Having just wrapped our 10-day feature on the “The Top 10 Most Influential Scores of the Past Decade” as voted on by the SCOREcast community, Deane and Lee take this month’s podcast to go head-to-head on why they think the list came out as it did.
Also, Lee explains his “lesser love” of the “Lord of the Rings” scores, and Deane goes all “Michael Moore” on the film music community in a rant that lasts almost 9 minutes!
If you thought the Roundtables were interesting, you won’t want to miss this “shootout” with SCOREcast’s two head honchos!Read More →
SCOREcast No. 23 Podcast Shownotes Original Air Date: October 9, 2009 Focus: Top 10 Most Influential Scores of the Past DecadeiTunes Link LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!Having just wrapped our 10-day feature on the “The Top 10 Most Influential Scores of the Past Decade” as voted on by the SCOREcast community, Deane and Lee take this [...]Read More →
#1 – GLADIATOR(Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard) There has been much heated discussion this week about whether Hans Zimmer can really be called an “influential” composer, but the proof seems to be in the pudding: Zimmer’s output from 1999 until now is impressive, and includes first class film scores for thirteen of the highest grossing [...]Read More →
#2 – AMERICAN BEAUTY(Thomas Newman) A second-generation member of Hollywood’s preeminent musical dynasty, composer Thomas Newman weighs in on our countdown with the #2 most influential score of the past decade: AMERICAN BEAUTY. AMERICAN BEAUTY score was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to John Corigliano’s “The Red Violin”. Perhaps just what kind of [...]Read More →
#3 – THE BOURNE IDENTITY(John Powell) Film music is a highly subjective artform. What really makes something musical in relation to a film has been changing since the days of the first “talkies”, and the evolution of the medium is never standing still. Who would have ever thought that Hitch’s Psycho shower scene would require [...]Read More →
#4 – THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy(Howard Shore) Howard Shore‘s Oscar-winning, Golden Globe-nominated, and Grammy Award-winning score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was just the beginning of an epic 12-hour long THE LORD OF THE RINGS saga that would push Shore into the immediate consciousness of not only [...]Read More →
#5 – THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN trilogy(Klaus Badelt/Hans Zimmer) Blaring brass, sawing strings, playful woodwinds, bombastic percussion, ghostly choirs… It’s the latest release from EastWest! Uh… or a cue from the Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney franchise THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. Okay, look. We know this one is going to start a flame war… but before [...]Read More →
#6 – THE MATRIX(Don Davis) Don Davis‘ score to the 1999 science-fiction action film THE MATRIX is a smartly constructed symphonic score that combines dark and light tones to bring the Wachowski Brothers’ vision of not-too-distant-future human enslavement to vivid life. As a film, THE MATRIX was unique in that it came along at a [...]Read More →
#7 – REQUIEM FOR A DREAM(Clint Mansell) In 2000, while still a relatively unknown composer, Clint Mansell struck gold with a minimalist score for his second collaboration with director Darren Aronofsky, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM. Scored for only five musicians — the fabulous Kronos Quartet and Mansell himself on synthesizers — the music for Aronofsky’s [...]Read More →
#8 – BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (Bear McCreary) Our second entry on the list from the world of television comes from relative newcomer Bear McCreary and his truly memorable and highly conceptualized score for the the SyFy reboot of the classic series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Credit goes to McCreary for creating the feel of the show with music. In [...]Read More →
#9 – THE DARK KNIGHT (Hans Zimmer & James Newton-Howard) Following the success of their collaboration for Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the Batman franchise Batman Begins, Hans Zimmer and James Newton-Howard reteamed in 2008 to score THE DARK KNIGHT — the decidedly darker follow-up fueled almost single-handedly by Heath Ledger’s iconic performance as “The Joker”. At [...]Read More →
#10 – LOST(Michael Giacchino) Since its debut on September 22, 2004, ABC’s “LOST” has created a niche trend in dramatic television and has been responsible in many ways for pushing the envelope of the power of cinematic television. Created by J.J. Abrams (Alias, Mission Impossible III, Star Trek), the show centers around a group of [...]Read More →