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Ryan Rumery's 'At, Apart' Traffics in Nuance in the Face of Isolation

Film music composer Ryan Rumery kicks off a new Bandcamp-only Friday release series with At, Apart, which is devastating in emotional scope and careful sense of arrangement and place.

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Charlie Chaplin's Film Music Can Stand Alone and Provide Solace Today

While Charlie Chaplin's music may have been meant as accompaniment to his movies, it can stand alone and provide solace today.

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Ennio Morricone Farewell Tour in Berlin: Grazie, Maestro!

In celebration of his 90th birthday, Ennio Morricone gives a breathtaking show and bids goodbye to live performances through a career-spanning thematic tour.

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The Many Sounds of Love: Composer Nicholas Britell on 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk is a thought-provoking tale of both love and injustice, and in working with Moonlight composer Nicholas Brittell, the two find compelling musical motifs from unexpected places.

Jose Solís
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The Allure of 'Mountain': An Interview with Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti

Richard Tognetti reflects on synergising music and film with the cello-like voice of narrator Willem Dafoe in his work for Jennifer Peedom's gorgeous documentary, Mountain.

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John Carpenter's New 'Halloween' Is a Father-Son Bonding Activity Remembering Times Past Rather Than Finding New Places to Go

John Carpenter revisits his most iconic work of horror with a brand new soundtrack for the 40th anniversary of Halloween.

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Inventing Electro-Noir: Interview with Giorgio Moroder and Raney Shockne

Disco legend Giorgio Moroder and composer Raney Shockne paired up to create the musical score for Queen of the South. In so doing, they perfected what they call "electro-noir".

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20 Questions: Kaada

From quirky pop to classically-affected modern compositions, John Erik Kaada has returned with his first solo album in nine years, so wants to do what any regarded musician would: talk about Homer Simpson and Norwegian environmental policies.

Evan Sawdey
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The Sound of the Shimmer: Interview with Annihilation's Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow

Emmy-nominated composer Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, music producer and founding member of Portishead, speak with PopMatters about their original score for Alex Garland's science-fiction film, Annihilation.

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Two Noted Polish Musicians Improvise Music for the 1922 Silent Film 'Nanook of the North'

Two musicians from Gdansk team up as Nanook of the North to weave ambient magic for an old silent film of the same name.

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'Robert Glasper Experiment: Live' Doesn't Do the Band Justice

With the exception of a handful of songs, Robert Glasper Experiment: Live doesn't look as good as it (sometimes) sounds.

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Jonny Greenwood Creates His Best Soundtrack Yet With 'Phantom Thread'

Jonny Greenwood's Oscar-nominated score for Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread is his strongest yet, and an integral character driving the tension of the film and its intense love story.

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Jon Brion's Soundtrack for 'Lady Bird' Possesses All the Baroque Charm You'd Expect

Composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion lends his melodic, baroque charm to the most acclaimed film of 2017.

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Entering the Unknown with Film Composer Jon Brion

Acclaimed record producer and film composer Jon Brion is having a boon of a year after composing the music for Lady Bird, but still has so much more to say.

Evan Sawdey
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Dan Deacon: Rat Film

For an artist like Dan Deacon so intensely involved with constant maximalism at the expense of almost all other endeavors, this is a left turn.

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Mikael Tariverdiev: Olga Sergeevn Original Television Score

The West continues to catch up to the artistry of Mikael Tariverdiev through Olga Sergeevn.

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Philip Selway: Let Me Go Original Soundtrack

Leave it to a film about a family torn apart by Nazi activity to bring the best out of Radiohead's Philip Selway.

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Strange Sort of Force: An Interview with J. Ralph

Having scored three Best Original Song nominations at the Academy Awards in the past four years, multi-instrumentalist J. Ralph talks his passions, working with Sting, and teaching the London Symphony Orchestra how to improvise.

Evan Sawdey
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John Carpenter: Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998

Anthology includes a lot of interesting, really good pieces. But the ones that aren't call direct attention to Carpenter's limitations as a musician.

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Maximalism, Not Nihilism: Electronic Composer Dan Deacon on the Necessity of Creating

Dan Deacon talks with PopMatters about the 10th anniversary of Spiderman of the Rings, Ultimate Reality, and his original soundtrack for Rat Film.

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Ash Koosha: I AKA I

Ash Koosha's latest album is ambitious, creative, and overall an exciting showcase of his musical skills.

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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.

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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.

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Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrianns: Enemy OST

With strong echoes of Krzysztof Penderecki, late Scott Walker, and the orchestral work of Terry Bozzio, Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurrianns' score to Enemy is bursting at the seams with tension and suspense. It's also the best score of 2014 so far.

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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.

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Lilacs & Champagne: Lilacs & Champagne

Lilacs & Champagne have crafted what will likely stand out as one of 2012's best debut albums with their self-titled LP, mixing trip-hop beats, absurd samples, and an intriguing spy film atmosphere.

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Various Artists: Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga!

Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! offers the screeching guitar tones and blurting organs you'd expect, with spirited and blissful head trips peppering its 20 thoroughly researched selections.

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We Built Our Own World: Hans Zimmer and the Music of 'Inception'

Zimmer reveals why he brought along Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr for the Inception soundtrack, how his relationship with Nolan works, and why the music was inspired by both David Bowie and mathematician Roger Penrose.

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