Randall D. Larson

A new Enterprise for Dennis McCarthy

Dennis McCarthy has scored dozens of Star Trek episodes for every show since THE NEXT GENERATION. He provided the theme for DEEP SPACE NINE and scored the feature STAR TREK GENERATIONS. His music is also heard in dozens of TV-movies and several features, including McHALE’S NAVY (1997) and ALIEN FURY: COUNTDOWN TO INVASION. On ENTERPRISE,…

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Akira Ifukube

Film music in Japan has tended to follow one of two, or perhaps three, directions. Much music is derived from historical Japanese musical traditions, particularly in older films and, of course, historical dramas. But there has been an increasing tendency to adapt Western musical influences, and often composers find themselves alternating between the two modes…

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Alan Silvestri: From Romances to Predators

In a very short time, composer Alan Silvestri has risen to the ranks of America’s best contemporary film composers, with standout scores to films like ROMANCING THE STONE, BACK TO THE FUTURE and its sequels, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and THE ABYSS. We covered Silvestri’s ROGER RABBIT and MAC & ME scores in Soundtrack #31…

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Alan Williams: That “Other” Williams

You may have seen his name on an especially intriguing documentary or a cute family film, enjoyed the spark and flavor of the music that underlined the narrative or the drama. For several years now, Alan Williams has been quietly providing some of the most interesting scores for family films, TV movies, IMAX documentaries, and…

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Alex North Remembered

Motion picture music lost a legend on the morning of Sunday, September 8, 1991, when composer Alex North succumbed to the illness that had plagued and pained him for several years. Respected as much by his peers as by the generations of film composers and musicians that succeeded him. North is remembered for his music…

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Alf Clausen on Scoring The Simpsons

What was the musical philosophy behind THE SIMPSONS when you began working on the series? Matt Groening is a big supporter of acoustic music. He feels that using an acoustic orchestra to score the show smoothes out the animation, which can be occasionally rough due to the short amount of turnaround time. He also feels…

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American Film Music

A number of highly recommendable books on the subject of film music have appeared recently, including Christopher Palmer’s ‘The Composer in Hollywood’, Steven Smith’s Bernard Herrmann bio, ‘A Heart at Fire’s Center’ and his treasure-trove Film Composers Guide, and the forthcoming revised edition of Tony Thomas’s archetypal ‘Music for the Movies’. Among them is this…

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