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The Soundtrack Show is a weekly look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV Shows, Video Games and Theater pieces of all time.

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2018 Wrap-Up Show

33:49 | Dec 19th, 2018

We celebrate our first year of The Soundtrack Show with a glimpse behind the scenes on how the show is written. We share listener emails, give a year in review, take a quick look at (and listen to) some holiday music, and offer a sneek-peak of what's...Show More

Producing Soundtrack Albums: an Interview with Mike Matessino (part II)

44:36 | Dec 5th, 2018

In part 2 of our interview, Mike Matessino candidly discusses the challenges facing the music industry, while sharing his insights into the popularity of film scores performed live. Some of his favorite soundtrack releases are discussed, and we get a...Show More

Producing Soundtrack Albums: an Interview with Mike Matessino (part I)

37:23 | Nov 28th, 2018

Mike Matessino has been producing film and television soundtrack albums for over 20 years, and has worked with some of the most famous film music of all time. We discuss everything that goes into the releases of our favorite albums, and get a few beh...Show More

Lesser-Known Scores: John Williams

36:57 | Nov 21st, 2018

We all know Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter... but what about Hook, Dracula, The Cowboys or Catch Me If You Can? We take a listen to excerpts of lesser-known works by John Williams.

Rocky: the Music

43:15 | Nov 15th, 2018

Recorded in just three hours, this iconic score has been an inspiration to athletes all over the world for decades. We look at its creation, and how music is used to tell the story of a down-on-his luck athlete whose life changes forever. 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: the Music Part III

49:14 | Nov 7th, 2018

In our final look at Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, we explore the music for "he who must not be named." The original soundtrack album is also discussed, and we review the 9-part children's suite for orchestra that John Williams penned whi...Show More

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: the Music Part II

45:03 | Oct 31st, 2018

Using musical examples, we explore how the films and books of Harry Potter are a metaphor for common struggles that take place during the normal school year. Themes for Harry, the Potter family, Quidditch, and Hogwarts are also discussed. 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: the Music Part I

44:38 | Oct 24th, 2018

In our first look at the musical world of Harry Potter, we discuss the creative inspiration behind "Hedwig's Theme," "Harry's Wondrous World" and more. We then ask the question: is there a theme for Harry Potter himself? 

Ghostbusters: the Music (Part II)

43:20 | Oct 17th, 2018

In this episode, we'll discuss the creation and usage of some of Ghostbusters' pop songs, including Ray Parker Jr's smash number one single, and how they are an effective songscore when combined with Bernstein's orchestral magic.

Ghostbusters: the Music (Part I)

41:47 | Oct 10th, 2018

In our first look at Ghostbusters, we call up an in-depth look at the musical contribution from legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein, who gives the movie a light-hearted, comedic touch ... while treating the threat of malevolent spirits very serio...Show More

Halloween: the Music

33:04 | Oct 3rd, 2018

In just three days, director and film composer John Carpenter wrote a classic horror film score. Go behind the scenes and hear the story of how it all came together. We'll also analyze the music, and talk about why it still scares us decades later.

Psycho: the Music (Part II)

34:11 | Sep 26th, 2018

In part 2 of our look at Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, we discuss how composer Bernard Herrmann skillfully builds tension with his use of repetition early on in the score. In the second half of the film, as a new, 3-note motive emerges, we break down it...Show More

Psycho: the Music (Part I)

49:09 | Sep 19th, 2018

In part 1 of our look at Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, we discuss the history of both Hitchcock and film composer Bernard Herrmann, and explore the strength of their collaborations. We give detailed history on the production of Psycho and its film score...Show More

Universal Monster Music

45:50 | Sep 12th, 2018

Universal created a rich cast of fascinating monsters ... and evolved their film scoring techniques through the process.Through the creation of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, the Mummy, and more, we hear the evolution of film...Show More

Tron, the Music (Part II)

51:34 | Sep 5th, 2018

We take a detailed look at the film score for Tron, examining multiple cues and breaking down their melodic and rhythmic qualities. The history of the film score's creation is also discussed, as are the songs written for the movie, We even listen to ...Show More

Tron, the Music (Part I)

37:29 | Aug 29th, 2018

Tron's film score is as innovative and groundbreaking as the movie itself: part synth score, part orchestral score, it carefully balances tech-savvy storytelling with the triumph of the human (and program) spirit. We discuss the plot to Tron, how it ...Show More

Back to the Future, the Music (Part III)

41:32 | Aug 22nd, 2018

In our final look at Back to the Future, we discuss how themes are used, and how often. Secondary themes are examined, taking a close listen to how they're all related. We discuss the relationships between characters, and how music functions as a sto...Show More

Back to the Future, the Music (Part II)

43:43 | Aug 15th, 2018

In part II of our analysis of the music in Back to the Future, we focus on how the orchestral score is presented to us, and its important relationship to the pop music in the movie. The decision to use pop music is also analyized, as we musically bre...Show More

Back to the Future, the Music (Part I)

39:36 | Aug 8th, 2018

In our first look at Back to the Future, we take a deep look at the past, discussing stories that brought composer Alan Silvestri, director Robert Zemeckis, and producer Steven Spielberg together. The main themes fo Back to the Future are also discus...Show More

The Power of Song: an Interview with Disney Music President Chris Montan (Part II)

38:05 | Aug 1st, 2018

In part 2 of our interview with former Disney Music President Chris Montan, we discuss his work with legendary film composers like Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, Randy Newman and more. Mr. Montan takes us back to the early days of Pixar, and describes...Show More

The Power of Song: an Interview with Disney Music President Chris Montan (Part I)

36:51 | Jul 25th, 2018

In part 1 of our interview with former Disney Music President Chris Montan, we discuss his incredible career as an executive music producer on some of the most memorable soundtracks, musicals and song scores of the past 35 years, including The Lion K...Show More

Max Steiner: from King Kong to Casablanca

46:43 | Jul 18th, 2018

We take a first look at the work of composer Max Steiner, and sample his work from King Kong, Casablanca, Gone With The Wind and more. We also discuss the incredible influence that Steiner has on today's most beloved film franchises, and the importan...Show More

Jurassic Park: A Musical Movie Commentary (Part II)

1:09:23 | Jul 11th, 2018

In Part II, David watches the second half of Jurassic Park. More behind-the-scenes stories and insights are revealed, as well as discussions about script-writing, character arcs, and how music was used to reinforce the drama. 

Jurassic Park: A Musical Movie Commentary (Part I)

1:04:02 | Jul 4th, 2018

In Part I, David watches the first half of Jurassic Park. Characters, musical themes, sound design and story are heavily discussed, as are background stories about the film's technical achievements. 

Jurassic Park: The Music (Part II)

38:03 | Jun 27th, 2018

Jurassic Park doesn't always function like a typical film score. In this episode, we discuss the role that music plays throughout the film. We also touch on the film's amazing sound design, the appearance of "Dies Irae," a breakdown of a theme for pr...Show More

Jurassic Park: The Music (Part I)

44:17 | Jun 20th, 2018

In our first episode dedicated to Jurassic Park, we explore the emotion behind the music. How is it different than Spielberg and Williams' first monstrous collaboration, Jaws? We delve into the history of Jurassic Park's development, discuss the diff...Show More

From Frozen to Coco: An Interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Part II)

30:50 | Jun 13th, 2018

In Part II of our interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, we discuss the inspiration and stories behind their Oscar-winning song from Disney/Pixar's film Coco, as well as their musical influences, what it's like to work with some of t...Show More

From Frozen to Coco: An Interview with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Part I)

42:51 | Jun 6th, 2018

In our first interview, we talk with Disney and Broadway songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who have penned hit songs for Frozen, Coco, Winnie the Pooh, Finding Nemo, and more for Disney. We discuss their creative process as so...Show More

BONUS: Star Wars: a Musical Movie Commentary (Part II)

1:02:09 | Jun 5th, 2018

Bonus episode! We conclude our look at Star Wars by discussing the 2nd half of the movie. We chat more about temp scores, the creative challenges of mixing, the incredible end battle sequence, and so much more. Grab a snack, sit back, and watch the 2...Show More

BONUS: Star Wars: a Musical Movie Commentary (Part I)

1:09:35 | May 30th, 2018

Bonus episode! In part one, David watches the first half of Star Wars and provides commentary about its soundtrack, unscripted. Orchestral music history, opera, sound design, and dialog recording are also discussed. Grab a bucket of popcorn, sync up ...Show More

Star Wars: the Music (Part III)

49:47 | May 23rd, 2018

Our musical analysis of Star Wars comes to a conclusion as we examine music cues that didn't make the final cut of the film. We discuss the creative process, and listen to what could have been, speculating on why certain pieces were omitted or change...Show More

Star Wars: the Music (Part II)

43:56 | May 16th, 2018

We continue our journey through the legendary music of Star Wars from 1977, discussing how music is placed strategically throughout the film. We also take a listen to a long-forgotten theme for Darth Vader, the playful jawas, and we explore the scum ...Show More

Star Wars: the Music (Part I)

51:43 | May 9th, 2018

Star Wars and its characters are driven by musical motifs, or themes. We dive into Luke's theme, the Force, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Rebel Alliance, and Princess Leia. We take a close look at how these themes tell the story of Star Wars, plus we hear some...Show More

Star Wars, Lucas, and Williams: An Introduction

50:03 | May 2nd, 2018

As we begin our journey into that galaxy far, far away, we discuss the life of George Lucas, the development of Star Wars, and the early temp scores that led to a symphonic masterpiece: the soundtrack for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

Korngold and Warner Brothers: the Sound of Hollywood Film Scores

33:29 | Apr 25th, 2018

Before Star Wars and Superman, there were the film scores of child prodigy Erich Wolfgang Korngold. When revisited today, his music and life story are both incredibly powerful. Discover how Korngold changed film scores forever, how music saved him an...Show More

The Music of Super Mario Bros.

46:48 | Apr 18th, 2018

Jump in and explore the music of Super Mario Bros, in all of its 8-bit glory. We discuss the surprising power of video game music, the technology and innovation that drove it, and the creative process that led to this 1985 classic.

Jaws: the Music (Part II)

49:59 | Apr 11th, 2018

Ahoy! Our look at Jaws concludes with the sea voyage of the Orca, as our characters attempt to hunt the hunter. The score focuses on the human spirit, and resurrects the swashbuckling film scores of classic Hollywood. Take a listen to how Jaws ushers...Show More

Jaws: the Music (Part I)

42:01 | Apr 4th, 2018

Our "deep dive" into the music, sound and story of Jaws begins as we look closely at the first half of the movie. What we find are fascinating surprises, interesting stories, the terror of the shark, a moving family bond ... and even a dark sense of ...Show More

Jaws, Williams and Spielberg: An Introduction

55:03 | Mar 28th, 2018

Kicking off our first score analysis, we set the stage by discussing the problems that haunted the production of Jaws... and how these same problems were turned into advantages through the creative genius of Steven Spielberg and John Williams. We als...Show More

What's in the Mix: Painting With Sound

39:40 | Mar 21st, 2018

Music makes you feel, but sound makes it real. Let's discuss the other aspects of a movie mix. While often transparent to audiences, the sound design, Foley and dialog work are "50 percent of the motion picture experience." We discuss how, using exam...Show More

Doom and Gloom: Music has a word for "Death"

40:00 | Mar 14th, 2018

Music is a language, and composers have a musical word that means "Death." It's been used to convey doom and gloom for over 100 years, and without knowing it, you've heard it in some of your favorite movies. From The Lord of the Rings to The Shining,...Show More

What Is Music? No, Seriously, What Is It?

31:53 | Mar 7th, 2018

What is music? How do we define something so abstract? Something we can't see, and can only hear? This episode arms listeners with the ability to talk about their favorite soundtracks, using examples from Rocky, Superman, 2001: A Space Odyssey and mo...Show More

Great Melodies Tell Great Stories

34:44 | Feb 28th, 2018

In our first episode, we breakdown themes from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Star Trek and Back To The Future, showcasing the artistry and storytelling that goes into each composition. We also discuss the origins of the word "Soundtrack," give a basic mu...Show More

The Soundtrack Show: Episode Zero

05:30 | Feb 24th, 2018

The Soundtrack Show takes listeners on a tour of movies, TV shows, video games and theater -- through their sound. Host David W. Collins breaks it all down so anyone who loves entertainment can appreciate it in a whole new way.

The Soundtrack Show: Trailer

01:26 | Feb 22nd, 2018

The Soundtrack Show is a weekly look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV shows, video games and theater pieces of all time.