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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.

A Score To Settle Brian McVickar

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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.

    ASTS 046: The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema, Part 6-The 1980’s, cont.

    ASTS 046: The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema, Part 6-The 1980’s, cont.

    Hello again and welcome back to the podcast! In this somewhat "super-sized" installment of my multi-part trek through the music of Science Fiction cinema, I attempt to close out the decade of the 1980's. The previous installment in this series focused on titles from the years 1980-82. Here, I cover the remaining years of the decade with examples of the competing and sometimes collaborative film music trends - pop & electronic and orchestral. 

     

    The 80’s were a peak time of musical surprises, somewhat akin to the 1960’s when we heard a mix of traditional orchestral scores, jazz, pop & rock-based colors as well as avant garde music derived from concert techniques. Following its revival, the large scale orchestral approach continued reigning over much of cinematic Science Fiction, now bolstered by electronic and choral elements. Parallel to this were the experiments in synth and pop styles, connecting the genre to present day (for the time) musical trends. To help identify these unique sonic qualities, I'll sample music from TERMINATOR (Brad Fiedel), 2010 (David Shire), ENEMY MINE (Maurice Jarre), KRULL (James Horner), SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE (Elmer Bernstein) and THE ABYSS (Alan Silvestri), amid more!

     

    *Correction - During this episode, I mistakenly attributed the theme song for the TV series "Cheers" to composer Craig Safan. In fact, while Safan provided the series bumpers and underscore cues, the theme was composed by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo.

     

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    ASTS 045: Guest Neil S. Bulk, soundtrack album producer and editor-2021 in review

    ASTS 045: Guest Neil S. Bulk, soundtrack album producer and editor-2021 in review

    Welcome to the next new episode! I am pleased to be joined once more by soundtrack album producer and editor, Neil S. Bulk. As heard in previous years, which long-time listeners may recall, I’ve invited Neil back to reflect on his notable projects from the prior year, in this case 2021, for the various soundtrack record labels such as La La Land Records and Varese Sarabande. Topics range from work continuing during lockdown, rescores, film score presentations vs original albums and guessing as to what was happening in 1989 with recorded cues now missing. Titles discussed in this episode include:


    THE NEXT KARATE KID (Bill Conti/William Ross)


    STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, GLORY, FIELD OF DREAMS (James Horner)


    STRIPES (Elmer Bernstein)


    CABOBLANCO, THE STRIPPER, S*P*Y*S, TORA! TORA! TORA!, ACE ELI AND RODGER OF THE SKIES (Jerry Goldsmith)


    THE TIME TUNNEL (1960's TV series) (John Williams, various)


    THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (Alfred Newman)


    LOVE ACTUALLY (Craig Armstrong)


    DANTE'S PEAK (James Newton Howard/John Frizzel)


     


    Stay safe out there, take care of yourself and each other! 


     


    Albums discussed now available at:


    https://lalalandrecords.com/


    https://www.varesesarabande.com/


     


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    ASTS 044: The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema, Part 5-The 1980’s

    ASTS 044: The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema, Part 5-The 1980’s

    Welcome to 2022, everyone! In this first episode of the year, my multi-part journey into the music of Science Fiction cinema and its evolving soundscape through the decades continues. We’re now crossing over into the 1980’s, following on from the seismic shift in film scoring which occurred with the unexpected arrival of STAR WARS in 1977 and its John Williams-penned symphonic score, hearkening back to the sounds of the classical Hollywood era. 


     


    This symphonic shadow loomed large over Sci-Fi movies of the 80's, as heard here in music composed by James Horner (BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, STAR TREK II), John Scott (THE FINAL COUNTDOWN) and Elmer Bernstein (SATURN 3, HEAVY METAL).  However, the incorporation of synthesizers into soundtracks increased, both combined with large orchestras and also in solo efforts, such as John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981) and the inimitable Vangelis score for BLADE RUNNER (1982).


     


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    • 1 hr 33 min
    ASTS 043: The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema, Part 4-The 1970‘s, cont.

    ASTS 043: The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema, Part 4-The 1970‘s, cont.

    Greetings everyone! In this new episode of the podcast, my sonic journey through the music for Science Fiction cinema through the decades continues, by closing out the 1970's. This will focus on titles from the 1977-1979 years, and more specifically STAR WARS and the ripples created by that seismic shift of its musical score composed by John Williams. The electronic and avant garde sounds of the genre heard during the early Seventies found themselves supplanted by the return of those of the Golden Age of Hollywood, being the more traditionally symphonic soundscapes.  


     


    John Williams features prominently as expected, by way of not only STAR WARS but both CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, along with titles by Jerry Goldsmith (DAMNATION ALLEY, ALIEN, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE), John Barry (STARCRASH, THE BLACK HOLE), Laurence Rosenthal (THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU, METEOR), Brian May (MAD MAX) and others...


     


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    • 1 hr 31 min
    ASTS 042: The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema, Part 3-The 1970's

    ASTS 042: The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema, Part 3-The 1970's

    Hi again everybody! In this episode of the podcast, my multi-part deep dive into the malleable soundscape of Science Fiction cinema continues, with the focus today being the 1970’s. Well, to be more specific, this episode focuses on the first half of the 1970's.


     
     


    It was a period when the sweeping symphonic sound of the Golden Age had briefly faded, mostly supplanted by either pop inflected scores and songs, tracked in classical works or experimental, often electronic tones. Sci-fi film scores (and composers) represented here include COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT (Michel Colombier), THE OMEGA MAN (Ron Grainer), SILENT RUNNING (Peter Schickele), SOYLENT GREEN (Fred Myrow), LOGAN'S RUN (Jerry Goldsmith) and a suite of music from the four PLANET OF THE APES sequels.
     
     

    Stay safe out there, stay cool, take care of yourself and each other! 


     


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    ASTS 041: The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema, Part 2-The 1960's

    ASTS 041: The Evolving Sound of Science Fiction Cinema, Part 2-The 1960's

    Welcome back to the podcast! In this episode I continue on to the next chapter of a multi-part deep dive, into the evolving music of Science Fiction cinema through the decades, with my focus today being the 1960’s. Thus far, we’ve journeyed through the 1950’s scores which were brimming with electric violins, theremins, Novachords, jarring stinger chords and harsh onslaughts of brass and percussion.


     


    Now, as we advance into the 1960's, we'll hear sumptuous symphonic scores for THE TIME MACHINE (1960) and MASTER OF THE WORLD (1961), pop and jazz influences in PANIC IN YEAR ZERO! (1962) and BARBARELLA (1968) and avant garde concert techniques expressed in the music for FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966) and PLANET OF THE APES (1968). Composers featured here include Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Les Baxter, Russell Garcia, Akira Ifukube - plus vocal crooning by Frankie Avalon! I also include samples of Alex North's original, unused score for the Stanley Kubrick directed, game-changing 1968 classic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.


     


    Stay safe out there, take care of yourself and each other! 


     


    Small correction: I mistakenly attribute the score for 1954's 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA to Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter, but it was composed by Paul J. Smith. Thanks to my attentive listeners!


     


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    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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.

FforFake ,

Great stuff

Excellence and accessible podcast about film and television music, that doesn’t go for the obvious and overplayed.

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