Op-Ed: Embrace The New, Academy! ?>

Op-Ed: Embrace The New, Academy!

Watch out – it’s an Oscar hot take! By Charlie Brigden Okay, so controversy has yet again reared its ugly head now that the list of film scores eligible for a 2017 Academy Award have been revealed. Of a reel of 145 scores there are some eye-opening omissions, including Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Kluge’s score to Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Lesley Barber’s Manchester By The Sea, and probably the biggest shock, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Arrival. The latter was hotly tipped for…

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The Interview: Sascha Dikiciyan ?>

The Interview: Sascha Dikiciyan

When composer Sascha Dikiciyan, otherwise known as Sonic Mayhem, first came aboard Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the follow-up to Square Enix’s masterful continuation of the much-loved gaming franchise, it was no small undertaking. Assisting returning composer Michael McCann, whose moody score perfectly captured the tone of Deus Ex’s bleak dystopian universe, Dikiciyan, perhaps best known for his extensive work on the Quake franchise was able to plumb his back catalogue for inspiration. As the duo prepare to release the long-awaited expanded edition…

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No Holst Barred: 25 Years of Star Trek VI ?>

No Holst Barred: 25 Years of Star Trek VI

Exploring Cliff Eidelman’s score to the original cast swan song… By Charlie Brigden On December 6th 1991, the original crew of the USS Enterprise – Kirk, Spock, et al – took their final voyage aboard the iconic starship with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the swan song of the original cast movies (since then, we’ve had four “Next Generation” pictures as well as three of the J.J. Abrams-produced reboots). And while the series already had a rich musical legacy…

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Black Mirror: San Junipero ?>

Black Mirror: San Junipero

By Charlie Brigden Charlie Brooker’s surrealist Netflix show Black Mirror has come back with a vengeance this year not only with the show but also a list of fine composers, including the great Clint Mansell who has provided music for the unique romance San Junipero. There’s always a clear line of intelligence in Mansell’s work, and San Junipero is no exception, bringing in his own brand of emotional hedonism. Completely performed on synthesiser, the score has the sense of a…

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By Charlie Brigden Full disclosure: I haven’t seen or heard Hamilton, so Disney’s new Polynesian-set animated epic Moana is my first exposure to musical and lyrical genius Lin Manuel Miranda, who provides the songs along with Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina, the latter also doubling as score composer. With vocal tracks from Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock, Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords), and Moana herself Auli’i Cravalho, the film is Disney’s latest attempt to topple the huge success…

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