Notes on Celluloid
Jóhann Jóhannsson on Composing as Storytelling

PopMatters talks with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson about his role in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe.

READ more
A Call for the Academy to Reconceptualize the Best Original Score Category

So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night.

READ more
A Healthy Dose of Darkness: The Best Film Scores of 2014

The year 2014 saw classic composer/director teams hit new highs, as well as a considerable dark streak take over the world of film scoring.

READ more
Should Film Music Stand Alone?

In evaluating what makes a great film score, writers, composers, and listeners must ask themselves if the function of cinematic music limits the form it has to take.

READ more
That Which Crawls Out of Speakers and Inches Along Your Nerves: Notable Film Scores of Early 2014

From Biblical epics to run-of-the-mill rom-coms, Notes on Celluloid takes a look at (and listen to) some of the strongest film music of 2014 thus far.

READ more
A Melancholy Never Far Away: An Interview with Jóhann Jóhannsson

PopMatters speaks with Jóhann Jóhannsson about his latest venture into music for cinema, his moody and melancholy score for the police thriller, McCanick.

READ more

11 Dec 2013 // 3:30 AM

The Best Film Scores of 2013

This year saw no shortage of innovative, exciting film scores. Notes on Celluloid counts down the ten soundtracks that lingered the longest in our minds.

READ more
The Great Scores: ‘The Fountain’ and a Sonic Road to Awe

Clint Mansell’s score for Darren Aronofsky’s metaphysical science fiction film, The Fountain, is a masterpiece of both film music and contemporary art music.

READ more
The Silence of Distortion: An Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn and Peter Peter

PopMatters speaks with director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Peter Peter about the long overdue release of Peter's score to Refn's 2010 Middle Ages brooder, Valhalla Rising, and its undulating dark ambient music.

READ more
Getting Good at Getting Dark: An Interview with Cliff Martinez

PopMatters speaks with Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez about working with Nicolas Winding Refn, writing music for bloody movies, and finding success in film music.

READ more
Scores of Summer 2013: Pulse-Heightening Horror, Twee Indie, Thunderous Action and Old-School Blues

No matter how classically trained (John Williams) or pop-minded (Hans Zimmer) a composer might be, the skill set required for making great movie music is unlike any other form of composition.

READ more
//Mixed media
//Blogs

PopMatters is on a short summer publishing break. We resume Monday, July 6th.

// Announcements

"PopMatters is on a short summer publishing break. We resume Monday, July 6th.

READ the article