Monthly Archives: January 2007

…she was been the co-music supervisor for Ugly Betty, Being John Malkovich, and Notting Hill…via AP /Broadcast Newsroom …here’s her IMDb page

Posted 11 years ago by John Piscitello

Well, since I’m attending a seminar at Macworld to get up to speed on Logic Audio, I decided to drop by for the Steve Jobs keynote tomorrow morning. I’ll be heading out real early to get a seat and will bring my laptop and try to liveblog it….

Posted 11 years ago by John Piscitello
The New York Times has a piece on Hitchcock and music, based on a new book by Jack Sullivan called, um, “Hitchcock’s Music” (Jack Sullivan has edited an encyclopedia on the horror genre, by the way, which is here).
Anyway, his new book covers Hitchcock’s personal faith in music as art, and how music plays a big role in the plots of his films. From the NY Times article:

…he examines Hitchcock’s meticulous notes about film scores, pays attention to every casual calliope tune and chronicles the director’s arguments with studios and fallings out with composers.

Sounds interesting if you want to read up on the relationships between directors and their composers:

The composer Bernard Herrmann, for example, who created the scores for “Psycho,” “North by Northwest” and some of Hitchcock’s other masterpieces, said there were only “a handful of directors like Hitchcock who really know the score and fully realize the importance of its relationship to a film.”

So the shocker in the article is Hitchcock didn’t want music in the Psycho shower scene! Hermann had to convince him to keep it in.

I wonder how that shower stabbing scene would have been without music? Try playing this YouTube clip with the sound off and see:

Posted 11 years ago by John Piscitello

Jeff Bond has a nice feature article in the Hollywood Reporter on the increasing number of collaborations in film scores in recent years. It seems that technology is making it easier for composers to pass tracks back and forth on their Macs. Says Andrew Gross, who collaborated with John King (of Dust Brothers fame) for “Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny”:

When we work together, we both use Apple’s Logic Pro. Even though he’s in New York and I’m in L.A., it’s very simple. We can transfer our files to each other over the Internet and then double click on the session, and we’re off and running. I can immediately open his files and start tweaking.

Guess I better switch from Digital Performer to Logic Audio and soon.

However not everyone loves collaborating. Says James Newton Howard, on doing “Batman Begins” with Hans Zimmer:

In most multiple composer situations, you find it because someone got nervous about the music and insisted that somebody else come in and help. ‘Batman’ could have been a disaster, but the kind of schizophrenic nature of Bruce Wayne and the Batman character lent itself to a wide interpretation musically. And even though we did collaborate on almost every cue, there are areas I worked on more than Hans and areas Hans worked on more than I did. I think we’ll repeat it hopefully many times in the future, but overall, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t feel hemmed in and restricted by having to compromise with another composer

Well, I love the “Batman Begins” soundtrack, and I don’t think it sounds schizophrenic at all.

Anyway, the good news is if every film has 2 composers, there will be twice as much work out there! 😉 Read the whole thing.

Posted 11 years ago by John Piscitello

Well it’s not quite like it’s a trend or anything…it’s just that Disney’s “High School Musical” has been such a big seller this year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. From Variety :

Disney’s “High School Musical” soundtrack was 2006’s top seller at 3.7 million units — the lowest total for the year’s chart-topper in the 15 years SoundScan has been keeping sales figures.

“High School Musical” is the first soundtrack to become the No. 1 album since “Titanic” sold 9.3 million copies in 2002, a feat that should have Disney — an indie in the recorded music field — smiling. But it should concern the rest of the business that no major label act could beat a TV soundtrack aimed at tweens.

I guess if you want to sell records you should go for the kid market. I guess we should expect more kid-friendly DVD musicals from Disney and Nickelodean this coming year.

Another notable stat is that digital music was 5.5% of all music sales in 2006 (though I’m moving back towards buying CDs, because I don’t like not having the backup media available…)

Posted 11 years ago by John Piscitello

We’re planning our transportation tonight for the New Year, about to get going…deciding whether cabs or parking are more of a hassle…and I’m impressed that Yelp has reviews of cab companies and parking garages.
Anyway, people don’t like Yellow Cab

But they like parking under Union Square

Happy New Year!

Posted 11 years ago by John Piscitello