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The only show that takes you inside the studios of Hollywood composers, with engaging conversations and musical demonstrations. Based on the hit film SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY, the weekly SCORE: THE PODCAST celebrates the musical heartbeat and emotive power of modern storytelling. Join hosts Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes as they open the door to the creative, musical and fascinating personalities of the men and women who create music for the world’s most popular films, TV shows and video games. Follow us @ScoreThePodcast.
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In this special episode before the season finale of Score: The Podcast, Robert and Kenny are joined by director Matt Schrader, who has been working on the first ever "cultural diplomacy" mission to North Korea, with the help of The Human Rights Foundation. To watch the video or donate to this cause with your own flash drive, you can go to http://score-movie.com/northkorea. Hosts: Robert Kraft & Kenny Holmes Executive Producer: Matt Schrader Coordinator: Carol Kuswanto Copyright 2019 Score: The Podcast
This is a sneak preview of one of the new segments in Score: The Podcast called Name That Score — where you — yes, you — can be a winner! Follow @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast  First episodes coming April 3.
Score: The Podcast welcomes John Debney, Oscar-nominated composer of films such as The Passion of The Christ, Elf, Liar Liar, Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book, The Greatest Showman and dozens more over the past three decades.   Robert and Kenny begin the show with conversation about the music from Stranger Things and figure skater Tonya Harding’s original “Triple Axel” performance to Danny Elfman’s Batman.   Then, James Cameron takes us into the music of James Horner in “Behind the Score,” and the team and John Debney play the first edition of the game "Name That Score," where you — yes, you — can be a winner!   EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media.
Score: The Podcast welcomes Harry Gregson-Williams, award-winning composer of epic films including The Martian, Chronicles of Narnia, The Town, Shrek, Prometheus, Kingdom of Heaven, Man On Fire, The Rock, Antz and Enemy of the State. Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing John Williams' donation of his entire sketchbook and score library to the Juilliard School of Music, and Steven Spielberg's rumored plans to direct a biopic about the great composer Leonard Bernstein. In "Behind the Score," Randy Newman, David Newman and Quincy Jones reflect on the birth of modern film scoring and the contributions made by the incomparable composer Alfred Newman, and the team and Harry play a superhero-themed edition of the game "Name That Score," where you — yes, you — can be a winner!   EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media.
Score: The Podcast welcomes James Newton Howard, Oscar-nominated and Grammy Award-winning composer of films including Pretty Woman, The Fugitive, The Sixth Sense, Treasure Planet, Signs, The Village, King Kong, Blood Diamond, Michael Clayton, Defiance, Batman Begins & The Dark Knight, The Hunger Games series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and most recently Red Sparrow. Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing the score-only release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is a major indicator that audiences are expressing more interest than ever in the music of entertainment. Robert and Kenny discuss how the music of "Atlanta" and "The Chi" are evolving hip hop in music. James Newton Howard talks about working with M. Night Shyamalan on "Signs," Hans Zimmer on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and scoring Peter Jackson's King Kong via video conference in four and a half weeks. In "Behind the Score," Hans Zimmer talks about the importance of capturing the first few frames of a movie to set its musical tone. Lastly, the guys play a Danny Elfman-themed edition of the game "Name That Score," where you — yes, you — can be a winner!   EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media.
Score: The Podcast welcomes Brian Tyler, award-winning composer of the Fast and Furious and Marvel films, Now You See Me, and the upcoming film Crazy Rich Asians, plus television shows like Hawaii Five-0 and Scorpion and video game franchises Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed Black Flag and Need For Speed. Brian shares a story about first meeting Robert at Fox and it leading to his film career.   Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing how Marvel and Black Panther films are evolving the sound of Disney, and talk about "Hans Zimmer Live" documentary now on Netflix.   In "Behind the Score," Rachel Portman talks about her path in an industry made up of mostly men. The first female Oscar-winning composer talks about how determination helped her through musical training at an all-boys school in London. Finally, the team and Brian play a "robots and AI" themed edition of the game "Name That Score," where you — yes, you — can be a winner!   EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
Score: The Podcast welcomes Ramin Djawadi, award-winning composer of Game of Thrones, Westworld, Prison Break, Person of Interest, Amazon's upcoming Jack Ryan series, Iron Man, Pacific Rim and A Wrinkle In Time. Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing AmperMusic.com and the new "computer learned" composing tools Silicon Valley is funding, as well as the retro 80s-inspired soundtrack of Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. Ramin talks about the boom of interest in film scores and specifically his international Game of Thrones tour and its many spectacles accompanying the orchestral performances. Kenny and Robert ask Ramin about whether he gets special access to top-secret storylines in Game of Thrones, and how he tips off audiences to what may or may not happen next through the type of music he uses in the show. Ramin talks about meeting Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt and their invitation to him to join Remote Control Productions in Santa Monica. Score: The Podcast debuts "The Inside Track," a new music psychology segment featuring Dr. Siu-Lan Tan, a leading researcher into the effects of film music on audiences. In this first edition, Dr. Tan examines the use of music to signal "the end" of a scene or of a film, and how a composer can create audience satisfaction with examples of The Matrix, Inception and more.  Then they jump into Westworld (returning Sunday, April 22) and discover how his musical expertise informs other creative aspects of the show, including the opening theme and the player piano. Lastly, Ramin joins the guys to play a Hans Zimmer-themed edition of the game “Name That Score,” where you — yes, you — can be a winner! EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
Score: The Podcast welcomes Steve Jablonsky, award-winning composer of Michael Bay films such as the Transformers film franchise, The Island and Pain & Gain; Peter Berg films such as Battleship, Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon; Keanu; Netflix's Game Over, Man; and the upcoming Dwayne Johnson summer blockbuster Skyscraper. He is also the composer of television shows such as Desperate Housewives and video games including Gears of War: Judgment, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, The Sims 3 and Transformers: The Game. Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing Ready Player One and how Alan Silvestri's score samples iconic music from the 1980s, true to the story's nostalgic subject matter. Silvestri is also scoring Avengers: Infinity War which releases this Friday. Robert shares a story about a mistake he made with Ennio Morricone and Warren Beatty while recording a score with a full orchestra in Rome.   Steve Jablonsky joins to talk about his work with Michael Bay on five Transformers films, The Island and Pain & Gain — and how Bay communicates his elaborate visual style and explosions, sometimes before the special effects even exist.    In Behind the Score, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross discuss how David Fincher led to a thriving career scoring films after being in the recording and live performance industry with Nine Inch Nails.   Then Steve talks about the first cue with his name on it — "The Jablonsky Variations" from Tears of the Sun — and how Hans realized then Steve was destined to become a great film composer in his own right. And how films "based on a true story" or with real-life characters mean his music has to find the different kind of balance.   Lastly, Steve and the guys play a sports movie edition of the game “Name That Score,” where you — yes, you — can be a winner! Plus a story about Steve's first meeting with the great John Williams. EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
This is a bonus episode and part of Score: The Podcast's extended conversation with Steve Jablonsky. Steve talks about how his love for Zimmer's music led him to cold call Zimmer's studio to ask about an internship. Then, how hard work and sleepless nights opened the door to his working directly with then up-and-coming composer Harry Gregson-Williams, as well as his idol Hans Zimmer. The full-length episode of Score: The Podcast with Steve Jablonsky is also available now. EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
Score: The Podcast welcomes Tyler Bates, composer of films including Guardians of The Galaxy, John Wick, Watchmen, 300, Dawn of the Dead, Slither, Super, Atomic Blonde and the upcoming Deadpool 2 (May 18).   Robert, Kenny and Matt begin the show talking about who might be the next composers of James Bond, and each make their picks for the composers they’d love to hear. Then they talk about how the Academy Awards are changing their format for Best Original Score and Best Original Song and how it will affect which scores win awards.   Tyler Bates enters the studio to talk about producing and performing with Marilyn Manson, living in a haunted cabin and being part of two exorcisms. (What?!) Plus how he uses his music to accommodate the modern trend of films having a soundtrack — including Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.   A new episode of The Inside Track with Music Psychologist Dr. Siu-Lan Tan explores the difference between music and noise, and how sound is incorporated into many modern scores with intense, dramatic results that often elevate a film.   Then Tyler talks about scoring striking visuals in the films of Zack Snyder and the upcoming Deadpool 2 releasing May 18.   Lastly, Tyler and the guys play a “space movie”-themed edition of Name That Score, where you — yes, you! — could be a winner!   EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast   FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast   Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
This is a bonus episode and an extra segment from Score: The Podcast's extended conversation with Tyler Bates.   Tyler talks about his score for Watchmen and how he tries to tie in the visuals that are constantly changing. Plus, Tyler talks about the new soundtrack for Dark Nights: Metal.   The full-length episode of Score: The Podcast with Tyler Bates is also available now. EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
Score: The Podcast welcomes Mark Mothersbaugh, frontman of Devo and composer extraordinaire from Wes Anderson films, Rugrats, The Lego Movie, Thor: Ragnarok, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Royal Tenanbaums, 21 Jump Street, Hotel Transylvania, and video games including Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter and The Sims 2.   Robert, Kenny and Matt begin the show talking about the theme song Robert Kraft composed for “Who’s the Boss?” And some of their favorite memorable television show themes.   Then Mark Mothersbaugh joins the show to talk about his start composing music, after working with Devo, with Paul Ruebens and Pee Wee Herman, and his work with Taika Waititi on Thor: Ragnarok to evolve the “Marvel” sound.   In this week’s Behind the Score, composers discuss the temp score and how it impacts the creation and execution of music, and when it does (and doesn’t) work.   Then Mark returns to talk about the “post-ironic” era of superheroes and music, and how technology has changed the world’s listening habits and accessibility. Plus, The Simpsons’ parody of “Whip It” and how many parodies Mark’s heard of his hit Devo song and scoring The Lego Movie with a literal fader to switch between “orchestral” and “electronic.” Plus, Mark shares his many musical “orchestrion” inventions -- video available in our show notes below.   Lastly, Mark and the guys play a “animal movies”-themed edition of Name That Score, where you — yes, you! — could be a winner! Plus, a final question with the great Mark Mothersbaugh!   EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast   FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast   Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
This is a bonus episode and an extra segment from Score: The Podcast's extended conversation with Mark Mothersbaugh.   Mark talks about working with Wes Anderson and navigating the specific artistic visions of an auteur director, including his rule: “no brass!”   The full-length episode of Score: The Podcast with Mark Mothersbaugh is also available now. EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
Score: The Podcast welcomes composer John Powell, Academy Award nominated composer of How To Train Your Dragon and How To Train Your Dragon 2, the Bourne franchise of films, Shrek, Antz, Happy Feet, Ice Age series, Rio, and the new Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25).   Robert and Kenny begin the show talking about Deadmau5’s new comments about wanting to become a film composer and how often popular recording artists can cross over successfully. Robert gives examples of artists who’ve broken out into film music success immediately, including Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), Daft Punk and Joseph Trapanese and others.   Then John Powell enters the studio to talk about his new score for Solo: A Star Wars Story and working alongside John Williams. Plus, the groove of the Bourne series and why Powell says he thanks “Matt Damon’s backside” for making the music work.   A new episode of The Inside Track with Music Psychologist Dr. Siu-Lan Tan explores the musical foundation of film scores and how rhythms of twos and threes are the building blocks for great music.   Then John and the guys talk about How To Train Your Dragon and sitting next to Hans Zimmer when Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ The Social Network beat him for the Academy Award. Plus, his approach for getting multiple cues “spinning” until the last minute on an animated film where things can change until the very end, and his work with Blue Man Group and Rio.   Lastly, John and the guys play an animated film score edition of Name That Score, where you — yes, you! — could be a winner! Plus, John teases the unique sound of vuvuzelas he recorded for Solo: A Star Wars Story.   EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast   FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast   Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
This is a bonus episode and part of Score: The Podcast's extended conversation with John Powell. John talks about his father's advice leading him to composing for film rather than becoming a instrumentalist, and Powell's own worries about his music on the films he works on, including the new Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25).  The full-length episode of Score: The Podcast with John Powell is available now. EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
Score: The Podcast welcomes Tina Guo, a virtuoso cellist who has played on more than 50 Hollywood film scores including Inception, Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, the Fast & Furious series, Sherlock Holmes, and many of the Marvel and DC films. She is also a featured artist on Hans Zimmer’s international concert tour, and current nominee for Female Artist of the Year by the 2018 Classic BRIT Awards, which celebrate the best of classical and crossover musicians for her recent solo album “Game On!”   Robert, Kenny and Matt begin the show with an update on the new Leonard Bernstein biopic project Steven Spielberg has been secretly working on, and Bradley Cooper coming on to star and direct it, as well as the rival biopic on Bernstein recently announced starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Plus, we talk through why Leonard Bernstein’s life is such an interesting subject for biopics.   Then Tina Guo comes on to discuss how she connected with Hans Zimmer for the ‘Hans Zimmer Live” international tour, and how she financed her own music video which eventually led to a meeting with Hans and Guy Ritchie on Sherlock Holmes, and then composer John Debney for Iron Man 2.   In Behind the Score, composers Trevor Rabin, Lorne Balfe and Bear McCreary talks about one of LA’s unique landmarks: Billboards advertising films that aren’t finished yet. With tight schedules and heavy deadline pressure, the billboards literally loom over many composers in Hollywood.   Then, Tina plugs in her electric cello “White Walker” to talk about her album “Game On!” and play some recognizable video game themes in a Score: The Podcast musical first.   Lastly, Tina joins the guys to play Name That Score, where you — yes, you! — could be a winner! This week’s theme: Movies with Strong Female Leads.   EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast   FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast   Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
This is a bonus episode and part of Score: The Podcast's extended conversation with Tina Guo. Tina talks about performing and recording for Wonder Woman with Hans Zimmer, and how her upbringing in Shanghai, China, helped to nurture her musical passion, and the “metal” sound she’s been able to bring to her otherwise traditional music. The full-length episode of Score: The Podcast with Tina Guo is available now. EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
Robert and Kenny begin the show talking about the trailer for Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and how much Robert once offered Led Zeppelin to use Stairway to Heaven in a Ridley Scott film.   Then Austin-based composing duo Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Stranger Things join to talk musical inspirations from 311 and Portishead to Radiohead, and their band SURVIVE getting a random email from The Duffer Brothers back in 2014.   In The Inside Track, music psychologist Dr. Siu-Lan Tan explores the fascinating ways music changes our perception of New York City.   Then our guests talk about sneaking onto the Predator set, and their film composing careers as they start scoring Stranger Things 3. Then, a '80s Movies edition of Name That Score, where you — yes, you — can be a winner!   EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast   FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast   Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader Copyright 2018 Score: The Podcast
This is a bonus episode and part of Score: The Podcast's extended conversation with Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein. Robert asks the Stranger Things duo about their musical inspirations, including Tangerine Dream in Risky Business, and then they reveal how they "always" envisioned their music from their band SURVIVE as part of a "scene." Plus, their use of a thumb piano (kalimba) and starting out on Stranger Things season 3.   The full-length episode of Score: The Podcast with Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein is available now. EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast Hosts: Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes. Executive Producer: Matt Schrader. Copyright 2018 Epicleff Media
Robert and Kenny begin the show talking about the boom in live concerts and how composers are going mainstream, previewing this week’s Behind the Score episode with Hans Zimmer. Then we review a few entries of our #NameThatScore theme-writing contest.   Then Jeff Russo comes in to discuss how he got the call to do Star Trek: Discovery, and his strategy for scoring the emotional core of the story instead of the action. Plus, who he often works with when scoring episodes, including working with Jonathan Frakes, who’s directing episode 2 of Season 2, and what kind of music to expect in the upcoming season.   In this week’s Behind the Score, Hans Zimmer discusses the Film Music Era and how composers are merging into rockstars, selling out concert tours and their music being played by orchestras all over the world, bringing in a new generation of popular music audiences.   Then Jeff dives into FX’s award-winning Fargo anthology series, and Legion (which we find out during the show has been renewed for season 3), and his scoring dreamscapes and dance battles.   Lastly, Jeff joins us to play a "Sci-fi Scores" edition of Name That Score, where you — yes, you — could be a winner!   EPISODE NOTES, PICTURES & VIDEOS: https://www.score-movie.com/podcast   FOLLOW @ScoreThePodcast http://twitter.com/ScoreThePodcast   Hosts: Robert Kraft & Kenny Holmes Executive Producer: Matt Schrader Copyright 2018 Score: The Podcast
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Richard Lynd

Very cool episode, can't wait for next season.

Aug 30th
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Richard Lynd

I love you guys and the podcast. I would love not to hear anything about politics on the podcast. There are zoologist who say that walruses have been doing this for years. To say it was about climate change (and thus making a very political statement) is at least somewhat manipulative. There is way too much agenda involved with these nature films. Thanks for a great show. I absolutely love the info and interviews.

May 3rd
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