News + Soundtrack News & Reviews
I’ve been building a new media-heavy website over the past week, hence the slight delay in getting reviews up, but things will start to fall into place starting Friday when the site goes live, and I’ll have a film-music related interview, and an interview with one of the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s curators regarding a nifty ongoing series.
I’ll provide more details tomorrow, but the site’s been designed to archive existing multimedia materials related to reviews & interviews at KQEK.com, as well as my own endeavors, be they short films and / or audio projects, plus weekly Editor’s Picks of new (and perhaps important to some, time-worthy) shorts I’ve found through links, recommendations, and my own time-wasting skills (which can be quite substantial on overcast, blacchy, Advil days).
Before I get to the film music material, just a quick note about the TBL’s Science on Film series. I caught Body Heat (1981) last night, and prior to the screening of the 35mm print (!), the host announced the next installment will be Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark (1987), to be complimented with a discussion and Q&A with sound effects whiz Gordon Smith, who’s getting a retrospective gallery show as well this year. Near Dark features a great Tangerine Dream score and rich colour palette, so it’ll be a treat to catch the film on the big screen later this month. I can now cross off Body Heat from my Wish List, with Near Dark to follow.
A review of Body Heat will appear later next week.
Just uploaded are reviews of two recent Silva Screen compilation CDs featuring music from two mega-franchises, The Complete Harry Potter Film Music Collection [M] mapped out on 2CDs, and Music from the Twilight Saga [M].
In terms of new soundtrack releases, La-La Land just announced a pair of Jerry Goldsmith albums most collectors figured would eventually come out: a 3-CD set of Start Trek: The Motion Picture (featuring all the music Goldsmith filtered out of Sony’s prior 2-CD set, feeling they were redundant in spite of their important to fans), and Warning Shot, which has been a personal favourite since I picked up the original Liberty LP.
That platter – the official soundtrack release – contained re-recorded jazz themes by Sy Zentner, and the B-side contained newer (and less successful) versions of other Goldsmith themes. Most LP collectors know Liberty, part of the Capitol umbrella, generally featured excellent stereo releases, and Warning Shot is no exception, so it’s a delight LLL has not only gotten their hands on the LP master, but the original mono score recording, so fans have the best of both worlds.
Lastly, Quartet Records just announced CD releases of George Fenton’s China Moon, Nicola Piovani’s Marcia Trionfale, a Pascal Gaigne Retrospective set, and a limited reissue of Ennio Morricone’s Hornet’s Nest (previously part of FSM’s megaset The MGM Soundtrack Library) – an underrated score to a very underrated WWII film.
That is all.