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The Soundtrack Show

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The Soundtrack Show is a look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV Shows, Video Games and Theater pieces of all time.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - the Music (Part III)

December 18th, 2021

58:43

In Part III of our series on Ocarina of Time, we tackle our main quest to save Hyrule by learning more complex melodies, mastering new musical …

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - the Music (Part II)

March 24th, 2021

48:13

In Part II of our series on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, we look at the first act of the game and discuss all of its musical diversity: the dungeons, the distant lands, and the melodic fragments we learn to …

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - the Music (Part I)

March 3rd, 2021

56:25

The groundbreaking interactive music of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is both diegetic and non-diegetic music, as it plays a central role in …

The Legend of Zelda: the Music

February 17th, 2021

51:02

The music to original NES title The Legend of Zelda is discussed. We break down the main overworld theme, talk about its impact, and share memories of the original Zelda experience.

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The Queen's Gambit: An Interview with Composer Carlos Rafael Rivera (Part II)

February 10th, 2021

45:28

In part II of our interview with Carlos Rafael Rivera, we discuss how he wrote around diagetic music and sound design. Themes for the main character are discussed, as well as parts of The Queen's Gambit that feel like a …

The Queen's Gambit: An Interview with Composer Carlos Rafael Rivera (Part I)

February 3rd, 2021

56:35

We meet and celebrate Carlos Rafael Rivera, the composer for the hit Netflix series The Queen's Gambit. His musical background and career rise are discussed, as well as his overall approach to working with directors. …

Cobra Kai Composing: An Interview with Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg (Part II)

January 27th, 2021

43:34

In part II of our interview with Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg, we discuss the rock and metal influences in Cobra Kai's score. We also talk about their use of thematic material, musical humor, and the show's return to …

Cobra Kai Composing: An Interview with Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson (Part I)

January 19th, 2021

40:28

We get a chance to sit down with Cobra Kai composers Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg, as they discuss their music, their process, and their love of film scoring. The various musical styles of the Karate Kid franchise …

The Karate Kid (1984): the Music (Part II)

January 13th, 2021

55:10

In our second episode on the music of Karate Kid, we take a close look at the music of Mr. Miyagi, the pan flute music of Zamfir, and how it tells the story of Miyagi and Daniel's friendship. More songs are discussed, …

The Karate Kid (1984): the Music (Part I)

December 30th, 2020

42:21

The music in 1984's The Karate Kid is both song score and film score, and composer Bill Conti worked with both. We discover how the songs and underscore are musically related, and discuss how main character themes are …

Home Alone: the Music (Part III)

December 23rd, 2020

52:48

We take a close listen to the end of Home Alone, breaking down how the music scores the comedy, and when it holds back. Diagetic songs and song …

Home Alone: the Music (Part II)

December 16th, 2020

50:40

Let's hear it from the top! We take a close look at various parts of Home Alone to break down the compositions, and we examine a scene with omitted …

Home Alone: the Music (Part I)

December 9th, 2020

51:14

In our first look at John Williams' score for Home Alone, we discuss the background of the project, and how it greatly influenced the score. We listen to a few leitmotifs, and discuss how they became songs for the film, …

Superman: the Music (part IV)

April 29th, 2020

52:00

Our final episode on Superman the Movie takes a close look at the heroic music in Metropolis, as well as the unfolding villainy of Lex Luthor. The …

Superman: the Music (part III)

April 22nd, 2020

46:48

In part three of our look at Superman the Movie, we examine great musical moments from the film score, starting at the beginning. Multiple versions …

Superman: the Music (part II)

April 15th, 2020

43:01

We continue our fly-through of Superman (1978) by listening to the love theme from the film score, and discuss a fascinating behind-the-scenes story. Other themes are analyzed and discussed, including a theme for …

Superman: the Music (part I)

April 8th, 2020

51:41

John Williams' iconic Superman score is analyzed in context of a 3-part superhero movie: science fiction in the beginning, Americana growing up in …

Frozen II - An Interview with Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - Part II

February 12th, 2020

40:57

We continue our interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, discussing the iterative and very personal nature of songwriting, life stories shared in the writers room, Anna's character arc, and the …

Frozen II - An Interview with Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - Part I

February 5th, 2020

54:34

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez join us in the studio for a 2-part interview about the songs of Frozen II. They discuss their process of …

Return of the Jedi: the Music (part III)

December 19th, 2019

1:13:32

We conclude our listen to Return of the Jedi, and the whole classic Star Wars trilogy, with the Battle of Endor. Themes are discussed, as are moments …

Return of the Jedi: the Music (part II)

December 11th, 2019

1:14:27

In part 2 of our analysis, we look at roughly the first half of Return of the Jedi. We discuss each cue, its dramatic effect, and the creative process behind the final presentation. The diagetic, in-world music is also …

Return of the Jedi: the Music (part I)

December 4th, 2019

50:37

Return of the Jedi is the third Star Wars score from John Williams, and it transforms his overall musical approach to that of an operatic cycle. We look at how familiar themes from the first film are treated, and we …

Morricone, "Spaghetti Westerns" and The Man With No Name (Part II)

November 27th, 2019

57:09

We continue our listen to Morricone's groundbreaking, stylish scores for director Sergio Leone and his "Spaghetti Westerns," including a close …

Morricone, "Spaghetti Westerns" and The Man With No Name (Part I)

November 20th, 2019

51:02

Ennio Morricone's iconic music for the "Spaghetti Westerns" of Sergio Leone had an enormous impact on western soundtracks... especially the violent …

Season 3 intermission

November 13th, 2019

0:32

Season 3 intermission

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The Nightmare Before Christmas: the Music (Part II)

November 6th, 2019

47:33

In our second look at The Nightmare Before Christmas, we discuss the enormous contirbutions of the voice talent in this cast. We also continue looking at great moments from the film's score, discuss the orignal motion …

The Nightmare Before Christmas: the Music (Part I)

October 30th, 2019

52:22

Danny Elfman's contribution to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is enormous, as the composer not only wrote the score, but helped with story development by writing the songs. He even stars as the lead singer. …

Batman: the Music (1989)

October 23rd, 2019

1:00:12

In 1989, Danny Elfman redefined the sound of superheroes on the silver screen. His theme for the Batman is explored, as well as his musical treatment of the Joker and Vicki Vale. Prince's music is also discussed, and we …

Danny Elfman: from Boingo to Beetlejuice

October 16th, 2019

51:41

Danny Elfman's origin story is as fascinating as his music. We discuss his incredible success with Oingo Boingo, as well as his long-time …

The Goonies: the Music

October 9th, 2019

1:04:51

The music of The Goonies is a unique mix of classic film scoring, 80s pop, and film nostalgia, all combined with Dave Grusin's contemporary musical …

Casablanca: a Musical Movie Commentary

October 2nd, 2019

1:52:58

Let's sit back and enjoy Casablanca and its music with this feature-length commentary. Max Steiner's wonderful music is dissected, and many …

Casablanca: the Music and History

September 25th, 2019

1:06:34

One of the greatest films to ever be produced by the classic Hollywood studio system features a song that infuriated composer Max Steiner. …

Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part IV)

September 18th, 2019

50:13

Our look at the music and sound of Raiders of the Lost Ark concludes with a breathtaking truck chase, scoring Indy in disguise, and the climactic opening of the Ark. 

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Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part III)

September 11th, 2019

55:16

Our adventures continue with Indiana Jones in Cairo, where John Williams and Steven Spielberg masterfully use film score and diegetic music to tell a …

Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part II)

September 4th, 2019

50:18

We take a much closer look at the music of Raiders, starting with the opening adventure in South America. Specific musical moments in the film are discussed and analyzed.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part I)

August 28th, 2019

51:45

Our musical adventures with Indiana Jones begin by taking a close look at the inspiration behind Raiders and its film score. We break down the main musical themes, including the famous Raiders March, Marion's theme, and …

Middle Earth Music: an Interview with Author Doug Adams

May 29th, 2019

55:33

Author Doug Adams shares his exciting experiences as he was writing his comprehensive book on the music of The Lord of the Rings.

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The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part III)

May 22nd, 2019

50:10

The languages of Middle Earth are more than just vital to the Lord of the Rings: They are an essential part of Howard Shore’s operatic film score.

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The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part II)

May 15th, 2019

41:31

We continue our look at Fellowship by discussing the beautiful and familiar music of the Hobbits, in all its permutations. The musical connections …

The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part I)

May 8th, 2019

53:50

Our first look at not only the film scores of Middle Earth, but also at composer Howard Shore. The creation of his music for Fellowship is examined, as is the source material for these amazing films. Themes are broken …

Wagner: the first Lord of the Ring

May 1st, 2019

59:54

Film music has its roots in 19th century opera. The fascinating and controversial life and music of Wagner is explored, as well as an overview of how film music has its roots in opera. Musical examples are played, and …

Rocky IV and Transformers: an Interview with Composer Vince DiCola (Part II)

April 24th, 2019

51:36

In part 2 of our interview with composer Vince DiCola, we discuss his work on the 1986 animated feature, Transformers the Movie. His influences are …

Rocky IV and Transformers: an Interview with Composer Vince DiCola (Part I)

April 17th, 2019

47:00

In our interview with Vince DiCola, we learn about how he became the composer for Rocky IV. We explore his musical background as a drummer and …

The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part IV

April 10th, 2019

49:11

Our final look and listen to the music of The Empire Strikes Back covers the end of the film, and its main location: Cloud City. We listen to more restored music during the lightsaber duel, explore even more themes like …

The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part III

April 3rd, 2019

40:43

Our in-depth look at The Empire Strikes Back continues as we examine the middle of the film: the asteroid field, the planet Dagobah, and more. Continuous changes to the final score are discussed, and we get our first …

The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part II

March 27th, 2019

43:08

We look at the music of the first act of The Empire Strikes Back: the planet Hoth. Multiple cues are discussed, as well as the creative process of …

The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part I

March 20th, 2019

56:44

When approaching the film score to The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to the unprecedented smash hit Star Wars just three years before, John Williams made it all look easy. It wasn't. The pressure was intense, and the …

2018 Wrap-Up Show

December 19th, 2018

39:19

We celebrate our first year of The Soundtrack Show with a glimpse behind the scenes on how the show is written. We share listener emails, give a year …

Producing Soundtrack Albums: an Interview with Mike Matessino (part II)

December 5th, 2018

50:06

In part 2 of our interview, Mike Matessino candidly discusses the challenges facing the music industry, while sharing his insights into the …

Producing Soundtrack Albums: an Interview with Mike Matessino (part I)

November 28th, 2018

42:53

Mike Matessino has been producing film and television soundtrack albums for over 20 years, and has worked with some of the most famous film music of all time. We discuss everything that goes into the releases of our …

Lesser-Known Scores: John Williams

November 21st, 2018

42:27

We all know Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter... but what about Hook, Dracula, The Cowboys or Catch Me If You Can? We take a listen to …

Rocky: the Music

November 15th, 2018

48:45

Recorded in just three hours, this iconic score has been an inspiration to athletes all over the world for decades. We look at its creation, and how music is used to tell the story of a down-on-his luck athlete whose …

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: the Music Part III

November 7th, 2018

54:44

In our final look at Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, we explore the music for "he who must not be named." The original soundtrack album is also discussed, and we review the 9-part children's suite for …

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: the Music Part II

October 31st, 2018

50:33

Using musical examples, we explore how the films and books of Harry Potter are a metaphor for common struggles that take place during the normal …

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: the Music Part I

October 24th, 2018

50:08

In our first look at the musical world of Harry Potter, we discuss the creative inspiration behind "Hedwig's Theme," "Harry's Wondrous World" and more. We then ask the question: is there a theme for Harry Potter …

Ghostbusters: the Music (Part II)

October 17th, 2018

48:50

In this episode, we'll discuss the creation and usage of some of Ghostbusters' pop songs, including Ray Parker Jr's smash number one single, and how they are an effective songscore when combined with Bernstein's …

Ghostbusters: the Music (Part I)

October 10th, 2018

47:17

In our first look at Ghostbusters, we call up an in-depth look at the musical contribution from legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein, who gives the movie a light-hearted, comedic touch ... while treating the threat …

Halloween: the Music

October 3rd, 2018

38:34

In just three days, director and film composer John Carpenter wrote a classic horror film score. Go behind the scenes and hear the story of how it all came together. We'll also analyze the music, and talk about why it …

Psycho: the Music (Part II)

September 26th, 2018

39:41

In part 2 of our look at Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, we discuss how composer Bernard Herrmann skillfully builds tension with his use of repetition …

Psycho: the Music (Part I)

September 19th, 2018

54:39

In part 1 of our look at Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, we discuss the history of both Hitchcock and film composer Bernard Herrmann, and explore the …

Universal Monster Music

September 12th, 2018

51:20

Universal created a rich cast of fascinating monsters ... and evolved their film scoring techniques through the process.Through the creation of …

Tron, the Music (Part II)

September 5th, 2018

57:04

We take a detailed look at the film score for Tron, examining multiple cues and breaking down their melodic and rhythmic qualities. The history of …

Tron, the Music (Part I)

August 29th, 2018

42:59

Tron's film score is as innovative and groundbreaking as the movie itself: part synth score, part orchestral score, it carefully balances tech-savvy …

Back to the Future, the Music (Part III)

August 22nd, 2018

47:02

In our final look at Back to the Future, we discuss how themes are used, and how often. Secondary themes are examined, taking a close listen to how they're all related. We discuss the relationships between characters, …

Back to the Future, the Music (Part II)

August 15th, 2018

49:13

In part II of our analysis of the music in Back to the Future, we focus on how the orchestral score is presented to us, and its important relationship to the pop music in the movie. The decision to use pop music is also …

Back to the Future, the Music (Part I)

August 8th, 2018

45:06

In our first look at Back to the Future, we take a deep look at the past, discussing stories that brought composer Alan Silvestri, director Robert Zemeckis, and producer Steven Spielberg together. The main themes fo …

The Power of Song: an Interview with Disney Music President Chris Montan (Part II)

August 1st, 2018

43:35

In part 2 of our interview with former Disney Music President Chris Montan, we discuss his work with legendary film composers like Hans Zimmer, Jerry …

The Power of Song: an Interview with Disney Music President Chris Montan (Part I)

July 25th, 2018

42:21

In part 1 of our interview with former Disney Music President Chris Montan, we discuss his incredible career as an executive music producer on some of the most memorable soundtracks, musicals and song scores of the past …

Max Steiner: from King Kong to Casablanca

July 18th, 2018

52:13

We take a first look at the work of composer Max Steiner, and sample his work from King Kong, Casablanca, Gone With The Wind and more. We also discuss the incredible influence that Steiner has on today's most beloved …

Jurassic Park: A Musical Movie Commentary (Part II)

July 11th, 2018

1:12:53

In Part II, David watches the second half of Jurassic Park. More behind-the-scenes stories and insights are revealed, as well as discussions about script-writing, character arcs, and how music was used to reinforce the …

Jurassic Park: A Musical Movie Commentary (Part I)

July 4th, 2018

1:07:32

In Part I, David watches the first half of Jurassic Park. Characters, musical themes, sound design and story are heavily discussed, as are background stories about the film's technical achievements. 

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Jurassic Park: The Music (Part II)

June 27th, 2018

43:33

Jurassic Park doesn't always function like a typical film score. In this episode, we discuss the role that music plays throughout the film. We also …

Jurassic Park: The Music (Part I)

June 20th, 2018

49:47

In our first episode dedicated to Jurassic Park, we explore the emotion behind the music. How is it different than Spielberg and Williams' first …

From Frozen to Coco: An Interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Part II)

June 13th, 2018

36:20

In Part II of our interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, we discuss the inspiration and stories behind their Oscar-winning song from Disney/Pixar's film Coco, as well as their musical influences, what …

From Frozen to Coco: An Interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Part I)

June 6th, 2018

48:21

In our first interview, we talk with Disney and Broadway songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who have penned hit songs for Frozen, Coco, Winnie the Pooh, Finding Nemo, and more for Disney. We …

BONUS: Star Wars: a Musical Movie Commentary (Part II)

June 5th, 2018

1:05:39

Bonus episode! We conclude our look at Star Wars by discussing the 2nd half of the movie. We chat more about temp scores, the creative challenges of mixing, the incredible end battle sequence, and so much more. Grab a …

BONUS: Star Wars: a Musical Movie Commentary (Part I)

May 30th, 2018

1:13:05

Bonus episode! In part one, David watches the first half of Star Wars and provides commentary about its soundtrack, unscripted. Orchestral music history, opera, sound design, and dialog recording are also discussed. …

Star Wars: the Music (Part III)

May 23rd, 2018

55:17

Our musical analysis of Star Wars comes to a conclusion as we examine music cues that didn't make the final cut of the film. We discuss the creative …

Star Wars: the Music (Part II)

May 16th, 2018

49:26

We continue our journey through the legendary music of Star Wars from 1977, discussing how music is placed strategically throughout the film. We also …

Star Wars: the Music (Part I)

May 9th, 2018

57:13

Star Wars and its characters are driven by musical motifs, or themes. We dive into Luke's theme, the Force, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Rebel Alliance, and Princess Leia. We take a close look at how these themes tell the story …

Star Wars, Lucas, and Williams: An Introduction

May 2nd, 2018

55:33

As we begin our journey into that galaxy far, far away, we discuss the life of George Lucas, the development of Star Wars, and the early temp scores that led to a symphonic masterpiece: the soundtrack for Star Wars: …

Korngold and Warner Brothers: the Sound of Hollywood Film Scores

April 25th, 2018

38:59

Before Star Wars and Superman, there were the film scores of child prodigy Erich Wolfgang Korngold. When revisited today, his music and life story …

The Music of Super Mario Bros.

April 18th, 2018

52:18

Jump in and explore the music of Super Mario Bros, in all of its 8-bit glory. We discuss the surprising power of video game music, the technology and …

Jaws: the Music (Part II)

April 11th, 2018

55:29

Ahoy! Our look at Jaws concludes with the sea voyage of the Orca, as our characters attempt to hunt the hunter. The score focuses on the human …

Jaws: the Music (Part I)

April 4th, 2018

47:31

Our "deep dive" into the music, sound and story of Jaws begins as we look closely at the first half of the movie. What we find are fascinating surprises, interesting stories, the terror of the shark, a moving family …

Jaws, Williams and Spielberg: An Introduction

March 28th, 2018

1:00:33

Kicking off our first score analysis, we set the stage by discussing the problems that haunted the production of Jaws... and how these same problems were turned into advantages through the creative genius of Steven …

What's in the Mix: Painting With Sound

March 21st, 2018

45:10

Music makes you feel, but sound makes it real. Let's discuss the other aspects of a movie mix. While often transparent to audiences, the sound …

Doom and Gloom: Music has a word for "Death"

March 14th, 2018

45:30

Music is a language, and composers have a musical word that means "Death." It's been used to convey doom and gloom for over 100 years, and without knowing it, you've heard it in some of your favorite movies. From The …

What Is Music? No, Seriously, What Is It?

March 7th, 2018

37:23

What is music? How do we define something so abstract? Something we can't see, and can only hear? This episode arms listeners with the ability to talk about their favorite soundtracks, using examples from Rocky, …

Great Melodies Tell Great Stories

February 28th, 2018

40:14

In our first episode, we breakdown themes from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Star Trek and Back To The Future, showcasing the artistry and storytelling that goes into each composition. We also discuss the origins of the …

The Soundtrack Show: Episode Zero

February 24th, 2018

7:00

The Soundtrack Show takes listeners on a tour of movies, TV shows, video games and theater -- through their sound. Host David W. Collins breaks it …

The Soundtrack Show: Trailer

February 22nd, 2018

1:26

The Soundtrack Show is a weekly look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV shows, video games and theater pieces of …

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