Rabu, Maret 28, 2012

Dark Shadows Original Score

Studio: Village Roadshow Pictures, GK Films, Infinitum Nihil, Warner Bros (distributor)
Sutradara: Tim Burton
Composer: Danny Elfman
Tanggal rilis film: 11 Mei 2012
Tanggal rilis album: 8 Mei 2012
Label: Watertower Music

Dark Shadows dibuat berdasarkan soap opera tahun '60-an berisi makhluk-makhluk horor gothic seperti vampir, monster, nenek sihir, werewolves, hantu, dan zombi. Bintang-bintangnya banyak juga yak, the usual suspects are there, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter dan Christopher Lee, plus Michelle Pfeiffer yang jadi Catwoman di Batman Returns. Selain itu ada pula Eva Green yang jadi Bond girl di Casino Royale dan Chloe Moretz yang jadi Hit Girl di Kick-Ass dan baru-baru ini muncul di Hugo bersama Christopher Lee.

Film ini akan menjadi film ke-12 pasangan sutradara-composer Tim Burton dan Danny Elfman (sebenarnya 13 tapi The Nightmare Before Christmas disutradarai oleh Henry Selick). Film Tim Burton sebelumnya adalah Alice in Wonderland di tahun 2010. Film kerja sama mereka berikutnya adalah Frankenweenie.

Bagi Danny Elfman sendiri, Dark Shadows akan menjadi karya pertamanya di tahun 2012, menyusul Men in Black 3 tanggal 25 Mei 2012 dan kemudian Frankenweenie yang rencananya akan dirilis tanggal 5 Oktober 2012. Jadwal film Danny Elfman di tahun 2013 adalah Oz: The Great and Powerful (8 Maret 2013) dan Leafmen (17 Mei 2013).

Film Music Magazine March Soundtrack Picks

Daniel Schweiger di situs Film Music Magazine merekomendasikan musik Danny Elfman untuk Planet of The Apes yang baru dirilis La-La Land Records, berikut kutipannya:

Danny Elfman has often played primal aggressiveness for director Tim Burton in such rampaging scores as “Sleepy Hollow” and “Mars Attacks.” But none of their collaborations would grab the composer’s furious instincts like Burton’s redo for “Planet of the Apes.” Sure Jerry Goldsmith had the percussive idea first when he accompanied Charlton Heston into The Forbidden Zone, but leave it to Danny Elfman to run rampant with those animalistic beats and ethnic wind instruments. While the orchestra is ever present here, it’s a swirling, unbound beast, with anything resembling pleasant melody hosed down in a cage until the climax. Grinding, pounding, screaming brass is the thrust of this “Ape” score, an approach that definitely makes this at times near-dissonant “Planet” soundtrack its own, assaultive animal in the franchise’s cannon, and the one that arguably best conveys the most nightmarish aspects of a future man never reckoned on making. 

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Sabtu, Maret 17, 2012

The Elfman Project

Tanggal 8 Maret yang lalu, diumumkan bahwa American Youth Symphony akan menyelenggarakan konser untuk musik-musik Danny Elfman, berikut kutipannya:

Following the success of The Goldsmith Project, AYS explores the work of famed film composer Danny Elfman. This is the first in a 3 year project to explore the music and musical life of this brilliant, four-time Oscar-nominated composer. While Elfman has composed concert works as well, this is a rare opportunity to hear his film scores performed live! The afternoon symposium will feature a live performance and discussion of his innovative work and collaborations.

Konser tersebut akan memainkan musik Elfman untuk Batman, Sommersby dan Edward Scissorhands. Sebelum konser akan diadakan simposium di mana akan dimainkan musik Elfman untuk Standard Operating Procedure. Acaranya akan diadakan tanggal 6 Mei di Royce Hall, Los Angeles. Sebenarnya mau datang ke konser tersebut, tapi agak susah karena persiapan-persiapan menjelang Diablo 3 tanggal 15 Mei, ah well... Baca lengkapnya di sini.

Movie Music UK Awards 2011

Tanggal 6 Maret yang lalu, situs Movie Music UK mengumumkan pemenang penghargaannya, berikut kutipannya:

ALAN SILVESTRI for Captain America: The First Avenger
PATRICK DOYLE for Rise of the Planet of the Apes
MICHAEL GIACCHINO for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
LARRY GROUPE for Straw Dogs

Other notable thriller/action/adventure scores from 2011 include Chris Bacon’s SOURCE CODE, Roque Baños’s INTRUDERS, Alfons Conde’s VIENTO EN CONTRA, Nicolas Errera’s SHAOLIN, Danny Elfman’s REAL STEEL, David Hirschfelder’s SANCTUM, Luis Ivars’s CAPITÁN TRUENO Y EL SANTO GRIAL, Eric Neveux’s HIDEAWAYS, Naoki Sato’s GAKU, and Brian Tyler’s FAST FIVE.

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Jumat, Maret 09, 2012

Filmtracks announces its 2011 award nominees and winners

Situs Filmtracks mengumumkan penghargaannya dan Danny Elfman mendapat beberapa nominasi dan menang untuk kategori Top Film Cues. Berikut kutipannya:

Top Film Scores:
• La Ligne Droite (The Straight Line) (Patrick Doyle)

• The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (John Williams)
• The Greatest Miracle (Mark McKenzie)
• Priest (Christopher Young)
• Real Steel (Danny Elfman) 

• Soul Surfer (Marco Beltrami)

The nominees this year were relatively easy to determine, the strength of the field demanding the sixth nomination slot that Filmtracks reserves for abnormally solid years. Selecting the winner was extremely challenging, however, only The Greatest Miracle not competing with its peers. To break the tie, all of these films were viewed carefully to account for the impact of the music in context. After this process was completed, it became clear that Doyle's La Ligne Droite and Elfman's Real Steel had the most substantial impact on their films, the former slightly edging the latter because of its remarkable efficiency given such a small ensemble.

Top Film Cues:
• Real Steel (Danny Elfman) "Final Round"

• The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (John Williams) "Sir Francis and the Unicorn"
• Black Gold (James Horner) "Phantom Army"
• Dream House (John Debney) "Dream House End Credits"
• The Greatest Miracle (Mark McKenzie) "Ascension/Gloria Patri"
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Alexandre Desplat) "Statues"
• Hugo (Howard Shore) "Winding It Up"
• La Ligne Droite (The Straight Line) (Patrick Doyle) "Stadium Memories"
• Mars Needs Moms (John Powell) "Gribble's Loss"
• Peak: The Rescuers (Naoki Sato) "Kyuushutsu"
• Priest (Christopher Young) "Fanfare for a Resurrected Priestess"
• Real Steel (Danny Elfman) "Safe With Me"

• Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Patrick Doyle) "Off You Go"
• Soul Surfer (Marco Beltrami) "Back in the Water"
• Soul Surfer (Marco Beltrami) "Half Pint Boards"
• Super 8 (Michael Giacchino) "Letting Go"
• The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (Carter Burwell) "A Wolf Stands Up"
• War Horse (John Williams) "Dartmoor, 1912"
• Water for Elephants (James Newton Howard) "The Circus Sets Up"
• W.E. (Abel Korzeniowski) "Dance for Me Wallis"

This category was extremely difficult to resolve for 2011, the generally high quality of the year as a whole for film music forcing a plethora of difficult choices. After viewing most of the films represented by these contenders, this award came down to three cues that had a tremendous impact upon their scenes: "Stadium Memories" from Doyle's La Ligne Droite, "Final Round" from Elfman's Real Steel, and "Kyuushutsu" ("Rescue") from Sato's Peak: The Rescuers. All three are represented by altered edits on their album releases, though "Final Round" from Real Steel is arguably superior in its film arrangement, giving it the slight advantage over the other two. Any one of these three cues could have won this award, and if a three-way tie were possible, that may have been the best choice.

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Planet of the Apes (2001) (Expanded Edition) Music By Danny Elfman

Situs Examiner me-review rilis Planet of the Apes dari La-La Land Records, berikut kutipannya:

In revisiting Planet of the Apes, ten years later as a whole, it stands out as a solid score that is definitely alot better than alot of scores that have been released in recent years despite the fact that isn't quite as memorable. Yet, the production values and Elfman's tireless and laborious efforts on it, still make this an album worth getting.
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Rockers Who Score Films

Situs Rolling Stone mem-publish artikel mengenai Rockers Who Score Films, tentunya termasuk Danny Elfman, berikut kutipannya:

Before Danny Elfman began composing scores for film and TV, he was the frontman for Oingo Boingo. In addition to composing the theme songs for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives, Elfman has composed scores for multiple films. He has worked with Tim Burton several times, creating the score for Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks!,Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland.

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The Artist and The Muppets Score Oscar Music Gold

Old news yeah.. Situs The Film Music Society melaporkan segala hal yang terkait dengan musik film dari acara pengumuman pemenang Oscar yang lalu. Berikut kutipannya:

Composer Marc Shaiman, host Billy Crystal's longtime musical collaborator, penned the music and lyrics for Crystal's funny opening Oscar medley. Danny Elfman was announced as having composed the music for the Cirque du Soleil segment. And David Newman's music for Hoffa was heard during the segment recapping the Governors' Awards to James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey and makeup artist Dick Smith.

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