A podcast about soundtracks and movies from my childhood and beyond
Jan. 12, 2018
Today on Soundtrack Alley, I'll be discussing Gremlins from 1984. I'll discuss the cast, background, and other goodies, plus the great soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith! Also enjoy my intro by Alexander Scheibel and check out his work at xanderscores.com.
Jan. 5, 2018
Hello, I am Randy Andrews and today on Soundtrack Alley, To bring us into 2018 I have Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension! I'll discuss the cast, the background, the technical aspects on the film as well as the soundtrack by Michael Boddicker. Also check out my blog post on soundtrackalley.net with all the comic covers for the Moonstone comic that came out. And enjoy my intro that Alexander Schiebel composed. You can check out his work on xanderscores.com. It's all today on Soundtrack Alley!
Dec. 29, 2017
Today on Soundtrack Alley, I'll be discussing my top ten scores of the year! Yes I said Top Ten, even though the image you see actually shows 12 you'll hear why in my episode. Also appreciate Alexander Schiebel's fantastic intro music for my show. Check out his work at xanderscores.com. Happy Listening!
Dec. 22, 2017
Today on Soundtrack Alley, I'll be presenting my interview with Rolfe Kent. We will discuss his career, his background, his upcoming projects, and of course the music from current projects such as Downsizing. I hope you also enjoy my intro by Alexander Schiebel and you can check out his work at xanderscores.com
Dec. 15, 2017
Come with me today on a journey to a far away land. The land of Oz is in trouble and Dorothy and her friends are the only ones to return it to its former wonder and awe! Enter the land of Oz again with me as I talk about the cast, background, technical aspects and of course the wonderous score to the film Return to Oz. I'll also want to share with you my intro by Alexander Schiebel at xanderscores.com. I hope you all can enjoy the journey with me. So Happy Listening!
Dec. 8, 2017
Today on Soundtrack Alley I'll be interviewing Carlos Rafael Rivera. I'll discuss his composing career, his previous projects and more. Also enjoy the music that I share as well. Also enjoy the intro from Alexander Schiebel and enjoy his projects at xanderscores.com.
So Happy Listening!
Dec. 1, 2017
Hayao Miyazaki Films that touched me
Hello, I am Randy Andrews and Today is a special show where I will be discussing four, yes count them four Hayao Miyazaki films that have touched me on a personal level. I’ll discuss some of the background, the art the way the film has moved me and a tidbit from the score, all today on Soundtrack Alley!
Hello, Today I’ll be discussing four of my favorite Miyazaki films. These are in the order of which I’ll present them, Nausicaa of The Valley of the Wind; Castle in the Sky; Princess Mononoke; and Porco Rosso. I’ll begin by discussing Nausicaa.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Hayao Miyazaki was still so upset by the truncated 'Warriors of the Wind' version of Nausicaa, that when Harvey Weinstein approached him to discuss the distribution to Princess Mononoke (1997) and insisted on a similar heavily cut version of the film, Miyazaki angrily left the meeting. Several days later, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzukisent a katana sword to Weinstein's office with 'NO CUTS' embedded into its blade. The film was later released in the USA in its uncut version. During a later interview, Miyazaki commented on the incident by smiling and stating "I defeated him".
The film was initially released in the United States and Europe as "Warriors of the Wind" by distribution company New World Pictures. However, the company had substantially modified the film to more closely resemble a traditional action-adventure. Nearly 25 minutes of footage containing vital exposition was cut, and some dialogue was purposely mistranslated to alter or simplify certain story elements. Many of the character names were changed (e.g. Nausicaä became Zandra), and the voice actors were not given the script for context. To make matters even worse, promotional images prominently depicted characters and creatures that weren't even in the film, whereas the female protagonist was placed in the background. Not surprisingly, director Hayao Miyazaki and his Ghibli studio openly despised these changes. When the rights to the picture expired in 1995, they negotiated a new deal with the Walt Disney Company. This led to a re-release in 2005 of the uncut version with a completely new dub that was a more faithful translation of the original script. Miyazaki has since urged viewers to forget the old version, and "dismiss it from their minds".
After the heavily re-written and edited 1985 release of this film in the United States and Europe (as "Warriors of the Wind"), which substantially changed the movie in addition to cutting nearly 25 minutes of footage, Hayao Miyazaki was hesitant to release any of his film's outside of Japan. Miyazaki demanded that any new licensor for his films be contractually bound to do no edits whatsoever aside from a straight translation and dub. Disney (who bought the rights to all of Miyazaki's films except The Castle of Cagliostro(1979)) has honored this stipulation.
Nausicaä is the name of a character in Homer's Odyssey.
Adapted from the first two volumes of the original manga which Hayao Miyazaki wrote and drew for Animage from February 1982 through March 1994. He took breaks from working on the manga & worked on the earlier anime films he did. The manga is longer and more complex than the movie, featuring many more characters and places.
The lack of color fidelity used in certain versions give many people the impression that Naussicaä flies around in a miniskirt with a bare butt. This is not the case, she's wearing pants that happen to be roughly the same color as her skin, and the "skirt" is actually the lower part of her coat.
While many consider this to be a Studio Ghibli film, it was actually created before the studio was properly founded, and is instead a production of Topcraft. Studio Ghibli was officially founded in 1985, and its first production was Castle in t
Nov. 24, 2017
Today on Soundtrack Alley, I've got Ruth and Darrin Sutherland on with me as we talk about the film Ladyhawke. We will discuss the cast, the background, the tech aspects as well as the glorious score by Andrew Powell. Also, enjoy my intro by Alexander Schiebel. You can check out his work at xanderscores.com.
Nov. 17, 2017
Soundtrack Alley Alexander Schiebel Interview
Hello, I am Randy Andrews and today I’ve got a special treat for you all. I’ve got Chris Karnes from Bat Books for Beginners on with me as we talk about the comic property of The Bat Murderer by DC Comics. But before that happens, I’ve got an interview with Alexander Schiebel. I’ll discuss with him his music career, his inspiration, background and a Brand New Soundtrack Alley Intro. It’s all today and it starts NOW!
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So today I’ve got Chris Karnes with me as we talk about The Bat Murderer, but before we start talking about that comic. I’ve got the special interview with Alexander Schiebel. I’ll discuss with him about his composing career, his influences and other projects he’s worked on, also we’ll talk about how he came to the completion of Soundtrack Alley’s New Theme.
So without further ado; here is the interview…
1. What started your career in composing?
- took piano lessons at 6
- watched Horner's "Krull" in cinema
- played film and TV themes and video game music by ear
- stopped studying piano at 14 in favor of playing with synthesizer workstations
SUGGESTED MUSIC SNIPPET: early arrangement of "Defender of the Crown"
2. What has influenced you the most or even a minor inspiration (such as Krull)?
- generally growing up in the 1980's watching all those movies that are considered classics today and listening "first hand" to those scores
- knowing those films in and out and also how composers approached different scenes
3. Who is your favorite composer?
- Dead: Jerry Goldsmith. Took crap films and turned them into okay ones with his music. And he always added beauty and elegance to the films he scored.
- My music always has references to Goldsmith.
SUGGESTED MUSIC SNIPPET: Confrontation at the Zoo (from Bat-Murderer)
- Alive: top 3: Henry Jackman (underestimated theme writer), Alexandre Desplat (controls the orchestra like an instrument), Cris Velasco (well-structured, clear compositions with big, fat sound and yet old-school elements at the core)
4. How did you arrive at the sound for The Bat-Murderer? Explain.
- Batman is period piece -> elements associated with 1960-1980
- Crime story -> Bernard Herrmann, chromaticism’s, well-placed dissonance
- Predominant instruments = brass, particularly trombones + a synthesizer for dialogue and "new lead" scenes
SUGGESTED MUSIC SNIPPET: Alfred's News and Enter the Creeper (from Bat-Murderer)
- Theme comes late (when Batman reveals himself during the Gala robbery) and is used sparingly - no superhero story!
SUGGESTED MUSIC SNIPPET: Escape (from Bat-Murderer)
5. If you had a dream job to compose for a major film or TV from the past or present, what would it be and why?
- Past: Ladyhawke. All there: fantasy, adventure, love. What symphonic scoring would bring to the movie.
- Present/more realistic: a Telltale adventure, working hand in hand with Jared Emerson-Johnson
6. What collaborations stand out to you with people you've worked with?
- Generally: working sample-based = little interaction with real people
- in 2004 I worked for singer/songwriter Julia Warner to arrange her songs -> huge fun, completely new challenges, expanding my musical horizons, creating beats, riffs and all kind of things not really related to orchestral film music writing
7. You've done some scoring for RPG's and gaming, what have you enjoyed most about doing that type of composing?
- I did 1 Role-playing game music for a game called Araclia which is a pen & paper-RPG.
- Music is supposed to enhance moods and things the game master creates through his or her narration.
- Compilation of 27 short cues,
Nov. 10, 2017
Today I'll be discussing The Never Ending Story. I'll discuss the cast, the background, the technical aspects, the wonderful soundtrack and more all today! Happy Listening!