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Emmys and Site Updates

by Lukas Kendall

Music-related Emmy awards were given out Sunday night, in the "Creative Emmys" show. This takes place one week before the big Primetime Emmys show, which will be televised next Sunday.

Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Cape, pilot, Louis Febre, John Debney, composers.

Music Composition for a Miniseries or Special (Dramatic Underscore): The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Travels with Father, Laurence Rosenthal.

Music Direction: Centennial Olympic Games: Opening Ceremonies, Mark Watters, music director.

Music and Lyrics: The Simpsons ("Bart After Dark"), "We Put the Spring in Springfield," music Alf Clausen, lyrics Ken Keeler.

Main Title Theme Music: EZ Streets, Mark Isham.

I think this is Alf Clausen's first win after around seventeen hundred nominations. Congrats to all the winners, even John Debney, who doesn't like me.

In other news, the Venice Film Festival awards were given out last weekend. Winner of the "Golden Osella" for Best Music was Graeme Revell, for Chinese Box.

As readers discovered yesterday, we've updated the site. By "we" I mean myself and Bill Smith, my trusty webmaster. Here are some things to explore:

* An online sample issue. Many readers of this site are not subscribers to Film Score Monthly the magazine (it's printed on paper) and probably have never seen a copy. I've been sending out free trial issues, but what we've done now is just scanned in an issue (Vol. 2, No. 4, June 1997, Danny Elfman/MIB cover), all 40 pages of it. Of course it's annoying to read a magazine over a computer screen, but this way the uninitiated can get a sense of the look and feel of the hardcopy. Please explore--and no, we're not gonna scan in every issue. NOTE: This may not be up until later in the day. Please check back.

* Revised links. Some more updates, odds and ends. We're also going to break the links into separate pages so they don't take an hour to load. (Readers will also note we've reduced the keywords on the home page.)

* August articles--these are finally up. Sorry for the delay.

* A section on RETROGRADE RECORDS. This is FSM's record label, with all of two releases so far. Hey, they take time! You can find cover art, descriptions, track lists, and sound clips (in RealAudio) for the CDs:

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (David Shire)

Deadfall (John Barry)

Knock yourselves out. I hope people check out the sound clips, because I suspect many people are not familiar with these titles, but they may be interested once they hear them. The Taking of Pelham is a vintage '70s funk/orchestra score by David Shire, who also did such things as The Conversation and Farewell My Lovely--if you love things like Enter the Dragon and the blaxploitation soundtracks you'll love this, too. And Deadfall is a '60s score by the legendary John Barry (Dances with Wolves, James Bond films, Body Heat), featuring his 14-minute guitar concerto, "Romance for Guitar and Orchestra."

All right, I know I'm preaching to the converted for some of you. But for others, I'm sure a lot of the stuff on this site will be new and a lot to chew on. As always, thanks for stopping by, and there will be a new column up tomorrow. Let me know what you think of the changes, and also tell me what else we should have.

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