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February 24, 2018

February 24, 2018

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WHO AM I ?

Mike Brennan has been a film music critic since the early 2000s, first for Cinemusic.net (2003-2004) and then for SoundtrackNet (2004-2011). He has also been a member of the International Film Music Critics Association since 2008. Mike is also an oceanographer and deep water archaeologist (www.brennanexploration.com) and writer (www.fifthwell.com).

June 20, 2018

Jurassic Park was the first soundtrack I ever owned. Thinking back to the release of that film 25 years ago, it was practically a classic before it even came out. Not only did Steven Spielberg deliver one of the best genre films of his career, John Williams did the sam...

February 24, 2018

Director Ryan Coogler painted a vast, complex, brilliant, and beautiful canvas for which composer Ludwig Göransson could create the soundscape for Black Panther, a visionary film flush with opportunity for an up and coming composer. Göransson surpassed my expectations...

October 22, 2017

“It’s gonna shred,” Bear McCreary said in his Facebook post about the upcoming album release for his newest film score, Revolt. The electric guitar, electronic, and industrial-toned score to the alien invasion film starring Lee Pace is yet another sonic style in the co...

October 8, 2017

British composer Gareth Coker, a relative newcomer to the LA scoring world, made a stunning entrance into the public eye with his critically-acclaimed work on the video game score Ori and the Blind Forest in 2015. Known for his blend of orchestral melodies and unconven...

July 23, 2017

Hans Zimmer’s early career pushed the envelop of the use of synthesizers and electronic tones in film music, most prominently in his groundbreaking score for Crimson Tide, for which he won a Grammy. His more recent collaborations with director Christopher Nolan, first...

June 23, 2017

It’s been 10 years since Transformers hit theaters. Who would have thought at this point we would have five films let alone that Michael Bay would have directed each of them? It is rare for a director to stick with a franchise for such a duration, but honestly what fil...

May 28, 2017

It has been six years since On Stranger Tides and while many might think we really didn’t need another Pirates of the Caribbean film, Dead Men Tell No Tales returns the franchise to the Caribbean after the misadventures in Florida, and back to the more swashbuckling he...

April 27, 2017

Recent success of video game scores, brought on in part due to the successful franchises such as Medal of Honor and Halo, have raised the bar and drawn attention to the potential for music composed for this medium. Continuing this upward trend is the recently released...

April 9, 2017

I first heard Harry Gregson-Williams' main theme for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe a few months ago and was immediately taken into a world of magic, adventure, and wonder. The complex theme that represents the land of Narnia is used spa...

April 3, 2017

Hans Zimmer is often criticized for using too many additional composers on his film score projects. Whatever his method, Zimmer has composed some of the best film music of the past decade, with prime examples including The Lion King, Gladiator, and The Thin Red Line. F...

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