Music and Media News: Desplat, New Music Tech, and the BAFTA’s
Our music and media news covers the international world of film music with the winners and the nominees fof the BAFTA’s and IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) awards. We also have an indie music stalwart making the move into film scoring and last, a new listening device that literally sends music right into your skull.
Alexandre Desplat (Argo, The Golden Compass) has been reeling in the accolades recently! He took home the award for Best Original Music category for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”at the BAFTA awards, held recently in London. The Wes Anderson-directed film also took home an award for Best Original Screenplay.
The International Film Music Critics Association also recognized Desplat as well as James Newton Howard with their recent award nominations. Howard received seven nominations including score of the year and composer of the year for his work on Maleficent and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Desplat received nominations for his work on The Imitation Game, Godzilla, The Monuments Men and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Nick Urata made his mark in the music world as a member of the group Devotchka, but now he finds himself transitioning into the role of film composer. He recently scored the music to the children’s film “Paddington” and in this article from Westword, he discloses the pressures from deadlines but also the creative, collaborative effort into making score. We love seeing musical talent transition to film composing. That’s what makes film music so diverse.
Even if you didn’t see The Grammy’s this past weekend, you know about Kanye West stealing the spotlight from Beck’s win for Best Album. When ad agency Partners + Napier found out that Kanye was planning to hold an outdoor concert outside their NY offices they retaliated by posting a message for Kanye in their NY office windows. Can you guess what it said? The agency wanted to prove a point about having the right message at the right place and time.
And finally, a piece of music and audio technology will soon be hitting the public after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Texas-based company Buhel recently created “Soundglasses.” Using an innovative process called bone conduction, sound vibrations bypass the ear and enter through close proximity to the temple. Is this thing for real?
Image Credit: Buhel