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Self-Isolation Soundtrack: Charting Interior Terrain with Eddie Vedder’s Into the Wild Soundtrack

As I walk The Hemisphere Got my wish To up and disappear -“No Ceiling”, Eddie Vedder Into the Wild’s ​(2007)​ soundtrack integrates all of the contours, nuances, and mysteries of the wild and tamed places and becomes a living moodboard of the American landscape. We can hear the winds sweeping across the canyons of Arizona, […]

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Self-Isolation Soundtrack: The Music of Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai, 1954) is one of those rich and complex films that one never tires of watching over and over again. Much has been written about Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece, but the emphasis has rarely been on music. This article is my very humble attempt to have a closer look at Fumio Hayasaka’s […]

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Self-Isolation Soundtrack: The Music of If Beale Street Could Talk

So much of Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) looks and feels like Love. All its wonder and joyous trepidation and all its pain and fear. The intensity with which the characters of Tish and Fonny stare at each other, and by design, us, is palpable. The energy pierces the screen and […]

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Interview Music & Film

The Sounds of Terror: A Conversation with Charlie Clouser

Charlie Clouser is a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist composer, musician, producer, programmer, and remix artist who has worked with some of the most influential names in the music industry over the last few decades. Charlie gained widespread recognition as a member of Nine Inch Nails from 1994 to 2000, but before that had already built a following […]

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Music & Film: Dueling Banjos

Neil Mitchell takes a trip into the American backwoods, where the spontaneous rendition of a musical ditty provides a tuneful, striking contrast to the events that follow in a classic ‘70s thriller. Film history is littered with iconic music, both original compositions and existing pieces co-opted to complement, contradict or heighten the emotional reaction to […]

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The Score: Christine (Composers: Alan Howarth & John Carpenter, 1983)

Detroit has produced many mean sounds in its volatile history – The Stooges and the MC5 to name but two bands that pushed the rock and roll sound to new and lurid heights. But surely the meanest of them all comes from the growling purr of a Detroit-made 1957 Plymouth Fury, lovingly named Christine. The […]

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Feature Music & Film Widescreen

The Score: Jaws (Composer: John Williams, 1975)

Neil Mitchell dips a tentative toe in the water as one of the most famous theme tunes in movie history runs through his mind. Duun dun…duun dun…dun dun dun dun…you’d be hard pressed to find anyone – cinephile or casual movie viewer – that doesn’t instantly recognise John Williams’ theme tune to Jaws (Steven Spielberg, […]

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The Score: Rambo: First Blood Part II (Composer: Jerry Goldsmith, 1985)

If ever a film made guys want to run around topless with a gun and a bandanna, Rambo:First Blood Part II was it – and Jerry Goldsmith’s ridiculously macho CD cover (not to mention the music!) confirms the suspicion. Sly Stallone’s second outing as John ‘get an extra supply of body bags’ Rambo was a […]

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The Score: Psycho (Composer: Bernard Herrmann, 1960)

What more needs to be said about Psycho, other than it has exercised influence over every horror-thriller post 1960. Forgoing the larger budgets of Vertigo and North by Northwest, director Alfred Hitchcock wanted to dabble in the burgeoning independent market, so he stripped back the crew, retained the members from his tv show ‘Alfred Hitchcock […]