Composers Bill Withem and Kevin Wilt get together each month to talk about the latest in film music. They review new releases, analyze scores from film and television, share their own experiences in the field, and interview people at all levels of the industry. Also, they make jokes. Sometimes even good ones. Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.

Streamers and Punches 56: House of Beal

In this episode we look at headlines with Alan Silvestri and Hans Zimmer, talk about concerts featuring film music, share what we’ve listening to lately, and interview Jeff Beal. Oh, and Kevin has a shameless plug.
This week’s panel:
This week’s topics include:
  • Alan Silvestri scores the new tv series Cosmos.
  • Alan Silvestri will not score Avengers sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Brian Tyler will instead.)
  • Howard Shore to have three world premieres in Ireland.
  • Preview of Mansell’s score to Noah and Mica Levi’s score to Under the Skin.
  • Hans Zimmer knew nothing of the plot to Interstellar when he composed the score.
  • The New York Phil will play an all-Pixar concert under David Newman. May 1-3.
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra is planning fun and games for people camping out for Williams/Spielberg tickets.
  • Bill has been listening to Django Unchained (Ennio Morricone, various), Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (Henry Jackman), Flesh + Blood (Basil Poledouris), The Meteor Man (Cliff Eidelman), Sherlock: Series 3 (Arnold & Price).
  • Kevin has been listening to Cosmos (Alan Silvestri), Tim’s Vermeer (Conrad Pope), The Grand Budapest Hotel (Alexandre Desplat), Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (Henry Jackman).
  • New soundtrack releases: Young Sherlock 2CD, Psycho II (Jerry Goldsmith), Jade (James Horner).
  • We interview Jeff Beal. We specifically discussed his work on House of Cards and Blackfish. The soundtrack album of House of Cards Season 1 is currently available. Season 2 comes out May 19.
  • Shameless plug for Kevin: Movie Night with Helix Collective. Performance 5/3/14 6pm. Silverlake Lounge, Los Angeles.
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Streamers and Punches 55: Awesome Sandwich

In this episode we look at the winners of the 2014 Oscars, talk about recent listens, discuss a recent post by composer Scott Glasgow, look at news involving Morricone and Williams, and mention new releases.
This week’s panel:
This week’s topics include:
  • ATAS to sponsor a concert featuring music from Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and others. Will also present Mark Snow a lifetime achievement award.
  • For the first time ever, an Oscar Concert
  • Ennio Morricone to conduct concerts in NY and LA this month.
  • ABC News tribute to John Williams “When Music is the Starring Role . . .”
  • Bill has been listening to Sherlock Series 3 (music by David Arnold, Michael Price), while Kevin has been listening to Tim’s Vermeer (music by Conrad Pope)
  • New Releases: Peabody & Sherman (D Elfman), Roswell/Communion (Goldenthal/Eric Clapton), The Blue Max 2CD (J Goldsmith), Sherlock Series 3 (Arnold/Price), The Matrix Revolutions 2CD (D Davis), Good Will Hunting (D Elfman), Star Trek: TNG – Encounter at Farpoint/Arsenal of Freedom (D McCarthy)
  • The 2014 Oscar winners are: Steven Price (score – Gravity) and “Let it Go” (song – Frozen – by Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez)
  • Scott Glasgow put out the question (paraphrasing) why do composers, given the chance to do a big budget epic, just use clichés and sound like Hans Zimmer? (in response to a critique by James Southall regarding the new Hercules movie directed by Renny Harlin with score composed by Tuomas Kantelinen)
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Streamers and Punches 54: A Rockwork Orange

In this episode we look at the drama that unfolded because of Bruce Broughton’s Oscar nomination for best song. Also, new soundtrack albums and Hans Zimmer’s new competition, and Kevin and I helped publish the full score to Elfman’s Batman!
This week’s panel:
This week’s topics include:
  • Bruce Broughton’s Oscar nomination for best song has been removed from consideration.
  • Good luck to all Oscar nominees on March 2nd!
  • Michael Giacchino will compose additional music for the DIsney Land Ratatouille Ride.
  • Alan Silvestri will write music for a Back to the Future Musical
  • Hans Zimmer “Wants You” for a new Competition
  • Happy 100th birthday ASCAP!
  • Just published: Batman (Danny Elfman) full orchestral score now available.
  • Bill saw and heard the score from G.I. Joe Retaliation, by Henry Jackman, and Pain and Gain, by Steve Jablonsky.
  • Kevin saw and heard Sherlock Series 3, by Michael Price and David Arnold.
  • New Releases on CD: In Country (James Horner), Delirious (Cliff Eidelman), Necessary Roughness (Bill Conti), Meteor (Laurence Rosenthal), Monuments Men (Alexander Desplat), Superman: The Animated Series 4CD (Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion & Lolita Ritmanis and Shirley Walker), Robocop (Pedro Bronfman).
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Streamers and Punches 53: Alone Yet Nominated for an Oscar

In this episode we look at Oscar nominated scores and songs, pay tribute to two passed composers, congratulate our first guest on a recent nomination, and give our uninformed predictions for who will win in March.
This week’s panel:
This week’s topics include:
  • The Hollywood Reporter has a new composer roundtable discussion video, featuring Silvestri, Price, Zimmer, Beck, Newman, and Jackman.
  • David Chen of /Film lists his 5 favorite scores of 2013.
  • Wojcieck Kilar has died.
  • Riz Ortolani has died.
  • Bruce Broughton received a nomination for Best Song Oscar for Alone Yet Not Alone.
  • The Golden Globe for best score went to Alex Ebert for All is Lost.
    • The five Oscar nominations for best score of 2014 are:
    • John W – Book Thief
    • Tom Newman – Saving Mr. Banks
    • Philomena – Alex Desplat
    • Gravity – Steven Price
    • Her – William Butler & Owen Pallett
  • The five Oscar nominations for best song of 2014 are:
    • Alone Yet Not Alone by Bruce Broughton
    • Happy from Despicable Me 2 by Pharrell Williams
    • Let it Go from Frozen by Kristen Anderson Lopez & Robert Lopez
    • The Moon Song from Her by Karen O & Spike Jonze
    • Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson
  • Jim Lochner has a good blog post on the Oscar Nominations
  • Bill’s been listening to Zero Dark Thirty (Alexander Desplat), and Bear McCreary’s new main title to Black Sails, while Kevin has been listening to The Departed (Howard Shore), and North by Northwest (Herrmann).
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Streamers and Punches 52: Don’t Set the Zoo on Fire

In this episode we look at current events, provocative articles, what we’ve been listening to, Grammys, Zimmer’s new Spider-Man theme (possibly), Shore’s new Hobbit score, and we interview orchestrator and composer Conrad Pope.
This week’s panel:
This week’s topics include:
  • John Williams talks about Star Wars VII and Indiana Jones V.
  • Audiences for film music concerts are growing.
  • Indiewire lists its Top 15 scores of 2013.
  • 114 Film scores eligible for Oscars.
  • L.A. Times article that highlights four film scores.
  • Film/TV Grammy nominees announced.
  • Hans Zimmer’s Spider-man theme revealed?
  • Are synthesizers killing film and TV music?
  • Bill’s been listening to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Howard Shore), and Hitchcock (Danny Elfman).
  • Kevin’s been listening to The Book Thief (John Williams) and The Hobbit: TDofS.
  • New Releases: The Book Thief, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
  • Interview with Conrad Pope.
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