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The Annotator

106 EpisodesProduced by Christopher ColemanWebsite

The podcast where composers share thoughts and stories about their original scores. In every episode, a composer tells the creation story of their music used in some of today's top film, television and video game soundtracks.


Nathan Barr - The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Nathan Barr, who began his career with Hans Zimmer, has composed music for more than 30 feature films in addition to his television experience. Has scored all seven seasons of HBO’s Emmy-winning series, TRUE BLOOD. He has worked with Alan Ball, gore-horror master Eli Roth, and many other highly respected directors. Roth and Barr have collaborated on HEMLOCK GROVE and five films: GRINDHOUSE, HOSTEL, HOSTEL 2, CABIN FEVER, THE LAST EXORCISM. In one of Nathan Barr's most recent projects, the composer reteams with director Eli Roth for the feature film adaption of John Bellair's children's classic, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS.

In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

In this episode, Nathan Barr talks about recording this score in his own new studio, including a 1928 Wurlitzer theater organ he had restored over four years. He talks about how this film became a great showcase for the inclusion his newly restored organ and how this score ended up being his most traditional score to date. While diving into the thematic development for principle characters of Lewis and Jonathan, Barr reveals the challenges of writing a horror-score for an Eli Roth film where children, instead of adults, were the target audience.


04:15 - "New Zebedee"

08:18 - "Jonathan with Ax"

09:48 - "Backyard Magic"

11:35 - "Raising Isaac"

14:18 - "Nickolodeon"

18:18 - "Automotans Attack"

19:12 - "Insect Book"


The original soundtrack was release on September 21, 2018 by Back Lot Music. The score is available on , itunes, and streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.


You can find out more about and hear more music by Nathan Barr at his official site or follow him on twitter @composerbarr


Produced by Christopher Coleman (@ccoleman) and you can Find more episodes at THEANNOTATOR.NET or you can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Radio or wherever you find quality podcasts.


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