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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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Watership Down

Vocalion steps in with a welcome reissue of the long out of print rabbit drama score, along with two other back catalogue releases… By Charlie Brigden A beloved adaptation with an undeserved reputation as a nasty piece of work, 1978’s WATERSHIP DOWN is a tale of a group of rabbits that escape from their warren after believing a great danger is oncoming, and search for a new home. It was bestowed with a wonderful score by the late Angela Morley, with…

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ?>

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Going Rogue: A Star Wars Soundtrack Story By Charlie Brigden People have been waiting with trepidation ever since Disney announced they were making spin-off Star Wars pics under the banner A STAR WARS STORY, but now the first one is here, and after a couple of behind-the-scenes music changes – Alexandre Desplat was replaced by Michael Giacchino – ROGUE ONE has launched. Notable and controversial for being the first in the franchise not to be scored by John Williams, all…

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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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When Under The Skin came out, Mica Levi became a name to be reckoned with after producing a score as esoteric and alien as the film itself. And while her new score Jackie, from the film about the life of Jacqueline Onassis, shares DNA with Under The Skin, it’s a completely fresh yet similarly brilliant experience that perhaps will be less divisive due to its more classical approach, echoing the superb film work of Jonny Greenwood. Two main musical ideas…

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