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Starship Rising Album Soundtrack by Charles-Henri Avelange

Starship Rising Album Soundtrack by Charles-Henri Avelange

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It is with great excitement that I announce the Starship Rising Album Soundtrack is officially real eased.  And you can find it pretty much everywhere!  But also, on August 30th 2014, I won the AOF/WAB Best Music Score Award at the Action on Film International Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Lots of first timers here:  First LA feature film, first Actio/Sci-Fi score and first Hollywood Award!  Neil Johnson’s film ended up winning a few awards that night, Best Sci-Fi Picture, Best Visual Effects, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Runner Up Best Editor and a Nomination for Best Set Design.

We were all really excited.  And alls grateful for Managing Director of AOFF Del Weston for honoring us with such great awards. We were all dressed up in tux, invited at the prestigious gala dinner award reception.  I was of course accompanied by my beautiful wife Jennifer.

Here is my acceptance speech:

About a week earlier “Starship Rising” premiered at the AOFF and the response from the audience was great!  We had a sold out screening.  It’s always a great moment to get to hear your music played in a movie theatre, and being able to see the final look of the picture.  Often in Science Fiction film, the composer doesn’t get to see the final look of the film until it’s basically released.  CGI is being worked until the very end and while what I had to work with was sometimes close to be the final footage, I also had to deal with a lot of green screens.

As I said earlier, Starship won many awards, and I was really honored to win in the same category as our wonderful lead actor and dear friend Darren Jacobs.  We both won in the sponsored award of our respective categories, hence the AOF/WAB acronym by our award’s name.  Darren and his co-Star Emii really delivered a wonderful performance in Starship Rising.  It influenced directly a lot of themes in the score.  Another tandem that worked really well was Darren and Ralph Guzzo, who plays the general.  Their climax scene inspired the theme “Captain vs General” in the soundtrack.

You can listen to it here:

So now, where can you find the album you ask?

You can find it here:

Starship Rising on Apple iTunes

Starship Rising on CDBaby.com

Starship Rising on Spotify

Starship Rising on Amazon

Charles-Henri Avelange's trophée for the Best Music Score Award

Charles-Henri Avelange’s trophée for the Best Music Score Award

The trophée was really cool.  It’s a real Golden Fujifilm 35 mm reel case.  Which in a few years, is going to be considered an antique!  How awesome is that 🙂

Actor Darren Jacobs and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange.  Both winners of the AOF/WAB Award.

Actor Darren Jacobs and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange. Both winners of the AOF/WAB Award.

Actress Ellen Dubin, Jennifer Ingle Avelange, Director Neil Johnson and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange

Actress Ellen Dubin, Jennifer Ingle Avelange, Director Neil Johnson and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange

Red Carpet Gala at the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival

Red Carpet Gala at the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival. Composer Charles-Henri Avelange with his wife Jennifer.

Director Neil Johnson and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange posing with the Best Music Score Award.

Director Neil Johnson and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange posing with the Best Music Score Award.

Composer Charles-Henri Avelange and AOFF Managing Director Del Weston

Composer Charles-Henri Avelange and AOFF Managing Director Del Weston

Jennifer Ingle Avelange and Charles-Henri Avelange arrive on the Red Carpet of the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival

Jennifer Ingle Avelange and Charles-Henri Avelange arrive on the Red Carpet of the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival

Jennifer and Charles-Henri Avelange holding the Best Music Score Award on the Red Carpet

Jennifer and Charles-Henri Avelange holding the Best Music Score Award on the Red Carpet

Director Neil Johnson, Actree/Singer Emily Rose Morrison (Emii) and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange at the world premiere of Starship Rising

Director Neil Johnson, Actree/Singer Emily Rose Morrison (Emii) and Composer Charles-Henri Avelange at the world premiere of Starship Rising

Premiere of Starship Rising at the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival

Jennifer Ingle Avelange and Charles-Henri Avelange premiere of Starship Rising at the 2014 Action on Film International Film Festival

Actor Darren Jacobs holding his signed copy of the Award winning soundtrack with Composer Charles-Henri Avelange

Actor Darren Jacobs holding his signed copy of the Award winning soundtrack with Composer Charles-Henri Avelange

Actor Marc Hawes holds his copy of the award-winning soundtrack

Actor Marc Hawes holds his copy of the award-winning soundtrack

Jake holds his signed copy of the award-winning soundtrack Starship Rising

Jake holds his signed copy of the award-winning soundtrack Starship Rising

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Starship: Rising

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This year started with the completion of a 60 min score I composed for Sci-Fi veteran director Neil Johnson’s latest feature film “Starship: Rising.”

I had a blast scoring this film! It could be described as an “angry Star Trek” or Game of Thrones in outer space.

The story: “Starship One… the most powerful prototype warship in the Federation, capable of destroying entire worlds. When the order is given to destroy the Earth, Flight Lieutenant John Worthy mutineers Starship One and takes on the might of the entire Federation.”

Starship is introducing British actor Darren Jacobs as Captain John Worthy and rising star pop music phenomenon Emily Rose Morison aka “Emii” in the role of Jolii. But also veteran actors such as EJ De La Pena (Jingle All The Way) and Claudia Wells (Back to The Future).

Neil’s main request about how to go to the music was that it must be dark. Really dark. Heavy low brass and low string sections where used in combination of humongous percussions and very deep synthesizer basses to create what is to these days the darkest score I have ever composed!

Starship’s world is vast and at times I also introduced ethnic instruments, including Duduk and Sitar, played in very unusual ways in search of the most alien sound I could possibly come up with. I had a lot of fun creating specific themes for sets of character, my favorite one of course being the theme for the captain and general rivalry which culminates in an incredible duel of Starship in a giant gas planet storm.

I tried to convey with the score that sense of old chivalry values that seem to survive within a world torn apart by war and corruption, where new heroes rise from the fallen.

Starship: Rising will be the first of a series of 3 movie, and the challenge in “Rising” was to also make the score to gradually go toward the direction of Starship 2 or “Apocalypse,” which I look forward to be scoring as well.

Starship: Rising has found international distribution and is set to be released this year.

Below is the “Starship: Rising” trailer, featuring also a music theme I composed:

Here is also an interview I gave discussing further the process of scoring Starship: Rising which will be included in the DVD bonuses (interview starts after the trailer):