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Your Film Music News Roundup discusses the lesser known film composing career of the legendary Charlie Chaplin, the sudden popularity of the upcoming score to the film, “The Maze Runner” and a celebration of the music behind the popular video game series, Bioshock.

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Film legend Charlie Chaplin most undoubtedly revolutionized cinema as we know it. And he was at the forefront when silent movies became “talkies”. But there was one important element to film that Chaplin had a hand in: film score composing.

Chaplin grew up in a musical and entertainment environment. It completely shaped him into the showman we all know. Although not classically trained, Chaplin learned several musical instruments by ear. He took that talent onto writing several film scores.

Chaplin on composing and the end of the silent era:

“…one happy thing about sound was that I could control the music, so I composed my own.”

Source: New York Times

“The Maze Runner” will be hitting movie theaters this weekend. Of course, the hype for the young-adult action movie will bring in its fair share of viewers. But the film’s score, written by John Paesano is getting plenty of praise and publicity by way of social media.

In this article, John Paesano discusses his training and film composing career. He goes into detail about his work on “The Maze Runner”, especially on how popular his unreleased tracks have been received on the social media site, Soundcloud.

Source: We Are Music Geeks website

Finally, we enter into the world of video games. More specifically, into the world of Bioshock. This video game series has taken us into the apocalypse. It’s taken us under and beyond the sea and recently, Bioshock introduced us to the parallel universe of “Columbia”.

But behind these brilliant and action-packed video games is an amazing score. And behind that score is veteran composer Garry Schyman. A veteran of film and television, Schyman developed a whole new fanbase by moving into interactive games.

And that very fanbase will be treated to his collection of video game music as part of the Krakow Music Festival on September 26. Aside Bioshock, special guest Schyman will play music from other video game scores he wrote. Dante’s Inferno, Destroy All Humans! and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor will surely entertain the masses in Krakow.




Your Film Music Roundup for this week explores the Merseyside, the award-winning BBC program “Sherlock” and the world of Sci-Fi revisionist scores.


Bill Ryder Jones, English musician and film-score composer wanted to record the natural sounds emanating from the Merseyside city. With recording device in hand, he recorded the sounds of the sea, the traffic, the railcars and lorries (aka trucks). He also frequented many side streets and alleyways to record the authentic sound of Liverpudlian street musicians.

Altogether, he complied the sounds into an eclectic track that showcases the soul of the blue-collar yet cultured city.

Source: Stamp the Wax Blog


Venturing south to London —  more appropriately to 221 Baker Street. The BBC program, “Sherlock”, is a modern day translation of how Sherlock, his sidekick John Watson, and his archenemy Professor Moriarity fare in 21st century London.

The show has met critical acclaim, along with its fantastic score. In an interview with the blog site Moviepliot, film composer Michael Price discusses his work on “Sherlock”. As one of the most sought after composers in the world, his status was solidified with an Emmy Award win for his work on the show.

The detailed interview goes over his systematic rise from musical assistant, co-producer and arranger, to fellow collaborator all the way to composer. Price also gives his reason to why creating the score for “Sherlock” can be more complex than a period piece for a show like Downton Abbey.

Source: Moviepilot Blog


Seattle-based avant-garde musician Scot Porter is well known in the city as an electronic music artist. In this article from The Stranger, Scot aka Vox Mod discusses his love of science fiction films, television shows and anime (Japanese animation). A true student of the film genre and its collection of film score, he decided to present classic films with revised scores.

Puget Soundtracks is an idea by the Northwest Film Forum to create a showcase for revisionist soundtracks. Science fiction films are shown live in a theater, accompanied by his and fellow musicians’ very own original soundtracks. This interesting amalgamation of classic science fiction films and modern electronic music is sure to shine new light onto the genre and the music.

Source: The Stranger


And last but not least!

The very last scene of Star Wars, or specifically Episode IV, A New Hope is (spoiler alert!) one of the most epic scenes in all of film history. Watch the video below to find out what would happen if John Williams‘ iconic score wasn’t there.

Photo credits:
Steve Wilson  link
Jason Brennan link
TNS Sofres link


Abel Korzeniowski

Interview with Abel Korzeniowski on Penny Dreadful

Abel Korzeniowski was featured in this in-depth interview with the film and score blog, He goes into detail on his beginnings, his blossoming career, and finally his latest project, Showtime television series, “Penny Dreadful”.

“Penny Dreadful” is a new horror series, which premiered in both the US and UK in May 2014. In the interview, Abel Korzeniowski provides us with details of how he became involved with the project. Eva Green of “Casino Royale”, “The Golden Compass” fame, is one of the cast members of the show; And Abel describes how she became an “ambassador” for his work.


Abel Korzeniowski: “I believe I was lucky enough to be involved in a project like Penny Dreadful, that was put together in a very filmic kind of way.”


Korzeniowski is best known for his work on the film, “A Single Man” but he mentions the frantic process of composing for television. It is definitely a different medium for him, but the results are as usual — superb.


Interviewer: Karol Krok


Abel Korzeniowski and Brian Reitzell

Abel Korzeniowski & Brian Reitzell

-We had a great time at the Fans of Film Music event this past weekend. A panel of extremely talented composers came together to discuss the film music art form with fans from around the world. Pictured [left] is Abel korzeniowski and Brian Reitzell!

-Chasing Notes: A Documentary on Film Composing, featuring Jaymee Carpenter, Harry Gregson-Williams, Marco Beltrami, Christopher Young, Greg Edmonson, Theodore Shapiro, Christophe Beck & many more, is screening September 6th in LA! Details here.

-John Williams teamed up with Seth McFarlane to rock LA’s Hollywood Bowl this weekend at his annual concert. More details via LA Weekly.

-Classic FM interviews Howard Shore on his film music and concert music successes.”It doesn’t feel like a day to me unless that pencil is moving on those pages and ideas are being formed.” -Howard Shore

-Brian Tyler created a new theme for ESPN’s NFL studio shows. His music will debut on September 7th during ESPN’s NFL countdown! More via Variety

Score Revolution is hiring! Take a look at our open positions below. Think you’d be a good fit? Send your cover letter and resume to***Update: Open positions are now filled. Thanks for your interest.

Marketing Assistant


Job Description
We’re looking for a motivated individual to join our marketing team! Our primary goal is to expand our customer base by using various digital outlets. You will be assisting the Marketing Manager with the organization, development and implementation of our campaigns. The ideal candidate will exhibit a true passion for both marketing and music business! Pay hourly. This is an entry-level position.

BS/BA in marketing, communications or related experience
Expert knowledge of managing social media (including Soundcloud and Youtube)
Knowledge of PPC platforms (Adwords, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Understanding of SEO principles and Google Analytics
Extremely detail oriented
Strong writing skills
Desire to work in a small, entrepreneurial environment
Knowledge of film music and/or music licensing a major plus!

Conduct market research
Monitor online buzz and identify industry trends
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Expand media channels (especially Soundcloud and Youtube)
Monitor marketing metrics
Optimize PPC campaigns
**Responsibilities will grow with demonstrated success

Freelance Music Assistant


The best candidate will be a self-starter and will be able to take direction and work quickly and efficiently to complete assigned tasks. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for experience in the film and media music industry. Candidates should have a strong understanding of various genre of music and be able to clearly and accurately describe the music they are hearing.
Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):
Actively listening to our catalog of high-end film scores, songs, and composer catalogs
Assigning accurate metadata information (tagging)
Assisting with cataloging of film scores
Assisting Repertoire Manager with various music processing tasks
Light music editing (if qualified)

**Please note: The primary duty for this position will be listening to tracks from our catalog and assigning metadata in our custom tagging database. This is not an administrative position.

Desired Qualifications
BA/BM in Music (Music Composition or Musicology preferred)
Proficiency with Mac computers
Exceptional writing skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Preferred Experience
Experience with FileMaker Pro
Previous music tagging experience
Music editing experience

Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

-Penny Dreadful season one soundtrack, featuring music by Abel Korzeniowski, was released August 19th. We can’t stop listening to this beautiful score! Get your copy here.

-The Celebrity Cafe has put out their list of the “10 most memorable film scores.” Did they miss any?

-Howard Shore is to receive the Maestro Award at the Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference on November 5th. “Shore has composed scores for more than 80 films, including Philadelphia, Hugo, The Aviator, Ed Wood, The Silence of the Lambs, Big, Naked Lunch and Mrs. Doubtfire. His music for The Lord of the Rings trilogy has won him three Academy Awards. He is also the recipient of three Golden Globes and four Grammys.” Via Billboard.

-Alan Silvestri was awarded 2 Emmys for outstanding score and original main-title theme music for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey. Congrats! Via Hollywood Reporter

-Check out Buzzfeed’s list of “18 things only composers will understand.” Can you commiserate?


Abel Korzeniowski

Abel Korzeniowski

- Our own Seth Kaplan was at the International Film Music Festival in Cordoba, Spain this past week, where Abel Korzeniowski and Rolfe Kent received the prestigious Jerry Goldsmith Award! Watch Abel conduct the track “Charms” from the W.E. soundtrack at one of his concerts during the festival. We have our eye on these beautiful photos [left] by Passionata taken throughout the weekend.

-Gustavo Dudamel, the young, vibrant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, embarked on his first film scoring project with the film, The Liberator! Read about his experience here. Highlights were performed last night at LA’s Hollywood Bowl!

-Tracksounds honors 10 “hidden gem” film scores from the 2000’s. Check out the list. Did they miss any?

-We’re digging this interview with Jeff Russo and his work on FX’s Fargo.

-Have you checked out our interview with Abby North, acclaimed music exec and daughter-in-law of legendary Alex North?

We licensed the track “Bathroom” by David Wittman from the film Empire State in this trailer for Kevin Smith’s upcoming film Tusk.

Shoutout to Pete Hasty at Buddha Jones!

We placed the track “Hamilton” from Paranoia by Junkie XL in this UK trailer for A Most Wanted Man.

Shoutout to Will Quiney at Empire Design!

Abby North

Abby North

We’re thrilled to speak with Abby North, a renowned music industry professional who currently runs Unchained Melody Publishing LLC, the publisher of the timeless classic “Unchained Melody;” Dylanna Music, a boutique record label, and North Music Group LLC, a music media company. In addition to controlling the legacy of her father-in-law, Alex North, Abby also works as a music supervisor.

Through Abby’s expertise, previously unheard works by Alex North have finally hit public ears. Intrada Records recently released the Sounder/Decision for Chemistry CD, two of North’s film scores that were previously unreleased. La-la Land Records has also recently released Rat Patrol: Volume 2, including never-before-heard compositions.

We had the opportunity to speak to her about her thriving career and Alex North’s legacy.

What does it mean to you to represent Alex North’s legacy? What can you tell us about him as a person?

Alex died long before I met my husband, his son Dylan. However, I feel as if I know Alex through his music, through his family, and by living in the home he lived in for the last 21 years of his life.

My kids and I recently watched a video of Alex’s acceptance of his Lifetime Achievement Academy Award, and I was moved by his elegance, sophistication, grace, and charm. Not only was he one of the most important American composers of our time, he was moral and kind.

To say I’m honored to represent Alex’s legacy is an understatement. I am truly in my dream job.
What are your favorite scores of his?

I love “Hey Eula” from The Long, Hot, Summer. It’s lusty, hooky, and completely engaging. As an overall score, I’d have to say Cleopatra or Spartacus. The Love Theme From Spartacus is one of the most beautiful compositions I’ve ever heard, and there are so many incredible covers that successfully approach the piece in varied musical styles. Hearing the LSO last November perform John Mauceri’s arrangement of a Cleopatra Suite commissioned years ago by my mother-in-law was overwhelmingly moving – so much so I had tears during both the dress rehearsal and full performance. Alex’s music oozes emotions, and you’d have to be a brick wall not to feel something during live performances of his music.
Unchained Melody Publishing LLC controls the publishing of the timeless favorite. How often does this song get placed? Can you point us in the direction of some great covers?

I love the Al Green cover [left]. My mother-in-law’s favorites were the Al Hibbler and LeAnn Rimes masters. When MPL was still our publisher, we co-commissioned Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals to create a reggae master, which is great. And I think George Kahumoku Jr’s Hawaiian master is a top five for me as well. There are just so many covers of Unchained, and so many brilliant ones.

“Unchained Melody” gets placed constantly, all over the world. Very often, ads will parody the iconic Ghost pottery scene. Recent placements were the Phil Spector biopic on HBO, Two and a Half Men, The Voice, and many others.
You’re also a music supervisor. Any favorite projects you’ve worked on? What do you to stay on top of the musical trends?

H2Indo was a particular favorite because it’s a documentary about standup paddling, which is one of my favorite sports. The soundtrack stands up well on its own. Wahlburgers is a great show to work on because the producers and editors are exceptional, and together we’ve created a great sonic statement for the show.

I believe it’s impossible to truly be on top of musical trends, but I do my best. I listen to radio and watch television to hear synchs, read the charts and Soundscan numbers, listen to new music on rdio and spotify, and frequently check out reverbnation and soundcloud for independently released music.
Do you also compose music?

I do. I’ve been writing music since I was a kid, and I completed the Film Scoring Certificate program at UCLA Extension. I have done a bit of composing in video games, television, and film, but once I had kids it’s been difficult, as I rarely have more than a 4 hour window to work.
We’re excited about the recent releases of the Sounder/Decision for Chemistry CD and Rat Patrol: Volume 2. A lot of music has been coming out of the vault… does Alex North have a lot of more unreleased gems?

We do have a few more that I know of. There is Rebel Jesus, which was never even released as a film, to my knowledge. Additionally, we have serious works that have never been recorded, and some songs as well. We are slowly recording new masters.
What other visions do you have for Alex North’s legacy?

We are working with Peter Alexander on building the Alex North brand, and soon Alexander Publishing, the premier source for orchestration on the web, will launch The Alex North Film Scoring Series. The first in the series will be Alex’s unused score to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the engraving of which is almost completed by David O’Rourke.

We are seeking more exposure to young composers, more live concert performances, and more Alex North releases.

And of course, working with Score Revolution is a piece of the puzzle.
You run a publishing company, a record label, and a music media company. Can you describe your day-to-day? How do you juggle everything?

I wake up around 6:00 a.m. and immediately read and reply to emails. I have an 8-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son, so once they wake up, my husband and I get them fed, dressed, and off to school…except during summer, when all bets are off.

I have a zillion lists floating around my desk with all of my tasks, most of which take way too long to complete. I think of it as triage: I attack the most important ones first.

I tend to keep all windows open on the computer so I don’t forget what needs to get done immediately. And I’m a skillful and experience multitasked.

And finally, I have amazing people working with me, without whom I would be falling flat on my face.

Interview by Carrin Tanaka

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