Modern Vinyl has posted an interesting interview with David Arnold, the composer behind the Wing Commander Movie's famous Overture theme. Much of the article focuses on the recent vinyl release of his work on Hot Fuzz, but it also notes his wide ranging involvement with films from James Bond to Stargate. Check out the full article here. On a totally coincidental note, interviewer Brock Wilbur goes by the handle The Pilgrim's Regress on Twitter. It's also still possible to find the movie soundtrack on disc relatively easily, and the album is available for both digital download and streaming at Amazon or iTunes.
You’ve also written music for video games, like “Wing Commander,” that often involves someone else arranging the final songs and so forth. Is that a strange situation?
Arnold: It’s the hardest job in the world to score, unless it isn’t. Writing something and handing it off for arrangement is probably the easiest version of this. When I approach a film, the toughest thing is coming up with the key music solution to a film: the main theme. It dictates to everyone else what the film will be and you don’t have restrictions of making it fit a thing. And sure, not every film needs a theme, but when one does I write it away from the film. I’ll watch some of what was shot or read the script and hopefully come up with something. To link this back, Wing Commander had an air about it, so writing a theme came quickly and handing that off to Kevin [Kiner] was quite easy. He’s extraordinarily talented and he knows the style. He’d also send me pieces of what he was making as he worked along. Soundtracking is about being in love with coming up with solutions. I like coming up with solutions.
Cha Cha To This Kilrathi Theme
Origin composer George Oldziey has released another awesome Wing Commander track from his live recording session held a few weeks ago. This one is the "Kilrathi Cha Cha" as remixed and performed by Gato 6, his talented Latin Jazz band. It's full of fun and personality - give it a listen below! (2018-02-25)
Maverick Gets Pantsed
LOAF is still scratching the surface of his 30 boxes of Academy archival materials, but when he does get a chance to dig in, he uncovers some real gems! Take for, example, Cadet Blair's sorely underrated bottom half. Everyone is all into torsos, but you can't have one without the other! (2018-02-24)
Mark Hamill Premiering New Documentary at SXSW
It's a good week for Mark Hamill fans! In addition to getting his Hollywood star, Mr. Hamill will be returning to the birthplace of Wing Commander next month to help debut a new documentary, The Director and the Jedi, about his work with Rian Johnson on the new Star Wars film. (2018-02-23)
Mark Hamill To Receive Hollywood Star
Thanks in part to his recent success resuming the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, actor Mark Hamill will soon be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony is set for March 8, 2018 at 11:30 am. I'd encourage Wing Commander fans nearby to go check it out, but the crowd will likely be substantial. (2018-02-22)
Banshee Kicks Off Flat Universe's Border Worlds Faction
The first Border Worlds ship for Wing Commander Flat Universe has been announced! The Banshee now joins the battle alongside four Confed and four Kilrathi craft. It's designed to be particularly effective against slower bombers such as the Broadsword or Grikath. (2018-02-21)