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Remembering David Shire’s Zodiac ?>

Remembering David Shire’s Zodiac

by Charlie Brigden There isn’t a lot of score in ZODIAC. Nearly thirty minutes out of a hundred and fifty-eight, which isn’t unknown for a movie of its sort. “It didn’t need a score,” thought director David Fincher, who had already curated a large and personal playlist of songs for the film which both served to reflect the general mood as well as illustrate the passage of time. But then he was reminded of David Shire. Even today, on the…

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The Interview: Nicholas Britell (Moonlight) ?>

The Interview: Nicholas Britell (Moonlight)

By Charlie Brigden Nicholas Britell is about to hit the big time through his Oscar-nominated score to Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. With the film out soon in the UK, we sat down with the composer to discuss awards, swimming, and chopping and screwing. CB: Hey Nicholas, how are you? NB: I’m good, I’m good. I’m, you know, watching this huge snowstorm! [laughter] CB: First of all, congratulations on the Oscar nomination. NB: Thank you. Thank you so much. CB: How did…

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Nocturne ?>

Nocturne

Raiomond Mirza’s score for Saul Pincus’ enchanting indie drama NOCTURNE is a classy affair, a heady mix of jazz rhythms and traditional symphonic music, with haunting melodies punctuated by explosive emotions. The relationship between symphonic score and jazz in movies is a lengthy and historic one, from the the scores of Elmer Bernstein to the use of George Gershwin in Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN, and it’s treated beautifully here. Mirza’s score has elements of tension and danger behind it, but pushing…

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Hello Moviedrone! ?>

Hello Moviedrone!

Hi! You might have noticed things have changed. As of today, Films On Wax has officially become Moviedrone. I imagine this is confusing, so I’ll try and explain why. Films On Wax – as good a name as it is/was – was originally chosen in mind with the approach we were taking, which was a focus on looking at soundtracks on the vinyl format (hence the wax). For many reasons, mainly because it’s prohibitively expensive, it’s never been something we…

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The Best of 2016 ?>

The Best of 2016

2016 has been a pretty fantastic year for film music and here are what we consider the best of the lot, in no order of quality… By Charlie Brigden ABULELE – Frank Ilfman  A darker take on E.T., with spectacular melodies from Ilfman, one of the best contemporary composers around. HIGH RISE – Clint Mansell As dystopian as the film’s concept, Mansell combines orchestra and moog to score a deterioration of society and it’s a spectacular work. Review. JACKIE – Mica…

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