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More Reviews for The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack

My book, ‚The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack‘, which was published by McFarland in 2019, was recently featured in the June edition of Fotogramas, the largest Spanish magazine devoted to film. In the five-star review, it says, „Stephan Eicke shows the dark reality of a Hollywood ripe with abuse, pressure and exploitation. […] This book is full of brave statements, and a must-read for those who want to have a future in Hollywood. Those who are hoping for the best can prepare for the worst. It is a fundamental book.“

There has also been a (further) positive review on MundoBSO, the largest Spanish website devoted to film music: „Stephan Eicke is one of the most intelligent, knowledgeable and fine cynics in this medium. He’s an ant in an environment of cicadas. Admiration and respect!“

Reviews for The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack

My book, ‚The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack‘, published in August 2019, has garnered positive reviews from various magazines, professionals and university teachers. Here is a selection:

Randall Larson writes in his ‚BuySoundtrax‘ column:
„Eicke’s book is a very interesting one by investigating a topic not elsewhere covered in film music books and daring to point a spotlight at struggles that lie within the film music workplace. There’s enough information at hand here to warrant consideration, and to lend some understanding of conditions under which composers have to work.“

In the November issue of the Austrian film magazine ‚ray‚, Benjamin Moldenhauer judges:
„This book is an entertaining analysis of the working conditions for composers. It’s an especially lively read because it is built around interviews with 40 composers.“

„This is a very interesting book; the chapter on Hans Zimmer alone makes it worthwhile and I have to say I learned a lot from reading it. Recommended.“ Hellbound

„Great book!“ Joerg Magnus Pfeil, film composer

„This is a fantastic book, very well-written and with devastating (but true and important) inside knowledge. This is a must-read for any aspiring and professional media composer.“ Than van Nispen, composer and teacher at HKU, Netherlands

„If you are starting out as a composer, I highly recommend this book!“ Carly Paradis, composer

„Stephan Eicke shows the dark reality of a Hollywood ripe with abuse, pressure and exploitation. […] This book is full of brave statements, and a must-read for those who want to have a future in Hollywood. Those who are hoping for the best can prepare for the worst. It is a fundamental book.“ Fotogramas, June 2020

„Stephan Eicke is one of the most intelligent, knowledgeable and fine cynics in this medium. He’s an ant in an environment of cicadas. Admiration and respect!“ Conrado Xalabarder, MundoBSO

Soundfiles Interview

Marc Rohrer quizzed me on my book, ‚The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack‘, for his YouTube channel SoundFiles. The full interview can be viewed here:

The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack

“The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack” is my first book and will be published by McFarland in the fall of 2019. It examines how composers, arrangers and sound designers work and which challenges they have to face. Furthermore, I elaborate on temp tracks, sound design, ghostwriting, budgets and the set-up of Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions among other topics.
Drawing on exclusive interviews with more than 40 notable composers, this book gives an in-depth analysis of the industry and reveals the creative process behind the work of such artists as Klaus Badelt, Mychael Danna, Abel Korzeniowski, Walter Murch, Rachel Portman, Alan Silvestri, Randy Thom and others.

“The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack” is available from McFarland

IFMCA Nomination

I am humbled to have received a nomination from the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) for my CD label Caldera Records as the best label of 2017.

Ich fühle mich geehrt, dass ich für mein CD-Label Caldera Records eine Nominierung als bestes Label 2017 von der International Film Music Critics Associtaion (IFMCA) erhalten habe.

Media Sound Hamburg

I started writing a monthly column for the homepage of the summer academy Media Sound Hamburg, shedding light on topics concerning film music and sound design. The first two essays have been published and can be accessed here.

Ich schreibe seit diesem Jahr eine monatliche Kolumne für die Homepage der Sommerakademie Media Sound Hamburg über Filmmusik und Sound Design. Die ersten beiden Essays sind veröffentlicht worden und können hier eingesehen werden.

Sherlock Holmes – Schatten der Vergangenheit

A series of cruel crimes takes place in London. They all bear the trademarks of an infamous and legendary criminal – Jack the Ripper! But can be true what must not be true, 12 years after the last murder in a series of killings in Whitechapel? In May, episode 37 of the popular audio drama series ‚Sherlock Holmes‘ was released. The music by Stephan Eicke was performed by Gabriel Rosati, playing the trombone.

Eine Reihe grauenvoller Verbrechen erschüttert London. Allesamt tragen sie die Handschrift eines ebenso gefürchteten wie legendären Verbrechers – Jack the Ripper! Doch kann wahr sein, was nicht wahr sein darf, über zwölf Jahre nach dem Ende der blutigen Mordserie in Whitechapel? Folge 37 der populären Hörspielserie ‚Sherlock Holmes – Die neuen Fälle‘ ist im Mai veröffentlicht worden. Die Musik von Stephan Eicke wird von Gabriel Rosati auf der Posaune interpretiert.

Cinema Musica No. 40, 2/2015

Kommt ein Mann zum Doctor…
Interview with Murray Gold
Interview mit Murray Gold

Meine Freundin Conni
Interview with Andreas Gensch
Interview mit Andreas Gensch

Licht und Schatten
Remembering James Horner
In Gedenken an James Horner

Ein bisschen Bedeutung wäre manchmal schön
An essay about film music in crisis
Ein Essay über Filmmusik in der Krise

Reviews/Rezensionen:
Carol, Carter Burwell
En Mai Fais Ce Qu‘il te Plait, Ennio Morricone
Every Thing Will Be Fine, Alexandre Desplat

Sherlock Holmes – Die Untoten von Tilbury

Something scary is happening in London: A man claims he saw a group of zombies at the harbour and that he was chased by them. Of course Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson don’t believe him – but they soon have to admit that their client has enough reason to be concerned… I wrote the music for the 19th episode of the beloved series Sherlock Holmes in Die neuen Fälle for cellist Deryn Cullen in the style of the scores for solo cello by Ligeti and Kodaly.

Unheimliches geht vor sich in London: Ein Mann behauptet, eine Gruppe Zombies am Hafen gesehen zu haben und von ihnen verfolgt worden zu sein. Sherlock Holmes und Doktor Watson glauben ihm natürlich nicht – müssen aber bald feststellen, dass ihr Klient durchaus Grund zur Beunruhigung hat… Die Musik für die mittlerweile 19. Folge der Hörspielreihe Sherlock Holmes in Die neuen Fälle habe ich für die Cellistin Deryn Cullen im Stil der expressionistischen Partituren für Solo-Cello von Ligeti und Kodaly komponiert.

ray 7-8/15

The recent issue of the film magazine ray was published at the beginning of July. For this magazine I wrote three reviews of recommendable CDs: Loin des Hommes by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Beneath the 12 Mile Reef by Bernard Herrmann and Old Boyfriends by David Shire.

Die neue Ausgabe des ray Filmmagazins wurde Anfang Juli veröffentlicht. Für dieses aktuelle Heft habe ich mit Loin des Hommes von Nick Cave und Warren Ellis, Beneath the 12 Mile Reef von Bernard Herrmann und Old Boyfriends von David Shire drei Rezensionen empfehlenswerter CDs geschrieben.