The 29th Sammy Film Music Awards

It’s awards season wherever you turn. With our own 2016 Reel Music Awards having recently been announced, and the announcement of the IFMCA Awards and 89th Academy Awards just over the horizon, have announced the 29th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards (SFMA).

The SFMAs are given in recognition of excellence in film music recordings that is presented on CD and/or other digital formats. Chosen by IFMCA member Roger Hall, the Sammy Awards recognises the release of soundtrack albums featuring music from the Golden Age to current releases.

2016 Reel Music Awards – The Winners

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I always look forward to going back over the past year when trying to finalise my favourite scores for that year but, by the time the process has ended, I am exhausted and glad it’s over! It’s such a difficult job trying to whittle down dozens of scores (usually for each category) into a choice of ten nominations, and then decide which titles comes out on top. But, the decisions have been made and below are the fruits of my deliberations: my favourite scores for 2016.

This year – more than any other – I have found myself shying away from the scores that feature huge orchestras and/or a massive choral presence and being more receptive to the smaller-scale efforts that, to me at least, seen to focus more on the ‘less-is-more’ mantra. It goes without saying that many of the larger-scale projects have some great thematic material and some impressive ideas but the inventiveness of some of the scores that feature a more limited number of instruments has caught my ear and that’s reflected in many of my choices. [Read more…]

2016 Reel Music Awards – The Nominations

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Now that most of the music for 2016 has been released (I hope so anyway) it’s time for Reel Music to take a look back over the year just passed. I thought that 2016 was another good year for film, television and videogames music and here I want to highlight some of the scores that I particularly enjoyed and which have stood out above the rest. It’s not about what’s the ‘best’ scores of the year though; it’s more a celebration of the music that are favourites of mine.

As with previous years, I have several categories into which the year’s output has been divided and within each category I have chosen (or ‘nominated’) my favourite ten scores*. It’s difficult to articulate the decision process for choosing the various scores: there’s no formal mechanism, it’s how the music makes me feel both as a separate listening experience and – if I am lucky – how the music sits within the medium for which it was written. The quality of music written in 2016 has been very high and many worthy titles have, unfortunately, had to be put to one side and don’t feature in my selections.

I am hoping that my choices will be of interest to people and I would always welcome any feedback on my selections (or my omissions!) I hope that you will want to check out any unfamiliar titles I have listed.

The winners will be announced on Monday, 30th January 2017. [Read more…]

The 2015 IFMCA Award winners are…

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FEBRUARY 18, 2015 – The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of winners for excellence in musical scoring in 2015, in the 2015 IFMCA Awards.

The award for Score of the Year goes to composer JOHN WILLIAMS for his work on the massively popular and successful epic science fiction fantasy STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, from director J. J. Abrams. IFMCA member James Southall said that “the Force remains strong in John Williams and long may it continue” and called the score “glorious,” while IFMCA member Christian Clemmensen called the score “a powerfully melodic and excitingly complex piece of grand artistry from an era of greatness that only John Williams in top form could deliver.[Read more…]

IFMCA Award Nominations 2015 have been announced


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FEBRUARY 4, 2016. The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of nominees for excellence in musical scoring in 2015, for the 12th annual IFMCA Awards. The most nominated composers are industry veterans John Williams and Ennio Morricone, as well as Michael Giacchino, and the late James Horner. [Read more…]

The Award Winners at 2015 Reel Music Awards

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2015 Reel Music Awards – The Winners

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It’s been another challenging year selecting, in my opinion, the most noteworthy scores from the world of film, television and video games (and more). Each category had multiple titles that impressed me and I think the nominations this year give a flavour of how strong a year 2015 was in terms of quality.

Basing my choices on a difficult-to-define mix of things such as how much of an emotional impact a work has, how the music works in the project for which it was written or how enjoyable the overall listening experience is, these lists reflect my own personal taste.

I hope that readers of my blog find my choices interesting. I am particularly hopeful that the titles mentioned here open new avenues of musical enjoyment. [Read more…]