Making Overtures


I love film scores—enough to have written a chapter on them in the 2008 Time Out book, 1000 Songs to Change Your Life. (There are a few copies left on Amazon! Makes a great gift!) I like the way that film music takes on its own life and its own characteristics when stripped from its source, and the best composers of the stuff currently working—Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Carter Burwell—slot nicely into iTunes playlists alongside Radiohead, Explosions in the Sky and other artists who merely sound like they’re scoring for films. There’s more to film music than John Williams’ Star Wars scores, and you should look to the Film Music Reporter blog for a thoughtful, no-nonsense introduction to what really is its own musical genre. By the way: My current favorite is Christophe Beck’s score to the animated short Paperman, which Film Music Reporter tells me is now available on iTunes. I so love a happy ending.

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