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Cinematic Sound Radio – 12 Days of Podmas

It was so popular last year that we decided to do it again! Join us this holiday season as we introduce you to twelve of our favourite podcasts in the 12 Days of Podmas.


As many of you know, I am a huge fan of film scores, and it’s really my speciality when it comes to writing. As such, there are several podcasts out there that feature film music, whether they actually discuss it or just play tracks. One of the best of these is Cinematic Sound Radio, with host Erik Woods.

Cinematic Sound Radio started off as a radio show and has expanded into a whole podcast network. Woods started it in 1996, and it became a mainstay for people to listen to a fine variety of film scores. It’s very professionally produced, with its own theme music composed by David Coscina and professional voice-over by Tim Burden, and it just comes across as a classy affair.

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Becoming a network also means it spreads itself out to cover different topics. You have the flagship show, which looks at old scores and new scores, and sometimes themed shows, like the one that recently looked at record label Varese Sarabande and its expanded edition of Jerry Goldsmith’s Rudy; this is hosted by Woods.

Then there are ones with composer interviews, like Talking Soundtracks, which has writer Jason Drury speaking to composers, and then 1upbeat, which is video game music. Filmic with Ley Bricknell goes for a more eclectic look at film scores, while Anime Spectacular is what it is, an exploration of music from Japanese animation in film and television.

It’s really a good place to go to hear a good variety of music, and you’ll hear lots of Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, James Horner, and co. They also have a Patreon where they do exclusive shows and where you can suggest tracks to be played on the special request shows. It’s a good level of interaction, and it’s another example of how accessible the show is to those who maybe don’t know many film scores outside of the obvious ones.

Cinematic Sound Radio is available here and from other podcast providers.

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