Tuesday, May 30, 2017

3m4 Back To The Future - The Commentary

We are excited to share our feature-length audio commentary for Back To The Future. After weeks of exploring Alan Silvestri's sensational underscore (as well as the film's memorable song soundtrack) we're thrilled to revisit one of our favorite films from start to finish. Back To The Future is arguably one of the most entertaining pieces of cinema and rewards rewatching like perhaps no other movie. It has been a pleasure and a privilege covering BTTF and today we hope to put all its' wonderful music and story into context.  Sit back, crack open a Pepsi-free and enjoy! It's like Doc always says, "if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything".





Back To The Future - Alan Silvestri - 1985 - Universal Pictures (Robert Zemeckis, dir,)
-[The Power of Love]
-[The Washington Post March]
-[Time Bomb Town]
-DeLorean Reveal
-Disintegrated Einstein
-'85 Twin Pines Mall
-Peabody Barn
-Ditches DeLorean
-[Mr. Sandman]
-'55 Town Square
-[The Ballad of Davy Crockett]
-Is That You
-Retrieve DeLorean
-Jigawatts
-Dream Boat
-Picture Fades
-[Out The Window]
-[The Wallflower]
-Skateboard Chase
-The Letter
-[Night Train]
-[Pledging My Love]
-Biff Attacks
-Marvin Be-Bop
-George To The Rescue
-Reaching For Lorraine
-[Earth Angel]
-Marty Disappears
-The Kiss
-Earth Angel Overlay
-[Johnny B. Goode]
-Goodnight Marty
-It's Been Educational
-Clock Tower
-Helicopter
-[Heaven Is One Step Away]
-Lone Pine Mall
-[Back In Time]
-4 x 4
-Doc Returns
-End Credits

For score reductions, additional links and more,
the discussion continues at: www.underscorepodcast.com
 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BONUS FEATURES [3m3]

Score study:
"Back To The Future - Spotting Session" Complete Cue List


Bookmarks:
Back To The Future (1985) - IMDB


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3m3 Back To The Future - Spotting Session

As if we weren't already having fun, today we walk piece by piece through the entire cue list of Back To The Future. From the misty reveal of the time-traveling DeLorean to the dazzling final shot, Alan Silvestri's score is thrilling, funny, and unforgettable. We explore the unique connective tissue of the underscore and in so doing uncover yet more depth and narrative beauty in this cinema classic. Today marks our final score preparation for Silvestri's masterwork as we look forward to next week's full-length audio commentary. Enjoy!





Back To The Future - Alan Silvestri - 1985 - Universal Pictures (Robert Zemeckis, dir,)
-DeLorean Reveal
-Disintegrated Einstein
-'85 Twin Pines Mall
-Peabody Barn
-Ditches DeLorean
-'55 Town Square
-Is That You
-Retrieve DeLorean
-Jigawatts
-Dream Boat
-Picture Fades
-Skateboard Chase
-The Letter
-Biff Attacks
-Marvin Be-Bop
-George To The Rescue
-Reaching For Lorraine
-Marty Disappears
-The Kiss
-Earth Angel Overlay
-It's Been Educational
-Clock Tower
-Helicopter
-Lone Pine Mall
-4 x 4
-Doc Returns
-End Credits

For score reductions, additional links and more,
the discussion continues at: www.underscorepodcast.com
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

3m2 The Songs of Back To The Future

Today is a first for the podcast - an entire episode devoted not to a film's underscore but its song soundtrack. It would be impossible to talk about the musical fabric of Back To The Future without exploring the wide variety of memorable songs featured in the film. From songs penned specifically for the movie to its many popular period hits, everything is covered on today's episode. Huey Lewis & The News? Check. Johnny B. Goode? Check. That Van Halen solo in Marty's tape player? Doc, we've got 'em all. And as we discovered, following the thread of these songs highlights a beautiful emotional arc hidden in the film - a story of a teenager coming to discover his own voice through the power of song. Heavy!





Back To The Future - Alan Silvestri - 1985 - Universal Pictures (Robert Zemeckis, dir,)
-The Power of Love (Huey Lewis, Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla) 
-The Washington Post March (John Philip Sousa)
-Time Bomb Town (Lindsey Buckingham)
-Mr. Sandman (Pat Ballard)
-The Ballad of Davy Crockett (George Bruns, Thomas Blackburn)
-Out the Window (Eddie Van Halen) from the film, The Wild Life (1984)
-The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) (Hank Ballard, Johnny Otis, Jamesetta Rogers)
-Night Train (Jimmy Forrest, Lewin Simpkins, Oscar Washington)
-Pledging My Love(Ferdinand Washington, Don Robey)
-Earth Angel (Jesse Belvin, Gaynel Hodge, Curtis Williams)
-Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
-Heaven is One Step Away (Eric Clapton)
-Back in Time (Huey Lewis, Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla, Sean Hopper)
-Back To The Future (End Credits) Alan Silvestri

For score reductions, additional links and more,
the discussion continues at: www.underscorepodcast.com
 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

3m1 Back To The Future (Main Theme)

We're ecstatic to begin our third film subject - Back To The Future. Today we devote our entire episode to Alan Silvestri's timeless and ever-powerful main theme. We examine what makes this piece of music uniquely fitted to the premise, pace and spirit of this now classic film. Silvestri is a true master of scorecraft and his work on BTTF is a Hollywood adventure itself - a young composer turning an incredible challenge into genuine breakout success. Stunningly only his second large-scale orchestral film work, his score continues to stand alongside the very best in adventure movie music.
Time circuits on - where we're going, we don't need roads...





Back To The Future - Alan Silvestri - 1985 - Universal Pictures (Robert Zemeckis, dir,)
-Back To The Future (End Credits)

For score reductions, additional links and more,
the discussion continues at: www.underscorepodcast.com
 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Interview: John Lunn

On today’s very special episode, we have a conversation with the Emmy-award winning composer John Lunn (Downton Abbey, Grantchester, The White Queen). Both a classically-trained composer and innovative producer, John brings a unique blend of musical depth and contemporary daring to his work in TV and Film. In addition to his beloved work on Downton Abbey, he is also known for his scores to several BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens’ classics, including Little Dorrit, which was nominated for both BAFTA and Emmy awards and the Mystery of Edwin Drood which was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in 2013. Also in 2013, John composed the score to The White Queen, based on the series of books by Phillipa Gregory and this year has composed the score to its’ sequel series The White Princess, airing now in the US, Sunday evenings on STARZ. In addition to his great work as a composer, John is a truly sweet person who has much to say on music and its storytelling power. Enjoy!
 
[Note: this will be a 2-episode week - stay tuned this Friday for the next UnderScore episode]
                                                                                                     



Downton Abbey - ITV Studios / Carnival Films (2010 - 2015)
-Modern Love
-The Suite
-Escapades
Grantchester - ITV Studios (2014 - present)
-Mr. Chambers
The White Queen - Company Pictures (2013)
-The White Queen
-Coronation
Electricity - 2014 (Bryn Higgins, dir.)
-Lily

http://www.jlunn.com/


For score reductions, additional links and more,
the discussion continues at: www.underscorepodcast.com
 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Reel Change: The Lydian Mode

In today's Reel Change we explore film music's most magical palette, the Lydian mode. From the twistedly comic to the ethereally cosmic, we chart Lydian's evocative power around the world and into the 20th century of American film music. Join us for a podcast that unites Leonard Bernstein, Ravi Shankar, James Horner and more. It's a celebration of true movie magic - enjoy!





Raga Yaman Kalyan - Ravi Shankar - 1974
Maria - Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim - West Side Story - 1957
Blue in Green - Miles Davis - Kind of Blue - 1959
Tonight - Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim - West Side Story - 1957
Main Title - Elmer Bernstein - To Kill A Mockingbird - 1962 (Robert Mulligan, dir.)
Moon River - Henry Mancini - Breakfast At Tiffany's - 1961 (Blake Edwards, dir.)
The Flying Scene - John Williams - Superman - 1978 (Richard Donner, dir.)
Yoda's Theme - John Williams - The Empire Strikes Back - 1980 (Irvin Kershner, dir.)
Flug auf dem Gl├╝cksdrachen - Klaus Doldinger - 1984 (Wolfgang Petersen, dir.)
My Name is Chance - Bruce Broughton - Homeward Bound - 1993 (Duwayne Dunham, dir.)
Universal Pictures Theme - James Horner - 1990
Space Dance - Thomas Newman - Wall·E  - 2008 (Andrew Stanton, dir.)
Belle (reprise) - Alan Menken/Howard Ashman - 2017 (Bill Condon, dir.)

For score reductions, additional links and more,
the discussion continues at: www.underscorepodcast.com