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  1. So, who has listened to Endurance? I've just watched Endurance after delving into the score for 3 weeks, a fascinating early one from Powell. Eager to know where it came from, I enjoyed the drama-documentary and the tracking of the music wasn't even that disappointing! As an instant-fan of the score I was disappointed that The Final Race wasn't featured in it's crescendo entirety... does anybody know what music was used instead? Was it the Ethiopian national anthem?
  2. Powell has become my favourite current composer based off my early foray into Bourne, then X-Men 3, then of course How to Train Your Dragon (a trilogy of scores that's up there with Star Wars and LoTR, methinks). Solo is a riot, and now I'm interested in many of his other works... but am put off by cutesy Dreamworks silliness. I have tried Happy Feet 1 & 2, and while it has his flavour, I can't feel its coherence and I don't care for its origins. Any other suggestions?
  3. Generally don't like his film stuff? Agreed there's loads of passable scores in his oeuvre, but Waterworld? Lady in the Water? The Village? Fantastic Beasts?
  4. I think this film will probably reflect the post-2000 era of endless Sonic rebooting and expanding, rather than the gameplay and aesthetic purity of the first 3 games. I suspect only 30-somethings like myself will feel that this is not a decent vision of Sonic. I also suspect this score will do very little, perhaps nothing, to reflect the fantastic, genre-pushing scores of those first 3 games - defined by brilliant melody, harmony, baselines and 'capture' of the aesthetic of each level. Nakamura pushed the technological limits of 16-bit sound and the music still sounds fantastic even if in its original recording. Junkie XL was great for Fury Road in-situ, but all of his sounds are forgettable as music.
  5. Appreciating people's thematic breakdown. I need more listens now! Maybe this was posted already: Powell talks about his music for the trilogy on the BBC Radio 3, yesterday. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0002c7x
  6. Just returned from Star Wars LTP at Manchester Arena. HIGHS: The conductor did a fantastic job, the orchestra were tight and the cues were satisfyingly on point...the Death Star explosion got a clap! I enjoyed the sound presentation of the film, actually, having only seen it at the cinema in 1997- the deep bass was satsfying. Brass and violins carried really well, and getting a live mix of instrumentation helped bring out layers of the score I was less familiar with. LOWS: The orchestra were on a flat stage, far away, and not lit. Sometimes I had to remind myself they were there! Worse, the low registers didn't carry in the poor acoustics of the Arena - double bass and timpani could only be heard well on their own, not among the rest of the orchestra. Finally, the horn solo flubbed two notes during the Binary Sunset! Still, a great event and worth seeing, probably my peak of my concerting after Giacchino's 50th, a full Star Wars selection concert and An Evening Without John Williams in the past year. Oh, and my costume went down well, got a few shots with the characters who were hanging around before and during the intermission. Should I join Rebel Legion?
  7. I know nothing of Pokemon or Henry Jackman, but I know that Puss in Boots was an excellent score for what I assume is an average animated film. I expect this could be the same.
  8. https://www.facebook.com/events/1758991460816073/
  9. I think that finale piece was grand and captivating, but by no means the most interesting or intelligent of his writing for the film. It ranks high in my scores which "I know it's great but I don't really listen to it"... when I do it is the soundtrack to the long nights of autumn! By these clips I'm glad to hear the Potter musical tradition is still being carried confidently forward. It has Newton Howard all over it, and that's no bad thing.
  10. Yes, wish him a speedy recovery and good health and no feelings of guilt or feeling like he let down his fans, as it is not his fault. But to speak more crassly and selflishly than I usually would... As I cannot travel from the UK to the USA, I thought I would be able to see John Williams conduct a concert before he passed away. Now I must accept that, by the smallest of margins, I have not been able to see John Williams live during our shared lifetimes. Ever thankful for his existence though!
  11. Cheesy request, but... I'm looking for really Russian-sounding music. I like Dario Marianelli's score for Anna Karenina because it channels so many Russian folk idioms (cliches?). I'm looking for something similar, like Russian folk/chamber/orchestral music than exudes that feel, rather than (from my ignorant point of view), just being written by a Russian.
  12. They released their last podcast only a month ago. Give them some time! I'd rather have another high-quality set of shows later, than some rushed ones sooner.
  13. 1:27 in the woodwind, then 1:35 in the strings...both motifs from Chicken in the Pot. I haven't read on this page of the thread the spoilered theories as to why this is here - I haven't seen the movie yet!
  14. Anyone else spotted the riff from Chicken in the Pot in Spaceport?
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