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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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The Interview: Sascha Dikiciyan, Part 2 ?>

The Interview: Sascha Dikiciyan, Part 2

With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s fantastic soundtrack now available on digital and 2-CD, Paul Weedon caught up with composer Sascha Dikiciyan again to discuss the intricacies of producing expanded versions of one of 2016’s finest video game scores. Read Part 1 here Here we are again! We previously touched on the fact that you worked on the music for Prague in the game. In terms of scoring locations, how do you go about conceptualising the futuristic sound of a city…

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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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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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