Lakeshore Records recently spoke with Tony Morales, the Emmy-nominated film composer who scored In Your Eyes, the new Joss Whedon movie directed by Brin Hill. Currently working on the new Lifetime TV Movie, Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs, he took a moment to talk working on In Your Eyes and how he views music making. A New Hamphire native, he moved to L.A. right after graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in order to attend USC’s Advanced Studies in Film Scoring program. Morales found his calling while at Berklee when he was inspired by film scoring greats like Bernard Herrmann (Vertigo) and Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen).
What was it like working on In Your Eyes?
I had worked with Brin Hill before on his feature debut, Ball Don’t Lie (2008). We have developed a great trust in our working relationship since then. For In Your Eyes, we decided on using orchestral and electronic instruments to best support the story. My approach then was to combine live strings, hand percussion and solo voice with electronic beds and processing. The scene I wrote was “It’s Snowing.” From there, ideas started to happen and the process was up and running.
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Do you identify yourself as a composer or musician?
I am a composer first but still a musician. When I finished my education, some of my first work came as a guitar player on film and tv sessions. The guitar is an instrument I use quite often in my composing work.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
I admire many film composers working today: Alexandre Desplat (The Tree of Life) and John Powell (Jumper, Fair Game) to name a few. I’ve had the pleasure of working with John Debney (Walk of Shame, Draft Day), Brian Tyler (Transformer: Prime) and Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia) over the years. I’d be interested in collaborating with a song writer on a film score; I feel their sensibilities could inspire a different perspective for me when it comes to writing for film. [Editor’s note: Together with John Debney, Morales co-composed the hit History Channel mini-series, Hatfields & McCoys.]
What’s your favorite instrument?
It changes all the time but right now, it’s the Bajo Sexto – it’s a 12-string acoustic bass guitar, mostly heard in Mariachi music. It’s like a heavy metal bass guitar. Really rumbly.
What do you think about orchestral music and processed electronic music criss-crossing platforms?
I’m all for it: music is music. Music in film is there to support the story. I’ve been involved with both. I got my start writing music for commercials — there’s a lot of pop music requests in that realm of work. A couple of years ago Eddie Vedder wrote a bunch of songs for Into The Wild that I really enjoyed just as much as I love a Thomas Newman (Skyfall, Wall-E) score.
You have been nominated for just about every music award, what does that feel like?
I love what I do and am thankful to even have the opportunity to do it!
In your years composing, what were some surprises or lessons you’ve learned that helped make you who you are now?
There’s definitely more to this career than the creative side. Relationships are very important. It’s important to be able to collaborate and listen, to be able to accept ideas; to be someone that people can be comfortable with. People want to work with people they like; people they trust. Things can get stressful and intense so those relationships really help.
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Lakeshore Records takes a look at Emmy Award-winning Composer Christophe Beck (Disney’s Frozen), who recently added this weekend’s scifi epic, Edge of Tomorrow, to his film scoring resume. The new Tom Cruise movie, directed by Doug Limon (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Jason Bourne Trilogy) also stars Emily Blunt (Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Sunshine Cleaning), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges), and Bill Paxton (Million Dollar Arm, HBO’s Big Love). The following films were also scored by Christophe Beck: Runner Runner, Waiting for Superman and Charlie Barlett — with soundtracks released by Lakeshore Records.
In Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise (Tropic Thunder, Oblivion) plays “Cage,” a soldier who finds himself trapped in a time loop during an alien invasion. Trivia: Cruise also faced aliens in War of the Worlds (2005). In case you haven’t seen Edge of Tomorrow, check out the trailer:
Composer Christophe Beck’s film scores range from classical, organic music (Charlie Bartlett) to experimental and processed electronic sounds (Runner Runner). Watch the Runner Runner album preview below for more and click through the video for track listing information.
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Can’t get enough of movies? This week, we’ve rounded up a collection of posts which feature some great movies and soundtracks released by Lakeshore Records. Check out the latest list of movie soundtracks and film scores we recommend such as The Limits of Control (both the various artists and EP are fantastic), and Wanted (film scored by Danny Elfman). Elfman’s signature touches and Director Jim Jarmusch‘s influence makes these soundtracks collectible. Don’t forget to note the film composers to follow their score work on other Lakeshore Records albums. 1. Two Must-Watch Movies Starring ‘X-Men’ Stars Halle Berry & Hugh Jackman 2. ‘People Like U’s Composer A.R. Rahman Scores This Summer’s Feel-Good Movie, ‘Million Dollar… 3. Now On Netflix: ‘Home of the Brave’ – Score By Stephen Endelman & Song By Sheryl Crow 4. Pick of the Week: Director Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Limits of Control’ Now On Netflix 5. Watch Online: 8 Movies We Love Including Blue Valentine, G.B.F., The Grandmaster & More 6. Two Must-Watch Movies Starring The ‘Maleficent’ Angelina Jolie Don’t forget to subscribe to Film Music Daily to stay in the know!
Meet Academy Award-nominated Film Composer John Debney on Saturday, April 26 (12 noon to 2 p.m.) at Creature Features in Burbank, California. Debney, who scored the films Walk of Shame and Draft Day (both Lakeshore Records soundtrack releases), will be on hand to autograph CDs purchased from his repertoire.
JOHN DEBNEY SIGNING EVENT:
Saturday, April 26, 2014
12 noon to 2 PM
2904 West Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
Phone: (818) 842-8665
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If you think you know what Rob The Mob is about, think again. The movie opened in theaters last weekend in New York City, and the soundtrack is now available. On the eve of the film’s Los Angeles premiere, Lakeshore Records spoke with Grammy-winning Composer Stephen Endelman about this modern-day Bonnie and Clyde story and his introspective approach to scoring the film.
How did you go about conveying the spirit of the couple, Tommy and Rosie, in the music?
There’s something about their chemistry. It’s a simple love story. Basically you can’t help but notice the way they look at each other: they are very much in love. They are so quirky and weird. Their theme was the opposite of who they are. The metering is not the same in each track on the album; each bar is a different length. I wrote a waltz that wasn’t a waltz, for example.
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Some of the tracks on the album sound very gentle, like you were guiding the audience into seeing deeper into who Tommy and Rosie are as people. Was that intentional?
I feel the movie is respectful of the characters. Each character in the movie does what they do, honestly. The characters can’t help themselves. I didn’t want to just show them as a couple of wild kids robbing people. I want to show them as a couple of lovers. None of the music is sentimental, even though the movie is about an end of an era.
Did you already have a goal or idea in mind at the beginning of the project, or did you allow the album to shape itself?
The album shaped itself. I didn’t have an idea about the score at the beginning. I read the screenplay and then it became apparent. We had decided on a piano score already. When we finished the music, we did move things around a bit based on what seemed right with the movie, but I let the music speak through me through the characters. I felt sad and a sense of yearning. I felt their imperfections.
How do you go about choosing soundtracks to score? Do you have a rule about what kinds of movies you will or won’t score?
No rules. I try to mix it up. I fall in love with characters. If I fall in love with them, then I write music for them. I feel that the human condition is looking for love, depth and resolution. When I look back at all the movies I’ve ever done, each character wants to do better in some way. I’m really drawn to the characters.
The movie Rob The Mob, directed by Raymond De Felitta, opens widely on Friday, March 28 in Los Angeles. The reviews have been very favorable.
“Music. It plays a key role in ROB THE MOB as well. The film takes place circa 1992(ish) but the music is much more timeless, evoking an era far more indicative of the mafia’s hay days. Stephen Endelman composes the original music while accompanied by tracks from The Staple Singers’ “City In the Sky” and Wilson Pickett’s “Somethin’ You Got.” The opening sequence of the film, however, oddly sets the mood in an unexpected use of Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is In the Heart.” Trust me when I say it sounds odd at first, but quickly makes sense…”
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Recently, Composer Ade Fenton was featured in MusicRadar as part of their “Me in my studio” interview series:
“As a solo artist and remixer he’s released some 30 EPs, and one full length album, of club-ready techno on his own Advanced and Perverter labels, along with imprints including Potential, Ground, Submission and Impact Materials. He’s also worked as producer and remixer for acts including Slash and The Duke Spirit, alongside regular composition work for film and TV. In recent years, however, Fenton has possibly been best known as a regular collaborator of electronic icon Gary Numan, having co-produced Numan’s past four albums, including 2013’s acclaimed Splinter.” Check out the rest of the interview at MusicRadar.
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If you’re a fan of composer David Holmes‘ film scores from Oceans Eleven, then get ready to treat your ears with this latest soundtrack from The Motel Life, out on March 18. The soundtrack features scores co-written by David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia, and a various other music artists. Can’t wait that long?
Pre-order your copy of The Motel Life starting on March 11.
The Motel Life stars Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson and Dakota Fanning. The film score by David Holmes also features songs by The Kills, Townes Van Zandt and Justin Townes Earle.
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The Motel Life (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(Credits updated March 7, 2014).
01. Fighter Pilots – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia feat. Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch
02. Fit To Be Tied – Jonathan Clay
03. Mother’s Message – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
04. Roll ‘Em Dice – Buddy Stuart
05. Jerry Shoots Himself – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
06. Frank Runs To Hospital – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
07. Oil Can – Joe D’Augustine
08. Frank Reads Postcards – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
09. Denny’s House – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
10. Reprise to Childhood – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
11. They Killed John Henry – Justin Townes Earle
12. Frank Packs Drawings – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
13. Leaving the Motel – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
14. Mr. Mudd And Mr. Gold – Townes Van Zandt
15. Leaving Town – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
16. Pirate Story – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
17. Give ‘Em Hell – Little Hurricane
18. Reverse Harmonics – Joe D’Augustine
19. Dark Horse – The Long Wives
20. Annie and Frank Walk – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
21. Shower – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
22. Tell Me a Story – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
23. Frank Meets Annie – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
24. Wait – The Kills
25. Frank Rejects Annie – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
26. Jerry Dies – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
27. Aftermath – David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia
28. The Boyfriends – Richmond Fontaine
Based on the popular novel by Willy Vlautin, The Motel Life is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry Lee Flannigan (Stephen Dorff) work odd jobs, drink hard, and drift from motel to motel.
Girl On A Bicycle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by Craig Richey
Paolo (Vincenzo Amato), an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta (Nora Tschirner), when the young French beauty, Cécile (Louise Monot) pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek (Paddy Considine), finds himself with a German fiancée, a French “wife”, two Australian children who call him “Papa”, and his life upside-down.
Girl On A Bicycle. (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Girl On A Bicycle. (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by Craig Richey
01. It Just Takes a Moment
02. Meet Paolo
03. The Proposal
04. Speak to Me in Italian, Greta’s Ring
05. Girl on a Bicycle
06. The Girl by the Louvre
07. The Apparition Tango
08. Play with Me
09. Last Stop Paris
10. Paolo Chases Cecile
11. Paolo Cooks Spaghetti
12. Killing the Dragon
13. Bra & Panties
14. Numero De Telephone
15. Interrupted Sex
16. Riding around the Fountain
17. Eating French pastry
18. Girl on a Motorbike
19. Derek & Cecile Speak French
20. Greta the Spy
21. Pulling Derek’s Leg, Derek Plays Sick
22. The Breakup
23. Francois Expounds About Love
24. Confession and the Lady Dragon
25. Welcome To Milan!
26. The Wedding, the End, or Is It?
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