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16 Musicians-Turned-Film Composers And Their Breakout Scores

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 9, 2014 4:56 PM
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Musicians Turned Composers
Increasingly over the last two decades, musicians and bands have looked upon the film score and seen a rare opportunity to challenge themselves in a new medium, and also to gain a break from non-stop touring. The results have been an eclectic, unconventional bounty. Last month, Mica Levi of Micachu and the Shapes delivered an iconic three-note theme to Jonathan Glazer’s “Under The Skin” that rattled the senses, while Devonte Hynes (Lightspeed Champion, Blood Orange) struck a dreamy pop tone of high-school nostalgia with his score to Gia Coppola’s directorial debut, “Palo Alto.”

Fall Into A 'Trance' With New Pics & Hear Some Of The Score By Rick Smith Of Underworld

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 4:34 PM
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Trance, Rosario Dawson
While SXSW attendees continue to debate whether or not Danny Boyle spoiled "Trance" for them by showing a seeing from the film's climax amongst a montage of his work at a panel presentation (recapped here), the rest of us are waiting are waiting to get our heads screwed up with the upcoming thriller. And with the film's release inching closer a whole bunch of new stuff is her to fuck with your head.

Rick Smith From Underworld Scoring Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2013 5:53 PM
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Well, this isn't all that surprising, but if it ain't broke, why fix it. Danny Boyle and electronic music veterans Underworld have never been too far apart. The director has used choice cuts of theirs for the soundtracks to "The Beach" and "Trainspotting," and the musicians soon took on a larger role, co-composing the score to his trippy sci-fi flick "Sunshine" (with John Murphy), and tuning up his "Frankenstein" stage show before being named musical directors of last year's London Olympics, where Boyle delivered a dazzling opening ceremony. And he's rung them up again. Well, half of them.

Danny Boyle Re-Ups With Underworld, Names Group Music Directors Of 2012 London Olympics

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 2:41 PM
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One thing is for sure: Danny Boyle fucking loves electronic music duo Underworld (nee Carl Hyde and Rick Smith). After using choice cuts of theirs for the soundtracks to "The Beach" and "Trainspotting" (where their propulsive "Born Slippy" was memorably used at the close of the film), they became full-on collaborators with the filmmaker, co-composing the score to his trippy sci-fi flick "Sunshine" (with John Murphy) and creating the steam punk-y score to his "Frankenstein" stage show that blew our minds earlier this year. Well it seems like he just can't get enough of those guys, as Pitchfork points out that he has just hired them to serve as the musical directors for the opening ceremonies for next summer's 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Stage Review: Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein' Is A Haunting Horror Show

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 11, 2011 11:37 AM
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When we interviewed Danny Boyle a few months back, around the time that his humanist survival tale "127 Hours" was hitting screens, we overheard him talking to someone about his upcoming "Frankenstein" play. "Would it play on the West End?" the person asked, referring to the London version of Broadway. "No, no, no," the typically exuberant Boyle said. "It's a little too extreme for that crowd."

Listen: Clip From Underworld's "Dawn Of Eden" From The Soundtrack To Danny Boyle's 'Frankenstein'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2011 2:36 AM
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Filmmakers taking time outs from the movie world to try their hand at directing for the stage is a pretty common practice, but there is absolutely nothing ordinary about Danny Boyle's "Frankenstein," an adventurous take on the familiar story in nearly every facet of its production.

Underworld To Score Danny Boyle's Stage Version Of 'Frankenstein'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 20, 2010 1:58 AM
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Naomie Harris Also Joins The Cast Love him or loathe him (and most of the Playlist staff fall squarely towards the former), one thing that can't be denied is that few filmmakers can use pop music, and specifically dance music, in the way that Danny Boyle can. Almost from the start of his career (few who've see it will ever forget the Boyle-helmed rave-themed episode of long-running middlebrow UK detective show "Inspector Morse"), the director's consistently delivered soundtracks you can bust a move to, from the use of Leftfield and New Order in "Trainspotting" to the excellent Free Blood track "Never Hear Surf Music Again" that so memorably opens "127 Hours."

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