Author: Daniel Schweiger

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Interview with Dominic Lewis

Composing an exhilaratingly insane action score ticket to ride for “Bullet Train”

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Interview with Siddhartha Khosla

Playing the not-so usual musical suspects as the composer investigates another seriocomic slaying at The Arconia with the second season of “Only Murders in the Building”

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Interview with Disasterpeace

Playfully fitting a toy-like sound into the shell and shoes of Marcel

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Interview with Karl Frid

Finding orgasmically ironic “Pleasure” in musically merging the sacred and the profane

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Interview with Hesham Nazih

An Egyptian composer powerfully announces his own identity within the Marvel universe of “Moon Knight”

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Interview with Jeff Danna

Cooking up a delightfully delicious “Julia” in the television scoring kitchen

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Interview with Son Lux

Crafting an insanely striking collision of musical multiverses for “Everything, Everywhere All at Once”

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Interview with Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore

Crafting marvelous tunes for Mrs. Maisel

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Interview with Colin Stetson

(Photo by Ebru Yildiz) There are several menaces that you don’t want to be alone in a dark room with, let alone the wasteland of an abandoned Texas town that a clueless bunch of social media influencers want to woke up. Because if you’re hip to the utterly bizarre, genre-forged music wavering in the mad […]

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Interview with Joseph Shirley

For 42 years, the sound of live-action “Star Wars” was the sweeping, symphonic language of John Williams, old school music for a long time ago in a melodic galaxy far, far away. It was a template impressively followed by Michael Giacchino and John Powell on the spin-offs of “Rogue One” and “Solo,” but it took Ludwig […]

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Interview with Carter Burwell

(Photo by Tycho Burwell) Since a Texas wife and boyfriend conspired to do dastardly deeds to her vile husband in 1984’s “Blood Simple,” Carter Burwell has often been boiling musical toil and trouble for a filmmaking team best known as The Coen Brothers. Whether it was the Irish mob in “Miller’s Crossing,” a schlemiel unleashing […]

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Interview with Nathan Johnson

Scoring the sinful sideshow of a revisited “Nightmare Alley”

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THE BEST SCORES OF 2021

Hans Zimmer’s DUNE gives spice to an intoxicatingly powerful year of scoring’s return to the big screen

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Interview with Kris Bowers

Making the musically winning serves for the sister tennis icons brought up by “King Richard”

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Interview with Rachel Portman

Being inspired in the musical kitchen while cooking with “Julia”

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Interview with Javier Navarrete

After notably playing childhood nightmares in Spain, a composer tracks down the Native American legend of The Wendigo with “Antlers”

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Interview with Ben Lovett

Scoring down a retro-paranoia rabbit hole to find the source of a “Broadcast Signal Intrusion”

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Interview with Roger Suen

A composer powerfully returns home to Justin Chon’s land of social relevancy for “Blue Bayou”

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Interview with Nico Muhly

Emotionally scoring the sum of 9/11’s bereavement with “Worth”

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Interview with Joseph Vitarelli

Waving a poignant score for a father’s life of crime and a desperate daughter in Sean Penn’s “Flag Day”

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Interview with Daniel Hart

Composer Daniel Hart (photo by Emily Ulmer) It’s been ages since an eternal tale of an Arthurian quest has enchanted discerning viewers and critics to equal degree, let alone depicted often straightforwardly told tales of valiance in such bizarre shadings of color. But heads off to “The Green Knight” for accomplishing its mission in such […]

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Interview with Anna Drubich

Invoking bitingly humorous werewolves and a deadly serious witch, a multi-faceted Russian composer makes a name for herself in Hollywood horror

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Interview with Starr Parodi

Musically painting for live, living pictures at the enduring Pageant of the Masters

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Interview with Frank Ilfman

Whipping up nutty assassin grrl power score for “Gunpowder Milkshake”

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Interview with Max Aruj

A rising composer scores the triple threat of “The Ice Road’s” slippery action to “Lansky’s” warped morals and the ancient fury of “Wrath of the Druids”

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Interview with Jeff Grace

Finding the emotional spot for a post-apocalyptic deer boy fairy tale in “Sweet Tooth”

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Interview with Amie Doherty

Taking a sweeping, girl power orchestral ride with “Spirit Untamed”

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Interview with Trevor Gureckis

Going from sonic sci-fi structure to Lord of the Flies frenzy in space alongside the “Voyagers”

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Interview with Electric Youth and Pilotpriest

The 80’s ghost in the synth machine has never been more alive than in a soundtrack explosion exhumed from the likes of Charles Bernstein’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s “Prince of Darkness” and Michel Rubini’s “Manhunter.” It’s a tone that can be both rhythmically aggressive and ethereally haunting, particularly when […]

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Interview with Jermaine Stegall

A new scoring prince gets his Hollywood coronation by taking Zamunda travel arrangements to a vibrantly funny new musical future

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