James Venable

Basically, when I was real little I played piano because my grandma made me, and then I switched over to drums in high school because that was cooler, and played in rock bands and that kind of thing.  That was in the ‘80s when all the synthesizers and all the technology was really started to flourish, as a drummer at that time I kind of got into the electronic drums...

Christopher Slaski

Born in 1974, Christopher Slaski built a truly international career over the last few years by sharing his time between his studios in London and Spain. Christopher graduated in Music from Cambridge University where he studied composition with Robin Holloway, and then he obtained a postgraduate diploma in Composition from the Royal Academy of Music in...

Quest for Love

Englishman Eric Rogers was born in 1921 and gained an appreciation for music at an early age. At thirteen years old, as a churchgoer, he was tutored in and played the church organ. During the Second World War, whilst in the RAF, Rogers played the piano, his ‘payment’ consisting of free beer and after the war; he put together his own orchestra...

Julius Caesar

In my previous articles about the music of QUO VADIS, IVANHOE and PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE I have expanded my theories about music written for historical films. Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR presented new problems. If it had been merely a historical film about Julius Caesar I would have undoubtedly tried a reconstruction...

Pierre Jansen

I started studying piano and harmony at the Conservatoire de Roubaix, and then went to Brussels where I studied with Henry Sury, a composer who had previously scored many films and documentaries. I immediately thought that writing film scores was very interesting, since it could give me the possibility to hear at once what I had written and...

Film Music in Brazil

Of South American countries, Brazil is probably the most visible cinematically, with a large and prolific film industry. Likewise, its efforts in film music are also noteworthy and predominant among South American film making countries. A recent issue of the Brazilian magazine Film Cultura discussed the state of the art of film music in Brazil...

Film Music in Holland

The Netherlands (also called Holland). Population: 14.5 million. Location: Squeezed in between Belgium, Germany and the North Sea. Annual production of feature films: 10-15. However: a leading European country in the production of documentary films, including those of Joris Ivens and Bert Haanstra. The interest in film music is limited in Holland...

Bill Conti

Named William after his grandfather, Bill Conti was born on April 13, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island. He joined an Italian-American family whose interests included sculpture, music and painting, but it was the second of those arts which played a major role in the young man’s development: there was a radio on the table at home...