It's part 2 of Reel Change: The Orchestra and we've invited a special guest to join the podcast - our brother and percussionist extraordinaire Karl Brueggemann. Previously we walked through the String and Wind choirs and today we explore orchestral Brass and Percussion. Get to know the unique timbres of some of the leading lights of film music. From ancient drums to cutting edge synthesizers, the band of instruments behind the Hollywood Sound is dazzling and diverse. Enjoy!
Our latest Reel Change explores the ensemble at the heart of film music - the symphonic orchestra. Every week our score discussions are rife with references to the orchestra and we're delighted to finally give each member their proper introduction. Today's podcast is the first of a 2-part episode, covering the string section, woodwind section and historical origins of the modern film orchestra. Get to know the instruments and players that breathe life into our cinema and make movie music possible. [Part 2 airs Thursday and features a special guest] Enjoy!
With our banquet prepared, finally we feast! Today's episode is our feature-length audio commentary to Amélie. Assembled by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and the film's editorial team, Yann Tiersen's original & pre-existing music combine seamlessly into a narratively rich, unforgettable underscore. Amélie is a fairytale journey through the full spectrum of human emotion and a true cinematic tour de force. Crack the surface of your Crème brûlée and join us as we take in this delectable film. Bon appétit!
Our spotting session for Amélie is perhaps our most unique installment thus far. We endeavor to cover the entire soundtrack for the film, putting each piece in its time and place. Jeunet, Tiersen and the editorial team assembled a clever collection of 'needle drops' into a narratively compelling underscore. We progress track by track through Amélie's music, uncovering the spirit of the film and the soul of our heroine. From 40s era showtunes to carnival organs to club remixes to intimate original piano ballads, listening to the music of this film end to end is an aural delight. Breaking down each individual piece, we set the table for next week's full-length audio commentary. Enjoy!
Today we continue our whimsical adventure through Yann Tiersen's music to Amélie. While much of the score originates from Tiersen's back catalogue, there is some exceptional original music we've yet to cover. Let's start with one of our very favorite pieces from the score, L'autre valse d'Amélie, a melodious delight emblematic of our heroine. We explore just how beautifully her two primary themes (both of them waltzes) embody the sun and moon of her persona. Next is one of the film's most recognized pieces, Comptine d'un autre été: L'après-midi. Breaking character somewhat from the rest of the score, this flowing piano ballad seems to reflect not the yesteryear of Amélie's fantasies, but the contemporary world she truly lives in. We close with another lovely selection composed specifically for the film, Le moulin. "Sans toi, les émotions d'aujourd hui ne seraient que la peau morte des émotions d'aut"