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'Film Composers Tap Into Offbeat Inspirations for Scores' core news picture

Film Composers Tap Into Offbeat Inspirations for Scores

VARIETY - Director Robert Eggers’ original idea for music in his intense period character study “The Lighthouse” turned out to be wrong. “I originally wanted it to be quite minimalist, but I should have known better,” he says. “The over-the-top indulgent writing, the insane performances and the camerawork, all as wild and crazy as Robert Pattinson’s character, required the same [musical treatment].”

He encouraged composer Mark Korven to pursue atonal compositional techniques. “Rob wanted the stormy black sea, the cruel wind,” says Korven. “It’s about character and mood. The score, essentially, is the character of the sea, the squalls, the dark mythology.” Horror today, he adds, “is so drenched in cliche that when someone comes along that’s thinking outside the box, filmmakers can seize on that.”

A large collection of brass is the core of “The Lighthouse” soundtrack, Korven notes, with such other offbeat colors as waterphone, bowed crystal and “some ludicrously badly played accordion courtesy of myself.”

The director was briefly disturbed by a studio executive’s comment that it sounded like “a Yeti moaning in the wilderness.” “You have to question, when is the obscurity adding to the tension and when is it just strange?” Eggers admits. “With any score, it’s about supporting the story. So long as it supports the story, and isn’t distracting, people will go along for the ride.”

Read about it here in VARIETY

'2019 Hollywood Music in Media Nomination for Suad Bushnaq' core news picture

2019 Hollywood Music in Media Nomination for Suad Bushnaq

A huge congratulations goes out to CORE Composer Suad Bushnaq for her nomination - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE at the HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS for the short film "A Very Important Appointment".

Other nominees in the Music in Visual Media categories include Hans Zimmer, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Alan Silvestri, Christophe Beck, and Michael Abels.

'Netflix Premiere for HELLO NINJA' core news picture

Netflix Premiere for HELLO NINJA

BFFs Wesley and Georgie and their silly cat sidekick Pretzel transform into ninjas and enter a magic world, where they solve problems and save the day. Scored by CORE composer Brian Carson, the ninjas kick off on Netflix November 1, 2019

'VOLITION at Whistler Film Festival' core news picture

VOLITION at Whistler Film Festival

Whistler Film Festival announces its first wave of Canadian films including Sci-Fi feature VOLITION by director Tony Dean Smith and scored by CORE composer Matthew Rogers!
VOLITION has been winning a fleet of awards at past festivals including WINNER Best Feature at Philip K Dick festival and OFFICIAL SELECTION at FRIGHT FEST, London UK.

Check out the schedule and buy your advance festival tix now.

'THE LIGHTHOUSE to Open in 500 Theaters Friday Oct. 25' core news picture

THE LIGHTHOUSE to Open in 500 Theaters Friday Oct. 25

A24's The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers’ acclaimed grim-n-funny horror tale starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe earned a robust $419,764 in just 8 theaters on its opening weekend. That is a dynamite $52,471 per-theater average, coming in just below Parasite, The Farewell, and Jojo Rabbit among this year’s top per-theater averages. It will expand into 500 theaters this Friday. 

Scored by Core composer Mark Korven (The Witch, In the Tall Grass, The Terror: Infamy), The Lighthouse premiered as a Critics' Choice at this year's Cannes Director's Fortnight.