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Art of the Score is the podcast that explores, demystifies and celebrates some of the greatest soundtracks of all time from the world of film, TV and video games. In each episode we’ll be joined by Andrew Pogson, Dan Golding and Nicholas Buc as we check out a soundtrack we love and break down its main themes, explore what makes the score tick and hopefully impart our love of the world of soundtracks.

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Art of the Score is the podcast that explores, demystifies and celebrates some of the greatest soundtracks of all time from the world of film, TV and video games. In each episode we’ll be joined by Andrew Pogson, Dan Golding and Nicholas Buc as we check out a soundtrack we love and break down its main themes, explore what makes the score tick and hopefully impart our love of the world of soundtracks.

    Episode 32: The Mummy

    Episode 32: The Mummy

    It’s Episode 32, and we come back to you from the city of the lockdown with the crown jewel of 1990s action adventure: Jerry Goldsmith’s wonderful score for The Mummy. Goldsmith has for some time been one of Art of the Score’s most requested composers, so join us as we journey to 1920s Egypt and scheme among the pyramids with Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and that incredible music.

    Episode notes:

    5:05 – That’s Goldsmith, Jerry! Goldsmith!
    8:04 – Podcast recommendation: The Goldsmith Odyssey
    10:04 – The Universal history of the Mummy
    19:03 – Hamunaptra theme
    24:18 – A brief introduction to the film’s other themes
    26:58 – Hamun it up
    32:40 – Hamajor Hamontage
    36:58 – Jerry’s percussion
    39:11 – Imhotep’s motif
    44:21 – Nick comes clean about his bullying ways
    47:01 – The love theme
    52:20 – Luteish love and handy hand percussion
    56:41 – The power of French Horns propels you
    1:00:06 – A romantic finale
    1:05:12 – Rick’s theme
    1:12:27 – Here come the baddies
    1:15:47 – The Mummy Strut
    1:18:47 – A sourcey rag
    1:22:14 – The Musicians of the Nile
    1:27:26 – Hollywood’s sound of Egypt
    1:34:44 – Do camels have scales?
    1:38:21 – The key is octatonic
    1:46:13 – Frightening mummy
    1:53:52 – Imhotep’s death (or, that’s a wrap folks!)

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    Episode 31: How To Train Your Dragon

    Episode 31: How To Train Your Dragon

    It’s Episode 31, and we’re swooping into the new year with one of the most widely loved family films – as well as the film score buff’s film score – in How To Train Your Dragon. John Powell’s soundtrack has been one of Art of the Score’s most-requested episodes over the years, so join us as we get under the hood of this contemporary classic and pick apart its many main melodies and old-fashioned sound.

    Episode notes:

    5:56 – How To Train Your Dreamworks
    8:41 – The John Powell Up
    12:31 – Nick leaves his wife for John Powell
    14:43 – The Friendship theme
    16:38 – Toothless’s theme
    19:56 – Bagging Bagpipes
    25:27 – Hammering Dulcimer
    32:43 – Tin whistle and bodhran
    35:26 – Let’s b (theme) friends
    39:42 – Powell-chords
    45:16 – Toothless in three
    49:10 – Toothless Face/Off
    51:05 – The Band with a Dragon Tattoo
    54:17 – The Berk theme
    59:47 – A point of pronunciation
    1:02:56 – Father and Son
    1:09:08 – The cavalry arrives
    1:12:33 – The Viking theme
    1:18:31 – How To Write A Dragon Melody
    1:24:21 – Dragon scales
    1:26:39 – Astrid’s theme
    1:35:56 – The Evolution of Powell’s style
    1:38:38 – Battle theme
    1:44:10 – Telling the Tail
    1:49:53 – John Powell’s best score?

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    Episode 30: The Little Mermaid

    Episode 30: The Little Mermaid

    It’s Episode 30, and we at Art of the Score are finally tackling two genres we’ve so far overlooked – animation and the musical, combined in the form of the great Disney revival musical, The Little Mermaid. Join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this wonderful film and explore the cabaret roots of Ursula, the perfect pop song for Ariel, and the debatable reggae of Under The Sea in Alan Menken’s joyous and groundbreaking score.

    Episode notes:

    4:10 – The Art of the Mailbag?
    5:12 – The Disney Dark Ages
    8:15 – Alan Menken: the secret to Disney’s revival
    12:52 – Ariel’s theme: Part of Your World
    15:33 – “I want”
    19:26 – Ariel’s verse
    25:01 – Ariel’s verse (Hoarders edition)
    28:41 – Creative voicing
    32:47 – A pre-chorus?
    35:33 – Recorders on the beach
    38:44 – Ariel’s musical maturity
    42:17 – Ursula’s theme: Poor Unfortunate Souls
    45:03 – Craberet
    50:40 – Fortunate Souls
    54:35 – Poggo’s Unfortunate Lyrics
    56:44 – Scheming eels
    1:00:49 – Prince Eric’s Roadshow
    1:06:02 – Eric’s Organ Announcement
    1:09:48 – Triton’s Fanfare
    1:13:04 – Triton’s Minor Fanfare
    1:15:53 – Scuttle’s scuttlebutt
    1:24:11 – Mickey Mouse-ing
    1:34:26 – Le Chef, and Nick’s waltzing tangent
    1:42:04 – Andrew’s Chef genocide tangent
    1:44:51 – Under the C
    1:49:45 – Dan’s reggae tangent
    1:59:37 – Fathoms Below and the opening song

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    Episode 29: The Film Music of Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

    Episode 29: The Film Music of Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

    Episode 29 marks Art of the Score’s first ever live episode, recorded in August at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Exploring the film music of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and The Road), the live talk also preluded a concert later that week where the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra played Cave and Ellis’s music as arranged by our very own Nicholas Buc. Join us for a very special live episode as we try and find out what makes the film music of Cave and Ellis so good.

    Episode notes:

    0:54 – A very special live episode
    5:27 – The Nick Cave and Warren Ellis sound
    6:26 – Alice Wading
    7:58 – A band process for film music
    10:34 – The Proposition
    12:41 – The meat pie western
    14:05 – The drone, the voice, the piano
    18:05 – Nick’s singing (The Rider)
    21:11 – Martha’s Dream
    22:55 – The Cave Waltz
    26:38 – The Rider Song
    29:20 – The Assassination of Jesse James
    31:26 – The celeste
    35:14 – A Rather Lovely Thing
    37:17 – An arresting chord progression
    39:45 – The Assassination lullaby
    41:54 – Song for Bob
    45:14 – The Road
    49:35 – The Mother
    52:09 – The Far Road
    54:49 – The House
    58:07 – The ray of hope
    59:49 – The Ellis Cave DNA

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    Episode 28: The Empire Strikes Back - Part 2

    Episode 28: The Empire Strikes Back - Part 2

    In Episode 28, we conclude our time with The Empire Strikes Back, and our exploration of perhaps the best Star Wars film and score ever made. In this episode, we make our way through some remaining themes and motifs, as well as the major action setpieces of the film, and ask the biggest question of all: is this the best film score ever written?

    Episode notes:

    2:41 – The Days of Han and Leia
    6:37 – Tchaikovsky’s Star Wars
    11:51 – Han’s Soli
    14:21 – Williams’ melodic patterns
    15:27 – A polite argument (for strings)
    20:14 – Melodus interruptus
    24:22 – Bespin Cellos
    25:51 – I love cue (I know)
    30:48 – Resolving Solo and the Princess
    36:32 – Bassoon Fett
    43:36 – The droids dance
    52:43 – The droids return in Solo
    54:18 – Hyperspace strings
    58:28 – Empire’s action ostinati
    1:05:24 – Lando’s palace, where all your dreams come true
    1:07:42 – A choir in the clouds
    1:11:34 – The magic tree
    1:15:10 – The synth side of the force
    1:17:52 – John Williams’ best action cue, ever?
    1:25:08 – The space tritone
    1:28:31 – Looping the woodwinds
    1:29:43 – The battle in the snow
    1:34:29 – The Carbonite Procession, and John Williams’ greatest finale ever?
    1:40:32 – The end credits
    1:45:43 – The greatest score ever written?

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    Episode 27: The Empire Strikes Back - Part 1

    Episode 27: The Empire Strikes Back - Part 1

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