Tag Archives: Composer

Music Wednesday(?): Introducing Shimomura Yoko!

Shimomura Yoko is one of the greatest composers alive/ever will live. Hyperbole? PFFFT. She’s created music for Legend of Mana, Kingdom Hearts, and is currently finishing up the soundtracks for both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV. Here are some of my favorite tunes of hers as an appetizer–I intend to write a “composer spotlight” for her in the very near future!

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Composer Spotlight: The Medieval Mastery of Trevor Morris

The subject of classical-versus-film comes up a lot, but the best way I can describe it is that they are different languages. They’re related of course, but they are different. If I wrote music for the concert hall, it would be very different than the music I write for the screen. I do think, though, that a great piece of film music can stand on its own and be appreciated for what it is. If it’s doing it’s job right, it will give you a sense of time and a sense of place. –Trevor Morris

Born in London, Ontario (yes, apparently there is a Canadian London), Trevor Morris attended St. Mary’s School for the Arts as a child, where he studied the violin and sang in choir. When he was 13 (THIRTEEN), Morris was commissioned by his school to compose a piece in honor of Pope John Paul II’s visit to his class’s graduation ceremony.

They paid him 50 dollars.

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Composer Spotlight: Film Scores by Alexandre Desplat

The only thing that I can say about Alexandre Desplat (pronounced “Alexander Deh-plah”) is “how in the righteous F***?” But this is what I say about all composers of music. It boggles my mind how anyone can create coherent melodies from the jumbled mess that is human brain juice, but film composers are living proof that it is indeed possible.

Desplat was born in 1961–in Paris–to two beautiful human beings who were able to raise him with a love for music both foreign and domestic, which gave him a wider appreciation for worldly tunes. Desplat began playing the piano at the age of 5, loves jazz (score! Forgive me Father, for I have punned) and says he is heavily influenced by South American and African music.

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