Magazine article Variety

Composer Clued in to Soundtrack Game

Magazine article Variety

Composer Clued in to Soundtrack Game

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TALENT WATCH

A hit TV show gets you noticed, even if A your involvement goes only as far as the soundtrack.

Recently, when the co-composer of the theme music for "Sherlock," Michael Price, released an EP of string quartets on iTtmes, the recording went straight to No. 5 on the online store's classical music chart.

"I was amazed, because the only people I'd told about the EP were the online `Sherlock' community," Price recalls.

The "Sherlock" music has been nominated for an Emmy; it also grabbed a nom in 2011. Indeed, Price may be poised to join the elite brigade of soundtrack composers sought out by Hollywood.

As a music editor, he has worked on the "The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, "Love Actually" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," among other projects.

In Blighty, the "Sherlock" score, co-written with David Arnold (composer of the past five Bond scores), won a Royal Television Society craft award for title music two years ago, and picked up two BAFTA nods in 2010 and 2011.

" 'Sherlock' is the first TV series I've worked on where there's a sense that it's probably a modern classic that audiences will still be watching in 30 years' time," reckons Price.

Price's big break came when he was invited to work as an assistant to the late composer Michael Kamen (the "Lethal Weapon" series, "Die Hard," "Band of Brothers"). …

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