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Schmigadoon! Composer Christopher Willis on Paying Homage to Old Hollywood and His Favorite Musical Moment From Season 1

August 9, 2022 | By
<i>Schmigadoon!</i> Composer Christopher Willis on Paying Homage to Old Hollywood and His Favorite Musical Moment From Season 1

In a streaming landscape populated by prestige dramas and true-crime documentaries, few shows boast the joyous energy of Schmigadoon!, the Apple TV+ series starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong, and Dove Cameron. While the grand musical numbers are likely what come to mind when most fans think about the show, Christopher Willis’ score goes hand-in-hand... »

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

August 8, 2022 | By
Emmy-Nominated Composer Nathan Barr on Scoring the Sadness, Romance, and Betrayal of <i>A Very British Scandal</i>, 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... »

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

August 8, 2022 | By
<i>Return to Space</i> 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... »

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

August 5, 2022 | By
<i>Nope</i> 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... »

Union Roundup: IATSE’s Jonas Loeb and Music Supe Lilah Obregon-Wilson on Mutual Aid Programs for Women & Organizing Efforts

July 13, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: IATSE’s Jonas Loeb and Music Supe Lilah Obregon-Wilson on Mutual Aid Programs for Women & Organizing Efforts

Labor Day may be a couple of months away, but since little thought is actually given to the labor movement on that holiday anymore, I decided to use the “independence” granted to me with this column to check in with IATSE’s director of communications, Jonas Loeb, in advance of the major American holiday that... »

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

July 11, 2022 | By
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,... »

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

June 26, 2022 | By
Composer Daniel Pemberton on Scoring the Apple TV+ Shows <i>The Afterparty</i> and <i>Slow Horses</i>, Plus the Animated Pic <i>The Bad Guys</i>

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... »

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

June 23, 2022 | By
<i>Marvelous Mrs. Maisel</i> 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... »

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

June 23, 2022 | By
<i>Maid</i> 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... »

Petition for AMPTP to Recognize Music Supervisors Union Garners Nearly 10,000 Signatures in 24 Hours

June 22, 2022 | By
Petition for AMPTP to Recognize Music Supervisors Union Garners Nearly 10,000 Signatures in 24 Hours

Earlier this month, 75 percent of film and television Music Supervisors signed union authorization cards to form a union and become part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), only for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to indicate they will not voluntarily recognize it. In an update to... »