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This week in music and media news celebrates women film composers, the guild of music supervisors, the Godfather score and an ad that challenges norms.

This week, the Guild of Music Supervisors celebrated the best in the film and television industry over the past year.  The music supervisors behind Marvel Studios blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy and the television show, Nashville, garnered much of the guild’s honors that night. Although the awards show is in its fifth year, it has turned into an A-List event featuring the most recognized names in film and television composing, music and media production.

Source: Variety Online


The Sundance Film Festival began this week in Colorado and women in the industry were making their voices heard there. Specifically, women in the film composing were well represented with 15 features and shorts having their score composed by women. The newly formed Alliance of Women Film Composers also held an event celebrating the advancements of women composers at Sundance.

Source: Variety Online


For those in the Los Angeles area this weekend, one of the most recognized film scores will be played at the Nokia Theater. The score to the “The Godfather”, written by Nina Rota will be performed “live to picture” with a 61-piece orchestra conducted by Justin Freer.

Source: Film Music Society


And finally, a new ad from Audi challenges the notion of not swimming immediately after eating. In the spirit of challenging everything he’s ever been told, this young man envisions the future consequences of his actions — and takes the plunge.


Photo credit: Alison Divney


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Our composer spotlight focuses on one of the most iconic alternative artists of the past two decades, James Iha .

James has had a prolific career as a singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer and mixer, and is now making strides in the scoring world. He was a founding member and songwriter for The Smashing Pumpkins and toured internationally with them for 13 years. During this time, they released ten albums and sold over 20 million copies in the U.S. alone. The Smashing Pumpkins are regarded as one of the most successful and groundbreaking bands of the 90’s. James later co-founded Scratchie Records, an indie label that has released albums by The Sounds, The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr., and Robbers on High Street, as well as recording studios called Stratosphere Sound.

After leaving The Smashing Pumpkins, James released two solo albums Let It Come Down and Look to the Sky. For the past several years, he has been the touring guitarist for the critically-acclaimed progressive rock band A Perfect Circle. James’ past scoring highlights include Canadian indie feature Luck, and Japanese indiesLinda Linda Linda, and Kakera. He also recently worked on Deadbeat, a Hulu original series starring Tyler Labine and Brandon T. Jackson.

Check out some of his scoring work and download a one-sheet here!

We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our custom work opportunities. You can also view our roster here.


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The latest trailer for the sci-fi film Chappie premiered earlier this month. This will be the next release from director Neil Blomkamp — following the success of Elysium and the Academy Award nominated District 9.

The film stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er with Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman, and centers around an experimental robot named “Chappie” who was designed to learn and feel. The plot is revealed while the brass-heavy, pulsing music drives the action… an overall entertaining trailer!

“Chappie” will be in theaters on March 9, 2015 and it features a score written by Hans Zimmer.


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It’s already been an incredible week in the film and television industry with the Golden Globes being handed out and the Academy Award nominations announced Thursday morning!


Morgan Rhodes, music supervisor for the award-winning film, “Selma”, recently sent Entertainment Weekly a playlist of songs she considered for the film. Rhodes was once a radio DJ and her taste in independent and lesser known artists is reflected in the playlist. She listened to over a “few thousand” songs from the civil rights era in creating the soundtrack, take a listen to the playlist here.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Take a listen to a couple of our own playlists we’ve curated:

Playing the Blues

Gorgeous Female Vocals


The Directors Guild of America award nominations were recently announced this week with Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) receiving first time nominations for their work. Previous nominees, Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman) and Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), also received nods.

Source: Hollywood Reporter


Music industry website, Hypebot, came out with their predictions for the digital music industry for 2015. In brief, they see some music services consolidating and they see recent launches like Youtube Music Key not quite taking off. In addition, they predict trouble for Apple, Spotify going public and Pandora and Amazon making friends and enemies. What are your predictions?

Source: Hypebot


Music and Spike Lee movies (or joints) go hand-in-hand, from Public Enemy‘s defiant theme “Fight the Power” in the opening credits of Do the Right Thing to the energetic musical numbers in School Daze. In his latest release, Lee took a different route by featuring the music of independent artists.

Lee talks out about getting Stevie Wonder and Prince to write original songs, and writing letters to ABBA and Pete Townsend of the The Who to use their music.

Source: Mashable 


And finally, here’s Jóhann Jóhannsson’s press conference after winning the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for The Theory of Everything.

Photo credit: Elvert Barnes


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Steve Horner 2In addition to our catalog of licensable film music, we have a roster of excellent composers that are available for custom scoring work. Today we’re highlighting Steve Horner, the brilliant man behind scores such as My Run, Impact: After the Crash, and The Scientist.

Steve Horner creates exceptional, award winning original music for visual media. Recently he completed the original scores for two multi award winning Feature Documentaries, “The Eyes Of Thailand” featuring narration by Ashley Judd and “My Run” narrated by Billy Bob Thornton (currently available on Netflix). Additionally, his music created for Thomas Dolby’s Headspace Collection (FirstCom Music) has been heard on Martha Stewart Living, The Travel Channel, Access Hollywood, Hollywood Extra, Ricki Lake, Girls Behaving Badly and America’s Most Wanted. Steve has also created custom music and sound design for: NBC Universal, Relativity Media, The FX Network, AMC Theaters, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, Firefox, Intel, International Paper, Ameritas, Kohler, Activision, Nokia, Cessna, Purina Mills, and many others.

Preview his music here.

Download a one-sheet!

We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our custom work opportunities. You can also view our roster here.


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IKEA’s “Joy of Storage” campaign

Ad agency Mother London kicked off IKEA’s 2015 storage campaign with this quirky yet soaring and epic ad. Featuring shirts that resemble birds, the ad contains a great score, amazing visual effects and lush cinematography. Video below.

Agency: Mother London
Directed by: Dougal Wilson (Blink Productions)
Music by: Two Steps from Hell

Our “Chill Indie” playlist is perfect for your ad campaign. Take a listen.


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Here’s your first music and media news for the New Year.


Nolan and Zimmer on the “Interstellar” score.

Director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer are possibly one of the most powerful director-composer teams in the history of cinema. In this article and video from Indiewire, you get to witness the unconventional creative process into making the score for the film Interstellar.

Source: Indiewire

Search the Score Revolution for more tracks by Hans Zimmer. 


Alex North’s score for 2001: A Space Odyssey

When one thinks of the classic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the classical score featuring Strauss, Ligeti and Khachaturian first comes to mind. But it wasn’t always like that. Composer and longtime collaborator with Kubrick, Alex North wrote his own score that was to accompany the film. The video below is a sample of what could have been.

Listen to tracks written by Alex North for the classic films Cleopatra, Viva Zapata and Ghost.

Source: Youtube


Producers Guild Award Nominees announced

American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash were honored with nominations for best feature film.

Alexandre Desplat, composer for “The Imitation Game” and “Grand Budapest Hotel” is a featured composer on Score Revolution. Listen.

Source: Variety Online


Live score performance of “Under the Skin” 

A small, cramped renovated movie theater in the heart of downtown Los Angeles was the perfect spot for a special viewing of Under the Skin. With composer Mica Levi leading a live performance of her avant-garde score, this viewing was the hot ticket this week in LA.

Looking for stirring sci-fi tracks? Listen to our exclusive playlist. 

Source: Variety Online

Photo credit: Jason Brennan


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Here are the major nominees for the Golden Globe Awards that will be taking place January 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. Note, we added the composers for the major feature categories and it looks like Alexandre Desplat is well represented this award season.


Best Drama

  • “Boyhood”
  • “Foxcatcher” music by Rob Simonsen
  • “The Imitation Game” music by Alexandre Desplat
  • “Selma” music by Jason Moran
  • “The Theory of Everything” music by Jóhann Jóhannsson

Best Score

  • “The Imitation Game” music by Alexandre Desplat
  • “The Theory of Everything” music by Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • “Gone Girl” music by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor
  • “Birdman” music by Antonio Sanchez
  • “Interstellar” music by Hans Zimmer

Best Comedy

  • “Birdman” music by Antonio Sanchez
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” music by Alexandre Desplat
  • “Into the Woods” music by Stephen Sondheim
  • “Pride” music by Christopher Nightingale
  • “St. Vincent” music by Theodore Shapiro

Best Animated Feature

  • “Big Hero 6″ music by Henry Jackman
  • “The Book of Life” music by Gustavo Santaolalla
  • “The Boxtrolls” music by Dario Marianelli
  • “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ music by John Powell
  • “The Lego Movie” music by Mark Mothersbaugh


Alexandre Desplat's scores are well represented in major categories.

Alexandre Desplat’s scores are well represented in major categories.



Best TV Comedy or Musical

  • “Girls” music by Michael Penn
  • “Jane the Virgin” music by Kevin Kiner
  • “Orange Is the New Black” music by Gwendolyn Sanford
  • “Silicon Valley” music by Jeff Cardoni
  • “Transparent” music Vincent Jones

Best TV Drama

  • “The Affair” music by Marcelo Zarvos
  • “Downton Abbey” music by John Lunn
  • “Game of Thrones” music by Ramin Djawadi
  • “The Good Wife” music by David Buckley
  • “House of Cards” music by Jeff Beal


MOTION PICTURES – Individual Categories

Best Director

  • Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Ava Duvernay, “Selma”
  • David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
  • Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Actress in a Drama

  • Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
  • Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
  • Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
  • Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
  • Reese Witherspoon, “Wild” 

Best Actor in a Drama

  • Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
  • David Oyelowo, “Selma”
  • Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

  • Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
  • Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
  • Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
  • Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

  • Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
  • Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
  • Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
  • Julianne Moore, “Map to the Stars”
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, “Annie”

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
  • Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
  • Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone, “Birdman”
  • Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Supporting Actor

  • Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
  • Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
  • Edward Norton, “Birdman”
  • Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
  • J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Screenplay

  • Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
  • Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
  • Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Foreign Language Film

  • “Force Majeure Turist,” Sweden
  • “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem Gett,” Israel
  • “Ida,” Poland/Denmark
  • “Leviathan,” Russia
  • “Tangerines Mandariinid,” Estonia

Best Original Song

  • “Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes” music and lyrics by Lana Del Rey
  • “Glory” from “Selma,” Music and lyrics by John legend and Common
  • “Mercy Is” from “Noah,” Music and lyrics by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
  • “Opportunity” from “Annie,” Music and lyrics by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck
  • “Yellow Flicker Beat” from “The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1,” Music and lyrics by Lorde


TELEVISION - Individual Categories

Best Actress in a TV Drama

  • Claire Danes, “Homeland”
  • Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
  • Julianna Margulies, “The Good WIfe”
  • Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”
  • Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best Actor in a TV Drama

  • Clive Owen, “The Knick”
  • Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
  • Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
  • James Spader, “The Blacklist”
  • Dominic West, “The Affair”

Best Actress in a TV Comedy

  • Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
  • Gena Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
  • Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”

Photo credit: Joe Shabotnik,

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The highly anticipated new entry into the Marvel Universe made its debut. “Ant-Man” chronicles the story of the two men who don costume: Henry Pym (Michael Douglas) and his protege, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).

We couldn’t help but notice that the tone of the Ant-Man trailer was quite the opposite compared to Marvel’s huge blockbuster of 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardian’s of the Galaxy’s teaser trailer featured the famous track “Hooked on the Feeling” by Blue Suede. Coupled with the hilarious opening, that song expressed a fun, tongue-in-cheek, less-serious tone.

But back to Ant-Man. We’ve got two different versions of the trailer for you. The original, and Patrick (H) Willems re-edited version. Take a look at both and see what a huge difference music can make to the tone. Which do you prefer?

The original Ant-Man teaser trailer that debuted on January 6, 2015.

The Re-edited version on Youtube by Patrick (H) Willems (website).

Video credits: Marvel, Patrick (H) Willems

Photo credit: Global Panormama


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We are proud to announce our recent placement in the latest Weight Watchers national ad campaign. The track is composed by the trio of Brian Reitzell (Shrink, AutoMusic), Dave Palmer and Roger Neill and it is from the feature length film “Beginners”

Track: Beginners Main Theme
Composer: Brian Reitzell, Dave Palmer and Roger Neill
Film: “Beginners”
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy

If you are looking for music for your campaign, please contact us at

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