LE LYCEEN

(Winter Boy) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

LE LYCEEN

Winter Boy

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

A film by Christophe Honoré

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Paul Kircher, Vincent Lacoste..

Music by Yoshihiro Hanno

Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd

Selection Toronto, San Sebastian, Tokyo Festivals….

A 17-year-old high school student trying to get to grips with the new challenges posed by death, life, the city and “the temptation of renouncement”.

Paris 26 December, the day before shooting.

Dear Yoshihiro,

I’m very excited to have you be the musician for my next feature film.

I admire your work and especially the music you composed for “Mountains May Departure”, Jia Zhangke’s film. I’m starting my shoot tomorrow, until mid-February. I am as always impatient and terrified. The story of my film is told by a 17-year-old man. He strives to reconstruct the events that took place in his life following the death of his father in a car accident. His narrative is troubled, chaotic, he tries to tame death, love and a shameful sense of freedom at the same time and it is as if he is trying to look the sun in the face. I would like to give my images to a theme that evokes disgrace, the loss of the idyll and the irruption of a new tenderness, where Lucas could take refuge when he no longer understands what is happening to him. I propose to send you regularly news of the film I am going to shoot, images, remarks, so that you can connect our two imaginaries for miles away. I am very happy to know that each of us, on two different continents, are starting to dream together of a film that does not yet exist. With all my friendship in Paris.

Christophe Honoré, Director

Before filming, Christophe Honoré gave me a briefing on the subject matter of Lycéan. 

He asked me to compose a Family nostalgia theme based on the story and some photos.

I expressed in music the transition from a 17-year-old boy to adulthood, fragility, confusion, family ties, and hope for the future, and entrusted these compositions to the director. 

Our collaboration achieved a miraculous synchronicity, with every song composed before filming resonating throughout this beautiful film. This was a surprise and a valuable experience.

Yoshihiro Hanno – Composer

FLOWING

Piove

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

FLOWING

Piove

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

A film by Paolo Strippoli

Music by Raf Keunen

Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd

In the past few days Rome has been the scene of a singular event: when it rains, the manholes exhale a dense stream whose origin and composition is unknow. No one can imagine that whoever breathes in the mysterious substance will have to deal with what he/she represses, their darkest instincts, their anger. Not even the Morel family…

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

Flowing is a ghost story without ghosts.

Of the ghost story it respects the narrative structure, the suspension, and, after all, the “presences” the steam evokes might seem like ghosts. However, they are projections of our darkest instincts, the demons that we hide in the depths of our soul, that we feed without realizing it. Our anger.

The idea of ​​making a horror about rage in Rome immediately fascinated me for its truthfulness. The Rome described in Flowing is constantly on the verge of exploding and is not too far from today’s reality. It is sufficient to be in line at a supermarket or the post office, in a bus that is too full to feel it crawling among people. It is the same anger that feeds the worst forms of politics today, that gives rise to the most boorish outbursts on social media, that makes us increasingly individualistic.

 My intention was to make Flowing a dramatic film that would slowly slide into a spiral of horror, photographing the neuroses and weaknesses of the world we live in through the filter of the genre. I wanted Flowing to be what I most love and constantly look for as a spectator: a horror film with a heart.

                                                                                                                                          Paolo Strippoli

MUSIC COMPOSER’S NOTE

The big challenge for the score of Flowing was to find the right balance between the drama it holds and the horror elements. The family story at the heart of the film is very present and leads us to the bigger picture behind it. In each scene the characters and their struggles, obstacles and development: it’s rare to see a more in-depth approach of personal coping with inner demons in horror, but this is the horror itself and that’s fascinating. Their conflict with personal demons is the horror. 

                                                                                                                                                   Raf Keunen

SHOCKWAVE 2044 by Maximilien Mathevon

SHOCKWAVE 2044

Musique de Maximilien MATHEVON

With support of Centre National de la Musique

Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd

Special Halloween Shockwave 2044 is the meeting of an electronic music album and an original soundtrack. That of an imaginary film, a fantastic B movie from the 80s, a genre that I like.

Shockwave 2044 is also the meeting of musical styles that are dear to me: the retro electronics of the 80s (the soundtracks of John Carpenter, those of Harold Faltermeyer, Brad Fiedel, Giorgio Moroder, the music of Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre), contemporary sound design and film music (Hans Zimmer…), and orchestral film music (Michael Giacchino, Elliot Goldenthal). These musical styles inspired the sound palette that I used: the vintage sonorities of analog synths from the 80s, those, modern and evolutionary, specific to contemporary sound design and orchestral samples (strings, brass and voices). This album was produced with the support of the Centre National de la Musique.

Maximlien Mathevon

01 – At the Beginning – 05:12

02 – Pulse’s Cosmic Trip – 04:24

03 – Detecting The Pulse – 03:42

04 – The Shockwave – 06:07

05 – Wasteland – 09:27

06 – A Survivor – 04:30

07 – Hybrids – 04:11

08 – Together Means Hope – 03:51

09 – Travel To Safety – 06:26

10 – Ambush – 03:45

11 – The Last Shelter – 04:32

12 – Preparing For Battle – 03:38

13 – The Last Stand – 07:32

14 – The Future Lies Ahead – 03:51

15 – Shockwave 2044 – 04:20

ALEJANDRO KARO

Album MARK

ALEJANDRO KARO

Album MARK

Emotional Melody….

Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd

For me, as a film music composer, is important to carry out this type of personal projects, because the way of working and producing this music is different from how you normally work music for film.

This new album, besides being a dream that I have had for a long time, it is a gift for me as composer, because in MARK I can make music that is very personal tome and that I really enjoy composing.

Alejandro Karo

MASTEMAH

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

MASTEMAH

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Director Didier D. Daarwin

Music by Yvi Slan

Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd

Après la mort brutale d’un proche lors d’une séance d’hypnose qu’elle animait, Louise, jeune psychiatre tente de se reconstruire en s’installant dans un petit village de l’Aubrac. L’arrivée d’un nouveau patient au comportement étrange va la plonger dans une spirale infernale. Sa vie et celles des autres vont devenir un véritable enfer.

Yvi Slan s’est inspiré de György Ligeti, Krzysztof Penderecki, l’avant garde de la musique contemporaine polonaise des années 70. Il y a ajouté ses influences de fan de musique de science fiction comme les frères Bebe et Louis Barron. Yvi Slan a mélangé le tout aux bandes sons de films de genres actuelles comme les grosses productions internationales de films d’horreurs ou fantastiques. Son passé de compositeur de musiques électroniques, donne une musique résolument racé, ultra typé, moderne, comprenant tous les codes du cinéma de genre tout en s’en distinguant en y rajoutant sa « touch ».

Mastemah est une bande son, sombre, froide, triste, planante, totalement psychédélique, douce et ultra-violente et surtout sans compromis.

TOXICA

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

TOXICA

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Director Rona Walter

Music by Nir Perlman

Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd

An injured stunt woman is infected by an ancient biological compound, when a side job as a PI goes wrong….

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT | TOXICA | dir. RONA WALTER

TOXICA is a movie that, as we found out after putting the visuals together, would deserve not only delicate sound design and SFX, but also quite the precise score.

The musical score is inspired by elements of 1990s rock music mixed with smooth synths and subtle orchestral elements. The gripping theme Nir crafted recurs throughout the entire film in different moods to cause a dreamlike – or rather nightmarish – cycle.

We emphasis the subtle dread lurking on screen, creeping closer with every act. For example, whenever “Professsor Senca”, portrayed by English actor Andrew Forbes (“Bronson”, “Dr Who”) is on screen, the sound of his clothes and movements is created with the sound of rustling leaves. We approached a similar procedure with Nir’s score, twisting expectations, to keep the audience unsettled without them quite knowing, why, Nir clicked immediately with my vision, and added some truly stunning ideas due to his seemingly endless knowledge of music.

COMPOSER’S STATEMENT | TOXICA | NIR PERLMAN

Right from the initial conversation with Rona we knew the score for TOXICA wouldn’t settle for a generic Hollywood fresque score. Working with the changing nature of the film’s visuals and narrative allowed me to musically explore each segment while trying to create a coherent sonic foundation for the film’s world.

I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work on a film that allowed me to compose for horror, fantasy, action and drama all at once!

In terms of instrumentation, I grounded much of sound world in synth-based elements while adding the softness of the orchestra and the grittiness of analog and digital processing of sounds (from guitars to harps to a string section).

I am very proud of what we’ve achieved with TOXICA, as crazy as it might seem, I think the film stands out in its own special way, and I’m glad I got to be a part of this project.

BENDING REALITY

By Maximilien Mathevon

BENDING REALITY

By Maximilien Mathevon

Reality and Questions without answer…

Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd

Bending Reality talks about the perception of reality, the faculty to interpret and manipulate this reality, to transform and sublimate it. What is true, what is wrong, what are the truths that exist behind appearances and how do they parasitize them? 

I wanted to create a constantly evolving sound universe, invaded by musical interferences which distort the appearances of the music.

I have also used unusual rhythms on some tracks (7/4) to create a sense of shift and that something is not working in the usual way.

This album is a constantly changing canvas, nourished by sounds and rhythms which add up, add to each other and evolve.

  • 01 – Point of View
  • 02 – Bending Reality
  • 03 – Beyond
  • 04 – Twisting Reality
  • 05 – Warp
  • 06 – Melting Reality
  • 07 – Glitch
  • 08 – Imagining Reality

SIMPLE WOMEN

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

SIMPLE WOMEN

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Director Chiara Malta

Music by Olivier Mellano

Song “Kool Thing” by Sonic Youth

In this innovative fiction debut from Chiara Malta, a director with epilepsy trying to make a film about the life of famed Romanian actor Elina Löwensohn discovers that her real-life subject bears little resemblance to the star she idolized.

Federica (Jasmine Trinca), a clumsy and graceless Italian director, had her first epileptic seizure on Christmas Day 1989, while watching the execution of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena on television. Since childhood, her only passion was cinema, and one film in particular played an important role: Hal Hartley’s Simple Men, in which Romanian actor Elina Löwensohn has an onscreen seizure. For Federica, it was a critical moment of reflection and connection.

Director Chiara Malta was inspired by a meeting with the real Elina Löwensohn, an experience that started her questioning what it is that exists behind a simulacrum. In her tender, playful, and multi-layered fiction debut, she crafts a film that cleverly toys with perceptions and projections. Guiding us through the unconscious, Malta marches her characters from realism to the realm of magic realism, all the while weaving a captivating fable about idol worship and identity. The hypnotizing and innovative Simple Women proceeds like a colourful matryoshka: with the removal of each layer preconceived images take on new and spectacular forms.

SHELTER IN PLACE

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

SHELTER IN PLACE

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Director Chris Beyrooty and Connor Martin

Music by Zach Robinson

Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd

In April of 2020, a small group of filmmakers found ourselves locked down in the storied Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. With twelve days until the original safer-at-home order was set to lift (how wrong we were…), we crafted a film that mirrored the current state of our emotions in lockdown. Upon wrap, we formed an instant connection with composer Zach Robinson, who injected life into our ideas and wove them into sonic splendor. Facing uncertain times, we hoped to capture the early days of what would become a total paradigm shift in our society. Zach’s score anchored this project, accenting the terror faced by our cast with memorable, chilling motifs that linger long after the credits roll.We wanted something that harkens back to giallo classics of yesteryear, but still maintains the modernity and eeriness of the current wave. This is the result. – Directors Chris Beyrooty and Connor Martin

https://open.spotify.com/album/2SaolkbgItGWeGbhTpPt6c

Shelter in Place une des milles et une histoire de la pandémie et de ses confinements successifs.

Zach Robinson co-compositeur de la série Tv Cobrai Kai, signe ici un score aux résonnances électro. Je me suis mis a aimer ce dynamisme et les sons angoissants d’un huis clos malheureux. L’électro qui me semblait sans chaleur est ici suave, sensuel et un tantinet mélodique a n’en plus finir. Sans doute le changement d’époque subit, le bouleversement de nos sécurités habituelles ; sans fantaisies, sans superflue, Zach Robinson a rejette et jette toutes ses tonalites pointues, aigues pour en faire une harmonieuse partition.

Hellen Page

In May of 2020, I was approached by two directors to score their horror film, which to my shock and amazement had already been written, shot, and edited mere weeks after the global lockdown had been instated. As I watched the film for the first time, the most inspiring facet to me was the location at which it was set: the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, one of the most famous Los Angeles landmarks and only a 5-minute drive from my apartment at the time. The beautiful visuals Chris and Connor were able to retrieve from this once vibrant but now utterly desolate location made my brain wild with ideas. I got to work trying to identify sounds and melodies that echoed the ghostly hotel and was particularly fascinated with the use of space. For this film, I often chose to write simple melodies with fewer notes, or simpler rhythms that could live within the hotel’s uninhabited space without feeling overwhelming or jumbled. The result ended up something akin to an Arvo Pärt score for a giallo film. I’m incredibly grateful to Chris and Connor for bringing me aboard, as well as producers Jonathon Martin and Blake Goza. -Composer Zach Robinson

SONY AND TENCENT’S JV LABEL, LIQUID STATE, HIRES VICTOR LEE AS ITS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

Liquid State – the joint venture label co-owned by Sony Music and Tencent Music Entertainment – has a new boss.

Liquid State has announced today (October 8) that it’s hired Victor Lee as its new Managing Director, as it aims to become “the top electronic dance label” in Asia.

Hong Kong-based Lee was previously VP of International Streaming and Marketing at Mike Caren’s APG (Artist Partner Group).

Lee succeeds Gunnar Greve as Managing Director of Liquid State. MBW understands that Norway-based Greve exited as the Sony/Tencent company’s MD in May, following two years in the role.

Victor Lee will now take responsibility for discovering and developing Asian electronic artists at Liquid State, as well as providing opportunities for international artist collaborations. He will report to Andrew Chan, Managing Director of Sony Music, Greater China.

“Victor is an experienced and successful music industry executive who brings with him extensive experience across various regions as well as a track record of developing successful labels,” said Chan.

“With Victor joining, we look forward to fostering more domestic Electronic Dance Music talent in Asia and expanding the number of international collaborations.”

Lee brings over 30 years of music industry experience to Liquid State, having supported artists such as Avicii, Bob Sinclar, Kylie Minogue, Gucci Mane, Wyclef Jean and Whitney Houston during his career.

At APG, the exec managed the firm’s international relationships with Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, QQ Music, JOOX, KKBOX, and others in Asia, whilst also working to maximize global streams for the likes of Ava Max, Bazzi and Charlie Puth.

From 2013-2019, Lee joined At Night Management and co-founded PRMD Music, the label home of the late Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii.

Under PRMD Music’s partnership with Universal Music Group, Lee spearheaded the marketing campaigns for Avicii’s debut album True – including the huge hit Wake Me Up – and the artist’s second studio album, Stories.

As Global COO of PRMD Music, Lee also managed campaigns for releases by Wyclef Jean, Cazzette, Syn Cole, MORTEN and US DJ/producer Deorro. The latter artist’s Five Hours and Five More Hours singles (featuring Chris Brown) have generated more than a billion global streams to date.

“Electronic Dance Music is an important music genre that we believe has a lot of potential for growth,” said Andy Ng, Group Senior Adviser, Tencent Music Entertainment.

“Victor’s appointment will bring us a step closer to our ambition of becoming the top electronic dance label in the region, developing new fans and providing more opportunity for local talents to showcase their work.”

Added Lee: “With the combined resources and expertise of Sony Music, Tencent Music and Liquid State, we are uniquely placed to provide the deep bench of untapped electronic talent in Asia with a pathway to the global success they deserve.

“Likewise, we can enable international artists to unleash the huge potential which lies within the Asian market. As such, I am thrilled to be working alongside Andrew Chan and Andy Ng in taking Liquid State into its next phase at, what is, an amazing moment in the history of the Asian music market.”