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Jóhann Jóhannsson - 1969-2018
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/30/2018 - 9:00 PM
The quotes in this article, unless otherwise noted, are taken from interviews with Jóhann Jóhannsson. The sources are listed and linked at the bottom of the page:

I’ve been sort of playing music since I was probably eight years old or something like that. Even when I was studying piano, I always preferred to play around with my own improvisations rather than do my studies. So I’ve always been interested in writing music from a very early age. (3)
 
I had three older sisters, and my parents listened to a lot of classical music. Beyond what was heard on pop radio or whatever, my sisters and my sisters’ boyfriends’ record collections contained the first real music I was exposed to.  (14)
 
There are many stages of growing up musically. I remember one record that my siblings had when I was growing up, which was the first Velvet Underground record. That was a record that I listened to a lot when I was 10 years old for some reason. I was really fascinated by that album, mostly the first side which has all the pop songs, maybe less so the second side which is a little bit more abrasive and experimental. That was an early influence. And then, maybe 10 years later, I figured out what this record actually meant and what kind of significance it had in the history of music. When I was 10 years old, I just listened to it because it had these nice songs, but I didn’t fully grasp the meaning of them.  
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Film Score Friday 3/30/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/29/2018 - 9:00 PM
 Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Abbraccialo Per Me
 - Fabio Frizzi - Beat
The Cloverfield Paradox - Bear McCreary - Sparks & Shadows
A Doggone Adventure 
- Chuck Cirino - Dragon's Domain
I Kill Giants 
- Laurent Perez del Mar - Varese Sarabande
Isle of Dogs
 - Alexandre Desplat - Abkco
La Rivoluzione Sessuale
 - Teo Usuelli - Beat
Midnight Sun
 - Nathaniel Walcott - Lakeshore
Qualcuno Ha Visto Uccidere
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Pentamusic
Riusciranno I Nostri Eroi A Ritrovare L'amico Misteriosamente Scomparso In Africa
 - Armando Trovajoli - Beat
Stargate SG1: Children of the Gods
 - Joel Goldsmith - Dragon's Domain
That Good Night
 - Guy Farley - Caldera
Troy: Fall of a City - Rob - Sony (import)
A Wrinkle in Time 
- Ramin Djawadi - Disney 

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CineRadio Top 20 for February 2018
Posted By Kristen Romanelli 3/28/2018 - 2:00 PM
The CineRadio Top 20 has been released for February 2018, highlighting music played on soundtrack music radio specialty shows, online radio stations and podcasts.
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Aisle Seat 3-27: Spring Fling Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/26/2018 - 9:00 PM
A surprise box-office smash, the belated follow-up JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (***, 119 mins., 2017, PG-13; Sony) offers high adventure for kids, comedy and a bit of teen angst for high schoolers, and the entertainment value of seeing some of the only bankable stars left in Hollywood – including Dwayne Johnson – engagingly playing against type. The mixture wasn’t just a runaway hit, grossing over $400 million in the U.S. alone, but easily ranks as one of the most satisfying entries from Hollywood’s “remake machine” over the last decade.
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March FSMO Is Live!
Posted By Tim Curran 3/25/2018 - 9:00 PM
The March edition of FSM ONLINE is now live. In this month’s cover story, Erik Heine ranks the film composers who deserved greater things, including DAVID NEWMAN, ARTHUR B. RUBINSTEIN and BRUCE BROUGHTON. Also in this issue, LORNE BALFE rises to the occasion with PACIFIC RIM UPRISING; ALAN MENKEN remembers the late, great HOWARD ASHMAN; JAMES EDWARD BARKER rides again with LEAN ON PETE; GEOFF BARROW and BEN SALISBURY break down the sound of ANNIHILATION; MARK YAEGER takes us inside FAR CRY 5: INSIDE EDEN’S GATE; Cary Wong presents his annual odds and ends with LOST AND FOUND; a proper GOLD RUSH introduces the British Golden Age; more embedded audio clips, and more.

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Film Score Friday 3/23/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/22/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first release of Bruce Broughton's score for Disney's 2004 direct-to-video animated film MICKEY, DONALD, GOOFY: THE THREE MUSKETEERS.


Tadlow's second volume of re-recordings of Jerry Goldsmith's Emmy-nominated music from the '60s anthology series THRILLER is available to pre-order, featuring suites and cues from the episodes "The Bride Who Died Twice," "God Grante That She Lye Stille," "Late Date," "Masquerade", "Terror in Teakwood" and "The Weird Tailor" (Amicus fans may remember that the latter story was remade with Peter Cushing and Barry Morse for the 1972 feature Asylum). 

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Aisle Seat 3-20: Lion in Winter, The Burbs Revisited
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/19/2018 - 9:00 PM
One of director Joe Dante's weaker films, the Tom Hanks “comic thriller” THE ‘BURBS (**½, 102 mins., 1989, PG) has managed to net something of a cult following over the years. Between Hanks’ involvement and the movie’s engaging premise, it’s easy to understand, though the finished product – sabotaged by a writer’s strike that prevented a much-needed polish to Dana Olsen’s script – is markedly uneven and seldom more than mildly amusing.
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Film Score Friday 3/16/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/15/2018 - 9:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Amarcord
 - Nino Rota - Quartet
Chouans!
 - Georges Delerue - Music Box
Feud: Bette and Joan - Mac Quayle - La-La Land
Love Story 
- Francis Lai - Quartet
Platoon
 - Georges Delerue - Quartet
The Silence of the Lambs - Howard Shore - Quartet
Tomb Raider
 - Tom Holkenborg - Sony 
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Aisle Seat 3-13: March Madness Edition
Posted By Andy Dursin 3/12/2018 - 9:00 PM
When Jim Henson passed away in 1990, the creator of the Muppets left us with only a few, fleeting glimpses into his potential as a purveyor of fantasy projects beyond the scope of Kermit and Miss Piggy. Henson only directed three theatrical features in his career: the second, and best, Muppet movie (1981’s “The Great Muppet Caper”); the epic fantasy “The Dark Crystal” (1982), which he co-helmed with Frank Oz; and “Labyrinth” (1986), a live-action fantasy, produced with George Lucas, that flopped at the box-office.
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Film Score Friday 3/9/18
Posted By Scott Bettencourt 3/8/2018 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered and resequenced release of Jerry Goldsmith's third and final score for the Rambo series, the fittingly titled RAMBO III.


La-La Land has announced some of their upcoming CD releases for the rest of the month -- on March 13, the music for the recent TV series FEUD, starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis, which earned composer Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story) two Emmy nominations; and on March 27, Bear McCreary's score to the recent Netflix sci-fi feature THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, on McCreary's Sparks & Shadows label.


The latest release from Music Box is an expanded version of Georges Delerue's score for director Philippe De Broca's historical drama CHOUANS!, starring Philippe Noiret, Sophie Marceau and Lambert Wilson.


This last Sunday, Alexandre Desplat won his second Original Score Oscar for Guillermo del Toro's Best Picture winner THE SHAPE OF WATER, while Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez won their second Oscars for COCO's song "Remember Me" (which apparently makes Robert Lopez the first person to win more than one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). More about this year's Oscars at the bottom of this column.

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