Soundtrack review: Sea of life (Jeff Ronna – 2017)

Cue rating - 8.8/10 8.8/10 8.8/10   Inspired by Rob Stewart’s Revolution, young filmmaker Julia Barnes embarks on an epic journey around the world to save the ecosystems we depend on for survival, as we come closer to causing a mass extinction in the oceans. With access to renowned environmental experts and breathtaking underwater cinematography, […]

Soundtrack review: Intent to destroy (Serj Tankian – 2017)

Cue rating - 9.4/10 9.4/10 9.4/10   Academy Award nominated director Joe Berlinger embeds with a historic feature film production on the set of Terry George’s “The Promise”, to take an unwavering look at the Armenian Genocide. Historians, scholars, and high-profile filmmakers come together in Berlinger’s cinematic exploration of the tangled web of responsibility that […]

Soundtrack review: Dolores (Mark Kilian – 2017)

Cue rating - 9.2/10 9.2/10 9.2/10   Dolores is the documentary of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. In the 1950’s, this working-class wife and mother of eleven children helps to establish the first farm workers unions alongside Cesar Chavez. From the tireless fight for racial and labor […]

Soundtrack review: The rise of the synths EP 1(2017)

Cue rating - 9.7/10 9.7/10 9.7/10   “The rise of the synths” is a travel in time towards the roots of a worldwide grass-root music scene known as Synthwave, an irresistible blend of modern electronic composition with 80s pop culture’s nostalgia, that over the last two years has transformed from a whisper on selected internet […]

Soundtrack review: Nude (Reza Safinia – 2017)

Cue rating - 9.3/10 9.3/10 9.3/10   “Nude” – a feature-length documentary – explores modern perceptions of modelling, nude photography and body image connected to the evolving social media landscape documenting a group of women working as professional models today. The film chronicles the casting and creation of Steve Shaw’s inaugural NU Muses project, a […]

Soundtrack review: O.J. – Made in America (Gary Lionelli – 2016)

Cue rating - 9.2/10 9.2/10 9.2/10 “O.J.: Made in America” is a 2016 American documentary produced and directed by Ezra Edelman for ESPN Films and their 30 for 30 series, which was released as a five-part miniseries and in theatrical format. The documentary explores two of America’s greatest fixations – race and celebrity – through […]

Soundtrack review: Down the deep, dark web (Frank Ilfman – 2017)

Cue rating - 9.1/10 9.1/10 9.1/10 “Down the deep, dark web” reverses everything you thought you knew about the internet and the dangers of the digital world. Our guide is Yuval Orr, a young journalist born in 1984 and well-aware of the gradual encroachment of Big Brother. Assigned with writing an article about the Darknet, […]

Soundtrack review: An inconvenient sequel: Truth to power (Jeff Beal – 2017)

Cue rating - 8.4/10 8.4/10 8.4/10 “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” is a 2017 American documentary film directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk about former United States Vice President Al Gore’s continuing mission to battle climate change. The sequel to An Inconvenient Truth (2006), the film addresses the progress made to tackle the […]

Soundtrack review: Jane (Philip Glass – 2017)

Cue rating - 9.2/10 9.2/10 9.2/10 Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, Academy award nominated director Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of […]

Soundtrack review: Unrest (Bear McCreary – 2017)

Cue rating - 8.9/10 8.9/10 8.9/10 In Unrest, twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers. Determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and her community […]

Soundtrack review: Boston (Jeff Beal – 2017)

Cue rating - 9.5/10 9.5/10 9.5/10 “Boston” is presented by John Hancock in association with the Kennedy/Marshall Company. Narrated by Academy-Award winner Matt Damon, it is the first ever feature-length documentary film about the world’s most legendary running race – the Boston Marathon. The film chronicles the story of the iconic race from its humble […]

Soundtrack review: Dark net (Justin Melland – 2017)

Cue rating - 9.2/10 9.2/10 9.2/10 “Dark net” is a documentary series that explores the furthest reaches of the internet and the people who frequent it, and which provides a revealing and cautionary look inside a vast cyber netherworld rarely witnessed by most of us. Advancements in technology have made it possible for us to […]

Soundtrack review: Magic city (Lorne Balfe – 2016)

Soundtrack review: Magic city (Lorne Balfe – 2016)

Cue rating - 8.2/10 8.2/10 8.2/10 “Magic city – The art of the street” is an urban art show where the whole city becomes an artist’s studio, an urban museum of the imagination. On the walls and in the squares of this specially built city of dreams visitors will find new works from more than […]

Soundtrack review: Holding the wire (Henrik Astrom – 2016)

Soundtrack review: Holding the wire (Henrik Astrom – 2016)

Cue rating - 9.3/10 9.3/10 9.3/10 “Holding the wire” is a unique portrait of tournament paintball during an economically turbulent time. Jose Diaz is a veteran high school teacher sets out to document the lives and experiences of tournament paintball players. Along the way, he encounters a variety of individuals, from different walks of life, […]

Soundtrack review: The last colony (various artists – 2015)

Soundtrack review: The last colony (various artists – 2015)

The string and electronic based opening of “The last colony” instantly made me think of Charlie Clouser’s music and, more specifically, the atmosphere of his “Saw” scores. Tyler Finck’s (even his name would fit with Nine Inch Nails or at least that’s what my twisted mind thinks) “Colonial problems – A prelude” is more melodic […]

Soundtrack review: Yellowstone (Edmund Butt – 2009)

Soundtrack review: Yellowstone (Edmund Butt – 2009)

“Yellowstone” is a BBC nature documentary series broadcast from 15 March 2009. Narrated by Peter Firth, the series takes a look at a year in the life of Yellowstone National Park, examining how its wildlife adapts to living in one of the harshest wildernesses on Earth. Yellowstone debuted on BBC Two at 8:00pm on Sunday […]

Soundtrack review: Sharing the rough (Max Hirtenstein – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Sharing the rough (Max Hirtenstein – 2015)

“Sharing the rough” is a 2015 documentary written and directed by Orin Mazzoni which documents the never before captured process of the journey of a colored gemstone from mine to market while exploring the challenges of an emerging mining economy in East Africa. It’s been in a official selection of a bunch of festivals. Max […]

Soundtrack review: Frame by frame (Patrick Jonsonn – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Frame by frame (Patrick Jonsonn – 2015)

“Frame by Frame” is a documentary directed by Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli, and shares the story of four photojournalists who started their independent work following the 2001 fell of the Taliban. Since even taking a photo was a crime during the old regime, the photographers had a lot to document – but their livelihood is […]

Soundtrack review: Killing them safely (Brooke Blair & Will Blair – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Killing them safely (Brooke Blair & Will Blair – 2015)

Killing Them Safely is a 2015 Canadian-American documentary film directed by Nick Berardini. Hundreds of deaths. Zero oversight. In the early 2000s, brothers Tom and Rick Smith revolutionized policing by marketing the Taser to law enforcement agencies. This supposedly safe alternative to handguns was supposed to curb the use of deadly force—so why have over […]

Soundtrack review – The wind gods (Pinar Toprak  – 2011)

Soundtrack review – The wind gods (Pinar Toprak – 2011)

A new release by Caldera Records is always a special moments for me. They don’t release a lot of scores every year but everything they put out has been a musical treasure for me, a score for the ages. I don’t know how they pick what to release but they always hit the sweet emotional […]

Soundtrack review: Winter on fire (Jasha Klebe – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Winter on fire (Jasha Klebe – 2015)

“Winter on fire” is a documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich. It’s produced by Netflix and I don’t know if I should watch it or not. I’m sure it’s very interesting […]

Soundtrack review: Nuovo ordine mondiale (Francesco Marchetti – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Nuovo ordine mondiale (Francesco Marchetti – 2015)

“Nuovo ordine mondiale” (“New world order”) is a Italian film written and directed by brothers Marco and Fabio Ferrara. It’s their personal take on the political machinations that rule today’s world and claims to shed light on “Casta” and “The illuminati”. This documentary, I guess, was scored by Francesco Marchetti, one of the most appreciated […]

Soundtrack review: Deep web (Pedro Bromfman – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Deep web (Pedro Bromfman – 2015)

“Deep Web” is a 2015 documentary film directed by Alex Winter, chronicling events surrounding Silk Road, bitcoin and politics of the Dark Web. Covering the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the documentary features interviews with Wired writer Andy Greenberg and developer Amir Taaki. The film explores how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep […]

Soundtrack review: Tokyo Olympiad (Toshiro Mayuzumi – 1964)

Soundtrack review: Tokyo Olympiad (Toshiro Mayuzumi – 1964)

“Tokyo Olympiad” is a 1965 documentary film directed by Kon Ichikawa which documents the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Like Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia, which documented the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Ichikawa’s film was considered a milestone in documentary filmmaking. However, Tokyo Olympiad keeps its focus more on the atmosphere of the games and the […]

Soundtrack review: Tomorrow we disappear (Dan Romer – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Tomorrow we disappear (Dan Romer – 2015)

“Tomorrow we disappear” is a documentary about the last remnants of a culture born out of folk art and molded by poverty. Since the 1970s New Delhi’s magicians, puppeteers, and circus performers have called the tinsel slum, the Kathputli Colony, their home. Last year the government issued relocation permits to the colony residents; the slum […]

Soundtrack review: Anne Frank’s Holocaust (Mark Leggett – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Anne Frank’s Holocaust (Mark Leggett – 2015)

“Anne Frank’s holocaust” details Anne and her family’s experience from being captured by the Nazis right up to their liberation. The documentary aired on National Geographic Channel earlier this year. The score was written by Mark Leggett and I imagine a heavy subject like this wasn’t easy to put in notes. Mournful piano and elegiac […]

Soundtrack review: Spectrum (Frederik Wiedman – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Spectrum (Frederik Wiedman – 2015)

Freddie Wiedman is one of my favorite composers. For me every new release of his is a reason to get excited and to anticipate a wonderful listening experience. I’ve spoken to him and I know his favorite writing style is booming action so I couldn’t wait to hear how he would approach the sensitive subject […]

Soundtrack review: I am big bird (Joshua Johnson – 2015)

“I am big bird” is a documentary that chronicles the story of Caroll Spinney, the man who has voiced Big Bird from Sesame Street for 40 years. I haven’t watched that show so the movie might not have that much an impact on me but this man’s story sounds heartwarming. The score was written by […]

Soundtrack review: The king of Nerac (Michael Csany-Wills – 2015)

Soundtrack review: The king of Nerac (Michael Csany-Wills – 2015)

“The king of Nerac” is a documentary about the David Breuer-Weil, a reclusive artist who went into self-imposed exile and created a mysterious aura about himself. He builds himself an imaginary world of which he is the ruler. The score was written by Michael Csany-Wills, a composer I wasn’t familiar with. Is it enough for […]

Soundtrack review: Monkey Kingdom (Harry Gregson Williams – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Monkey Kingdom (Harry Gregson Williams – 2015)

When I saw that Harry Gregson-Williams was scoring Disney nature’s “Monkey kingdom” documentary I was excited because I hoped it would take one of my early favorite composers out of that generic action comfort zone he had settled in lately. This was no Tony Scott film and there was no Denzel Washington to remind HGW […]

Soundtrack review: Jerusalem (Michael Brooke – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Jerusalem (Michael Brooke – 2015)

“Jerusalem” is a stunning cinematic look at one of the most famous, talked about and controversial places in the world. This is a place sacred to three of the major religions and the movie helps us discover it through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who live there. From what I read it’s […]

Soundtrack review: Manny (Lorne Balfe – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Manny (Lorne Balfe – 2015)

Ok Lorne Balfe, slow down, I can only write so fast! I’ve just finished reviewing Home and another score by you is knocking on my inbox. This makes it what, 25 already for this year? But see, if I was to choose which composer I would love to have release one score each month, Lorne […]

Soundtrack review: Great human odyssey (Darren Fung – 2015)

Soundtrack review: Great human odyssey (Darren Fung – 2015)

Three-part documentary series and interactive web documentary “The great human odyssey” explores the unlikely survival and the miraculous emergence of Homo sapiens as the world’s only global species. Ancient climate research has revealed that we evolved during the most volatile era since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Sounds like an interesting documentary. The director filmed […]