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Featured Finds 007

This post is the seventh instalment of a weekly series in where I share a list of the five coolest things I’ve found (or explored) that week.

1. Score: A Film Music Documentary

I wrote a short blog post about this documentary which you can read here.

Here is the film’s synopsis:

What makes a film score unforgettable? Featuring Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, Leonard Maltin, and the late James Horner and Garry Marshall, SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY brings Hollywood’s elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most international music genre: the film score. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on. The documentary contains interviews with dozens of film composers who discuss their craft and the magic of film music while exploring the making of the most iconic and beloved scores in history: “James Bond”, “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Titanic,” “The Social Network,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “Psycho.”

2. One of the Best Resources for Free Game Sounds on the Internet

Sounds Resource is one of the best audio libraries I have come across online for finding free sound effects from games. The website allows you to browse by console, or search for the desired game. Using Zelda Breath of the Wild as an example, the sound effects are split into:

Animal Sounds
Character Sounds
Enemy Sounds
Environment Sounds
Equipment / Item Sounds
Miscellaneous Sounds
Terrain Sounds

I’ve found these effects to be great for using as added foley or found sounds in percussion groups. Click here to visit Sounds Resource.

3. Hans Zimmer – Solomon / Time on x2 ROLI Seaboards

I thought this was an incredible take on one of my favourite tracks ‘Time’, by Hans Zimmer.

4. Handpan by Yuki Koshimoto (Originally named ‘Spacedrum’).

The UFO-looking instrument Yuki Koshimoto is playing, is a Handpan, a collective term for a group of musical instruments resulting from a growing worldwide interest in the Hang Drum. A Hang Drum and Hand Pan are the same instrument, despite there being some confusion online between the two. The reason for the strange discrepancy between the names is because PANArt Hangbau AG, creators of the first Hang Drum trademarked the name, resulting in every company since adopting the name Handpan for their instruments.

Yuki Koshimoto is my favourite player of the Handpan, and I think I speak for all of her followers when I say that I’m eagerly awaiting some new music from her. Unlike other instruments, there isn’t all that much music being created on the Handpan, nor are there many artists to choose from.

5. Haywyre – Smooth Criminal Performance

This one’s an old one, but sometimes it can be more fun rediscovering the forgotten finds of the past. Haywyre performs his interpretation of Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’, predominately filmed by an action camera strapped to his head.

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