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From the creators of the hit film SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY comes this weekly show that invites you into the studios of Hollywood's most cutting-edge, beloved and imaginative musical storytellers. Hosted by Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes.

From the creators of the hit film SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY comes this weekly show that invites you into the studios of Hollywood's most cutting-edge, beloved and imaginative musical storytellers. Hosted by Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes.


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From the creators of the hit film SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY comes this weekly show that invites you into the studios of Hollywood's most cutting-edge, beloved and imaginative musical storytellers. Hosted by Robert Kraft and Kenny Holmes.






#15 | Howard Shore: The King of the Rings

Robert and Kenny begin this Season Finale with special guest, Matt Schrader discussing the trailer release of The Batman, Travis Scott & Ludwig Göransson's chart-topping single release for TENET, Hans Zimmer's new cue for WW84 and checking Score: The Mailbox. Plus, the team reflects on their favorite moments of this season of the show. Later, 3x Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore joins sharing stories of his iconic work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and why he couldn't turn the project...


#14 | Blake Neely's college suggested he quit music

Robert and Kenny begin the show with special guest, Matt Schrader discussing the season finale release of Blockbuster and checking Score: The Mailbox, with questions about composer compensation, live-to-picture film music concerts and how to present music to a director. Later, Emmy-nominated composer Blake Neely joins the show to share how he overcame the early doubters, the excitement of scoring superhero crossover episodes like Arrow and The Flash, why his relationship with Tom Hanks and...


#13 | Max Richter has to fall in love with a project

Robert and Kenny begin the show answering questions from Score: The Mailbox about why album versions of scores sometimes differ from the film version, the use of diegetic music in film and if there is a common starting point for writing a score. Then, Emmy-nominated composer Max Richter joins to discuss his brilliant artist career, including his new album ‘Voices,’ why director Ari Folman called out of the blue demanding he score Waltz with Bashir, his use of laments in Taboo and why he...


Bonus World Premiere | Ludwig Göransson's first film cue

At age seventeen, a young Ludwig Göransson was selected to write a concert piece to be performed by an orchestra. Score: The Podcast is excited to present the World Premiere of "5 Minutes to Christmas" by Ludwig Göransson. Follow us on Twitter @ScoreThePodcast, or send Kenny and Robert your questions for the mailbox at Hosts: Robert Kraft & Kenny Holmes Executive Producer: Matt Schrader Coordinator: Carol Kuswanto © 2020 Epicleff Media


Bonus | Jim Johnston electrified WWE fans for 32 years

In this special Theme Song Throwback, longtime WWE composer Jim Johnston breaks down his process for writing entrance themes for some of the most iconic characters in sports entertainment. Jim reveals how John Williams' themes for Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker inspired his approach to good guys and bad guys, his experience writing songs with rock bands like Motorhead and P.O.D. and why he only attended one Wrestlemania in his 32 year run with the business. This episode is presented by...


#12 | Ludwig Göransson has the Midas touch

Kenny and Robert begin the show with a special “Theme Song Throwback” segment joined by longtime WWE composer Jim Johnston. The maestro of the squared circle reveals his secrets for writing the most iconic entrance themes of professional wrestling’s top superstars including The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Goldust. Then, Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Ludwig Goransson joins the show sharing what surprised him about Christopher Nolan while recording the score for his upcoming...


#11 | Alexandre Desplat’s dream was to get to Hollywood

Kenny and Robert begin the show discussing the 2020 Emmy nominations, the updated theatrical rollout plan for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, composer Alan Menken achieving EGOT status with a Daytime Emmy win and checking Score: The Mailbox with a question about why all film scores aren’t released. Then, Oscar and Golden Globe-winning composer Alexandre Desplat joins the show to discuss his new film with Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch, his transition from French cinema to Hollywood films and...


#10 | Patrick Doyle has a cookie for you

Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing the passing of legendary Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, maestro of 400+ films and credited with creating the sound of "Spaghetti Westerns" for films like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars. Then, the guys check Score: The Mailbox with a question about the difference between studio musicians and concert musicians. Later, Oscar-nominated composer Patrick Doyle joins the show from Shepperton Studios in England, his home...


#9 | Terence Blanchard has New Orleans in his soul

Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing what they watched over the weekend including Doctor Sleep, score by The Newton Brothers and Ford v Ferrari, score by Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders Then, Emmy, Grammy and Tony-winning music director Alex Lacamoire stops by to help count down the release of Hamilton coming to Disney+ on July 3. Alex shares stories of working on the show, his reaction to the script when Lin-Manuel Miranda first presented it and his future projects including In The...


#8 | Theodore Shapiro says the picture will tell you what to do

Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing the dates changes to the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes in 2021 and what they watched recently, including HBO's new reboot of Perry Mason scored by Oscar-nominated composer Terence Blanchard. Then, Kenny asks Robert to share how his best buddy Bruce Willis helped turn Hudson Hawk into a reality in the latest installment of "Score Stories." Later, Theodore Shapiro joins the show to share his many tales of scoring some of the greatest comedies...


#7 | Daniel Pemberton doesn't play by the rules

Robert and Kenny begin the show joined by Blockbuster podcast creator Matt Schrader, discussing the brand new season profiling director James Cameron. The team discusses the major changes the to the theatrical release schedule including blockbuster films Tenet, WW84, No Time To Die and Top Gun: Maverick and what all of this could mean for the future of movie theaters. Then, Kenny checks Score: The Mailbox with a question for Robert about his favorite memory of working with the late maestro...


#6 | A.R. Rahman: A Self-Taught Global Icon

Robert and Kenny begin the show talking about shows they’ve been watching including Tales From the Loop (with music by Philip Glass) and the second season of Amazon's Homecoming. Then, Homecoming and composer Emile Mosseri stops by to share how he came on board with the hit series, the challenges of stepping in on a show that was previously scored with licensed scores from composers including legendary maestro Bernard Herrmann and the difference of scoring a TV series versus his previous...


#5 | Siddhartha Khosla scored 'This is Us' pilot in his parents' basement

Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing the conclusion of the ESPN docuseries The Last Dance profiling Michael Jordan and the 90s Chicago Bulls, and the terrific use of both source music and the dramatic score by composer Thomas Caffey. Then, Mrs. America composer Kris Bowers joins the show to share how he and his team adapted to the coronavirus stay at home orders that went into effect in the middle of scoring the new FX series. Before the break, the team checks Score: The...


#4 | David Arnold has unfinished business with 007

Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing the HBO film Bad Education, which includes the latest score by Michael Abels. Over the weekend, Kenny also re-watched Avatar, a film Robert worked on with James Cameron and James Horner. Robert reveals that Beyoncé was the original choice for the end credits song, but she was too expensive. Then, Emmy and Grammy-winning composer David Arnold (James Bond franchise, Independence Day, Stargate, Good Omens, Sherlock) joins the show to talk about the...


#3 | Rachel Portman is releasing her first solo album

Robert and Kenny begin the show discussing Taika Watiti being chosen as the next Star Wars director, breaking down the rules changes for the Oscars, updating the flub announcement of Daft Punk scoring a new film and checking Score: The Mailbox. Then, Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman joins to talk about her first solo album "Ask The River" releasing on 5/8, her trailblazing career that started with learning piano from a teacher in her small village and her hope to one day score a...


#2 | Jung Jae Il wrote the Parasite theme hungover

Robert and Kenny start off the show discussing the news of Daft Punk returning to film scoring, sharing shows they have been watching and check Score: The Mailbox for the first time. Then, legendary film critic Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie, hosts of Maltin on Movies, join the show to discuss the future of film and cinema after the COVID-19 pandemic and Leonard explains why he believes movie theaters will survive. Later, composer musician and music producer Jung Jae Il shares...


#1 | Danny Elfman: From Superfan To Spectacle

In this supersized Season 3 premiere, Robert and Kenny talk about changes to the show due to coronavirus, Kenny’s anxiety trying to land Danny Elfman for the season premiere, and listen to Randy Newman's amazing COVID-19 song. Then, Danny Elfman (Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Good Will Hunting, Men In Black, Spider-Man) joins for an extended interview about the series of wacky coincidences that kickstarted his musical career, and why he first...



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Bonus | The Newton Brothers say no ego allowed when working as a duo

Robert, Kenny, Matt and Carol begin the bonus episode discussing upcoming films such as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Knives Out, Tenet and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Then Award-winning composers Andy Grush and Taylor Stewart share how they became a composer duo, their individual paths to the film scoring world and how they transitioned into the horror genre, working with director Mike Flanagan who they’ve collaborated for The Haunting of Hill House, Hush, Ouija: Origin of...


#20 | Dave Porter would turn down Spielberg to work with Vince Gilligan

Robert, Kenny, Matt and Carol begin the season finale discussing Joker breaking the box office record for largest October opening and how composer Hildur Guðnadóttir plays a role in that with her score. Then award-winning composer Dave Porter joins to share stories of how he first got involved in the Breaking Bad universe, working closely with long time collaborator Vince Gilligan, his path into film scoring that started with early classical training and later exploring electronic music in...