Favourite Film Scores

This site has a list of its Top 100 film scores, but there isnt one on that list that I would include in my top ten… So what the basis for deciding what makes a top film score then? As with the Oscars it beats me, but it made me start thinking about my favourite film scores…
So if you had to name your 10 favourite film scores which would you include?

Heres ten of my favourites, as evidenced by frequent plays in my iTunes:
Tony Takitani by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Gerry by Arvo Part
Punch Drunk Love by Jon Brion
American Beauty by Thomas Newman (didnt realise he had scored WALL.E!)
Amores Perros by Gustavo Santaolalla
Traffic – Cliff Martinez
Apollo – Brian Eno
Fargo – Carter Burwell
Amelie – Yann Tierson
Me And You And Everyone We Know by Michael Andrews

Beauty being in the eye & ear of the beholder, whats some of your favourite film scores?

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I BE BUSY!

Ok – I have a major temp mix starting in 6 days time, there are more VFX unlocked (latched is the optimistic term) than I can count on ten sets of fingers and yet, there is progress… but the progress tends to be mostly in my uber-PT session, which is now totally max’ed out: 256 tracks, 192 voices – the PT session file is 22MB! I also have a conform/reel rebalance pending prior to the endless onslaught of VFX updates, which as we all know need a tweak before they are bedded into the cut = another conform… its madness, in that glorious, do far more than should-ever-be-possible way…. So I think this is my way of saying the quality of my posts in the next 2-3 weeks are going to be somewhat compromised, until the mix fixes/final vfx updates are implemented… So heres a few random links that have tweaked my browser recently:

A contact mic capable of recording ants footsteps: Sanken MO-64

Passive aggressive notes – many of which remind me why I am so happy to never have to flat with anyone else ever again…

Incredible listening devices – I want my own #2!

The birds of Hollywood: An unnatural history

Banned musical instrument causes insanity!

Soviet Synth Museum (oh and check out Olga – a virtual Soviet Synth!)

The joy of boredom

Cinema redux – movies displayed as a single image

5 Easy Steps to Output Dolby Digital from Quicktime Player

A lovely nostalgic collection of cassettes!

Another good ProTools tips blog: Sound Design Down Under

Just what we all need for those idiots who use their cellphone as a weapon of their own oblivious humiliation:

A worldclock where you can watch in real time as births outnumber deaths…

Calibrating your Subwoofer

Digital Needle – A Virtual Gramophone

‘Music as a Gradual Process’ by Steve Reich

No Fortissimo? Symphony Told to Keep It Down!

Harry Partch’s Instruments

And lastly, I love these weird loopy old photos

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We have a map of the piano….

I’m borrowing the name of a great tune by the icelandic band Mum for this post, not because its about them but because it is about the piano…. On Sunday I’m going to a film at the NZ Film festival called “Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037″ and it looks incredibly intriguing – my mind buzzes thinking about what a talented film maker & cinematographer could do with this subject matter!
Borrowing the blurb from the Festival Catalogue: “There is no more engrossing subject than man at work. The proof… is in [this] chronicle of the production of a single Steinway concert grand – a nine-foot beast that requires a plank the length of an anaconda, a year of assembly, and a small army of blue-collar technicians whose skills are as minutely focused and compartmentalized as a safecracker‘s… Testimonials from a variety of pianists… describe and demonstrate the variances of sound inimical to each Steinway, among the last of the hand-crafted pianos. But they‘re distractions from the drama in Steinway‘s Queens factory, where a single slip of a ‘pizza wheel‘ wire stretcher or an imbalance of a few thousandths of an inch could ruin a $25,000 instrument. Director Ben Niles and cinematographer Ben Wolf scrutinize each step… offering moments of fixated strangeness and wonder… As a study of stubborn artisanal tradition in the ProTools age, Note by Note is a stirring symphony of specialized labor.” — Jim Ridley, Village Voice

Check out the movie website and/or watch the trailer:

Ok and just to continue the confusion, heres a live video of Mum playing aforementioned track at the Liquid Room in Shinjuku:

ah the restraint, beautiful!

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We Love Foley Artists!


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people that use ‘LOL’ all the time do my head in, but that really was LOL!!!!

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8 bit viz in ableton LIVE

This has to be one of the more lateral uses for ableton LIVEs arrange window… of course it has a cute 8 bit soundtrack but i’d love to hear the dense note clusters that the space invader MIDI regions actually generate!


Ableton Live 8 bit Space Invaders from mark gutierrez on Vimeo.

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