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With a whistle and a guitar, Ennio Morricone changed film and music history. Sergio Leone, a director with only one feature to his credit and a couple of gigs polishing up other pictures, called upon the composer to score his new-fangled Western, “A Fistful of Dollars,” loosely based on the Akira Kurosawa film “Yojimbo,” which itself was based on an American noir by Dashiell Hammett. The money for a full orchestra wasn’t there, so Morricone improvised, scoring the tale of an outlaw who brings...

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If the idea of expressing thankfulness for what you have by heading to the mall to buy more on Black Friday rubs you the wrong way, you're not alone. Why not do something enriching instead? "We have an alternative here with our exhibits," says Sarah Gould.

From Texas Standard : New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Nashville – all pride themselves as cities with rich musical scenes. And in Texas, those bragging rights tend to go to Houston and Austin. But a new documentary turns the spotlight on another side of the business, staking a claim for another Texas city: the beat makers of the Big D. In the film "Sound Collectiv #Dallasup" Dallas producer Joel Garcia – better known as Sikwitit – asked 13 producers to collaborate on making 10 beats over...

From Texas Standard : The film “Moonlight” tells the story of a young black man struggling with his identity and sexuality. The film is set in Miami – but its breakout star is Texan. Trevante Rhodes is a busy guy these days. He’s juggling television and film roles along with press appearances. In-between, there’s maintenance. “I just finished up abs, I’ve got to do some shoulders right now,” Rhodes says, speaking from the gym during his workout routine. “I’m almost done, though, almost done....

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Each weekend on Performance Saturday , I enjoy sharing new releases following the “concert” broadcast portion of the program, and this fall, I’ve been sharing excerpts from soundtracks to films clouded in mystery. None of the scores are purely orchestral, and the distorted and sometimes frightening soundscapes of these albums make for some interesting car trips! (Listening while driving is pretty much the only way I get to do any extended sampling nowadays.) In order of release, let’s start...

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