A Tribute to Jóhann Jóhannsson

After hearing about the sudden passing of  Jóhann Jóhannsson, I wanted to pay him tribute by compiling a (non-comprehensive) list of his works. The Icelandic composer was best known for his blend of electronic and classical genres. He received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and awards for many of his film scores, and his solo…

Film Music: The Imitation Game

Does anyone else love listening to film scores? Because I love listening to film scores. Film music is a wonderful way to escape reality because of the (literal) stories that go along with the music. Today I want to share one of my favorite film scores: The Imitation Game (2014). The movie is loosely based on…

Beethoven and Star Wars Part 2: The Funeral Imperial March

As you may know, classical music of all kinds inspired composer John Williams as he wrote the Star Wars score. But what I’m really interested in is how master composer Beethoven exerted his influence on a galaxy far far away. Because there’s so much wonderful music to discuss in regards to the Star Wars score,…

About Ludovico Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi. I’ve heard his name come up often over the last year or so, but for some reason I never listened to his music. That is until someone suggested I find something of his to play on the piano, and I was amazed. Einaudi creates his own unique, colorful world through his music, and…

Film Music: Beauty and the Beast

One of my all-time favorite movies is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I’ve seen the animated one from 1991 more times than I can count (I do like the live action one, but I haven’t seen it enough times to accurately determine how much I like it). Belle is relatable, the songs are catchy, the animation is…

Hans Zimmer’s “King Arthur” Original Score

This week I found work called “All of Them!”, part of the score for the 2004 movie King Arthur. It’s a wonderfully emotional bit of music (thanks to legendary film score composer Hans Zimmer); the opening features a melancholy line that develops into a battle-esque climax. Zimmer is known for his driving rhythmic percussion and soaring…

Thinking Music

Today I’d like to share with you my “thinking music” playlist – music that has gotten me through hours of homework, studying, research, etc. It’s a mixture of film scores, ambient music, and more. Cascade by William Basinski: This is a wonderful example of simple electronic music that can be used for meditation. It’s quiet, understated,…

“Bladed Stance” by Marcos Balter

I found a new composer today named Marcos Balter. Born in 1974 in Brazil, he’s been a musician his whole life. Read more about him here. Balter’s compositional style is characteristic of 21st century composers in that it’s exploratory and unique. He makes new and colorful sounds through various extended techniques, unlikely instrumentation, and complex…

Film Music: The Theory of Everything

In 2014, the movie The Theory of Everything won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score (it was also nominated for an Academy Award in the same category). I don’t normally pay attention to those sorts of things, but I was intrigued by the composer – Icelandic musician Jóhann Jóhannsson – so I looked up the score….