Episode 359:
Composer Rachel Portman DIscusses Her Career

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is composer Rachel Portman. Rachel has just released an album of her film music re-versioned and performed by her called Beyond The Screen – Film Works On Piano, and it is a very lovely thing indeed.

The other reason we wanted to put out the interview this week is that Rachel was the first ever woman to collect an Oscar for composing – for Emma, back in 1996.

Congratulations to all this year’s winners!

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Episode 358:
Jon Favreau On The Music Of The Mandalorian

358 episodes in, and the man who kicked it all off for Soundtracking returns for a third time. Jon Favreau was the very first guest Edith recorded for the podcast – for which we’re forever grateful – and here he is again to discuss The Mandalorian, the brilliant show he created for Disney +. Season 3 is streaming weekly now.

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Episode 357:
Peyton Reed On The Music Of Ant-Man & Wasp: Quantumania

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is Peyton Reed, director of Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania.

The third instalment of the series, it follows our eponymous heroes as they explore the magnificently realised Quantum realm, encountering all kinds of fantastical creature on the way

As with the previous two films, Quantumania is scored by Christophe Beck

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Episode 356:
Son Lux On The Music Of Everything Everywhere All At Once

Our latest guests on Soundtracking are Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang, who come together under the banner of Son Lux.

And under that banner, they provided the music for Daniels Kwan and Scheinert’s mind-bending multiverse romp, Everything Everywhere All At Once. The score had to mirror the complexity of the narrative without confusing matters further. No mean feat, but one they manage to pull off with some considerable panache.

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Episode 355:
Ben Caron On The Music Of Sharper

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is Ben Caron a director who cut his teeth on TV shows such as The Crown and Andor, and has now directed his first film for Apple TV.

It’s called Sharper, and it is a twisty-turny tale where nothing is quite as it seems, which stars Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan and John Lythgow, and is scored by our old friend Clint Mansell.

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Episode 354:
Gina Prince-Bythewood On The Music Of The Woman King

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is writer and director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, who’s latest film The Woman King has deservedly been nominated for a ton of awards. Set in 1823, The Woman King tells the story of the Agojie, an all-female warrior unit that defended the West African kingdom of Dahomey from the 17th to 19th Centuries. The film is scored by former guest on this show, Terence Blanchard.

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Episode 353:
Darren Aronofsky On The Music Of The Whale

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is someone we’ve been wanting to get on for a long time – not least because of his collaborations with friend of the show, Clint Mansell.

Darren Aronofsky is a truly original and radical filmmaker, whose latest movie The Whale has seen Brendan Fraser receive widespread acclaim as a reclusive English teacher who is eating himself to death. The Whale is beautifully scored by Rob Simonsen – who has served up a haunting take on the nautical themes that underpin the movie.

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Episode 325:
Edward Berger & Volker Bertelmann On The Music Of All Quiet On The Western Front

Our latest guests on soundtracking must be pinching themselves, after the film they worked on together land a staggering 9 oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Score

All Quiet On The Western front was adapted and directed by Edward Berger and scored by friend of the show Volker Bertelmann – and the recognition they’re receiving is richly deserved. We’re thrilled to welcome them to the podcast to talk so revealingly about their work.

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Episode 351:
Guillermo Del Toro & Alexandre Desplat On The Music Of Pinocchio

The big names just keep on coming to Soundtracking – and today we’re over the moon to be joined by Guillermo Del Toro and Alexandre Desplat to discuss their wonderful collaboration on Guillermo’s take on Pinocchio, which is streaming now on Netflix.

Set against the backdrop of the emergence of Facism in Italy, this is a bittersweet tale of the challenges of the father-son relationship which has a deeply personal feel to it – and certainly got Edith and her 9-year-old talking about the many profound themes it raises.

As you’d expect, Alexandre’s score is magnificent, and there’s plenty of that sprinkled throughout the conversation too.

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Episode 350:
James Cameron On The Music Of Avatar

It’s our 350th birthday, and what a way to celebrate it – with another bonus episode in the company of the legend that is James Cameron.

James was on sparkling form as he joined Edith to discuss the music of Avatar: The Way Of Water and the 25th anniversary re-release of Titanic. There’s also a bit of a news line in here too, regarding plans for the subsequent films …

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Episode 349:
Carter Burwell On His Score For The Banshees Of Inisherin

Fresh off the back of its huge success at the Golden Globes – and multiple BAFTA nominations – we’re delighted to welcome The Banshees Of Inisherin composer Carter Burwell back to Soundtracking.

Little did we know when we recorded this interview at the end of last year that the film would win best picture in a musical or comedy AND best screenplay for Martin McDonagh, as well as a best actor gong for Colin Farrell.

Carter was pipped in the Best Score category by our last guest on Soundtracking, Justin Hurwitz, but that takes nothing away from the excellence of his work on the project

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Episode 348:
Justin Hurwitz & Damien Chazelle On The Music Of Babylon

We have a bonus episode for you today, as two friends of the podcast return (separately, we should say) to discuss their work together on the extraordinary Babylon.

Director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz have worked their magic once again, bringing to life a tale of decadence, depravity, and outrageous excess in 1920s Hollywood.

What we do is share the interview with Justin first, as that goes into great detail about the music; then we’ll get an overview from Damien about the score and the movie as a whole.

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Episode 347:
Cate Blanchett On The Music Of Tár

We’ve got an incredible run of guests coming up with you over the next fortnight – so much so that we’ll be doing a couple of bonus episodes. But what a treat we have to kick off with today.

Cate Blanchett is magnificent in Todd Field’s new film, Tár, which charts the downfall of the eponymous composer and conductor, Lydia Tar. We won’t say too much more about it, except for the fact that Cate has real musical chops, and puts her heart an soul into her incredible performance, and that it is scored by the wonderful Hildur Guonadottir

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Episode 346:
Screenwriter David Kajganich On Bones And All

This might be a first for Soundtracking, but if it isn’t, it certainly doesn’t happen very often. For in speaking to Bones And All script writer David Kajganich, we’ve now completed the triumvirate of director Luca Guadagnino and composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

David is so insightful about the process, and also how music is fundamentally important to it. It’s a fascinating listen.

We’re also giving away a pair of tickets to a screening of The Fabelmans in this episode – so have a listen to find out how to win!

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Episode 345:
Rian Johnson On The Music Of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Having chatted to Daniel Craig on the podcast a couple of weeks ago, we’re delighted to share Edith’s conversation with Rian Johnson, the writer and director of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Rian is a great lover of music, and we’ll hear about his thinking when it came to the sound of this film – both in terms of the needle drops and the score, which was provided by his cousin, Nathan Johnson.

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Episode 344:
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Return!

Now, Christmas week is just about to get a whole lot cooler, as we welcome Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to Soundtracking for a second time

Edith LOVES talking to this dynamic duo about film music, and the good news is we have two of their scores to unpack: the first being for Luca Guadagnino’s Bones And All and the second for Sam Mendes’ Empire Of Light.

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Episode 343:
Krysty Wilson-Cairns On The Music Of The Good Nurse

If you harbour ambitions to write film scripts, you must listen to this – a very welcome return to the podcast to Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who joins us discuss her truly excellent Netflix vehicle, The Good Nurse.

Starring Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne, The Good Nurse tells the story of Amy Loughren, a night nurse who suspects that her co-worker is the serial killer Charles Cullen.

Perhaps more importantly for our purposes, Krysty offers a truly fascinating insight into the creative workings of the screenwriter.

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

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Episode 342:
Daniel Craig Talks Music & Film

Bonus episodes of Soundtracking abound this festive season with so many great film offerings out there – one of which is Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

So it is that we welcome Daniel Craig to the podcast to discuss his relationship with music and his role as the returning master detective Benoit Blanc in Rian Johnson’s smart comedic mystery – soon to be showing on Netflix

We don’t want to say too much about the plot, but suffice to say it has all the humour, twists and turns of the first film, with an incredible ensemble cast including Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.

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Episode 341:

Very excited about our latest guest on Soundtracking – the Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro’s latest offering is Bardo: False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths – a semi-autobiographical tale that follows a journalist & documentarian who returns to his native country of Mexico and begins having an existential crisis in the form of dreamlike visions.

As well as co-writing and directing the film, Alejandro also collaborated with friend of the pod Bryce Dessner on the score

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Epsiode 340:
Frances O’Connor & Abel Korzeniowski On The Music Of Emily

There are so many cracking releases at the moment, we getting as much out to you as we can in something of a festive giveaway. We dropped Michael Giacchino earlier in the week, and now we bring you Frances O’Connor and Abel Korzeniowski, who joined me to discuss Emily. Frances wrote and directed the film, while Abel provided the score. It’s a fictionalised version of the life of Emily Bronte, and concentrates on her romantic relationship with the curate William Weightman – there is no evidence that such a relationship ever occurred.

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Episode 339:
Michael Giacchino on the Music of Werewolf By Night

We are dropping two episodes of Soundtracking for you today – the first being with composer and director, Michael Giacchino

Michael performed both duties for Marvel Studio’s Werewolf By Night, which is a sly modern take on the classic monster movies of yesteryear.

That’s right. Directed. And scored. What a total dude. One of our favourite ever guests! And that hoodie …

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Episode 338:
David Harbour On The Music Of Violent Night

It’s always lovely talking to actors on Soundtracking to get their perspective on music, and we have one for you in our latest episode in the shape of Violent Night star, David Harbour.

Violent Night sees David star as a Father Christmas who is anything but the traditional image of cheery, rosy-cheeked, white bearded old man.

David also discusses the distinctive sound of Stranger Things, and his fondness for Counting Crows, which is something of an embarrassment to him when he’s hanging out with his cool East Village pals.

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Episode 337:
Tim Burton On The Music Of Wednesday

Last time we had our latest guest on the podcast was when he was kind enough to join Edith for a Soundtracking Live at the BFI on London’s South Bank. That was more of a career retrospective; this time, Tim Burton is here to talk about Wednesday, his first foray into making a television series.

As is so often the case with Tim’s work, Wednesday is scored by the great Danny Elfman, ably supported by Chris Bacon. There are also a couple of delicious needle-drops up for discussion.

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Episode 336:
Luca Guadagnino On The Music Of Bones And All

It’s a welcome return to Soundtracking for Luca Guadagnino, a writer and director who always talks so eloquently and revealingly about the music in his films.

His latest project is Bones And All. The ensemble cast features Timonthee Chalamet, Taylor Russell and Mark Rylance in what is part horror, part romantic road movie and part period drama.

Bones and All is scored by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor – or A & T as Luca describes them – who will themselves be joining us soon.

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