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Mark Smythe releases "Korimako Bells" 


Inspired by the chime-like call of New Zealand's native Bellbird (Maori: Korimako), the four interweaving motifs of "Korimako Bells" are based on field recordings from Abel Tasman National Park, and reflect the Korimako's beautiful, undulating song.

The chamber work was commissioned via Boosted NZ, and premiered and recorded by Nikau Harp Trio. "Korimako Bells" is dedicated to the project's generous donors from around the globe.


The Society of Composers & Lyricists has announced the nominations for its fourth annual honors for music in films, TV and video games. nominees for outstanding score for a studio or independent film that also made Oscar’s shortlist on Wednesday are Alexandre Desplat (“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”), Carter Burwell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Michael Abels (“Nope”), John Powell (“Don’t Worry Darling”) and Son Lux’s Ryan Lott (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”).

But SCL voters also nominated several scores that were missing from the Oscar list: Michael Giacchino’s “The Batman,” Rob Simonsen’s “The Whale,” Sharon Farber’s “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power," Mark Smythe’s “The Reef: Stalked” and Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson’s “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.”


"It’s music that has an idyllic quality to it – a perfect depiction of an ocean paradise and of sisterly friendship – and at times some of the textures remind me of scores that Basil Poledouris wrote at the beginning of his career."

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