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CNN Radio Music Notes: Movie composing's 'Man of Steel'
June 14th, 2013
05:17 PM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: Movie composing's 'Man of Steel'

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

Editor's Note:  Welcome to CNN Radio Music Notes – your backstage pass to all things music!  From intimate conversations with headliners to the latest scoop on your favorite Indie band, hang out with us to find out what's happening in the world of music.  Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – The latest Superman movie, Man of Steel, is now in theatres. Its soundtrack music was scored by Hans Zimmer, one of the top movie composers in Hollywood. He's one of the busiest, honored, and well-known in the business. Zimmer has scored music for more than 100 movies. That list includes Inception, Gladiator, Crimson Tide, Pearl Harbor, The Lion King, and the three most recent Batman movies – two of which he co-composed with James Newton Howard. But it's not just the high-octane action movies – Zimmer's also written music for romantic comedies, like As Good As It Gets and Something's Gotta Give. .

Zimmer says before he starts a new movie, he has to fight through the same process:   .

[3:14] "The blinding fear of the blank page. There was a lot of procrastination and re-evaluating one's self worth and all that." FULL POST

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CNN Radio Music Notes: A street-inspired symphony
Composer Michael Kurth
May 26th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: A street-inspired symphony

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

Editor's Note:  Welcome to CNN Radio Music Notes – your backstage pass to all things music!  From intimate conversations with headliners to the latest scoop on your favorite Indie band, hang out with us to find out what's happening in the world of music.  Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Michael Kurth lives in one of Atlanta's intown neighborhoods. On his way to work, he often builds time into his drive to pass through a particular street tunnel about 10 minutes away. He says the graffiti-laden walls of the Krog Street tunnel on Atlanta's eastside provide entertainment. But more than that, he says the artwork reflects an energy of the neighborhood and the city.

[1:06] "It's so active, it's so evolving. In almost everything you see painted there or plastered there or expressed there, you sense that these are people doing something for their community out of love."

Kurth is a musician with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He's also a composer. From this tunnel and it's designs and slogans, he was moved to write a piece of music. One of those inspirations came from the spray-painted slogan 'We Have All the Time in the World', which fueled the closing movement of his three-part symphony:

[8:35] "To me that spoke of our hope as humans, as society, as individuals that we can create something that at least makes an impact on the space that we occupy in the time that we have."

Michael Kurth's ASO colleagues debuted his 12-minute symphony, "Everything Lasts Forever", last month. Kurth has composed other music, which can be heard online on Facebook at "Michael Kurth, Composer."

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CNN Radio Music Notes: Allen Stone revisted
May 12th, 2013
12:31 PM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: Allen Stone revisted

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

Editor's Note:  Welcome to CNN Radio Music Notes – your backstage pass to all things music!  From intimate conversations with headliners to the latest scoop on your favorite Indie band, hang out with us to find out what's happening in the world of music. This special edition of Music Notes features a past music piece we did in 2012.

 Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Towards the end of last year we sat down with Seattle-based singer, Allen Stone. Now, this was before we launched CNN Radio Music Notes, but we felt like Allen's story and music was still fresh in our ears.

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CNN Radio Music Notes: Country's last hero
Season 2 winner of FOX's The X-Factor, Tate Stevens released his self-titled major label album on April 23, 2013.
April 28th, 2013
06:35 AM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: Country's last hero

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

Editor's Note:  Welcome to CNN Radio Music Notes – your backstage pass to all things music!  From intimate conversations with headliners to the latest scoop on your favorite Indie band, hang out with us to find out what's happening in the world of music.

 Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – For a long time, Tate Stevens enjoyed the life of an Average Joe with a golden voice. All of that changed when Tate became the winner of FOX's "The X-Factor" Season 2.

Tate sat down with CNN Radio Music Notes to talk about his backstory, the process of recording his self-titled album on Syco/RCA Nashville and his thoughts on the current state of country music. FULL POST

CNN Radio Music Notes: Meet Jay-Z's 'Guru'
Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay’s 11 albums, and has earned himself a number of shout-outs on Jay-Z’s tracks paying homage to his exceptional skills behind the boards.
April 14th, 2013
10:27 AM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: Meet Jay-Z's 'Guru'

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

Editor's Note:  Welcome to CNN Radio Music Notes – your backstage pass to all things music!  From intimate conversations with headliners to the latest scoop on your favorite Indie band, hang out with us to find out what's happening in the world of music.

 Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – In the world of music the engineer is rarely seen and hardly ever given their props. Well, as Jay-Z's personal engineer, Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton is not your average man behind the boards and in the studio.

For this edition of CNN Radio Music Notes, we sat down with Young Guru to find out how the Grammy-nominated 39-year-old became one of the most sought after engineers in the business.

One thing he wanted to make clear from the start, was the extent of his relationship with Jay-Z:

[1:22] "People sometimes get that misconstrued too. They think that I'm in Jay-Z's personal life. I have nothing to do with his personal life. You can ask me anything about his music, but I'm not with him in the morning when he wakes up. We don't eat breakfast together. We make music together."

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