28 episodes

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.

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. Currently on hiatus.

    ASTS 028: Listening To... "Planet Of The Apes"

    ASTS 028: Listening To... "Planet Of The Apes"

    Welcome to the next episode of the podcast! To celebrate the recently released deluxe CD box set from La La Land Records, I am exploring the marvelous music composed for the original PLANET OF THE APES film series - from Jerry Goldsmith's groundbreaking score for the initial entry in 1968 through to Leonard Rosenman's rousing music for the fifth and final film, 1973's BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. This popular and successful series was a forerunner of the serialized, narrative film franchises we see today and showcased its own unique sound world which became a recognizable "sonic stamp" that encompassed five movies, two TV series and several modern reboots.
    La La Land Records - https://lalalandrecords.com/
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    ASTS 027: Now Playing... The World of Hans Zimmer, Quinn Martin Collection Vol. 1, "Robocop 2"

    ASTS 027: Now Playing... The World of Hans Zimmer, Quinn Martin Collection Vol. 1, "Robocop 2"

    Hello all, I am back with the next new episode of the podcast! In this installment, I cover a new concert recording and previously unreleased and expanded albums. First, I explore music featured on the new 2-CD "The World of Hans Zimmer: A Symphonic Celebration", a live concert performance recorded in 2018 at the Hollywood In Vienna festival honoring Mr. Zimmer.
    Next up is previously unreleased TV music from the 1970's on "The Quinn Martin Collection Vol. 1: Cop and Detective Series" (featuring legendary composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, Lalo Schifrin and Dave Grusin) and lastly, I focus on the expanded limited edition of Leonard Rosenman's unique score for ROBOCOP 2 (1990). The latter two albums are available from La La Land Records and Varese Sarabande, respectively.
    La La Land Records - https://lalalandrecords.com/
    Varese Sarabande - https://www.varesesarabande.com/
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    ASTS 026: Listening To... Elliot Goldenthal

    ASTS 026: Listening To... Elliot Goldenthal

    Hello and welcome back to the podcast! In this new installment of my "Listening To.." series, I am centered on composer Elliot Goldenthal, one of my favorite film composers of the modern era. You might not immediately recognize his name, but Elliot Goldenthal has contributed music to some of the most notable and popular movies of the last few decades. This includes such diverse titles as ALIEN 3 (1992), INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE (1994), HEAT (1995), BATMAN FOREVER (1995), MICHAEL COLLINS (1996) and FRIDA (2002), the latter garnering him the Academy Award for Best Original Score. He showcases an eclectic style and approach ranging from large-scale orchestral music to choral pieces, to jazz, swing and rock, ethnic instrumentation and from very tonal and melodic music to very dissonant and challenging tonalities.
    Goldenthal has emerged as a major influential voice in the art form since the 1990's, contributing brilliant and powerful music not only to movies but also live theater, stage musicals and the concert world, the latter in the form of operas, symphonies, ballets and oratorios. In fact, he could be considered primarily a concert composer for whom film is just one slice of his musical pie, so to speak. My primary focus in this episode will be on his incredible score for 1999's TITUS, a film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play, as directed by Julie Taymor.
     
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    ASTS 025: Guest Jeff Bond, author, album producer & editor at Geek Magazine

    ASTS 025: Guest Jeff Bond, author, album producer & editor at Geek Magazine

    In this episode, I talk with Jeff Bond, the author of great books such as "The World of The Orville" and "The Music of Star Trek", plus soundtrack album producer who has penned liner notes for hundreds of albums and the editor at Geek Magazine. He's also an all-around favorite among fans in the community. I ask him about his personal history as a fan of music for film and television, then we discuss his recent album projects such as THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD (Jerry Goldsmith, 1975) and the multi-disc sets of music from LAND OF THE GIANTS, LOST IN SPACE and the original STAR TREK. In talking Jerry Goldsmith, we cover his evolving musical style over the course of his expansive career, from those dissonant, challenging early scores to the more lush and tonal efforts of his later years. 
    Find many of the albums mentioned in this episode at:
    Intrada Records - http://store.intrada.com/
    La La Land Records - https://lalalandrecords.com/
    Varese Sarabande - https://www.varesesarabande.com/
     
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    ASTS 024: Listening To... Franz Waxman

    ASTS 024: Listening To... Franz Waxman

    In this episode, I explore the rich, melodic and memorable film music of Hollywood Golden Age composer Franz Waxman. Born in Germany in 1906, Waxman was known by his peers as the consummate musician, having studied music in Berlin while supporting himself by performing and arranging pop music of the day in local cafes. Waxman emigrated from Germany to the United States in the early 1930's, along with many talented artists, and became part of that first generation of brilliant musicians who developed and perfected the art of film scoring, alongside giants such as Max Steiner, Alfred Newman and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. I discuss Waxman's place in the early days of the new art form of music for motion pictures (the famed "Golden Age"), plus its development overall for some context, and his evolving style through the highlights during his career, including REBECCA, SUNSET BOULEVARD, THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS and TARAS BULBA.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    ASTS 023: Now Playing... "First Man", "Wargames", "The Bride Wore Black"

    ASTS 023: Now Playing... "First Man", "Wargames", "The Bride Wore Black"

    In this episode of the podcast, I am adding a new, hopefully recurring, segment called "Now Playing", in which I discuss recent soundtrack album releases, whether from a new movie or a classic film. Featured in this installment is Justin Hurwitz's lyrical score for 2018's FIRST MAN, followed by a new 2-CD complete edition of Arthur B. Rubinstein's classic WARGAMES (1983) and finally a stunning new recording by the Basque National Orchestra of Bernard Herrmann's dark and turbulent music for THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, from 1968. The latter two albums are available from Quartet Records at http://www.quartetrecords.com/. 
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    • 48 min

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