A Very British Scandal

Emmy-Nominated Composer Nathan Barr on Scoring the Sadness, Romance, and Betrayal of A Very British Scandal, Plus His Wurlitzer

The story of Argyll v. Argyll wasn’t just a scandal in Britain, it became one of the most brutal legal cases of the 20th century. It sensationalized the highly public divorce between the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, which dominated the news of the day thanks to their alleged extramarital affairs. Written by Sarah Phelps, Amazon Prime Video’s limited series A Very British Scandal finds Paul Bettany and Claire Foy […]

Harry Gregson-Williams and Mychael Danna

Return to Space Composers Mychael Danna and Harry Gregson-Williams on Their Longtime Friendship and Mutual Admiration for Each Other, Plus Synthesizers

Very few people in the film industry see their careers blessed with longevity, yet composers Mychael Danna and Harry Gregson-Williams have bucked the trend, hanging around Hollywood long enough to each forge formidable filmographies that have brought them numerous awards, including Oscars and Emmys. Danna, for example, won an Academy Award for the Life of Pi score, though it’s his work on Stillwater that holds a special place in my […]


Nope Composer Michael Abels on His Third Feature Collaboration With Jordan Peele and How the Director Discovered His Work

Filmmaker Jordan Peele has now made three fantastic feature films, and for all three of them, he called upon Composer Michael Abels to provide the musical score, which is amazing when you realize that Get Out was Abels’ first movie credit. Abels has pulled out all the stops for Nope, which features an all-orchestral score that mixes film scoring genres as effortlessly as Peele mixes genres to create a very […]

Monty Norman

Monty Norman, Composer Behind the Iconic “James Bond Theme,” Dies at 94

Monty Norman, who composed the iconic theme for the character of James Bond, died on Monday following a short illness. He was 94, and his death was announced on his official website. The British composer’s “James Bond Theme” was first used in the 1962 movie Dr. No and it has endured to this day, even though it is often mistakenly credited to arranger John Barry. Norman even won a lawsuit […]

Daniel Pemberton

Composer Daniel Pemberton on Scoring the Apple TV+ Shows The Afterparty and Slow Horses, Plus the Animated Pic The Bad Guys

Composer Daniel Pemberton has been exceedingly busy the past few years despite the world being fully immersed in a pandemic for the last two. Since 1994, Pemberton has been one of Hollywood’s go-to composers for film and television, and in 2021, he was nominated for his first Oscar — not for one of his terrific scores but for co-writing “Hear My Voice” with Celeste for The Trial of the Chicago […]


Yellowstone and 1883 Composer Breton Vivian on Linking the Shows Through Music While Striving to Make Each Score Unique

Breton Vivian had worked with Brian Tyler for a number of years as a composer’s assistant, but now he’s working with Tyler as an equal for a pair of Taylor Sheridan series — Yellowstone and 1883. Yellowstone is Paramount’s flagship streaming series and one of many that Sheridan has either on the air or in the works. The show grew in popularity because of the pandemic, leading the fourth season […]

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Composers Thomas Mizer & Curtis Moore on Highlighting Diversity and Writing a “Bad” Fake Broadway Musical

Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore were fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel well before Amy Sherman-Palladino brought them in to write music for Season 3. With laughs coming a mile a minute from the stage, the Amazon Prime Video series isn’t one that relies heavily on a score. Instead, what Mizer and Moore do is compose the songs for the Emmy-winning show. The duo wrote ditties for Shy Baldwin and […]


Maid Composers Este Haim and Chris Stracey on Fusing Their Musical Styles and Skills for the Netflix Show’s Synth-Heavy Soundtrack

Este Haim, best known as one-third of the Grammy Award-nominated musical sisterhood HAIM, had never imagined what writing a soundtrack would entail. Never one to set creative boundaries, Haim put it out to the universe that she wanted to try her hand at composing, and her desire manifested with the opportunity to compose the original music for Netflix‘s acclaimed limited series Maid. Sure, Haim could write catchy pop tunes, but […]

The Essex Serpent

Essex Serpent Composers Dustin O’Halloran and Herdís Stefánsdóttir on Crafting a “Beguiling” Score for Apple’s Gothic Drama

The gothic period drama The Essex Serpent is currently slithering — excuse me, streaming — on Apple TV+ and the adaptation of Sarah Perry‘s 2016 novel boasts significant star power between three-time Emmy winner Claire Danes (Homeland) and Marvel bad boy Tom Hiddleston (Loki). Centering around the legend of a mythical serpent, the series follows a woman (Danes) who moves to the countryside of Essex to investigate a mysterious entity. Along the way, she meets a […]

Bad Vegan

Bad Vegan Composer Dan Romer on Using Mellotron Samples and Being Inspired by Iconic New York Bands

Netflix’s four-part miniseries Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. tells the sordid tale of vegan restaurateur Sarma MeIngailis. This wild story of veganism, swindlers, and deities is almost too crazy to be true, but you just have to see it to believe its bizarre twists and turns. The series is directed by Chris Smith, who is no stranger to the documentary genre, having won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for his 1999 doc American […]