Episode 229:
Composer Murray Gold Discusses His Career

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is a composer who’s been nominated for a BAFTA on no fewer than five occasions for his sterling output for television.

Murray Gold is perhaps best-known for his work on Doctor Who, which saw him continue a long-time partnership with top screenwriter, Russell T Davies. The pair first joined forces on Queer as Folk, and have since collaborated on numerous critically celebrated shows such as Years And Years and A Very English Scandal.

Their latest project is It’s A Sin, which premiers on Channel 4 here in the UK on January 22nd. A tale of extreme highs and ghastly lows, it recounts the story of five 18-year-olds who move to London in the early 80s and have their lives turned upside down by the AIDS crisis.

The legend that is Frank Oz also gets a more than honorary mention!

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Episode 228:
Composer Adam Janota Bzowski Discusses Saint Maud

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is a first time film composer who’s smashed his debut score right out of the park.

Adam Janota Bzowski has a background in both music and sound design, and has expertly married the two arts with his work on Rose Glass’s Saint Maud. Garnering widespread critical acclaim, Saint Maud defies categorization, but broadly tells the story of a hospice nurse who becomes obsessed with a former patient in her care, believing she must save her soul. It’s available on home entertainment formats from 1st February, and we suggest you pop a note in your diary for that – as it really is that good.

Adam’s score compliments the unsettling atmosphere of the narrative, script and visuals perfectly – and is an incredibly accomplished first foray into the business.

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Episode 227:
Pete Docter & Tessa Thompson

Happy New Year and what a way to start, with two extraordinarily talented people. Tessa Thompson who I adore and admire has a gorgeous new film out called Sylvie’s Love and then the legend of Pixar, Pete Docter tells us about the intricate nature of music in his new masterpiece, Soul.

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Episode 226:
Andy Burrows

My very dear friend Andy Burrows is our guest on this Christmas edition of the podcast. As well as being one of the worlds best drummers, Andy has composed some pretty impressing music for the screen, both big and small. Snowman And The Snowdog and After Life being a good example. A lovely time was had talking to him about his work.

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Episode 225:
Bruce Springsteen & Thom Zimny On Letter To You

He’s back and what a perfect time of year to have him on the show. The Boss for me is synonymous with Xmas, just for THAT cover. What a treat to have him and Thom back on the show to talk about the amazing new album Letter To You and the gorgeous companion film, which gives us fans a rare insight into the legendary workings of The E-Street Band.

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Episode 224:
Michael Price On Life & Music

I have loved watching and listening to Michael for many years, while the conversation he started during lockdown was utterly inspiring. I am so greatful to finally have him on the podcast and to share his journey with you. I’m also looking forward to having him back on to talk more more.

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Episode 223:
Alan Ball and Viggo Mortensen

We have more brilliant guests for you this week. The legendary Alan Ball who has written and directed a beautiful film called Uncle Frank, talks about his personal journey into making the film. We also talk about writing the awesome American Beauty. And then Viggo Mortensen, who really needs no introduction but who, with his new film Falling, has written, directed, produced, acted and composed this powerful and beautiful piece of work.

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Episode 222:
Sofia Coppola & Alison Brie

I’m very grateful to have Sofia Coppola back on the podcast, to talk about her funny new film, ‘On The Rocks.’ It sees her reunite with Bill Murray who plays Felix, father to Rashida Jones character. The two have fantastic chemistry and is a joy to watch. Then we also have the awesome Alison Brie who is taking steps into Directing with his new Marvel doc project. Marvel 616.

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Episode 220:
Ludwig Göransson on The Mandalorian & Bassam Tariq on Mogul Mowgli

We are spoiling you this week on the podcast with two fantastic creative minds. Ludwig Göransson is back to dive deep into his amazing score for The Mandalorian and take is through what his inspirations were. Then we have writer / director Bassam Tariq who worked with Riz Ahmed on the fantastic Mogul Mowgli.

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Episode 218:
Composer Steven Price

We love when we can connect the dots between guests on the podcast. Steven Price’s fabulous music has featured extensively on the show since we started back in 2016. His versatility as a composer has had impressive results with animation, feature films, documentaries and lots more. I hope this is the first of many episodes with this wonderful, talented man.

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Episode 218:
Nick Frost

FINALLY.. finally we got him on the podcast. Nick Frost, one of my favourite people in the world, who consistently entertains me is this weeks guest. He very kindly came along in person, socially distanced, to the London Podcast Festival to take part in a live record. There is so much music associated with Nick and his performances but his own personal relationship with music is wonderful.

Episode 217:
Ben Wheatley

We will be eternally grateful to Ben Wheatley as he was our first ever guest on Soundtracking, back in August 2016. We whole heartedly welcome him back for his 4th sitting to talk about his fabulous new film, Rebecca. Ben has once again worked with composer Clint Mansell, who has produced THE most stunning score. Wonderful to have Ben back and so very excited about what’s to come.

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Episode 216:
Melissa Parmenter

I have been trying to have Melissa on the podcast for ages, it’s wonderful that we finally managed to sort it out, also around the time she releases a brand new album of her own compositions. Producer and composer across both TV and Radio, she’s a wonderful unique voice to have on the show, and a very talented one at that.

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Episode 215:
Ian Bonhôte & Peter Ettedgui

I am a big fan of the documentary work of Ian Bonhôte & Peter Ettedgui, having first met them to talk about their debut feature, McQueen. It was evident very quickly that the pair have an incredible creative view when it comes to telling real stories. That is evident, with powerful results, in their new film, Rising Phoenix. To top it off they worked with one of our favourites, Daniel Pemberton on the score. Win Win situation for all, including us as film fans.

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Episode 214:
Craig Roberts

It is so very exciting to watch Craig Roberts carve himself a an exciting career as a brilliant film maker. His latest movie, which he wrote and directed is stunning. Eternal Beauty tells the touching, yet humorous story of Jane, who suffers from Mental Health problems and is based on Craigs on aunt. He has worked with Michael Price once again to joyous results. It’s one of my films of the year and I would encourage you to go see it at the cinema immediately.

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Episode 213:
Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro

I’ve always been a huge fan of The Biff, so it’s such a treat to have Simon from the band on this weeks Soundtracking. The band composed a score for Jamie Adams film a few years back, Balance Not Symmetry, but as you will quickly discover, Simon is a MASSSIVE soundtrack and score fan. What a treat to showcase his enthusiasm.

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Episode 212:
Ewan McGregor

I have been fortunate enough to interview Ewan McGregor many times over the years, every time has been a total JOY. Music has been a prominent feature in many of his roles, seeing him perform or the soundtracks having a huge role. He is back on his bike with fellow biker and long term friend Charlie Boorman in Long Way Up, which is available now on Apple TV.

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Episode 211:
Harry Gregson-Williams

The variety of composing work undertaken by Harry Grenson-Williams is extraordinary. It’s quite clear that he cherishes what he does, not just in the music he makes but the relationships forged along the way, from his mentor Hans Zimmer to the regular work with the Scott brothers and everything on top. Harry is fantastic company and I hope you enjoy our chat.

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Episode 210:
Ludwig Göransson

This weeks guest is someone I’ve been so excited about speaking to, for a very long time. Ludwig Göransson has composed some of my favourite music over the past few years and his work in film and tv has been extraordinary. The score for TENET is so intrinsically weaved into the the texture of the film, it almost breathes for it. What a lovely man Ludwig is and I hope this is the first of many episodes with him on Soundtracking.

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Episode 208:
Glen Ballard

It would take me a very long time to list the work of Glen Ballard. You might not recognise the name, but you will have definitely heard his work, be that as a Songwriter, Producer or Composer. This year he celebrates 25 years since the release of Jagged Little Pill, the album he co-wrote and produced with Alanis Morissette. We can also luxuriate in his latest project The Eddy, a Jazz based drama which was created and composed by Glen, while being written by Jack Thorne and produced by Damien Chazelle. Hope you enjoy listening to the wonderful Glen Ballard.

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Episode 207:
Terence Blanchard talks Spike Lee & more

This week we have the hugely talented and wonderfully enthusiastic Terence Blanchard, who not only is the go-to guy for Spike Lee but also a virtuoso Trumpeter. It was wonderful to get the chance to talk with Terence about how he started working with Spike and what he sees as the role of music in film.

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Episode 206:
Pixar’s Dan Scanlon

I would not have survived lockdown without Disney +. Fact! My kids and I have watched so much of the content, both entertaining and educational. One of the new films we were really excited about was Onward, written and directed by this weeks guest on the podcast, Dan Scanlon. Dan has a long history with Pixar, working his way up from story artists to Director. Onward is a very personal story and journey for him and we are thrilled to have him with us to share his vision.

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