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Composer Series: Marius de Vries on Siân Heder’s CODA and the Legacy of Moulin Rouge!

November 9, 2021 | By
Composer Series: Marius de Vries on Siân Heder’s <em>CODA</em> and the Legacy of <em>Moulin Rouge!</em>

One of the most beautifully heartwarming and beloved films of the year, Siân Heder’s Sundance award-winning film CODA, has found quite a supportive audience for its absolutely groundbreaking and emotional look at a teenager who, as the title acronym describes, is the “Child of Deaf Adults.” Music plays a large part in the film... »

Composer Series: Midnight Syndicate’s Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka Make Spooky Horror Music without the Movies

October 25, 2021 | By
Composer Series: Midnight Syndicate’s Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka Make Spooky Horror Music without the Movies

We’re going to do something a little different for this installment of Below the Line’s ongoing composer series.  If you’re a fan of Halloween and haunted houses and spooky amusement park rides, you have almost definitely heard the music of Midnight Syndicate, the collaborative music and experiential performance project by Edward Douglas* and Gavin... »

A Million Little Things Composer Gabriel Mann Makes Beautifully Dark Music With A Million Different Feelings

October 19, 2021 | By
<em>A Million Little Things</em> Composer Gabriel Mann Makes Beautifully Dark Music With A Million Different Feelings

What makes the ABC episodic drama A Million Little Things, now in its fourth season, so addictive and relatable is that it centers on a group of friends who are more like family. The eight main characters, brought even closer together by one friend’s unfortunate demise, support and love each other unconditionally through thick... »

Composer Series: Jessica Rose Weiss Brings Musical Life to Cinderella

October 4, 2021 | By
Composer Series: Jessica Rose Weiss Brings Musical Life to <em>Cinderella</em>

As much as we love to share interviews with veteran award-winning composers as part of this series, Below the Line also wants to use it to shine the spotlight on some of Hollywood’s newer blood of composers.  Jessica Rose Weiss is indeed relatively new to the world of film scoring, having started a mere... »

Squeak E. Clean Studios Promotes Composer Julie B. Nichols to Creative Director

September 14, 2021 | By
Squeak E. Clean Studios Promotes Composer Julie B. Nichols to Creative Director

Global creative audio network Squeak E. Clean Studios has promoted Julie B. Nichols to Creative Director after two years as a senior composer with the company.  A renowned Chicago-based composer, songwriter, music director and producer, she has over a decade of experience composing across commercials, film, live theater and her band Chicago Soul Spectacular.... »

Annette: Ron and Russ Mael aka Sparks on Making the Music for Leos Carax’s Movie Musical

August 27, 2021 | By
<em>Annette</em>: Ron and Russ Mael aka Sparks on Making the Music for Leos Carax’s Movie Musical

If you’ve had a chance to see Edgar Wright’s documentary The Sparks Brothers, then you know that Russell and Ron Mael, collectively known as California’s mainstay rock duo Sparks, had been trying to get into movies for a very long time. Failed projects with Jacques Tati and Tim Burton didn’t dissuade them from approaching... »

Composer Frank Ilfman’s Music Assists with the Genre-Blending of Gunpowder Milkshake

July 16, 2021 | By
Composer Frank Ilfman’s Music Assists with the Genre-Blending of <em>Gunpowder Milkshake</em>

Composer Frank Ilfman teams up with filmmaker Navot Papushado for the fourth time for the Netflix genre-blender, Gunpowder Milkshake, launching on July 14. The movie stars Karen Gillan as an assassin who has to protect the 9-year-old daughter of one of her victims while teaming with her mother (Lena Headey) to fight off a group of... »

Composer Series: Max Aruj Goes for Functionality and Musicality on a Variety of Scores

July 12, 2021 | By
Composer Series: Max Aruj Goes for Functionality and Musicality on a Variety of Scores

Our latest “Composer Series” shifts back to another relatively younger and newer composer to the world of film and television scoring. Like many composers before him, Max Aruj came through the Hans Zimmer camp, specifically working with Lorne Balfe for the past nine or so years. Aruj composed “additional music” for films like Mission:... »

BMI Awards Top Composers at 37th Annual BMI Film, TV & Visual Media Awards

July 12, 2021 | By
BMI Awards Top Composers at 37th Annual BMI Film, TV & Visual Media Awards

On Monday, July 12, BMI (aka the Broadcast Music, Inc.) awarded the recipients of its 37th Annual Film, TV & Visual Media Awards, saluting the top-performing composers in film, TV and visual media of the previous year. Atli Örvarsson, Mark Isham and Mark Mothersbaugh each received multiple awards, and this year’s awards introduced three new categories for streaming documentary, film... »

Mary J. Blige’s My Life Composer Mervyn Warren Writes Complementary Score to Her Music and Animated Sequences

June 28, 2021 | By
<em>Mary J. Blige’s My Life</em> Composer Mervyn Warren Writes Complementary Score to Her Music and Animated Sequences

In 1994, Mary J. Blige released the album My Life,  a confessional collection of songs relaying her battles with abuse, depression, and addiction. Through the years it became an anthem to her fans, who, facing similar demons, found solace in Blige’s lyrics and music. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Grammy®-winning LP, Director... »