Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Score To Settle Podcast - Episode 29, Film Music For My Father

Greetings and welcome to the first new episode of my podcast for 2020! Took me long enough, right?  So, the podcast has been on a bit of a hiatus in recent months, but I plan to return with new episodes throughout the year, beginning with this one, which features more of a personal topic. During this difficult and uncertain time we are all currently experiencing, I trust that everyone is staying as safe, healthy and sheltered as possible.

Last year, 2019, was the 25th anniversary of my father's untimely passing and to acknowledge how he affected my love of movie music, I wanted to devote time to the film scores he enjoyed and introduced to me. This includes wonderful classics such as PATTON (1970), THE BLUE MAX (1966) and STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) from Jerry Goldsmith, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) by Maurice Jarre, music from the James Bond series, and Ron Goodwin's exciting music for WHERE EAGLES DARE (1968) and 633 SQUADRON (1964). Along with these selections, I share some anecdotes and memories of my dad.

I realize that the focus of this episode is unusually personal, but I hope that everyone who listens will enjoy it regardless. I felt it was important to understand the people in our respective lives that can play a pivotal role shaping us into who we become. As always, forgive any technical or factual gaffes. Below is the embedded player from which you can listen or simply click on the website link to head directly to where the podcast is hosted on Podbean.

Feel free to subscribe and download the episode via iTunes, just search their store for "a score to settle" or launch from the link below. If you do listen through iTunes, take a moment to rate the show and write a review, it will help bring more notice. The podcast is also available on Spotify! Check out the links to the Facebook and Twitter accounts, the latter of which can be found at @score2settlepod. Thanks again!




Saturday, September 14, 2019

A Score To Settle Podcast - Episode 28, Listening To... "Planet of the Apes"

Hello and welcome to the next episode of my podcast! To celebrate the recent deluxe CD box set from La La Land Records, I am exploring the marvelous music composed for the original PLANET OF THE APES film series - from Jerry Goldsmith's groundbreaking score for initial entry in 1968 through to Leonard Rosenman's rousing music for the fifth and final film, 1973's BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. This popular and successful series was a forerunner of the narratively serialized film franchises we see today and showcased its own unique sound world which became a recognizable "sonic stamp" that encompassed five movies, two TV series and several modern reboots.

One of my initial ideas with this podcast was to dive into the music for certain film or TV series in order to determine what the hallmarks are shared in the various scores, whether by one composer or several. The PLANET OF THE APES series has always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, as I love the high concept sci-fi aspects and mind-blowing plot twists, but most especially the strange and enveloping scores for the movies. Film scoring legends Jerry Goldsmith and Leonard Rosenman each tackled two films in the series, while saxophonist and jazz arranger Tom Scott composed music for one installment. The best way to describe the musical landscape of the PLANET OF THE APES series would be avant garde, aggressive, dissonant and percussive. Jerry Goldsmith set the template by incorporating modern concert classical techniques, such as the serial, or 12-tone, style developed by Arnold Schoenberg in the early 20th century.

I hope that everyone who listens will enjoy the episode and forgive any technical or factual gaffes. Below is the embedded player from which you can listen or simply click on the website link to head directly to where the podcast is hosted on Podbean.

Feel free to subscribe and download the episode via iTunes, just search their store for "a score to settle" or launch from the link below. If you do listen through iTunes, take a moment to rate the show and write a review, it will help bring more notice. The podcast is also available on Spotify! Check out the links to the Facebook and Twitter accounts, the latter of which can be found at @score2settlepod. Thanks again!






Sunday, July 14, 2019

A Score To Settle Podcast - Episode 27, Now Playing... The World of Hans Zimmer: A Symphonic Celebration, The Quinn Martin Collection Vol. 1 and "Robocop 2" (1990)

I am back with the next new episode of my podcast! In this installment, I am returning to the segment I introduced earlier this year, called Now Playing, during which I discuss recent soundtrack album releases. This could include a brand new film score, a new recording of classic film music or a previously unreleased or expanded title. This time around I cover those last three categories, as I first explore music featured on the new 2-CD "The World of Hans Zimmer: A Symphonic Celebration", a live concert performance recorded in 2018 at the Hollywood In Vienna festival honoring Zimmer.

Next up is previously unreleased TV music from the 1970's on "The Quinn Martin Collection Vol. 1: Cop and Detective Series", with swinging contributions from legendary composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, Lalo Schifrin and Dave Grusin to such Quinn Martin-produced television shows as "Barnaby Jones" and "Cannon". This is available from La La Land Records, found at https://lalalandrecords.com/.

Lastly, I focus on the expanded limited edition of Leonard Rosenman's unique score for ROBOCOP 2 (1990), available at https://www.varesesarabande.com/.

I hope that everyone who listens will enjoy the episode and forgive any technical or factual gaffes. Below is the embedded player from which you can listen or simply click on the website link to head directly to where the podcast is hosted on Podbean.

Feel free to subscribe and download the episode via iTunes, just search their store for "a score to settle" or launch from the link below. If you do listen through iTunes, take a moment to rate the show and write a review, it will help bring more notice. The podcast is also available on Spotify! Check out the links to the Facebook and Twitter accounts, the latter of which can be found at @score2settlepod. Thanks again!



Sunday, June 16, 2019

A Score To Settle Podcast - Episode 26, Listening To... Elliot Goldenthal

Welcome to the next new episode of the podcast! Yes, I've been on a bit of a hiatus during the last few months, for various and sundry reasons (mostly work). I am getting back into the swing of things with a new installment of my "Listening To.." series, this time centered on composer Elliot Goldenthal. He is one of my favorite film composers of the modern era, becoming a major influential voice in the art form since the 1990's. Goldenthal is someone who has contributed brilliant and powerful music not only to movies but also live theater, stage musicals and the concert world, the latter in the form of operas, symphonies, ballets and oratorios. In fact, he could be considered primarily a concert composer for whom film is just one slice of his musical pie, so to speak.

You might not immediately recognize his name, but Elliot Goldenthal has contributed music to some of the most notable and popular movies of the last few decades. This includes such diverse titles as HEAT (1995), A TIME TO KILL (1996), BATMAN FOREVER (1995), INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE (1994), ALIEN 3 (1992) and FRIDA (2002), the latter garnering him the Academy Award for Best Original Score. He showcases an eclectic style and approach ranging from large-scale orchestral music to choral pieces, to jazz, swing and rock, ethnic instrumentation and from the very tonal and melodic music to very dissonant and challenging tonalities. My primary focus in this episode will be on his score for 1999's TITUS, a film adaptation of Shakespeare's play, as directed by Julie Taymor.

I hope that everyone who listens will enjoy the episode and forgive any technical or factual gaffes. Below is the embedded player from which you can listen or simply click on the website link to head directly to where the podcast is hosted on Podbean.

Feel free to subscribe and download the episode via iTunes, just search their store for "a score to settle" or launch from the link below. If you do listen through iTunes, take a moment to rate the show and write a review, it will help bring more notice. The podcast is also available on Spotify! Check out the links to the Facebook and Twitter accounts, the latter of which can be found at @score2settlepod. Thanks again!


Sunday, April 7, 2019

A Score To Settle Podcast - Episode 25, Guest Jeff Bond, author, album producer and editor at Geek Magazine

Welcome to the next new episode of the podcast! In this installment, I talk with Jeff Bond, the author of books such as "The World of The Orville" and "The Music of Star Trek", plus a noted soundtrack album producer who has penned liner notes for hundreds of albums, the editor at Geek Magazine and an all-around favorite among fans in the community. I ask him about his personal history as a fan of music for film and television, then we discuss his recent album projects such as THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD (Jerry Goldsmith, 1975) and the multi-disc sets of music from LAND OF THE GIANTS, LOST IN SPACE and the original STAR TREK. In talking Jerry Goldsmith, we cover his evolving musical style over the course of his expansive career, from those dissonant, challenging early scores to the more lush and tonal efforts of his later years. 

I hope that everyone who listens will enjoy the episode and forgive any technical and factual gaffes. This was my first interview conducted over Skype and honestly, next time will be different as it bothers me that I didn't mix both Jeff and me into one track. Oh well! Below is the embedded player from which you can listen or simply click on the website link to head directly to where the podcast is hosted on Podbean.

Feel free to subscribe and download the episode via iTunes, just search their store for "a score to settle" or launch from the link below. If you do listen through iTunes, take a moment to rate the show and write a review, it will help bring more notice. The podcast is also now available on Spotify! Check out the links to the Facebook and Twitter accounts, the latter of which can be found at @score2settlepod. Thanks again!