Join Jon and Andy as they explore the world of film music, one score at a time. Each episode is an in-depth discussion of a classic film score: what makes it tick, how it serves the movie, and whether it's, you know, any good. It's a freewheeling, opinionated conversation with an analytical bent, richly illustrated with musical examples. No expertise required.
The series began by tackling “100 Years of Film Scores," the AFI's list of (purportedly) the 25 greatest scores in American cinema history, and now draws from a broad range of distinguished scores old and new.
Jonathan Dinerstein writes music for film and television in Hollywood. Andy is a pianist and music director. They've been chatting together about movie music for 20 years.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Once upon a time, Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline and Paul Smith wrote the score for Walt Disney’s groundbreaking 1937 animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. How did the development of cartoons require close musical integration? Have Jon and Andy finally found stair-climbing music they can agree about? And, what’s the best method … Continue reading "#50 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
A Clockwork Orange
This time Jon and Andy slooshied Wendy Carlos’ music as they viddied the 1971 Stanley Kubrick dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange! How did Carlos pioneer an entirely new musical soundscape? What sorts of meaning does Kubrick get out of it for this film? And, who’s been doing all this mysterious thieving?
The Best Years of Our Lives
Jon and Andy seem to have talked for a very long time about Hugo Friedhofer’s score for the Best Picture of 1946, The Best Years of Our Lives! How many different ways does Friedhofer engage with the drama? In what sense is this music American? And, when is the 3D version coming out already?
Walk this way to hear Jon and Andy discuss John Morris’ score for the 1974 Mel Brooks monster movie spoof Young Frankenstein! How does Morris help the movie’s zaniness and sincerity to coexist? What techniques make the music sound old-fashioned, and what light can a visit from the show’s go-to violin expert – Jon’s wife … Continue reading "#47 – Young Frankenstein"
2021 Oscars Special
This time, the red carpet comes to Jon and Andy: join us as we delve into the score nominees for this year’s unusual Oscars. Are film score fashions shifting? Who’s on what wavelength, and who might not be? And, are Jon and Andy being even crankier than usual, or is it just a weird year?
So much fun
Has rapidly risen to the top of my list for film score related podcasts, which is really saying something because there a few really excellent ones.
The Best Film Music Podcast Out There
Jon and Andy are articulate, funny, insightful, and play off of each other wonderfully. I have listened to a LOT of film music podcasts, and this one truly threads the needle of accessibility vs. depth of knowledge and insight. If you love movie music and film history, this is the best one out there IMHO.
I don’t like things, but I like this!
These guys! Insightful and knowledgeable, yet humble and HILARIOUS. I am a music editor for film and I love to hear their take on anything and everything. More, please.