August 24, 2014
Nathan Barr Discusses His Musical Choices:
When you ask anyone what song they think of when they are asked about HBO’s True Blood, most people would answer Bad Things by Jace Everett. But there is someone else who is just as responsible for giving True Blood its musical groove: Nathan Barr. He is the TV show’s composer and is the one who makes the song choices for each episode. According to Nathan, creating an original music score for True Blood is easy because he is a fan first, composer second:
If I can react as a fan then it gives the music a chance to really be a part of the show in a way that’s going to be of the best benefit and please the audience.
And, being such a fan of the show, it was his idea to push for True Blood: The Musical. It is an idea that has stayed with him from the time he composed the song Take Me Home for the scene in Season 1 when Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) eats her Gran’s pecan pie after her death. While his idea may never come to fruition, he is still hopeful:
There are no guarantees at this point… It’s more about finding the essence of what the story is about and if you look at it from that point of view, it actually becomes quite simple because a musical is two hours.
But before he can even seriously push for a True Blood musical, there is still the question of the True Blood finale: who will live and who will die? Considering the fact Nathan hasn’t seen the episode yet, but he has composed the music for it, he has this final gem to add:
I haven’t even seen [it] yet… I know that the absolute last scene in the show is going to be really, really emotional.
What do you think he means by this? Let us know your thoughts and theories on the True Blood finale by commenting below!
Source: Out.com – A True Blood Fan First, Composer Second
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March 31, 2012
Nathan Barr Attends 3rd Annual “Behind The Music” Panel:
One of the most impressive things about True Blood is the music. Not only the various songs borrowed from other artists, but the original compositions as well. Who doesn’t remember the beautiful Sookie and Bill theme?
Nathan Barr has traveled the world and studied music extensively from a very young age. This definitely comes out through his compositions. True Blood has had some truly unique music over its four seasons. During the panel at this year’s WonderCon, Barr and many other Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Animated television series composers discussed with fans the ways in which they evolve and elevate music composition to new heights.
Also in attendance at the panel was Ellen Greene, star of ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” and Warner Brothers’ “Little Shop Of Horrors,” Jim Dooley (FX’s “Wilfred”), Robert Duncan (ABC’s “Castle”), Mark Isham (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”), Danny Jacob (Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb”), David Ari Leon (Disney XD and Marvel Entertainment’s “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”), and Blake Neely (CBS’ “The Mentalist.”).
December 16, 2011
Proceeds Go to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG):
It’s auction time again for HBO’s True Blood. This time, on offer, is a studio tour with True Blood composer, Nathan Barr. Barr has composed the music for all four seasons of our favorite hit HBO TV series.
This item is being auctioned on eBay and there is not a lot of time left! Barr has worked with the likes of Alan Ball and the master or gore-horror, Eli Roth. Not only does Barr compose the music – he plays it too! And not just your everyday items, he has in his studio amongst other peculiar items, the following: a human bone trumpet from Tibet, dismantled pianos and gourd cellos.
Make sure you bid on this item before it gets away. All proceeds will go to helping out Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and their fabulous (and award winning) children’s literacy programs, BookPALS and Storyline Online. Plus, benefits will also go to the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and the Actors Center.
You can bid on the item here. Let us know how high you go!
Source: eBay – “True Blood” Composer Nathan Barr Gives Personal Studio Tour
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July 25, 2011
True Blood star Janina Gavankar and composer Nathan Barr attend Comic-Con composer panel
During the panel Q & A, True Blood star Janina Gavankar, Luna, introduced herself and thanked Nathan for his great musical contributions to the show. She stated that his music really gives the characters more depth and life, including Luna.
The other panelists in the group picture are L-R Christopher Young, Robert Duncan, Danny Jacob, Helene Muddiman, James Levine, Edward Rogers, and Nathan.
TOP FILM AND TELEVISION COMPOSERS SPEAK AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO
Award-winning music talents Nathan Barr, Ramin Djawadi, Robert Duncan, Danny Jacob, James Levine, Edward Rogers, and Christopher Young to speak to fans at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront as part of Comic Con 2011
San Diego, CA (July 15, 2011) – Back by popular demand, the second annual Behind the Music with CW3PR: Composing Horror to Animation and Everything in Between will be held at Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Seven legendary composers in film and television are slated to speak for the program from 6 to 7 pm on Saturday, July 23 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd.
Together, Nathan Barr (HBO’s “True Blood”), Ramin Djawadi (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Paramount Pictures’ “Iron Man”), Robert Duncan (ABC’s “Castle,” WB’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Danny Jacob (Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb”), James Levine (FOX’s “Glee,” TNT’s “The Closer”), Edward Rogers (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13”), and Christopher Young (Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man 3,” New World Pictures’ “Hellraiser”) will discuss their pivotal roles in some of today’s top film and TV projects.
This year’s panel will focus on the different creative processes required for composing music in a wide variety of genres and platforms. Panelists will also discuss expanding music to ancillary projects such as motion comics, video games and more that boost some of Hollywood’s largest growing franchises.
Attendees will receive exclusive giveaways and be the first to view (and hear) some surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects. A fan-led Q&A will follow.
The panel will be moderated by film and television composer Hélène Muddiman.
About The Panelists
NATHAN BARR can currently be heard on one of HBO’s hottest shows True Blood. Having written and performed the music for all four seasons of this show, he has come a long way since working as an assistant to world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer. Barr has since composed original music for film and television. Film credits include: IFC Films’ The Ledge, Lionsgate’s The Last Exorcism, and Stonebrook Entertainment’s Open House.
RAMIN DJAWADI received a Grammy nomination for Paramount Pictures’ Iron Man, as well as Emmy nominations for ABC’s FlashForward for “Outstanding Music Composition for a Series,” and FOX’s Prison Break for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.” Djawadi is currently scoring the original music for HBO’s Game of Thrones and A&E’s Breakout Kings. He recently completed MGM’s Red Dawn, and is also working on Zoom Entertainment and Silver Screen Studios’ The Camel Wars and DreamWorks’ Fright Night. He has collaborated with Hans Zimmer, co-composing and producing the score for Universal Pictures’ Thunderbirds, as well as collaborating on both Columbia Pictures’ Something’s Gotta Give and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman Begins.
ROBERT DUNCAN is a Canadian composer of film and TV, currently scoring music for ABC’s Castle, for which he was nominated for an Emmy. Other credits include: Foundation Feature’s The Entitled; FOX’s The Chicago Code; FX’s Terriers; ABC’s The Gates; FOX’s Lie to Me; CBS’ The Unit; the WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and FOX’s Tru Calling.
DANNY JACOB is a three-time Emmy-nominated composer and producer of more than 300 original songs for the Disney Channel’s mega-hit animated series, Phineas and Ferb. Influenced by his life-long experience as a world-class guitar player, Jacob bridges the worlds of score and song. As a featured guitarist, he has performed on DreamWorks’ Shrek, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Picture; the Emmy-winning Bette Midler HBO Concert Divas Las Vegas; and Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin’s “Heaven Help Us,” which won the Grammy for Best Duet. Other credits include: Disney’s Lilo and Stitch, Disney Channel’s The Emperor’s New School, and Kids’ WB’s Jackie Chan’s Adventures.
JAMES LEVINE is a film and television composer currently scoring original music for FOX’s hit series, Glee. He has won two BMI awards, and his credits include: TNT’s The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles; FX’s Nip/Tuck; CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles; FX’s Damages; and Paramount Pictures’ The Weather Man. Levine has also provided additional music for DreamWorks’ Madagascar and Touchstone Pictures’ Pearl Harbor.
EDWARD ROGERS is an Emmy-nominated composer for film, television and videogames. Prior to scoring original music for the Syfy network’s hit series, Warehouse 13, for which he received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music,” Rogers also brought the gritty streets of New York to life with his underscore for ABC’s award-winning series, NYPD Blue, for six years. He continued his collaboration with producer Steven Bochco on FX’s acclaimed series, Over There.
CHRISTOPHER YOUNG is one of the foremost talents in film music today. A Golden Globe-nominated composer, he has scored an impressive number of features in virtually every genre, all with strikingly original music. New World Pictures’ spine-tingling Hellraiser showcases the composer’s seminal upbringing in horror; the new-techno sound of Warner Bros.’ Swordfish displays his versatility; the resonant, genuine Celtic sounds of Miramax Films The Shipping News display his attention to detail; and the heart-pounding rhythms of Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 3 are all evidence of his willingness to experiment. These scores are among the nearly 100 films that embody the work of this prolific composer.
HÉLÉNE MUDDIMAN (Moderator) is a British film and television composer who recently scored ITV2’s The Only Way is Essex, a British award-winning reality show based in Essex, Southeast England. Muddiman is currently composing original music for Warner Bros.’ Happy Feet 2 with composer John Powell who scored for Shrek and Happy Feet. She has provided music for the entertainment industry since she was 18 years old, and has written in a wide variety of musical styles for film, television, radio and multi-media advertisements. Muddiman has also worked on E4’s Skin for which she was nominated for a World Soundtrack Award.
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May 2, 2011
True Blood Composer Nathan Barr Scores Upcoming Flick:
Nathan Barr, the man responsible for all of the fantastic music heard on True Blood will be scoring a new film from Columbia Pictures called 30 Minutes or Less, directed by Ruben Fleischer of Zombieland fame.
According to First Look the action comedy is about:
“A small town pizza delivery guy who is kidnapped by two wanna-be criminal masterminds and is forced to rob a bank.”
It stars Jesse Eisenberg, also from Zombieland. Also appearing are Aziz Ansari, Michael Pena, Fred Ward, and Danny McBride & Nick Swardson as the kidnappers. The film is set to be in theaters August 12, 2011. You can see stills from First Look here.
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December 28, 2010
See Nathan on a Music Panel at the Festival
The composer behind True Blood‘s amazing score, Nathan Barr, is quite the busy man. He’ll be attending the Sundance Film Festival 2011 and participating in a panel about creating film/tv scores. The panel will be moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross, the BMI vice president of tv/film relations, and is being produced by BMI.
Better yet, this panel is open to all Festival Credential Holders as well as the public, depending on the availability of seats! So if you happen to be attending the Sundance Film Festival 2011 and get in to the panel, please let us know how it goes!
SOURCE: Sundance Film Festival
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December 9, 2010
Composer Nathan Barr and Kevin Alejandro Attend Charity Event:
The California Teachers Association and Equality California (EQCA) held a ‘Sunset Reception’ in gorgeous Laguna Beach, California recently. Topics of the reception included ‘better protecting youth and their rights.’
HBO’s True Blood composer Nathan Barr and actor Kevin Alejandro, who plays Jesus Velasquez on the hit series, attended the event.
We hope that both Barr and Alejandro had a great time while there, and we also thank them for supporting such a wonderful cause.
Source: Kintera.org– Sunset Reception with ‘True Blood’ Stars
(Photos Credit: Nathan Barr’s Photos – EQCA’s “Sunset Reception with True Blood Stars”)
November 28, 2010
Stars to appear at Sunset Reception December 4, 2010
Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velazquez) and Nathan Barr (composer) will be supporting Equality California and attending the Sunset Reception at the ocean front home of Jeff Harbor in Three Arch Bay, Laguna Beach. You can meet Kevin and Nathan as well as hear from Executive Director of Equality California Geoff Kors about how to protect the rights and lives of gay youth after the recent suicides. He’ll also speak about how to continue going strong in 2011 after the recent electoral victories.
The event takes place Saturday December 4th at 3:30pm. Dress is holiday cocktail attire. There will be holiday hors d’oeuvres, holiday cocktails by Blue Angel Ultra Premium Vodka, and a shuttle provided by Premiere Valet. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased here.
Come out and meet two of True Blood’s amazing cast and crew and support a good cause.
Source: Equality California
Image credit: CBS.com and Truebloodnet.com
November 22, 2010
The Talented Composer Will Grace the Pages of the Magazine’s December Issue
True Blood‘s musical mastermind, Nathan Barr, will be featured in FAULT‘s December issue, which will hit newsstands very soon. Let’s hope Barr gives us a peak at what we can expect musically from season 4!
FAULT Magazine is a quarterly publication out of London and aims to define our generation and focus on the things that matter in a matchless style. FAULT represents a new way of thinking and perceiving, and was created for any creative soul disillusioned with the mundane and superficial. Due to popular demand, you can now download FAULT Magazine’s digital editions, starting at just €2.00.
Source: FAULT Magazine
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October 23, 2010
Last Call with Carson Daly Spotlights True Blood Composer Nathan Barr
On Carson Daly’s October 16 show, he put the spotlight on Nathan Barr, a highly talented composer who is best known for his scores for seasons 1-3 of True Blood. Carson visited Nathan’s home and private recording studio to learn more about the man behind the music.
Nathan is a man of many talents. Not only does he compose, but he also performs his own compositions. He told Carson that he works hard to keep things as organic as possible while composing, and also tries to keep everything the audience hears real rather than synthesizing sounds. In making music his way, Nathan has become a popular choice as a composer for horror films. He has worked closely with directors like Eli Roth and Kevin Kever, and most recently scored the movie The Last Exorcism.
Nathan’s Personal Recording Studio
Unlike many other recording artists, Nathan has his own studio right at his house. On most days, all he has to do is walk from his house to his garage, which was converted into his studio. He often “sits down with a cup of coffee and starts working.”
This studio is where Nathan has composed all of the original music for True Blood. He began his work for the show by creating Bill and Sookie’s love theme, which came out of Nathan sitting down with a guitar and playing chords. From there, he doubled the guitar line and played it on his cello. After creating Bill and Sookie’s theme, Nathan had the confidence to create the themes for other characters on True Blood.
Nathan showed Carson how he created the sound for a scene from Season 3 of True Blood when Bill’s invitation to Jason’s house is rescinded. He explained that because vampires have to leave houses as soon as they are uninvited, and they are sucked out of the house backwards, he played a bagpipe, a piano, and a bell, then reversed the sound for each of the instruments to create an entirely new sound to fit what we saw onscreen.
There was a lot more shared in the video Carson showed his audience, and it really gives fans a peek into the process of how Nathan creates the music that we all know and love on True Blood. Check out the video and enjoy!
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