The American composer Logan Nelson picked up the Sabam Award For the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer , worth EUR 2,500 euros, at the World Soundtrack Awards in Belgium. Continue reading ‘Dear White People’ composer wins soundtrack award
Ramin Djawadi, the “Game of Thrones” show composer, plans to bring the fictional land of Westeros to life in a concert tour with extravagant scenery and a musical tour of the different realms. Continue reading Game of Thrones announce concert tour
Soundtrack award for Ryuichi Sakamoto
The World Soundtrack Awards will present Ryuichi Sakamoto with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th edition of the event on the 19th of October in Ghent, Belgium. The award ties in with a spotlight on Japanese cinema. Continue reading Ryuichi Sakamoto to receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Games industry body to talk creativity and employment
On November 12 a workshop about the European video game industry will take place at an unusual location: the European Parliament in Brussels. This workshop, organised by Creativity Works, is a chance to get a glimpse at how Europe’s football and video game industries work and what they need to keep creating jobs throughout Europe and remain engines of innovation.
The meeting will bring together:
Stefan Brost, Head of EU Office, Bundesliga (Germany)
Mathieu Moreuil, Head of European Public Policy, Premier League
Richard Glynn, CEO of Studio Powwow
David Sweeney, Senior Counsel, ISFE
Continue reading Last minute: video game workshop in Brussels
Hans Zimmer amongst faves for soundtrack awards
The 15th World Soundtrack Awards have announced the first nominees for their annual awards. The line-up is already impressive, with Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat and Michael Giocchino amongst those in the running. Continue reading First nominees for 15th World Soundtrack Awards announced
Getting synch is seen as one of the key jobs in the new music industry. But how do you actually approach music supervisors, what are they looking for and in what form? Continue reading Tips to Get Your Music Synched
Titanic composer dies in plane crash
Sad news from Southern California: the Oscar-winning composer James Horner died in a plane crash on June 22, 2015. Horner was the composer of several major movies, notably “A Beautiful Mind”, “Troy”, “Avatar” and “Apollo 13”. Horner’s soundtrack to the James Cameron movie “Titanic” earned him two Oscars, for the soundtrack and for best song. It also earned him two Grammys and two Golden Globes.
The 61 year-old was flying one of his light planes when it crashed in the early morning. There were no other casualties. His assistant Sylvia Patrycja commented: “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent.”
Horner was working on the score to the two sequels that have been planned to Avatar. His next film to be released will be “Southpaw”, a boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhall and Rachel McAdams. Other projects include “The 33”, a film based on the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, that will be in released in November.
French soundtrack composers are feeling a double pinch in cinema
There was a time when writing for cinema had a certain prestige. There was also a time when writing for cinema usually involved being paid to do the work. Increasingly, however, composers are finding themselves totally squeezed on both fronts. Continue reading The rise and fall of French soundtrack composers
British film composers set to attend festival and seminars
For its 42nd edition, Belgium’s Film Fest Gent is to showcase British cinema. A notable part of this will be the GREAT BRITISH FILM MUSIC concert. This will provide an anthology of the work of both classical and contemporary film composers that have made a notable contribution to British cinema. Continue reading Ghent Film festival to showcase British music