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!
Alan Menken (Part 1)
In the first episode of a two part series, legendary eight-time Oscar winning composer and songwriter Alan Menken sits down with host Jon Burlingame to discuss his career. Alan takes the audience back to his beginnings as a musician in a family of dentists, his love of Fantasia, and his life-changing writing partnership with Howard Ashman; which would skyrocket them both to Off-Broadway success with Little Shop of Horrors, and eventually to Disney royalty with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.
Host Jon Burlingame talks to Lorne Balfe, composer of the score for Marvel Studios' new film, Black Widow. Lorne reveals how he immersed himself in Russian music and culture in order to create a memorable sound for Natasha Romanoff’s long awaited origin story. He also recounts his own musical origins, including his early beginnings as a composer and his training with Hans Zimmer.
Emmy winning composer Nicholas Britell sits down with host Jon Burlingame to discuss his process combining orchestra and classic rock in the score for Disney’s Cruella. Britell talks about his musical history and how his philosophy of constant learning helped him navigate an ambitious project in the midst of the pandemic.
Multi-faceted composer, songwriter, and producer Neil Davidge speaks with Host Jon Burlingame about creating five immersive musical atmospheres for Disney+ and National Geographic’s new landscape themed nature series, EARTH MOODS. Neil also recalls his time working with the band Massive Attack and explains how his love of musical variety has augmented his work as a composer.
Composer Raphaelle Thibaut tells host Jon Burlingame how she used home-recorded music to illustrate the majesty and complex emotional lives of whales in Disney+ and National Geographic’s new four part series, SECRETS OF THE WHALES. Raphaelle also talks about how her unique childhood experiences, such as partial deafness and exposure to French cinema led her back to film composition as an adult.
James Newton Howard
Host Jon Burlingame sits down with multi-Oscar nominated composer James Newton Howard to talk about his latest film score for Disney+’s animated adventure RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON. James reveals how he created the fantastical sound of the fictional Southeast Asian land where the story is set — using instruments like the “genggong” — similar to a Balinese jaw harp. He also takes Jon back to his early days collaborating with Elton John, who allowed him to do some orchestral arranging very early on in his career.
A Peak Into Composers’ Minds
Jon Burlingame, host and film music professor at USC, does an incredible job asking thought-provoking questions that helps listeners peak into the minds of some of Hollywood’s greatest living composers. Interview topics are well-researched, and Professor Burlingame never interrupts the composers, allowing them to speak freely about their projects. Sound editing is expertly blended as well, with clips from pieces being discussed in the interview gently fading in and out for the listener. Simply put - this is the best musical podcast out there. Don’t miss it!
A Riveting Journey Through Film Music History
Listening to this podcast has added a new depth to my appreciation for Disney films and their music scores. This is a wonderful show that is both insightful and moving in its interviews. I highly recommend it and can’t wait for more episodes!
Amazing & Magical Podcast
As a musician, composer, & huge Disney fan, this podcast is the one I’ve been waiting for. The questions & answers are insightful, and paint a picture into the process of how Disney film composers develop a score & what inspires them. I love the backstories as well. Since I’m a newcomer, to For Scores. I’m looking forward catching up on the past episodes!