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FSMO Turns 10 With January Issue!
Posted By: Tim Curran 1/20/2016 - 2:00 AM
The January edition of FSM ONLINE is now live, marking 10 YEARS of digital publication! In this issue, enjoy our many annual YEAR IN REVIEW features, with contributions from Kyle Renick, Jon & Al Kaplan, Tim Burden, Cary Wong and Chris Hadley. Also this month, NICHOLAS BRITELL gives us the long and the short of THE BIG SHORT; a spotlight on Tadlow Music and its founder, James Fitzpatrick; an interview with CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ about AGENT CARTER and GALAVANT; a DIMITRI TIOMKIN Gold Rush on his score to LOST HORIZON; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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FSMO December Issue Is Now Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 12/18/2015 - 2:00 AM
The December edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is a journey to a long time ago…an archival interview with JOHN WILLIAMS about STAR WARS from 1978. Also this issue, the album review you’ve been waiting for: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; an in-depth retrospective on the original LP albums for STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI; an interview with MYCHAEL DANNA and JEFF DANNA about THE GOOD DINOSAUR; Cary Wong’s annual letter to the Academy Music Branch; ALAN SILVESTRI visits Northern Ireland to talk BACK TO THE FUTURE; ROQUE BAÑOS goes whaling IN THE HEART OF THE SEA; KEEGAN DEWITT discusses his latest independent fare, I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS; documentary composer J. RALPH chats RACING EXTINCTION; a 50-year anniversary analysis of the JOHN BARRY classic, THUNDERBALL; JACK WALL returns for BLACK OPS III; Gold Rush dreams of a WHITE CHRISTMAS; a NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET mega-review; more embedded audio clips, and more.


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The November Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 11/19/2015 - 2:00 AM
The November edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover stories are a trio of awards-season treats: CARTER BURWELL makes us fall for CAROL; MICHAEL BROOK sets sail for BROOKLYN; and THEODORE SHAPIRO testifies on behalf of TRUMBO. Also this issue, enter deep waters with Mike Matessino for Intrada's JAWS releases; an interview with CRAIG ARMSTRONG about his score to the monstrous VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN; GEORGE FENTON and pianist CLARE HAMMOND chat about THE LADY IN THE VAN; Cary Wong’s annual HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE; discover an alternate history with DOMINIC LEWIS and Amazon’s new series, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE; a review of the London concert premiere of STAR TREK: THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE; AUSTIN WINTORY tackles ASSASSIN’S CREED SYNDICATE; a look at Berklee College of Music’s new score to NOSFERATU, featuring Boston Pops maestro KEITH LOCKHART; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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October FSMO Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 10/21/2015 - 2:00 AM
The October edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month’s cover story features in-depth coverage of music at the 53rd NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, including a look at Spielberg’s BRIDGE OF SPIES by THOMAS NEWMAN. Also this issue, JOHN POWELL chats about his adventure with PAN; BRIAN TYLER goes in search of TRUTH; an interview with DAN ROMER about the Netflix-produced BEASTS OF NO NATION; eight composers, including LALO SCHIFRIN, dish on TALES OF HALLOWEEN; the authors of THE JAMES BOND SONGS: POP ANTHEMS OF LATE CAPITALISM talk about the music of our favorite spy; MAC QUAYLE scores SCREAM QUEENS and AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL; a GOLDENEYE Score Restore pits ERIC SERRA against JOHN ALTMAN; Gold Rush checks out the obscure B classic THE TWONKY; MATTHEW LLEWELLYN finds himself in THE MURDER PACT; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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September Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 9/21/2015 - 2:00 AM
The September edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is an examination of the latest rage in movie music concerts: live-to-screen productions of entire scores played to their respective feature-length films. DAVID NEWMAN, MICHAEL GIACCHINO and others discuss where they see the trend going. Also this issue, DARIO MARIANELLI reaches for new heights with his score to EVEREST; violinist ANNE AKIKO MEYERS talks about her new release, Serenade: The Love Album; Kyle Renick's in-depth look at the scores from 1965 comes to a close; SEAN CALLERY chats about his work on HOMELAND, JESSICA JONES and MINORITY REPORT; KEVIN KLIESCH discusses the Disney Junior princess program SOFIA THE FIRST; the truly weird THE CREEPING TERROR is unmasked by documentarians PETE and JOHN SCHUERMANN; Soundtrack Obscurities dusts off some HANS ZIMMER gems; Score Restore compares the two scores of K2, by ZIMMER and CHAZ JANKEL; Gold Rush’s look at MAX STEINER reaches its end; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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The August Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 8/19/2015 - 2:00 AM
The August edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is the first part of an in-depth look at the groovy film music of 1965, this time covering John Addison through Michel Legrand. Also this issue is an interview with CARTER BURWELL about his scores to MR. HOLMES and ANOMALISA; DANIEL PEMBERTON opens "Channel D” with THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.; HEATHER McINTOSH scores the apocalypse in Z FOR ZACHARIAH; MIKOLAI STROINSKI discusses his work on the mega-hit game THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT; Score Restore revisits JERRY GOLDSMITH'S GREMLINS 2 for yet another lost gem; JAMES S. LEVINE chats about RIZZOLI & ISLES and MAJOR CRIMES; Cary Wong checks out this year's musical offerings from Broadway; MICHAEL SUBY delves into the dramatic for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; the third part of Gold Rush’s look at MAX STEINER; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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FSMO’s “James Horner Remembered” Issue Is Live
Posted By: Tim Curran 7/21/2015 - 2:00 AM
The July edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story is a special memorial feature on JAMES HORNER and his legacy; Tim Burden speaks to frequent Horner soloist HUGH SEENAN about his work with the late composer. Also this issue, more tributes to Horner, including a retrospective on his scores to STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN and STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, Cary Wong's memories of Horner and his music, and a look at Horner's unused YOUNG GUNS score; CHRISTOPHE BECK goes subatomic with ANT-MAN; JOE KRAEMER chooses to accept MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION; a chat with LORNE BALFE about delving into TERMINATOR GENISYS; Score Restore gets zany with a cue from GREMLINS 2 by JERRY GOLDSMITH; an interview with GABRIEL MANN of SundanceTV's RECTIFY; STEPHEN BAYSTED scores the documentary THE IMPRESSIONISTS—AND THE MAN WHO MADE THEM and the video game PROJECT CARS; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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June Issue of FSMO Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 6/19/2015 - 2:00 AM
The June edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, Tim Burden details the premiere of BACK TO THE FUTURE IN CONCERT in Lucerne, Switzerland. Also this issue, an interview with WALTER MURPHY about TED 2 and his long-running partnership with Seth MacFarlane; ANDREW LOCKINGTON on the seismic score to SAN ANDREAS; a PLANET OF THE APES double feature—an interview with author John O'Callaghan about the classic JERRY GOLDSMITH score and also a Score Restore of a missing cue; JEFF RUSSO returns to FARGO, among many other projects; JOHN DEBNEY and BRUCE BROUGHTON team up to tackle TEXAS RISING; DANIEL LICHT scores THE RED ROAD and premieres a new DEXTER suite in Krakow; Soundtrack Obscurities digs up scores from the films of LANCE HENRIKSEN; Part 2 of the Gold Rush series on MAX STEINER looks at his early film career; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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May Issue of FSM ONLINE Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 5/20/2015 - 2:00 AM
The May edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, we catch up with BRIAN TYLER and his latest blockbusters: FURIOUS 7 and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Also this issue, CRAIG ARMSTRONG gets romantic in Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD; ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL shares his recent theatrical endeavors with GROUNDED and his OTHELLO BALLET; on television, brothers JEFF DANNA and MYCHAEL DANNA score FX’s TYRANT; PHOTEK is mysterious with HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER; British duo SOLOMON GREY discuss their score to J.K. ROWLING’S THE CASUAL VACANCY; KEVIN KINER takes a time out at STAR WARS CELEBRATION 2015 to talk about STAR WARS: REBELS; Gold Rush takes a look at another Viennese wunderkind, MAX STEINER; music producer MAGGIE RODFORD joins Tim Burden in the conclusion of our series on CINDERELLA; Cary Wong checks out recent scores from movies headlined by women; a peek inside the new MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI and GIOVANNI FUSCO box set from Quartet Records; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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April FSMO Is Live!
Posted By: Tim Curran 4/20/2015 - 2:00 AM
The April edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. This month's cover story gets creepy with RICH VREELAND (DISASTERPEACE) and his electronic, throwback score to IT FOLLOWS. Also this issue, DEBBIE WISEMAN chats about her "Masterpiece" work on WOLF HALL; in the second part of our CINDERELLA feature, SIR KENNETH BRANAGH shares his insights on Patrick Doyle's score—and as an exclusive feature, we have a specially edited medley of Doyle's waltzes, including an UNUSED waltz version of the Hogwart's Hymn from HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE; JON KAPLAN and AL KAPLAN venture into hairy territory with ZOMBEAVERS; an interview with scholar Peter Wegele about his book on MAX STEINER; Cary Wong shares his thoughts and memories of STAR WARS; a HENRY MANCINI Score Restore of THE NIGHT VISITOR; PATRICK MORGANELLI gets operatic about HERCULES VS. VAMPIRES; a To Score or Not to Score? featuring Oscar-winning masters; an in-depth interview with GARETH COKER about his score to the game ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST; an examination of ADOLPH DEUTSCH and his scores to THE MALTESE FALCON and THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS—plus a retrospective interview with JOHN MORGAN; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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