“After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley
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Reviewer: Mike Beek, Music From The Movies
“Some of you may already know the name Douglas Romayne thanks to his work on Joss Whedon’s ultra-popular series’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. A former assistant to Buffy’s lead composer Christophe Beck and protégé of USC tutors Christopher Young and Elmer Bernstein, Romayne has released this delightful presentation of his music from eight award-winning films.\"
\"The album is a wonderful calling card for a composer who is well and truly on the way up.\"
\"Melodically Douglas Romayne shows immense talent and I can’t wait to hear more, the performances on real woodwinds and strings are wonderful here and only serve to whet my appetite for more orchestral music by him. \"
Reviewer: Michael Nicholson, Score Wars
Rating: 4 Stars
\"This is sincerely a great anthology of lovely, whimsical and playful music from a composer who writes in a reassuringly thematic prose and crafts lush melodies and emotion out of sound.\"
\"Beyond The Silence: Unspoken is a truly emotional piece that recalls the best work of composers such as Dario Marianelli.\"
\"The disc gives an idea of how versatile Romayne’s musical abilities are, from the lofty disconnection of Freedomland to the dark threat of Entity Nine, the jovial, bouncy Rocketboy to the fantastical fairy-tale-style ‘Suite for Beatrix’. The composer certainly seems very adaptable to many scoring situations.\"
Reviewer: Mark R. Hasan, KQEK
Review Rating: Excellent
\"It\'s hard to come out from under the shadow of a cult TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, but this compilation CD featuring selections from 8 scores by Douglas Romayne is both a superb promo for the composer\'s skillful writing, and an addictive album, particularly for film music fans wanting music with a rich, elegant orchestral sound.\"
Reviewer: Steven A. Kennedy, Film Score Monthly
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
\"This album is a fabulous demonstration of Romayne\'s ability to create melodic, large-sounding scores in many genres…This release is highly recommended.”
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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMPOSER:
Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Film Music, 2008 – PCFMF
5 Gold Medals for Musical Excellence – Park City Film Music Festival
Annie Award for Outstanding Music in an Animated Television Production
Best Use of Score Nomination – The Film & TV Music Academy
The music of composer Douglas Romayne is noted for haunting, magical melodies, lush orchestrations, rich textures and sophisticated writing.
Romayne’s credits include the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Duck Dodgers,” “Miracles” and “Day Break” and the films The Skulls III, H.H. Holmes, Rocketboy and Truth About Faces. He also contributes additional music and orchestration to films such as Big Fat Liar, Stealing Harvard and I-60: Episodes of the Road.
Romayne lives in Los Angeles and scores film, television and new media out of his project studio, Back Pocket. For more information, visit his official website: douglasromayne.com
I’ve been privileged early in my career to work with a number of talented, emerging filmmakers. Their films have afforded me the opportunity to work in a wide range of genres, styles and scoring techniques. The music on this album represents the results of these collaborations: from the elegiac Americana of FREEDOMLAND, to the magical and quirky fairy-tale character of ROCKETBOY, to the propulsive action and ominous threat of ENTITY: NINE, to the hushed, enveloping textures of SHELTER.
Ultimately, these varied approaches and styles serve story, be it the life-long lovers in SUNDAY PAPER, a mother and daughter struggling to move beyond tragedy in THE TRUTH ABOUT FACES, an ambitious businessman losing his family in ANTEBODY, or sisters who’ve made a devastating discovery in BEYOND THE SILENCE.
For me, film music works best when it is utilized to express the unseen, the unsaid, the inexpressible. This has been the fun challenge of these films, and if the filmmaker’s comments on my scores are any indication, there’s been some measure of success.
On my website can be found additional thoughts about each of the films presented here and the process the directors and I went through to create the score.