Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Reel Change: The Movie Musical (Part II)

Today's Reel Change concludes our delightful dive into the history of the Movie Musical. We continue our travel backwards in time, as we step song by song down memory lane. We hope today's selections (by no means intended as an exhaustive 'greatest of' list) spark joy in the way only great movie musicals can.

Join us and be prepared - you may find yourself suddenly and uncontrollably bursting into song.

[Note: This 2-part podcast focuses on songs from live-action Movie Musicals. A future Reel Change will cover the wonderful tradition of music from Animated Musicals].






Today's Selections:


Little Shop of Horrors
“Little Shop of Horrors” (music: Alan Menken, lyrics: Howard Ashman)

Annie
“Maybe” (music: Charles Strouse, lyrics: Martin Charnin)


Grease
“You’re the One that I Want” (John Farrar)


Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
“Pure Imagination” (Leslie Bricusse / Anthony Newley)


Hello Dolly
“It Only Takes a Moment” (Jerry Herman)

The Sound of Music
“The Sound of Music” (music: Richard Rodgers, lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein)


Mary Poppins
“A Spoonful of Sugar” (Richard Sherman / Robert Sherman)


The Music Man
“Marian the Librarian” (Meredith Wilson)


West Side Story
“Something’s Coming” (music: Leonard Bernstein, lyrics: Stephen Sondheim)


Carousel
“If I Loved You” (music: Richard Rodgers, lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein)


Calamity Jane
“The Deadwood Stage” (music: Sammy Fain, lyrics: Paul Francis Webster)


Singin' in the Rain
“Singin' in the Rain” (music: Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics: Arthur Freed)


Annie Get Your Gun
“They Say It's Wonderful” (Irving Berlin)


Meet Me in St. Louis

“The Boy Next Door” (Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane)

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Reel Change: The Movie Musical (Part I)

Today's Reel Change begins a delightful dive into the history of the Movie Musical. For a twist, we start in the present day and move backwards in time, step by step, song by song in a most melodious walk down memory lane. We hope today's selections (by no means intended as an exhaustive 'greatest of' list) spark joy in the way only great movie musicals can.

Join us and be prepared - you may find yourself suddenly and uncontrollably bursting into song.

[Note: This 2-part podcast focuses on songs from live-action Movie Musicals. A future Reel Change will cover the wonderful tradition of music from Animated Musicals].






Today's Selections:


Mary Poppins Returns
“Nowhere to Go but Up” (music: Marc Shaiman, lyrics: Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman)


The Greatest Showman
“A Million Dreams” (Benj Pasek / Justin Paul)


LaLa Land
“City of Stars” (music: Justin Hurwitz, lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul)


The Last Five Years
“Nobody Needs to Know” (Jason Robert Brown)


Les Miserables
“Castle on a Cloud”
(music: Claude-Michel Schönberg, French lyrics: Alain Boubil, English lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer)


Sweeney Todd
“Pretty Women” (Stephen Sondheim)


Enchanted
“That’s How You Know”
(music: Alan Menken, lyrics: Stephen Schwartz)


How the Grinch Stole Christmas
“Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You”
(music: James Horner, lyrics: Will Jennings)


Robin Hood: Men in Tights
“Marian”
(music: Hummie Mann, lyrics: Mel Brooks)


Newsies
“King of New York”
(music: Alan Menken, lyrics: Jack Feldman)


Dick Tracy
“More”
(Stephen Sondheim)

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Catching Up: Mary Poppins Returns

Today Marty & Will get together for an unedited chat over one of their favorite pieces of recent film music - the songs & score to Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman's Mary Poppins Returns.




Mary Poppins Returns (2018) - Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman - Walt Disney Pictures (Rob Marshall, dir.)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5028340/

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Composer's Corner: The Music of UnderScore

Today Marty & Will turn their attention to some of their own compositional work, starting with the pieces used as theme music for UnderScore.

This is the first in a new series of episodes (Composer's Corner) where composers will share the inspirations, approaches and backstories to their own unique music.

Thank you so much for another great year of movie-music podcasting. We look forward to the exciting year ahead - happy holidays!




Find the music from today's episode:

Marty
www.martybmusic.com
Bandcamp
Soundcloud
iTunes 
Spotify 

Will
www.williambmusic.com
Bandcamp
Soundcloud
iTunes
Spotify

see also: 
Super Marcato Bros
Honeytone Music

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Interview: Alan Snelling

It is our immense pleasure to share our conversation with Audio Engineer/Composer Alan Snelling. [Excerpts of this interview were included in our arc of episodes devoted to the score to STAR WARS - we are delighted to be sharing the full extent of our conversation with you on today’s podcast].

Alan began his career in the late seventies as the assistant to audio engineer Eric Tomlinson at Anvil Studios in Denham, England, where he shortly became involved in such landmark projects as Star WarsAlien, and Superman (to name but a few). In our delightful and long-ranging chat, Snelling recounts unforgettable stories from the recording sessions of these treasured films. Along the way, we'll encounter the likes of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, Jerry Goldsmith, Hans Zimmer, and the composer who left perhaps the greatest impact on Snelling and Tomlinson - John Williams. Alan is an incredible craftsman, phenomenal storyteller, and an incredibly generous human being; experiencing his wisdom is a true privilege. Enjoy!




Return of the Jedi (1983) - John Williams - 20th Century Fox (Richard Marquand, dir.)
  -The Return of the Jedi
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - John Williams - 20th Century Fox (Irvin Kershner, dir.)
  -Lando's Palace
The Great Train Robbery (1978) - Jerry Goldsmith - United Artists (Michael Crichton, dir.)
  -No Respectable Gentleman
Star Wars (1977) - John Williams - 20th Century Fox (George Lucas, dir.)
  -The Land of the Sandpeople
  -Inner City
  -Main Title
  -Rescue of the Princess
  -Cantina Band
  -The Desert and the Robot Auction
  -The Princess Appears
Dracula (1979) - John Williams - The Mirisch Corporation (John Badham, dir.)
  -To Scarborough
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - John Williams - 20th Century Fox (Irvin Kershner, dir.)
  -The Training of a Jedi Knight
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - John Williams - Paramount Pictures (Steven Spielberg, dir.)
  -A Thought for Marion / To Nepal
Brideshead Revisited (1981) - Geoffrey Burgon - Granada Television (Charles Sturridge, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, dir.)
  -Julia's Theme
Ladyhawke (1985) - Andrew Powell - Warner Bros./20th Century Fox (Richard Donner, dir.)
  -Phillipe Describes Isabeau 
Star Wars (1977) - John Williams - 20th Century Fox (George Lucas, dir.)
  -The Throne Room and End Title
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - John Williams - 20th Century Fox (Irvin Kershner, dir.)
  -The Wampa's Lair / Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight
  -Jedi Master Revealed / Mynock Cave
  -The Imperial March
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1984) - John Williams - Warner Bros (Richard Donner, dir.)
  -The Departure
Superman (1978) - John Williams - Warner Bros (Richard Donner, dir.)
  -Leaving Home [5M3]
  -Prelude / Main Title March
  -Can You Read My Mind (Alternate Instrumental)
  -The Flying Sequence
A Pinprick of Light (2018) - Alan Snelling - Stranger Than Paradise Prod. (Kasra Karimi, dir.)
  -Manfred's Room

Alan Snelling
http://www.up4loud.com/
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0811074

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Listening: Happy Halloween

Marty & Will craaaawl back from the dead just in time to for a listening party of some spooktacular Halloween movie music. Ready your candle and brave this dark corridor with us for there's something lurking in the shadows, something ghostly..
What was that?... From whence comes this chilling sound?... What terrifying harmony... Yet what ethereal melody... I'm drawn helplessly closer... prisoner to the music of this dark & evil night.
Bwahahaha...

Happy Halloween everyone - thanks for listening!

To accompany today's podcast we've prepared a Spotify playlist featuring many of the pieces listened to (see below). Enjoy!



UnderScore Podcast Playlist ■ HALLOWEEN (Spotify link)



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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

7m4 The STAR WARS Commentary

Today’s the day! After 5 episodes exploring the context & composition of this historic, world-changing score we’re finally ready to sit down to watch 1977’s STAR WARS in its entirety. As mentioned previously, our commentary corresponds to the original theatrical cut of the film. At the moment this is a difficult copy to obtain commercially, but is available in a few sources including the special features of the 2006 DVDs, pre-1997 VHS and laserdisc copies and various fan preservation editions online. The snare drum rolls of Alfred Newman’s 20th Century Fox opening fanfare should be a helpful sync point for lining up your audio. Thank you so much for listening - producing these episodes has been a profound and humbling experience that has left us forever changed. Here we go... #maytheforcebewithyou #always #thankyouforlistening




STAR WARS - John Williams - 1977 - Lucasfilm Ltd./20th Century Fox (George Lucas, dir,)

Star Wars: Suite for Orchestra - John Williams Signature Edition - Hal Leonard (conductor score)
https://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.action?itemid=4490057&lid=150&keywords=john%20williams%20signature&subsiteid=1&

IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076759/?ref_=nv_sr_5

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