Score: The Podcast
|Score: The Podcast|
|Hosted by||Robert Kraft|
|Length||45 minutes (approximate)|
|Original release||April 3, 2018 – present|
|Cited as||The only show taking listeners inside the studios of the world’s most celebrated composers.|
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Score: The Podcast is a free podcast hosted by the creators of Score: A Film Music Documentary featuring weekly interviews with primarily composers and musicians involved in major motion picture films.
The show is hosted by former President of Fox Music Robert Kraft and producer Kenny Holmes. The show is executive produced by the film's director, Matt Schrader, who regularly participates in the show and hosts its “Name That Score” segment. Score: The Podcast is produced by Schrader’s production company, Epicleff Media, which also produced the film.
Release and format
The show was announced March 27 in an article for Billboard. The first three episodes, featuring film composers John Debney, Harry Gregson-Williams and James Newton Howard were released on April 3, 2018.
The format of the podcast is similar to a traditional live radio show, with minimal production and structured loosely in “blocks.” Episodes usually consist of an introduction conversation between Kraft and Holmes, followed by a long-form interview with the weekly guest. The show also features one pre-produced short segment focused on a film music history or music psychology topic, and ends with “Name That Score,” a topical music trivia game in which the hosts and weekly guests can win giveaway items for listeners by getting all the questions correct.
Guests on the show have included John Debney, Harry Gregson-Williams, James Newton Howard, Brian Tyler, Ramin Djawadi, Steve Jablonsky, Tyler Bates and John Powell.
In April 2018, Apple Podcasts added Score: The Podcast to its New & Noteworthy list.
Score: The Podcast opens with a short theme and conversation about the location of that week’s episode, which is always recorded in the studio of the weekly guest. Kraft and Holmes begin the show discussing stories for their careers and sharing weekly news about big budget films and prominent directors and composers.
The middle of the show contains a pre-produced research segment, usually titled “Behind the Score,” which features the stories of prominent music from the past as told by the composers themselves, or “The Inside Track,” a music psychology segment hosted by leading film music researcher and author Dr. Siu-Lan Tan exploring how music can manipulate the mind.
For the last segment of the show, Schrader presents “Name That Score,” a parody of a multiple-choice game show in which “you — yes, you — can be a winner,” according to each episodes’ show notes. This is a reference to the show’s weekly giveaway on social media, if anyone gets a perfect score in the game. The game usually consists of five short clips of famous music played in reverse, and three multiple-choice answers for each question.
- "Score: The Podcast launches April 3, will feature major film & TV composers". SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY. 26 March 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
- Newman, Melinda (27 March 2018). "Score: The Podcast Set to Launch April 3 with Composer John Debney". Billboard. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- "Score: The Podcast lands on Apple's New & Noteworthy List". SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
- "Episode #5 | Ramin Djawadi, The Inside Track with Dr. Siu-Lan Tan & Name That Score". SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
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