Composer Marc Chesterman discusses the bizarre requests composers get from directors and other challenges of creating music for documentary, in this case, the new Florian Habicht film Spookers. Video, Audio
One of the most important decisions a filmmaker has to make is "How much music to put in?" In New Zealand, the go-to composers these days are the prolific band The Phoenix Foundation. Their track… Audio
Simon Morris talks to Oscar-winning sound mixer Mike Hedges about the advances of sound in Lord of the Rings, District Nine, Once Were Warriors, The Orator - and of course the upcoming final film in… Audio
Ryan Smith selects some tracks from Grayson Gilmour's soundtrack to the New Zealand drama Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story. Gilmour's soundtrack is a nominee for the 2015 APRA Best Original Music in… Audio
Let’s face it, the shower scene in Psycho just wouldn’t be as scary without those screechy stabbing strings, Amelie wouldn’t be as loveable without her quirky accordion soundtrack following her around the streets of Montmartre and the Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars just wouldn’t be as cool without their foreboding brass-heavy march. Frodo without Howard Shore’s Shire theme? Spaghetti westerns without Morricone? – unthinkable!
A well-crafted soundtrack can transport us into whatever world the film-makers have conjured up. And long after we’ve left the cinema the music has the ability to take us right back there.
Sample the best of recent film soundtracks, re-frame movie scores from the past that have refused to deteriorate with time, discover obscure film music (whether 1960s Czech fantasy, Japanese horror, or B-grade sci-fi).
The occasional video game soundtrack and noteworthy music from television shows are also in the mix.
Keep an eye on our unique and growing New Zealand film soundtracks collection and hear interviews with creators and composers from here and around the world.