Steven Price triumphed at last night’s 86th Academy Awards landing the Oscar for Best Original Score with Gravity. His astounding achievement is even greater when you look at the composers he was up against that included John Williams, Thomas Newman and Alexandre Desplat. He told his home town newspaper The Nottingham Post, “My house was full of music, my main memories are of the record player at home, it was all Beatles and Stones and we danced around the living room, that started me off on instruments and I’ve done nothing else ever since.” He explained to The LA Times how his groundbreaking score combining orchestral and electronic elements came about, “I was trying to write emotional music but none of the conventional instruments were cutting it. I spent a full day throwing ideas at it — then I got a cello and played it through a guitar tremolo pedal. It had a fluttering effect, which really got the melody going. It was the start of what became Ryan’s theme, which you experience in its fullest version at the end of the film.” He is now at work on the score for Marvel’s forthcoming Ant-Man.
If you haven’t yet heard Chilean composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s original music for Channel 4’s Utopia, you are missing out. Described by The Arts Desk as “Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s cunning, menacing music”, the score features instruments ranging from a rare Chilean trutruka recorded in Borough tube station to the percussion sounds of a rhino turd from Zimbabwe. This is one of the most eclectic and innovative scores in a long while, but don’t take our word for it:
What the Critics Say:
RTS Awards Winner 2013
Mojo Magazine – No.4 in Top Ten 2013 soundtracks
Record Collector – Xmas “Best of 2013″ roundup
…a twitching, engaging and unique score that sounds unlike anything we’ve heard in some while. We’ve been waiting for this release since the show appeared on telly so we’re well chuffed now it’s out.”- Record Collector 5*
“Utopia by Cristobal Tapia De Veer is definitely some of the weirdest music I have ever heard.”- Den of Geek
“…there’s something irresistible about the oddness of it all.”- CultBox
“Credit goes to Cristobal Tapia De Veer for his awe-inspiring work with the music.”- Vada Magazine
“By turns unsettling and playful, it was absolutely intrinsic to the tone, and success of the show.”- Viewing Gum (2013 Soundtrack of the year)
“This show. This music. Everything about it is so odd and so perfect. The soundtrack to this show is quite honestly one of the best I’ve ever heard…”- Waterman Butterly (Top tracks of 2013 – UTOPIA OVERTURE – CRISTOBAL TAPIA DE VEER)
Appearing on many musicians’ top ten albums of 2013, the Utopia soundtrack has all the markings of a cult classic and there’s more to come as series 2 of Utopia, with another original soundtrack by Cristobal Tapia De Veer, is currently in production.
Congratulations to Steven Price for his very well deserved BAFTA award for Best Original Film Music. His stunning score for Gravity was recognised with the highest accolade by The British Academy Of Film And Television Arts. It’s success is even more rewarding when you consider he was up against many of the greatest film composers in the business including Hans Zimmer, John Williams and Thomas Newman. Next stop for Steven is the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd.
Four scores released by Silva Screen Records have been nominated for International Film Music Critics Awards. Topping the list with an impressive four nominations, it’s no surprise to see Steven Price with his acclaimed score to Gravity. It sits alongside Evil Dead (Roque Baños), Grand Piano (Víctor Reyes), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (HowardShore) and Romeo and Juliet (Abel Korzeniowski) for FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR (2013), as well as being nominated in the BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR FILM category. Steven Price has been nominated in both the FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR and BREAKTHROUGH FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR categories. Also nominated in the latter is Sarah Class, whose imposing soundtrack to the BBC’s series Africa bags a nomination for BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE. 2013′s TV blockbuster Game of Thrones is represented by Ramin Djawadi’s creative soundtrack in the BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A TELEVISION SERIES category, while BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE – COMPILATION holds a nomination for Silva Screen’s bestselling Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection, compiled with the help of BBC Radiophonic Workshop archivist Mark Ayres.
Full list of nominees HERE
Silva Screen will be represented at the opening and closing ceremonies of the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi from Feb 7th to Feb 24th. Our recordings of film themes from Russian composer Dimitri Tiomkin have been licensed for use at the opening and closing ceremonies. The Red Army Choir, who are released in the UK on Silva Classics will also be performing.
The RBS Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off on Saturday Feb 1st with Wales V Italy. Silva Screen will be supplying the build-up themes to this major sporting tournament from our best selling release Music From The Iron Man Trilogy.
The Guardian’s Lucy Mangan called Hidden Kingdoms “another smashing BBC hour of natural history”. Concentrating on the changing fortunes of small and often ignored creatures from their perspective (namely close to the ground), the drama of their existence appears as much of a rollercoaster ride as the larger, more fequently filmed wild animals that usually grace our TV screens.
Ben Foster’s emotional and dramatic score is the perfect accompaniment to this ground-breaking series. Writing extensively for television his scores for Torchwood earned him three BAFTA nominations whilst his orchestral arranging and conducting skills are featured throughout Murray Gold’s music for Doctor Who. Recent work includes conducting a world tour with Peter Gabriel and fulfilling the same role for the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. “Ben has delivered a spell-binding score, filled with emotion packed with drama and intricate detail that has helped define the series”. – Mark Brownlow – Series Producer
You can read more about how the BBC and Ben worked together HERE.
Hidden Kingdoms will be released on CD and digital download and released on the 3rd of March . There is currently a digital single available on iTunes of the opening and closing title themes.
Steven Price is now in line for the big one with his innovative score for Gravity on the list of nominations for an Oscar in the Original Score category. The awards take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 2nd.
Congratulations to composer Steven Price for his BAFTA nomination in the Original Film Music category. The Silva Screen release has had great reviews and it’s a remarkable achievement for a composer with only his third full film score. Gravity has a total of 11 nominations and the awards will be presented at The Royal Opera House on February 16th.
Butlin’s new animated ‘sparkle’ TV ad features Silva Screen’s recording of Percy Faith’s haunting arrangement of ”Theme For A Summer Place” composed by Max Steiner for the film, “A Summer Place” released in 1959. This evocative instrumental piece was a record-breaking nine week number one in the US in 1960 and made number two on the UK charts.