True Blood Score Featured At SD Comic-Con 2012

July 9, 2012

Lisbeth Scott to Discuss Providing Her Voice to the Music of True Blood:

alcide-postcardHBO’s series True Blood will be a topic of multiple discussions at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. ‘Behind the Music with CW3PR: Perfect Sound for TV & Film’ is a panel highlighting singer and composer collaborations that create memorable music in TV and film. One panelist is singer Lisbeth Scott, who has lent her voice to the score of True Blood, among other notable projects (Avatar, Iron Man 2).

Ms. Scott will join top composers and singers from TV and film to discuss the singer and composer collaboration. Topics that will be covered are: how these dynamic partnerships work, how they are essential to create poignant and memorable music, and how a singer’s voice can amplify an original score. Ms. Scott is one of only two singers featured, along with four composers.

The panel featuring Ms. Scott and her work on the score of True Blood will be held at SD Comic-Con on July 15th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in room 7AB of the San Diego Convention Center. Attendees of the panel will receive exclusive giveaways. They will also be the first to see and hear surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects of the panelists. A fan-led Q&A will follow, as per usual.

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True Blood Score Nominated for Music Award

October 20, 2010

Nathan Barr’s Original Score Among Nominated

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In November, Hollywood will be host to the Hollywood Music in Media Awards & Conference and the original score for HBO’s True Blood written by Nathan Barr is among the nominees.

The 2010 award categories include Original Score – Feature Film, Original Score – Indie/Short/Documentary, Original Score – Video Game, Best Song – Film, Best Song – TV, Original Song – Video Game, Best Song – Commercial Advertisement and Original Score – TV.

The True Blood original score has competition in the form of the original scores for other shows, such as Sanctuary, Wheel of Fortune, 24, Criminal Minds, Hawthorne and Nurse Jackie.

The conference runs from November 18-20 2010 in Hollywood. Event location and ticket information can be found on the HMMA website.

SOURCE: http://www.hmmawards.com — 2010 Visual Media Nominees

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Preorder Nathan Barr’s Score for True Blood Season 2

September 17, 2010

True Blood Season 2 ScoreWhen the summer ends, True Blood fans do one thing: try to figure out what to do with themselves until they see a new season of their beloved vampires.

HBO and Nathan Barr have been kind enough to help fans through their fang withdrawal. Why not spend the winter months curled up on the couch listening to the score from Season 2?

The 13 track album is due to hit stores on September 21 and will include songs such as Sookie’s Dreams, Eric the Viking, Hoyt and Jessica, and Goodbye Godric. All the songs were written, performed and recorded by Nathan himself.

The album can be pre ordered at www.varesesarabande.com; for less than $20, fans can relive the most heart breaking or sexiest scenes of the show, while they commute to work or read the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Whatever the plan is this winter, the Season 2 score is a great way to keep warm until True Blood comes back for its 4th season in the summer of 2011.

Source: www.facebook.com — Nathan Barr’s Photos

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New Music Scores for True Blood’s Season 3

May 28, 2010

It appears that HBO‘s hit series True Blood has many fans among musicians.  Thanks to Jennifer Vineyard’s article in Rolling Stone, we learned that the show’s producers have recruited an impressive list of top artists for the Season 3 soundtrack.

Among those who will be contributing their music – both old and new material – are Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Beck, Robbie Robertson, Lucinda Williams, the Eels and M. Ward.  When asked about the show’s appeal, Elvis Costello joked, “Who isn’t a fan of nakedness and vampirism?”

After providing a demo to Gary Calamar, the show’s music supervisor, Lucinda Williams worked closely with Gary and took his suggestion to pair up with Elvis Costello.  Together, Lucinda and Elvis collaborated with True Blood‘s in-house composer, Nathan Barr, to give their compositions the right mood.  According to Nathan Barr, “Cello is central to the scores that I write.  If there’s not some cello or heavy guitar, it won’t sound like True Blood.”

It has not yet been determined which scenes will feature the songs by Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello.  Season 3 is still in production, although it airs on June 13.  But Lucinda has a request.

“I want it to be a totally hot, steamy, lustful scene between Sookie and Bill,” she says. “That would be perfect – Bill comes back, and they have torrid sex. Yes!”

I think we’re all in agreement.

Source: rollingstone.com

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VIDEO: Nathan Barr on the Craft of Composing

December 11, 2009

Nathan-Barr-Music-AwardTrue Blood‘s award winning composer, Nathan Barr, spoke at the MIMICON panel at the Renaissance Hotel after winning his Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) for True Blood. He was joined on the panel by fellow composers Jim Dooley, Wendy & Lisa, John Ottman, and Christopher Young.  A video of this panel discussion, recently posted on YouTube, gives a fascinating inside look at the craft that goes into setting the tone for the show we love the most.

Nathan says that composing for television and film is “not just about music ever” but is “always in service of the picture.” He told the panel that he got into scoring for film and television:

…because I love movies so much. I wanted to be in movies so much and music was my way in and my contribution to the storytelling process.

In addition to talking about some of his other work, Nathan told the panel audience how he got the opportunity to work with Alan Ball on the score for True Blood:

I got into the room for a meeting because they temped in my score to Hostel, and I watched the pilot before I went in for the meeting. And I went into the meeting and they said “We really like the way your Hostel score is working as temp” and I just thought “You know, I’m just going to be totally honest with them,” and so I said, “I’m really flattered that you guys like that, but it doesn’t work at all in your show” and they loved that. And so…you know, Ball‘s the kind of guy who’s open to lots of suggestions, so the situation was right where I literally threw out their temp which was my stuff and started from scratch with a completely different sound and that worked to my benefit.

Though directors or producers can sometimes be difficult and though often the people who hire him to work on a score have no idea how to explain what they want from him, he still loves his job:

I get to actually work and create in the thing I love the most in my life, and I hope they bury me in a theatre. I’ll go to eternity watching movies and this is my contribution to movies.

Certainly, True Blood fans are lucky to have him working at HBO on the show and we wish him continued success for many many years to come.

SOURCE: CW3PRVideo on YouTube

(Photo Credit:  Nathan Barr Facebook)

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Nathan Barr and Lisbeth Scott Releasing True Blood Music Scores

August 24, 2009

The score to HBO’s highly-acclaimed and record rating-breaking drama series, “True Blood”, is set to release September 8th on iTunes, Amazon.com and in-stores nationwide via Varese Sarabande Records.  Award-winning composer, Nathan Barr, arranges all the music, and performs the majority of the instrumentals from his own private home studio in Topanga Canyon.  As it’s first track, the score will feature the popular song “Take Me Home”, sung by Lisbeth Scott and featured on Episode 6 of the show.

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An exclusive music video for “Take Me Home” filmed August 17th and will be debuted the 1st of September on both Nathan’s website www.nathanbarr.com as well as Lisbeth’s website www.lisbethscott.com. A special give-away contest will also be taking place via these sites, where fans of the show can win (pre-sale) signed copies of the soundtrack signed by Barr and Lisbeth Scott.  Also featured on Nathan Barr’s official website are exclusive interviews where he discusses the music from True Blood and where he draws influences for the show’s extremely aesthetic sound.

A local signing for the score will take place at Dark Delicacies, 4213 West Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505 on September 13th from 1 to 3pm.  Barr and “True Blood” vocalist, Lisbeth Scott, will both be in attendance alongside Bear McCreary (Battlestar: Galactica and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

Executive Producer and show creator, Alan Ball, is extremely impressed with Barr’s score for the show. Ball recently expressed that “Nate’s score for True Blood continually impresses and surprise me, and one of the favorite parts of my job is driving out to his studio to hear his score cues, as I know I’m always in for a treat.  His music, with its distinct and completely acoustic flavor, perfectly captures the mix of suspense, terror, romance, and regional authenticity that the show calls for.  I know I can always count on him to take scenes which need that extra little bit of help and make them work better than I thought possible.”

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Barr recently co-created a composer-centered monthly web-series called “Open Barr” which will begin airing on www.nathanbarr.com this Fall. In the series, Nate chats openly, intellectually, creatively, and at times hilariously with other high-profile names in the composing industry. The eclectic talents compare and contrast their lives, styles and creative processes.  The series will profile and expose the inner-workings of this often un-discussed realm of the music world, and offer viewers insight into what it takes to make it or break it as a true composer for visual media.  The pilot episode will feature composer Tyler Bates (Watchmen, 300).

Nathan not only composes his own original scores, he also performs all of the instruments heard in the majority of his compositions. Skilled in writing many styles and genres ranging from orchestral to rock, Barr is known for his collection and inclusion of rare and unusual instruments from around the world, which include human bone trumpets from Tibet, dismantled pianos, a rare glass armonica, and gourd cellos, among many others. Barr has scored more than 24 feature films to date, including Warner Bros.’ hit comedies The Dukes of Hazzard and Beerfest, to Eli Roth’s hit Hostel film series at Sony Screen Gems.” True Blood marks his debut as a composer for a full series.

Lisbeth Scott was raised as a classical pianist headed for a concert career practicing hours a day, until she ran away to California as soon as she could and began to discover her voice. Someone heard her singing and playing piano for a modern dance class in the hills of Idyllwild and suggested her voice for a score by composer Hans Zimmer.  Scott’s uniquely moving and shiver-inducing voice has been heard on literally hundreds of films. John Williams wrote a 5 minute solo specifically for her in the score for Spielberg’s film “Munich”. She was the featured vocalist and co-lyricist for the John Debney score to the film “The Passion of the Christ” and she was the featured vocalist and songwriter for the Disney film “The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe”. Lisbeth‘s vocals can be heard on 2 tracks of the “True Blood” score, “Take Me Home” and “Sancto Erico“. Lisbeth’s own upcoming album, working title “Hope is a thing”, will be released this fall. A new website to garner support for the album has been launched at www.hopeisathing.com, and the title track can also be heard on the site.

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True Blood” details the whimsical co-existence of vampires and humans in small town Louisiana. Thanks to the invention of synthetic blood, humans have been taken off the menu and vampires have become fellow citizens overnight. Disconcerting to nearly everyone but Sookie Stackhouse (played by Academy Award winner Anna Paquin), a young, telepathic waitresses. As an outcast herself, she is optimistic about the integration of vampires. Drawn to the mysteries of their world, she falls in love with vampire Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer). “The story-telling and the characters in True Blood are all beautifully complex which makes my job as a composer very exciting because I have such a rich world to play with thematically.”

New episodes ofTrue Bloodair on Sundays on HBOFor more information on True Blood and Nathan Barr visit www.nathanbarr.com.  For more information on Lisbeth Scott visit www.lisbethscott.com.  Also coming soon do not miss our in-depth, exclusive interview with the talented Nathan Barr and Lisbeth Scott here on TrueBloodNet.com.

SOURCE:  PR for Nathan Barr and Lisbeth Scott

(Photo credit: Nathan Barr and Lisbeth Scott)

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