Dirk Wickenden

Alexander Courage

The name of Alexander Courage will of course be instantly recognizable to you as the composer of one of the most well known theme tunes for an American television series. But on this side of the final frontier, what else is there to tell about the recently-retired Sandy Courage’s life and career? What stories does…

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Alexander Courage

Can you think of one composition by Alexander Courage, apart from the original STAR TREK theme? This article sets out to show that Sandy Courage is under-rated as a composer. As you will be aware, he has worked exclusively as Jerry Goldsmith’s primary orchestrator for a number of years now that Arthur Morton is getting…

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Forever Young

There are many stories involving a central character who awakes after a long sleep. Let’s see… we have Rip Van Winkle and Sleeping Beauty. Moving into the film medium, there are Gene Roddenberry’s pilots GENESIS II and PLANET EARTH, featuring the science of cryogenics and similarly, the Chuck Heston PLANET OF THE APES. STAR TREK…

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Franz Waxman

I would like to thank John Waxman for being so willing to answer my array of questions, as well a offering his advice and constructive criticism of my article. Franz Waxman photos courtesy of John Waxman, please visit the Franz Waxman website, which also features a link to the Waxman papers at Syracuse University. Franz…

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Lalo Schifrin: Mission Accomplished

“What my eyes beheld was simultaneous, but what I shall now write down will be successive, because language is successive.” – The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges. 1932 saw the birth of one Boris Cladio Schifrin in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the world has come to know him of course as Lalo. This consummate professional…

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Leigh Harline

When You Wish… Composer Leigh Harline was born on the 26th March 1907, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Harline studied at the University of Utah and was a member of the Utah Radio Orchestra. He did a five-year stint in radio in San Francisco and Los Angeles, assuming the role of head arranger from 1929…

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Medicine Man

Background MEDICINE MAN is based on what was to be one of many ‘million-dollar screenplays’ of the time; it was directed by the acclaimed action director John McTiernan, who had previously helmed such solid thrillers as Predator and Die Hard. Sean Connery was executive producer as well as star, portraying Dr. Robert Campbell. Lorraine Bracco…

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Mike Ross-Trevor: The Recording Engineer

Whitfield Street Recording Studios are situated next to a public house called ‘Finnegan’s Wake’, in a quiet, unassuming street just off the Tottenham Court Road, London, England. Fronting the entrance is a stone obelisk, fondly referred to as ‘The Tombstone’ by those inside. An entirely appropriate nickname, as the well-thought of film score TOMBSTONE by…

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Nathan Van Cleave

To the contemporary film music aficionado, the name Van Cleave, as seen on countless film and television credits, is shrouded in an aura of mystery. It is difficult to find out much about him. Who was he? Where did he come from? To help us in finding out the answers to these questions and more,…

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