Semiotic Relationships

Media, Press, Review

I have a serious, somewhat nerdy love and fascination with film score and composition.

As children my sister and I loved listening to film music. We even begged our dad to find a way to play some of our favorites on tape cassette in the car. For instance, the intro theme from Rescuers Down Under…which is AWESOME. We would listen to Danny Elfman’s Batman scores, the theme from Indiana Jones, the score to Babe, the Gallant Pig-you name it. Each measure conjured up imagery and a story, and I would often feel a little bummed once we had to get out of the car and the music would cease.

After taking some media theory courses while at Emerson, I was geekily excited about semiotics and wanted to study the link between imagery and music some more. I ended up fulfilling an independent research project on Film Score Semiotics and my love of film composers grew even more.

We can’t draw a complete line between a film composer and his or her other musical compositions. Think of Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, and his recent film work with David Fincher.

From this train of thought I bring you an experimental/electric musician: Elkcloner.

To get past the computer virus-y name (which is actually pretty clever), check out this latest track, titled Crossfire.

I didn’t get much into electronic music until college, as I found myself very critical at first. But being involved in sound design and having such an interest in film score has definitely produced a liking for this–when done well.

The Elkcloner is the newest project of Filip Mitrovic. Mitrovic has co-scored many films, including Resident Evil: Afterlife, The Grudge, and scoring promos for True Blood. Mix this background with Chicago Jazz vocalist Rose Colella, and you get a diverse and interesting mix. Sources for lyrics range from established and classic poets, to the musings of an 11-year old.

The video to Crossfire has not been released yet, but I am curious to see how it will be.

For more information on the composer, visit his page here!

Self titled album to be released February 28, 2012 (digital).




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