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The way to Celebrate!
Posted By: Nat Murphy 4/16/2009 - 7:00 AM

Over the years Classical music has shunned Film music for the most part, but with the growing inclusion of Concert composers joining the film music ranks we have started to see that gap between these two worlds narrow. Many Classical record companies have allowed scores into their hallowed halls – none more so than Chandos.

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Coraline’s Movie music sleight of hand -
Posted By: Nat Murphy 2/10/2009 - 10:00 PM
What isn’t there is both the biggest surprise and the best treat about the movie Coraline. Going in I expected the same manic style from Henry Selick, the director of Monkeybone, James and the Giant Peach,  and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but what I got instead was pure poetry. The pace was slow and controlled, and the tone was wonderfully eerie. It was art without all the big selling points of popular entertainment. To be perfectly honest, I felt like I was watching a small little art-house film, and the music followed suit...
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The Horror…Are MY Ears Old Fashioned?
Posted By: Nat Murphy 1/30/2009 - 2:00 PM
The course of Horror scores through the years has seen highs and lows. Some of the best ones have continued to be referenced through the ages of film, whether it’s the screeching strings of Psycho or the simple two bass notes from Jaws, even the use of electronics have yielded scary counterpoint to our nightmares with scores like the original Halloween, but when was the last great Horror score? Silence of the Lambs by Howard Shore? Or perhaps Hans Zimmer’s Hannibal? Maybe it was from the bevy of recent horror remakes - I really don’t know? What I do know is that I’ve heard a distinct change in horror scoring in recent years.
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June 14
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