Ken Burns’ Secret ‘Vietnam War’ Weapon: Composer David Cieri

Ken Burns’ Secret ‘Vietnam War’ Weapon: Composer David Cieri

He hasn’t won an Oscar (yet!), so David Cieri seems to be getting less attention for The Vietnam War than co-composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, but make no mistake: the virtuoso abilities of this multi-instrumentalist contributed significantly to Ken Burns’ 18-hour epic. The 10-part documentary, co-directed by Burns and Lynn Novick, premieres Sunday on PBS. In […]

Wallfisch Box Office ‘IT’-Boy with Stephen King Thriller

Wallfisch Box Office ‘IT’-Boy with Stephen King Thriller

Benjamin Wallfisch is the composer riding the top of the box office chart for the weekend of Sept. 8 with his score for Stephen King’s IT chilling audiences to the tune of $117.15 million for North America, according to comScore. The composer also scored the No. 4 film, Annabelle: Creation, putting him in the elite category […]

‘Mindhunter’

Get ready for a mind-bender! David Fincher is obsessed with the number 13, and his new TV series for Netflix premieres on Oct. 13, with a combination of songs of the ’70s and original score by television debutante Jason Hill, former rocker with the band Louis XIV. Hill’s artistry is on display in this official […]

L.A. Musicians Fight to ‘Keep Score’

L.A. Musicians Fight to ‘Keep Score’

Los Angeles film and television musicians are turning up the volume on a California tax initiative with a concert headlined by Rickey Minor and Sid Khosla at City Hall. The session musicians “supergroup” will support state assembly bill 1300, the Music Scoring Tax Credit, designed to lure foreign productions to California for music work, and reward low-budget […]

Big Score: Fincher Plucks Obscure Jason Hill as ‘Mindhunter’ Composer

Big Score: Fincher Plucks Obscure Jason Hill as ‘Mindhunter’ Composer

Unknown yesterday, Jason Hill has landed in the Hollywood music mix with a bang, landing composer duties on David Fincher’s new Netflix series Mindhunter, premiering Oct. 13. Multi-instrumentalist Hill has spent the past 15 years kicking around the rock scene, performing with members of The Killers and The New York Dolls in various configurations, led his […]

The Heavenly Sounds of USA’s ‘Sinner’

The Heavenly Sounds of USA’s ‘Sinner’

The underscore to heaven is easy to conjure, but who knows the sound of sin? Ronit Kirchman is the perfect composer to find out. The classically trained multi-instrumentalist is also a music producer, singer and songwriter, providing a range of perspectives and a full repertoire of skills to the sonic design of The Sinner, whose focal point is […]

An ‘Epic’ Journey

An ‘Epic’ Journey

In the 1920s, a nascent radio revolution changed popular culture by offering a new way to disseminate music. In search of new styles and markets, record company executives began reaching out beyond city confines in search of new styles and markets. Traveling the mountains, prairies, rural villages and urban ghettos, this intrepid band of early A&R men discovered a wealth […]

Emmys in Tune with ‘Victoria,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ No-Show

Emmys in Tune with ‘Victoria,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ No-Show

Martin Phipps, Mac Quayle and Rickey Minor are the only multiple nominees in Emmy’s six dedicated music categories, with two each in a field where more than half the contenders are first-timers. Netflix leads the music race, with 10 entries in five categories, followed by PBS and FX with four each and HBO with three. Phipps earned a solo nomination […]

Soundtracks Led by ‘Moana’ Shine at Mid-Year Mark

Soundtracks Led by ‘Moana’ Shine at Mid-Year Mark

Music from film and stage has performed exceptionally well for the first half of 2017, with Moana, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Hamilton among the top performers, according to tracking from BuzzAngle and Nielsen Music. Both charts reveal music from Disney’s Moana Official Soundtrack  to be the most popular album in total consumption, which includes […]