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9 Favorite Henry Mancini Scores

Before there was John Williams or Hans Zimmer, there was Henry Mancini—the first film music superstar. Through a string of chart-topping studio albums, Mancini’s indelible tunes were played on hi-fi’s around the world, and his songs and themes were sung and recorded by the top artists of his era. But that popularity came at a price…. More

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114 FIlm Scores Eligible for Oscar

Last year it was 104, this year it’s 114. The list grows ever larger when it comes to scores eligible for the Academy Awards. As usual there are some unusual titles, omissions and surprises. Just because a score is on this list doesn’t immediately award it a badge of quality .(Neither does an Oscar nomination… More

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9 Favorite Main Titles

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, movies used to have main titles that were scored. For two minutes, the composer laid the musical groundwork and set the tone for the film to follow. Then along came main title songs, sometimes written by the score composers, sometimes not. If not, the composer… More

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Oscars to Showcase Music Nominees In Concert

In case you missed the news, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will showcase the Oscar-nominated scores and songs in a live concert for the first time next year. The concert will take place February 27, three days before the Oscar ceremony on March 2, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA…. More

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9 Purple Cows of Film Music

In his excellent 2002 book, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable, Seth Godin tells the story of a trip he took to France with his family. He describes driving around the French countryside, “enchanted by the hundreds of storybook cows grazing on picturesque pastures…For dozens of kilometers, we all gazed out the windows, marveling… More

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9 Favorite FSM CDs

With the release of Jerry Fielding’s THE WILD BUNCH last month, it’s the end of the line for the Film Score Monthly label. With a roster of 250 releases since 1996, FSM filled a very important void in the soundtrack business. With its primary concentration on the MGM library (which later incorporated other studios), producer… More

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

It’s a Great Day for the Oscars!

It’s been a little over a month since this year’s Academy Awards, and how many people have already forgotten that Mychael Danna won for LIFE OF PI? Our collective memories seem to be “like sands through the hour glass” as we go through the days of our lives, especially when it comes to awards shows…. More

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9 Most Influential Film Composers

Every film composer brings his or her talent to a project. They carve out a career path for themselves in which they (hopefully) can make a living through the art and craft of creating music. But some film composers change the face of the art form. In the course of doing their jobs, they leave… More

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9 Tired Topics in Film Music

We film music fans sure do love to argue. No matter the topic or time of day—on Facebook and Twitter, over brunch and over cocktails, in person or hiding behind some lame screen name—we love to air our opinions. I’m all for passion. It’s sure a helluva lot better than apathy. But some of the arguments… More

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Tall Tales

THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN is exactly what the title suggests: an episodic, highly entertaining (and highly fictionalized) “biography” of the celebrated author through his childhood, riverboating on the Mississippi River, his books and legendary lecture tour. Fredric March is a delight as—and the spitting image of—Twain, and even though much of the film contains… More