Traditionally, it hasn't been all that difficult to anticipate the preferences of the 233 members of the Academy music branch. The lineup is usually drawn from a handful of usual suspects and the…
An analysis of the five Oscar score nominees, punctuated by comments from the composers themselves.
For the third time in the past 20 years, music-branch voters chose only three tunes as best song nominees. Two are from the same movie, and two of the singers are world-class world-music recording…
Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel's "Down To Earth" ("Wall-E") faces off against a pair of songs from "Slumdog Millionaire."
Angela Morley, three-time Emmy winner and two-time Oscar nominee for her film and television music and one of England's best-known arrangers, died Wednesday, Jan. 14 in Scottsdale, Ariz., of…
A classical quartet gets the prime spot between the swearing-in of Vice President-elect Joseph Biden and that of President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday. And along the way, a 56-year-old musical…
The L.A. Sound Gallery -- once known as Evergreen Recording Studios -- has opened for business on West Magnolia Avenue in Burbank. "It's the largest privately owned, most technically advanced studio…
It used to be impossible to find the film music of Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold or Bernard Herrmann on records. That's all changed now, thanks to three enterprising San Fernando Valley…
In 1971, Clint Eastwood, actor, became Clint Eastwood, director. Then five years ago, with "Mystic River," Eastwood added "score composer" to his credit block.
If the Academy doesn't suffer from short memory, voters could deliver composer John Williams a record 46th Oscar nomination. He was nominated for all three previous Indy films, in 1981, 1984 and…