contemporary Egyptian music into heroic fanfare as Nazih heralds in Marvel Studios’ latest superhero. Music for the series has received high praise from fans, and have lately taken to Twitter to praise the soundtrack.

Here’s a short synopsis of the miniseries:
When Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life, he discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.

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Music From The Netflix Series “Heartstopper” Released

Netflix HeartstopperNetflix’s latest queer coming-of-age rom-com, “Heartstopper”, released on April 22, 2022, is earning plenty of praise. Adapted from a graphic novel by Alice Oseman, the British series follows a teenage romance between two students at a grammar school, Nick, played by Rocketman young-actor Kit Connor and Charlie, played by Joe Locke.

“It’s very strange! I guess it’s been quite a gradual journey, from self-publishing the book in 2016, to having it published traditionally a couple of years later, and now the Netflix show – it’s just been so fun and exciting!,” Oseman on a recent interview with Buzzfeed.

Adding another layer to the 8 episode series is the catchy music that plays along with Nick and Charlie’s romance as well as the storylines involving their circle of friends Tao, Elle, Isaac, Tara and Darcy.

Coinciding with the release of the series is the soundtrack, which was released digitally on Spotify. “Colours of You“, the official single from British artist Baby Queen, was released by Polydor Records.

Baby Queen has a recorded multiple tracks for the soundtrack, including “Dover Beach,” and “Want Me”, both of which played on the series’ first episode, “Meet.”

Other popular songs that has ben featured in the series so far include “Girls” by Girl in Red and “Tired” by Beabadoobee.

Click here to listen to the soundtrack. Heartstopper is now streaming on Netflix.

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Gardener Recordings Releases “Russian Doll” By Joe Wong

Gardener Recordings Releases Russian Doll By Joe WongGardener Recordings has announced the upcoming release of Russian Doll: Seasons 1 & 2 (Music From The Netflix Original Series) by Joe Wong. The recordings is set to be available April 20th on all major digital platforms, coinciding with the Season Two launch on Netflix.

“In many ways, we think of ‘Russian Doll’ as a musical, with the score serving to bridge and guide us through the rollercoaster of Nadia’s puzzle box adventure,” notes Natasha Lyonne, the show’s co-creator.

Composed by Joe Wong – who has worked on some of Netflix’s biggest hits including Master Of None and the To All the Boys…franchise, and their critically lauded The Midnight Gospel, the album consists of his dream-like original score with highlights from the breakout first season and the highly anticipated second season.

The first season of Russian Doll follows a woman named Nadia who is caught in a time loop as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. She dies repeatedly, always restarting at the same moment at the party, as she tries to figure out what is happening to her. Season Two is set four years after Nadia and Alan saved each other and escaped the time loop in Season One — but now they’re stuck in a new kind of loop. This season, Nadia and Alan discover an unexpected time portal that sends them both on an era-spanning adventure through the past. The two must search for a way out of the loop together.

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BMI & White Bear PR to Present “The Music of Anti-Heroes” at WonderCon 2022

The-Music-of-Anti-Heroes-at-WonderCon-2022BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) and White Bear PR will present “The Music of Anti-Heroes from Suicide Squad to Brainwave” panel at WonderCon 2022.

The discussion will feature BMI composers Stephanie Economou (Jupiter’s Legacy), Kevin Kiner (Peacemaker) and John Murphy (The Suicide Squad), who are the musical masterminds behind some of the most iconic villains. The panel will be moderated by White Bear PR’s Chandler Poling.

Harley Quinn, Peacemaker and Brainwave all have outstanding music to accompany their diabolical plans. During “The Music of Anti-Heroes from Suicide Squad to Brainwave,” the panelists will give attendees an inside look at the process of creating music for villains, elaborate on their influences and explain how they bring out the perfect notes for the anti-heroes they score. Following the discussion, there will be an audience Q&A.

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