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O2’s new TV ad  ‘Master Your  Smart Tech’ ad campaign featuring the O2 Gurus has just launched with Silva Screen’s version of the iconic Hawaii- Five-0 TV theme.

 

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1964 – A Classic Year for Music

1964 was a spectacular year for film and television with both mediums delivering  productions  that 50 years on remain equally popular today. Iconic is a much misused word in the second decade of the 21st century but 1964 overflowed with style, creativity, trend-setting, originality, inspiration and inventiveness.  In cinema, the opening credits to Goldfinger, Audrey Hepburn’s transformation from flower girl to ‘lady’ in My Fair Lady, the Esso garage in the snow of The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and the final warrior salute in Zulu. TV had its equals as well, the simplicity of Samantha’s nose twitch in Bewitched, no change half-a-century on from the original Match Of The Day by-line “the highlights of a top match in today’s football league programme” and the finger-clicking manic harpsichord  introduction to The Addams Family.

But that’s just the visual side of things. 1964 was awash with musical gems on the big and small screen. The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack composed entirely of Lennon/McCartney songs, the genius of Robert and Richard Sherman’s songs for Mary Poppins and Henry Mancini’s laid back A Shot In The Dark theme. TV had Tony Hatch’s timeless theme to Crossroads, Jerry Goldsmith’s strident The Man From U.N.C.L.E music and Hoyt Curtin’s relentlessly jazzy theme for Jonny Quest.

This compilation brings together a rich tapestry of music from an era when every detail of a production was finely honed and the sound was not designed but artistically created by composers and writers and delivered by the finest musicians.

1964 In Film And TV Music is released on the 10th of November

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The Essential Disney Collection: Coming Soon

Disney films have been a vehicle for popular music  for many decades now and the recent chart success of “Frozen” proves that Disney soundtracks are as powerful now as they were 50 years ago, when “Mary Poppins” won a clutch of awards including Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee” (1964).  “The Essential Disney Collection” spans those five decades, bringing together songs which have become part of the collective consciousness of our popular culture, courtesy of Stars of the London Stage and London Music Works.  Performers featured include Louise Dearman whose West End roles include “Wicked” and “Kiss Me Kate” and Helen Hobson who has appeared in “Mamma Mia!” and “Aspects Of Love”.

“The Essential Disney Collection” is released on the 3rd of November 2014

Full Track Listing

1 Let It Go (From “Frozen”)
Louise Dearman with London Music Works

2 I See the Light (From “Tangled”)
Helena Blackman with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

3 Almost There (From “The Princess And The Frog”)
Jen Sygit with London Music Works

4 We’re All In This Together (From “High School Musical”)
Rachel Davis, Jen Sygit, Zak Bunce & Mark Stiles with London Music Works

5 Reflection (From “Mulan”)
Helena Blackman with London Music Works

6 Go The Distance (From “Hercules”)
Craig Rhys Barlow with London Music Works

7 Colors of the Wind (From “Pocahontas”)
Gaynor Ellen with London Music Works

8 You’ve Got A Friend In Me (From “Toy Story”)
Chuck Colby with London Music Works

9 A Whole New World (From “Aladdin”)
Helena Blackman & Craig Rhys Barlow
with London Music Works

10 Tale As Old As Time (From “Beauty and The Beast”)
Helena Blackman with London Music Works

11 Part Of Your World (From “The Little Mermaid”)
Helena Blackman with London Music Works

12 Under The Sea (From “The Little Mermaid”)
Richard Paris with London Music Works

13 Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat (From “The Aristocats”)
Keith Ferreira, Helena Blackman, Paul Felch & Kay Rinker O’Neil with London Music Works

14 I Wanna Be Like You (From “The Jungle Book”)
Herbie Russ & Keith Ferreira with London Music Works

15 The Bare Necessities (From “The Jungle Book”)
Keith Ferreira with London Music Works

16 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (From “Mary Poppins”)
Helen Hobson & David Shannon with London Music Works

17 A Spoonful Of Sugar (From “Mary Poppins”)
Helen Hobson with London Music Works

18 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (From “Song Of The South”)
Keith Ferreira with London Music Works

19 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (From “Fantasia”)
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

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Nitin Sawhney at the Royal Albert Hall

This Sunday, the Royal Albert Hall in London will host Nitin Sawhney performing music from his forthcoming album Dystopian Dream and a selection of material from his first nine albums.  With music straddling a broad spectrum of media including film, TV, video games, dance and theatre, Sawhney is recognised as a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer.

Listen to Nitin Sawhney on Spotify

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Cristobal Tapia De Veer Wins Two Prix Gémeaux

The acclaimed composer of Channel 4’s Utopia, Chilean composer Cristobal Tapia De Veer, has won the categories of  Best Original Score : Fiction and Best Theme Song : All Categories at the 2014 French-Canadian TV awards.  Both prizes were for Série Noire, the critically acclaimed French-Canadian comedy/drama series which aired on Radio-Canada Television earlier this year.

 Listen to UTOPIA on Spotify

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Seven Time Winner For Sherlock

Congratulations are in order for Sherlock, which won seven Prime-Time Emmy awards in the mini-series category at last night’s ceremony in Los Angeles.  David Arnold and Michael Price won Outstanding Music Composition for their wonderful score for His Last Vow. Benedict Cumberbatch won best actor in the category along with Martin Freeman in his supporting role. Steven Moffat scooped the best writing Emmy for his work alongside others in cinematography and film and sound editing.

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New Release: FRANK OST

Fast becoming a cult hit,  Leonard Abrahamson’s fantastical black comedy, Frank, features Michael Fassbender as the masked leader of a doomed avant-rock group.  Not surprising then, that Stephen Rennicks’s song based soundtrack is central to the film, with the actors playing their instruments live.  Maggie Gyllenhaal is Clara, the band’s severe theremin player, François Civil is Baraque, the guitarist who only speaks French, and the only professional musician, Autolux drummer Carla Azar plays Nana, the silent type.

Dubbed by Spin Magazine “a loving and hilarious tribute to outsider music”, Rennicks leads the cast through indie songs ranging from the hilarious “Franks Most Likeable Song – People Will Love it!” to the heartbreaking indie-classic “I Love You All”.  The film is inspired by cult comedy creation Frank Sidebottom, as well as underground music legends Captain Beefheart and Daniel Johnston. Rooted in Jon Ronson’s real-life account of his time playing keyboards in Frank Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band, the film follows Domhnall Gleeson as a wannabe pop star Jon Burroughs who joins the unpronounceable Soronprfbs band. The bands’ live performances often descend into chaos and the band members ooze eccentricity.

The song “I Love You All”, performed by Michael Fassbender and the Soronprfbs, was released digitally on 11th August, with the band performing the song live on The Colbert Report in NY on 6th August.  The album is released on the 15th September 2014.

*MARK KERMODE’S FILM OF THE MONTH

Track Listing:

1 Jon’s Crap Songs
2 Ginger Crouton
3 Welcome to Vetno
4 Lay an Egg
5 Frank’s Dawn Chorus
6 Jon Shares His Songs
7 Lone Standing Tuft
8 Work Begins in Earnest
9 Creaky Door
10 Be Still (Don’s Song)
11 Idiot Shriek
12 The Holidaymakers
13 Again
14 Jon’s Song Changed
by Frank and Clara
15 Secure the Galactic Perimeter
16 Broken
17 Viking Funeral
18 Just Like ‘Paris Texas’
19 SXSW
20 I’m Just Me
21 Frank’s Most Likeable Song…Ever
22 The Music’s Shit
23 #findfrank
24 Lighthouse Keeper
25 I Love You All
26 I Love You All (Credits)
27 All Broken (Credits)
28 Tuft (Credits)
29 Frank’s Cacophony
30 Stop Sign
31 I Love You All (Radio Mix)

 

 

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Award And Emmy Nomination For Sarah Class

Congratulations from Silva Screen to Sarah Class whose outstanding score for the BBC Earth series Africa has been nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Documentary Music & Sound category. The ceremony takes place in New York on September 30th

Her music has also recently won best score/soundtrack for documentary TV series at the Jerry Goldsmith Gold Spirit Awards at The Cordoba Film And TV Music Festival.

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Expendables Explode Back Into Action

With a London world premiere on August 4th,  The Expendables explode back on to the screen once more with another selection of screen action legends joining the regular team. These include Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Harrison Ford. Their mission: to foil Expendables co-founder Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) who is out to destroy them. Composer Brian Tyler is one of the most prolific creators of action scores in the business and he also reunites with the regular team following the success of the first two soundtracks (also on Silva Screen). In the last decade he has created a wide selection of music for many films including The Fast And The Furious, Aliens Vs Predator – Requiem, Battle Los Angeles, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. A previous release on Silva Screen, Rambo , has been a consistent seller and has been applauded as a fine successor to Jerry Goldsmith’s original music for the series. Fast becoming a go-to name on the Hollywood composing scene his next projects include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Brian Tyler’s explosive soundtrack will be released by Silva Screen on September 1st.

 

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New Mark Ayres Soundtrack Set For Release

British production Scar Tissue is a gripping mystery thriller which is both shocking and unsettling. Starring Danny Horn (Doctor Who) and Charity Wakefield (Sense And Sensibility) the film’s score is written by Mark Ayres. He is best known for his work as the archivist for the groundbreaking music used in Doctor Who from the very beginning in 1963 up to the late 1980s. This role has seen him seek and out preserve a vast range of compositions and sound effects, most notably the work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. A four CD compilation of these efforts was released in December 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the programme and was a Top 50 hit. His finest work in the role of custodian of this catalogue will be an authoritative 11CD set issued this autumn. Parallel to his conservation role he has also written music for the programme with Silva Screen releasing his scores for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy, Ghost Light and The Curse Of Fenric. He also wrote the soundtrack to the 1996 conspiracy thriller The Innocent Sleep.

 

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