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Musical Notation: The Film Music of Isaac Hayes

25 Jul

In this episode, West plays music composed by Isaac Hayes for three blaxploitation films.

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Musical Notation: David Lean Epics – The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia

20 Jul

In this episode, West plays music from director David Lean’s first two cinematic epics, The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence Of Arabia (1962).

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Musical Notation: The Marvin Hamlisch Hat Trick

11 Jul

In this episode, West plays music from two films that won three Oscars in one year for Marvin Hamlisch.

Musical Notation: Danny Elfman & Tim Burton Part II

5 Jul

In this episode, West plays music composed by Danny Elfman for three more films directed by Tim Burton.

Music in this episode includes:

“Introduction” and “The Cookie Factory” from Edward Scissorhands (1990)

“Main Title” and “Selina Transforms” from Batman Returns (1992)

“Face To Face” written by Danny Elfman, Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, Budgie, Jon Klein & Martin McCarrick; performed by Siouxsie And The Banshees

“Overture” from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

“This Is Halloween” performed by the Citizens of Halloween Town

“What’s This?” performed by Danny Elfman

“Town Meeting Song” performed by Danny Elfman and the Citizens of Halloween Town

“Sally’s Song” performed by Catherine O’Hara

“End Title”

All music and lyrics composed by Danny Elfman except where noted.

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Musical Notation: David Fincher’s Zodiac

27 Jun

In this episode, West plays music from David Fincher’s 2007 film Zodiac; also, he reviews Matt Schrader’s new documentary Score: A Film Music Documentary from the Musical Notation Action Newsdesk!

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Musical Notation: Manhunter

13 Jun

West likes soundtrack albums from the 80’s, and will occasionally play some of them at you! In this episode, West returns to the 80’s Soundtrack Corner to play songs from the first film appearance of Hannibal Lecter, Manhunter (1986).

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Musical Notation: Cameron Crowe’s Singles

6 Jun

In this episode, West plays music from Cameron Crowe’s second film, Singles (1992).

Musical Notation: The Shitty Beatles, Or: Sgt. Pepper in 4 Bad Movies

30 May

In this episode, West plays the 1967 Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as interpreted through the soundtracks of four bad movies. Also, a bulletin from the Musical Notation Action Newsdesk!

Musical Notation: Dirty Dancing

24 May

In this episode, West pulls out a few choice tracks from the soundtrack to the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.

Musical Notation: Carl Stalling, Raymond Scott & Their Musical Offspring

16 May

In this episode, West plays music composed by Carl W. Stalling, jazz musician/composer Raymond Scott, and artists who were influenced by them.

Music in this episode includes:

“Putty Tat Trouble” composed by Carl Stalling

“You Will Be Shot” composed by John Zorn; performed by Naked City

“Down With The Ship (Slight Return)” written by Tommy Christ, Glen Cummings, Paul Nieder, Guy Brogna & Mike Boyko; performed by Scatterbrain

“Powerhouse” arranged by Carl Stalling; original recording composed by Raymond Scott and performed by The Raymond Scott Quintette

“The Toy Trumpet” composed by Raymond Scott and performed by The Raymond Scott Quintette

“In An 18th Century Drawing Room” adapted by Raymond Scott from “Piano Sonata No. 16 In C Major” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; performed by The Raymond Scott Quintette

“Sonata #3” also adapted from Mozart and performed by Scatterbrain

“Rhythm Section Want Ad” written by John Flansburgh & John Linnell; performed by They Might Be Giants

“Bus To Beelzebub” written by M. Doughty, Sebastian Steinberg, Mark de Gli Antoni & Yuval Gabay; performed by Soul Coughing

“La Villa Strangiato” written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee & Neil Peart; performed by Rush