Utah Valley Symphony Performs ‘Snowman’

Utah Valley Symphony Performs ‘Snowman’

The Utah Valley Symphony will perform live to screen with the short film The Snowman. The film, with original orchestration scored by Howard Blake, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1982. It is based on the 1978 picture book of the same name. The 26-minute film has no dialogue, using only images, music and one […]

Chromecast Leads Home Stream Market for 5th Straight Quarter

Chromecast Leads Home Stream Market for 5th Straight Quarter

Competition for control of streaming home entertainment devices has never been stronger, as the urge to cord-cut traditional distribution media continues to gain momentum, and consumers seek to port video and music from the mobile phones and the Internet to TVs and speaker systems. Apple, Roku and Amazon are giving chase, but it’s Google that […]

Japan Groovin’ to ‘8Bit Music Power’

Japan Groovin’ to ‘8Bit Music Power’

Nostalgia buffs who favor Nintendo Co.’s 1983 Family Computer video console will get a new music fix courtesy of Columbus Circle, which will release “8Bit Music Power,” a collection of classic chiptunes. The Japanese accessories manufacturer says the collection of 12 original tunes is the first new commercial Famicon cartridge release in 21 years. It will initially be available in […]

Record Deals of the Future

Record Deals of the Future

Coverage by Tim Ingham of Music Business Worldwide of a U.K. panel discussion featuring label and legal bigwigs touches on some excellent points, including the effort to negotiate a 50/50 royalty split with artists, the ability to contract for limited-time use of creative product in a label’s catalog and the reality of YouTube: “the biggest way […]

‘The Good Dinosaur’ – Music by Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna

Brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna spent a year collaborating on the score to Pixar Animation Studios’ The Good Dinosaur, recorded with 75 musicians over five days on a soundstage at Warner Bros. Studios. The film opens in the U.S. Nov. 25, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Peter Sohn makes his feature film directorial […]

Arab News on ‘Star Wars’ Music

Arab News on ‘Star Wars’ Music

It’s a testament to the global power of the Star Wars franchise that ArabNews.com features a glowing profile of composer John Williams and his cross-cultural influence (okay, it was in its “offbeat news” section, but still, they couldn’t resist!). The piece spotlights conductors from the Ohio and Atlanta symphony orchestras, who have or will be […]

Bowen New Amazon Music Chief

Bowen New Amazon Music Chief

Bob Bowen, who has served as music supervisor on more than 60 feature films, has been named head of music for Amazon Studios. Currently riding high on the TV series “Transparent,” produced for the subscription video service Amazon Prime, the company has also produced the hour-long drama series “The Man in the High Castle,” based […]

Beastie Boys Musical

Beastie Boys Musical

Licensed To Ill is the new musical about white rappers the Beastie Boys, staging at the Camden People’s Theatre in London, Nov. 23-Dec. 12. Presented by Simon Maeder and Adam El Hagar present the story of “hiphop’s most notorious pranksters” using a combination of live music and DJ-ing. Audiences will journey with Mike D, MCA and AdRock – the […]

‘Vedalam’ Has ’em Dancing in Aisles

‘Vedalam’ Has ’em Dancing in Aisles

India’s Vedalam has been a huge hit over the holiday weekend of Deepavali, or Festival of Lights, with songs by 25-year-old composer and music director Anirudh Ravichander getting audiences out of their seats and dancing in the theater aisles, according to news reports. The story of a taxi driver who finds himself on the wrong side of some […]

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