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Recommended: Stewart Copeland, Trent Reznor Lead the Way For Rockers-Turned-Film Composers

Recommended: Stewart Copeland, Trent Reznor Lead the Way For Rockers-Turned-Film Composers (photo)

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It’s hard to imagine film music today without names like Danny Elfman or Hans Zimmer (for better or worse) who both started out in bands — Oingo Boingo and The Buggles respectively — before becoming film composers. More recently, rockers like Jonny Greenwood and Nick Cave have dazzled with their turns at film scoring.

Jeff Bond writing for The Hollywood Reporter, took a look at variety of established rockers-turned-film composers as well as new kid on the block, Trent Reznor, and dug up some details about how his highly acclaimed score for “The Social Network” came to be.

Director David Fincher had planned earlier collaborations with Reznor before approaching him with the idea of scoring the Facebook movie — an ironic gig for Reznor, who famously bailed from Twitter and has railed against online music downloads. Fincher temped his film with instrumental tracks from the Nine Inch Nails album “Ghosts” before showing footage to Reznor, who eventually agreed to score the film with collaborator Atticus Ross of How to Destroy Angels. Reznor and Ross provided Fincher with tracks that the director and his editor applied to specific scenes so that the two musicians could refine them to complete the final score.

Reznor’s NIN band mate, Charlie Clouser, himself a composer (“Numb3rs,” the “Saw” movies) described the blown out process he went through to create one of his horror scores:

“The temp score for the first ‘Saw’ movie had a lot of Nine Inch Nails songs, and specifically my remixes of Nine Inch Nails songs,” he says. “At one point in the final reel of the temp score, there was a Ministry song playing out of the left speaker and a Nine Inch Nails song playing out of the right speaker at two different tempos. The director specifically wanted to create a feeling of mayhem. It was very labor-intensive electronics and what we call cyber-crush, which is drum machines through guitar amps.”

Ex-Police drummer and now, old school film composer, Stewart Copeland, told how Coppola saved him from strangling Sting in the early 80’s. “I just got a phone call from Francis Ford Coppola about “Rumblefish.” I never had any idea that I could do film scoring, but as soon as Francis turned on that light, it just seemed so obvious,” he recalled. “I went from recording the last Police album, which was hell, to the complete artistic freedom and the warm embrace of Uncle Francis.” Read the full article here.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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