Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part IV)

Our look at the music and sound of Raiders of the Lost Ark concludes with a breathtaking truck chase, scoring Indy in disguise, and the climactic opening of the Ark. 

Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part III)

Our adventures continue with Indiana Jones in Cairo, where John Williams and Steven Spielberg masterfully use film score and diegetic music to tell a story of mystery, danger, and romance. 

Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part II)

We take a much closer look at the music of Raiders, starting with the opening adventure in South America. Specific musical moments in the film are discussed and analyzed.

Raiders of the Lost Ark: the Music (part I)

Our musical adventures with Indiana Jones begin by taking a close look at the inspiration behind Raiders and its film score. We break down the main musical themes, including the famous Raiders March, Marion's theme, and a theme for the Ark.

Introducing: Ephemeral

Ephemeral, a podcast by Alex Williams, consists of stories that may be unfamiliar, but the themes are universal; it's a window into our own fragile, material existence that begs the question, “How will I be remembered?” This clip from the "Sounds of Silence" episode covers the four minutes and thirty three seconds that changed the course of music history, and features musicologist and composer Kyle Gann. The entire first season of Ephemeral is available now, and learn more at www.ephemeral.show

Middle Earth Music: an Interview with Author Doug Adams

Author Doug Adams shares his exciting experiences as he was writing his comprehensive book on the music of The Lord of the Rings.

The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part III)

The languages of Middle Earth are more than just vital to the Lord of the Rings: They are an essential part of Howard Shore’s operatic film score.

The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part II)

We continue our look at Fellowship by discussing the beautiful and familiar music of the Hobbits, in all its permutations. The musical connections between Hobbits, the One Ring, and Gollum are explored, and we break down the theme for The Fellowship of the Ring itself.

The Fellowship of the Ring: the Music (Part I)

Our first look at not only the film scores of Middle Earth, but also at composer Howard Shore. The creation of his music for Fellowship is examined, as is the source material for these amazing films. Themes are broken down, and the overall style and approach of Shore's music is analyzed.

Wagner: the first Lord of the Ring

Film music has its roots in 19th century opera. The fascinating and controversial life and music of Wagner is explored, as well as an overview of how film music has its roots in opera. Musical examples are played, and history is uncovered.