Archive for June, 2013

Orphaned Land, prog metal blended with Israeli folk music

Orphaned Land is an Israeli progressive metal band, formed in 1991 under the name Resurrection (changing their name in 1992 to the current name), that combines Jewish and Arabian influences. The band has gone through several lineup changes over the years, but has retained three of the founding members, Kobi Farhi (vocals), Uri Zelcha (bass), and Yossi Sassi (guitars/strings). They are joined by Matan Shmuely (drums) as well as Chen Balbus (guitar/keyboard), who replaced founding member, Matti Svatizky in 2012.

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The Explore Project

rudess explorations

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Hey Everybody,It’s been a few years since I recorded my last solo album, “Notes On a Dream”. The inspiration has been flowing ever since and I’m now ready to set forth in recording my orchestral piece, Explorations, as well as my solo piano album, Explores. You know that I am not one to sit back and drive on the traditional path so we are going to explore some cutting edge technology options. Continue reading →

Ellen Degeneres interviewed about voicing Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film written and directed by Andrew Stanton, released by Walt Disney Pictures, and the fifth film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It tells the story of the over-protective clownfish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) who, along with a regal tang named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), searches for his abducted son Nemo (Alexander Gould) all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and let Nemo take care of himself. It is Pixar’s first film to be released in cinemas in the northern hemisphere summer. The film was re-released for the first time in 3D on September 14, 2012, and it was released on Blu-ray on December 4, 2012. A sequel, Finding Dory, is currently in development, set to be released on November 25, 2015.

The film received universal critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and was nominated in three more categories including Best Original Screenplay. It was the second highest-grossing film of 2003, earning a total of $921 million worldwide. Finding Nemo is also the best-selling DVD of all time, with over 40 million copies sold as of 2006, and was the highest-grossing G-rated film of all time before Pixar’s own Toy Story 3 overtook it. It is also the 25th highest-grossing film of all time, as well as the 3rd highest-grossing animated film. In 2008, the American Film Institute named it the tenth greatest animated film ever made during their Top 10.

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Hans Zimmer making the Man of Steel soundtrack

Man of Steel is the soundtrack to the film of the same name. It was released on June 11, 2013. The exclusive deluxe edition of the album contains six bonus tracks, entitled “Are You Listening, Clark?”, “General Zod”, “You Led Us Here”, “This Is Madness!”, “Earth” and “Arcade”.

Hans Zimmer initially denied popular rumours that he would be composing the film’s soundtrack. However, in June 2012, it was confirmed that Zimmer would in fact be writing the film’s musical score. To completely distinguish Man of Steel from the previous films, the iconic “Superman March” by John Williams is not heard. An unofficial rip of the musical score from the third trailer, entitled “An Ideal of Hope” and revealed to be a cut down version of the track “What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?”, was released on April 19, 2013 but was unable to be played in some countries due to copyright infringement. In late April 2013, the official track listing of the two-disc deluxe edition was revealed.

Popular reception to the score was positive and the album rose to #4 on iTunes during the first week of its release.However, critical reception for the score has been mixed to generally unfavorable, with film music sites Movie Wave, Movie Music UK and Filmtracks all rating it one star out of five.

The soundtrack opened at number 9 on the Billboard 200 with 32,000 copies sold.

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Discover what went on behind the recording of Slash's solo debut

Slash is the eponymous debut solo album by former Guns N’ Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash. The album was produced by Eric Valentine and features multiple musicians including four of the five members of the Appetite for Destruction era Guns N’ Roses lineup: Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler.

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Mixing Boards For Dummies

In this instructable I am going to go through all the control features found on most mixers (mixing consoles, mixing desks, audio consoles, soundboards – they all refer to the same thing). I will start with the absolute basics:
What is a mixer?
A mixer, in its purest and simplest form, combines or meshes an array of inputs into a few controllable outputs (hence the name, MIXer). It is pretty much universal that mixers will have at least a volume control on the output. The vast majority will have volume or “level” controls on each input, or “channel.” A great many still will have a variety of controls on each channel, from gains or trims to EQ and aux’es and buses and PFL’s and more; don’t worry though – I will go through each of these at least briefly.
When a new sound guy looks at a mixer for a large church, per se, he may feel overwhelmed by the oceans of knobs that may or may not be there. But here,I will explain what these knobs do, and you will actually find them to be overwhelmingly simple.The first thing you need to know is that I will be dealing with moderate to large mixing desks and sound boards, with at least 10 channels (available inputs) or more. These are what you will see if you want to “run sound” for a church or venue or record music of bands, etc.
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Porcupine Tree, english psychedelic rock

Porcupine Tree are an English band formed by Steven Wilson in 1987 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Their music is associated with both psychedelic rock and progressive rock, yet having been influenced by trance, krautrock and ambient due to Wilson and keyboardist Richard Barbieri’s penchant for the Kosmische Musik scene of the early 1970s, led by bands such as Tangerine Dream, Neu! and Can. Since the early 2000s, their music has been leaning towards progressive metal and alternative rock.

The band is noted for its multimedia approach, with its live performances including screens displaying a different film projection to each song. This visual element was introduced during the tour for theIn Absentia album, when the band started to work with Danish photographer and filmmaker Lasse Hoile. This involvement created a distinctive image for the band.

Despite being signed to both Roadrunner and Atlantic labels, the band have their own record label, Transmission, which they use to launch some independent releases and special editions of their albums. In 2007 the band was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album with their album Fear of a Blank Planet and then again in 2010 with The Incident.

After the release and touring in support of their tenth studio album, The Incident, the band became inactive as Wilson began to focus on his solo career. While they have not broken up, they also have no particular plans beyond “someday”, with members all working on separate projects, and Wilson committing himself to his solo work through most of 2013.

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Ramin Djawadi, Game of Thrones' composer

The music for the fantasy TV series Game of Thrones by the U.S. cable channel HBO is composed by Ramin Djawadi and published by Varèse Sarabande. The soundtrack isinstrumental and features one major theme, the Main Title, which accompanies the series’s title sequence.

The music is noted for its popular main theme, which has been covered many times, and for its use of decidedly non-medieval renditions of songs from the series’s source novels by noted indie bands. These adaptations, according to Wired, create attention for the series in media that wouldn’t normally cover it, but are also notable for their musical merits independent of the series.

Season 1

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones (soundtrack) album cover
Soundtrack album by Ramin Djawadi
Released June 14, 2011
Genre Soundtrack
Length 66:00
Label Varèse Sarabande
Producer Ramin Djawadi

Game of Thrones, the soundtrack album for the series’ first season, was published in June 2011.

Production and release

The soundtrack to Game of Thrones was originally to be composed by Stephen Warbeck. On 2 February 2011, only ten weeks prior to the show’s premiere, it was reported that Warbeck had left the project and Ramin Djawadi had been commissioned to write the music instead.

To give the series its own distinctive musical identity, according to Djawadi, the producers asked him not to use musical elements such as blues or solo vocals that had already been successfully used by other major fantasy productions. He mentioned that a challenge in scoring the series was its reliance on dialogue and its sprawling cast: on several occasions already-scored music had to be omitted so as not to get in the way of dialogue.

Djawadi said that he was inspired to write the main title music by an early version of the series’s computer-animated title sequence. The title music is reprised as a global theme in the rest of the soundtrack, initially infrequently and as part of the theme of individual characters, then in full towards the end of season 1 during particularly important scenes.

The album was made available for download on iTunes on 14 June 2011, together with a “digital booklet“. It was released on CD on 28 June 2011, 41 days after the show’s premiere.


Richard Buxton of Tracksounds wrote an ambivalent review, calling the album a “valiant effort” and Djawadi’s “most consistently satisfying work to date”, but criticized the main theme as falling short of the expectations raised by the opening credits’ animated sequence, and the score as a whole as “never quite reaching what it could have been”.

Track listing

All music composed by Ramin Djawadi.

No. Title Length
1. “Main Title” 1:46
2. “North of the Wall” 3:48
3. “Goodbye Brother” 3:07
4. “The Kingsroad” 2:06
5. “The King’s Arrival” 3:34
6. “Love in the Eyes” 4:00
7. “A Raven from King’s Landing” 1:16
8. “The Wall” 1:59
9. “Things I Do for Love” 1:52
10. “A Golden Crown” 1:38
11. “Winter Is Coming” 2:42
12. “A Bird Without Feathers” 2:02
13. “Await the King’s Justice” 2:00
14. “You’ll Be Queen One Day” 1:36
15. “The Assassin’s Dagger” 1:19
16. “To Vaes Dothrak” 1:29
17. “Jon’s Honor” 2:35
18. “Black of Hair” 1:40
19. “You Win or You Die” 1:57
20. “Small Pack of Wolves” 1:57
21. “Game of Thrones” 1:18
22. “Kill Them All” 2:35
23. “The Pointy End” 3:16
24. “Victory Does Not Make Us Conquerors” 1:35
25. “When the Sun Rises in the West” 2:40
26. “King of the North” 1:28
27. “The Night’s Watch” 1:44
28. “Fire and Blood” 4:30
29. “Finale” 2:31
Total length:
66 min

Season 2

Game of Thrones: Season 2
Game of Thrones: Season 2 album cover
Soundtrack album by Ramin Djawadi
Released June 19, 2012
Length 56:46
Label Varèse Sarabande
Producer Ramin Djawadi

The soundtrack album for the second season, titled Game of Thrones: Season 2, was published on June 19, 2012. The instrumental music by Ramin Djawadi was performed by the Czech Film Orchestra and Choir and recorded at the Rudolfinum concert hall in Prague.

The Rains of Castamere

The album contains a rendition of the song “The Rains of Castamere” by the indie rock band The National, sung by their vocalist Matt Berninger. On the published tracklist, the title is spelled “The Rains of Castomere” rather than “Castamere” as in the novels. The spelling is corrected on the printed listing on the liner notes that come with the disc. In the series, the song was played over the end credits of the ninth episode, “Blackwater“. An instrumental version can be heard during Tyrion’s speech right after king Joffrey abandons the battle field in the same episode. Tyrion Lannister can be heard whistling the melody in some earlier episodes. In season 3, an instrumental version of the Rains of Castamere plays over the end credits in episode 7, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”. In episode 9, an instrumental version of “The Rains of Castamere” is played by the musicians at the Tully-Frey wedding.

The song’s lyrics are taken from the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, in which “The Rains of Castamere” is sung or mentioned several times. It remembers Tywin Lannister’s victory over his rebellious vassals Reyne (“the Reynes of Castamere”) and Tarbeck, about 40 years before the events of the novels. The stanza of the song that is reproduced in the novels and adapted for the series tells of the vassals’ defiance – “And who are you, the proud lord said / That I must bow so low?” – and the subsequent obliteration of their houses: “But now the rains weep o’er his hall / With no one there to hear.”


Tracksounds‘s review was again mixed, describing the score as little more than adequate. Noting a lack of thematic development or dramatic momentum, the reviewer nonetheless appreciated the score’s more subdued moments which he considered less forced than the rest of the track.

Track listing

All music composed by Ramin Djawadi.

No. Title Length
1. “Main Title” 1:46
2. “The Throne Is Mine” 3:15
3. “What Is Dead May Never Die” 2:06
4. “Warrior of Light” 3:03
5. “Valar Morghulis” 2:59
6. “Winterfell” 2:42
7. “Qarth” 2:11
8. “Wildfire” 3:39
9. “I Am Hers, She Is Mine” 2:17
10. “Pyat Pree” 2:12
11. “Don’t Die with a Clean Sword” 3:22
12. “We Are the Watchers on the Wall” 2:37
13. “Pay the Iron Price” 2:32
14. “One More Drink Before the War” 2:05
15. “House of the Undying” 5:02
16. “Stand and Fight” 2:04
17. “The Old Gods and the New” 2:38
18. “Mother of Dragons” 2:34
19. “I Will Keep You Safe” 2:17
20. “The Rains of Castamere” (Written by Ramin Djawadi and George R. R. Martin, performed by The National) 2:23
21. “Three Blasts” 2:40
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Season 3

The Season 3 soundtrack album was released digitally on 4 June 2013, with a physical release to follow.

The Bear and the Maiden Fair

The U.S. indie rock band The Hold Steady recorded “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, a folk song from Martin’s novels, for season three. The recording is played over the end credits of episode three, and the song is sung in the same episode by Brienne’s and Jaime’s captors, which include musician Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol in a cameo appearance. Set to music by series composer Ramin Djawadi and arranged by Tad Kubler, the recording was released on a seven-inch record on 20 April 2013.

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, The Bear and the Maiden Fair is a traditional song popular among people of all social classes throughout Westeros. It recounts the story of a bear, “All black and brown / And covered with hair”, who traveled to a summer fair, and smelled “on the summer air … The maid with honey / In her hair!” Although she vowed that she’ll “never dance / With a hairy bear”, he “lifted her high / Into the air”, and “licked the honey / From her hair”, until she “sighed and squealed / And kicked the air”, eventually agreeing to go off with her “bear so fair”.

Track listing

All music composed by Ramin Djawadi.

No. Title Length
1. “Main Title” 1:44
2. “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts” 2:50
3. “Dracarys” 2:53
4. “I Paid The Iron Price” 3:15
5. “Chaos Is A Ladder” 2:58
6. “Dark Wings, Dark Words” 2:47
7. “You Know Nothing” 3:19
8. “Wall Of Ice” 3:19
9. “Kingslayer” 2:11
10. “I Have To Go North” 1:23
11. “White Walkers” 3:20
12. “It’s Always Summer Under the Sea” (Performed by Kerry Ingram) 1:17
13. “Reek” 2:41
14. “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” (Performed by The Hold Steady) 2:56
15. “The Night Is Dark” 2:56
16. “The Lannisters Send Their Regards” 5:44
17. “Heir To Winterfell” 2:14
18. “Mhysa” 3:54
19. “For The Realm” 1:31
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Cover versions

The main theme of Game of Thrones has inspired many tributes and cover versions.

Some of the cover versions mentioned particularly by news media include:

Ramin Djawadi
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Background information
Born July 19, 1974 (age 38)
Origin Duisburg, Germany
Genres Film score
  • Film composer
  • Executive score producer
Instruments Piano, keyboard, guitar
Years active 1990–present
  • WaterTower Music
  • Remote Control Productions

Ramin Djawadi (Persian: رامین جوادی‎; born July 19, 1974) is a German-born composer of orchestral music for film and television. Djawadi may be best known for his Grammy-nominated, guitar-driven score for Iron Man and for the TV series Prison BreakGame of Thrones and Person of Interest.

Life and career

He was born in Duisburg, Germany to an Iranian father and German mother. After graduating summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 1998, Djawadi garnered the attention of Hans Zimmer, who recruited him to Remote Control Productions. Djawadi moved to Los Angeles and worked as an assistant to Klaus Badelt.

He then went out on his own with Blade: Trinity, collaborating with The RZA for director David Goyer. This was the beginning of his relationship with Goyer for both film and television. Djawadi wrote the score for Goyer’s horror thriller The Unborn, which was produced by Michael Bay. Further collaboration with Goyer was the hit television show FlashForward, earning him his second Emmy nomination. Djawadi also composed the Emmy-nominated main title theme music for Prison Break and the title theme for the related showBreakout Kings. Djawadi’s ethereal score for the film Mr. Brooks earned him a World Soundtrack Awards “Discovery of the Year” nomination. His other scores include Deception, starring Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor, and Robert Towne’s Ask the Dust.

Djawadi scored the first Sony Animation project, Open Season, followed by the sequel Open Season 2. Additional animation scores include The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas. Djawadi’s work in these films attracted the filmmakers of the Belgium-based NWave, who created one of the first animated movies in 3D, Fly Me to the Moon. Djawadi completed Warner Brothers’ Clash of the Titans in 2010. Djawadi also scored the soundtrack for the 2010 video game Medal of Honor and HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones.

He is currently composing the music for the TV series Person of Interest.

Djawadi’s usual orchestrators are Stephen Coleman and Tony Blondal.



Year Title Notes
2001 Shoo Fly Short film
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl Contributed to the score along with various other composers
2003 Beat the Drum With Klaus Badelt
2003 Saving Jessica Lynch Television film
2004 Thunderbirds With Hans Zimmer
2004 Blade: Trinity
2005 Buffalo Dreams Television film
2005 Batman Begins Additional music. Score by James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer.
2005 All the Invisible Children Anthology film – Jonathan (Short film)
2006 Ask the Dust With Heitor Pereira
2006 Open Season
2006 Boog and Elliot’s Midnight Bun Run Short film
With Paul Westerberg
2007 Mr. Brooks
2007 The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas Short film
2008 Fly Me to the Moon
2008 Iron Man Soundtrack released by Lionsgate
Score produced by Hans Zimmer
2008 Deception
2008 Open Season 2
2009 The Unborn Soundtrack released by Lakeshore Records
2009 Medalia de onoare English title: Medal of Honor
2010 Clash of the Titans Soundtrack released by WaterTower Music
2010 Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage
2011 Fright Night
2012 Safe House
2012 Sammy’s Great Escape
2012 Red Dawn
2013 Pacific Rim In production

TV series

Year Title Episode(s) Notes
2004 The Grid Miniseries
2005 Threshold Revelations (#1.8)
2005–2009 Prison Break
2006 Blade: The Series Season 1 (12 episodes)
2009–2010 FlashForward
2011 Breakout Kings 13 episodes
2011– Person of Interest
2011– Game of Thrones

Video games

Year Title Notes
1999 System Shock 2 (with Josh Randall)
2010 Medal of Honor
2011 Shift 2: Unleashed
2012 Medal of Honor: Warfighter


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Nolan North

Nolan Ramsey North (born October 31, 1970) is an American actor and voice actor born in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been described as “the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man.” He is most well known for his voice work as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series; Desmond Miles from the Assassin’s Creed video game series; The Penguin in Batman: Arkham City;Deadpool in Hulk VsSpider-Man: Shattered DimensionsMarvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds/Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3Deadpool, and Marvel Heroes; Cyrille Le Paradox and El Jefe from Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time; and Dr Edward Richtofen in the Zombies mode in the Call of Duty games World at WarBlack Ops and Black Ops II.

Life and career

North was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He majored in journalism at the University of North Carolina with a baseball scholarship. He worked as a reporter for almost a year in New Jersey before moving to New York City to pursue stand-up comedy and acting. North eventually relocated to Hollywood and was cast in the General Hospital spin-off series, Port Charles, playing Dr. Chris Ramsey during the show’s run from 1997 to 2003. He married fellow Port Charles actress Jill Murray in 1999 and has two children. During Port Charles’ run, he worked on a few video games as a voice actor and began to focus on voice acting following Port Charles’ cancelation.
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