Brad Bird's Musical Movie

Michael Giacchino has a swanky workplace.

Due to the pandemic, the Oscar-winning film composer is working from his personal studio, which looks straight out of the 1950s at first glance – it’s filled with instruments, warm colors, and nostalgia. Childhood toys from Spider-Man, Star Trek, Speed Racer, and Planet of the Apes are present in his cabinets, which help keep the composer inspired.

Earlier this year, Giacchino went into his studio to produce his debut album, “Travelogue Vol 1,” along with the Nouvelle Modernica OrchestraFor his long-awaited debut, the composer crafted a throwback to old radio shows, mixing together a science-fiction narrative and lively lounge music. The album is melancholic fun. During our conversation with Giacchino, who recently released a holiday single, we talked about the album. But he also told us about his listening habits, concert experiences, the music he relaxes to, dances to, and draws inspiration from. It’s now time to share that latter part.

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Michael Giacchino

Academy-award winning composer Michael Giacchino has finally made his debut album. Travelogue Volume 1 by Michael Giacchino and his Nouvelle Modernica Orchestra tells the story of an alien’s journey on Earth. Each song opens with a narration of the alien describing her experience before Giacchino and his orchestra launch into snappy, melancholic, or adventurous foot-tapping and finger-snapping tunes.

The album is a throwback to the old radio shows the composer grew up loving, the sound both nostalgic and modern. It is pure Giacchino fun with a side of darkness influenced by the unfortunate state of the world. The composer behind classic Pixar films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the most recent Star Trek and Planet of the Apes films orchestrated a sci-fi album for the times. As Giacchino told us over a zoom call from his beautiful workspace, the alien’s story and his solo career won’t end with volume one.

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Michael Giacchino

Film composer Michael Giacchino and Sir Paul McCartney, best known for an obscure rock group called The Beatles, have been working on an animated film together. Giacchino, who’s the Oscar-winning composer behind Up and Star Trek, is hopeful we’ll see the film one day. Unless we’re mistaken, the jovial composer is possibly alluding to a McCartney-Netflix project called High in the Clouds.

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Michael Giacchino solo album

Earlier this year, we saw the first short film from Oscar and Emmy-winning composer Michael Giacchino, entitled Monster Challenge. Now he’s pushing into new creative territory again, this time by releasing his first-ever non-soundtrack album. It’s a concept album called Travelogue Volume 1, and you can listen to the jazzy first single below. Read More »

Brad Bird's Musical Movie

Did you forget that The Incredibles and Ratatouille director Brad Bird is working on a live-action/animated hybrid movie musical? Well, we’re here to remind you about it, because the project is still very much in the works, but it’s just in the early stages of development right now with composer Michael Giacchino working closely with the Iron Giant filmmaker.

While making the press rounds for the release of his short film Monster Challenge, composer Michael Giacchino was asked about his collaboration with Brad Bird on the untitled musical. He wasn’t able to reveal much, but you can find out what he had to say below. Read More »

the batman score

Michael Giacchino is set to join the likes of Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal, and more as one of the people who have created music for the Caped Crusader. Giacchino is set to create the soundtrack for Matt Reeves‘s The Batman, and according to the composer, he has free reign to do whatever the heck he wants. We’ve actually already heard some of Giacchino’s score in the camera test Reeves released, and there’s still plenty more to come.

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monster challenge premiere

Two years after Michael Giacchino‘s directorial debut premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Monster Challenge finally stalks online today. The short film, which stars Patton Oswalt playing himself as an unwitting participant of a series of outrageous challenges inspired by Japanese game shows, is available to watch online now.

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Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino is returning to compose Jurassic World: Dominion, completing the trilogy that started with his score for 2015’s Jurassic World. According to a new report, the Oscar-winning composer has signed on to score the third film for the revived franchise, after scoring both Jurassic World and its 2018 sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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Lost vinyl

As we continue to barrel through Peak TV and into a realm of Far Too Much TV, one thing has remained crystal clear: Michael Giacchino‘s score for the ABC drama Lost is the best television score of all time. I’m glad we all agree on this.

To celebrate the show’s 15th anniversary, Mondo is teaming up with Hollywood Records for a Lost vinyl recording of Giacchino’s live performance of the show’s music during a concert in Ireland earlier this year. Get the details below, including the price and which tracks from the series will be included.
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Michael Giacchino

Casting for director Matt Reeves‘ new take on Batman is currently underway. Robert Pattinson has been locked in to star in The Batman for a little while now, but recently Zoe Kravitz was added as Catwoman, and Paul Dano just came on board to play The Riddler. Plus, Jeffrey Wright is also supposed to play Commissioner Gordon. But The Batman is also getting some of the names behind the scenes sorted out as well.

Michael Giacchino, composer of scores for The Incredibles, LOST, Cloverfield, and the rebooted Star Trek franchise, has accepted the task of providing The Batman score for Matt Reeves. Find out more below. Read More »