Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dark Knight Rises composer on creating Gotham Citys ominous sonic landscape

Before Christopher Nolan shot the first scene of The Dark Knight Rises, composer Hans Zimmer, who scored the soundtrack along with James Newton Howard for the first two films in the director’s Batman trilogy was hard at work creating the music for its final installment. It was a new process for the Oscar-winning Zimmer. “Chris quite rightly accuses me of putting the ‘pro’ in procrastination,” Zimmer tells. “So I just thought I’ll beat him at the game.” To that end, Zimmer wrote a 25-minute suite for the film’s villain, Bane, before ever seeing a reel of film.

 A much-debated aspect of the film has centered on whether Nolan’s depiction of Bane(the film’s villain) tricking Gotham’s 99 percent into revolting against the rich is a statement against Occupy Wall Street.  Zimmer believes that, if anything, this particular aspect of the film is merely a byproduct of the director being attuned to the current cultural climate. “All good filmmakers have a sense of zeitgeist and Chris definitely does,” he says. “Most of the good filmmakers I know are always interested in posing questions as opposed to providing answers.” Zimmer adds that issues of social oppression and rebellion are deeply  rooted in history; he says that he, Nolan and the director’s co-screenwriter and brother, Jonathan, read Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities as inspiration during filming.

Above all, Zimmer believes the biggest accomplishment in completing the trilogy is that the relationships among its creators have remained positive and intact. “Chris managed to keep this family of filmmakers together and we still love each other’s company,” he says, proudly. “Eight years of our life, seconds are ticking away. So you might as well work with people that you love.”

The composer has had little time, however, to bask in his achievement: he’s already in the development stages of the score for the Nolan-written and Zack Snyder-directed Superman epic, Man of Steel. ”I asked everybody to not talk to me about it until we finished  ’Batman,’” he says, “and I was good enough to say after I wrote the last note [of The Dark Knight Rises] that I’d written the last note. In 15 minutes they were talking to me about Man of Steel. I had a 15-minute break.” As for where he’s at in the writing process for the film, set for release next summer? “I’m searching,” he says. “Which is what you’re supposed to do. None of this ever comes easy to me. Right now I’m just humbled before the task. I’ve seen [the film]. That’s the other problem. Zack has done a great job so that makes it even more daunting.”

Zimmer’s fans,should enjoy the soundtrack and appreciate the new elements that he’s brought to the
table for Nolan’s final venture with the Caped Crusader

here is the sample of the soundtrack.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Staccato: Chennai's Olympics connect

The London Olympics has been creating a buzz for various reasons, and primarily among the British
 population considering it’s coinciding with their Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration. However, on the Indian sub-continent, things are also getting more interesting not just among sporting circles.

A 15-member band from Chennai has been invited to perform at the International Cultural fest that takes place on the sidelines of the Games.On July 30 and August 2, they will occupy the coveted main band stand and perform a string of their compositions. In an invitation to this Indian contemporary-classical group, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has requested them to also perform at various other parts of the Olympic Park on these days.

Called Staccato, the troupe is the first Indian band ever to be invited by an Olympic Committee
to perform at the event. The fusion band comprising a bunch of teenagers is one of the two bands of Asia selected by "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle from among 10,000 entries world over.

This band previously landed in international spotlight for the soundtrack for the film Thinapayanam,which won accolades for the best score at the Paris Film Festival.In the year 2011, Staccato represented
India at the World Finals of Tum Tum Pa, a percussion event organised by Red Bull in Brazil.

The band is likely to go in full strength, as they would be required to perform in front of 2,50,000 spectators and on a stage that can accommodate around 40 musicians. It consists of Sruthi Saagar, Vikram Sarathy, P.D. Balasubramanian, Ajay Gnanasekaran, Tapas Naresh, Kaashif Rafiq, Rohit Krishnamoorthy, Vandana Srinivasan, Aishwarya, Manoj Kumar and Shallu Varun.
Besides trying to figure their music out, the band is also trying to arrange for sponsorship to get to the Games in the first place. “The invitation only extends till giving us a slot. But the rest of the expenditure including travel, stay and food, is ours. So we’re trying to find sponsors who can fund our trip,” explains Aishvarrya Suresh, a vocalist with the band. Staccato will be performing at the Olympic Park in London on July 30 and August 2, playing two slots of 40 minutes a day.
And that’s not all. Impressed by their sound, the Olympic committee has organised for the band to play at the Aberdeen Music Festival on August 3 and 4.

Brilliant work Staccato!! Hope your music will inspire our athletes to a new Olympic glory.

Here is the link to staccato's compositions

Monday, July 16, 2012

Music and the Olympic Spirit

Each time the Olympics come around,those of us who get our eyefuls of the Games from the television also get our ears full of the unmistakable Olympic fanfare. The music of the Games can become just as much a
part of the excitement and can create just as many goose bumps as the athletes, theclose calls, and the medals.

Music has played an important role at the Olympic Games ever since they were revived in Athens in 1896. Sixty thousand people from all over the world converged on the city that Easter Sunday, March 24th. The following day the Philharmonic Orchestra played the National Anthem and the first Olympic Hymn, written by poet Kostis Palamas and set to music by the well-known Greek composer Spiros Samaras. The Samaras version remained the official Olympic Hymn until 1912, when various new hymns were tried every four years. Samaras’ music returned for the Games of 1960 and continues to be used today at the opening and closing ceremonies.

In addition to the Samaras standard, new Olympic music comes around each year. Fivetime Oscar winner John Williams, famous for his movie soundtracks for the likes of Star Wars, E.T., and Superman, has written four Olympic themes Michael Kamen, who composed the score for Mr. Holland’s Opus, contributed music to both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Atlanta games

Fashions have changed over two thousand years, but music has remained the factor which best conveys the emotion within a crowd, and which best accompanies the amplitude of a great spectacle.” Over a century later,Olympic themes continue to signify the sportsmanship and peacefulness of the Olympic Games, events to which athletes and spectators around the world look forward with excitement and good spirits.
Olympic Music.

As the London 2012 Olympics draw near, we have seen many of the Olympic trials and  heard all about the athletes that are expected to bring home the gold medal. What we haven’t heard a lot of is the soundtrack to this globally recognized event… until now. Recently “Survival” by the British rock band Muse was chosen to be the official song of the London Olympics. Thanks to the Coliseum like chanting, aggressive guitar strings and drum line of “Survival,” Olympians in London should have no problem giving it their all in route to the gold. Check out “Survival” by Muse below.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Selling Your Music Through Merchandise

Merchandise has always been big business though, in the age of illegal downloads and plummeting
record sales, it accounts for an ever-growing percentage of a band's income. Rare is the gig that
you don't see trestle tables awash with T-shirts, key rings, pens, stickers and posters.

Before you just jump in and start spending money on anything; you need to get into the music business
state of mind. Think about what your fans buy from other bands that are similar to yours. When you're
just starting out it's easier to not reinvent the wheel if you don't have to. For example, if you're
playing shows with bands that are selling out on 7inch vinyl every night, then you might want to invest
 your moneys into pressing up some vinyl to sell. It's as simple as doing what's already working.

Another trick you can do to sell merchandise is to create merch bundles. Merch bundles could include a
shirt, CD, hat, and a sticker
. This works out for everybody. You discount all the merchandise in the bundle because the customer is buying in bulk so the customer gets a deal, and you move more product and make even more money!

In today's music industry it's essential to connect your music to the internet. When you're making up t-shirts,
 stickers, buttons, etc, one of the best things you can do is put your bands website address on the merchandise.

A great part of having a band in this day in age is merchandise companies are moving toward on demand inventory and drop shipping methods. This means you don't have to have a box of Cds sitting under your bed that you may never sell. When someone buys a CD or a shirt online the order goes to the merch manufacturer and they make and ship the product directly to the customer. If you're interested in this option make sure you shop around for a company that drop ships.

So if you're an indie band or just a solo artist, merchandise can become a great channel of income to help you move forward with your music career.    

Source: http://EzineArticles.com/