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The 2020 Oscar-Nominated Scores

This year’s Best Original Score category is especially fierce–with three previous winners, one regular nominee, and a one newcomer, it’s anybody’s question as to who is going to win. With the winner set to be announced on Sunday at the 92nd Academy Awards, let’s take a look (and listen) through all of the nominees, and see what …

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The Best Scores of the Decade

What a decade it’s been. While the blockbuster score has become more and more homogenized, the indie score has risen up and put some of Hollywood’s finest in their place with a particular focus on composers that have transitioned from the worlds of popular music. If you told the world in 2009 that the guy …

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The Musical History Behind the James Bond Gun Barrel Sequences

As exciting brass fills your ears, a man strolls purposefully onto the screen from stage left, his striding body framed by a circle. He turns to face the audience, aims his weapon at you, and unleashes all his fury, the deep crimson blood engulfing the screen. You, the viewer, are now dead, killed by the …

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Fanfare for a Fighter: The History and Evolution of the Rocky Theme

The point of a music score is to illustrate what’s going on in a character’s head and in their heart. This is why when we hear Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho” strings we immediately feel panic; when we listen to Ennio Morricone’s harmonica strains from “Once Upon A Time In The West,” we feel the tension of an …

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