In For Scores, host Jon Burlingame takes listeners on a magical journey into the world of film and television composers, revealing never-before-heard special moments behind many of today's most beloved scores. This season, you'll hear personal stories from the composers of Marvel Studios Avengers and Pixar's Toy Story films, Captain Marvel, Coco, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and so much more!
“Award winning composer Natalie Holt joins host Jon Burlingame to describe her process of creating the otherworldly soundscapes of both Loki and Obi-Wan Kenobi. They discuss her unique approach to composing for heritage characters, working with her idol John Williams, and her passion for equity in the film music world."
Host Jon Burlingame visits the studio of Emmy-winning composer Laura Karpman for a conversation about her latest work for Marvel, including Ms. Marvel, What If…?, and the upcoming film The Marvels. Laura speaks on the importance of representation in music and film, and how she blended Pakistani folk music, traditional super hero sounds, and hip hop to create an authentic score for the MCU’s first South Asian and Muslim super hero.
Alan Silvestri, Glen Ballard
Host Jon Burlingame sits down with long time musical partners Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard to discuss their work on Disney’s new live action Pinocchio. The composers reveal how the new film honors the original while spinning its own magic with additional songs they wrote for new and original characters. They also share stories of their years working closely with director Robert Zemeckis.
Alan Menken: Disenchanted
Legendary Oscar-winning composer and songwriter Alan Menken joins host Jon Burlingame to discuss his songs for Disney’s Disenchanted, the long-awaited sequel to Enchanted. Alan reflects on his enduring partnership with Disney, how he created the ‘magical’ sound so many associate with animated classics, and why he’s enjoying revisiting and reinventing that magic in this new film.
Host Jon Burlingame sits down with Grammy-winning composer Simon Franglen to discuss his epic score for Avatar: The Way of Water. Simon recalls the singular experience of working with director James Cameron and the tight-knit Avatar family, how sounds of Earth inspired him in the creation of music for another planet, and what the return to Pandora means to him.
THE BIG SCORE: Simon Franglen on 20th Century’s ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ [Full Interview]
In this episode of The Big Score Grammy Award winner and composer, Simon Franglen, takes listeners behind the music of Avatar: The Way of Water, with water being one of the main inspirations for how Simon deftly created an ambient piece of music matching the stunning visuals of the film. But, creating unique water sounds was just one part of the process, tune in to hear how Simon created a new instrument, printed from his sketch on a 3D printer, and perfect for a character 10 feet tall with three fingers. A longtime collaborator with director, James Cameron, Simon also reveals in the episode how he came to work with Cameron initially on Titanic, winning a Grammy for “My Heart Will Go On” and which lead to them collaborating again on the original Avatar, alongside James Horner, and Avatar: The Way of Water.
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Now this is a proper film music interview podcast. Everyone is properly mic’d. Clear audio. No goofy hosts who know next to nothing about the genre. No silly games. No disrupting ad breaks. Just the brilliant Jon Burlingame doing what he does best. The composers are engaging and the interviews aren’t over long. Great show! Highly recommended!