Author: Daniel Schweiger

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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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MARCH SOUNDTRACK REVIEWS

Check into the creative terror of “Psycho III” and “Willy’s Wonderland” among such notable soundtracks as “Banning,” “Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” “Below Zero,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mortal,” “Raya and the Last Dragon” and many more!

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Interview with Raphael Reed

Creating a rhythmic tapestry for the “Crisis” of opiate abuse

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Interview with Tom Hodge

Creating a powerful fight for freedom of musical body and soul

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Interview with Emile Mosseri

Of the new crop of composers to spring from an indie sensibility and all of the fertile, innovative ideas that come with it, perhaps no musician has captured the idea of what it is to find an outsider’s American measure of success than Emile Mosseri. Hailing from Egyptian roots, Mosseri has poetically captured themes of […]

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Interview with Howard Shore

Constructing the powerful “Pieces of a Woman”

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Interview with Branford Marsalis

There’s often no pressure cooker like a recording studio where the clock is running, and the egos are flaring. Add to that the rage of racial injustice and the diva behavior of an ego that’s earned and it’s a session ready for an eruption. The tortuous, yet tuneful process of getting that song sung opens […]

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THE BEST SCORES OF 2020

“The Queen’s Gambit” makes the winning move on a notable playing field

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Interview with Mondo Boys

Putting a hip hit out on Santa Claus with “Fatman”

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Interview with Dara Taylor

Putting hypnotic structure to criminal chaos with “Echo Boomers”

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Interview with Carlos Rafael Rivera

Making the winning melodic moves with “The Queen’s Gambit”

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Interview with Jim Williams

Scoring inside the lethal headspace of the “Possessor”

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Interview with Marc Streitenfeld

Continuing to explore alien worlds and the nature of android parenting in “Raised by Wolves”

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