On a new episode of the FilmEar podcast, I welcome composer and YouTube educator Thomas Little – also known as The Classical Nerd. Through his YouTube videos, he tells of the lives and works of many well-known and obscure composers of classical music. In his videos, he also teaches classical composing techniques and terms while sometimes including his own music as examples (see his series writing a piece for the Eighth Blackbird ensemble). On the podcast, we talk about his life of music, from composing and performing to the state of modern concert music today, and even his short film scoring assignments. So join me and Thomas on this journey and nerd out as we discuss the many facets of composing and classical music. Oh and yes we even find time for some good old John Williams worship along the way. You can find Thomas’ videos on his YouTube channel here (or click on his image above), and find out more about him and his composing at this website lentovivace.com.
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On a very special episode I invite my Mom on the podcast, Barbara Murphy, and we chat about how her musical influences and the music she played around the house rubbed off on me – from Stravinsky and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue to musicals like South Pacific. We also talk about her early love of instrumentals like Booker T’s Green Onions and rockers like Roy Orbison to Jazz music. Her love of movies and movie music was also diverse, ranging from John Williams Jurassic Park to comedies like Clue and the pop filled score to Guardians of the Galaxy. In TV, we talk Hit Parade to Colombo, The Voice to Perry Mason and everything in between. We even talk a little recent Star Wars as well as some of her favories now, like Hamilton and Haley Reinhart – All of this with music examples, so sit back and stick it in your ear with my Mom!
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In 2016 the Voice reigned supreme in my choices for favorite scores, wither in TV’s Game of Thrones, the Irish band film Sing Street, or musicals both live action (La La Land) or animated (Moana). That’s not to say there weren’t any scores without them that I didn’t like (just check out John Williams’ The BFG), it’s just that the human voice played a role in most of my favorites. I play clips and we hear from composers that made my list last year like Michael Giacchino and the wizard Danny Elfman! We also have a few new comers that I hope to hear from in the future. All in all it was another good year for scores with an array of films from Arrival to Swiss Army Man, so sit back and listen to my favorites from last year… the year that many of us wanted to forget.
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Spoiler Warning! To commemorate the release of Rogue One on Blu-Ray and DVD join Natrebo, Chris and first timer Crystal as we run down the movie and our thoughts on this Star Wars Story. Although there are a few tangents into talk of Transformer trailers and dinning theaters we do “stay on target” for the most part and fill the episode with Star Wars goodness. Weather you love the film, or hate the film you will find a good time hearing us talk about Michael Giacchino’s score, what the loss of the crawl means to us and whether we will see the Rogue One crew again in the sequel Rogue One: Part 2 – Ghost Wars!
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In this Episode we meet Jason Beghtol, a music educator, musician and friend. We discuss his trombone prowess and why bass is better than tenor. He confesses his love of the Dave Matthews Band along with the musical Wicked. Biases in music are talked about as well as the benefits of listening to live Music. Lettuce, Johan de Meij, John Williams and yes, Danny Elfman come up to name a few…
In this off the rails crossover episode of FilmEar we welcome back Chris from the Why The Hell Would You Care podcast to discuss Liam Neeson and the Taken movies as well has having drinks thrown in your face. We jump back on track with thoughts on our favorite Bar and Action movies in which Chris defends the awesomeness of Commando!
Natrebo, Justin and Chris also speak on their more memorable Movie Theater experiences and we delve into using Big Trouble in Little China as a date movie. So grab your gun, drinks and prepare to be taken! Also please listen to Chris’s wonderful podcast, Why The Hell Would You Care – there are great life stories both serious and funny to be had.
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This week listen to a FilmEar Echo edition of the Podcast as Ernesto sits in with Natrebo and Justin for the second time. (Our audio is a little off in this episode!) We discuss Christophe Beck, John Williams, orchestration techniques, the lack of musical unity in the Marvel MCU films and Trailers (can you spot the brain fart as I mix up Jeff and John Beal?)
Oddly enough we have a lot to say about Ant-Man that we had yet to see at the time (see FilmEar 2: Murphy’s Law for more on that film) We dive into the movies and soundtracks of Guillermo Del Toro and famous Director/Composer team-ups! We end with a round of the Stump-The-gNat game and my look at Patrick Doyle’s Cinderella score. Whether you pop the blue or the red pill we will be waiting for you on the other side with discussions of these subjects and more.
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