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A Score To Settle was initially my blog in which I discussed my soundtrack collection in relation to personal moments and memories. After a number of years, I decided to expand this topic into a podcast, so I could share more about the music. Retaining the same name, A Score To Settle is a podcast about music composed for Film and Television, through my own analysis of specific scores and album releases, overviews of certain composer careers and also interviews, both with those working in the industry and fellow fans. [CURRENTLY ON HIATUS]

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A Score To Settle was initially my blog in which I discussed my soundtrack collection in relation to personal moments and memories. After a number of years, I decided to expand this topic into a podcast, so I could share more about the music. Retaining the same name, A Score To Settle is a podcast about music composed for Film and Television, through my own analysis of specific scores and album releases, overviews of certain composer careers and also interviews, both with those working in the industry and fellow fans. [CURRENTLY ON HIATUS]

    ASTS 055: Guest Neil S. Bulk, soundtrack album producer and editor-2023 in review

    ASTS 055: Guest Neil S. Bulk, soundtrack album producer and editor-2023 in review

    Welcome all listeners out there to the new year and also to the inaugural episode of 2024! To launch into this new year, in this episode I am accompanied once more by perennially popular soundtrack album producer and editor Neil S. Bulk, to continue our conversation in recapping his standout projects from the prior year, in this instance 2023. His work can be heard on album releases from the La La Land, Quartet and Varese Sarabande record labels. As always, I appreciate when Neil can spend time to share the details and experiences on these albums!
     
    Below are the films and composers represented here, with time index for helpful reference:
     
    Intro - 00:00:00
    GORKY PARK (1983) (James Horner) - 00:02:36
    DAD (1989) (James Horner) - 00:13:15
    SNEAKERS (1992) (James Horner) - 00:20:01
    THE MASK OF ZORRO (1998) (James Horner) - 00:26:01
    MULAN (1998) (Dolby Atmos album releases, score by Jerry Goldsmith, songs by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel) - 00:38:12
    LIVE AND LET DIE (1973) (music by George Martin, title song by Paul McCartney & Wings) - 00:45:34
    OCTOPUSSY (1983) (music by John Barry, title song "All Time High" by Barry and Tim Rice) - 01:00:00
     
    Stay safe out there, take care of yourself and each other! 
     
    Albums discussed now available at:
    La La Land Records
    Quartet Records
     
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    Email the show at ascoretosettlepodcast@gmail.com 
     

    • 1 hr 23 min
    ASTS 054: Now Playing... ”Barbie”, ”Oppenheimer”, ”Tetris”, ”The Marvels” and more!

    ASTS 054: Now Playing... ”Barbie”, ”Oppenheimer”, ”Tetris”, ”The Marvels” and more!

    Welcome back, everyone! To close out 2023, I’m concluding with an episode of the Now Playing sub-series of the podcast to spotlight notable film scores throughout the calendar year. This year provided some surprise blockbusters, such as BARBIE and OPPENHEIMER, along with new entries from major franchises like INDIANA JONES, CREED and THE FAST & THE FURIOUS - with memorable music from many. Enjoy music from a cavalcade of composers - John Williams, Lorne Balfe, Christophe Beck and Hans Zimmer, among others!
     
    Below are the films and composers represented here, with time index for helpful reference.
     
    Title playtime index:
    ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA (Christophe Beck) - 00:01:37
    SHAZAM: FURY OF THE GODS (Christophe Beck) - 00:06:12
    CREED 3 (Joseph Shirley) - 00:10:09
    TETRIS (Lorne Balfe) - 00:17:29
    DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOUR AMONG THIEVES (Lorne Balfe) - 00:24:06
    THE SUPER MARIO BROS MOVIE (Brian Tyler/Koji Kondo) - 00:34:09
    FAST X (Brian Tyler) - 00:38:24
    INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY (John Williams) - 00:42:33
    BARBIE (Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt, "What Was I Made For?" by Billie Eilish) - 00:53:00
    OPPENHEIMER (Ludwig Göransson) - 01:04:02
    THE CREATOR (Hans Zimmer) - 01:10:50
    THE MARVELS (Laura Karpman) - 01:19:01
     
    Stay safe out there, take care of yourself and each other! 
     
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    ASTS 053: TV Goes To The Movies - ”The Transformers”

    ASTS 053: TV Goes To The Movies - ”The Transformers”

    Hello and welcome back to the podcast! In this episode, prepare to be transformed as I continue my mini-series entitled “TV Goes To The Movies” and now explore the music for THE TRANSFORMERS franchise. As before, my focus is musically what was or was not carried over from the television episodes of a particular series to its respective theatrical feature, such as the main TV theme or scoring style.
     
    During its near 40 year history, from the original 1984 syndicated cartoon series, to the animated and live action movies, the Japanese-only series and more, music for the THE TRANSFORMERS has been remarkably varied. The vocal and score tracks have often reflected current or trendy musical approaches, leading to elements of lush symphonic strains, synth pop, hard rock and jazzy funk all being heard in various incarnations. Now, hold on to your crankshafts and let's transform and roll out! 
     
    Title playtime index:
    Intro - 00:00:00
    THE TRANSFORMERS (US, 1984 cartoon series, theme by Anne Bryant & Ford Kinder, score by Johnny Douglas and Robert J. Walsh) - 00:06:17
    TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE (US, 1986 animated theatrical film, songs by Stan Bush, Lion & Spectre General, score by Vince DiCola) - 00:16:45
    THE TRANSFORMERS: HEADMASTERS (1987), TRANSFORMERS: SUPER-GOD MASTERFORCE (1988) and TRANSFORMERS: VICTORY (1989) (Japan, songs & score by Ishida Katsunori, Toshiya Igarashi, Michiaki Watanabe) - 00:31:45
    TRANSFORMERS (2007), TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (2011), BUMBLEBEE (2018) and TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS (2023) (US, live action theatrical films, song "What I've Done" by Linkin Park, scores by Steve Jablonsky, Dario Marianelli and Jongnic Bontemps) - 00:38:18*
     
    *This segment also contains an excerpt from BATMAN BEGINS (2005), composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newtown Howard
     
    Additional tracks heard but not referenced - 
    "Calling You", Theme from TRANSFORMERS: SUPERLINK (Japan, 2004), by Takayoshi Tanimoto
    "Time Limit", from TRANSFORMERS: LEGEND OF THE MICRONS (Japan, 2002), composed by Hayato Matsuo
     
    Stay safe out there, take care of yourself and each other! 
     
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    Email the show at ascoretosettlepodcast@gmail.com
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    ASTS 052: TV Goes To The Movies - ”The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

    ASTS 052: TV Goes To The Movies - ”The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

    Welcome all to the podcast! In this episode, I continue my mini-series entitled "TV Goes To The Movies", a topic in which I intend to explore TV shows that migrated over to the big screen. As expected, my focus is musically what was or was not carried over from the television episodes of a particular series to its respective theatrical feature, such as the main TV theme.
     
    This time I open Channel D to examine "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." - a popular spy series which aired on NBC from 1964-1968. Its musical template was initially set by legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith, while still early in his career, and subsequently experienced many unexpected tonal shifts. Afterwards I discuss the eight "Man From U.N.C.L.E." "movies", each built from 2-part TV episodes and primarily released theatrically internationally, and lastly wrap up with the 2015 feature film, directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, with music composed by Daniel Pemberton.
     
    Title playtime index:
    Intro - 00:00:00
    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Theme (Concert Version) (Jerry Goldsmith) - 00:03:59
    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Theme (Season One broadcast version) (Jerry Goldsmith) - 00:06:15
    Early Jerry Goldsmith TV & Film works - DR KILDARE (TV, 1961), CITY OF FEAR (Film, 1959), THE PRIZE (Film, 1963) - 00:07:10
    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (TV, Season One) (Jerry Goldsmith, Morton Stevens, Lalo Schifrin) - 00:15:50
    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (TV, Season Two) (Gerald Fried, Robert Drasnin) - 00:28:28
    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (TV, Season Three) (Gerald Fried, Robert Drasnin, Nelson Riddle) - 00:39:11
    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (TV, Season Four) (Richard Shores) - 00:50:40
    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. "movies" (released theatrically internationally) (Gerald Fried) - 00:56:22
    THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (Film, 2015) (Daniel Pemberton) - 01:02:49
     
     
    Stay safe out there, take care of yourself and each other! 
     
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    Email the show at ascoretosettlepodcast@gmail.com
     

    • 1 hr 22 min
    ASTS 051: TV Goes To The Movies - ”Mission: Impossible”

    ASTS 051: TV Goes To The Movies - ”Mission: Impossible”

    Hello everyone! With this episode of the podcast, I begin a new sub-series entitled "TV Goes To The Movies", a topic intended to explore TV shows which migrated over to the big screen.
     
    In mapping out a potential plan for the podcast this year, I felt motivated to explore this scenario in terms of musically what was and was not carried over from the television episodes of a particular series to its respective theatrical feature. For example, was the TV series' main theme referenced? Was the style of episodic scoring repeated? Was the series composer, or composers, hired on for the cinematic adventures? My plan is to feature music released officially on album from a selected TV series, followed by the films and see if we can identify recurring attributes.
     
    The initial episode in this sub-series is fraught with danger and intrigue... that being MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE!
     
    Title playtime index:
    MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (TV, 1966-1973) (Lalo Schifrin, et al) - 00:00:00
    MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (TV, 1988-1990) (Lalo Schifrin, Ron Jones) - 00:36:28
    MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (Film, 1996) (Danny Elfman) - 00:44:15
    M:I 2 (aka MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2) (Film, 2000) (Hans Zimmer) - 00:55:37
    MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 (Film, 2006) (Michael Giacchino) - 01:05:47
    MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL (Film, 2011) (Michael Giacchino) - 01:10:03
    MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION (Film, 2015) (Joe Kramer) - 01:22:27
    MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT (Film, 2018) (Lorne Balfe) - 1:34:22
     
    Stay safe out there, take care of yourself and each other! 
     
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    • 1 hr 48 min
    ASTS 050: Guest Neil S. Bulk, soundtrack album producer and editor-2022 in review

    ASTS 050: Guest Neil S. Bulk, soundtrack album producer and editor-2022 in review

    Happy New Year to all listeners out there and welcome to the first new episode of 2023! In this inaugural episode of the new year, I am accompanied by popular soundtrack album producer and editor Neil S. Bulk, in what has become a perennial, (hopefully) entertaining and often “inside baseball” type of discussion. Neil and I recap his standout projects from the prior year, 2022, for the venerable soundtrack record labels La La Land Records, Quartet Records and Varese Sarabande. As always, I appreciate when Neil can spend time to relay the details and experiences on these albums!
     
    Below are the films and composers represented here, with time index for helpful reference:
     
    FIRST BLOOD (1982), RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985), RAMBO III (1988) (Jerry Goldsmith) - 00:00:00
    MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (1971) (John Barry) - 00:15:39
    CHAPLIN (1992) (John Barry) - 00:19:10
    DR SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000) (James Horner) - 00:26:09
    TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997) (David Arnold) - 00:33:43
    THE GODFATHER (1972) (Nino Rota) - 00:44:54
    PRESUMED INNOCENT (1990) (John Williams) - 00:55:00
    DEATH BECOMES HER (1992) (Alan Silvestri) - 1:01:02
    L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (1997) (Jerry Goldsmith) - 1:08:09
    THE BURBS (1989) (Jerry Goldsmith) - 1:15:50
     
    Stay safe out there, take care of yourself and each other! 
     
    Albums discussed now available at:
    https://lalalandrecords.com/
    https://www.quartetrecords.com/
    https://www.varesesarabande.com/
     
    Connect with the podcast on Facebook and Twitter:
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    https://twitter.com/score2settlepod
     
    Email the show at ascoretosettlepodcast@gmail.com 
     

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

yongi ,

Delightful and Engrossing

This show is a true gem and well worth listening to if you have even a passing interest in film music. The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema subseries, specifically, is truly exceptional and functions as a good primer on classic sci-fi films one might have missed out on over the years. Keep up the excellent work!

clevemark ,

Lots of fun to listen to!

I’ve been a casual listener of this podcast for the past few years. The new series entitled “The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema” is a real treat. I’m old enough to remember watching most of the films in part one (and I’m guessing part two, too!) on my local TV late night and Saturday afternoon SciFi creature features (Thank You ‘Houlihan

JLFanson ,

Great podcast for music score lovers!

I’m enjoying this podcast more and more. Latest episode covers music Stu Phillips wrote for the original Battlestar Galactica. These scores stand the test of time and have really interesting back stories.

Episode on Franz Waxman is very enjoyable. It’s nice to hear the rich scores from Hollywood’s golden age, and to learn where John Williams took his lead for the heroic scores he would later compose.

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