Author: Daniel Schweiger

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Interview with Colin Stetson

Scoring into the mouth of cosmic madness to conjure a Lovecraftian miasma for “Color out of Space”

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Interview with Jeff Russo

Scoring intimately on his Star Trek voyages by going back to The Next Generation’s “Picard”

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Interview with Kathryn Bostic and Joel P. West

Creating scores that speak for crime and the ultimate punishment with “Clemency” and “Just Mercy”

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Audio: Interview with Thomas Newman

Film music journalist Daniel Schweiger interviews composer THOMAS NEWMAN, whose music ventures through the horrors and heroism of WW1’s front lines in 1917

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Interview with Alexandre Desplat and Greta Gerwig

A composer and director create the ultimate musical love letter to Luisa May Alcott, with a difference

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The Best Scores of 2019

The unhinged melodies of Hildur Guðnadóttir’s “Joker” and Daniel Pemberton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” lead an impressive dance for The Best Scores of 2019 and The Composers to Watch

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Interview with Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders

A composing team to beat puts pedal to the retro for “Ford v Ferrari”

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Interview with The Newton Brothers

With music most often forged in fear, Taylor Newton Stewart and Andy Grush dare to venture into the Overlook Hotel with old musical ghosts, and a terrifying sensibility all their own for “Doctor Sleep”

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Audio: Interview with Terence Blanchard

Film music journalist Daniel Schweiger interviews TERENCE BLANCHARD, a composer renowned for playing the black experience who now rousingly trumpets the determination of its slave-freeing Moses with HARRIET

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Interview with Michael Giacchino

Finding the humor, horror and humanity with “Jojo Rabbit’s” surreal sunset for Hitler

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Interview with Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hearing sympathy for a laughing devil with “Joker”

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Interview with Gabriel Yared

A composer renowned for tragic romance now sings the blues with “Judy”

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Interview with Tim Wynn

Finding the powers of “Freaks”

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Interview with Daniel Pemberton

Bringing a new musical spell to Thra with “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”

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August Soundtrack Picks

PLANET OF THE APES: ORIGINAL FILM SERIES SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION is the top soundtrack to own for August, 2019

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Interview with Graham Reynolds and Richard Linklater

A quirky composer-director collaboration finds a new direction at the bottom of the world by asking, “Where’d You Go Bernadette?”

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Audio: Interview with Tyler Bates

Film music journalist Daniel Schweiger interviews TYLER BATES who brings a rocking, fast and furious musical attitude to the kick-ass action of HOBBS & SHAW

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Interview with composer Stephen Endelman and filmmaker Raymond De Felitta

A neighborhood character-tuned collaboration hits another major emotional home run at the “Bottom of the 9th”

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Interview with Sean Callery

A composer who’s been on the Emmy-winning case of Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” now plays the P.I.’s final season

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Interview with Lesley Barber

Bringing a new talk show swing to her scoring by striking up the band of “Late Night”

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Interview with David Arnold

Having his merry way with heaven and hell for “Good Omens’” end of days

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Interview with Timothy Williams

Sounding Superbad with a sinister twist on The Boy of Steel for “Brightburn”

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May Soundtrack Picks

Soundtrack Picks: THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM is the top soundtrack to own for MAY, 2019

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Audio: Interview with Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson

Film music journalist Daniel Schweiger interviews COBRA KAI composers LEO BIRENBERG and ZACH ROBINSON, who bow before Bill Conti’s KARATE KID while putting a hip new musical kick into the continuing rivalry of COBRA KAI

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Interview with Disasterpeace

After playing the retro horror of IT FOLLOWS and the morally conflicted action of TRIPLE FRONTIER a tone-shifting composer now channels the film noir to be found UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

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Interview with Christopher Young

HELLRAISER’s master of old school horror scoring gets transformed by being re-buried in a PET SEMATARY

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Interview with Michael Abels

“Get Out’s” composer takes a new musical trip downwards for the visceral terror and metaphoric fear of Jordan Peele’s US

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Interview with Rob Simonsen

One of drama’s most creative composers ventures into the worlds of science fiction and superheroes with CAPTIVE STATE and FAST COLOR

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Audio: Interview with Pinar Toprak

Film music journalist Daniel Schweiger interviews composer PINAR TOPRAK, the rising super heroic composer of TV’s KRYPTON who now hits the cinematic stratosphere and beyond with CAPTAIN MARVEL

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February Soundtrack Picks

“HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD” is the top soundtrack to own for FEBRUARY 2019

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