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 61: Doctor Houdini

In this episode we look at film composer interviews with Broughton, Debney, and Beltrami, an award for Howard Shore, some upcoming concerts featuring Elfman and Shore, some new film score CD releases, and what we’ve been listening to lately.


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This week’s panel:
This week’s topics include:
  • Howard Shore to receive Maestro Award
  • Interviews on examiner.com with Bruce Broughton and Marco Beltrami
  • John Debney:
  • Recording has begun on JNH’s score for Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1
  • Danny Elfman to do a Halloween concert at the Nokia Theater, then Honda Theater.
  • The entire LOTR Trilogy will accompanied by a live orchestra/chorus at Lincoln Center. April 8-12, 2015.
  • Bill has been listening to: Tim’s Vermeer (Conrad Pope), Walking Dead S3 (Bear McCreary), Buck Rogers 2nd Season 4CD, Godzilla (A Desplat), X-Men DOFP (J Ottman), Doctor Who S8 (Murray Gold)
  • Kevin has been listening to Doctor Who S8 (Murray Gold) and Arrow (Blake Neely)
  • New Releases: The Lion King: Legacy Collection (will contain all of Zimmer’s score), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 2nd Season 4CD (Stu Phillips, Glen A. Larson, Bruce Broughton, John Cacavas, Herbert Don Woods), Cocoon expansion/remastered (J Horner), Gorky Park (J Horner)
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Streamers and Punches 60: Emmys of the Sun

In this episode we look at the recent Emmy winners and nominees, talk about Danny Elfman’s newest assignment, a new repertoire for conductor Gustavo Dudamel, and look at what Bill and Kevin have been listening to.


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This week’s panel:
This week’s topics include:
  • Alan Silverstri wins an EMMY for Cosmos: “Music composition for a series (original dramatic score): “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey: Standing Up in the Milky Way,” Fox and NatGeo. (He won in 2 categories: music for a series and “outstanding original main title theme music”)
  • FOTS Michael Price and David Arnold win an EMMY for Sherlock: His Last Vow “Music composition for a miniseries, movie or special: “Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece),” PBS.
  • FOTS Jeff Beal (and fellow Emmy nominee) signs with G. Schirmer
  • Danny Elfman to score “Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Happy Birthday Scott Glasgow, another FOTS
  • LA Phil Gala on September 30 to honor John Williams. Dudamel will conduct Star Wars.
  • BIll and Kevin have been listening to The Raid 2 (Joseph Trapanese, Fajar Yuskemal, Aria Prayogi), Guardians of the Galaxy (Tyler Bates), Orange is the New Black Seasons 1-2,(Scott Doherty, Brandon Jay, Gwendolyn Sanford), Hemlock Grove Season 2 (Nathan Barr), Empire of the Sun 2CD (J Williams), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (John Powell), Inside Llewyn Davis (T Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford)
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Streamers and Punches 59: Hello, Newmann

In this episode we interview Bones composer Julia Newmann, talk in-depth about Michael Giacchino’s score to Dawn of Planet of the Apes, talk about what else we’ve been listening to lately, and look at which composers are being honored in Europe.
This week’s panel:
This week’s topics include:
  • Variety interviews “Fargo” composer, Jeff Russo.
  • Alexandre Desplat to head jury at Venice Film Festival.
  • Hans Zimmer will be honored at the Zurich Film Festival, which includes a film music competition.
  • Listen to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; read the silly DOTPOTA track titles.
  • John Williams, Gustavo Dudamel, and Gustavo Santaolalla discussed film scoring at the LA Museum of Art on July 21.
  • Rumor: Christopher Young to score Doctor Strange.
  • Bill has been listening to DOTPOTA (Michael Giacchino), Game of Thrones Season 4 (Ramin Djawadi), Night Crossing (J Goldsmith), and Deep Rising (J Goldsmith).
  • Kevin has been listening to Chef (Various), Edge of Tomorrow (Christoph Beck), Jersey Boys, DOTPOTA (Giacchino).
  • Bill and Kevin discuss Michael Giacchino’s score to Dawn of Planet of the Apes.
  • Julia Newmann interview (Bones composer, seasons 1-9)
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Streamers and Punches 58: Mr. Powell’s Opus

In this episode we look at lots of John Powell news, Kevin talks about his trip to Los Angeles, upcoming summer scores, new CD releases, and what we’ve been listening to lately.
This week’s panel:
This week’s topics include:
  • John Powell to take a sabbatical from film music to focus on concert music
  • Two reviews: How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Score! (TV music concert)
  • A concert of the National Brass Ensemble, featuring a world premiere by John Williams (Music for Brass) with an all-star cast of brass players
  • David Arnold is doing a David Arnold: A Life In Song concert in London (July 9)
  • Bill’s been listening to Edge of Tomorrow (Christophe Beck), X-Men: DOFP (Ottman), Clone Wars (K Kiner), and Kevin’s been listening to The Amazing Spider-man 2 (Zimmer+), X-Men: DOFP (Ottman)
  • New CD Releases: The Stone Cutters (E Goldenthal), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (6/17) (J Powell), Night Crossing, Deep Rising (both J Goldsmith), The Peacemaker 2CD (H Zimmer), Altered States (J Corigliano), D.A.R.Y.L. (M Hamlisch), Son of Batman (F Wiedmann)
  • Kevin went on a trip to L.A. and Bill asks him about it
  • Future summer scores we’re looking forward to:
    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Giacchino)
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Kingsman: The Secret Service (Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson)
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Streamers and Punches 57: Ottman: Days of Future Vacations

In this episode, we interview John Ottman, composer of the film X-Men: Days of Future Past, discuss what we’ve been listening to this week, look at headlines of film music concerts, new scoring assignments, and cool videos.
This week’s panel:
This week’s topics include:
  • The two new Star Trek films will be going on a concert tour.
  • The Pacific Symphony will play a concert consisting of concert works of film composers.
  • Mychael Danna receives Richard Kirk Award.
  • Michael Giacchino will score Jurassic World.
  • Michael Giacchino denies Star Wars rumors.
  • Cool short video about Desplat’s score to Godzilla.
  • A cool short about Kevin Kiner’s music for the new show Star Wars: Rebels
  • Bill’s been listening to Dennis the Menace (J Goldsmith), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (H Zimmer), Meteor Man (Cliff Eidelmann), and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (K Kiner)
  • Kevin’s been listening to Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Kevin Kiner), Godzilla (Desplat), Hannibal (Brian Reitzell)
  • Interview with John Ottman
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