We've got really exciting news - we've got a podcast! It's called Soundtrack Showdown and you can find it on the iTunes store. Ella and I are really excited - this is a passion project we've been working on for a little while now. Every month we'll take two of the greatest film scores in history and break them down into their component parts. How does The Dark Knight match up to Danny Elfman's Batman? Which is the most effective terror score - Psycho or Jaws? We'll compare each soundtrack against the other in several key areas and try to pick a winner. How do we do it? Scroll down to read more.
We love everything about soundtracks. We love making them, listening to them, digging into them to find out how they work. And we wanted to share that joy and knowledge in a podcast. But there was a problem. There are already a number of very good podcasts out there where experts sit down and break down scores in great detail. We love those podcasts and listen to them all the time, but the world doesn’t need to hear our take on how many times you hear the Imperial March in Star Wars and why it works.
So, we’ve taken a different approach, one that takes advantage of our unique position as two active film composers from very different musical backgrounds. Every episode we will be comparing two film scores, or sometimes a score from games or TV, and deciding which is the winner. As a result, we will go into less detail than other podcasts that devote an hour or more to a single film. Instead, we will be more practical, talking about how two different composers have approached similar scenes or characters, why their solutions work, how they differ, and which composer has been more influential in modern film composition practice. And of course, you get to listen to some of the best film, TV and game music ever written.
We think it’s a great format and look forward to developing it through the coming months and years.
Episode one is a pair of musical heavyweights as John Willliam’s Jaws and Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho are matched against each other. Who will be the winner? You have to listen to find out!
You can find Soundtrack Showdown in the iTunes store, or click on the link below.