Episode 155: Quentin Tarantino On The Music Of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
What better way to start the fourth year of our film music podcast Soundtracking than with one of the undisputed kings of the art, Quentin Tarantino.
His new movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is everything you'd hope for when it comes to the deployment of pop cues, and also features score by the likes of Bernard Herrmann and Maurice Jarre.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_DiCaprio) , Brad Pitt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Pitt) and Margot Robbie (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margot_Robbie) among many others, Once Upon A Time is set in 1969 Los Angeles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles) , where an ageing television actor and his stunt double navigate the changing Hollywood film industry. It blends fiction with real events - most notably the murder of Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson family.
Episode 154: Soundtracking At Three! Best Of The Year
This week marked the third birthday of our film music podcast Soundtracking - which is a milestone we’re very proud to have reached.
That we’re still going is thanks in no small part to you, and of course the guests who take half an hour out of their busy schedules to talk to me about their passion for all things sonic.
To mark the occasion, we’ve drawn together some of our favourite moments from the past year, which has featured many huge names from the world of cinema and television.
Among the voices you’ll hear are Bradley Cooper, M.I.A., Peter Jackson, M Night Shyamalan, Thelma Schoonmaker, Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele, Cliff Martinez, Keanu Reeves & Danny Boyle - with some fabulous cues to boot.
Episode 153: Max Richter Live At The BFI
Our latest episode of Soundtracking has been some time in the making - so busy is the composer in question. But, boy, was it worth the wait.
Max Richter is a name that's come up on numerous occasions on our film music podcast, with Joe Wright, Denis Villeneuve, Yann Demange and John Ridley among those who have either enlisted his services or used his original compositions in their work.
So we were truly humbled when Max agreed to join us on stage at London's BFI for one of our live events recorded in front of an audience.
Though we barely scratched the surface of his extraordinary back catalogue in the hour or so we had with him, we still covered a lot of ground, including his contributions to Waltz With Bashir, Mary Queen Of Scots, White Boy Rick, Black Mirror and Arrival.
Episode 152: Nick Broomfield On Leonard Cohen
Our latest guest on Soundtracking makes a very welcome return to the show, having given us something of a retrospective on his astounding career back in episode 45.
Nick Broomfield is multi-award winning documentary maker who, among many other subjects, has made several films about musicians - including Kurt & Courtney, Biggie & Tupac and, most recently, Whitney Houston.
Continuing the theme, Marianne and Leonard: Words Of Love, is an intimate meditation on the relationship between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen. It's a deeply personal project for Nick, who met Marianne during a visit to the Greek island of Hydra when he was 20, and also encountered Leonard on the LA party scene.
As with Whitney, Marianne and Leonard is scored by Nick Laird-Clowes , who consciously borrowed heavily from Cohen's musical lexicon to create a coherent sonic backdrop to the narrative.
We are also extremely grateful to (composer) Nick for providing us with several of his yet-to-be released cues from the movie
Episode 151: Jon Favreau On The Music Of The Lion King
Back in 2016, Jon Favreau was kind enough to be the very first person we recorded for our film music podcast, Soundtracking. 151 episodes later, and Jon returns to discuss his flabbergasting remake of Disney's much-loved Oscar-winning musical, The Lion King - a mind-boggling photorealistic animation starring Donald Glover (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Glover) , Seth Rogen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seth_Rogen) , Chiwetel Ejiofor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiwetel_Ejiofor) , Billy Eichner (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Eichner) , and Beyoncé (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyonc%C3%A9_Knowles-Carter) .
As with the 1994 version, this new film is scored by our old friend Hans Zimmer, with Elton John returning to rework his compositions from the original alongside South African composer, producer and singer Lebo M. Pharrell Williams also produced five of the tracks.