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Series in which Neil Brand celebrates the art of cinema music and soundtracks. Neil explores how changing technology has taken soundtracks in bold new directions.

In the last of three programmes in which composer Neil Brand celebrates the art of cinema music, Neil explores how changing technology has taken soundtracks in bold new directions and even altered our very idea of how a film should sound.

Neil tells the story of how the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet ended up with a groundbreaking electronic score that blurred the line between music and sound effects, and explains why Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds has one of the most effective soundtracks of any of his films - despite having no music. He shows how electronic music crossed over from pop into cinema with Midnight Express and Chariots of Fire, while films like Apocalypse Now pioneered the concept of sound design - that sound effects could be used for storytelling and emotional impact.

Neil tracks down some of the key composers behind these innovations to talk about their work, such as Vangelis (Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner), Carter Burwell (Twilight, No Country for Old Men) and Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream, Moon).

1 hour

Last on

Sat 7 Jul 2018 23:00


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Neil Brand talks film

Neil Brand talks film

A selection of interviews with film composer Neil Brand.


Role Contributor
Series Producer John Das
Director John Das
Presenter Neil Brand
Executive Producer Michael Poole
Interviewed Guest Vangelis
Interviewed Guest Carter Burwell
Interviewed Guest Clint Mansell


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