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November - December 2002 News and Notes

Treasure Planet Game Music - November 25, 2002

Composer Billy MartinBilly Martin, the award-winning composer whose outlets include such media icons as Walt Disney Pictures, Universal, Fox, the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and ABC, has created the music for a trio of animated games centred on Disney’s feature film Treasure Island, which opens in theaters nationwide on November 27.

Developed by Hulabee Entertainment for Disney Interactive the Treasure Planet Training Academy games are being released on PC and Mac to coincide with the movie based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel. Billy wrote the original orchestral scores for Treasure Planet Broadside Blast, Treasure Planet Etherium Rescue and Treasure Planet Treasure Race.

Billy said of the experience, "Treasure Planet is the 20th Disney-related game I have scored. I really enjoy taking classic, well-known characters and bringing a little something new of my own into the mix. On Treasure Planet, the producer Aimee Paganini provided me with some great direction, and we were able to quickly zero in on the kind of music that would be just right for the games."

Other Disney titles for which Martin has written music for game animation include Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jungle Book Rhythm and Groove, and Lion King II. He also composed the music for Ubisoft’s Tarzan Untamed and Disney’s Phonics Quest which were nominated by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences for 2002 Console Children's Game of the Year and 2002 Computer Educational Title of the Year, respectively. In addition, Martin has written for film and television including Steven Spielberg Presents Toonsylvania (Dreamworks/Fox), Land Before Time VIII (Universal), Cinderella II (Disney), Silent Predators (TBS), American Tail IV (Universal), and Land Before Time VI (Universal). He is a winner of several film music awards including A Song For Jade (CalfeyeFilms) - Winner, 2001 Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award, and Requiem (Ungerfilm) - Winner, 1999 Cine Golden Eagle Award.

Click here to visit composer Billy Martin's Site

Download "Gollum's Song" from The Two Towers - November 24, 2002

The Two Towers by Howard ShoreDownload the entire track for "Gollum's Song" from Howard Shore's The Two Towers at Amazon.com!  The entire track of 5:53 is offered which includes Emiliana Torrini's downright "freaky" but appropriate vocals.

The Liquid Audio plug in for Real Player is required to listen to the track.

Click here to download the the track now!

Star Trek Nemesis Sound Clips - November 19, 2002

Star Trek:  Nemesis by Jerry GoldsmithStephan chimes in with the following info on where you can hear 30 second clips of  Jerry Goldsmith's STAR TREK: NEMESIS!

"A norge Star Trek Website gives us audio clips from the new star trek soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith. We can listen to every piece of the disc; 30 seconds. Although parts of it sound nice, it really seems to be the typical Goldsmith-Star Trek-Formula as we have heard in First Contact and Insurrection...."

Click here to hear the clips

Caption Contest Update - November 11, 2002

A brand new contest has just been launched!  You can win MYCHAEL DANNA'S latest project, ARARAT - the soundtrack AND an autographed poster!  Thanks for your patience regarding the last two contests #32, #33.  Both are being voted on now!  (and for those who have emailed with skepticism of the very existence of the contest voters:  Carlos, Dana, Ted, Grady, Solomon, Gamil, and Mike all beg to differ!)  Also, the finalists for contests #30-#33 have been posted here.  Winners should be announced sometime this week, so stay tuned.! 

Click here to enter to win ARARAT

Composer Jeff Danna Wins Gemini - November 8, 2002

Composer Jeff DannaFilm/TV Composer Jeff Danna Wins Gemini Award for Best Original Music Score to "The Matthew Shepard Story"
Jeff Danna, and his brother Mychael, win the Gemini Award -Best Original Music Score for a Program or Miniseries- for "The Matthew Shepard Story."
The telefilm, directed by Roger Spottiswoode ("Tomorrow Never Dies") and starring Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston and Kristen Thomas, recounts the story of the 21-year-old college student lured to a remote field in the Wyoming countryside where he was beaten to death because he was gay. The Danna brothers' evocative and poignant score complements the drama of the tragic story. [The Gemini Award is Canada's equivalent to the U.S. Emmy Awards.]

This summer, Jeff Danna received critical acclaim for the Robert Evans biopic "The Kid Stays in the Picture," released by Focus Features. The
composer is currently scoring helmer Spottiswoode's newest feature "The Yeltsin Project." This Showtime film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the orchestration of the Russian President's remarkable 1996 political comeback by a trio of U.S. "spin doctors," and it stars Jeff Goldblum, Anthony
LaPaglia and Liev Schreiber.

Last year, Jeff Danna scored the Miramax Othello update "O," as well as received his third consecutive BMI/SOCAN Award for scoring excellence. He
teamed up with "O" director Tim Blake Nelson again on the Holocaust drama "The Grey Zone," starring David Arquette, Mira Sorvino and Steve Buscemi.

Besides the "Matthew Shepard Story," the Brothers Jeff and Mychael Danna have collaborated on other scores including this year's "Green Dragon"
(Franchise Pictures). The Canadian-born Dannas' collaborative orchestral Celtic albums have enjoyed worldwide success and reached the Top Ten on the
Billboard charts. Mychael Danna recently scored Miramax's "Ararat" and Fox Searchlight's "Antwone Fisher," and is set to score the Ang Lee feature "The
" - in theaters next summer.

More Jeff Danna Info Here

Star Trek: Nemesis Cover Art and Info- November 8, 2002

Star Trek:  Nemesis by Jerry GoldsmithStar Trek: Nemesis
Original Motion Picture soundtrack
Music Composed by Jerry Goldsmith


The most anticipated STAR TREK film in years! Advance word on NEMESIS has STAR TREK fans around the world ecstatic about the latest voyage of the Starship Enterprise. The Federation is about to encounter its greatest challenge - The Romulans want peace.

Conceived in the regal senate halls of Romulus and forged in the dilithium mines of Remus comes a nemesis bent on destroying Picard and the
Federation; in exactly that order.

Ordered by the Starfleet to be the first line of diplomacy in ushering in a new era for the Federation, the crew of the USS Enterprise-E is dispatched to Romulus for an unexpected peace mission. Once in the shadow of the Romulan Empire, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise crew are thrust into the center of a plot that could lead to the destruction of the Earth at the hands of a new and chilling nemesis.

When it comes to STAR TREK music, Jerry Goldsmith rules the galaxy. The epic tale of NEMESIS has inspired what may be Goldsmith's greatest STAR TREK score since his best-selling STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. The score for NEMESIS is as epic as anything the legendary composer has ever written. Even the musicians themselves gave Goldsmith repeated ovations during the recording sessions and a triumphant round of applause on completion. This is unquestionably the most aggressive STAR TREK score ever. Ingeniously dark textures are mixed with action music that soars to apocalyptic heights. Classic Goldsmith!

STAR TREK: NEMESIS opens nationwide on December 13.  Soundtrack scheduled for release November 26, 2002

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Below Cover Art and Info- October 5, 2002

Below by Graeme RevellBELOW
Original Motion Picture soundtrack
Music Composed by GRAEME REVELL

From the director of PITCH BLACK - The submarine U.S.S. Manta had a perfect record until the mysterious death of its captain. The next-in-command, Lt. Richard Brice (Bruce Greenwood) is
determined to steer his disheartened crew back to safety. But after three battle survivors board the sub, bizarre and frightening things begin to happen. As the eerie tale unfolds, and crew members begin to disappear, Ensign Douglas O’Dell (Matt Davis) must piece together the puzzles of the submarine’s past before it is too late to resurface alive.

Director David Twohy’s (Pitch Black) BELOW is a haunting and suspenseful film
filled with twists. The film also stars Olivia Williams (Rushmore), Scott Foley (TV’s Felicity, Scream 3) and Holt McCallany.

Miramax’s thrilling scare fest from director David Twohy and writer Daron
Aronfsky (Requiem for A Dream, Batman: Year One) surfaces October 11 on over
1500 screens.

Scheduled soundtrack release date is October 15, 2002

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Caption Contest Update - October 5, 2002

Congratulations to humanerror, winner of Contest #30 and the original soundtrack to THE FOUR FEATHERS.  Winner selection for contest #31 is now underway and details regarding contest #32 will be announced shortly.

Click here to view the winning caption for contest #30.

Tracksounds Site Status- September 28, 2002

In the last month, I have been in the process of buying and moving into a new house.  Obviously, this is a rather large undertaking, hence the slow down in site updates.  While much work remains, the majority of the transition is complete and this site will begin to see updates start up in the near future.

Thank you for your patience during this period.

Christopher (Webmaster)

Ballistic:  Ecks VS Sever Cover and Info - September 12, 2002

Ballistic:  Ecks VS SeverAntonio Banderas Lucy Liu

BALLISTIC: Ecks vs. Sever
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
w/ Original Score by Don Davis

In the deadly game of international espionage, elite anonymous operatives wage secret wars for power, information and national security. Agendas are rarely what they seem. Word has recently been circulating in these exclusive ranks of an ingenious new assassination device. Microscopic and injectable, it lies dormant inside its victim until activated and then kills in an instant, leaving no trace.

In the frantic race to obtain this device, two agents, sworn enemies, are forced to work together if they are to have any chance of succeeding. One is an agent known only by the code name Sever (LUCY LIU). Lethally trained to be the perfect weapon, Sever is precise and relentless in her pursuit of a goal. The other is the brilliant and determined former FBI man-hunter Jeremiah Ecks (ANTONIO BANDERAS).

Once preeminent in his field, Ecks resigned from the agency when his wife was killed in an explosion that left him a guilt-ridden emotional shell of himself. Now, forced back into service by his former mentor for the most challenging assignment of his career, Ecks prepares to face off against agent Sever, his most formidable foe.

In the fierce competition for this deadly prize there can only be one winner. But when the rules change, these two dedicated adversaries find that the one they're trying to defeat might be the only one they can trust.

This Warner Bros. picture opens September 20.

Selections include:

BT - "Smartbomb"
Bedrock (aka DJs John Digweed and Nick Muir) - "Heaven Scent"
Crystal Method - "Name of the Game"
Curve - "Hell Above Water"
Darude - "The Flow"
Sasha - "Bloodlock"
and more!

Plus selections from the Original Score by
Don Davis (The Matrix)

With combined Soundscan sales of over 2.4 million units, these artists can truly be considered the superstars of Electronica music. Several of the artists have recently released new CDs, which will result in added promotion for this soundtrack from their respective labels. Cross-promotions with Warner Bros. Pictures will reach a huge segment of the Electronica fanbase
as well as mainstream music fans across the nation.

Scheduled for release on October 1, 2002

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Die Another Day Trailer 2 Available! - September 6, 2002

Die Another Day by David ArnoldThe second teaser trailer to composer David Arnold's upcoming project, Die Another Day, has just been released.  Check it out at the official site and also the brief production spotlight of David Arnold!

Click here to visit the Official website

Something Here from Debbie Wiseman - September 1, 2002

Composer Debbie Wiseman has a new album - Something Here - for release on Silva Classics (SILKD 6035) on October 21st featuring brand new orchestral suites from her best-loved film and television scores performed by the world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The album includes her music from "Wilde", "Tom & Viv", "Warriors", "Othello", "Tom's Midnight Garden" "Haunted" and more - as well as the world premiere recording of a new work based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling", narrated by actor Nigel Havers.

Click here to visit Silva Screen's website for more information


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