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A Conversation with Composer James Horner

David Hocquet recently got a chance to sit down with the legendary composer James Horner (Titanic, Glory, Braveheart, Avatar) for a conversation that would span back on his entire career. The following discussion was held on November 13, 2014. There was no predetermined course of discussion. The various topics were discussed more or less while James Horner Read MoreRead More

Why Interstellar’s Organ Needs to Be So Loud

Hans Zimmer’s score drowns out dialogue and has already broken an Imax theater, but there’s thematic significance in all that noise. BRAAAM. Razor blades against piano keys. “Rrrmph Emphrhgh Drhtghfml”! Over the course of five films, Christopher Nolan’s collaboration with composer Hans Zimmer has produced some of the most iconic sounds and incomprehensible characters in Read MoreRead More

Why we love Repetition in Music

How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us Read MoreRead More

For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story

Taylor Swift pens this essay on her thoughts on where the music industry is and how to survive in this YouTube hyperconnected world. Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years? Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you’re reading the opinion of an Read MoreRead More

Thomas Dolby Explains How a Synthesizer Works on a Jim Henson Kids Show (1989)

“She Blinded Me With Science” author Thomas Dolby explains in basic terms how a synthesizer works. We’ve all heard the musical fruits of audio synthesis, especially if we regularly listen to the pop of the 1980s. But how, exactly, does a synthesizer work? Ask a modern electronic-music enthusiast and the answer may come out too Read MoreRead More

Listen to Original Rejected Score of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Take a listen at what could have been the score to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey by Alex Smith before the director decided to go with a more classical score. In the early stages of production, Kubrick had commissioned noted Hollywood composer Alex North, who had written the score for Spartacus and also worked on Dr. Strangelove, to write the score Read MoreRead More

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