Composer Marc Chesterman discusses the bizarre requests composers get from directors and other challenges of creating music for documentary, in this case, the new Florian Habicht film Spookers. Video, Audio
The sonic explorations of From Scratch founder and intermedia artist Phil Dadson are explored in Simon Ogston and Orlando Stewart's documentary, Phil Dadson: Sonics From Scratch. Emma Smith talks to… Audio
808 is a documentary directed by Alexander Dunn, about the legendary 1980s drum machine, Roland TR-808. Its soundtrack features music by a huge array of artists and producers who have used the 808 in… Video, Audio
Seymour: An Introduction is a documentary directed by Ethan Hawke about American pianist, composer, and teacher Seymour Bernstein. The score features a lot of music composed and performed by Seymour… Video, Audio
Victoria, directed by Sebastian Schipper, is a German romantic thriller about a Spanish girl looking for fun in Berlin who falls in with a group of dodgy youths. The mostly ambient soundtrack is by… Video, Audio
Jonny Greenwood and Paul Thomas Anderson collaborate again on the new 70s-era beach noir stoner comedy, Inherent Vice. Ryan Smith selects some tracks including one performed by Greenwood's Radiohead… Video, Audio
Portishead's Geoff Barrow and British composer Ben Salisbury collaborate on the score for Alex Garland's thought provoking psy-fi film Ex Machina. Ryan Smith explores some of the results - a fitting… Video, Audio
Dirty Three's Warren Ellis goes solo to create the soundtrack for this French production about teenage rebellion in Turkey. Ryan Smith picks some tracks that show off both Ellis's talents on the… Audio
Ex-pat New Zealander Virginia Heath directs this film made up entirely of archival footage. Ryan Smith checks out a couple of the original songs that Scottish folk musician King Creosote has created… Video, Audio
The 2015 New Zealand International Film Festival pairs Lawrence Arabia and his drummer's side band, the Carnivorous Plant Society, with the 1928 silent romance film, Lonesome. Sophie Wilson catches up… Audio
Let’s face it, the shower scene in Psycho just wouldn’t be as scary without those screechy stabbing strings, Amelie wouldn’t be as loveable without her quirky accordion soundtrack following her around the streets of Montmartre and the Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars just wouldn’t be as cool without their foreboding brass-heavy march. Frodo without Howard Shore’s Shire theme? Spaghetti westerns without Morricone? – unthinkable!
A well-crafted soundtrack can transport us into whatever world the film-makers have conjured up. And long after we’ve left the cinema the music has the ability to take us right back there.
Sample the best of recent film soundtracks, re-frame movie scores from the past that have refused to deteriorate with time, discover obscure film music (whether 1960s Czech fantasy, Japanese horror, or B-grade sci-fi).
The occasional video game soundtrack and noteworthy music from television shows are also in the mix.
Keep an eye on our unique and growing New Zealand film soundtracks collection and hear interviews with creators and composers from here and around the world.