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InceptionThe Oscar winners have their statues, tDragonhe nominees have been recognized and the conversations/debates will long continue over who should have won. That aside, there was, no doubt, exceptional film music over the year and you'll hear choice selections this week from Black Swan, The Kings Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Inception, Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon, Alice in Wonderland, The Wolfman and HP & The Deathly Hallows. 

Tune in Wed March 2, 3-4pm and catch what you might have missed on the big screen.

Oscar

The 83rd Academy Awards are upon us and the frenzy couldn't be bigger! Yes, the one day of the year Hollywood shuts down and the years top contenders gather for the prized statue. What are your projected winners? The excitment, the drama, the passion will be experienced everywhere. And music from those movies will be in full aural color well beyond Oscar day. I'll be highlighting tracks from Black Swan, The Kings Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, True Grit, Inception, Toy Story 3, Tron, How to Train Your Dragon, Alice in Wonderland and more. Catch the blaze of glory Wed Feb 23 3-4pm

The first part of the show highlights beautiful and outstanding melodies from Nino Rota, Armando Trovajoli, Maurice Jarre and Jerry Goldsmith.

The remaining hour presents selections from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Megamind; The American; Chronicles of Narnia-Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Tron Legacy with the highly talented Daft Punk.

Don't miss this not to be missed Listening to the Movies music hour. Wed Jan 13th 2-4pm

It has been stated that Percy Mayfield may have been the greatest song writer in the history of rhythm and blues (Aug 12, 1920-Aug. 11, 1984). Famous for the songs "Hit the Road Jack" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love", as well as his smooth vocal style, in the 1950's "he waxed some of the greatest, and most desolately beautiful blues ballads ever heard." Five selections from His Specialty and Brunswick labels will be played.  Also, tracks from Lalo Schifrin, Smokey Bandits, Alexander Courage and Henry Mancini will be aired. You know, the really cool stuff that Ultra Lounge is made of! Wed, Sept 8th 2-3pm.

This weeks show highlights one of the most lyrical Western movie scores from one of the all-time greatest Western collaboration ever witnessed in cinema. Sergio Leone's "Once upon a Time in the West" is "epic in scope and Ennio Morricone's score elegiac in tone". "The way this cinematic epic's images combine with Morricone's rich score has gained a foothold as one of the very best film scores ever composed for a western". Also highlighted is Bronislau Kaper's 1962 score to unarguably the most lavish and spectacular "Mutiny on the Bounty," one of the most famous adventures in British naval history.

Listen in to some ultra cool, jazz, blues and rock tracks from film scores long gone by from the '50s & 60's. Elmer Bernstein, Franz Waxman, Jerry Goldsmith, Ronald Stein, Alexander Courage & Les Baxter feature their amazing talents.

From the Hot Jazz Score for 'Hot Rod Rumble' to some credible rock & roll dance music of 'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' to Les Baxter's "swinging, noirish big band sounds for Ray Milland's gritty every-man-for-himself doomsday drama" 'Panic in Year Zero' to Franz Waxman’s sizzling energy exploding from the very first note in 'Crime In The Streets' - Tune in to this special one of a kind show you won't hear anywhere else! Wed April 14 3-4pm.

 

This weeks show highlights music from the 2010 Academy Award winning and nominated Scores. 'UP' by Michael Giacchino, to my surprise, was awarded the best score. You'll also hear selections from the nominated scores: Best Picture Film Winner 'THE HURT LOCKER' scored by Marco Beltrami, Hans Zimmer's 'SHERLOCK HOLMES', Alexandre Desplat's 'FANTASTIC MR. FOX' and James Horner's 'AVATAR'.  A selection from 'DISTRICT 9', 'STAR TREK' and 'JULIE & JULIA' will be included and as an added bonus Danny Elfman's 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND' score will be previewed.

Tune in and catch the best film music choices over the last year and go out & catch the films in the theaters or DVD. Wed 3-4pm right here on KRUU.

Titanic score composer James Horner teamed up with James Cameron's epic blockbuster Sci-Fi spectacle, Avatar. Horner promised CameJHornerron not to take on any other work for a year-and-a-half resulting in Horner's most difficult and biggest job undertaken. (Read article on Horner's experience scoring Avatar Click Here) Not to mention Cameron has worked on Avatar for 14 years!

One of the most anticipated scores to come this year amongst big contenders. Listen on Wednesday December 30th 3-4pm and experience Horner's use of real orchestras, choirs and ethnic instruments in the Na'Vi world!

 

Presenting the undisputed King of Space Age Bachelor Pad Music. Juan Garcia Esquivel, band leader, composer and arranger whose recordings "bristled with precisely placed sound effects, wordless vocalizations, swoops into dissonance, and enough on-a-dime tempo changes to fluster James Brown." Esquivel's compsitions were "genre-bending creating the kind of music and sound that would make folks go out and buy stereo's" in the 50's & 60's.

Also Highlighted will be the irresistable mix of Crime Jazz & Saloon Singers. Immerse yourself in the Soundtrack for High Living, Wed Nov 18th 2-3pm.



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