Blogroll

U.K. Classical Charts Rupture Over ‘Rapture’

U.K. Classical Charts Rupture Over ‘Rapture’

The video game score for “Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture” was listed, then yanked, from the U.K.’s “Official Classical Albums Chart,” after it was said to be “ineligible” and included in error. This due not to lack of sales, but to the fact that “soundtracks performed by single and various artists are ineligible.” The move prompted a Twitter tirade, […]

‘Star Wars’ Top 15 Music Moments

‘Star Wars’ Top 15 Music Moments

Sci-fans and music lovers alike can rejoice in this compendium put together by Blastr’s Lisa Granshaw, celebrating the Top 15 Musical Moments From Star Wars Movies and TV Shows. On the momentum of anticipation that built over the “32 long years since we last saw our heroes on the big screen in Return of the Jedi,” […]

Fans Bite at Apple Music

Fans Bite at Apple Music

Dr. Dre’s album Compton: A Soundtrack had 25 million streams around the world its first week on Apple Music, making the new service a qualified success, according to The New York Times. The album also sold nearly half a million downloads through Apple’s iTunes store, according to the report by Ben Sisario,    

Price Slams YouTube, Google

Price Slams YouTube, Google

 Composer Michael Price  lashes out at YouTube and Google for cutting into songwriter compensation in U.K. newspaper The Independent. Price won an Emmy for the BBC hit drama “Sherlock” and composed music for films including The Lord of the Rings to Quantum of Solace and The Inbetweeners.  He accused YouTube of having a “gravitational pull” that results in reduced payments across […]

‘Mission’ A Challenge

With Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, composer Joe Kraemer becomes the fourth to reinvent the classic Lalo Schifrin score, which NPR describes as “a 1960s TV theme song that’s stayed permanently young.” Hear the fascinating backstory in this interview entitled “Four Composers, One (Nearly) Impossible Mission,” in which All Things Considered’s Terry Gross talks to […]

Commercial Tunes Make Summer Splash

Commercial Tunes Make Summer Splash

USA Today spotlights seven pop artists making waves in commercials this summer: Halsey’s cover version of Tear For Fears’ Mad World for Taco Bell’s Bacon Club Chalupa; Ellipahant on Apple’s iPhone spot, which uses the hook of her Too Original (sans vocals); electronic sounds from from U.K. artist Sophie’s Lemonade/Hard for McDonald’s Lemonades; Judah & the Lion’s banjo-strumming Kickin’ Da Leaves […]

Tech Effect on Music Sales

Tech Effect on Music Sales

Artist and composer Zoe Keating talks with Forbes about bitcoin and bitchain, which she feels has the potential to revolutionize how music is monetized. Also music streaming and being an invited guest at Richard Branson’s exclusive Blockchain Summit, exploring digital currency. Talking to Hypebot, the Canadian-born, San Francisco-based cellist and composer rather surprisingly shares that among her […]

Reinhold Heil on ‘Deutschland’

Reinhold Heil on ‘Deutschland’

German composer Reinhold Heil, whose work has been featured on the big screen in films including Cloud Atlas, The Killer Elite and I, Frankenstein, spoke to KCPP‘s Michelle Lanz for The Frame about composing for eight upcoming episodes of The Sundance Channel’s critically acclaimed spy series, “Deutschland 83.” Heil said that while he’s not been a big […]

From Beethoven to Bleeps

From Beethoven to Bleeps

Games scores differ from film soundtracks “in that they’re less linear and defined, and more responsive and reactive to the player’s moves. The music has to match emotions, conveying whether the character is happy or sad, being chased or scared, rather than the setting.” So says game composer Tommy Tallarico​, profiled in the Sydney Morning Herald to […]