5 Questions with Dario Marianelli

Varese Sarabande released the soundtrack to Everest via digital retail and CD this past Friday.  We sat down with composer, Dario Marianelli, to discuss his compositions on the soundtrack.

1. Describe The Everest soundtrack on Varese.

2. Did the director give you any interesting instructions or feedback to help you create the tonal palette?

A: My initial instinctive approach to the score, which the director liked and encouraged me to follow, was to have a calling voice, a distant siren call. It is at the same time a voice that represents the ancient goddess-like mountain, but also a luring and irresistible calling to one's own shipwreck.

5 Questions with Heather McIntosh

Heather McIntosh makes her debut recording on Varese this month with the score to the feature film, Z for Zachariah.  A long in demand cellist player as well as a composer, Heather has performed with everyone from Animal Collective and St. Vincent to Gnarles Barkley and Lil Wayne.

1. Describe your latest soundtrack on Varese?

This work has a very pastoral tone, even though we are depicting the end of the world, it takes place in the only part of the world unaffected by the apocalypse. Along with lush chamber strings and horns, there is also an subtle underlying tension developed by the use of electronic and acoustic manipulated sounds.

5 Questions with Trevor Rabin!

One of Varese's favorite composers gets the "5 Questions" treatment as Trevor Rabin discusses his work on the Soundtrack to the TV show, 12 Monkeys.  The album will release on July 31st. 

1. Describe your latest soundtrack on Varese?

The 12 Monkey score which I'm doing with my long time assistant Paul Linford, is a hybrid score of ethnic sounds, orchestra, and electronic, with a strong theme base.