Monday, 12/26/22

Trent and Atticus are guests on Soundtracking with Edith Bowman

Happy holidays! On top of all the soundtrack related news, we've got another treat today: Scottish radio DJ and TV presenter Edith Bowman's got a podcast called Soundtracking with Edith Bowman, and for their latest episode, 344, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross rejoin to talk about Bones and All and Empire of Light. It's a great conversation about process and collaboration, and working with interesting people.

You might have picked up on me saying, Trent and Atticus rejoin the podcast. That's because just about a year ago, Reznor and Ross were on the podcast to talk about Soul and Mank. This podcast is a great little gem, if you like the behind the scenes view into how movies are scored, whether from the point of view of the composers, directors, actors, and other people that are part of the process.

The links above are to Audioboom, but you can subscribe to Soundtracking with Edith Bowman pretty much wherever podcasts exist - thanks to podcasts being the almost ideal use case for RSS. Speaking of, don't forget that The Hotline somehow still has a working RSS feed as well, which can be found here (at least, until Google finally kills Feedburner - at which point, we'll find a new home for the RSS feed)
Saturday, 12/17/22

Mank vinyl to see wide release in Q1 2023

Back in December 2020, an announcement went out on about Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score for the Netflix film, Mank. In addition to the traditional streaming options, a super deluxe lossless download was made available at Bandcamp, along with a note: "Vinyl fans: we will be offering the score on vinyl early next year. The vinyl score will NOT contain the extra two hours of material."

Maybe you noticed, but when it came to manufacturing and the supply chain, 2020 was not a great year to be making statements about when products would ship. I waited months for a new washing machine. There's a new house that was built next to me that would be on pause for weeks while they waited for availability of things like... siding. Tiles. Workers.

Before long, both Netflix's Mank and Disney's Soul were nominated for numerous awards, as were the scores for both films, and Netflix made a pretty significant promotional push around this. There was a fancy coffee table book, replica sheet music from the score, and an album version of the score, packaged incredibly well as something evocative of the kind of album packaging they did in the mid-20th century.

Scores on Vinyl

I'm fortunate to have one of these, and got the thumbs up to share it on the bird website, with a note that the commercial release was in the pipeline, and would be a little different. (The art book and the sheet music I snagged on eBay for a surprisingly palatable price a few months ago)

That was nine months ago!

Just a couple of days ago, someone on Reddit posted that Plaid Room Records in Ohio had listed the Mank 3xLP for sale for $56, and they had five available. Had being the key word, as these were snatched up in no time flat. The record label was listed as Tiny Tiger Records, which I couldn't find any real reference to on Google outside of the Netherlands, which coincidentally is where some official-looking bootleg albums had been pressed a year or two ago - but Mank seemed like a very niche thing for someone to produce on their own.

Imagine my delight when richardp on Echoing the Sound posted that he had the album in his hands, and it was real. I never let go of the phrase "pics or it didn't happen" and that was basically my response, and I got this in return:
Scores on Vinyl

Scores on Vinyl

Scores on Vinyl

So here we are in 2022, and I can share with you vinyl fans indeed, will be offering the score on vinyl early next year.