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Thursday, September 02, 2010


Sorry it's been nearly a week since I last posted, but after the rain everything in the garden went wild and so, when not doing paid work, I have been spending every available hour doing battle with the grass, weeds and hedges. This situation is likely to continue for some days yet, so my postings will I'm afraid be intermittent. Just to say that I have more than ten releases waiting to cover, including a batch of new stuff from Silva Screen and another tremendous re-recording from Tadlow. So, keep checking in. In the meantime, here's some news just in:-

From Costa Communications:-


LOS ANGELES (September 2, 2010) – Composer Alex Wurman was awarded one of seven Emmys given to the HBO film “Temple Grandin” last Sunday in Los Angeles. The 62nd Prime Time Emmy Awards honored Wurman with the Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. In 2008 he was nominated in the same category for another HBO film, “Bernard and Doris.”

According to “Temple Grandin” director Mick Jackson, “Wurman’s score for ‘Temple Grandin’ is astonishing and truly original – both cosmic and intimate, full of boundless energy, yet movingly simple. An amazing achievement. This music really finds and gives voice to the true spirit of the movie.” “The film stars Claire Danes as a young woman who persevered while struggling with autism at a time when it was still quite unknown. The film chronicles Temple’s early diagnosis to her emergence as a woman with an innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior.

When it came to scoring "Temple Grandin," Wurman took the assignment and the challenges of Autism very personally, "My nephew is autistic and I’ve learned alot from him and my tireless sister. This film gave me the opportunity create music that conveys the frantic, smart and passionate mindset of Temple Grandin,” said Wurman.

During his career, Wurman has shown himself to be a truly versatile composer with a broad musical palette: the eerie, spare piano melodies of “Confessions of A Dangerous Mind,” the lush 85 piece orchestral chases of “Hollywood Homicide,” avant-heartland score to the Emmy nominated HBO film “Normal,” groovy ‘70’s themes for the outrageous comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” contemporary interpretations of French impressionism for “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing” and soulful melodies combined with ethereal orchestrations for “March of the Penguins,” in which the music gives voice to the characters. His signature style is defined by an emphasis on harmony, rhythm and melody, not sound design.

After studying music at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Alex Wurman moved to Los Angeles to pursue film music scoring. Independent films started coming his way, and soon he was working with directors such as John August, Doug Liman and Ron Shelton. Wurman’s resume reflects the quality and diversity of his talent. Wurman’s next film, “The Switch,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, will be released nationwide on August 20. He is also scoring the 2011 feature “The Convincer.”


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