Film Music

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!

HarryComposer Nicholas Hooper returns with "Harry Potter andMad World Stars the Half Blood Prince" with hints of John Williams sweeping themes but takes on a much more subtle and atmospheric approach. This film grossed $159 million in the first 5 days showing the franchise is still thriving. You'll also hear tracks & dialogue from Ernest Gold's 1963 "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", one of the greatest comedies ever made. Tune in Wednesday July 22, 3-4pm for an hour of incredible film music!

Memorial Day hasn't arrived but the Summer Blockbuster flicks have already started to tidal wave us. Tune in Wednesday May 20th 3pm for music selections from the big screen voyage 'Star Trek' by 'Ratatouille' composer Michael Giacchino, 'X-Men Origins:Wolverine' by 'Chronicles of Narnia' fame Harry Gregson-Williams and Hans
Zimmer's effort for

'Angels and Demons'. I'll also play selections from earlier Star Trek films of Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner.

There's sheer Gold in these here scores so give a listen to these movie giants and enhance your film going experience.

 

"A good film score is one that works in contrast with the images of the movie. The music says what the images can't say or Maurice Jarrewhat they didn't manage to convey."-(from Jarre's final interview last month).

Oscar-winning composer Maurice Jarre passed away last week at the age of 84 leaving a legacy of grand, sweeping themes to some of the greatest movies made. Hard to imagine how David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia (1962), "Dr. Zhivago" (1965), "A Passage to India" (1984) and "Ryan's Daughter" (1970) would have turned out without Jarre's lush musical imagination. He contributed music to more than 150 movies of wide variety. A NY Times appreciation expressed Mr. Jarre well:"All I have to do is listen to how one score of his after another opens a forgotten door in my life. We sit in the movies, and though we hear the music of the films we’re watching, we do not seem to be listening to it. Only later do we realize that it has saturated us." Don't miss this Tribute Wed 3-4PM.

 

2009 Oscar night was hot and classy with some well deserved winners. Hear some of the Academy Award winning score selections from various catagories: The Dark Knight; Slumdog Millionaire; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Milk; Iron Man; Wall-E; The Dutchess and a few from last years awards. Enjoy listening to these highly acclaimed composers!: Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, Alexandre Desplat, Danny Elfman, Thomas Newman, Rachel Portman, A.R. Raman, Dario Marianelli & more! Wednesday, Feb 25th, 3-4PM.


Maurice Jarre's magnificent film music is presented this week.

Once you hear one of his themes, you can hum or whistle it for years to come.

Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, Ryan's Daughter and A Passage To India are tributes to some of Jarre's finest music to spectacular films. Selections from Ghost, The Professionals, The Train and Witness will also be highlighted. Tune in for an enjoyable hour listening to this world class composer Wed, January 14 3pm.

 

Listening to the Movies this week contrasts the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still score by Tyler Bates with the unmatched original Robert Wise 1951 classic score of Bernard Herrmann. After 57 years, the original film has lost none of its power to inspire with its message that Earth should not resort to nuclear weapons and war but rather civilization advance itself beyond it's petty squabbles. Advanced civilizations in the universe don't like the war like vibes coming from Earth.

 

"LISTENING TO THE MOVIES" has moved to a New day and time: Now Wednesdays 3-4pm
following my ULTRA LOUNGE show. This Week: Dracula, Frankenstein and
Werewolves have been the icons of Scare and Fright throughout Cinema
history. Tune in to hear some classic horror music from Universal,
Hammer Films, 20th Century Fox and the best contemporary time honored horror
flicks of all time. Hop on The Teenage Frankenstein meeting the Horror
of Dracula Wed Oct 29th 3pm.

NbyNW1959's North By Northwest is understandably considered Alfred Hitchcock's greatest film and a quintessential music masterpiece by Bernard Herrmann. As a kid, I used to go the the theater just to hear this compelling score so tune in as we listen to Joel McNeely conducting a new version of this Hitchcock picture to end all pictures and a soundtrack "filled with rich motivic development, original orchestration and fascinating rhythms". Thurs June 12 9am.