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‘Black Panther’ Composer Ludwig Göransson On Grammy Wins & His Surreal Journey Through Senegal

On Sunday night, Ludwig Göransson won three Grammys. The trio of awards came in recognition of his Black Panther score, and his collaboration with Childish Gambino on “This Is America,” a song (and record) that set the world on fire. Along with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Ariana Grande and others, Gambino (né Donald Glover) was not in attendance that night, reportedly due to friction with The Recording Academy. Standing in for the esteemed multi-hyphenate, the composer and… Read

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Marco Beltrami Continues To Take Risks, With Scores For ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ & ‘Extremely Wicked’ — Sundance Studio

A two-time Oscar nominee, Marco Beltrami never shies from a challenge. Between an Oscar-nominated doc (Free Solo) and a box office smash, which became a bona fide cultural phenomenon (A Quiet Place), he scored two of the most exciting and audacious works of the past year. Late last month, the composer got on to the next phase of an exciting creative streak. Stopping by Deadline’s Sundance Studio, he discussed his work on two films (Velvet Buzzsaw, and Extremely Wicked, Sho… Read

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Finale To Be Capped With A Concert Showcasing Its Songbook

The series finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will have a special concert event immediately following the last show: Yes, It's Really Us Singing: The 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Concert Special! The music starts on Friday, April 5 at 9 PM ET/PT immediately following the 8 PM airing of the finale. Rachel Bloom and the cast of the series will perform live versions of fan-favorite songs, complete with staging, multimedia visuals, and a live band and orchestra. "The songwriters of Crazy… Read

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Composer Justin Hurwitz On The “Excitement” & “Pressure” He Felt Entering New Space With ‘First Man’

Progressing to the upper echelon of film scoring with admirable speed, Justin Hurwitz had a predicament with First Man, setting out to craft music unlike any he'd composed before. Collaborating with director Damien Chazelle since his days at Harvard, Hurwitz had a whirlwind experience with his last project, the original musical La La Land, winning two Oscars, two Golden Globes, and a BAFTA Award, among other accolades. His score there marked only his third feature… Read

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Composer Alexandre Desplat On The Booming Taiko Drums & Barking Saxophones Of ‘Isle Of Dogs’

When two-time Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat goes about his work, he spends a lot of time imagining, striving for a score and a sonic world unlike any heard before. With Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs—set in a dystopian near-future Japan, and following a boy in search of his dog on an island of refuse—this meant leaning into elements of the traditional Japanese sound, without relying on those two heavily. Building his principal melodies entirely around drums—Taiko… Read

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With ‘Suspiria,’ Radiohead Frontman Thom Yorke Faces His Fears, Writing First Film Score & Surprising Himself In The Process

One of the most influential musicians of the last 30 years, Thom Yorke has always had a crisis of confidence, when it comes to scoring films. Approached to score David Fincher's Fight Club back in 1999, the Radiohead frontman wouldn't come around to film for another 19 years, making his debut as a composer this year with Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria. Centered on a Berlin dance company run by a coven of witches, this homage to Dario Argento's 1977 giallo classic would seem… Read

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In The Right Combination Of Brass & Strings, ‘Beale Street’ Composer Nicholas Britell Finds The Sound Of Love

After working with Barry Jenkins on his Oscar-winning Moonlight, composer Nicholas Britell set out on If Beale Street Could Talk, chasing a sound that felt like love. Treating "every movie [as] its own universe," Britell never knows where he'll wind up with a score, but he had certain initial instincts when it came to Jenkins' latest. "When I first spoke with Barry, before he’d shot the film, he was imagining that the sound of brass would be a part of the film in some… Read

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‘Capernaum’ Composer Khaled Mouzanar Taps Into “Divine Curse” On Underground City – Exclusive Video

EXCLUSIVE: Three years ago, Lebanese composer Khaled Mouzanar set out on Capernaum, with no real idea where the film would take him. Directed by his wife, Nadine Labaki, the drama centers on Zain, a 12-year-old Lebanese boy serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime. Taking his own parents to court, the child sues them for their abuse and neglect. In the mind of this fiercely intelligent and angry young man, the very fact that he was brought into the unforgiving… Read

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‘Be More Chill’s Joe Iconis Developing ‘Punk Rock Girl’ Musical Featuring Blondie, Avril Lavigne, Pat Benatar Hits

EXCLUSIVE: Composer Joe Iconis, whose Off Broadway viral sensation Be More Chill is headed to Broadway in February, is developing a new stage musical called Punk Rock Girl featuring songs written or made famous by such female musicians or female-fronted bands as Avril Lavigne, Pink, Pat Benatar and Blondie. The project was announced today by Lively McCabe Entertainment as a collaboration with BMG and R&H Theatricals. Iconis is writing the book and musical arrangements… Read

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Alan Menken Discusses ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Song & Bittersweet Nature Of Disney’s Live-Action Adaptations

On Ralph Breaks the Internet, Disney's follow-up to 2012's Wreck It Ralph, Alan Menken enjoyed the privilege of being sought after for the legacy he's built, and a singular musical quality only he could provide. As the eight-time Oscar winner notes, he has become a genre unto himself at this point. "It certainly beats a stick in the eye," the legendary composer laughs. "It's nice in that you know that your work is really valued." The force behind such Disney animated… Read

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Composer Carter Burwell Captures Hopes, Dreams & Bleakness Of Old West For ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ — Exclusive Video

EXCLUSIVE: Going into The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the Coen brothers' latest, Oscar-nominated composer Carter Burwell knew their sensibilities and working methods well, as he notes in the video above. At this point, Burwell had worked with the legendary directors on 16 films, dating back to Blood Simple in 1984. What the composer was surprised by, when it came to their latest outing, was its structure, which affected the way both story and music would unfold. The product… Read

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‘First Man’ Composer Justin Hurwitz Captures Sounds Of Achievement, Love & Loss — Production Value Video Series

After winning his first pair of Oscars for Damien Chazelle's La La Land—for Best Original Score and Best Original Song—Justin Hurwitz took a major creative leap. A close friend and the closest of the director's collaborators since their time at Harvard University, the composer had worked with Chazelle to this point on three projects set squarely within the world of music, including Whiplash and the pair's first low-budget effort, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. On stage… Read