Interview with Mateo Messina

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Moms’ Night Out (Marc & Steffan Fantini)

Mom’s Night Out Soundtrack Cover

Moms’ Night Out by Marc & Steffan Fantini (2014)

Get it:  If you want a soundtrack that is not heavy on the drama and is more fun

Don’t get it:  If you are looking for something deep and dramatic

The Fantini brothers have done something pretty cool here.  This soundtrack is playful, and parts are a little mischievous, while other parts are just fun.  It’s a modern styled score that’s done well.

In order to enjoy this, you have to like the lightheartedness and fun quality of it.  If you want something dramatic, this isn’t it.  It’s not all about being playful, though, there’s also action, inspiration (particularly in “Totally Committed”), and more.  “Car Chase” is a high point as well.  The guitars, piano, bass, drums, brass, strings – it’s all there and very enjoyable.

There’s a great use of instruments throughout.  Marc and Steffan mixed it up very well.  This soundtrack more than fulfills it’s job of supplying the feel to the film, it’s easy to tell just by listening to it.  Re-listing the adjectives to describe it so far:

Cool

Playful

Mischievous

Fun

Modern

Lighthearted

Inspiring

All of these seem to point back to the film, don’t they?  There’s also a little bit of quirkiness to it as well.

In the end, a fantastic job by Marc and Steffan Fantini on a soundtrack that’s definitely worth a listen.  So – go on, check it out!

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Interview with Jeff Russo

Jeff Russo

 Jeff RussoFargo and The Surface


FSC:  What inspired you to compose film music?

JR:  I was asked to play guitar on a film score and that experience really got me interested in doing that. I really enjoyed coming up with music to support the narrative.

FSC:  Congratulations on your Emmy nomination!  What has that experience been like for you?

JR:  Thanks so much. It’s been quite surreal. It’s so thrilling to have your peers say “hey, we think this is really good work.”
FSC:  When you were composing the first notes for Fargo, what were you trying to capture?
JR:  In the initial conversation that I had with Noah (Showrunner), he had mentioned wanting the score to sound cold and lonesome. So, that was the feeling that I was really trying to capture.
FSC:  What are the main differences in composing for television versus a feature film?
JR:  Schedule. That’s really the biggest difference. You have way less time to write and record and mix in TV. Your first idea is usually your only idea.
FSC:  People have commented on your musical versatility.  How hard do you try for that, if at all?
JR:  I don’t think you can try for versatility. I just try to write what is appropriate for the picture.
FSC:  What did your experience with Tonic do to help prepare you for your composing career?
JR:  I think the process of songwriting and collaboration really helped me in this part of my career. I look at narrative the way I look at a song. The dialogue is like the lyric,  and I just have to let it say what it wants and support that.
FSC:  How do you feel about your work on The Surface at this point?
JR:  This was a really great project. I had so much fun writing it. I was able to just take my guitar out and play while watching the picture, and come up with parts while experiencing the movie.
FSC:  What is your favorite score from another composer?
JR:  Brokeback Mountain. Fantastic score for guitar!

FSC:  What is your most memorable moment with an orchestra so far?

JR:  The first time the orchestra played the main theme I wrote for “Fargo” was such a memorable moment. Hearing the melody played by the violin really made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
For more, check out Jeff’s website at www.jeffrusso.com

Jeff Russo


Interview with Ah2

Ah2

Ah2 – Jeff Lippencott and Mark T. Williams

FSC:  What inspired you to compose music?
Mark:  As a child when I began piano lessons, I seemed to always interpret music differently than what was on the page.  Looking back, I clearly see that the inspiration to compose music is a gift from God and there is no stopping that gift from manifesting itself.
FSC:  What is the biggest challenge with writing music for reality television shows?
Mark:  The main difference is that we are not working with a script in advance and do not always get a locked cut prior to composing.  This sometimes creates more back and forth as we explore the musical tone with the producers.  As with any television genre, deadlines are tight and there really isn’t an option to have “writers block.”
FSC:  What is it like to be an Emmy nominated team?
Jeff:  It’s a great honor to be nominated by your peer group.
FSC:  If you could pick any upcoming major Hollywood film project to compose for, what would you pick?
Jeff:  We would love a crack at the new Star Wars saga but I think that one is already taken.
FSC:  As you gain industry experience, do you see yourselves expanding into other areas of film or do you think you are where you’re meant to be?
Mark:  Our long term vision is to continue growing in television, as well as, expand further into scripted television and feature films.
FSC:  What has been your favorite project so far?  Why?
Jeff: All of them have different facets and it’s hard to pick just one.  I guess if we had to pick a favorite, working with Steven Spielberg was a highlight.
For more, visit their website at www.ah2music.com

Ballet Boys (Henrik Skram)

Ballet Boys Soundtrack Cover

Ballet Boys by Henrik Skram (2014)

Get it:  If you are looking for a soundtrack that has a classic charm to it

Don’t get it:  If you want a soundtrack that is more of a modern action type score

Norwegian composer Henrik Skram certainly proved with this soundtrack that documentaries do not equal a lesser soundtrack.

He sometimes uses strings in a strong, driving way in the forefront.  Sometimes it is intense, but other times it is rather soft and quiet.  It has an interesting ability to pull you into the zone where Skram wants you.  Most soundtracks of this day don’t have what this one does, which is this type of classic feel.  Although there may be nothing wrong with modern soundtracks having their own style of sound, it is always refreshing to have something like this that has a timeless quality to it.  It has a certain charm, if you will.

While some tracks are very intense and very driving, there are plenty of other tracks that express more sentiment, passion, or spontaneity.  Although this is not a very long soundtrack, there is plenty of good material in there, and we would all probably rather have a shorter soundtrack of great material than a longer one of mediocre quality.

Fans of Danny Elfman will likely enjoy parts of this, particularly the track “Grasse” which stands out.  In the end, this is a very well done soundtrack that is definitely worth checking out.

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