Though cinema is a visual medium, movies wouldn’t be anywhere near as powerful without the music that pulses from their soundtracks. Often times it’s the composer of a film’s score that makes a scene truly memorable. But how do composers create music that enhances movies so the thousands of notes we hear combine to give the film emotion, excitement, suspense and power?
Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg), who has composed the scores for film’s such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has created a web series called Studio Time where he explains how he works in the studio to compose music for major motion pictures. For any aspiring composers out there, it’s a master class in music and how to write it for cinema.
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If you were worried about Deadpool 2 when director Tim Miller left the project not too long ago, this news isn’t going to make you feel any better.
Junkie XL, aka Tom Holkenborg, made a post on Facebook today revealing that in solidarity with Tim Miller, he has also decided to leave the sequel, and his reasoning certainly adds some more cause for concern. Find out more about Junkie XL leaving Deadpool 2 after the jump. Read More »
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters this Friday, an event film that my 10-year-old self wanted but could never have imagined would actually happen. So what did I think of the movie? What did I like? What did I have problems with? After the jump you can read my spoiler-free reaction to the film. So if you’ve seen the trailers, feel free to proceed without any worry of plot points, twists, or reveals being spoiled.
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Posted on Monday, October 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
What do Max Rockatansky, Tris Prior, and Wade Wilson have in common? They all get to rock out to music by Junkie XL. The Dutch musician and composer has announced he’s scoring Deadpool, 20th Century Fox’s upcoming actioner about a certain loudmouth superhero. Learn more about the Deadpool composer after the jump. Read More »
The fan community has finally come down from the high of seeing what Aquaman looks like in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was an exciting moment, both because of the character himself and because we hadn’t heard many updates on the film in a while.
Jumping off that, a few minor Batman v Superman updates are now out there. First up, the film’s costume designer, Michael Wilkinson, talked a bit about the responsibility of designing a look for Aquaman. Second, composer Hans Zimmer offered up a few thoughts on the score, which he will soon begin working on. He says that, ideally, all of the heroes in this film will have their own themes and reiterates that Junkie XL will be doing the Batman half of the music.
Below, read more on these Batman v Superman updates. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Around this time last year, Hans Zimmer was telling press he saw “so many good reasons” not to do the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even after he eventually came around, he admitted that he was struggling to give the new Batman his own sound, distinct from the one he’d created for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies. But now it looks like he’s come up with a solution for the Batman v Superman score.
The composer revealed in a recent interview that he’s bringing in some additional reinforcements in the form of Junkie XL, who he says will “take care of Batman.” Hit the jump for more on Hans Zimmer’s Batman v Superman plan.
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Posted on Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road will get some synthetic beats courtesy of Junkie XL. The Dutch composer and producer (real name Tom Holkenborg) will score the long-gestating sequel, as reported by Manly Movie after the artist teased the news on Twitter.
Holkenborg composed the scores for this summer’s Paranoia, and the upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire. Additionally, he has worked on the soundtracks for Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, and all three Madagascar movies. Mad Max: Fury Road lands in theaters next year. [via The Playlist]
After the jump, sample some tunes from soundtracks that have already been completed, including Daniel Pemberton‘s for The Counselor and Peter Peter and Peter Kyed‘s for Valhalla Rising.
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