This Is Oasis

This Is Oasis

Could there possibly be a more entertaining band than haircut-obsessed Brit rockers Oasis? Putting aside, for a moment, the music, which is pretty darn great, there are the oversized personalities of the brothers Gallagher, Noel and Liam – cartoon characters who obsess over coiffing and interrupt each other constantly —  barely intelligible sentences heavily laced with cuss […]

Mix Art of Sound Design a Hit

Mix Art of Sound Design a Hit

Music, effects and dialogue in the newly immersive world of filmed entertainment was the focus of “Mix Presents: The Art of Sound Design,” a daylong exploration of new audio frontiers at Sony Pictures Studios, put together by Mix, the magazine of professional audio & music production. In addition to presentations on Music: Beyond 5.1, Dialogue […]

‘Compton’ No. 1 Music Biopic

‘Compton’ No. 1 Music Biopic

Universal Pictures’ Straight Outta Compton has toppled 2005’s Walk the Line as the top-grossing music film of all time. The hip-hop drama today crossed the $120 million mark, and is expected to earn another $10-15 million this weekend, catapulting it past the Twentieth Century Fox’s Johnny Cash confessional, which had been the record-holder for a decade with a $119.5 million […]

‘Suicide Squad’ Trailer Music Hits High Note

‘Suicide Squad’ Trailer Music Hits High Note

Will the 2016 Warner Bros. release Suicide Squad become the first film to incorporate a song custom cut for a trailer into the actual feature film? If the studio has been paying any attention to the fans’ Internet response to the music created for the Comic-Con trailer, it just might! The cover version of the […]

Battle Brews Over Dueling NYC ‘Rent’ Prods

Battle Brews Over Dueling NYC ‘Rent’ Prods

What started out as a warm fuzzy tribute to Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rent has turned into a bit of a musical tussle. The Harbor Lights Theater Company in Staten Island, which just began touting its September 18 through October 4 production was blindsided today by news of another production by the  5th Floor Theatre Company, whose […]

Steve Hampton: ‘Ideas’ Man

Steve Hampton: ‘Ideas’ Man

Steve Hampton has been scoring original music for television and film in Los Angeles for the past 25 years. A recent project, the “Ideas Are Scary” for GE, is a mini-masterpiece; the score amplifies and adds nuance to the story — that of an idea struggling to find its place in the world. (Let’s just say […]

GE ‘Ideas’ Music to My Ears

GE ‘Ideas’ Music to My Ears

GE’s “Ideas Are Scary” just happens to be this writer’s favorite bit of commercial storytelling — packing all the hope and inspiration of a Steven Spielberg film in two minutes or less. The spot, which debuted last year, has been in and out of rotation, and there’s no way I’d launch a website even remotely associated with commercials and not […]