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Jay-Z Carnegie Hall

Having a supporting orchestra arrangement can more often than not create a more grandeur atmosphere to any non-classical song.  Let’s take a look back at some of the most notable non-classical/orchestra mashups in the last two decades:

 

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Rob Simonsen Photos Every Day

L.A.-based composer Rob Simonsen has slowly been building a name for himself scoring music for films such as the Oscar-winning Life of Pi, Moneyball, and most recently The Way Way Back starring Steve Carell.  But what has recently … [Read More]

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final fantasy vi opera

(by Gene Yraola)

Long before videogames had big time movie composers creating their scores, a pixelated, 16-bit opera scene changed the way how music, and more importantly emotion in games were looked at. More than 20 years later, that scene … [Read More]

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Akira

(By Gene Yraola)

Considered by many to be a historically significant moment in film-making, Akira, a groundbreaking Japanese anime, was known not only for its neo-apocalyptic story-telling and vivid art style, but also for its wildly-imaginative music score. Released in … [Read More]

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Wii Music fail

(By Julia Friedman)

The year was 2008. Before the advent of mobile “quickie” games like Angry Birds and Flabby Bird, the Nintendo Wii was the king of “casual” games. Mostly known as shovelware to hardcore gamers, Nintendo sought to bring … [Read More]

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greatest nba commercial music

(by Nick Sheer)

With everyone all hyped for the NBA Playoffs (sorry Laker and Knicks fans), there’s no better season for brands and the NBA itself to roll out their most cinematographic commercials. Filled with dramatic camera angles, lavish sequences, … [Read More]

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portsmouth sinfoinia

If you’re going to fail, mind as well fail proudly. But don’t tell that to the Portsmouth Sinfonia – whose thirty year recordings have become the internet darlings of orchestra fails.

Though they ceased performing in 1979, the Portsmouth Sinfonia’s … [Read More]

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East Forest SXSW

Classical music has always been an afterthought at the industry-insider festival but in recent years the genre has slowly been given a much more integrated chance through inclusions on experimental/alternative showcases. Proportionally in comparison to the festival’s whole lineup, there … [Read More]

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The Oscars

This year’s Academy Awards features a wild range of film scores that run the gamut in terms of sound and mood. From Hollywood heavy-hitters like John Williams to indie darlings such as Arcade Fire/Owen Pallett, film scores hit an all-time … [Read More]

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Odradek Records

With the declining prominence of CDs and with that the loss appreciation for album art, many will respect Odradek Records not only for their fine catalog of releases within the past year but also for their often attractive, humorous cover … [Read More]

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