Blade Runner 2049: How Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch followed up the most influential sci-fi score of all time

Following up Vangelis’s iconic Blade Runner score was never going to be easy, and that task eventually fell to Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and It’s Benjamin Wallfisch. Claire Lobenfeld sat down with the duo at Zimmer’s Santa Monica recording studio to explore the influences and processes behind the year’s most eagerly-anticipated soundtrack. Hans Zimmer was… Read More »

Sound artist Sugai Ken wants to submerge you in his explorations of water and darkness

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, Lewis Gordon speaks to Japanese sound artist Sugai Ken, whose music takes the folk traditions his home Kanagawa and turns them into vivid electro-acoustic soundscapes. Sugai Ken’s music has a strong affinity for place.… Read More »

Happy Birthday, India.Arie!

Jason Merritt, Getty s Happy Birthday, India.Arie! The soulful singer-songwriter is 42 years old today (Oct. 3). India.Arie is a four-time Grammy Award winner who came up from Denver, Colo. Both her parents had a taste fame: Ralph Simpson played for the ABA and NBA and Joyce Simpson was a Motown singer. The “Ready for… Read More »

Kehlani Delivers Sweet Ballad ‘Honey’

Following the release her critcally acclaimed album, SweetSexySavage, in January, Kehlani returns with a sweet ballad called “Honey.” Over strumming acoustic guitar chords, the 22-year-old singer seems to be declaring her love for someone the opposite sex. “I like my girls, just like I like my honey / Sweet, a little selfish / I like… Read More »

Happy Birthday, T-Pain!

Paras Griffin, Getty s Music has a history not giving musicians their due. Revisionist history forgets Chuck Berry was one the founding fathers rock and roll. However, that’s somewhat excusable because the internet wasn’t an available information resource in the ’50s. But people were surfing the web by the mid-2000s, which is why its a… Read More »