Apple Music is here and with it come Connect, the new social platform Apple has created for artists to communicate and share directly with their fans. A few bands that I follow have posted some cool stuff on there but the highlight so far is what Trent Reznor is putting up. He's shared two playlists so far, one is a sort of instrumental version of The Fragile which also has different arrangements of a few songs and the other is and instrumental version of With Teeth.
This week I've been listening to a lot of the latest Celldweller release: End of an Empire. If you've never heard of Celldweller you've still probably heard his music, you just might not have realised it. His work has been licensed for TV and movie trailers countless times over the past 10 years so there's a very high probability you've watched a show or a trailer that has something by Celldweller in it.
Apple's new music service "Apple Music" has been announced and I've had a week or so to ponder it. I say new but it's actually just Beats Music rebranded, which isn't necessarily a bad thing since apparently a lot of effort went into making Beats Music a quality service. I never used it before they were acquired by Apple so I can't comment. I had a few thoughts on various aspects of Apple Music so I thought I'd toss them up here. Some of these may have been answered already - let me know if that's the case and I'll update.
In my ears this week is the Mad Max: Fury Road OST by Tom Holkenborg, otherwise known as Junkie XL. If you like epic action movie scores then definitely take a listen. It's got fantastic sound design throughout and some lovely moments like Furiosa's theme "Many Mothers", but the main attraction are the loud war drum driven tracks that accompany the film's many, many action sequences. The drums on this score are fantastic.
Some standout tracks for me are "Immortan's Citadel", "Storm Is Coming", "Brothers In Arms" and "Chapter Doof" but there's a whole lot to like on this album. Highly recommended.
This is the first of my new monthly project update posts!These will serve a dual purpose: to keep people informed about what I'm doing but also to help me identify things I would like to write about more. So if there's anything you read here that you'd like me to expand on then comment below or get in touch and let me know. I plan to write a bit about my processes and approaches to various things, both with soundtrack work and with music in general.