Pitchfork asks, Are We in a Golden Age of Experimental Film Scores? Featured in the piece are film composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Patriots Day, Before The Flood, The Social Network), Johann Johannsson (Mandy, Sicario, Arrival), Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (Annihilation, Free Fire, Ex Machina), Clint Mansell (Black Mirror: San Junipero; Black Swan, Happy New Near, Colin Burstead), Jonny Greenwood (You Were Never Really Here, Phantom Thread, There Will Be Blood), and more.
Whether you’re a traditionalist or not, this feature uncovers what it’s like behind the scenes by composers who are an active part of this “golden age.” See the full story now at Pitchfork. What are some of your favorite experimental film scores? Listen to these scores by the featured film composers below!
His score for the hitman-redemption potboiler You Were Never Really Here mirrors Joaquin Phoenix’s remarkable performance, flicking quickly between Drive-wave menace and fluttering string elegies. – The Playlist
It’s been a year of reinvention, says The AV Club of the film scores out in 2018. Both the compositions of Johann Johannsson (Mandy) and Jonny Greenwood (You Were Never Really Here) — which made their tightly-curated 10 Best Film Scores of 2018 list — may fit the bill or their scores are just so special that it defies the typical film music critic descriptors. Lakeshore Records (together with Invada Records in the UK) released both of these critically-acclaimed scores, and you can find them now on Digital, CD and vinyl, worldwide. See the full list at The AV Club.
Mandy marked a new musical direction for Jóhannsson, one that pulls the seemingly contradictory aural impulses of lush synthesizer romance, cold percussive menace, and harsh buzzsaw guitars into one doom metal-influenced ambient whole that sets your whole body abuzz with blissful waves of ecstatic noise.
Lakeshore Records congratulates soundtrack partners If Beale Street Could Talk (score by Nicholas Britell), Mandy (score by Johann Johannsson), You Were Never Really Here (score by Jonny Greenwood), Leave No Trace (score by Dickon Hinchliffe), “The Tale”(score by Ariel Marx), Colette (score by Thomas Adès) and On Her Shoulders (score by Patrick Jonsson) on their Indie Spirit nominations! In addition, Destroyer Director Karyn Kusama received the Bonnie Award nomination. Altogether, Lakeshore celebrates the 18 Indie Spirit nominations from these film and television productions. Congratulations to all the nominees this year!
See the full list of nominated categories below. See more at Deadline.
There are way too many reasons to list why Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here movie is the film of the year, but you should just go ahead and rent or buy the movie, which is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. We can’t argue with what Academy Award-winning Director Guillermo del Toro has to say, let alone all the glowing reviews written by top critics since its triumphant debut at Cannes.
Listen to Jonny Greenwood’s critically-acclaimed score:
Lynn Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here. What a great film… Non-fetishized violence, gritty poetry and full of humanity. One of the best directors working -and a fearless actor by her side. pic.twitter.com/9j6BylH7oV
Director Lynne Ramsay has crafted the leanest, meanest film of the year, bar none. – Kristopher Tapley, Variety (Oscars: 17 Deserving Contenders From 2018 So Far)
Aided by an upfront Jonny Greenwood score — it skips from Carpenter-esque electronica to screaming strings to mad drums — Ramsay has created an impressionistic assault on the senses, anxious, brooding and tightly coiled. – Ian Freer, Empire Online
In addition to his status as Radiohead’s lead guitarist and keyboardist, Jonny Greenwood has carved out a whole side career for himself as an acclaimed composer.,, most recently, he did the score for Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here – Peter Helman, Stereogum
Stereogum features Radiohead guitarist and Academy Award®-nominated Composer Jonny Greenwood today on his latest sheet music release, “88 (No.1)”, inspired by famed pianist Glenn Gould. Check out the full story now at Stereogum, where his recent release from the film music world, You Were Never Really Here, is also referenced!