Lifetime Honor For Badalamenti At World Soundtrack Awards

Veteran Hollywood film composers James Newton Howard and Angelo Badalamenti were among those honored at the World Soundtrack Awards, held in association with the Ghent Film Festival in Belgium. But they and fellow composers at the event expressed concern over the fate of the soundtrack album.

Badalamenti, who picked up a lifetime achievement award for a career in which he has scored most of David Lynch's films and others such as "The Edge of Love" and "A Very Long Engagement," said: "It's easier to get labels interested if you have some important element such as rock artists or pop stars, but a lot of people complain that it's getting tougher and tougher to release soundtrack albums."

Howard, who was named film composer of the year for "Charlie Wilson's War," "Michael Clayton" and "I Am Legend," said that many soundtrack scores these days could be found only on iTunes. "Most of my scores have found their way to the audience in one way or another but the scores that mean the most to you are the ones that nobody hears," Howard said.

He praised Warner Bros. for getting behind the release of his and Hans Zimmer's score for "The Dark Knight" Batman sequel. "They did an amazing job, with three or four versions of the album, and in-store promotions. Of course, Hans Zimmer is a superstar," he said. "I'm also pleased that Sony Classical will release my score to Edward Zwick's 'Defiance,' with soloist Joshua Bell."

French composer Cyril Morin ("A Simple Heart," "Zaina," "That Day"), said: "It's better that you have your own label or go to iTunes. Usually, soundtracks don't sell that much; in France very, very few. I rely on iTunes because you can make, say, 20 minutes available and not the whole thing. Soundtrack albums work for very small films and very big films but there's nothing in the middle, that's gone away."

Argentinian composer Daniel Tarrab, who with partner Andres Goldstein has scored such films as "The Official Story" and "Broken Silence," was philosophical. "The thing is to get in touch with the right people who will take care of your work but most of the time they don't know how," he said.

Other top prizes handed out at the World Soundtrack Awards went to British composer Dario Marianelli, whose Oscar-winning music for "Atonement" won as best original film score; Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel, whose "Wall-E" track "Down to Earth" won as best original song written directly for a film; and Mark Streitenfeld, who was named discovery of the year for his "American Gangster" score. The winners were on hand to collect their prizes except Newman and Gabriel, who sent thanks via video.

Belgian composer Tuur Florizoone won the public choice award for his score to Christophe Van Rompaey's film "Moscow, Belgium," and Cedric Murruth won the Sabam award for best Belgian composer.

The eighth annual World Soundtrack Awards, held Oct. 18, were presented during an evening of music featuring the scores of Badalamenti, Marianelli, Tarrab and Goldstein, and Florizoone, played by the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dirk Brosse.

Guest soloists performing included British cellist Caroline Dale and Belgian accordion player Rony Verbiest, and singers Liliana Herrero from Argentina, and Beth Rowley and Siouxsie Sioux from the U.K. Presenters included Marianne Faithful and U.K. composers David Arnold and Trevor Jones.

Other concerts during the festival featured last year's composer of the year Clint Mansell and the Sonus Quartet performing music from his scores to Darren Aronofsky's films including "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain" and the upcoming "The Wrestler". Oscar-winner Gabriel Yared performed scores from films by the late British director Anthony Minghella, including "The English Patient". Belgian folk-rock act Kadril also performed.