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Matthew Sweet's weekly look at music for the screen


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Matthew Sweet's weekly look at music for the screen





With the current release of Justin Hurwitz's new score for 'Babylon' in cinemas, Matthew Sweet looks at the theme of decadence in the movies through examples of its music. The programme includes notes by Debbie Wiseman for 'Wilde', Jen Anderson for 'Pandora's Box'; 'Caligula' by Bruno Nicolai, Nino Rota's 'La Dolce Vita', Jonny Greenwood's 'Inherent Vice' and Dustin O'Halloran's 'Marie Antoinette'. Philippe Sarde scores with 'La Grande Bouffe' and Craig Armstrong with 'The Great Gatsby'. The...


The Romance of Horror

Monsters, spooky atmosphere, terrifying effects, but horror is also a genre exploring ideas about relationships, as Matthew Sweet explains with music for the romance of horror. The programme features cues from classic Hammer Horror by Harry Robertson alongside Wojciech Kilar's 'Bram's Stoker's Dracula'. Also in the programme is some of Roy Budd's score for 'Phantom Of the Opera', some of Maurice Jarre's score for 'Ghost', James Wong's 'A Chinese Ghost Story', Georges Auric's 'La Belle et la...


Michael Nyman

With the remastered cinematic and digital re-release of The Draughtsman's Contract, marking forty years since it first appeared, Matthew Sweet looks back on the film music career of the man who created its much-loved score, Michael Nyman. He charts his long association with director Peter Greenaway, his foray into the Hollywood, and his work with European and experimental cinema. The programme features music from The Falls, The Ogre, A La Folie, Gattaca, The Piano, Carrington, Ravenous, The...


And then there were nuns!

The world of the convent has given rise to some interesting and varied cinema - Black Narcissus, Agnes of God, Two Mules for Sister Sara, and not least, this week's new release, Prey for the Devil, a new horror from director Daniel Stamm with music by Nathan Barr. Matthew Sweet looks back at nuns on the screen, lavishly illustrated with the sound of music.


Lorne Balfe

Matthew Sweet in conversation with Lorne Balfe, the prolific, Grammy-winning composer of films ranging from Mission Impossible: Fallout to Churchill. Lorne talks about working with Hans Zimmer, how dyslexia shaped him as a composer, and the day Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson turned up at a recording session.


Vaughan Williams and film

Vaughan-Williams was very progressive and open minded with regard to the role of the film composer and the merit of the film score. He was keen to “try his hand” at composing for film in the 1940s not least because he thought it would fulfil his need to play a “useful role” during the war years. He wrote his first score for Powell and Pressburger’s propaganda 1941 film ‘The 49th Parallel’ and went on to score another ten films, including the celebrated and ambitious ‘Scott of the Antarctic’....



Matthew Sweet looks back on the story of widescreen cinema, on some of the films designed especially for it and looks at the impact that the idea has had on film scores.


You'll never leave

With the release of the Florence Pugh film Don't Worry Darling featuring a new score by John Powell, Matthew Sweet looks at film music inspired by those disturbing types of community that conceal awkward secrets. The programme features muisc from 'The League of Gentlemen Apocalypse', 'The Most Dangerous Game', 'Get Out', 'Vivarium', 'The Truman Show'; 'Pleasantville', 'Murder By Death', The Stepford Wives', 'Eyes Wide Shut', 'Midsommar', 'the Wicker Man' and 'Don't Worry Darling'. There's...

Going to the Movies

Gaming has always enjoyed a special relationship with the movies, but title don't always transfer well from one medium to the other. Louise looks at the symbiotic relationship between games and movies and talks to composer Nainita Desai about his music for the upcoming new Sam Barlow game Immortality. The programme includes music by Stuart Chatwood for Prince of Persia, Henry Jackman for Uncharted 4, Jim Dooley for Epic Mickey 2, and Mark Mothersbaugh for Ratchet & Clank. The programme also...

Lalo Schifrin at 90

Lalo Schifrin, composer of classic jazz-infused scores for Mission Impossible, Bullitt and Dirty Harry, turned 90 this year. Matthew Sweet looks back on his career and music. As well as the afore-mentioned films, the programme features music from Cool Hand Luke, Enter The Dragon, The Fox, The Four Musketeers, Rush Hour 2, The Amityville Horror and Tango.

The Connoisseurs

With the release of a new film inspired by the art of wine tasting and the true story of a Zimbabwean team of professional sommeliers, 'Blind Ambition', Matthew considers film and film music under the wider context of the connoisseur. Who are the great on-screen arbiters of merit and taste? And he talks to the Australian composer Helena Czajka, about her score for 'Blind Ambition'. The programme includes music from Sideways, Bottle Shock, The Monuments Men, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Best...

Stranger Things about the Eighties

What was it about the 1980s setting that proved so distinctive and right for the hit television series Stranger Things? Matthew Sweet reflects on the spirit of the decade as told through the music of its films. The programme includes music from The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, Wall Street, Witness, Driving Miss Daisy, The Final Countdown, War Games, The Terminator and Gremlins. The Classic Score of the Week is Jerry Goldsmith's music for Twilight Zone: The Movie.

Bill Conti

Hollywood composer Bill Conti joins Matthew to talk about his career and music for film, which has included scores for James Bond, The Karate Kid and, famously, for Rocky. Among other things, Bill talks to Matthew about his early days as a musician and composer in Italy, about 'ghosting', about how he created the score for the original Rocky film back in the mid-1970s, about working on James Bond, and about his love of the great scores from the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood.

Viking gods

Michael Giacchino's new score for 'Thor - Love and Thunder' sets Matthew Sweet thinking about the movie appearances of the ancient gods of the Vikings. The programme includes music by Patrick Doyle, Jerry Goldsmith, Ron Goodwin, Bobby Krlic, Robin Carolan and Sebastian Gainsborough, Trevor Morris, Mario Nascimbene, Natalie Holt, Mark Mothersbaugh, Brian Tyler and the new score from Michael Giacchino.


Sound of Vangelis

Matthew Sweet talks to the composer Daniel Pemberton about the extraordinary output of the late Vangelis, of one of film music's best known composers. Featuring music from Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire, The Bounty, as well as some lesser known works from Vangelis's discography.


Star Trekkin'...

Matthew Sweet marks the 40th anniversary re-release of 'Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan' with music for the film franchise by Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner and Michael Giacchino. The programme includes music from the movies 'Star Trek: Into Darkness', 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture', 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn' and 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock'. And the Classic Score of the week is music by Fred Steiner from an early Star Trek TV episode 'Charlie X'.


Stop Motion

In 1993 Jurassic Park revolutionised cinema's engagement with visual effects. Now, with the latest Jurassic World with us - 'Jurassic World Dominion' - Matthew Sweet looks back on films that have set out to animate the inanimate, especially those that employ 'stop motion' techniques, and he features examples from scores that greatly enhanced the succes of the process. The programme includes music from the 1976 'King Kong', 'First Men In the Moon', 'Jason and the Argonauts', 'Sen Noci...



With the arrival of the much anticipated sequel to Top Gun' with us, Matthew turns his thoughts to film music that explores our skyborne aspirations. As well as a cue from the new score for 'Top Gun Maverick' by Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer, the programme features music from 'Birdman', 'Carnival Row', ''Hook', 'Captain Marvel', 'Avatar', Danny Elfman's score for 'Dumbo', 'E.T - the Extra-Terrestrial', 'The Aeronauts', 'The First Of The Few', 'Brewster McLeod', 'Amelia' and Justin Hurwitz's...

Lesley Barber

Canadian composer Lesley Barber talks to Matthew Sweet about her career in film and about writing music for films such as Manchester by the Sea and Mansfield Park.

The Multiverse

With the release of Michelle Yeoh's new film 'Everything Everywhere All at Once', Matthew Sweet features music for movies that engage with the science of the multiple universe theory. In particular he looks at the 'Marvel Mulitverse' - "a concept about which we know very little" - and he gives us music from 'Doctor Strange' and the recent Spider-Man films. Also in the programme, the sounds of 'Interstellar', 'Coraline', 'Parallel' and 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'.