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1M1 Records Newsletter
November/December, 2003

  - Welcome
  - "Grendel Grendel Grendel" ready; "Bliss"delayed
  - Recent Soundtrack Additions to the Website
  - The 1M1 Records Website
  - New Release - "Grendel Grendel Grendel"
  - Upcoming Releases
  - APRA/AGSC Feature Film Award Nominations


Welcome to 1M1 Records' November-December 2003 newsletter.

This last year has been a busy one for 1M1 Records. The site has expanded enormously and our customer base has grown to such an extent that at time it is hard to keep up with the workload of adding new titles to the site, as well as developing new titles for release on the 1M1 Records label.

The extent to which we have received orders and feed back for our own three big soundtrack releases this past year has also kept us very busy

Next year we are planning to continue our policy of making new Australian scores available for current or recent films, including several by Cezary Skubiszewski, a two- disc orchestral score by Roger Mason, a score by Nigel Westlake, and scores for several other recent Australian productions, including Carl Vine's score for the miniseries, "The Battlers".

At this stage we anticipate "Grendel Grendel Grendel" to be 1M1's first 2004 release, followed soon by "The Naked Country", both by Bruce Smeaton.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you back here for January-February's 2004 newsletter.

Your feedback is always welcome.

Philip Powers

"Grendel Grendel Grendel" ready; "Bliss"delayed

Next year "Grendel Grendel Grendel" will be ready to release. This project is in the final stages of producing the artwork and manufacturing the discs.

"Bliss" has been delayed, only temporarily hopefully, due to some technical problems with some of the passages on the tapes. Rather than release a score at this time with occasional sub-standard tape problems, we are searching for other sources for some of the material. This is a delay though, not a cancellation.

Recent Soundtrack Additions to the Website

New stock is available of Paul Kelly's scores for "Lantana" and "One Night the Moon", and Alan John's score for "The Bank". "Dirty Deeds", "The Monkey 's Mask", "The Hard Word" and "Two Hands, as well as other Australian scores released in the last 12 months, are also still available.

The 1M1 Records Website

Current Releases; which are still being manufactured.


More Soundtracks; previously released titles which are still available, including titles previously released by 1M1 Records which are no longer being manufactured, and brand new CDs of other soundtracks which 1M1 has in its stocks. There are still copies available of Alan John's "The Bank", "The Monkey's Mask", "The Hard Word", "Dirty Deeds" to name a few, as well as a range of Brian May scores. Several scores by Jerry Goldsmith, Ennio Morricone, Georges Delerue and Bruce Broughton are also available here.


Collectors Items; rare 1M1 CDs priced in the premium range because of the difficulty in sourcing them, containing 1M1 CDs like "Devil in the Flesh / We of the Never Never", "Roadgames / Patrick", "Race for the Yankee Zephyr / The Survivor" and "Harlequin / The Day After Halloween", "Robbery Under Arms": items which have very few soundtracks left in stock and are quite unlikely to become available again in the foreseeable future.


Secondhand Titles; soundtrack releases from anywhere in the world which 1M1 currently has in stock, containing quite a few bargain-priced excellent condition soundtrack CDs for sale.


New Release - "Grendel Grendel Grendel"

Our first new release for 2004 will be "Grendel Grendel Grendel". Alexander Stitt's animated film "Grendel Grendel Grendel" is based on the 1971 novel by John Gardner who adapted and expanded the classic, century-old poem, "Beowulf".

Along with composer Bruce Smeaton, and a group of actors including Peter Ustinov, Julie McKenna, Keith Michell and Arthur Dignam, they have breathed life into this classic tale. As Alexander Stitt himself wrote about Grendel, we didn't know much about him in the original poem, except that he "lives beneath a lake with his Mum and eats people."

The story begins on Tuesday morning, 515 AD, in Scandanavia. Big, green and spotty, Grendel is the kind of son that only a mother could love.

This film has received a cult-like following over the years, and Bruce Smeaton says that it has been the most requested score that has remained unreleased. The music ranges from scoring for medieval battle sequences and hunts; for the huge Dragon that sometimes haunts Grendel's dreams, for the love between King Hrothgar and his Queen; for the jealousy of the great warrior Unferth who had hoped to inherit Hrothgar's kingdom one day; for the monster-conquering hero Beowulf, and for the love of Grendel's mother to her son, known far and wide as the fearsome Great Boogy. Along the way a Shaper (singer) comes to Hrothgar's kingdom to provide entertainment. A choir is used in scoring the sacrifices to appease the gods who have allowed a terrible monster to ravage the kingdom and kill their people.

Peter Ustinov plays Grendel. His (voice) portrayal adds enormous sensitivity to Grendel's character. Amongst the songs is a beautiful, self-pitying ballad called "Poor Me". It illustrates how Grendel doesn't understand why everyone hates him and is trying to kill him. He is just doing what comes naturally to a monster.

Upcoming Releases

"Grendel Grendel Grendel" by Bruce Smeaton. Followed by "The Naked Country" , also by Bruce Smeaton.

APRA/AGSC Feature Film Award Nominations

Black and White, composed by Cezary Skubiszewski
Horseplay, composed by Nigel Westlake
The Nugget, composed by Nigel Westlake
Crocodile Hunter - Collision Course composed by Mark McDuff/Elliott Wheeler/Peter Kaldor

APRA/AGSC Telemovie or Miniseries Scoring Award Nominations:

After the Deluge, composed by Cezary Skubiszewski
Evil Never Dies, composed by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Martha's New Coat, Karen Leimbach
Seconds to Spare, composed by Guy Gross

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