Film, TV and Game Music Month

Welcome to Film, TV and Game Music Month on Bachtrack

For all of May, we'll be publishing interviews and articles on the craft of writing and performing music for the screen. Keep checking back to see the latest!

Animated film music

A Flight Through the Music of Joe Hisaishi

As part of our film and game music month, we go deep into the work of Joe Hisaishi, the composer behind Studio Ghibli's best-loved scores.
Film music interview

Still winning awards: Ennio Morricone at 88

A brief chat with Ennio Morricone – one of the most ground-breaking and prolific film composers alive – and an introduction to his music.
Film music in history

Art as propaganda: the collaboration between Eisenstein and Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev composed scores for six films, as well as for two that were never made. We look at his collaboration with Sergei Eisenstein in the lead-up to the start of World War II.
TV music interview

Writing Music to Picture: Debbie Wiseman

Prolific TV and film composer Debbie Wiseman tells us about the craft of writing music for the screen and about how attitudes to film composition have changed.
The Hollywood era

Franz Waxman's film and classical music

Franz Waxman is known for his film scores, yet he also composed classical music. In the year of the 50th anniversary of his death, we look back on his work.
Game music interview

Creative haggling with Christopher Tin

Christopher Tin has worked in a whole range of fields, producing works that span film, video games and epic song cycles. Just don't call him a “video game composer”.
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StockholmFinal Fantasy VI: Symphonic Poem

Uematsu: Final Fantasy VI: Symphonic Poem
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Andreas Hanson

StockholmUematsu: Final Fantasy VIII – Mono no aware

Uematsu: Final Fantasy VIII: Mono no aware
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Giedré Slekyté
in depth

John Williams and his early aesthetic

A brief examination of the partly forgotten musical seeds that led to Williams’ distinctive cinematic soundworld
Film music concerts

RSNO's Film Season Reaches New Audiences

In Edinburgh and Glasgow, the RSNO is bringing swathes of new audience into the concert hall to hear a live orchestra for the first time. 
From the stage

Making orchestral musicians rockstars

Producer Orvar Säfström is bringing new audiences into the concert hall all around Scandinavia with his new style film music concert. How can that be a bad thing?
Film music concerts

Film concerts go mainstream

The lights in the concert hall dim. On a large screen behind the orchestra, the titles of the movie that started the summer blockbuster era of 1975 appear. Then the onstage orchestra enters with a suddenly-familiar sound of menace.
Game music feature

Assassin's Creed II - Magic in a video game

Assassin's Creed takes us to the Borgias' Florence and we stroll along streets and palaces, churches and galleries, with such detail that it seems we are, in fact, in the city. Accompanied by the music that Jesper Kyd brilliantly composed to the saga, we take part in a plot of revenge and disloyalty.
Game music interview

Thomas Böcker on Symphonic Game Music

As part of out video game music season, we catch up with the man behind the Symphonic Game Music Concerts. 

Explosive drama in Ivan the Terrible

The CSO’s season-long celebration of Prokofiev’s 125th birthday had its watershed moment with the composer’s monumental score to Ivan the Terrible.
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Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet resurrect Dracula

Philip Glass performs his music to the film Dracula, alongside the Kronos Quartet at the Philharmonie de Paris.
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The Golden Age of Hollywood

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of José Serebrier concoct images of iconic movie scenes in audiences' minds in a concert of classic film scores. 
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Ciné-Concert The Artist

Bource: Film music from The Artist
Orchestre National de Lyon; Ernst van Tiel; Ludovic Bource

The Horror

Goldsmith, Oldfield, Manfredini, Ortolani, Penderecki, McCreary, Komeda
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Giedré Slekyté; Katarinakörena; Orvar Säfström

MurciaOrquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia

Rota, Jarre, Bernstein, Navarrete, Williams, Zimmer
Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia; Virginia Martinez

Space Spectacular

Williams, Holst, Arnold, Horner
Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music; Crouch End Festival Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra - Final Fantasy

Valtonen, Uematsu, Shimomura, MItsuda
London Symphony Orchestra; Eckehard Stier; Mischa Cheung; Rony Barrak

Symphonic Odysseys

London Symphony Orchestra; Eckehard Stier; London Symphony Chorus; Mischa Cheung

Elmer Bernstein - 50 years of film music

Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra