Monthly Archives: September 2009

I’m working with 2 directors who are using the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata in their films. Never a bad choice. The piece is cinematic in the extreme, even though it was written a hundred years before film was invented.The BIG moment in Misery uses it. Certainly because the Moonlight Sonata is expressing something deep about romance and obsession. The scene unfortunately adds a layer of strings to the melody, but that seems not to detract from the, er, impact of the scene.

(This is NSFW, only because if you haven’t seen it before, you will likely shout quite loudly when the big moment, um, hits…):

Posted 9 years ago by John Piscitello

I just finished a score for “Goodbye Mr. Jordan”, which is a Scary Cow film directed by Marc Stayman.
The film will show at Victory Theatre, 2961 16th St, San Francisco at 3pm on Sunday October 4th
Scary Cow’s doing a good job of bringing together Bay Area film artists (they have an info session this Wednesday if you want to get involved).

Posted 9 years ago by John Piscitello

Recording the score for Dixie Dynamite was quite a bit of fun – we recorded over 70 minutes of music with Japanese instrumentalists playing with a southern rock band. There is one cover song – Freebird, for the climactic kung fu fight – which I arranged with a taiko ensemble and an epic shamisen solo.

Dixie Dynamite is playing in London at 1pm at the Tabernacle, as part of the Portobello Film Festival‘s final day this Sunday the 20th.

Dixie Dynamite will also play at the Long Beach Comic-Con, as part of the film festival there. The film’s animation has a real comic-book look. It’s playing Sunday October 4th at 1pm (you can download the schedule).

I will be at the London showing and probably will make it to Long Beach too.

Here’s one of the songs from the score, “Bad Luck Man”:

Posted 9 years ago by John Piscitello

The music in this clip is satisfying on so many levels…of course the obligatory fast tempo for a chase, but then the metal percussion and chord changes inside the pipeline, the triumphant brass when Coyote catches Road Runner, and the timpani roll as the camera looks up at the giant Road Runner.Sure, it’s a bit obvious, but it’s just so darned fun. Dean Elliot scored lots of kids cartoons in the 70s and 80s, this clip is from 1980:

Posted 9 years ago by John Piscitello

From Hayden To Ives, a sampling of dramatic musical pauses.

My favorite from the article is Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture (it’s the 4th clip in the article).

However the drama of the pause does somewhat depend on tempo. Here’s a version where the tempo is much faster, and the silence somewhat less dramatic:

Posted 9 years ago by John Piscitello