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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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Film Composer Carter Burwell Provides the Missing Link to Chris Butler's 'Missing Link'

Among today's most prolific film composers and a two-time Academy Award nominee, Carter Burwell ventures into animated fare with the Chris Butler's Missing Link.

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Elimination Leads to Creation: Junkie XL on His Score for 'Alita: Battle Angel'

From crafting the acclaimed soundtrack to Max Max: Fury Road to his latest score for Alita: Battle Angel, Junkie XL talks with PopMatters about his film score work and what draws him to classic scores from the '50s.

Jose Solis
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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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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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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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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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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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Dean Hurley: Anthology Resource Vol. 1: △△

The Twin Peaks soundtrack collection exposes a key architect for one of the most daring shows of all time.

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Paul Weller: Jawbone - Music From the Film

The ageless, prolific Weller steps out of his comfort zone with his first soundtrack, and it's a moody, psychedelic gem.

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Mika Vainio: Mannerlaatta

With Mannerlaata, Mika Vainio has created a soundtrack that is presumably as sinister and confounding as the film it accompanies.

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Low: The Exit Papers

In 2000, in between the career-defining albums Secret Name and The Things We Lost in the Fire, Low created the EP The Exit Papers, a stab at making film music.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson: Orphee

Orphée is the first album by Jóhann Jóhannsson not associated with a film since 2009’s Fordlandia, and from the opening track, it shows itself as a work to be heard on its own terms.

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Patrick Cowley: Muscle Up

Gay pornography, gone cosmic.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Theory of Everything

Jóhann Jóhannsson evokes the sound of space and time falling in love together... in the '60s.

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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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Chris Brokaw: Now, Forager OST

A surprisingly good album that happens to make a fine soundtrack.

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Dave Porter: Breaking Bad OST

One of the biggest contradictions in the soundtrack business is that the right music perfectly adheres to the scenes, and it does it so well that it disappears or, better, becomes one thing with the pictures

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Jóhann Jóhannsson: Prisoners

Enter Jóhannsson's dark and haunting atmosphere full of tension, turmoil and suspense.

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Josh Tillman: The History of Caves

Father John's soundtrack to his wife's upcoming short film wants to be hypnotic and foreboding; it settles for fitfully pretty and forgettable.

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Various Artists: The Man With The Iron Fist

The Man With the Iron Fist is not only the best soundtrack of the year, it's one of the year's best albums overall.

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Wax Tailor: Dusty Rainbow From the Dark

Concept album by trip/underground hip and downtempo, hop. Leave that button alone, it works.

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Valgeir Sigurðsson: Architecture of Loss

Stunning album by the multifaceted Icelandic producer, label founder and musician that transports us to the glacial wilderness of his home country.

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Fennesz: AUN: The Beginning & End of All Things

The title, we're asked to believe, means “the beginning and end of all things” -- which doesn't really mean anything. An alternate title might be "AUN: The End of your Otherwise Cheery Mood".

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Damon Albarn: Dr. Dee

Creative mastermind Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, Rocket Juice & the Moon) releases the soundtrack to his opera, based on the life of John Dee. It's a stunning work on its own, but just doesn't find its footing unaccompanied by visuals.

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K.S. Chithra: K.S. Chithra

She characterises herself with dauntless flutters, like punchlines.

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Various Artists: Life Is Dance!

Nazir Ali's voice rings down like an axe and when she calls you "silly" it's so powerful you blush and laugh.

Deanne Sole
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Mike Patton: The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Original Soundtrack)

Intriguing in both the quality of the music and the execution of its concept, this is an excellent soundtrack that can be enjoyed without seeing its source material, though it is not without its own quirks.

Brice Ezell
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The Chemical Brothers: Hanna (Soundtrack)

Based on the themes presented, you'd think that an elementary-school-aged kid was at the center of the narrative, rather than a junior-in-high-school-aged one.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - "Interrupted Melody"

Irrespective of its placement in 'Exorcist II: The Heretic', both “Interrupted Melody” and its sister track, "Interrupted Melody (Suspended Sound)", work astoundingly well as `70s film-culture quantifiers, delivering Ennio Morricone’s ability to challenge us not only with atonality, or in this case, clearly presented tonality in contrast to his more abstract works.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - "Regan's Theme" (Floating Sound and Finale)

Ennio Morricone's score to the 1977 film 'The Exorcist II: The Heretic' is anything but predictable. The man responsible for that bravado-ridden whistle we all know from 'The Good, the Bad & the Ugly' does something on this soundtrack that might be truly hellish if not for its roots in exotica.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

In the context of the movie almost all of these songs are great. But as a soundtrack album, Scott Pilgrim doesn't quite reach the same level of greatness.

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: The Road

The Road offers emotive compositions that are a pleasure to contemplate in their own lone, spectacular depression.

Jayson Harsin
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Various Artists: Greenberg: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

In taking a break from his attention-demanding main gig, Murphy proves himself a capable and affecting songwriter, often armed with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and his voice.

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