News from the Web
Updates as of January 2020:
Score Completed for "Look To the Flowers" - now screening and picking up awards across the US.
Several commercials and theme park promos have been scored for Kentucky Kingdom. Thanks to J Michael Roddy
Here's a new article on "Hardware To Halo's new album "Sensory System" out July 20th, 2019! Thanks to Heath & Co!
New Score Completed for “For Sale,” a new horror thriller by Director Mark Moorer. Screening soon this festival season.
Look for a commentary with MM on the movie JAWS on the popular Youtube Channel - Cereal At Midnight! - Thanks to Heath and Co.
NEW RELEASE: Blur of Tomorrow (Deluxe Edition) by THE INVENTED - 22 classic modern rock songs by Michael McCormack:
"Blur of Tomorrow" is newly remastered and features a staggering total of 22 tracks, including previously unreleased demos, alternate takes and B-sides.
The Invented, an exciting Nashville group headed by Michael McCormack and Greg Parker, originally released "Blur of Tomorrow" in late 2007 to much local acclaim from those who were fortunate enough to hear it live or via pockets of radio-airplay. Unfortunately, the album went mostly unnoticed...until now!
While The Invented have continued to make music, resulting in a few of the bonus tracks on this compilation, such as the dark and sinister "Stitch" or sci-fi demo, "Robot;" the heart of this album features dynamic drumming by Mike Malone and additional musicians, Crys Simonca and Jay Mullen, who contribute their considerable talents to help create an unsung, modern-rock standard that could be that essential missing album for your music collection. Give it a spin and see what you think. Stand out tracks include the one-two punch of "Forgive Me" and "Guilty," the soulful cry of "Carried Away" and "Major To Minor," the introspective "You Keep Telling Me" and "Paranoia," to the epic climax of "Spinning Wheel/Blur of Tomorrow." Composed by Michael McCormack with Greg Parker. Produced by Greg Parker. Re-Release supervised by Michael McCormack
NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE: https://hardwaretohalo.com/album/810826/after-the-war-is-won
United with the purpose of creating dynamic and imaginative modern rock music, Hardware To Halo seeks to distribute exciting new music to radio and online streaming outlets around the world.
"Hardware To Halo's 'After the War Is Won'"
Review By Cereal at Midnight
Classic Europop with an American accent.
After the War Is Won is the new album from Hardware To Halo, a musical project spearheaded by film composer and producer Michael McCormack and his frequent collaborator and co-producer Russell Chamberlain.
You may recognize Michael McCormack's name from the 2007 documentary The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws, which was actually featured on the 40th anniversary Blu-ray and DVD release of Spielberg's classic film. McCormack co-produced that project as well as composed the score. He also composed the music for 2015's Hail to the King: 60 Years of Destruction, a documentary about Godzilla, as well as 2016's Long Live the King, a look at the legacy of King Kong. McCormack's latest project, Monsterkids, just won the 2018 Rondo Award for best horror documentary.
I bring all of this up for two reasons. First, it's evidence that McCormack is adept at shaping soundscapes in the most cinematic of fashions, creating mood and emotion without the need of a single word. Second, he's a genre movie fan with a passion for monster movies and classic adventure. He's one of us, and his enthusiasm shows.
With this new project, McCormack and Chamberlain take their creation, Hardware to Halo, back to a time and a place that was the center of a musical zeitgeist. I describe the album After the War Is Won as sounding like a collaboration between U2 and Depeche Mode, recorded sometime between 1989 and 1991, but not released until 2018. That's what this album is: a time machine back to the pinnacle of a movement. Keen listeners might also detect some of The Cure and New Order, as well. The common denominator among all these bands is that they're all from Britain and Ireland, and somehow this album taps into that regional ennui in a way that is entirely uncommon in modern music.
The songs have a sense of weight and emotion. The lyrics are seeking, yearning, longing. I've since learned that the album was recorded during a period of personal struggle, and the feelings of desire for light, for balance, for truth, are apparent throughout the album. Human struggle is the foundation for the best art, and that is evident here.
The production itself is top-notch, with sizzling synthesizer and crunchy drum beats that work their way into your head and stay there. I find myself humming the music when I least expect it, the riffs impossible to shake. One song in particular, titled "Progress," will not let me go. In that song--and on all the others as well--McCormack's voice is sincere, pleading, clearly believing every word of what he's singing. It's impossible not to connect. The plentiful melodies and moving chord progressions drive it all home.
After the War Is Won is a rarity in today's musical landscape. In a market that chases trends to increasingly diminished returns, this album feels like a passion project by creators who simply HAD to put their hearts and souls into these songs. It doesn't sound like anything else right now. Further proving this, McCormack and Chamberlain produced themselves and have released it without the aid of a major record label or an external producer. This is 100 percent a labor of love.
I'm a fan of Michael McCormack, Russell Chamberlain, and Hardware to Halo. I'm a fan of music that comes from the heart and has something to say. After the War Is Won consists of twelve tracks, and the full album is $9.99. You can check it out for yourself at HardwareToHalo.com and at MichaelMcCormackMusic.com. While you're at it, head over to McCormack's YouTube channel Soundtrack TV, located HERE to see what all he's been working on and watch the music videos from the album.
Lastly, there are more tracks on the way and another album is planned to be released soon. If it's as honest, emotional, and well-produced as After the War Is Won, we're in for a treat.
RONDO AWARD NOMINATION
Composer Michael McCormack - "Long Live the King" (Kong Documentary Soundtrack)
I'm so happy to share that my soundtrack work for the Kong Documentary, "Long Live the King" has been nominated for the Best Horror-Related CD (Category #23) by the 2018 Rondo Awards. Thanks to everyone involved with the Long Live the King production!
Just to be nominated is a true honor for me, especially after this past year. My Mom would be so happy...
In addition to "Long Live the King," "Monsterkids: Things That Go Bump In the Night," which I scored for my frequent collaborator, writer/producer/director by James-Michael Roddy, was nominated for Best Documentary (Category #10).
Additionally, I want to congratulate all the nominees, including my good friends Dale T Wamboldt and Lilith Lovecraft at the "Dr. Destruction Big Top Radio Broadcast," who have me on frequently as a guest to promote my music and have been so good to me. The "Dr. Destruction Big Top Radio Broadcast" has been nominated for Best Multi-Media Horror Site (Category #18). They work 5 nights a week for 4 hours a night, and also do a weekly TV show! Well-deserved! And thanks again for always having me on as a guest!
Also, I need to congratulate my other friends Derek M. Koch for his "MonsterKid Radio," the "Damn Dirty Geeks" and Kyle Yount's "Kaijucast," also nominated. They all do terrific work and put a lot of creativity and effort into their programs as well!
The voting method is basically a cut and paste form that you send in to the email address at the bottom of the site. Instructions are on the site below. You don't have to vote for all the categories unless you want to, and you must include your name in the email.
Thank you, and thank you to the Rondo Awards and anyone associated with this nomination!
Like and follow the Monsterkids documentary on facebook here: Monsterkids - The Impact of Things That Go Bump In The Night
You can hear one of my recent appearances on the "Dr. Destruction Show" here - https://youtu.be/_9EDyPuaBx8
The great new poster for the multi-award winning "Monsterkids: The Impact of Things that go Bump In the Night" by Writer/Producer/Director J. Michael Roddy and features a music soundtrack by Michael McCormack is hitting the festival circuit.
Clips are available at my YouTube channel posted below...
Just click and hit the subscribe button at: https://www.youtube.com/user/mmmandent/videos
and watch high quality videos on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/composermichaelmccormack
WATCH NOW ON AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Long-Live-King-Joe-Dante/dp/B0722VTJVB/
You can hear a sample for the soundtrack here - https://youtu.be/oOA30KBNfbs
OVER 100 VIDEOS!!!
"MONSTERKIDS" UPDATE -
J. Michael Roddy's Monsterkids is now screening at various film festivals and is currently considering distribution channels. Of course, it features, music by Michael McCormack
COMING THIS SUMMER TO THEATERS, DOWNLOAD & HOME VIDEO:
Composer Michael McCormack (The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws) will be composing a new musical score for "LONG LIVE THE KING," a new and exciting documentary about the one and only KONG!
The documentary is produced by Brian Kelly Jones, Scott Weitz, Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger.
A labor of love, directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, the documentary should wrap by early summer and features a number of Hollywood's finest as interview subjects including Joe Dante (Gremlins) and Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead).
Special thanks goes to James Michael Roddy
LONG LIVE THE KING continues a trend of pop-culture movie-based documentary soundtracks by Michael McCormack.
Here's a quick summary:
- LONG LIVE THE KING (2017)
- MONSTERKIDS: The Impact of Things That Go Bump In the Night (2016)
- HAIL TO THE KING: 60 YEARS OF DESTRUCTION (2015)
- THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING: THE IMPACT AND LEGACY OF JAWS (2012)
- INDYFANS & THE QUEST FOR FORTUNE & GLORY (2008)
- LOOKING BACK AT THE FUTURE (2006)
- COMMANDERBOND.NET PODCASTS (Music Contributor) (2006-2009)
"MonsterKids" is a wrap!
Directed by J Michael Roddy (of The Shark Is Still Working)
"Hail to the King: 60 Years of Destruction" is now nominated for a Rhondo Award. This is McCormack's second documentary to receive this honor. The first being "The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws." Congrats to Kyle Yount & the production team!
You can vote HERE
or at http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=224
Settling the score...
"Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction" - set to Premiere at G-Fest - Chicago, IL this July 2015!
You can view some rather casual and honest production updates by clicking - HERE and HERE (from May 7th, 2015)
Press Release - Michael McCormack to Score "Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction"
Composer Michael McCormack (The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws) has signed on to score “Hail to the King: 60 years of Destruction,” an independent documentary celebrating the 60-year history of the King of the Monsters, Godzilla®.
The documentary, set for release in November 2014 and produced by Kyle Yount (Kaijucast), covers the global cultural impact of Kaiju films, including a recent visit to an exhibit in Japan that featured a variety of special effects, suits, production art, and memorabilia from the Godzilla series.
As he did for his music for “The Shark Is Still Working,” McCormack intends to release a collectible, limited-edition, companion CD soundtrack and is a huge fan of composers of the genre, including Akira Ifukube, Masaru Sato and Reijiro Koroku.
More information about Michael McCormack is available at www.michaelmccormackmusic.com
October 21, 2014 - Composer Michael McCormack's "Neon" CD/Download Album Release:
There will also be a collection of unique, experimental music videos released to promote the album over the next few months.
The album is available on iTunes, you can purchase the album at the following links today:
August 24, 2014 - Tinseltown Tragedies:
A revealing new series exploring the truths behind Hollywood's most tragic and enduring scandals.
A new 4-part series produced by the team at Movie Geeks United! - featuring an original score by Michael McCormack
July 4, 2014 - Demo Reel with Testimonials for Michael McCormack Available:
May 24, 2014 - The Shark (In Pre-Production - New Feature Film Poster):
A Brannon Carty production - includes original score by Michael McCormack and songs by Glenn Birks
Michael McCormack has signed on to score the music for the upcoming feature film "The Shark" due in 2015.
Synopsis: A small southern town has been invaded by the ultimate predator: a 10 foot Great White shark. As the summer season approaches, many fisherman begin to disappear with no traces of what happened. A local college teacher, Peter Diller, begins to investigate with the local sheriff, Frank Hammer. Meanwhile, some shady investors are brought in by the mayor's assistant, Sam Lewis, to help fix the current financial situation. As Peter and Frank discover the clues related to the fishermen's death, they also realize the investors aren't who they seem. It all leads down to a spectacular showdown between the the town, the shark, and the mob.
This new film by Brannon Carty will feature a shark constructed by special effects artist Mike Schultz of Shark City Ozarks (also responsible for the shark used in SyFy's GHOST SHARK) and should be an exciting project.
This is a new film in pre-production and should be out next year.
October 2nd, 2013 - New Rick Jansen Film Coming Soon:
Michael McCormack has composed the score for a new film called "Retrospect" for director Rick Jansen (Lamp Post Lane).
The romantic drama is currently in post-production and will appear in select theaters next year.
August 7, 2013 - "Looking Back At the Future" - BACK TO THE FUTURE DOCUMENTARY Soundtrack Release:
After years of waiting, the soundtrack to the 2006 acclaimed "Back To the Future" documentary "Looking Back At the Future" finds it's release at BTTF.com, and the official "Back To the Future" series website - BACKTOTHEFUTURE.COM, as well as this website in late August.
Below is a preview of some of the music featured on the disc.
August 14, 2012 - TSISW CD is now available
at CDBaby.com, EBAY, Amazon.com, and on this website also JAWS is now officially out on Blu-ray!!!
April 6, 2012 - Composer Michael McCormack selected by Nashville Composers Association for Film-Com project
The Nashville Composers Association recently selected a film-score track by Michael McCormack from "Alius Primoris" to be included as part of a showcase of Nashville talent to be distributed to top film & TV executives visiting the annual Film-Com event in Nashville, TN.
The NCA slected the piece based on composition, "quality," "diversity" and "cinimatic" and "visual" quality. Per the NCA website, "This is a showcase of what Nashville has to offer...only the highest quality music - in both composition and production - will be considered."
Michael sincerely thanks the NCA memebers for this opportunity and congratulates the other 9 composers selected.
More about the Nashville Composers Association and other talented composers in located in Nashville can be found at the Nashville Composers Association website.
RICK JANSEN'S THRILLER "LAMP POST LANE" AVAILABLE NOW ON DVD AT AMAZON: