Monthly Archives: September 2013

Varese Sarabande released my soundtrack for No Place On Earth. Here is a sampling of the reviews it received.
John Piscitello’s emotional score resonates very deeply. The beauty of the approach and exploration of this powerful story make the emotions hit big.

Film Music Media (5/5 stars):

John Piscitello’s score is a masterpiece and for this to come from a composer who is practically getting started is just awe inspiring….This is a score that has true meaning and a real exploration of the human condition behind it. It’s a must listen and an exemplary score that represents the power and meaning of film music.

Film Score Monthly (4/5 stars):

The score is by relative newcomer John Piscitello, who crafts a gorgeous work for strings supported by flutes, horns, harp and piano….The surprising No Place on Earth is a fine score with engaging thematic writing, and the use of a real orchestra lends this documentary feature the kind of depth not often present in this genre.

John Piscitello’s first soundtrack release is an auspicious showcase of his skills in writing themes and dramatic variations for the sensitive docu-drama No Place on Earth…The score was crafted with an appropriate level of sensitivity, avoiding the pitfalls of melodrama and overstating the dire emotions of the film’s subjects, and there are a handful of cues where Piscitello allows for a little lightness.

Film Music Magazine (June Soundtrack Pick):

It’s almost disarming how pleasant John Piscitello’s documentary score is when you think that it’s for a Holocaust movie about Ukrainian Jews who find shelter, and safety from the Holocaust in the bowels of a giant, utterly dark cave. While Piscitello evokes the string-shivering danger of the depths these survivors are reduced to, the main feeling that “Earth” evokes is a hauntingly beautiful nostalgia for a past

The main use of the surround channels is to give “air” to the restrained, poignant and classical score by John Piscitello.

Paste Magazine:

John Piscitello’s graceful score hits all the right notes, showcasing more melody and timbre than most documentary scores allow for.

Find the No Place On Earth soundtrack on iTunes and Amazon.

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello

About a succinct summary of the history and art of film composing as you’ll find.

Steiner composed 11 other film scores the same year he worked on Gone with the Wind.

James Horner said of his work for Titanic: “I probably wrote all the material in about three hours. The themes literally came to me in 20 minutes.”

On the other hand, John Williams went through 300 versions of the five-note alien greeting from Close Encounters of the Third King before Spielberg was happy.

Those five tones from Close Encounters are embedded in the score, they are heard in the lead-up to the communications sequence. Back up this video a bit to hear them. (By the way, isn’t it lucky the aliens happened to have a tuba player aboard?):

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello
The Short Game will open in 30 theaters this Friday. The kids from the film are appearing on Katie Couric, Jimmy Fallon, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Here are showtimes plus 2 clips below (both happen to include music I wrote for the movie):

The Short Game – Pinehurst

The Short Game – Daddy Caddy

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello

I did a podcast interview with Mark Hasan of Big Head Amusements. Mark has an excellent radio voice, far better than my own. We talked in depth about scoring No Place On Earth and the competitive world of film composers.

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello
John Mansell covers film music, and his site Movie Music Italiano goes deep on classic Euro and Italian movie soundtracks. I did an interview with him about the No Place On Earth soundtrack. He asked excellent questions, so the interview
is a bit of a deep dive.

Here’s “Coming Out” from the soundtrack:

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello
I agree our culture is too loud. Our mobile phones certainly don’t help – you have to raise your voice to be heard on the other end, and earbuds inure us to overloud volumes. I pity this guy:

A year ago, I thought it a brilliant purchase. Especially since a charming, creek-side writer’s cottage was grandfathered into the property…resplendent with trees, meadows and wildflowers.

But then came the insidious waves of hikers and mountain bikers and their incessant, loud chitchat augmented by shouts of encouragement, bike bells and . . . singing.

It started to grate on me. I could not write. Apparently, my next-door neighbor was having a similar problem. The same cadres of von-Trapp-family hikers clomping on the periphery of his lot were also driving him and his dog nuts. Since the hiking trails were not technically on our properties, it seemed there was nothing we could do to stem the tide of annoyingly happy campers.

We should all try and be low talkers.

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello