Feature Story

Alexander Publishing Releases Alex North Film Scoring Series With Cues and Video Instruction

Alexander Publishing, working with the North Family, releases the Alex North Film Scoring Series featuring newly engraved scores in concert key of actual film cues of Academy Award winning A-list composer Alex North


Bennett Lincoff’s Comments on Music Licensing

Bennett Lincoff’s comments to the US Copyright office on a new system of music licensing

Composer Profile

Interview with Alexandre Desplat

A year in review for a remarkably busy composer, who just might yet capture an Oscar in 2014 with a salvo of war-centric scores that end with “Unbroken”

Industry Spotlight

Interview with Johann Johannsson

An Icelandic experimentalist finds a film music “Theory of Everything.”

Scoring Sessions

Interview with Justin Hurwitz and Tim Simonec

Two composers keep a mean jazz beat for a hopeful drummer and a soul-crushing teacher from hell in the stunning “Whiplash”

Final Note

College Film Scoring Programs: Selling The Dream vs. Disclosing Reality

Mark Northam looks at college film scoring programs and how realistic they are about the business



Every once in a while, some clever people come up with a solution to an issue that the DAW developers simply have not addressed

Tech Review

VSL’s New MIRx Makes VSL Mixing a Cinch

Peter Alexander reviews Vienna Symphonic Library’s New MIRx

On The Score

Audio: On the Score with Howard Shore

Film music journalist Daniel Schweiger interviews composer HOWARD SHORE, who comes to the end of his epic Tolkien track with “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.”

Chart Doctor

Orchestration: The Devil Is In The Details, Part 2

Ron Hess discusses how you’ll never achieve the Holy Grail of a perfect sight reading if your notation doesn’t tell each musician at a glance how it’s supposed to sound

Music Supervision


“How did I win?,” reflects 2014 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Audience Award-winner ALIVE INSIDE: A Story Of Music & Memory filmmaker, Michael Rossato-Bennett as we connect after the film’s post-awards ceremony victory

CD Reviews

The Best Scores of 2014

‘EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS” leads a wave of exceptional scores for 2014

Royalty Checks and Reality Checks

Benefits of Joining Overseas Royalty Societies

Mark Holden discusses the financial benefits to composers of joining overseas royalty societies


CineRadio Top-20 for August, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes tops the August 2014 Top-20 film music radio airplay chart for the second month in a row