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DEBBIE WISEMAN, TALKS ABOUT SCORING THE MOVIE EDIE.

 

 

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I usually wake up with ideas and thoughts about the project I’m working on…I go to the piano and then try and put the thoughts down as soon as possible. I find that composing early in the morning is the most productive time of day for me.

 

Edie is one of your most recent scores, when you are composing for a picture, where do you start, by this I mean do you like to watch the movie in its rough-cut state or maybe you have a script to read, at what stage of the proceedings did you become involved on Edie?

 

With EDIE I had a call from the director, Simon Hunter, after he’d finished shooting the film and was starting the editing process. I’d worked with Simon many years before, on his film LIGHTHOUSE, so I was excited to hear from him. EDIE was a completely different kind of film and the moment I sat down to watch it I knew I wanted to write the score. It’s a beautiful, inspiring film, with standout performances from Sheila Hancock and Kevin Guthrie, and I couldn’t be prouder of the film and everything Simon and his producer Mark Stothert, have achieved in making it. It recently premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and has been getting a wonderful response which is hugely rewarding for the whole team.

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How much music did you compose for the movie?

 

There’s a LOT of music in the film! I couldn’t tell you exactly how many minutes as I haven’t counted it, but there are many sequences, particularly in the latter part of the film, where the music plays a big part in the emotion of the story. This film was a wonderful opportunity for music as the score is allowed to breathe and really play a part in the storytelling.

 

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I am hoping there will be a soundtrack release, if so do you have an input into what cues will be released?

 

I’m pretty sure that there will be a soundtrack release and yes, I do choose the cues and ordering of the soundtrack, in collaboration with the team and also my mastering engineer, Mike Brown, who always has a really valuable input into my releases as he listens with a fresh pair of ears which is always hugely useful and constructive!

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I think that the music in Edie, is superb and an extension of the main character in the movie, the use of guitar is particularly poignant and certainly identifies with the central characters personality, when you began to work on the movie did you have any set ideas as to what type of music you would be writing or indeed what instrumentation you would utilize, or did ideas develop as your involvement with the movie progressed, and did the director Simon Hunter have any set instructions or ideas regarding the music and where it should be placed?

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Thank you! With this movie, the idea of using the solo guitar as Edie’s instrument came quite early on. It was clear that I needed to have a strong Edie theme that I could build as her story develops, and the guitar felt modern and completely right for Edie’s journey. Then, as I started to sketch ideas, the rest of the instrumentation and placing of the music cues started to take shape. There was a need to musically develop in scale as the story built, and so it became obvious that, as well as the solo guitar, I’d need a full orchestra to give the score the musical heart it needed.

 

 

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In most reviews of Edie, your music is mentioned, which nowadays is unusual, at times being described as exquisite, beautiful and deeply moving, which it certainly is. For you what is the purpose of music in film?

The purpose is to serve the picture – to enhance the story and add musical heart and soul to what’s on screen. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to do this than on EDIE.

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When you begin to work out your themes for a score do you always use piano?

Yes, I always work at the piano. As a pianist, it’s the most natural place for me to write, and I feel very at home at the piano.

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Who is the guitar soloist for the score?

It’s John Paricelli – he played absolutely beautifully on the score and we were very lucky to get him for the recording as he’s very busy and in demand.

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What size orchestra did you use for the project?

It was a 50-piece orchestra – which gave us plenty of scale and depth of sound for the story.

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The score was recorded at The Angel studios in London, do you have any preferences regarding recording venues in the U.K.?

The studio is always chosen once I know the line-up of musicians and the kind of sound I require for the score. Angel Studios was perfect for this size orchestra and I worked with my long-time recording engineer and collaborator, Steve Price, who did an amazing job of the recording and mixing of the score.

What is next for you, another film score or maybe a commission for Classic FM?

I’m writing another orchestral album for Classic FM, to be released next year, and I’m currently working on 10 more episodes of Father Brown for the BBC. There’s also another 10-part BBC series starting after that, so my piano will have steam coming off it over the next few months!!

 

Well that will be good news for all of us.   Many thanks to Debbie Wiseman for her time and patience in answering my questions.

 

LEGENDS AND HEROES-MORE MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES. CONCERT.

 

COMING TO THE PRESTIGIOUS BRIGHTON DOME ON SATURDAY APRIL 22ND 2017 at 19.30.

LEGENDS AND HEROES, MORE MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES.

THE BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
CONDUCTOR. Pete Harrison.

Conductor Pete Harrison.
Conductor Pete Harrison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience the thrill of a live symphony orchestra performing some of the most memorable film and television themes ever written. A gargantuan feast of Hollywood glitz and glamour features music old and new written by multi-award winning composers from the golden age of cinema to the present: Elmer Bernstein, Hans Zimmer, Basil Poledouris, Maurice Jarre, Miklos Rozsa, James Horner, Erich Korngold, Alexandre Desplat, Tan Dun and, of course, the godfather of the film score, John Williams.
Classic film scores represented include El Cid, The Magnificent Seven, Doctor Zhivago, Robin Hood and Ben Hur as well as more modern greats The Imitation Game, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Conan the Barbarian and Kung Fu Panda and already classic scores by composer John Williams, Harry Potter, Lincoln, Hook and Raiders of the Lost Ark. This will be a night to remember.

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Pieces to be performed include.

 

Miklos Rozsa.  El Cid

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Elmer Bernstein The Magnificent Seven

 

 

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John Williams Harry Potter Suite
John Williams Raiders of the Lost Ark
John Williams Hook
John Williams Lincoln

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Tan Dun Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

 

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Maurice Jarre .  Doctor Zhivago.

 

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James Horner. Troy.

 

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Randy Edelmann. Dragonheart

 

 

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Basil Poledouris. Conan the Barbarian.

 

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John Powell. How to Train Your Dragon

 

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And many more…

Tickets available now.
http://brightondome.org/event/10708/bournemouth_symphony_orchestra/

THE BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
THE BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

 

 

FANS OF MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES.

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LAST SEPTEMBER WAS THE FIRST GATHERING OF FANS OF MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES.

 

 

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This was the brainchild of Mr Tim Smith. Tim along with the help of film music connoisseur, producer, and all round nice guy Mr James Fitzpatrick of TADLOW MUSIC, put their heads together and came up with a fantastic day at ANGEL studios in London, where collectors got to meet and speak to composers, TREVOR JONES, DANIEL PEMBERTON, DEBBIE WISEMAN, CHRISTOPHER GUNNING and MARK THOMAS. The day was a wonderful success and left everyone wanting more, well your requests have been answered, THE SECOND GATHERING OF FANS OF MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES is scheduled to take place on September 9th, 2017 at The ANGEL STUDIOS in London. Details are as follows. Please support this great gathering, you will thoroughly enjoy the day and the experience.

 

 

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THE GUESTS SO FAR..

 

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THERE ARE SOME GREAT THINGS TO BE WON ON THE DAY.

 

THESE INCLUDE SOUNDTRACK COMPACT DISCS, PLUS THIS AMAZING DAY IN PRAGUE.

 

 

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AND THERE IS ALSO THE NOW MUCH SOUGHT AFTER FANS OF FILM MUSIC MUGS.

 

 

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THIS WILL BE ANOTHER FANTASTIC DAY, SO REMEMBER.

 

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http://info-aec.wixsite.com/fans-music-movies/book-tickets

SEE YOU THERE  , OH AND BECAUSE THE FIRST GATHERING WAS SUCH A SUCCESS.

 

 

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FOR INFO SEE THE WEBSITE.

http://info-aec.wixsite.com/fans-music-movies.

 

 

MORE GUEST COMPOSERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

 

 

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MMI, RECOGNITION OF THE BEST OF 2016/17.

Its awards season, and here at MMI we also like to acknowledge composers for their talent and creativity, this is not a lavish ceremony or even an awards ceremony where we hand over an award or certificate, we simply acknowledge what we think are the best of the past year.

The awards for 2016/17 are as follows.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE.

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. MUSIC BY ABEL KORZENIOWSKI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST SCORE FOR A COMEDY.

 

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HAIL CAESAR. CARTER BURWELL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY, SCORE.

 

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DARK WAVES. ALEXANDER CIMINI.

 

 

 

 

 

BEST RE RECORDING OF A FILM SCORE.

 

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THE THIEF OF BAGDAD. TADLOW MUSIC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST LABEL.

 

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LA LA LAND RECORDS. USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BREAKOUT COMPOSER OF THE YEAR.

 

 

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GERRIT WUNDER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST SCORE FOR A TV SERIES.

 

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VICTORIA.   RUTH BARRETT and MARTIN PHIPPS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST SCORE FOR A HORROR MOVIE.

 

 

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THE WITCH. MARK KORVEN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED MOVIE.

 

 

 

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS.

DARIO MARIANELLI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPOSER OF THE YEAR.

 

 

 

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ABEL KORZENIOWSKI.

BRITISH FILM MUSIC CONCERT IN BRIGHTON SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2016.

http://brightondome.org/event/10418/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra_the_best_of_british_film_scores/

at the famous Dome concert hall
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