Shaun The Sheep soundtrack composer Ilan Eshkeri gives an illuminating interview for Billboard magazine on how he approached the difficult task of writing a score for a film with no dialogue. In what he describes as a “crazy tapestry of different styles” the article gives a fascinating insight into the art of film composition. Read it here.
Channel 4’s £12m. sci-fi fantasy series Humans has become their biggest original drama success of the last 20 years. A co-production with AMC, the makers of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, the series explores the fine line between humans and machines. Created by the makers of Utopia, the series is a natural fit for the composer from that programme, Cristobal Tapia de Veer. His award winning, innovative score which he described as a “guerilla composition” won a five star review in Record Collector and was one of Mojo’s Soundtracks Of The Year. Silva Screen are delighted to be working with Cristobal once more and will be releasing this exciting new score very shortly.
Congratulations to Maurizio Malagnini for his Emmy nomination in the category Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score). His elegant score for The Paradise, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra was released by Silva Screen in Autumn 2013 and received outstanding reviews. The 67 Emmy Awards ceremony takes place at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles on September 20th.
Sunday August 16th is a date for the diary when the Proms celebrate the musical world of Sherlock Holmes. Alongside performances of classical favourites of the great detective which feature in the stories there is also a celebration of the music written for TV and film adaptations including the work of David Arnold, Michael Price and Miklós Rózsa.
Silva screen will release the 40th anniversary edition of the Blazing Saddles score on August 28th. The film is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all Hollywood comedies, a fact underlined by its three Academy Award nominations. Writer and director Mel Brooks brought to the soundtrack exactly what played out on screen, a glorious, gag-packed parody of the western genre. The main theme performed by Frankie Laine was one of those Academy Award nominations. Running a trade ad to find a Laine sound-alike to perform the song he was astonished to see the great man himself turn up to deliver this delicious parody of of every wild west theme he had previously performed mixing elements of Rawhide, Mule Train and Gunfight At The OK Corral. In collaboration with John Morris, Brooks skilfully also created a magnificent score that refined every possible musical cliche connected to westerns from swirling strings to choral refrains. Originally only released in part in the 1970s this 40th anniversary edition is the most complete version yet with 28 tracks that also incorporates some of the most hilarious dialogue from the film.
Composer Debbie Wiseman has announced two dates where she will be performing her best selling music for the series Wolf Hall. St George’s, Bristol is the venue for October 25th followed by a performance at the Cadogan Hall in London on December 6th. Full details below.
Silva Screen’s recording of George Frideric Handel’s Zadok The Priest will be appearing on BT Sport throughout the rest of the year for various promotions beginning on June 6th.
Murray Gold’s long awaited music for Doctor Who Series 8 touched down in the UK Album Chart this week at number 53. . Featuring a new take on the classic theme coupled with a new theme for the twelfth Doctor this lavish collection features extensive notes from the composer and music from all 12 episodes over two CDs, the third disc comprising of 14 tracks from the 2014 Christmas Day special Last Christmas.
Silva Screen will release Blake Neely’s score for season one of Arrow on July 10th. DC Comic character The Green Arrow made his debut an incredible 74 years ago. Real name Oliver Queen, a billionaire playboy and socialite, renamed Arrow for the TV series he returns to his home after five years on a desert island to wage war on criminals and the corrupt in Starling City. Film and TV composer Blake Neely worked with many major names of film composing at the start of his career including Hans Zimmer, Michael Kamen, James Newton Howard and Vangelis. His score for Everwood which was Emmy nominated launched him into the higher echelon of the business and subsequent scores for The Pacific and Pan-Am also received Emmy nominations. Other credits include Brothers & Sisters, The Sixties, The Mentalist and The Flash. Arrow represents one of the biggest thrills of his career, “To a composer who grew up on comic books, action figures and costumes, this was a dream come true”.
Debbie Wiseman’s Wolf Hall soundtrack continues to proceed upwards in the Billboard Classical Traditional chart in the US. This week it currently sits at number 13 in the wake of the series PBS success.