Composers »

The Dropout Composer Anne Nikitin on Embracing Her Synth Side to Make Digital Music for Hulu’s Hit Series

May 10, 2022 | By
<i>The Dropout</i> Composer Anne Nikitin on Embracing Her Synth Side to Make Digital Music for Hulu’s Hit Series

The trial of Theranos founder/CEO Elizabeth Holmes, the wide-eyed, deep-voiced blonde who convinced some of America’s savviest investors to back her biotech company, which promised to make the world a better place with just a single drop of blood, piqued the interest of millions of people — especially the media. Coverage was extensive, and an ABC News podcast set... »

Exclusive: Mogwai to Compose Original Score for Apple TV+ Series Black Bird Starring Taron Egerton

May 4, 2022 | By
Exclusive: Mogwai to Compose Original Score for Apple TV+ Series <i>Black Bird</i> Starring Taron Egerton

In exciting music news, Scottish rock band Mogwai has been tapped to provide the score for the upcoming Taron Egerton–Paul Walter Hauser limited series Black Bird, which will premiere July 8 on Apple TV+, an individual familiar with the project has told Below the Line. The six-episode series is based on the true-crime memoir... »

Pachinko Composer Nico Muhly on Creating the Emotional Choral Score for Apple’s Korean Series

April 26, 2022 | By
<i>Pachinko</i> Composer Nico Muhly on Creating the Emotional Choral Score for Apple’s Korean Series

The sweeping saga of the new Apple TV+ series Pachinko begins in 1920s Korea, where a young girl named Sunja (Minha Kim) must explore her adolescence while under the colonial rule of Japan. She spots a wealthy, white-suited stranger across a crowded market, the dashing Hansu (Lee Min-ho), from which an epic story of forbidden love blossoms,... »

The Year’s Most Anticipated Movies From a Below-the-Line Perspective

March 11, 2022 | By
The Year’s Most Anticipated Movies From a Below-the-Line Perspective

The Batman and Scream were my two most anticipated movies of the year, and with the former currently playing in theaters and the latter now available On Demand, it’s time to turn our attention to my other Most Anticipated Movies of the Year, albeit with a below-the-line twist this time around. Rather than simply... »

John Williams Returns to Star Wars to Compose Theme for Obi-Wan Kenobi Series

February 18, 2022 | By
John Williams Returns to <i>Star Wars</i> to Compose Theme for <i>Obi-Wan Kenobi</i> Series

John Williams is heading back to a galaxy far, far away, as he is set to compose the theme for the upcoming Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi starring Ewan McGregor. Variety broke the news, reporting that Williams has written the musical signature for the beloved character, whose adventures will continue on May 25 timed to... »

Music Editor Dina Eaton Dies at 70; Worked on James Bond, Edgar Wright Movies

February 8, 2022 | By
Music Editor Dina Eaton Dies at 70; Worked on James Bond, Edgar Wright Movies

British music editor Dina Eaton, who worked on five James Bond movies, has died following complications from surgery at a hospital in England. She was 70. Eaton worked on more than 50 films over the course of her career, which included a decade-long stint at Eon Productions, which produces the 007 movies. Between 1998 and... »

Maya and the Three Composer Tim Davies on His Journey From Arranging and Conducting

February 1, 2022 | By
<em>Maya and the Three</em> Composer Tim Davies on His Journey From Arranging and Conducting

Tim Davies is one of those rare composers who does it all, using his background as an orchestrator, arranger, and conductor on many big movies and TV shows to carve out a career for himself — a career that includes working on the music for animated shows such as Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters and Jorge Gonzalez’s Maya... »

Candyman Composer Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe on Bringing His Signature Style to Sequel’s Score

January 31, 2022 | By
<i>Candyman</i> Composer Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe on Bringing His Signature Style to Sequel’s Score

Last year’s Candyman sequel, which hailed from director Nia DaCosta and her co-writer Jordan Peele, was one of the quiet hits of last fall, hooking nearly $80 million worldwide in the middle of the pandemic. The horror film was a direct follow-up to Bernard Rose‘s now-classic 1992 slasher movie, which told the urban legend of Daniel Robitaille (Tony Todd),... »

2nd Chance Composer T. Griffin and His Bassoon Get “Medieval” on Sundance Documentary

January 26, 2022 | By
<i>2nd Chance</i> Composer T. Griffin and His Bassoon Get “Medieval” on Sundance Documentary

Ramin Bahrani, the acclaimed filmmaker behind Man Push Cart, once again returns to the documentary format with the Sundance entry 2nd Chance, which premiered to strong reviews this past week. The film chronicles the life of Richard Davis, the colorful-yet-controversial man who invented the concealable bulletproof vest. Remarkably, Davis shot himself 196 times over the course... »

Don’t Look Up Composer Nicholas Britell on Writing a Song With Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi

January 26, 2022 | By
<em>Don’t Look Up</em> Composer Nicholas Britell on Writing a Song With Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi

For some reason, Nicholas Britell still feels like the new kid on the block even though he’s been around for 17 years, and in that time, he’s scored three movies that have been nominated for Best Picture, including Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, which won the top Oscar in 2016. Britell himself was nominated for two Oscars for scoring Moonlight and Jenkins’... »