I fell under the spell of film music in 1976 with Jerry Goldsmith’s horrifying music to THE OMEN. As a 14-year-old kid, the gory impalings and beheadings onscreen were more “cool” than frightening, but Goldsmith’s score chilled me to the bone. It was my first soundtrack purchase and I wore out the original LP. (God only knows what my parents thought about the Satanic sounds emanating from my bedroom.)
In the decades since, I’ve had untold hours of enjoyment listening to film music, and it occupies close to 1TB worth of data on my external hard drive. It’s a rare day that goes by without my listening to at least one full score.
Through my many years of higher education and degrees in music, I’ve had to fight the stereotype that film music is “beneath” classical music. I have affection for both types of music and I don’t see the need to choose between the two of them.
The mission of FilmScoreClickTrack.com is to share my passion and carry the torch for this music as a viable art form. From my small corner of cyberspace, I hope to please current film score fans and hopefully convert some new fans as well.
I have written about film music professionally since 2005, including liner notes for Film Score Monthly, Intrada, La-La Land Records, Varèse Sarabande Records and Disques Cinemusique, and have served as the Managing Editor of Film Score Monthly Online. Currently, I am writing a book on the film music of Charlie Chaplin to be published by McFarland & Co. To read some of my published writing and find out more about my professional writing site, please visit JimLochner.com.
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