Senin, Desember 27, 2010

Interview: Danny Elfman

Situs Hot Topic pada tanggal 26 Desember mem-publish video wawancaranya dengan Danny Elfman. Lihat videonya di sini.

Batman Returns: Limited Edition

Tanggal 22 Desember yang lalu, Daniel Schweiger mem-publish artikel CD Review: December Soundtrack Picks di situs Film Music Magazine. Salah satu yang direkomendasikan adalah Batman Returns: Limited Edition, berikut kutipannya:

Why should you buy it?: Though there’s little of the sound of Elfman’s Oingo Boingo songs in BATMAN RETURNS, the oompa-loompa calliope vibe that fueled the band is very much present in the pipe organs, taunting chorus, and rollicking xylophones that embody The Penguin’s Circus of Crime. And that’s not the only tuneful representation of characters here, as Elfman uses his string section to meow, hiss and slink about as it becomes the enticing claws of the Catwoman. Throw these completely oddball approaches in with the familiar, theme-heavy brooding of Batman, and you’ve got a delightfully unbalanced soundtrack that plays like Wagner trying to bash his way out of a Christmas parade from hell. It’s just one of the many merry prankster elements that multiplex audiences in 1992 didn’t begin to get about this cleverly seditious sequel.

Extra Special: La La Land Records follows up their complete Elfman BATMAN album by revealing just how complex Elfman’s seeming madness was. With this double album’s score clocking in at nearly 90 minutes, this bells and whistles presentation adds even more hell-bent-for leather romance to the Catwoman confrontations, an eerie underbelly to the Penguin’s zoo hideout and more thunderous charging that sends Batman to the villains’ lair. Put on numerous alternates and original album versions, plus a cocktail band version of Rick James’ “Superfreak,” and this new, expansive BATMAN RETURNS reveals itself as what could be considered Elfman’s ultimate mock superhero opera.

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The Next Three Days

Tanggal 19 Desember yang lalu, situs Movie Wave mem-publish review-nya untuk The Next Three Days, rating-nya 3/5. Berikut kutipannya:

The more ambient material is OK for what it is; while few people would pick this piece of Elfman’s bag of tricks as their favourite, he certainly does it well in terms of supporting a film. Sustained strings, synth pads and repeated electric guitar chords are used to good effect. From the album’s point of view, the trouble is that sustained strings, synth pads and repeated electric guitar chords don’t make for the most fascinating listening; and they make up the bulk of the opening 40 minutes. Some of the harmonic progressions are quite beautiful, but they can only do so much. Occasionally the composer opts to stay purely orchestral, as with the excellent, moving “All is Lost”; these passages are impressive. As the album progresses, the pace increases a little and there is slightly more of a feeling of the music going somewhere.
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Minggu, Desember 19, 2010

CD Review: The Best Scores of 2010

Pada tanggal 13 Desember 2010 yang lalu, Daniel Schweiger merilis daftar score terbaik tahun 2010 versinya di situs Film Music Magazine, termasuk di antaranya adalah The Next Three Days, berikut kutipannya:

There have been far splashier Danny Elfman scores this year with ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE WOLFMAN, not to mention pictures that did far better at the box office. Yet it’s Paul Haggis’ terrific, and unfortunately neglected film where Elfman delivered what’s arguably one of his most interesting and dramatically effective scores in many a beast-filled moon. Here the accent is on the family noir, as constantly propulsive rhythms move a suburban dad to break his beloved wife out of stir. And we know exactly the kind of anguish, and fatherly love that’s driving his actions in Elfman’s understated music, with remarkably flowing themes binding the score, with all roads leading to the big, relentlessly suspenseful nine-minute breakout that stands as one of the composer’s most remarkable action cues, or pieces of music for that matter. When tender pianos, a gospel voice and a near fairy-tale melody finally reunite a family torn asunder, the effect is one of supremely moving understatement, showing Elfman as much a master of the human condition as he is of the fantastical creatures that are more often put in his scoring crosshairs.

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Danny Elfman talks to Young Hollywood

Situs Cheekopek Hollywood mewawancara Danny Elfman sehubungan dengan Elfman-Burton Music Box. Baca dan lihat video wawancaranya di sini.

Danny Elfman Talks Tim Burton Scores, Bernard Herrmann's Influence and More

Pada tanggal 14 Desember yang lalu, situs Artist Direct mem-publish wawancara dengan Danny Elfman mengenai Elfman-Burton Music Box. Berikut kutipannya:

Do you have particular memories about the Sleepy Hollow score?

Yeah, it was just really fun. I didn't really know exactly what I was going to do with it. Once again, the main theme of "The Headless Horseman" wasn't The Horseman's first theme that I wrote. It became "Ichabod Crane's Childhood Theme." I ended up with this theme for him as a child and it started just following him. I just learned somewhere along the way never to argue with those impulses because they're doesn't have to be rhyme or reason. Nothing has to make sense. In fact, sometimes it's better that it doesn't. I'll look back later and go, "Well, I could see psychologically how this would've fit with this." At the time, I'm not thinking that way at all. It just kept coming back.

I loved The Headless Horseman. I was incredibly proud of Tim because it's the first time he did a villain that was really a villain. He had no redeeming qualities. Normally, we love Tim's villains. They're usually the characters we associate with. The Headless Horsemen just cut off heads. There was no sense like, "Oh the poor guy, look at him stumbling around his house knocking everything over because he can't see anything while he's trying to make his cereal in the morning." [Laughs] He was a monster. When he killed that family and pulled up that little kid from under the planks, I was so proud of Tim [Laughs].

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Elfman finds challenge in 'Wonderland'

Pada tanggal 15 Desember, Jon Burlingame di situs Variety menurunkan tulisan mengenai pembuatan musik Alice in Wonderland dan The Next Three Days oleh Danny Elfman. Berikut kutipannya:

Scoring "The Next Three Days" with director Paul Haggis "was really quite opposite," Elfman says. The Russell Crowe action film had a limited music budget, "which I turned into something positive," he adds. "I was happy to have a smaller ensemble."

He added piano and strings to his own studio-created percussion and other sounds and was surprised to discover that Haggis preferred the smaller string grouping (13 or 14 players) for its more intimate sound. "It was a dream," he says.

Baca lengkapnya di sini. Baca juga mengenai Academy Awards Music Branch di sini dan mengenai lagu-lagu yang bisa masuk nominasi untuk best song di sini.

Kamis, Desember 16, 2010

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Danny's nominated, yay. Third time's a charm? Engga kali ya.. Alice in Wonderland dinominasikan untuk Best Original Score - Motion Picture, ini adalah yang ketiga kalinya. Sebelumnya adalah The Nightmare Before Christmas tahun 1993 dan Big Fish tahun 2003. Kategori lengkapnya adalah sebagai berikut:

The King's Speech - Alexandre Desplat
Alice in Wonderland - Danny Elfman
127 Hours - A. R. Rahman
The Social Network - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Inception - Hans Zimmer

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Jumat, Desember 10, 2010

Video Game Soundtrack Sampler

Tanggal rilis album: November 19, 2010 (MP3)
Label: Sumthing Else Music Works

Track list:
1. Finish the Fight - Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori 2:27
2. Fable Theme - Danny Elfman 1:42
3. Darksider's Theme - Mike Reagan and Cris Velasco 3:51
4. Theme from Dark Void - Bear McCreary 2:56
5. Gears Of War - Kevin Riepl 4:30
6. Mass Effect Theme - Jack Wall & Sam Hulick 2:21
7. Apocalypse - Jesper Kyd 4:33
8. Enter Skag Gully - Raison Varner 2:48
9. The Theme Of Umbrella Chlonicles - GHM Sound Team 1:59
10. Welcome to Bright Falls - Petri Alanko 4:26
11. Mr. Bones - Steve Ouimette 3:22

Label Sumthing Else Music Works merilis album sampler untuk musik-musik video game-nya, termasuk Fable Theme yang dibuat oleh Danny Elfman. Sebelumnya main title dari Fable hanya bisa didapat dari soundtrack dari game-nya, tapi skarang bisa di-download di sini. Tapi lagi, buat yang tinggal di Indonesia, ngga bisa tu, so only for those who live in certain countries, klik di sini.

20th Century Fox: 75 Years Of Great Film Music

Tanggal rilis album: 7 Desember 2010
Label: Varèse Sarabande

Track list:

Disc One 1935 – 1960

1. 20th Century-Fox Fanfare
(with CinemaScope extension) (:19)
Alfred Newman
2. All About Eve 1950
Main Title / The Award (2:17)
Alfred Newman
3. How Green Was My Valley 1941
The Family and Bronwen / Finale / End Title (8:10)
Alfred Newman
4. The Song of Bernadette 1943
The Vision (4:16)
Alfred Newman
5. Laura 1944
Main TItle (2:17)
David Raksin
6. The Ghost And Mrs. Muir 1947
Prelude / Local Train / The Sea (3:54)
Bernard Herrmann
7. Captain From Castile 1947
Conquest (4:08)
Alfred Newman
8. Twelve O’Clock High 1948
Main Title (1:52)
Alfred Newman
9. The Day The Earth Stood Still 1951
Prelude / Outer Space / Radar (3:45)
Bernard Herrmann
10. Viva Zapata! 1952
Gathering Forces (3:24)
Alex North
11. My Cousin Rachel 1952
Main Title (2:23)
Franz Waxman
12. The Robe 1953
Main Title / Caligula’s Arrival / Finale (4:23)
Alfred Newman
13. Prince Valiant 1954
Main Title / King Aguar’s Escape (4:53)
Franz Waxman
14. Untamed 1955
Main Title (2:35)
Franz Waxman
15. The Rains of Ranchipur 1955
Main Title (2:18)
Hugo Friedhofer
16. How To Marry A Millionaire 1953
Street Scene (5:36)
Alfred Newman
17. The Seven Year Itch 1955
Main Title (3:13)
Alfred Newman
18. Three Coins In The Fountain 1954
Prelude / Rome (4:27)
incorporates “Three Coins In The Fountain” written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
Victor Young
19. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing 1955
Main Title / God Has Been Good / Finale (7:05)
incorporates “Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing” written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Alfred Newman
20. The Long, Hot Summer 1958
The Long, Hot Summer, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, Performed by Jimmie Rodgers / Two Butterflies (5:02)
Alex North
21. From The Terrace 1960
Love Theme (1:29)
Elmer Bernstein

Disc Two 1961 – 1985

1. Cleopatra 1963
Main Title / Cleopatra Enters Rome (9:37)
Alex North
2. The Sand Pebbles 1966
Overture / Main Title (5:08)
Jerry Goldsmith
3. Planet Of The Apes 1968
Main Title / The Hunt (7:18)
Jerry Goldsmith
4. Patton 1970
Main Title / German Advance (5:37)
Jerry Goldsmith
5. Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970
Main Title (3:02)
Jerry Goldsmith
6. The French Connection 1971
Main Title / This Is It (4:15)
Don Ellis
7. The Poseidon Adventure 1972
Main Title (2:11)
John Williams
8. The Paper Chase 1973
End Title (2:32)
John Williams
9. Conrack 1974
Main Title (6:00)
John Williams
10. The Omen 1976
Ave Satani (2:32)
Jerry Goldsmith
11. Magic 1978
Main Title (2:02)
Jerry Goldsmith
12. The Fury 1978
For Gillian / End Title (4:27)
John Williams
13. Alien 1979
Main Title (4:09)
Jerry Goldsmith
14. Norma Rae 1979
It Goes Like It Goes (3:01)
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Jennifer Warnes
David Shire
15. Author! Author! 1982
Main Title (1:58)
Dave Grusin
16. Max Dugan Returns 1983
End Title (2:23)
David Shire
17. Romancing The Stone 1984
End Title (5:28)
Alan Silvestri
18. Commando 1985
Prologue / Main Title (3:56)
James Horner

Disc Three 1986 – 2010

1. Predator 1986
Main Title (3:51)
Alan Silvestri
2. The Fly 1986
Main Title (1:54)
Howard Shore
3. Lucas 1986
Main Title (2:43)
Dave Grusin
4. Raising Arizona 1987
Way Out There (1:54)
Carter Burwell
5. Wall Street 1987
Bud’s Scam (2:48)
Stewart Copeland
6. Big 1988
Opening (2:50)
Howard Shore
7. Broadcast News 1987
Young Jane / Main Title (2:44)
Bill Conti
8. Die Hard 1988
The Nakatomi Plaza / Gruber’s Arrival (5:29)
Michael Kamen
9. The Abyss 1989
Bud on the Ledge (3:14)
Alan Silvestri
10. Hoffa 1992
End Credits (8:00)
David Newman
11. Mrs. Doubtfire 1993
Main Title (3:00)
Howard Shore
12. Speed 1994
The Rescue (4:03)
Mark Mancina
13. Cast Away 2005
End Credits (3:45)
Alan Silvestri
14. Unfaithful 2002
Unfaithful (2:37)
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
15. Ice Age 2002
Opening Travel Music (1:18)
David Newman
16. I, Robot 2004
End Credits (3:15)
Marco Beltrami
17. Fantastic Four 2005
Main Titles (2:33)
John Ottman
18. Night At The Museum 2006
Night At The Museum (2:36)
Alan Silvestri
19. Horton Hears A Who! 2008
Horton Suite (7:40)
John Powell
20. Independence Day 1996
End Credits (9:07)
David Arnold

75 Years Of Great Film Music

All About Eve
The Robe
The Seven Year Itch
Three Coins In The Fountain
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
Planet Of The Apes
The French Connection
The Paper Chase
The Omen
Night At The Museum
and many more

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment paints the town diamond white with the release of the Twentieth Century Fox 75th Anniversary Gift Set, a 75-film, three-volume set, highlighting a remarkable, rich and unparalleled heritage of classic films, Academy Award® winners and box office smashes.

To join in the celebration, Varèse Sarabande will release a deluxe 3CD set saluting 75 Years Of Great Film Music at Twentieth Century-Fox, featuring some of the greatest composers ever to work in Hollywood: Alfred Newman, Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, and many more.

Harga 24 dolar hmmmm! Lihat di situsnya di sini.

Minggu, Desember 05, 2010

'Extra' Exclusive: Danny Elfman on Tim Burton

Situs Extra (dari mem-publish video interview-nya dengan Danny Elfman. Klik di sini untuk melihat wawancaranya.

53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Danny Elfman kembali mendapat nominasi Grammy Awards, yay! Berikut kategorinya:

82. Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media.

Alice In Wonderland
Danny Elfman, composer

James Horner, composer

Hans Zimmer, composer

Sherlock Holmes

Hans Zimmer, composer

Toy Story 3

Randy Newman, composer

Ini nominasi kesebelasnya (dan salah satunya menang untuk "The Batman Theme" untuk film Batman tahun 1989). Pengumuman pemenangnya akan diadakan pada tanggal 13 Februari 2011. Baca lengkapnya di sini.

Confirmed: Hans Zimmer Is Scoring Zack Snyder's SUPERMAN! Promises A "Reinvention"!

Tanggal 1 Desember yang lalu, situs Ain't It Cool News mengkonfirmasi bahwa Hans Zimmer akan membuat musik Superman yang baru untuk Chris Nolan. Berikut kutipannya:

“It's a hard one,” mused Zimmer, “but I followed one of the most iconic things on 'Batman' with Chris as well, and it's the same thing. You are allowed to reinvent, but you have to try to be as good or at least as iconic and it has to resonate and it has to become a part of the zeitgeist. That's the job. On 'Gladiator' I remember people always talking about 'Spartacus' and I kept telling them, 'When you saw "Spartacus" and how it affected it you, that's how I want a modern audience to be affected by what we do now.' So I think ultimately you're supposed to reinvent.”

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Morning Becomes Eclectic: Danny Elfman

Tanggal 30 November yang lalu Chris Douridas dari Radio KCRW mewawancarai Danny Elfman termasuk memutarkan rekaman Danny Elfman ketika mendapat ide untuk The Jar. Klik di sini untuk mendengarkan wawancara ini.

Space Battleship Yamato Original Soundtrack

Studio: Tokyo Broadcasting System
Sutradara: Takashi Yamazaki
Composer: Naoki Sato
Tanggal rilis film: 1 Desember 2010 (Jepang)
Tanggal rilis album: 1 Desember 2010
Label: ?

Track list (courtesy of Google Translate):
1. Space Battleship Yamato Opening Title
2. Dirty Man
3. Vessels of Hope
4. Launch Wave Cannon
5. Gamilas Fleet
6. Feedback
7. Gamirasuroido (??)
8. Instruction
9. The Disappearance of Enemy Fleet
10. Moment of Silence
11. Comfort
12. Beautiful Blue Planet
13. Crisis
14. Convictions
15. A New History
16. Cosmo Zero Launch
17. Radioactivity Removal System (??)
18. Committed Future
19. Earth
20. Dessler Revenge
21. Things to Protect
22. The Final Salute
* Theme song is not included

Belum dengar musiknya tapi hampir pasti tema lama Yamato karya Hiroshi Miyagawa tetap ada dan diaransemen ulang; tema lama Yamato terlalu iconic dan memiliki top-of-mind awareness yang terlalu kuat untuk tidak digunakan sebagai selling point. Klik di sini atau di sini untuk membeli score album ini.

Kamis, Desember 02, 2010

Love Lives

Composer: Steven Tyler
Tanggal rilis film: 1 Desember 2010
Tanggal rilis album: 24 November 2010
Label: Sony Music Japan

Track list:
1. Love Lives
2. Love Lives (Acoustic Version)
3. Love Lives (Piano Version)
4. Love Lives (Instrumental)

Theme song dari Space Battleship Yamato, film live-action tahun ini, dibuat oleh Steven Tyler dari band Aerosmith sebagai solo effort pertamanya. Seharusnya dilaporkan minggu-minggu lalu saat artwork dari cover-nya muncul tapi karena satu dan lain hal... Eniweis samples-nya bisa didengarkan di sini.

Rabu, November 24, 2010

PR: The Next Three Days - New Danny Elfman Score

Berikut press release resmi dari score Danny Elfman untuk film The Next Three Days:

UK Release Date: 24th January 2011

Digital album - SILED1352 - to be released on 3rd January 2011

Silva Screen is set to release Danny Elfman’s impressive piano-led score to director Paul Haggis’s tense thriller, starring Russell Crowe.

Perhaps best known for his work with Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare before Christmas, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Alice In Wonderland), Danny Elfman’s celebrated film scoring career stretches back over thirty years and spans such huge brands like Batman, and Spider-Man. His Television work includes the signature themes for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives.

Paul Haggis is an award-winning filmmaker, winning both Academy Award for best picture and best screenplay for Crash, also known for writing screenplays for outstanding Clint Eastwood productions Million Dollar Baby, Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. His recent blockbuster hits include Casino Royale and In the Valley of Elah.

“I cannot imagine a better collaboration than the one I had with Danny. It is an unarguable fact that he is a musical genius”
*- Paul Haggis*

The soundtrack includes two Moby songs, Be The One and Mistake, the former a brand new track scheduled to appear on Moby’s new album in 2011.


1. Prologue
2. A Way In
3. What She’s Lost
4. Pittsburgh’s Tough
5. Blood Stain
6. Same Old Trick
7. Don Quixote
8. All Is Lost
9. A Promise
10. That’s OK
11. It’s On
12. The Evidence
13. Last Three Months
14. The Bump Key
15. A Warning
16. Breakout
17. Touch
18. Reunion
19. The Switch
20. They’re Off
21. Got ‘Em
22. The Truth
23. The Aftermath
24. Mistake - Moby
25. Be The One - Moby

Update: dengarkan Pittsburgh's Tough di bagian musik dari situs resminya di sini

VIDEO: Danny Elfman, Self-declared Geek, On His '25th Anniversary Music Box' with Tim Burton

Tanggal 23 November kemarin, situs The Hollywood Reporter menampilkan video wawancara mereka dengan Danny Elfman mengenai The Elfman-Burton Music Box dan Houdini, Broadway musical yang dibintangi oleh antara lain Hugh Jackman. Berikut kutipannya:

Oscar-winning composer chats with THR about creating the ultimate box set comprising his work with one of Hollywood's most celebrated directors.

Danny Elfman is a lifelong geek and proud of it, he tells THR in a new interview. The Oscar-winning composer, who celebrates 25 years of collaboration with director Tim Burton, marked by the December release of Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box, explains the meticulous, time-consuming task of combing through decades of material, from the demo phase to the screen. While sometimes painful, by his own admission, the resulting product is nothing short of spectacular: a functioning music box containing 16 CDs, a weighty hardbound book, a DVD and a moving zoetrope, among other doodads (some contained on a skeleton key USB drive).

Check out the video to learn about what was involved in creating the ultimate box set, which sells for $499, and to hear about the next phase in Danny's career: the upcoming Houdini Broadway show starring Hugh Jackman.

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The Elfman-Burton Music Box Collector's Edition Bonus Disc

Pada tanggal 22 November 2010, Warner Bros Records mengirimkan e-mail kepada pihak yang telah memesan The Elfman-Burton Music Box melalui situs mereka Isi e-mail tersebut adalah permintaan maaf bahwa mereka tidak bisa mengirimkan box-nya bulan Desember 2010, mereka akan mengirimkannya bulan Februari 2011.

Selain itu, mereka memberi bonus kepada seluruh pemesan mereka (hanya 1000 kopi yang dipesan melalui situs mereka), berikut ini kutipannya:

In appreciation of your order, Warner Bros Records is pleased to let you know that we will be sending you a very special HOLIDAY GIFT:

Created EXCLUSIVELY for the now sold-out Numbered, Limited Collector's Edition of 1000, this BONUS DISC will feature special musical content. Only those who already purchased the COLLECTOR'S EDITION will receive this rare 17th Disc as an addition to the set's 16 CD collection. 

To make your holidays even brighter, this bonus gift disc will be AUTOGRAPHED BY DANNY ELFMAN!

Elfman sudah mengatakan bahwa sejak pembuatan box ini, sudah didapat lagi material-material lainnya. Woohoo!!!! Selamat buat para pemesan yang mendapatkan CD bonus ini!

Limited, Numbered Collector's Edition of 1000: SOLD OUT!

Dari tanggal 23 November kemarin, "Limited, Numbered Collector's Edition of 1000" dari The Elfman-Burton Music Box sudah sold out dari situs Ini berarti edisi pertamanya yang 1000 kopi sudah tidak bisa lagi dipesan dari situs tersebut. Tapi edisi berikutnya masih bisa dipesan dengan harga tetap US$ 500, hanya saja edisi pertama ini terdiri atas 17 CD sedangkan edisi-edisi berikutnya hanya 16 CD. Klik situsnya di sini.

Selasa, November 23, 2010

CD Review: November Soundtrack Picks

Pada tanggal 22 November, situs Film Music Magazine mem-publish album reviews dari Daniel Schweiger termasuk The Next Three Days dari Danny Elfman di bagian ALSO FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, berikut kutipannya:

When Danny Elfman tackles action, it’s usually with the frenetic rock-orchestral energy of WANTED, or bringing down the dark cosmic thunder of HELLBOY 2. So it’s particularly cool when the composer gets to stretch with more realistic protagonists in the action arena, especially for the family-driven thrills of THE NEXT THREE DAYS, in which Russell Crowe (whom Elfman last scored for PROOF OF LIFE) tries to spring his character’s wife from an unjust murder rap. Elfman’s inimitably eccentric style has perhaps never sounded so effectively normal as it were, combining an emotional heartbeat with gripping suspense rhythms, as tender guitars, pianos and melodically tense strings reflect the love and determination that turns an ordinary husband into a fugitive. And no cue in DAYS packs a suspenseful punch like the big “Breakout,” as empathetic, ever-shifting orchestral percussion and guitar stylings bust our heroine out of stir. It’s a master lesson how to make an eight minute run of music into a virtuoso exercise in breathless excitement, turning this cue into a highlight in Elfman’s already remarkable cannon. Top DAYS off with a soulful voice that sings for family ties taken to the breaking point, then add two Moby numbers, and you’ve got another piece of Elfman dynamite that isn’t so much constantly exploding as it is impressing with its humane power.

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Predictions For This Year's Original Score Nominations

Pada tanggal 21 November, Scott Bettencourt dari situs FSM mem-publish artikel mengenai prediksi score yang akan mendapat nominasi Oscar di acara 2011 83rd Academy Awards 25 Januari nanti (acaranya 27 Februari 2011), berikut kutipan untuk bagian Danny Elfman:

PROS: This 13th collaboration between Elfman and director Tim Burton is the highest grossing film of their quarter-century partnership, and is the kind of symphonic fantasy score that Music Branch members tend to favor. Elfman's "Alice" theme is one of the most memorable melodies of the film music year.
CONS: Only one Elfman-Burton score has ever received an Oscar nomination (Big Fish). Elfman's score wasn't singled out in many of the reviews, which were mixed to negative overall.

PROS: The director is Paul Haggis, whose first film, Crash, was the 2005 Best Picture winner. It stars Oscar winner Russell Crowe, and Elfman himself is a four-time nominee.
CONS: It's a suspense thriller, a genre that rarely gets attention from the Music Branch.

Peluangnya terdiri dari tiga kategori: good, fair dan poor, berarti peluang Elfman untuk mendapat nominasi keempat (setelah Men in Black, Good Will Hunting dan Big Fish) kecil yak menurut Scott Bettencourt. Baca lengkapnya di sini.

Minggu, November 21, 2010

Danny Elfman: ‘I always saw myself as an alien as a child’

The Hero Complex dari LA Times telah mem-publish bagian kedua dari wawancaranya dengan Danny Elfman, berikut kutipannya:

GM: I wonder how many directors have the facility to talk about music in the same way you can.

DE: It’s worse when they have a lot of musical ability, because they’re describing things in a musical way but it still isn’t what they’re expecting. Warren Beatty was like that. He’s a musician. He’s a better musician than I am. He can sit and play the piano. I can’t sit and play the piano to save my life. It doesn’t help. It’s all visceral, it’s all feel. You just have to get to the gut or not.

GM: And “Batman” was the most difficult?

DE: “Batman” was by far the most difficult. I had never done a big film. There was a lot of pressure to bring in another composer. There were actually two different camps wrestling me out of place. One, the initial idea of Jon Peters, was to have Michael Jackson, Prince and George Michael score the film. Prince would do the Joker theme; Michael would do the Batman theme; George Michael would do the love theme. That didn’t really leave much room for me to do anything. Then there was another sensible voice from Warner Bros. to bring in a composer like a John Williams or somebody like that who could do a big film. There was one side wanting it to be like a pop thing, totally different than anybody was expecting. And then the Michael Jackson and George Michael thing kind of fell away and they were just left with Prince. They wanted me to co-write the score with Prince, and I didn’t want to do that.

GM: Since the experience of assembling the “Music Box,” have you gotten better about archiving your own material?

DE: Since the last two months, I’m searching actively now for about 20 other scores. I’m trying to get film mixes for early stuff. I’m talking with older music editors I’ve worked with, looking for old hard drives, and I’m trying to find all my printed music. I didn’t save a single piece of manuscript and so we did find a lot, certainly not everything.

Penting, penting siapa tahu bakal ada Music for a Darkened Theatre vol. 3?? Baca lengkapnya di sini.

The Elfman-Burton Music Box: Less Than 100 Left

Baru tanggal 18 November yang lalu situs mengirim e-mail mengenai tinggal 175 music box yang bisa dipesan melalui situs mereka, ternyata sudah dipesan cukup banyak orang sehingga sekarang kurang dari 100 music box yang bisa dipesan. Pesan di situsnya langsung di sini atau di Amazon atau tempat-tempat lainnya.

Jumat, November 19, 2010

Iris: A Journey Through The World of Cinema

Sejak minggu lalu, tiket untuk pertunjukan ini sudah dijual. Berikut deskripsi dari Iris:

This new production from Cirque du Soleil is a lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art. Bringing together dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation, the show takes spectators on a fantastic voyage through the history of cinema and its genres, taking them into the heart of the movie-making process. From illustration to animation, black and white to colour, silent films to talkies, fixed shots to swooping camera movements, spectators witness the poetic construction/deconstruction of this art as an object and as a way of transcending reality.

Dari bagian para creators-nya, berikut kutipan untuk bagian Danny Elfman:

Danny Elfman is a musician best known for composing music for television and cinema and leading the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer / songwriter for almost 20 years. He is a frequent collaborator of long-time friend Tim Burton and has scored most of his films. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and won a Grammy Award for Tim Burton's Batman and an Emmy Award for his Desperate Housewives theme. He is also known for creating the main title theme for The Simpsons. IRIS is his first Cirque du Soleil show as Composer and Musical Director.

Lihat situsnya di sini.

Danny Elfman knows the score: Tim Burton ‘opened every door for me’

Hero Complex dari situs LA Times mem-publish wawancara dengan Danny Elfman mengenai Elfman-Burton Music Box. Berikut kutipannya:

I don’t know whether this type of person who’s really interested in this … level of minutiae and detail, whether it’s 10 people, hundreds or thousands, but it doesn’t matter. That’s who we put this together for. However many or few they are. The book, the same thing. At first I thought, this is going to be viewed as the most self-indulgent thing ever. I would die if I read that. Again, Richard was like, “No, no. … You have to think of this not as a biography but really extensive liner notes.”

Especially as I look back, it’s a good thing “Pee-wee” was a very simple score. That was the first thing that struck me when I listened to it because I hadn’t heard it in all these years.

Baca lengkapnya di sini. Ngomong-ngomong soal music box ini, situs meng-update mail list-nya pada tanggal 18 November kemarin, mengabari bahwa kurang dari 175 music box yang masih bisa dipesan dari situs tersebut. Situsnya dapat dilihat di sini.

For Howard Shore, the symphony isn't finished yet

Situs The Province mem-publish cerita mengenai Howard Shore mengerjakan musik untuk The Hobbits. Berikut kutipannya:

"We've talked about making these movies for many years, at least since 2002," Shore says.

"It looks like finally it's going to be happening. I'll be working on it for the next three years -- it's going to consume a lot of my time and work now."

Baca lengkapnya di sini. Akan ada dua soundtrack album untuk The Hobbits ini karena filmnya di-split dua, dirilis Desember 2012 dan Desember 2013.

"The Next Three Days" Los Angeles Special Screening

Pada acara Directors Guild of America diadakan special screening untuk The Next Three Days dan beberapa situs mem-publish foto-foto red carpets dari Danny Elfman bersama anaknya Mali Elfman. Lihat foto-fotonya di Zimbio di sini, di Monsters & Critics di sini, di Film Magic di sini dan di Wire Image di sini.

Situs Thompson on Hollywood melaporkan acara tersebut, berikut kutipannya:

Haggis proudly announced the film (he cast two of his daughters and his son in it), and thanked composer Danny Elfman and leading man Russell Crowe (both in attendance), the latter of whom presumably took off his sunglasses once the lights went down.

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Update on All Things La La Land

Tanggal 12 November yang lalu La-La Land Records membuat posting di bulletin boards-nya, berikut kutipannya:

Batman Returns - as you can expect Mr Elfman and company were very busy with that massive box set coming out at X-Mas and it kinda put a damper on our entire BR release schedule. However, all is good in Gotham now and we might see the caped crusader and his rogue's gallery on our La La Land shelf in the coming months.

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Senin, November 15, 2010

Director George Tillman Jr. On Set Interview FASTER

Tanggal 8 November 2010 (again, old news but I was out of town, so...) situs Collider mem-publish wawancara mereka dengan sutradara George Tillman Jr. Beliau adalah sutradara film Notorious di mana Danny Elfman mengisi score-nya. Saat ini ia sedang menyutradarai film Faster. I don't know what to make of it, so here's the quote:

I think the soundtrack is gonna be great, because I think the whole movie is a journey from where we see the character of the driver driving throughout. You know, the journey throughout the film. And looking at the whole Inland Empire, with the character coming from Los Angeles, from outside Los Angeles, from Bakersfield, also from all the different areas outside of California, there are a lot of opportunities for music. The great thing is, you’ve got a lot of opportunities for… I’m excited by it because I’m going to bring something that we haven’t seen for awhile. There is a lot of blues, gospel stuff that we bring from the Forties and the Fifties that’s going to be thematically played throughout the movie that really has a lot to do with the film. When the driver shows up as this revival tent and there’s this whole religious undertones and overtones for the movie that really guides these characters. So I’m interested in bringing a blues, gospel, religious aspect. A darker side, with blues to the soundtrack that will kind of open it up, so I’m really excited about bringing that aspect to the film.

...I was listening to all kinds of music and there was this one blues song, it’s this song, “John the Revelator” that he sings at the end of the movie I’ll be playing throughout. And then I started listening to other stuff, some of the blues back then and some of Robert Johnson’s stuff. I just thought, this is stuff that you haven’t really seen or heard. I’m hoping too that we are still talking about it, like my relationship with Notorious, just dealing with Danny Elfman and trying to get him back in the movie and just put this and put Danny Elfman, who wants to do different kinds of things and use a lot of his blues soundtrack. I’m just thinking there is a lot of opportunity for that because we have three different stories and three different styles, and there are some really cool things that we can do with that and the soundtrack at some point.

Baca lengkapnya di sini. Faster yang diproduksi oleh studio Castle Rock Entertainment ini akan dirilis tanggal 24 November 2010. Film ini dibintangi oleh antara lain Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Berenger dan Moon Bloodgood.

Sabtu, November 06, 2010

Johnny Depp To Start 'Dark Shadows' In April With Tim Burton Directing

Tanggal 4 November kemarin, situs Deadline mem-publish artikel eksklusif mengenai Dark Shadows yang akan mulai dibuat oleh Tim Burton pada bulan April 2011 ini. Berikut kutipannya:

The film has been slated to begin production in January but today was pushed back to April. Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’s GK Films are producing along with Dick Zanuck. (It's Zanuck's 6th collaboration with Tim Burton.) Warner Bros has been trying for several years to get to the starting line on this movie adaptation of the TV series that ran on ABC from 1966-1971 and had legions of fans frightened by the moody and atmospheric storyline.

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The Next Three Days: Music From The Motion Picture

Studio: Lionsgate
Sutradara: Paul Haggis
Tanggal rilis film: 19 November 2010
Tanggal rilis album: 16 November 2010
Label: Lionsgate Record

Track list:
1. Prologue
2. A Way In
3. What She's Lost
4. Pittsburgh's Tough
5. Blood Stain
6. Same Old Trick
7. Don Quixote
8. All Is Lost
9. A Promise
10. That's Ok
11. It's On
12. The Evidence
13. Last Three Months
14. The Bump Key
15. A Warning
16. Breakout
17. Touch
18. Reunion
19. The Switch
20. They're Off
21. Got 'Em
22. The Truth
23. The Aftermath
24. Mistake (Moby)
25. Be The One (Moby)

Ini dia album terbaru Elfman sejak Alice in Wonderland, 23 score tracks plus dua lagu dari Moby. Sampelnya dapat didengar di situs filmnya di sini. CD-nya dapat di-preorder di Amazon di sini.

Jumat, November 05, 2010

'Music Box' mines long collaboration

Pada tanggal 4 November kemarin, situs Variety mem-publish tulisan Jon Burlingame mengenai Elfman-Burton Music Box. Berikut kutipannya:

Elfman's assistant and Kraft spent months searching through dusty, half-forgotten storage units looking for every scrap of music that Elfman wrote and found various cassettes, DATs and reels of tape "in between boxes of broken doll parts and old synthesizer equipment," says the composer.

The result is more than seven hours of previously unreleased material, including expanded soundtracks of all the movies and even early demos of Elfman themes and songs. Whether to include those demos was a bone of contention between composer and agent. "We found one of his first demo recordings of 'Batman,' and it sounds like it was recorded on a Casio," says Kraft.

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Ngomong-ngomong soal box ini, lihat di Amazon di sini atau buat yang mau mesen ke Indonesia mungkin paling baik lewat situs Yesasia di sini.

Aaron Sorkin writing Hugh Jackman's Houdini musical: Composer Danny Elfman has 'high hopes'

Pada tanggal 2 November yang lalu, situs Entertainment Weekly mem-publish wawancara dengan Danny Elfman tentang musical Houdini. Berikut kutipannya:

“I’ve written music on and off for two years already,” Elfman tells EW. “It’s such a different process [from my film scoring work]. For me, it’s taking forever. But other people say, ‘Oh, no, you’ve only been on that a couple of years, that’s nothing!’”

Elfman spent the last week in New York meeting with Sorkin, O’Brien, Slater, and a producer to discuss the show. “Right now Aaron Sorkin is writing,” says the composer. “He’s writing away, and we all have high hopes that Aaron’s going to come through and do some good stuff.”

Next up is a first reading of the script, scheduled for January. After that, Elfman estimates that the show could open in early 2012 — though we wouldn’t be surprised to see it on Broadway even sooner if the reading goes well. “I’m just trying to go with it and learn,” says Elfman. “Hopefully [the show] will happen, but I know that there are so many things that need to still happen, and reasons why it may or may not. I just try to take an attitude of, ‘If it happens, great, and if it doesn’t, I’ll have learned what it’s like working on a Broadway musical.’”

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Sabtu, Oktober 30, 2010

Danny Elfman Recalls 'Batman' Score Stand-Off, 'Craziest Story Of All' With Prince And Studio

Situs MTV mem-publish wawancara mereka dengan Danny Elfman, berikut kutipannya mengenai Elfman-Burton Music Box:

And it’s all there, I just decided, "F--- it. Put it out there." And that’s weird. I am a very, very private person, and there was a lot of arm-twisting. It’s kind of like letting people into that side of me. It’s a great leap forward — let’s put it that way. If you would've asked me a couple years ago if I would do it, I would’ve never even had remotely considered it — just the same way I would never be on Facebook. I’ll be the last person to not be on Facebook. I have no desire to share myself.

Baca lengkapnya di sini. Ini katanya adalah bagian pertama, akan ada bagian lain membahas berbagai macam hal termasuk kerja sama berikutnya antara Danny Elfman dengan... Sam Raimi??? Ada masalah antara Elfman dengan Raimi pada pembuatan Spider-Man 2, mungkin udah baekan lagi ya dan ada kerja sama berikutnya...

Hugh Jackman 'Excited' to Make Musical Magic on Broadway in Houdini

Situs mem-publish artikel mengenai komentar Hugh Jackman untuk musical Houdini pada tanggal 26 Oktober lalu, berikut kutipannya:

“We’re going to do a workshop of that in January [2011], so we’re off and running,” he told on opening night of Driving Miss Daisy. “We have some amazing people on board: [writer] Aaron Sorkin, [composer] Danny Elfman, [director] Jack O’Brien. It’s going to be a really, really interesting group, so I’m excited.”

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World Soundtrack Awards 2010

Howard Shore: "THAT should've been mine"
Pada tanggal 23 Oktober 2010 kemarin, para pemenang World Soundtrack Awards 2010 sudah diumumkan. Berikut kutipannya:

Alexandre Desplat was chosen as Film Composer of the Year 2010 and took home the award for Best Orginal Film Score of the Year (Fantastic Mr. Fox) for the second year in a row. Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett received the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written for Film (‘THE WEARY KIND’ from “Crazy Heart”) and Abel Korzeniowski is the Discovery of the Year Award and Public Choice for A Single Man. John Barry received the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Richard Kraft on the Elfman-Burton Music Box

FSM mem-publish artikel mengenai Elfman-Burton Music Box dari Richard Kraft pada tanggal 15 Oktober 2010 (yeah old news, sorry huhu..), berikut kutipannya:

There are rumors about a scaled-down, CD-only version without the bonus material, or about selling all the discs as individual CDs. What can you tell us about that?

Warner Bros. Records is handling the sales, promotion and marketing on this and doing a fantastic job. I have heard of no plans for them to make anything other than the full Music Box including all the CDs, USB, book, DVD, box and zoetrope. I do know the deals we made with the various studios and record companies were for this Music Box configuration only.

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Sabtu, Oktober 09, 2010

Exclusive Clip From WB'S 25TH Anniversary Music Box

Laporan situs Ain't It Cool News (AICN) untuk Tim Burton & Danny Elfman Music Box dilampiri dengan video eksklusif obrolan Tim Burton dan Danny Elfman tentang Beetlejuice. Baca lengkapnya dan lihat videonya di sini.

Danny Elfman upcoming projects include Real Steel, Men in Black 3

Ada satu (tepatnya dua) hal yang mungkin terlewat ketika membaca berita Tim Burton & Danny Elfman Music Box yang heboh. Di bagian "about Danny Elfman" dari press release Warner Bros. Records, tercantum upcoming projects-nya dan tercantum di sana Real Steel dan Men in Black 3. Mengenai keterlibatan Elfman di Men in Black 3 sudah dapat diperkirakan namun pengumuman mengenai Real Steel ini adalah hal yang baru. Baca press release-nya di sini.

Real Steel berasal dari cerita pendek karya Richard Mateson mengenai olahraga tinju di masa datang. Cerpen ini pernah diadaptasi menjadi salah satu episode seri TV The Twilight Zone tahun 1963. Film ini diproduksi oleh antara lain DreamWorks SKG, dan produsernya antara lain Shawn Levy yang juga menjadi sutradaranya, kemudian Steven Spielberg dan juga Robert Zemeckis. Tokoh utamanya diperankan oleh Hugh Jackman. Real Steel akan dirilis tanggal 18 November 2011.

Shawn Levy selalu berpasangan dengan composer Christophe Beck untuk semua filmnya termasuk film terakhirnya Date Night yang baru-baru ini diputar, kecuali dua film: Night at the Museum dan Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian yang kedua musiknya dibuat oleh Alan Silvestri. Real Steel akan menjadi pertama kalinya Elfman bekerja sama dengan Shawn Levy tapi belum tentu terjadi karena waktu rilisnya masih setahun lebih dari sekarang.

Berbeda dengan Men in Black 3, film ini akan menjadi kerja sama Elfman dengan sutrada Barry Sonnenfeld untuk ketiga kalinya dan akan menjadi trilogi pertama Elfman (musik Spider-Man 3 dibuat oleh Christopher Young sehingga gagal menjadi trilogi pertama Elfman). 

Men in Black 3 diproduksi oleh antara lain Columbia Pictures dan Amblin Entertainment dan salah satu produsernya adalah Steven Spielberg. Will Smith dan Tommy Lee Jones akan kembali sebagai Agent J dan Agent K, demikian juga Rip Torn sebagai bos mereka Zed dan kali ini ditambah dengan Josh Brolin. Film ini akan dirilis dalam format 3D, seperti telah dikabarkan situs ini di sini, pada tanggal 25 Mei 2012.

Musik Men in Black mendapat nominasi Academy Awards untuk kategori Original Musical or Comedy Score di tahun 1997. Musik Men in Black 2 memvariasikan musik Men in Black dengan highlight jazz treatment untuk tema utamanya yang sayangnya hanya digunakan sebagai source music di dalam filmnya. Untuk film ketiga ini sudah pasti tema utamanya akan kembali, hal yang menarik untuk ditunggu adalah variasi apa yang akan dibuat oleh Elfman kali ini.

Jumat, Oktober 01, 2010

The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box Available This December

Situs The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box telah mengeluarkan press release dan meng-update situsnya dengan isi dari Music Box ini, berikut kutipannya:


Warner Bros. Records will be releasing The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box, a very special limited-edition, numbered box "Collectors Edition" of 1000 that collects expansions of the 13 original scores that Elfman has composed for Burton's iconic films. This is a newly-produced library of 16 CDs each packaged with artwork by Burton, adding up to more than 19 hours of music, including 7 hours of previously-unreleased Masters, demos, work tapes and other rarities.

Additional highlights of The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box include:
  • Among the 19 hours of music are seven hours of previously unreleased music including such rarities as additional masters, cut songs, song and score demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixes, and foreign-language songs.
  • Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton: A meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated 250+ page fine linen-wrapped hardbound book, entitled with gold foil stamping, and featuring a foreword by Johnny Depp. The book also includes rare photos, stories, and interviews from the cast and crew behind the scenes of this classic music — from the early days of Elfman's band Oingo Boingo to the recent blockbuster film Alice in Wonderland. Interviewed are such collaborators and peers as Guillermo Del Toro, Phillip Glass, Paul Haggis, James Newton Howard, Tom Jones, Michael Keaton, Ang Lee, Errol Morris, Thomas Newman, Catherine O'Hara, Jon Peters, Paul Reubens, David Rockwell, Scott Rudin, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore, Twyla Tharp, Gus Van Sant, and Richard Zanuck. This comprehensive 10"x10" keepsake book is written by acclaimed film-music journalist Jeff Bond and designed by Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor.
  • An hour-long exclusive, newly filmed DVD featuring an extended conversation between Burton and Elfman as they reflect on their quarter-century collaboration.
  • As a collectible created exclusively for this treasure box of music, a distinctive Skeleton Key USB Flash Drive has been designed—inspired by the art of Tim Burton. A pull of the key unlocks a USB drive loaded with MP3s of the entire contents of this Limited-Edition Music Box. From Pee-wee's Big Adventure through Alice In Wonderland, it's all there, including all the bonus tracks, demos, work tapes, and other rarities.
  • Newly created liner notes by Elfman discussing each expanded score and their bonus material of additional masters, song and score demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixes, and foreign language versions.
A collection of music as unique as Elfman's for the films of Tim Burton needed to be housed in something equally special, wondrous, and whimsical. Designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic, The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is a work of art in itself. Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor has transformed previously unseen art by Burton and crafted a large scale, tin-covered music box complete with an embedded music chip playing "The Music Box Suite" arranged and performed by Elfman specifically for this historic collection. And to literally top it all off, with a flip of the lid, a delightful working zoetrope is revealed featuring strips of art and photos by Burton and Elfman that come to animated life with a spin.

Jadi 16 CD berisi score dan bonus tracks dari 13 film kerja sama Tim Burton dengan Danny Elfman plus tiga CD (Oddities and EndsCurious and Curiouser: Song Demos dan Note and Notations: Orchestra-only Version), satu DVD obrolan Tim Burton dengan Danny Elfman mengenai kerja sama mereka, Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton yaitu buku hard-cover setebal lebih dari 250 halaman serta satu USB flash drive berisi MP3 dari semua musik dari Music Box ini, semuanya seharga... US$ 499.99. Limited, Numbered "Collector's Edition" ini hanya ada 1000 kopi, kemungkinan akan ada edisi lainnya tapi tentu dengan isi yang tidak selengkap edisi ini.

Isi dari masing-masing (CD, buku, ini, itu) dapat dilihat di situsnya dengan mengklik gambar yang sesuai, situsnya ada di sini. Eniweis, mereka tidak bisa melayani kiriman ke Indonesia.

Situs The New York Times menurunkan artikel mengenai Music Box ini, baca di sini. Tonton juga videonya di situs tersebut.

Selasa, September 28, 2010

Batman: (Danny Elfman) - Updated Review, With Additional Album

Situs Filmtracks memperbarui review-nya dengan munculnya soundtrack baru Batman tahun 1989 (Batman: Limited Edition 2 CD set Expanded Archival Edition) dari La-La Land Records. Berikut kutipannya: does bring into question whether the 2010 album is worth its price for fans of the score. In its favor, the additional material is noteworthy, including outstandingly restrained performances of the title theme in "Bat Zone" and "Showdown I." The bonus tracks at the end of the second CD include two alternate versions of the overture, but with only subtle changes. Ironically, the "Joker's Commercial" is the most entertaining (and far better in sound quality). The final track has a hidden recording at the end with the studio crew seemingly drunkenly performing "Beautiful Dreamer" complete with catcalls, testimony to the toll that long days of recording must take on peoples' sanity. 

On the other hand, the La-La Land product really didn't live up to the hype that it initially generated because of its sound quality issues.

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Kamis, September 23, 2010

Cirque du Soleil's 'Iris,' featuring music by Danny Elfman, to bow at Kodak Theatre

Berikut kutipan dari tulisan dari LA Times:

The long-awaited Cirque du Soleil production that will take up residence at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood next summer finally has a name and a creative team. "Iris," written and directed by Philippe Decouflé, is set to make its world premiere at the Kodak in the summer of 2011, according to the company. The production will pay homage to the history of filmmaking and is expected to feature dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation. Composer Danny Elfman is writing the original score for "Iris." Elfman is best known for his scores to the movies of Tim Burton as well as the opening theme for the animated TV series "The Simpsons."

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Minggu, September 19, 2010

Steven Tyler to sing a theme song for “SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO”

News not related with Danny Elfman yak, hehe. Situs Tokyo Hive melaporkan bahwa Steven Tyler dari Aerosmith akan membuat theme song untuk film live-action Space Battleship Yamato. Theme song berjudul "Love Lives" tersebut akan dirilis pada tanggal 24 November 2010, sebelum filmnya yang akan dirilis di Jepang tanggal 1 Desember 2010.

Film ini adalah versi live-action untuk film animasi layar lebar Space Battleship Yamato tahun 1977 yang di Jepang menjadi fenomena lebih besar daripada Star Wars. Film animasi tahun 1977 ini dibuat berdasarkan film seri animasi TV yang mulai dibuat/diputar tahun 1974. Ceritanya tetap sama mengenai usaha Yamato untuk menyelamatkan Bumi yang dibombardir komet oleh alien race Gamilons. Bintangnya antara lain Takuya Kimura (Kimutaku), aktor-penyanyi terkenal yang juga anggota band SMAP dan Meisa Kuroki. Takuya Kimura looks good as Kodai Susumu, and he's a fan too!!

Keputusan untuk bekerja sama dengan Steven Tyler ini sudah jelas dimaksudkan untuk mendongkrak kesuksesan film ini, seperti lagu "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" dari Aerosmith terhadap film Armageddon tahun 1998. Tema lagunya mengikuti tema standar film-film Space Battleship Yamato (tentang cinta) sedangkan melodi dan aransemennya standar Aerosmith banget.

Music score-nya sendiri kelihatannya akan menggunakan established themes karena musiknya terlalu iconic untuk tidak digunakan. Para composer yang membuat musik-musik Yamato sebelumnya, antara lain Hiroshi Miyagawa dan Kentaro Haneda, sudah pada wafat, untuk film baru ini, composer-nya adalah Naoki Sato

Dalam trailer-nya yang terbaru, tema-tema yang ada mendapat aransemen baru. Musik yang kemudian digunakan dalam trailer tersebut adalah musik setipe musik E.S. Posthumus (kalau bukan memang salah satu track dari Unearthed, album pertama E.S. Posthumus) baru kemudian Love Lives. Baca artikelnya di sini. Trailer terbarunya dapat dilihat di sini (looks cool!) dan situs resminya yang berbahasa Jepun ada di sini. Laporan pembuatan film ini dapat dibaca di situs, bagian pertamanya di sini dan bagian keduanya di sini. I love this series, hope it spawns zillions of new fans!

Minister wants to pick next Venice jury prez

Situs The Hollywood Reporter menurunkan artikel mengenai keinginan Menteri Kebudayaan Italia, Sandro Bondi, untuk memilih presiden tim juri dari Venice International Film Festival tahun depan karena merasa pilihan-pilihan tim juri tahun ini, yang diketuai (dipresideni??) oleh Quentin Tarantino, terlalu "elitist" (baca: nepotisme). Berikut kutipannya:

Minister Sandro Bondi blasted the decision of the jury to award the festival's top prize to Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere." In the wake of the festival, which concluded Sept. 11, the Italian media charged the choice showed favoritism toward Coppola, Tarantino's former girlfriend.

Tarantino was also criticized for the jury's decision to present Tarantino's mentor, iconic independent filmmaker Monte Hellman, with a career award, and for giving two major awards to Alex de la Iglesia, a long-time friend of the 47-year-old Tarantino.

Danny Elfman termasuk juri untuk film-film yang masuk kategori "Venezia 67" yaitu film-film yang diputar perdana di 67th Venice International Film Festival dan berkompetisi untuk mendapatkan penghargaan tertinggi Golden Lion. Baca hasil lengkap pilihan para juri untuk kategori Venezia 67 dan kategori-kategori lainnya di sini. Baca artikel lengkap THR di sini.

Senin, September 06, 2010

Venezia 67 Jury Photocall: 67th Venice Film Festival

Situs Zimbio menampilkan foto-foto para juri untuk kategori "Venezia 67". Seperti telah dikabarkan sebelumnya, Danny Elfman adalah salah satu juri untuk 67th Venice International Film Festival. Juri untuk kategori Venezia 67 ini ada tujuh orang termasuk ketua para jurinya Quentin Tarantino. Berikut deskripsi untuk Danny Elfman di situsnya:

An eclectic, talented and multifaceted musician, actor, singer and composer. In the 1970s, he joined an avant-garde comedy/music/theatre group founded by his brother Richard that would later become the ska-rock band “Oingo Boingo” of which he was the lead singer until the 1990s. Able to mix the most diverse styles, from classical to rock, to jazz, to goth, always with a sardonic touch, Elfman has been working in motion pictures since 1985, when director Tim Burton asked him to write the music for Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. The Elfman-Burton collaboration grew tighter with the music for Beetlejuice and Batman, which earned Elfman a Grammy, and continued with Edward Scissorhands, Batman, and Batman Returns, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks!, The Corpse Bride, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. Elfman’s music for Good Will Hunting, Men In Black, Big Fish and Milk earned him four Oscar nominations. He has also composed the scores for such diverse films as Midnight Run, Spider-Man 1 & 2, Dick Tracy, Sommersby, Mission: Impossible Hellboy 2, Next Three Days and many others. Elfman is also well known for his classic television themes to The Simpsons, Tales from the Crypt and Desperate Housewives. Elfman’s first full-length orchestral commission, Serenada Schizophrana premiered at Carnegie Hall. He made his ballet debut with the American Ballet Theatre with Rabbit and Rogue with choreography by Twyla Tharp.   

Venezia 67 adalah film-film yang diputar perdana di 67th Venice International Film Festival dan berkompetisi untuk mendapatkan penghargaan tertinggi Golden Lion. Ada 23 film yang berkompetisi antara lain Black Swan dari sutradara Darren Aronofsky, Somewhere dari sutradara Sofia Coppola dan Di Renjie Zhi Tongtian Diguo (Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame) dari sutradara Tsui Hark. Baca daftar film lengkapnya di sini. Lihat kelima foto di situs Zimbio di sini.

Kamis, September 02, 2010

Danny Elfman attends at the Machete Premiere

Situs melaporkan bahwa Danny Elfman menghadiri pemutaran perdana Machete di 67th Venice International Film Festival. Machete disutradarai oleh Robert Rodriguez, dibintangi oleh Danny Trejo dan musiknya dibuat oleh John Debney. Iya law datang, kan Elfman tugas jadi juri, datang dengan kacamata khasnya. Baca artikelnya di sini.

Selasa, Agustus 24, 2010

Tim Burton Reunites With 'Ed Wood' Scribes For 'Addams Family' And 'Big Eyes'

Situs melaporkan bahwa Tim Burton akan menjadi produser untuk dua film yaitu The Addams Family dan Big Eyes. Berikut kutipannya:

Tim Burton has reunited with his Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski on a pair of projects. They will write The Addams Family, the stop-motion animated film that Burton and Chris Meledandri are producing for Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures. At the same time, Burton has come on to be a producer of Big Eyes, the fact-based drama which the duo wrote as a directing vehicle, based on artist Margaret Keane's struggle to get credit for the line of paintings of big-eyed children that became wildly popular in the 60s. Burton will produce with Lynette Howell's Silverwood Films banner.

Jika Tim Burton menjadi produser film, bisa jadi Danny Elfman terlibat untuk musiknya, misalnya 9 yang disutradarai Shane Acker, Elfman membuat tema-temanya sedangkan score-nya dikembangkan dari tema-tema tersebut oleh Deborah Lurie.

Tema asli The Addams Family dibuat oleh Vic Mizzy. Filmnya, The Addams Family dan Addams Family Values, tetap menggunakan tema ini dan score-nya dibuat oleh Marc Shaiman.

Film The Addams Family baru ini belum memiliki tanggal rilis. IMDb hanya mencatat tahun 2014. Big Eyes juga belum memiliki tanggal rilis, film ini rencananya akan dirilis tahun 2011. Baca artikel lengkapnya di sini.