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  1. Do we know when exactly the sessions for TLJ began? I seem to remember being pleasantly surprised when reading that they had started because the Variety article from June 2016 seemed to reveal that he would begin work on RPO first... It's a shame that Spielberg had to make The Papers so abruptly as it seems to have made the schedule unworkable for Williams, understandably. Though if The Papers was filmed and scheduled for release one year forward from now then it would probably clash with the episode 9 sessions so I suppose there's just not very much luck with Williams' schedule at the moment!
  2. Anyone hear any comments about the score at any of the panels from celebration?
  3. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts regarding the very consistent sound Williams manages to create amongst his OST recordings? Not his very precise orchestration/melodic or harmonic tendencies, which are obviously very consistent, but more so how the orchestra is captured and the amazing performances he always seems to get. It was mentioned by a couple of people in the recent thread about the main theme from Jurassic Park, that the OST version was the only version which captured it exactly right- I completely agree with this and feel it could be due to several things. The pacing and performance seems to be how the melody is truly intended to be performed which is a part of it. But I feel it is also due to how the individual sections of the orchestra are placed within the recording and how prominently they individually feature in the tutti sections of the piece. I also find, particularly with his woodwind performances, that even the sound of the instruments, or how certain doublings work together, is always so precise and has a quality to it which can never seem to be replicated live. A good example of this is the first statement of the B theme in Hedwig's Theme performed by the woodwind section- bassoons, clarinets and oboes I think? I've never heard a live performance or any other recording which captures the same texture as the OST recording. I was at the recent LSO concert at the Barbican and although a really amazing performance was given, I still felt the same texture was not achieved. I'm aware that a live performance will always be different to a recording but I'm just interested as to whether anyone else also feels Williams has some secret tricks up his sleeve when it comes to balancing sections of the orchestra within the studio? Obviously he is not doing the actual recording or mixing technical stuff but considering the consistency of the sound across his output- particularly noticeable in the digital recording era- I feel he must be responsible for the sound achieved? A really good recent example is Rey's Theme- I've heard it live a couple of times now and have watched videos of performances on youtube and such and none of them seem to come close to the sound captured on the album! I find it most noticeable at places like 0.14 secs when the percussion and harp are isolated or the section at 1.10 secs when such a cool balance is captured between the upper woodwinds and the bass. Does John Williams just have a really incredible recording team which work extremely consistently on all his recordings? Or is there something more? (Disclaimer- obviously not all Williams scores have the exact same sound and the quality can differ score to score- but even within these different sounds, i.e prequels vs TFA, there is still a consistent Williams quality to how the instruments sound)
  4. Harry Potter - Unused Music Restored

    Wow thanks for the info! That's crazy about Williams being given the wrong cut... Thank goodness for the filmmaking team that he's so capable as to re-write music of such complexity at such short notice- and still make it work so well! This does make it a little clearer as to why he was maybe not so keen to return to Potter, though of course that's a whole other story with many different factors involved! Would imagine he could have felt as though his talents/general effort that he obviously puts into his scores wasn't really appreciated by the potter team. It really is such a shame we never got to hear anymore Williams music for the rest of the franchise... Was just listening to the first score the other day and was reminded again at how annoying it is that the themes for Voldemort weren't continued throughout the series! Such awesome themes (both the three note motif and the two direct A/B themes for the character) so memorable too, think most general movie goers would have recognised them if they had been used appropriately!
  5. Harry Potter - Unused Music Restored

    could you enlighten further about the re-writing of a 'chunk of the score' during the sessions for azkaban? always so frustrated at the lack of information and mystery surrounding the writing/sessions for all the potter scores...
  6. Aw thanks! That makes sense! Very cool sound from the pizz there
  7. Wondering if anyone can help identify a percussion instrument described in the sheet music for "Harry's Wondrous World'. It is listed as "w/Wws." Have always been intrigued as to what is going on in the orchestration of this particular moment and have just had a first look at the orchestral score to find this mystery percussion abbreviation which I can't find anything about online. I've always found it sounds very 'oaky' almost as if some kind of woodblocks were being used. But I don't think that's an abbreviation for them- although I could be wrong? It give quite a childish quality to the music which is obviously very fitting for the piece. The timestamp for this moment is 0.19 seconds in,
  8. Hmm so is this generally a good sign that John Williams could be doing episode 8 or?
  9. Anyone else a little confused as to why it's 'Music by John Williams' rather than 'Composed and Conducted by John Williams'? Probably not a big deal but isn't it almost always the latter?
  10. I've been away and not been able to follow the thread, my goodness so much has happened! Could someone explain who wrote the dwarven melody first heard in the trailer? Did Neil Finn or did he base his song off a Shore melody? Thanks!
  11. So apparently there was a test screening of the film and there have been some reactions reported from the audiance. A very negative one has been quoted by most blogs (obviously!) but this article shows some other opinions saying the film was good; http://www.ropeofsil...post-and-scorn/
  12. The Hobbit Film Trilogy Thread

    Don't get me wrong, it looks like great fun, but I'm a little disappointed to see all the goblin/orcs being CGI. I loved how in LOTRs they were real people with amazing make-up... Hope this still happens in other parts of the film. In LOTRs the shot of Bilbo fighting that thing with the sword would have had a real actor fighting, not CGI. Still I'm very excited!
  13. Awwww man I know it's Oscar bait and it's unbelievably generic, but I just love it haha! It looks and sounds fantastic for my Spielberg/Williams senses. And anyone else really struck by the music that starts at around 0.44 seconds? It sounds so harsh and sad, really looking forward to hearing more of that!
  14. Great info, thank you! So the melody in the trailer is the main theme, no bits missed out or edits? I really like it, especially the cadence about half way through, think it could be orchestrated really nicely. Just sometimes they edit bits or make it quicker in some parts for trailers... And I'm intrigued about this painful 'hymn' you've mentioned, sounds like some powerful writing!
  15. Williams talks Tanglewood, remembers Hamlisch

    It was edited from the OST version, though I don't think I heard any new material. It sounded to me like an abridged version of the original. How awsome was it?? Did the orchestra do the piece justice? As usuall there is some difficult brass writing from Williams.... Awww man I would love to hear it. Thanks!