‘Negro’ Score a Jazzy Genre-Buster

‘Negro’ Score a Jazzy Genre-Buster

In his Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin left unfinished upon his death in 1987. Helping to tell the tale are a dozen classic blues tracks and an original score by iconoclastic Russian composer Alexei Aïgui. Aïgui’s subtle, sophisticated music composed for the film is being digitally released by Lakeshore […]

Sundance Spotlight: Greg Tripi

Sundance Spotlight: Greg Tripi

Greg Tripi’s musical career is somewhat unusual in that he is a classically trained orchestra bassoonist who arrived at film composition after a detour in heavy metal, bass guitar and drums. I’ve got a lot of different styles, and they all contribute. It’s fun to cross pollinate. I’ll find myself using classical orchestration on my […]

African Drums and the Legal Beat

African Drums and the Legal Beat

Native drums have long been associated with Africa’s cultural roots, integral to the daily life and rituals of many communities. Its influence has spread worldwide, providing the launchpad for a multitude of music styles, among them jazz and rock and roll, all of which is widely recognized. Less known is the disruptive effect of colonial drumming […]

US Gets Whiggy With ‘Victoria’

US Gets Whiggy With ‘Victoria’

Nineteenth century England — it’s not just for prigs! From hipster TV critics to 87-year-old aunties, Americans are recovering from their Downtown Abbeyance with Victoria. The latest period extravaganza from PBS Masterpiece Theatre premiered on the UK’s ITV network in August, triggering a media tempest around the romance of stars Jenna Coleman in the title role and Tom Hughes as […]

A ‘Film Music Documentary’ with Gravitas

A ‘Film Music Documentary’ with Gravitas

Film music is ready for its close-up, thanks to Matt Schrader and Gravitas Ventures, which has acquired North American rights to Score: A Film Music Documentary. Schrader, a three-time Emmy-winning, writer, editor and news producer, directed this labor of love. Sixteen months, two crowdfunding campaigns and 50 interviews later, Gravitas has swooped in to give […]

Sundance Spotlight: Keegan DeWitt

Sundance Spotlight: Keegan DeWitt

The interweaving of emotional turmoil between two Brooklyn families is the backdrop backdrop for Golden Exits, the third project on which composer Keegan DeWitt has collaborated  writer-director Alex Ross Perry. The film, which screens at Sundance, features an cast of indie all-stars that is bound to draw significant attention: Chloë Sevigny, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Louise Parker and Adam […]

Mariah Carey New Year 2017

Mariah Carey New Year 2017

She survived marriage to Tommy Mottola, she’ll live through this. “Mariah Carey’s technical challenge during the Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show on ABC took on a life of its own, garnering widespread social media mockery, including jokes that her circuitry was “hacked by the Russians.” Rushin’ to judgment, maybe…  It remains unclear exactly what happened, but […]

Hollywood Confidential

Hollywood Confidential

They might be the best movie music squad you’ve never heard of, and the Confidential Music team is happy to keep it that way.  The Santa Monica-based trio – composer John Samuel Hanson, artist Becky Hanson, and mixer-producer Kyle Biane – create custom music for movie trailers. Although their clients are technically the trailer houses, ultimately their clients […]

Miller Uncaps Classic Jingle

Miller Uncaps Classic Jingle

MillerCoors has gone back to the future as it seeks to reposition its Miller High Life brand with Bob Backer’s classic jingle from the ’70s: “If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer.” Backer, who also invented “Miller Time,” made his name at McCann Erickson, where he earned the epithet “legendary” before leaving to form […]