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September 18, 2019
Our look at the music and sound of Raiders of the Lost Ark concludes with a breathtaking truck chase, scoring Indy in disguise, and the climactic opening of the Ark. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
September 11, 2019
Our adventures continue with Indiana Jones in Cairo, where John Williams and Steven Spielberg masterfully use film score and diegetic music to tell a story of mystery, danger, and romance. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
September 4, 2019
We take a much closer look at the music of Raiders, starting with the opening adventure in South America. Specific musical moments in the film are discussed and analyzed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 28, 2019
Our musical adventures with Indiana Jones begin by taking a close look at the inspiration behind Raiders and its film score. We break down the main musical themes, including the famous Raiders March, Marion's theme, and a theme for the Ark. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 28, 2019
Our musical adventures with Indiana Jones begin by taking a close look at the inspiration behind Raiders and its film score. We break down the main musical themes, including the famous Raiders March, Marion's theme, and a theme for the Ark. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
July 24, 2019
Ephemeral, a podcast by Alex Williams, consists of stories that may be unfamiliar, but the themes are universal; it's a window into our own fragile, material existence that begs the question, “How will I be remembered?” This clip from the "Sounds of Silence" episode covers the four minutes and thirty three seconds that changed the course of music history, and features musicologist and composer Kyle Gann. The entire first season of Ephemeral is available now, and learn more at www.ephemeral.show Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 29, 2019
Author Doug Adams shares his exciting experiences as he was writing his comprehensive book on the music of The Lord of the Rings. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 22, 2019
The languages of Middle Earth are more than just vital to the Lord of the Rings: They are an essential part of Howard Shore’s operatic film score. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2019
We continue our look at Fellowship by discussing the beautiful and familiar music of the Hobbits, in all its permutations. The musical connections between Hobbits, the One Ring, and Gollum are explored, and we break down the theme for The Fellowship of the Ring itself. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 8, 2019
Our first look at not only the film scores of Middle Earth, but also at composer Howard Shore. The creation of his music for Fellowship is examined, as is the source material for these amazing films. Themes are broken down, and the overall style and approach of Shore's music is analyzed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 1, 2019
Film music has its roots in 19th century opera. The fascinating and controversial life and music of Wagner is explored, as well as an overview of how film music has its roots in opera. Musical examples are played, and history is uncovered. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
April 24, 2019
In part 2 of our interview with composer Vince DiCola, we discuss his work on the 1986 animated feature, Transformers the Movie. His influences are explored, and comparisons are made between his approach to songwriting versus film scoring. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
April 17, 2019
In our interview with Vince DiCola, we learn about how he became the composer for Rocky IV. We explore his musical background as a drummer and keyboardist, how he was influenced by progressive rock, and we discuss his innovative use of synthesizer. Songwriting for Staying Alive is also discussed, and learn the story of how DiCola made it in Hollywood. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
April 10, 2019
Our final look and listen to the music of The Empire Strikes Back covers the end of the film, and its main location: Cloud City. We listen to more restored music during the lightsaber duel, explore even more themes like Boba Fett's theme and Lando's Cloud City theme, and we examine how John Williams carefully scores the trap that awaits our heroes, playing against the gorgeous visuals and the illusion of safety that they present. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
April 3, 2019
Our in-depth look at The Empire Strikes Back continues as we examine the middle of the film: the asteroid field, the planet Dagobah, and more. Continuous changes to the final score are discussed, and we get our first listen to an instrument that makes its debut in the Star Wars saga: the synthesizer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
March 27, 2019
We look at the music of the first act of The Empire Strikes Back: the planet Hoth. Multiple cues are discussed, as well as the creative process of iterating on musical ideas. We even get to hear restored music that was written and performed for many long sequences, but was cut from the film. Lastly, we focus on the battle in the snow, and the moment that the Imperial March is established as a theme for Darth Vader himself. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
March 20, 2019
When approaching the film score to The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to the unprecedented smash hit Star Wars just three years before, John Williams made it all look easy. It wasn't. The pressure was intense, and the timeline was challenging. We discuss the initial spotting session for Empire, as well as the new, central musical themes that emerge in this sequel... one that changed the Star Wars franchise, and its music, forever. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
December 19, 2018
We celebrate our first year of The Soundtrack Show with a glimpse behind the scenes on how the show is written. We share listener emails, give a year in review, take a quick look at (and listen to) some holiday music, and offer a sneek-peak of what's to come in 2019. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
December 5, 2018
In part 2 of our interview, Mike Matessino candidly discusses the challenges facing the music industry, while sharing his insights into the popularity of film scores performed live. Some of his favorite soundtrack releases are discussed, and we get a sample of a new project Mike's been working on. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 28, 2018
Mike Matessino has been producing film and television soundtrack albums for over 20 years, and has worked with some of the most famous film music of all time. We discuss everything that goes into the releases of our favorite albums, and get a few behind-the-scenes stories... including one about how older movie soundtracks often times are barely rescued before they are restored. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 21, 2018
We all know Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter... but what about Hook, Dracula, The Cowboys or Catch Me If You Can? We take a listen to excerpts of lesser-known works by John Williams. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 15, 2018
Recorded in just three hours, this iconic score has been an inspiration to athletes all over the world for decades. We look at its creation, and how music is used to tell the story of a down-on-his luck athlete whose life changes forever. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
November 7, 2018
In our final look at Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, we explore the music for "he who must not be named." The original soundtrack album is also discussed, and we review the 9-part children's suite for orchestra that John Williams penned while he was writing the film score. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 31, 2018
Using musical examples, we explore how the films and books of Harry Potter are a metaphor for common struggles that take place during the normal school year. Themes for Harry, the Potter family, Quidditch, and Hogwarts are also discussed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 24, 2018
In our first look at the musical world of Harry Potter, we discuss the creative inspiration behind "Hedwig's Theme," "Harry's Wondrous World" and more. We then ask the question: is there a theme for Harry Potter himself? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 17, 2018
In this episode, we'll discuss the creation and usage of some of Ghostbusters' pop songs, including Ray Parker Jr's smash number one single, and how they are an effective songscore when combined with Bernstein's orchestral magic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 10, 2018
In our first look at Ghostbusters, we call up an in-depth look at the musical contribution from legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein, who gives the movie a light-hearted, comedic touch ... while treating the threat of malevolent spirits very seriously. The main theme is discussed, as is Dana's theme, and so much more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
October 3, 2018
In just three days, director and film composer John Carpenter wrote a classic horror film score. Go behind the scenes and hear the story of how it all came together. We'll also analyze the music, and talk about why it still scares us decades later. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
September 26, 2018
In part 2 of our look at Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, we discuss how composer Bernard Herrmann skillfully builds tension with his use of repetition early on in the score. In the second half of the film, as a new, 3-note motive emerges, we break down its musical characteristics, and discuss how its used to warn us as the movie shifts from being a psychological thriller, to a classic whodunit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
September 19, 2018
In part 1 of our look at Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, we discuss the history of both Hitchcock and film composer Bernard Herrmann, and explore the strength of their collaborations. We give detailed history on the production of Psycho and its film score, and provide a breakdown of several pieces of music... including the most famous horror scene of all time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
September 12, 2018
Universal created a rich cast of fascinating monsters ... and evolved their film scoring techniques through the process.Through the creation of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, the Mummy, and more, we hear the evolution of film scoring progress through each movie, culminating in some of the most important and innovative scores of the early 20th Century. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
September 5, 2018
We take a detailed look at the film score for Tron, examining multiple cues and breaking down their melodic and rhythmic qualities. The history of the film score's creation is also discussed, as are the songs written for the movie, We even listen to music that was omitted from the final film, and compare it with a famous sequence that was released without music. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 29, 2018
Tron's film score is as innovative and groundbreaking as the movie itself: part synth score, part orchestral score, it carefully balances tech-savvy storytelling with the triumph of the human (and program) spirit. We discuss the plot to Tron, how it was received by critics and audiences in 1982, and how the movie, and music has aged in the years since. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 22, 2018
In our final look at Back to the Future, we discuss how themes are used, and how often. Secondary themes are examined, taking a close listen to how they're all related. We discuss the relationships between characters, and how music functions as a storytelling device. We even talk about the blues, and how Marty McFly was able to jam out with very little instruction given to his bandmates. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 15, 2018
In part II of our analysis of the music in Back to the Future, we focus on how the orchestral score is presented to us, and its important relationship to the pop music in the movie. The decision to use pop music is also analyized, as we musically break down the movie's transition from teen comedy, to science fiction and time traveling adventure. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 8, 2018
In our first look at Back to the Future, we take a deep look at the past, discussing stories that brought composer Alan Silvestri, director Robert Zemeckis, and producer Steven Spielberg together. The main themes fo Back to the Future are also discussed, and a musical breakdown is given for why they fit the story so perfectly. We compare Back to the Future to other famous works, play clips, and so much more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
August 1, 2018
In part 2 of our interview with former Disney Music President Chris Montan, we discuss his work with legendary film composers like Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, Randy Newman and more. Mr. Montan takes us back to the early days of Pixar, and describes how Toy Story invented their magic musical formula. Different composer's styles and sound are discussed, as are the challenges of adapting Disney classics for Broadway, and so much more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
July 25, 2018
In part 1 of our interview with former Disney Music President Chris Montan, we discuss his incredible career as an executive music producer on some of the most memorable soundtracks, musicals and song scores of the past 35 years, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and even live action films like Pretty Woman, Beaches, Sister Act, and more. Beyond film, his Broadway and television music is also covered, with incredible behind-the-scenes stories about working with the most talented musicians and songwriters in show business. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
July 18, 2018
We take a first look at the work of composer Max Steiner, and sample his work from King Kong, Casablanca, Gone With The Wind and more. We also discuss the incredible influence that Steiner has on today's most beloved film franchises, and the important role he played in the development of modern film music techniques. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
July 11, 2018
In Part II, David watches the second half of Jurassic Park. More behind-the-scenes stories and insights are revealed, as well as discussions about script-writing, character arcs, and how music was used to reinforce the drama. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
July 4, 2018
In Part I, David watches the first half of Jurassic Park. Characters, musical themes, sound design and story are heavily discussed, as are background stories about the film's technical achievements. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
June 27, 2018
Jurassic Park doesn't always function like a typical film score. In this episode, we discuss the role that music plays throughout the film. We also touch on the film's amazing sound design, the appearance of "Dies Irae," a breakdown of a theme for predators, and so much more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
June 20, 2018
In our first episode dedicated to Jurassic Park, we explore the emotion behind the music. How is it different than Spielberg and Williams' first monstrous collaboration, Jaws? We delve into the history of Jurassic Park's development, discuss the differences between the film and the original novel, and the critical role those differences play in the creation of the film's beautiful sountrack. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
June 13, 2018
In Part II of our interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, we discuss the inspiration and stories behind their Oscar-winning song from Disney/Pixar's film Coco, as well as their musical influences, what it's like to work with some of the most talented musicians in the world, and where they see their already-stellar careers headed in the future. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
June 6, 2018
In our first interview, we talk with Disney and Broadway songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who have penned hit songs for Frozen, Coco, Winnie the Pooh, Finding Nemo, and more for Disney. We discuss their creative process as songwriters, their work-life balance, and the challenges of bringing Frozen, the hit Disney animated musical, to Broadway earlier this year. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
June 5, 2018
Bonus episode! We conclude our look at Star Wars by discussing the 2nd half of the movie. We chat more about temp scores, the creative challenges of mixing, the incredible end battle sequence, and so much more. Grab a snack, sit back, and watch the 2nd half with The Soundtrack Show! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 30, 2018
Bonus episode! In part one, David watches the first half of Star Wars and provides commentary about its soundtrack, unscripted. Orchestral music history, opera, sound design, and dialog recording are also discussed. Grab a bucket of popcorn, sync up the Soundtrack Show at the top, and watch along! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 23, 2018
Our musical analysis of Star Wars comes to a conclusion as we examine music cues that didn't make the final cut of the film. We discuss the creative process, and listen to what could have been, speculating on why certain pieces were omitted or changed. We also break down Star Wars musical themes by the numbers, discovering which themes are most dominant in the movie. Plus musical storytelling techniques, listener feedback, and more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 16, 2018
We continue our journey through the legendary music of Star Wars from 1977, discussing how music is placed strategically throughout the film. We also take a listen to a long-forgotten theme for Darth Vader, the playful jawas, and we explore the scum and villainy of the jazzy Mos Eisley cantina. Plus, movie clips, listener feedback, and more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 9, 2018
Star Wars and its characters are driven by musical motifs, or themes. We dive into Luke's theme, the Force, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Rebel Alliance, and Princess Leia. We take a close look at how these themes tell the story of Star Wars, plus we hear some listener feedback, interview clips, and much more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 2, 2018
As we begin our journey into that galaxy far, far away, we discuss the life of George Lucas, the development of Star Wars, and the early temp scores that led to a symphonic masterpiece: the soundtrack for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
April 25, 2018
Before Star Wars and Superman, there were the film scores of child prodigy Erich Wolfgang Korngold. When revisited today, his music and life story are both incredibly powerful. Discover how Korngold changed film scores forever, how music saved him and his family, and how he blazed the trail for decades of film scores to come. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
April 18, 2018
Jump in and explore the music of Super Mario Bros, in all of its 8-bit glory. We discuss the surprising power of video game music, the technology and innovation that drove it, and the creative process that led to this 1985 classic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
April 11, 2018
Ahoy! Our look at Jaws concludes with the sea voyage of the Orca, as our characters attempt to hunt the hunter. The score focuses on the human spirit, and resurrects the swashbuckling film scores of classic Hollywood. Take a listen to how Jaws ushers in a renaissance of classic orchestral film scores in this action-packed climax. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
April 4, 2018
Our "deep dive" into the music, sound and story of Jaws begins as we look closely at the first half of the movie. What we find are fascinating surprises, interesting stories, the terror of the shark, a moving family bond ... and even a dark sense of humor. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
March 28, 2018
Kicking off our first score analysis, we set the stage by discussing the problems that haunted the production of Jaws... and how these same problems were turned into advantages through the creative genius of Steven Spielberg and John Williams. We also give a brief biography of Williams' early life and career, and discuss how his experiences and technique brought a wealth of knowledge and tradition to this groundbreaking movie. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
March 21, 2018
Music makes you feel, but sound makes it real. Let's discuss the other aspects of a movie mix. While often transparent to audiences, the sound design, Foley and dialog work are "50 percent of the motion picture experience." We discuss how, using examples from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Toy Story, and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
March 14, 2018
Music is a language, and composers have a musical word that means "Death." It's been used to convey doom and gloom for over 100 years, and without knowing it, you've heard it in some of your favorite movies. From The Lord of the Rings to The Shining, we'll listen to clips that may surprise you. Composers speak with music, and now we'll know it when we hear it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
March 7, 2018
What is music? How do we define something so abstract? Something we can't see, and can only hear? This episode arms listeners with the ability to talk about their favorite soundtracks, using examples from Rocky, Superman, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
February 28, 2018
In our first episode, we breakdown themes from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Star Trek and Back To The Future, showcasing the artistry and storytelling that goes into each composition. We also discuss the origins of the word "Soundtrack," give a basic music theory demonstration, and talk about the language of music. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
February 24, 2018
The Soundtrack Show takes listeners on a tour of movies, TV shows, video games and theater -- through their sound. Host David W. Collins breaks it all down so anyone who loves entertainment can appreciate it in a whole new way. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
February 22, 2018
The Soundtrack Show is a weekly look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV shows, video games and theater pieces of all time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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