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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"The Fall of the City" Interview by WNYC

Wendy and Lisa are a musical duo that met playing with Prince and the Revolution in the 80s. They then worked on albums together and scored TV shows like the NBC series Heroes. They join us to talk about composing an original score for a new production of "The Fall of the City", the 1937 CBS radio drama.

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(site last visited May 17, 2009)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Girl Bros. Network Exclusive Interview

It's been 10 years since the release of your last studio album Girl Bros., tell us about your latest album White Flags of Winter Chimneys and why it took 10 years? What was the inspiration?


It came at a time when the film and TV industry went into a tailspin from the writers strike. We decided to take that time and make this record. We had songs that were already written but decided to toss all of them to discover a new and vital sound.

If we could have made this record sooner I’m not sure it would have been as good. All the planets aligned for us on this record.


It took ten years because we play VERY SLOWLY. We record maybe one chord every few days. it has to be JUST RIGHT! And so it just took a really looooong time! OK. THAT IS NOT TRUE

Um... A lot of life happened in those ten years. After releasing Girl Bros. and traveling to promote that the best we could, without the support of a label or promoter, we started getting a lot of scoring offers. Crossing Jordan, Carnivale, and a few independent films... etc. We also had met Neil Finn during the mixing of Girl Bros. through Tchad Blake, and traveled to New Zealand and subsequently all over the world playing and recording with him.

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(site last visited May 17, 2009)

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Revolution Will be Harmonized By Barry Walters (OUT.COM Interview)

Keyboardist Lisa Coleman was 19 when she started working with Prince on his 1980 album Dirty Mind. Her childhood friend, guitarist Wendy Melvoin, was also 19 when she joined Prince in 1983 for Purple Rain. Known from that point on as Wendy & Lisa, Melvoin and Coleman became key members of the Revolution, Prince’s band at the peak of his musical powers and multi-platinum popularity. After they left the group in ‘86, the pair continued as a recording duo and as composers for such hit TV shows as Heroes. Shimmering with bright surfaces that compliment its complex depths, their latest album, White Flags of Winter Chimneys, showcases sophisticated strains of rock and jazz that definitively assert their serious chops. To celebrate that achievement, Melvoin and Coleman cast aside their usual privacy and gave Out their most candid interview ever.

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(site last visited May 17, 2009)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Exclusive! House Petrelli: Wendy and Lisa interview part 1!

House Petrelli: In the scoring process, how much is recycled and how much is custom-composed for the episode?

Wendy: Well, that’s an easy answer. We have not reused one cue in the three seasons that we’ve done. We can’t, because each scene is so specifically composed that if you reuse anything you won’t be hitting the right spots on the characters. So when we go in and listen to the cues when we’re trying to spot the episode, they’ve inevitably thrown a cue in there that works but it’s for the wrong character. So we haven’t reused, and we’ve never wanted to. On Crossing Jordan we were able to repurpose some romantic cues, but again, on this show we don’t, and also I think it helps keep the integrity of the feeling we had from the first season.

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(site last visited May 17, 2009)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Art and Business of Song: USC-Annenberg