The career of Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who on Feb. 26 will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has few — if any — parallels in the history of film music.
Two years ago, the Grammys retooled its music video and film field to include a music film category. And on Feb. 15, that Grammy will go to one of five films — two of which also happen to be Academy…
Ray Colcord, Emmy-nominated TV composer whose themes included the long-running “Boy Meets World” and “227” series, died Friday at his Studio City home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He…
"Newtown," which debuts this weekend at Sundance, has what may be the most ambitious score of any movie in the festival: 17 different composers contributed music, all because they were moved by the…
John Williams' themes from "Star Wars" and "Jurassic Park." Bill Conti's "Rocky" fanfare. Vince Guaraldi's music for TV's "Charlie Brown" cartoons. The John Barry arrangement of Monty Norman's "James…
If there's a theme to many of this year's song contenders, it's getting in the final word.
When it comes to movie maestros, few are held in higher esteem than John Williams, Ennio Morricone and James Horner, all of whom have scores in contention during the current awards season.
"The Good Dinosaur," due in theaters Nov. 25, moves in a radically different musical direction than any previous Pixar film. It also marks the first time Pixar has employed two composers on a single…
There was a time not so long ago when film composers fell into two distinct camps: Those who used traditional orchestration and those who relied on synthesized instruments to enhance storytelling…
In a small room off to the side of Heitor Pereira's spacious, comfortable Santa Monica studio are Pereira's many guitars and hundreds of smaller instruments, mostly unusual percussion contraptions…
When Heitor Pereira was a boy growing up in rural, heavily forested Brazil, his grandfather — an avid birdwatcher — used to tell him, "Listen to the symphony of the birds and the life around us. Can…
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