Caldera Records : genesis of an outsider

Caldera Records : genesis of an outsider

Born in Germany in 1990, Stephan Eicke writes since 2007 for the film music magazine Cinema Musica. He also is an orchestrator and composed the music for several audio plays. In 2013, he announced the creation of a label dedicated to film music, Caldera Records. Today, he answers our questions about the editorial line of this new outsider…

Edwin Wendler, from Vienna to Hollywood

Edwin Wendler, from Vienna to Hollywood

The worldwide release of Non-Stop, with Liam Neeson, for which he is credited as additional composer, and his recent nomination to a GoldSpirit Award for his beautiful music for the documentary The Right Of Love: An American Family led us to meet Hollywood-based composer Edwin Wendler. Certainly a name to follow…

David Newman: the heir of Hollywood

David Newman: the heir of Hollywood

David Newman is the son of the legendary Hollywood composer Alfred Newman, brother of film composer Thomas Newman, and cousin of the famous singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman. During his 25 years career, he has scored over 100 films. Newman is also a highly sought-after conductor, appearing in both the film and classical repertory with leading symphony orchestras throughout the world…

Intrada : to Disney and beyond!

Intrada : to Disney and beyond!

After celebrating 25 years of existence in 2011, Intrada has managed a real feat with the launch of the Disney/Intrada line, publishing on CD for the very first time requested titles as Up or The Black Hole. Enhanced links between the label and Douglass Fake studio with big ears is ultimately not a surprise. However, the editions of The Black Cauldron and The Avengers were significant events and strategic forwards, boosting the position of the label. UnderScores took the initiative in a new interview with Roger Feigelson, producer and marketing director at Intrada

MV Gerhard : return to La-La (Never)Land

MV Gerhard : return to La-La (Never)Land

2012 marks two important events for Burbank-based label La-La Land records : October will mark their first 10th year anniversary! UnderScores came back to Michael V. Gerhard, co-owner of La-La Land, for our second interview.

Zeltia Montes and her friends the Happets

Zeltia Montes and her friends the Happets

In 2008, we discovered in a first interview the young Spanish composer Zeltia Montes, then just settled in Los Angeles, and who had just received two Jerry Goldsmith Awards during the fourth edition of the International Film Music Festival of the city of Ubeda, with her score for Pradolongo, her first full-length movie. Three years later, after the very favorable critical reception she received last year with her work for the animated movie The Happets In The Kingdom Of The Sun, it seemed right to return towards her to follow the progress of her career

Doug Adams at the heart of Middle-Earth

Doug Adams at the heart of Middle-Earth

One of the biggest cinematographic hits of the beginning of the 21st century, The Lord Of The Rings films gave to Canadian composer Howard Shore the opportunity to compose the work of a lifetime, a piece that will probably stay forever as his best. When he was officially announced as the composer of the trilogy, there were many reactions, but only a few to defend this choice. Nevertheless, with the Peter Jackson films, Shore fulfilled his duty beyond our greatest hopes

Varèse Sarabande by Robert Townson

Varèse Sarabande by Robert Townson

Despite a strange logo and a rather abstract brand name, Varèse Sarabande has a special meaning to all film music fans. Born in 1977, Varèse Sarabande Records released the following year his debut film music album and became the first label dedicated to film music. A decade later, Robert Townson took charge of the production, a position he still holds today

Michael V. Gerhard : at the heart of La-La Land

Michael V. Gerhard : at the heart of La-La Land

At the end of 2002, film music aficionados discovered the first CDs from a new label: La-La Land Records. The small label has gradually grown and gained a well-deserved place amongst the bigger players such as Varèse Sarabande, Film Score Monthly and Intrada. In 2009, La-La Land has finally secured his place in the pantheon of specialized labels

A good year for Marc Streitenfeld

A good year for Marc Streitenfeld

Marc Streitenfeld worked as a musical assistant for Hans Zimmer, before starting in 2000 on Gladiator a long collaboration with Ridley Scott, editing music several films before composing the scores for his latest movies. He is currently working on Robin Hood, his fourth composition for the British director

Bear McCreary : Battlestar Musica!

Bear McCreary : Battlestar Musica!

Bear McCreary constructed a brand new musical universe, drastically different from what one could expect from a space opera, illustrating perfectly the world of Battlestar Galactica. The young composer shared for UnderScores, with enthusiasm and spontaneity, his initiation journey within this extraordinary adventure

The musical recipes of Joel McNeely

The musical recipes of Joel McNeely

In July 2007, Joel McNeely conducted in Lyon a concert of the music of Bernard Herrmann for Alfred Hitchcock, during Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival. On this occasion, Joel McNeely teamed up with Varèse Sarabande’s big boss, Robert Townson, to answer to our questions about his art and his career as a composer

Roger Feigelson : Intrada backstage

Roger Feigelson : Intrada backstage

Roger Feigelson has a dream job at Intrada. Or that’s probably what everyone in the film music community would think of someone who is the marketing director and producer for one of the most important film music labels in the world. Well, the best way to know for sure was to ask him, and that’s what we did ! Roger gives us a fascinating viewpoint

Fernando Velázquez : the keys of the Orphanage

Fernando Velázquez : the keys of the Orphanage

After previews at Cannes Film Festival and in many film festivals around the world (London, Sitges, Toronto, New York, Helsinki…), The Orphanage (El Orfanato) was released in Spain on October 4, 2007, becoming in a few months one of the biggest hits of the Spanish movie history. Subsequently, 2008 turned to be the consecration for this admirable movie, collecting no less than 7 Goyas (including Best Director) for 14 nominations…

Zeltia Montes, a new talent from Spain

Zeltia Montes, a new talent from Spain

It’s always stimulating to discover a new artist, even more if, in a mostly male-dominated field, it happens to be a woman. Welcome to the young and bright Zeltia Montes. Thanks to the fresh partition she composed for her first full-length picture, Pradolongo, sher left the 2008 edition of the International Film Music Festival of Ubeda with two Jerry Goldsmith Awards…

Goldsmith by Beltrami : master and student

Goldsmith by Beltrami : master and student

After musical beginnings playing piano at the age of 6, the discovery of synthesizers and electronic music, after a detour in Italy to be teached by Luigi Nono and a comeback to the USA to follow the lessons of Jacob Druckman at the Yale School of Music, Marco Beltrami applied the the famous University of South California where music composition was taught by Jerry Goldsmith…

Basil Poledouris: farewell to the king

Basil Poledouris: farewell to the king

In July 2006, Poledouris traveled to Spain to be the main guest of the Second International Film Music Festival in Ubeda. Already very ill, he was also unstoppable, and enjoyed every minute of his stay. He was delighted to meet his fans, he loved conducting his Conan The Barbarian symphonic suite and was moved to tears by the long standing ovation following his performance…