Of the next broadcast of “The Freak Power Ticket,” Ted Coe, producer/host writes: “Today, Sunday, November 10th, 2013, marks the 85th birthday of Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning composer of music that has appeared in over 500 motion pictures and TV series.

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Known as the inventor of a trademark ‘Spaghetti Western sound’ (eg, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo]), Signor Morricone has also scored numerous major studio films since the 1980s: collaborating with ‘directors such as Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Warren Beatty, Oliver Stone and especially Roland Joffe‘ (Wikipedia). Along with a 25-year association with the Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), many repurposed Morricone film cues have appeared in the works of Quentin Tarantino.

On Monday, November 11th, producer/host Ted Coe will present the fourth KCSB-FM Fund-Drive edition of ‘The Freak Power Ticket’ to pay tribute to Ennio Morricone. Dubbing it ‘The Incredible Cinematical Musical Morricone Birthday Bash,’ Coe will again be joined by special guest John Bender of Film Score Monthly & Video Watchdog magazine, a retro ‘Euro-Cult’ film music expert and semi-regular contributor to this program.

Monday’s broadcast will highlight ‘Giallo’ cinematic thrillers: a focus that seems all the more timely thanks to a local resurgence of interest in the English-language films of ‘Master of Suspense’ Sir Alfred Hitchcock. The filmmakers most associated with Italian thrillers are Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, and Umberto Lenzi.

Image Courtesy of Umberto.


Coe and Bender will share extraordinary tracks from giallo scores by Morricone and his musical collaborators and peers from the 1960s-1970s, such as Bruno Nicolai, Berto Pisano, Carlo Savina, Stelvio Cipriani, and the progressive-rock group Goblin. They will also discuss the main characteristics of this sub-genre — ‘visual beauty and flair, mixed with an erotically charged atmosphere’ (Bender’s notes for Ennio Morricone: The Thriller Collection), plus the musical experimentation and innovation of these stylish and violent motion pictures.

This week’s program celebrates both Morricone and giallo cinema, as well as non-profit KCSB-FM. Donors who contribute at minimum levels will receive the following thank-you gifts for their generosity:

  1. free subscriptions to Video Watchdog magazine;
  2. digital copies of author Tim Lucas’ 1000+ page biography, Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, a definitive study of this pioneer creator of Italian genre movies;
  3. and album downloads courtesy of the Retro-Revivalist composer Umberto.
  4. The top gift of the program, two pairs of passes to see Il Maestro Morricone himself conduct an ensemble of 200 musicians and singers at a Nokia Theatre L.A. Live concert — Ennio Morricone: The Music • The Movies • The Legendin downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, March 20th — his first-ever L.A. performance and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Contributions of $25 for students and $50 for non-students will qualify for the first three selections. Win two Morricone orchestra-section passes (worth approximately $125 each) for a $250 donation to Santa Barbara’s only free-form, non-commercial community radio station!

Please join ‘The Freak Power Ticket’ during Monday’s Veterans Day holiday broadcast, show your love for the world-class radio station KCSB-FM, and, as always, Let Your Freak Flags Fly!

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon.