Now I know why the major soundtrack labels unloaded an entire vat of music on us last week: it’s getting hot enough to melt compact discs. (If you’re hot, they’re hot – bring them inside!) Fortunately, we’ve got a little splash of interesting classic soundtrack news to cool you off.
Composer John Massari has kicked off an IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign for his orchestral re-recording of his own score from the Chiodo Brothers’ cult classic, Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Re-recordings are wildly varying in quality, but this one is worth your attention: the original composer is behind it, and as he states in his crowdfunding pitch, he always had it in mind as an orchestral score, but the film’s budget limited him to synthesizers. Also, one only has to pitch in at the $20 level to get an autographed CD of the new recording when it’s done.
Also: I missed one earlier this month. (So many labels, so many soundtrack releases…it happens.) Moviescoremedia, a label based in Sweden, has release George Shaw‘s score from the Star Wars fan film Way To The Rebellion.
Wait, what? A soundtrack from a fan film? It’s not completely unheard-of: there are CDs and/or downloads available of such fan-made projects as Starship Farragut and Star Trek: Renegades (both of them Trek spinoffs), and they’re worth a listen – some of the fan film composers have gone on to “real” projects (though I challenge you to watch Star Trek Continues and tell me that’s not a “real” project).
Shaw, as it happens, already has several “real” projects behind him – Way To The Rebellion was just his chance to be John Williams for a day. To fill out the CD, some of Shaw’s prior Star Wars-related scores are included, such as First Asian Jedi and Dealbreakers: She’s Never Seen Star Wars?!. The samples you can listen to on the web site sound big-screen – this is a real orchestra, not a suitcase full of samples. As someone once said…impressive. Most impressive. You can watch Way To The Rebellion in its entirety to get a taste for the music.