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Film music

Just released on, Possum Death Spree, Episode 2! 4:48 Directors: Michael Horowitz, Gareth Smith Music: Roger Bourland Funny Videos | Funny Cartoons | Comedy Central


Boulez? Not so much…

September 19, 2007

Yesterday I was amazed by the desperation of a young composer who came to visit me. Jean Claude flew all the way from Paris to interview me about the UCLA new Masters degree in film composition, er, visual media. He was SOOOO excited that we were about to launch this degree. In the course of […]


My favorite Danny Elfman song of all time from THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, “This is Halloween” is here sung in German. The influence of Kurt Weill is clearly heard in this terrific song.


I stumbled across a treasure trove (or something like that) of a 2 CD collection of rejected and unused scores. I made tremendous efforts trying to find whether it was ever actually published or whether this was something privately created by a film fanatic who has an enormous collection of film music. I’ve been sitting […]

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I was incredulous when I learned that Max Steiner wrote the theme from ” A Summer Place.” He was in his 70s when he wrote it. The chord progression [I vi ii V] was the same one used in the majority of 1950s and early 60s rock songs so he had a built in audience. […]


One of my favorite songs to sing in the past few years has been “Complainte de la butte,” which I found on the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, sung by Rufus Wainwright. I knew that he didn’t write it and read that it was chosen for the soundtrack because of its reference to the Moulin Rouge, central […]


Here is a terrific little 20 minute film by Francis Picabia (screenplay), and René Clair (adaptation and screenplay) called “Entr’acte.” I’m fairly sure that the music is by Erik Satie and in 1967 was adapted and orchestrated or reorchestrated by Henri Sauguet who also added some additional music. (Which one aped Chopin’s funeral march? If […]


If you’ve never seen Dr. Seuss’s “The 5000 Fingers of Dr T” you have an amazing treat waiting for you. It’s a movie you can see over and over and still be amazed at how bizarre it is. That being said, the movie is amazing art. The sets, costumes, music, and the story are all […]


Possum Death Spree

May 3, 2007

Today, POSSUM DEATH SPREE was released by Atom Films is an internet movie company that is a showcase for young filmmakers. They commissioned Gareth Smith, Michael Horowitz, and Ari Sachter-Zeltzer to make a pilot film in consideration of making a series. They made POSSUM DEATH SPREE and asked me to do the music for […]


Remembering Jack Nitzsche

April 25, 2007

I watched “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” last night, and noted that the score was composed by Jack Nitzsche. This was a name I first saw in the dreamy cut, “Expecting to Fly” from the Buffalo Springfield’s second album, AGAIN. Jack’s orchestral accompaniment alone brought a magical sophistication to the group that outdid the […]

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