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HOT CORN Radio | From Ennio Morricone to Bernard Herrmann: the remix strikes back

In other words: what would happen if Morricone, Zimmer, Herrmann and Mancini were remixed?

After the previous episodes, Hot Corn Radio is back loud and clear, with theme music, songs and remixes from soundtracks and late- night viewings, with music from classic cinema, VHS favourites, TV series and cartoons. The first track we’d like you to listen to in this episode is a doozy by Ennio Morricone: the piece is The Ecstasy of Gold from Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, which has been revisited and reinterpreted magnificently by Bandini with a highly respectful addition of beats under the main theme. It was included along with other gems in a compilation a couple of years ago: Ennio Morricone Remixes Vol. 2.

From maestro to maestro, from beat to beat. After the Morricone reinterpretation, here’s another legend getting a respectful remix: BERNARD HERRMANN, the sound behind most of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. In this case the piece, Twisted Nerve, comes from the soundtrack of Twisted Nerve, Roy Boulting’s misunderstood 1968 film, but it was Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1 that gave it eternal life, the director using it for Daryl Hannah’s entrance. And the remix works…

The third piece is by another maestro, HANS ZIMMER, but with a slight change of sound: this time it is an Egyptian DJ who is reinterpreting the theme tune Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard wrote for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Again, there’s a lot of respect for the original version with just the addition of a light undertone to amplify its power. Listen to it wearing headphones. It’s worth it.

After Morricone, Herrmann and Zimmer, we end this episode of Hot Corn Radio with another great maestro of 20 th -century cinematic music: HENRY MANCINI. This is Lujon, a piece the American composer wrote in 1961 for his album Mr. Lucky Goes Latin, but which was later used by numerous directors, most notably the Coen brothers for The Big Lebowski. In this case the remix increases the beat, but the magic remains intact.

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