BBC Plans Series of TV, Radio Programs on Sound of Cinema

6:04 AM PST 07/25/2013 by Stuart Kemp
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The U.K. public broadcaster will put the spotlight on film scores, with input from figures such as James Bond music guru David Arnold and hip hop star Pharrell Williams.

LONDON -- U.K. public broadcaster the BBC is to schedule a fall season of programming dedicated to the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen.

The programs, going out across the broadcaster's radio and television network, will include a radio show with guests suchas Cillian Murphy and Bond film composer David Arnold discussing their favorite film music moments on BBC 6 Music.

On the BBC's art channel BBC Four, silent film composer Neil Brand will present a three-part show entitled Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies, featuring directors ranging from Quentin Tarantino to Martin Scorsese.

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And back on BBC Radio 3, the BBC's home for classical music, there will be three weeks of shows hosted by Tom Service, who will lead discussions including director Ken Loach and composer George Fenton on their 20-year partnership, Carter Burwell reflecting on working with the Coen brothers and James Horner talking about his partnerships with James Cameron and Ron Howard.

There is also a live program with the spookiest scores in cinema from the British Film Institute in September planned for Friday the 13th.

Brand, whose show promises to tell his alternative history of cinema, putting the soundtrack center stage, said: "Film scores demand an extraordinary degree of both musicianship and dramatic understanding on the part of their composers. Whilst creating potent, original music to synchronize exactly with the images, composers are also making that music as discreet, accessible and communicative as possible, so that it can speak to each and every one of us."

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BBC Four also will broadcast 2013’s Film Music BBC Prom, showcasing excerpts from great British film scores and music from science fiction titles such as Alien and Independence Day.

As part of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Soundtrack Season, Radio 1Xtra Stories explores hip hop's complex, sometimes confused, and always developing relationship with film in The Story of Hip Hop in the Movies.

Rapper-actors Ludacris, Riz Ahmed and Doc Brown investigate how easy it is to move between the arts, while Pharrell Williams, Sway and Roots Manuva consider how a killer soundtrack can often keep a very average film alive.

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