CHARLIE BRIGDEN IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST BASED IN SOUTH WALES WHO SPECIALISES IN FILM AND FILM MUSIC WRITING. HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR AN INCISIVELY ANALYTIC AND ENTERTAINING STYLE AND CAN BE FOUND AT SUCH PLACES AS THE QUIETUS AND ROGER EBERT AS WELL AS WORKING FOR CLIENTS LIKE MONDO AND INDICATOR.

The Best of 2016

The Best of 2016

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2016 has been a pretty fantastic year for film music and here are what we consider the best of the lot, in no order of quality... By Charlie Brigden

ABULELE - Frank Ilfman 

A darker take on E.T., with spectacular melodies from Ilfman, one of the best contemporary composers around.

HIGH RISE - Clint Mansell

As dystopian as the film's concept, Mansell combines orchestra and moog to score a deterioration of society and it's a spectacular work. Review.

JACKIE - Mica Levi

Levi takes the bones of UNDER THE SKIN and fashions them into something equally powerful, an exploration of grief and identity. Review.

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS - Dario Marianelli

A stunning and bold orchestral score matching the fearless innovation of Laika, with shades of absolute beauty.

LAMB - Daniel Belardinelli

A lovely tender score, introspective and searching from a real talent of a composer. Review.

MOONLIGHT - Nicholas Britell

Fantastic look at three time periods and the way that changes musically, a brilliant character study score.

THE NEON DEMON - Cliff Martinez

Electronica doesn't get much betterer, with Martinez building on the work in DRIVE and ONLY GOD FORGIVES and beating both of those into the ground. Review.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY - Michael Giacchino

Giacchino was on a hiding to nothing, but he deftly weaved themes from the original trilogy while creating memorable motifs of his own and a truly enjoyable score. Review.

SYNCHRONICITY - Ben Lovett

Ben Lovett's synth masterwork has shades of Vangelis and co, but develops from that to become its own beautiful thing. Review.

THE WITCH - Mark Korven

A small and intimate score with the use of older instruments which like the movie it belongs to is both terrifying and truly brilliant.

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