The Soundtrack Show

The Soundtrack Show

By iHeartPodcasts

The Soundtrack Show is a look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV Shows, Video Games and Theater pieces of all time.

Episodes

Star Trek the Original Series - the Music (Part III)

Music production on a full season of Star Trek begins! Our first two composers get to work, as Alexander Courage and Fred Steiner start writing and recording music at a frantic pace. We'll hear the rest of Courage's work on season one, and listen to Steiner's amazing contributions to Star Trek's musical vocabulary. We also examine the critical role played by the music editors, as they work to establish and shape the music of season one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/12/23·56m 23s

Star Trek the Original Series - the Music (Part II)

Before making it to air, Star Trek had not one, but two pilots scored by Alexander Courage. Once the first season finally went into production, it took five composers to pull it off. This episode explores the musical, financial and creative realities of 1960s television music production, as we discuss the scores for these two pilots, and the creation of some of the show's musical sound effects. We are also introduced to season one's other four composers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/07/23·56m 11s

Star Trek the Original Series - the Music (Part I)

The history of television and the origins of Star Trek are explored through the life and career of composer/orchestrator Alexander Courage, television star Lucille Ball, and Desilu music director Wilbur Hatch. The main title melodies for Star Trek are analyzed and discussed, along with their place in the history of 20th Century television music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/06/23·49m 20s

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - the Music (Part III)

In our final episode on the music of E.T. we listen to the second half of the movie's incredible music, cue by cue. We also discuss the work of film editor Carol Littleton, and vocal sound designer Ben Burtt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/05/23·59m 33s

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - the Music (Part II)

In Part II we take it from the top, and listen to how the film score for E.T. is constructed in the first half of the movie. We examine multiple themes, and discuss the movie's emotional honesty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/23·55m 58s

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - the Music (Part I)

The film score to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is widely considered to be one of the most important film scores of all time. We discuss what makes the music so great as a whole, and we discuss the evolution of the score's most important themes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/04/23·46m 56s

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - the Music (Part III)

In Part III of our series on Ocarina of Time, we tackle our main quest to save Hyrule by learning more complex melodies, mastering new musical dungeons, and ultimately facing off against our bongo-playing, pipe organ-pounding foes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/12/21·58m 43s

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - the Music (Part II)

In Part II of our series on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, we look at the first act of the game and discuss all of its musical diversity: the dungeons, the distant lands, and the melodic fragments we learn to play on our digital ocarina. The game's over "music" theme is discussed, as well is hidden homages to the Zelda series' musical past. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/03/21·48m 13s

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - the Music (Part I)

The groundbreaking interactive music of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is both diegetic and non-diegetic music, as it plays a central role in both the story and gameplay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/03/21·56m 25s

The Legend of Zelda: the Music

The music to original NES title The Legend of Zelda is discussed. We break down the main overworld theme, talk about its impact, and share memories of the original Zelda experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/02/21·51m 2s

The Queen's Gambit: An Interview with Composer Carlos Rafael Rivera (Part II)

In part II of our interview with Carlos Rafael Rivera, we discuss how he wrote around diagetic music and sound design. Themes for the main character are discussed, as well as parts of The Queen's Gambit that feel like a sports movie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/02/21·45m 28s

The Queen's Gambit: An Interview with Composer Carlos Rafael Rivera (Part I)

We meet and celebrate Carlos Rafael Rivera, the composer for the hit Netflix series The Queen's Gambit. His musical background and career rise are discussed, as well as his overall approach to working with directors. His love for Randy Newman and film music is also covered, and we begin our in-depth discussion of The Queen's Gambit's wonderful score. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/02/21·56m 35s

Cobra Kai Composing: An Interview with Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg (Part II)

In part II of our interview with Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg, we discuss the rock and metal influences in Cobra Kai's score. We also talk about their use of thematic material, musical humor, and the show's return to Okinawa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/01/21·43m 34s

Cobra Kai Composing: An Interview with Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson (Part I)

We get a chance to sit down with Cobra Kai composers Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg, as they discuss their music, their process, and their love of film scoring. The various musical styles of the Karate Kid franchise are discussed, as well as their own unique take on this hit TV series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/01/21·40m 28s

The Karate Kid (1984): the Music (Part II)

In our second episode on the music of Karate Kid, we take a close look at the music of Mr. Miyagi, the pan flute music of Zamfir, and how it tells the story of Miyagi and Daniel's friendship. More songs are discussed, and we hear restored music in the movie's dramatic finale for the very first time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/01/21·55m 10s

The Karate Kid (1984): the Music (Part I)

The music in 1984's The Karate Kid is both song score and film score, and composer Bill Conti worked with both. We discover how the songs and underscore are musically related, and discuss how main character themes are woven throughout this musically eclectic movie. The history of "You're The Best" is discussed, as is the movie's dramatic finale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/12/20·42m 21s

Home Alone: the Music (Part III)

We take a close listen to the end of Home Alone, breaking down how the music scores the comedy, and when it holds back. Diagetic songs and song scores are discussed, as is the recording of a large collection of Holiday hits. We hear how Williams uses themes to complete the story, bringing it all home with a feel-good conclusion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/12/20·52m 48s

Home Alone: the Music (Part II)

Let's hear it from the top! We take a close look at various parts of Home Alone to break down the compositions, and we examine a scene with omitted music restored. The use of popular Christmas music is discussed, as is the comedic effect of orchestration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/12/20·50m 40s

Home Alone: the Music (Part I)

In our first look at John Williams' score for Home Alone, we discuss the background of the project, and how it greatly influenced the score. We listen to a few leitmotifs, and discuss how they became songs for the film, and we examine their use in the film. Broad styles of Holiday music are also discussed, as are themes of family, fear, and love. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/12/20·51m 14s

Superman: the Music (part IV)

Our final episode on Superman the Movie takes a close look at the heroic music in Metropolis, as well as the unfolding villainy of Lex Luthor. The heavy use of Superman's fanfare leitmotif is discussed, and we share thoughts from John Williams about the lasting, positive impact of Christopher Reeve as Superman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/04/20·52m 0s

Superman: the Music (part III)

In part three of our look at Superman the Movie, we examine great musical moments from the film score, starting at the beginning. Multiple versions of Krypton are compared, and we listen to more of the music from Smallville. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/04/20·46m 48s

Superman: the Music (part II)

We continue our fly-through of Superman (1978) by listening to the love theme from the film score, and discuss a fascinating behind-the-scenes story. Other themes are analyzed and discussed, including a theme for Smallville, Lex Luthor and the March of the Villains, and a theme for the green crystal of Krypton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/04/20·43m 1s

Superman: the Music (part I)

John Williams' iconic Superman score is analyzed in context of a 3-part superhero movie: science fiction in the beginning, Americana growing up in Smallville, and a full-blown comic book in Metropolis. The main themes used in Williams' score are analyzed via breaking down these three influences. The history of Superman is discussed, and behind-the-scenes stories of the making of 1978's Superman are revealed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/04/20·51m 41s

Frozen II - An Interview with Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - Part II

We continue our interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, discussing the iterative and very personal nature of songwriting, life stories shared in the writers room, Anna's character arc, and the heart-warming struggle that Kristoff faces when trying to express his feelings. We also discuss the inspiration behind Olaf's song "When I Am Older." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/02/20·40m 57s

Frozen II - An Interview with Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - Part I

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez join us in the studio for a 2-part interview about the songs of Frozen II. They discuss their process of discovering the songs that drive the story, their collaboration with Disney, and share fascinating stories of their iterative songwriting adventures into the unknown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/02/20·54m 34s

Return of the Jedi: the Music (part III)

We conclude our listen to Return of the Jedi, and the whole classic Star Wars trilogy, with the Battle of Endor. Themes are discussed, as are moments where music was omitted. We explore more diagetic music with the Ewoks, and compare multiple versions of the film's ending. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/12/19·1h 13m

Return of the Jedi: the Music (part II)

In part 2 of our analysis, we look at roughly the first half of Return of the Jedi. We discuss each cue, its dramatic effect, and the creative process behind the final presentation. The diagetic, in-world music is also discussed, and we compare the original 1983 music to the changes that were made in the 1997 Special Edition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/19·1h 14m

Return of the Jedi: the Music (part I)

Return of the Jedi is the third Star Wars score from John Williams, and it transforms his overall musical approach to that of an operatic cycle. We look at how familiar themes from the first film are treated, and we explore and dissect some of the major new themes that greatly enrich the classic trilogy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/12/19·50m 37s

Morricone, "Spaghetti Westerns" and The Man With No Name (Part II)

We continue our listen to Morricone's groundbreaking, stylish scores for director Sergio Leone and his "Spaghetti Westerns," including a close examination of For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. The cultural impact of these movies is also discussed, and we listen to the clever sound editing and effects that made the soundscape so memorable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/11/19·57m 9s

Morricone, "Spaghetti Westerns" and The Man With No Name (Part I)

Ennio Morricone's iconic music for the "Spaghetti Westerns" of Sergio Leone had an enormous impact on western soundtracks... especially the violent and stylish trilogy of films that featured Clint Eastwood as "The Man With No Name." We analyze the trilogy's first film, A Fistful of Dollars, and its unique film score by Morricone. The history of how this film was made is discussed, as is the sound design and post-dubbing that makes the soundtrack of Leone's westerns so unique. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/11/19·51m 2s

Season 3 intermission

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13/11/19·32s

The Nightmare Before Christmas: the Music (Part II)

In our second look at The Nightmare Before Christmas, we discuss the enormous contirbutions of the voice talent in this cast. We also continue looking at great moments from the film's score, discuss the orignal motion picture soundtrack album, and analyze the remaining songs from the middle of the film - all the way to it's dramatic finale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/11/19·47m 33s

The Nightmare Before Christmas: the Music (Part I)

Danny Elfman's contribution to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is enormous, as the composer not only wrote the score, but helped with story development by writing the songs. He even stars as the lead singer. Elfman's songs are discussed, along with stories behind this musical's development.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/10/19·52m 22s

Batman: the Music (1989)

In 1989, Danny Elfman redefined the sound of superheroes on the silver screen. His theme for the Batman is explored, as well as his musical treatment of the Joker and Vicki Vale. Prince's music is also discussed, and we break down Elfman's use of rhythm, themes, and textures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/10/19·1h

Danny Elfman: from Boingo to Beetlejuice

Danny Elfman's origin story is as fascinating as his music. We discuss his incredible success with Oingo Boingo, as well as his long-time collaboration with director Tim Burton. We explore the origin of his European "Doom-pah" sound, his humor, and his very first films with Burton: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, and Beetlejuice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/10/19·51m 41s

The Goonies: the Music

The music of The Goonies is a unique mix of classic film scoring, 80s pop, and film nostalgia, all combined with Dave Grusin's contemporary musical sensibilities. The result is a very effective film score that breathes life, adventure, and humor into this cult classic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/10/19·1h 4m

Casablanca: a Musical Movie Commentary

Let's sit back and enjoy Casablanca and its music with this feature-length commentary. Max Steiner's wonderful music is dissected, and many behind-the-scenes stories about Casablanca's production are discussed. The commentary also touches on the fascinating stories behind the actual Warner brothers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/10/19·1h 52m

Casablanca: the Music and History

One of the greatest films to ever be produced by the classic Hollywood studio system features a song that infuriated composer Max Steiner. Regardless, he produced one of the most memorable and effective film scores of his entire career. The history of Casablanca's troubled production is explored, as is the time period: Casblanca debuted shortly after the United States entered World War II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/09/19·1h 6m

Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part IV)

Our look at the music and sound of Raiders of the Lost Ark concludes with a breathtaking truck chase, scoring Indy in disguise, and the climactic opening of the Ark.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/09/19·50m 13s

Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part III)

Our adventures continue with Indiana Jones in Cairo, where John Williams and Steven Spielberg masterfully use film score and diegetic music to tell a story of mystery, danger, and romance.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/09/19·55m 16s

Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part II)

We take a much closer look at the music of Raiders, starting with the opening adventure in South America. Specific musical moments in the film are discussed and analyzed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/09/19·50m 18s

Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part I)

Our musical adventures with Indiana Jones begin by taking a close look at the inspiration behind Raiders and its film score. We break down the main musical themes, including the famous Raiders March, Marion's theme, and a theme for the Ark. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/08/19·51m 45s

Middle Earth Music: an Interview with Author Doug Adams

Author Doug Adams shares his exciting experiences as he was writing his comprehensive book on the music of The Lord of the Rings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/19·55m 33s

The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part III)

The languages of Middle Earth are more than just vital to the Lord of the Rings: They are an essential part of Howard Shore’s operatic film score. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/19·50m 10s

The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part II)

We continue our look at Fellowship by discussing the beautiful and familiar music of the Hobbits, in all its permutations. The musical connections between Hobbits, the One Ring, and Gollum are explored, and we break down the theme for The Fellowship of the Ring itself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/05/19·41m 31s

The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part I)

Our first look at not only the film scores of Middle Earth, but also at composer Howard Shore. The creation of his music for Fellowship is examined, as is the source material for these amazing films. Themes are broken down, and the overall style and approach of Shore's music is analyzed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/05/19·53m 50s

Wagner: the first Lord of the Ring

Film music has its roots in 19th century opera. The fascinating and controversial life and music of Wagner is explored, as well as an overview of how film music has its roots in opera. Musical examples are played, and history is uncovered. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/05/19·59m 54s

Rocky IV and Transformers: an Interview with Composer Vince DiCola (Part II)

In part 2 of our interview with composer Vince DiCola, we discuss his work on the 1986 animated feature, Transformers the Movie. His influences are explored, and comparisons are made between his approach to songwriting versus film scoring.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/04/19·51m 36s

Rocky IV and Transformers: an Interview with Composer Vince DiCola (Part I)

In our interview with Vince DiCola, we learn about how he became the composer for Rocky IV. We explore his musical background as a drummer and keyboardist, how he was influenced by progressive rock, and we discuss his innovative use of synthesizer. Songwriting for Staying Alive is also discussed, and learn the story of how DiCola made it in Hollywood.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/19·47m 0s

The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part IV

Our final look and listen to the music of The Empire Strikes Back covers the end of the film, and its main location: Cloud City. We listen to more restored music during the lightsaber duel, explore even more themes like Boba Fett's theme and Lando's Cloud City theme, and we examine how John Williams carefully scores the trap that awaits our heroes, playing against the gorgeous visuals and the illusion of safety that they present. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/04/19·49m 11s

The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part III

Our in-depth look at The Empire Strikes Back continues as we examine the middle of the film: the asteroid field, the planet Dagobah, and more. Continuous changes to the final score are discussed, and we get our first listen to an instrument that makes its debut in the Star Wars saga: the synthesizer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/19·40m 43s

The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part II

We look at the music of the first act of The Empire Strikes Back: the planet Hoth. Multiple cues are discussed, as well as the creative process of iterating on musical ideas. We even get to hear restored music that was written and performed for many long sequences, but was cut from the film. Lastly, we focus on the battle in the snow, and the moment that the Imperial March is established as a theme for Darth Vader himself.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/19·43m 8s

The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part I

When approaching the film score to The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to the unprecedented smash hit Star Wars just three years before, John Williams made it all look easy. It wasn't. The pressure was intense, and the timeline was challenging. We discuss the initial spotting session for Empire, as well as the new, central musical themes that emerge in this sequel... one that changed the Star Wars franchise, and its music, forever.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/03/19·56m 44s

2018 Wrap-Up Show

We celebrate our first year of The Soundtrack Show with a glimpse behind the scenes on how the show is written. We share listener emails, give a year in review, take a quick look at (and listen to) some holiday music, and offer a sneek-peak of what's to come in 2019. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/12/18·39m 19s

Producing Soundtrack Albums: an Interview with Mike Matessino (part II)

In part 2 of our interview, Mike Matessino candidly discusses the challenges facing the music industry, while sharing his insights into the popularity of film scores performed live. Some of his favorite soundtrack releases are discussed, and we get a sample of a new project Mike's been working on.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/12/18·50m 6s

Producing Soundtrack Albums: an Interview with Mike Matessino (part I)

Mike Matessino has been producing film and television soundtrack albums for over 20 years, and has worked with some of the most famous film music of all time. We discuss everything that goes into the releases of our favorite albums, and get a few behind-the-scenes stories... including one about how older movie soundtracks often times are barely rescued before they are restored. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/11/18·42m 53s

Lesser-Known Scores: John Williams

We all know Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter... but what about Hook, Dracula, The Cowboys or Catch Me If You Can? We take a listen to excerpts of lesser-known works by John Williams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/11/18·42m 27s

Rocky: the Music

Recorded in just three hours, this iconic score has been an inspiration to athletes all over the world for decades. We look at its creation, and how music is used to tell the story of a down-on-his luck athlete whose life changes forever.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/11/18·48m 45s

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: the Music Part III

In our final look at Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, we explore the music for "he who must not be named." The original soundtrack album is also discussed, and we review the 9-part children's suite for orchestra that John Williams penned while he was writing the film score. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/11/18·54m 44s

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: the Music Part II

Using musical examples, we explore how the films and books of Harry Potter are a metaphor for common struggles that take place during the normal school year. Themes for Harry, the Potter family, Quidditch, and Hogwarts are also discussed.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/18·50m 33s

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: the Music Part I

In our first look at the musical world of Harry Potter, we discuss the creative inspiration behind "Hedwig's Theme," "Harry's Wondrous World" and more. We then ask the question: is there a theme for Harry Potter himself?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/10/18·50m 8s

Ghostbusters: the Music (Part II)

In this episode, we'll discuss the creation and usage of some of Ghostbusters' pop songs, including Ray Parker Jr's smash number one single, and how they are an effective songscore when combined with Bernstein's orchestral magic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/10/18·48m 50s

Ghostbusters: the Music (Part I)

In our first look at Ghostbusters, we call up an in-depth look at the musical contribution from legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein, who gives the movie a light-hearted, comedic touch ... while treating the threat of malevolent spirits very seriously. The main theme is discussed, as is Dana's theme, and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/18·47m 17s

Halloween: the Music

In just three days, director and film composer John Carpenter wrote a classic horror film score. Go behind the scenes and hear the story of how it all came together. We'll also analyze the music, and talk about why it still scares us decades later. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/18·38m 34s

Psycho: the Music (Part II)

In part 2 of our look at Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, we discuss how composer Bernard Herrmann skillfully builds tension with his use of repetition early on in the score. In the second half of the film, as a new, 3-note motive emerges, we break down its musical characteristics, and discuss how its used to warn us as the movie shifts from being a psychological thriller, to a classic whodunit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/09/18·39m 41s

Psycho: the Music (Part I)

In part 1 of our look at Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, we discuss the history of both Hitchcock and film composer Bernard Herrmann, and explore the strength of their collaborations. We give detailed history on the production of Psycho and its film score, and provide a breakdown of several pieces of music... including the most famous horror scene of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/09/18·54m 39s

Universal Monster Music

Universal created a rich cast of fascinating monsters ... and evolved their film scoring techniques through the process.Through the creation of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, the Mummy, and more, we hear the evolution of film scoring progress through each movie, culminating in some of the most important and innovative scores of the early 20th Century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/09/18·51m 20s

Tron, the Music (Part II)

We take a detailed look at the film score for Tron, examining multiple cues and breaking down their melodic and rhythmic qualities. The history of the film score's creation is also discussed, as are the songs written for the movie, We even listen to music that was omitted from the final film, and compare it with a famous sequence that was released without music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/09/18·57m 4s

Tron, the Music (Part I)

Tron's film score is as innovative and groundbreaking as the movie itself: part synth score, part orchestral score, it carefully balances tech-savvy storytelling with the triumph of the human (and program) spirit. We discuss the plot to Tron, how it was received by critics and audiences in 1982, and how the movie, and music has aged in the years since.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/08/18·42m 59s

Back to the Future, the Music (Part III)

In our final look at Back to the Future, we discuss how themes are used, and how often. Secondary themes are examined, taking a close listen to how they're all related. We discuss the relationships between characters, and how music functions as a storytelling device. We even talk about the blues, and how Marty McFly was able to jam out with very little instruction given to his bandmates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/08/18·47m 2s

Back to the Future, the Music (Part II)

In part II of our analysis of the music in Back to the Future, we focus on how the orchestral score is presented to us, and its important relationship to the pop music in the movie. The decision to use pop music is also analyized, as we musically break down the movie's transition from teen comedy, to science fiction and time traveling adventure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/08/18·49m 13s

Back to the Future, the Music (Part I)

In our first look at Back to the Future, we take a deep look at the past, discussing stories that brought composer Alan Silvestri, director Robert Zemeckis, and producer Steven Spielberg together. The main themes fo Back to the Future are also discussed, and a musical breakdown is given for why they fit the story so perfectly. We compare Back to the Future to other famous works, play clips, and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/08/18·45m 6s

The Power of Song: an Interview with Disney Music President Chris Montan (Part II)

In part 2 of our interview with former Disney Music President Chris Montan, we discuss his work with legendary film composers like Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, Randy Newman and more. Mr. Montan takes us back to the early days of Pixar, and describes how Toy Story invented their magic musical formula. Different composer's styles and sound are discussed, as are the challenges of adapting Disney classics for Broadway, and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/08/18·43m 35s

The Power of Song: an Interview with Disney Music President Chris Montan (Part I)

In part 1 of our interview with former Disney Music President Chris Montan, we discuss his incredible career as an executive music producer on some of the most memorable soundtracks, musicals and song scores of the past 35 years, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and even live action films like Pretty Woman, Beaches, Sister Act, and more. Beyond film, his Broadway and television music is also covered, with incredible behind-the-scenes stories about working with the most talented musicians and songwriters in show business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/07/18·42m 21s

Max Steiner: from King Kong to Casablanca

We take a first look at the work of composer Max Steiner, and sample his work from King Kong, Casablanca, Gone With The Wind and more. We also discuss the incredible influence that Steiner has on today's most beloved film franchises, and the important role he played in the development of modern film music techniques. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/07/18·52m 13s

Jurassic Park: A Musical Movie Commentary (Part II)

In Part II, David watches the second half of Jurassic Park. More behind-the-scenes stories and insights are revealed, as well as discussions about script-writing, character arcs, and how music was used to reinforce the drama.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/07/18·1h 12m

Jurassic Park: A Musical Movie Commentary (Part I)

In Part I, David watches the first half of Jurassic Park. Characters, musical themes, sound design and story are heavily discussed, as are background stories about the film's technical achievements.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/07/18·1h 7m

Jurassic Park: The Music (Part II)

Jurassic Park doesn't always function like a typical film score. In this episode, we discuss the role that music plays throughout the film. We also touch on the film's amazing sound design, the appearance of "Dies Irae," a breakdown of a theme for predators, and so much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/06/18·43m 33s

Jurassic Park: The Music (Part I)

In our first episode dedicated to Jurassic Park, we explore the emotion behind the music. How is it different than Spielberg and Williams' first monstrous collaboration, Jaws? We delve into the history of Jurassic Park's development, discuss the differences between the film and the original novel, and the critical role those differences play in the creation of the film's beautiful sountrack.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/06/18·49m 47s

From Frozen to Coco: An Interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Part II)

In Part II of our interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, we discuss the inspiration and stories behind their Oscar-winning song from Disney/Pixar's film Coco, as well as their musical influences, what it's like to work with some of the most talented musicians in the world, and where they see their already-stellar careers headed in the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/06/18·36m 20s

From Frozen to Coco: An Interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Part I)

In our first interview, we talk with Disney and Broadway songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who have penned hit songs for Frozen, Coco, Winnie the Pooh, Finding Nemo, and more for Disney. We discuss their creative process as songwriters, their work-life balance, and the challenges of bringing Frozen, the hit Disney animated musical, to Broadway earlier this year.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/06/18·48m 21s

BONUS: Star Wars: a Musical Movie Commentary (Part II)

Bonus episode! We conclude our look at Star Wars by discussing the 2nd half of the movie. We chat more about temp scores, the creative challenges of mixing, the incredible end battle sequence, and so much more. Grab a snack, sit back, and watch the 2nd half with The Soundtrack Show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/06/18·1h 5m

BONUS: Star Wars: a Musical Movie Commentary (Part I)

Bonus episode! In part one, David watches the first half of Star Wars and provides commentary about its soundtrack, unscripted. Orchestral music history, opera, sound design, and dialog recording are also discussed. Grab a bucket of popcorn, sync up the Soundtrack Show at the top, and watch along! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/05/18·1h 13m

Star Wars: the Music (Part III)

Our musical analysis of Star Wars comes to a conclusion as we examine music cues that didn't make the final cut of the film. We discuss the creative process, and listen to what could have been, speculating on why certain pieces were omitted or changed. We also break down Star Wars musical themes by the numbers, discovering which themes are most dominant in the movie. Plus musical storytelling techniques, listener feedback, and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/05/18·55m 17s

Star Wars: the Music (Part II)

We continue our journey through the legendary music of Star Wars from 1977, discussing how music is placed strategically throughout the film. We also take a listen to a long-forgotten theme for Darth Vader, the playful jawas, and we explore the scum and villainy of the jazzy Mos Eisley cantina. Plus, movie clips, listener feedback, and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/05/18·49m 26s

Star Wars: the Music (Part I)

Star Wars and its characters are driven by musical motifs, or themes. We dive into Luke's theme, the Force, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Rebel Alliance, and Princess Leia. We take a close look at how these themes tell the story of Star Wars, plus we hear some listener feedback, interview clips, and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/05/18·57m 13s

Star Wars, Lucas, and Williams: An Introduction

As we begin our journey into that galaxy far, far away, we discuss the life of George Lucas, the development of Star Wars, and the early temp scores that led to a symphonic masterpiece: the soundtrack for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/05/18·55m 33s

Korngold and Warner Brothers: the Sound of Hollywood Film Scores

Before Star Wars and Superman, there were the film scores of child prodigy Erich Wolfgang Korngold. When revisited today, his music and life story are both incredibly powerful. Discover how Korngold changed film scores forever, how music saved him and his family, and how he blazed the trail for decades of film scores to come.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/04/18·38m 59s

The Music of Super Mario Bros.

Jump in and explore the music of Super Mario Bros, in all of its 8-bit glory. We discuss the surprising power of video game music, the technology and innovation that drove it, and the creative process that led to this 1985 classic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/04/18·52m 18s

Jaws: the Music (Part II)

Ahoy! Our look at Jaws concludes with the sea voyage of the Orca, as our characters attempt to hunt the hunter. The score focuses on the human spirit, and resurrects the swashbuckling film scores of classic Hollywood. Take a listen to how Jaws ushers in a renaissance of classic orchestral film scores in this action-packed climax. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/04/18·55m 29s

Jaws: the Music (Part I)

Our "deep dive" into the music, sound and story of Jaws begins as we look closely at the first half of the movie. What we find are fascinating surprises, interesting stories, the terror of the shark, a moving family bond ... and even a dark sense of humor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/04/18·47m 31s

Jaws, Williams and Spielberg: An Introduction

Kicking off our first score analysis, we set the stage by discussing the problems that haunted the production of Jaws... and how these same problems were turned into advantages through the creative genius of Steven Spielberg and John Williams. We also give a brief biography of Williams' early life and career, and discuss how his experiences and technique brought a wealth of knowledge and tradition to this groundbreaking movie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/03/18·1h

What's in the Mix: Painting With Sound

Music makes you feel, but sound makes it real. Let's discuss the other aspects of a movie mix. While often transparent to audiences, the sound design, Foley and dialog work are "50 percent of the motion picture experience." We discuss how, using examples from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Toy Story, and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/03/18·45m 10s

Doom and Gloom: Music has a word for "Death"

Music is a language, and composers have a musical word that means "Death." It's been used to convey doom and gloom for over 100 years, and without knowing it, you've heard it in some of your favorite movies. From The Lord of the Rings to The Shining, we'll listen to clips that may surprise you. Composers speak with music, and now we'll know it when we hear it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/03/18·45m 30s

What Is Music? No, Seriously, What Is It?

What is music? How do we define something so abstract? Something we can't see, and can only hear? This episode arms listeners with the ability to talk about their favorite soundtracks, using examples from Rocky, Superman, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/03/18·37m 23s

Great Melodies Tell Great Stories

In our first episode, we breakdown themes from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Star Trek and Back To The Future, showcasing the artistry and storytelling that goes into each composition. We also discuss the origins of the word "Soundtrack," give a basic music theory demonstration, and talk about the language of music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/18·40m 14s

The Soundtrack Show: Episode Zero

The Soundtrack Show takes listeners on a tour of movies, TV shows, video games and theater -- through their sound. Host David W. Collins breaks it all down so anyone who loves entertainment can appreciate it in a whole new way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/02/18·7m 0s

The Soundtrack Show: Trailer

The Soundtrack Show is a weekly look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV shows, video games and theater pieces of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/18·1m 26s
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