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Disco Stu

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    Video Game Thread II

    Awesome! Not many people like his platformer's as much as me, it's definitely weird Stu thing just how obsessed I am. Something about the way his 2d platformers control just feels so right to me. It's a very special feeling for a platformer connoisseur like me No idea! I don't generally use completing a game as a necessary measure for enjoying it. There are games I consider among my favorites of all time I've never beaten.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    Ok I'm moved on from that nonsense, just found a longform John Mackey piece I haven't heard before! Yes!
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    Video Game Thread II

    Mudds is their best game for sure. But I do really like Xeodrifter, It's like a bitesized Metroidvania. I own it on 3DS, Wii U, PS4, and Switch and I've 100%ed on all of those platforms more than once each. I've gotten my time to 100% to under 2 hours (first time was considerably longer). And yes, can't wait for Treasurenauts, he's been teasing it for years and years. That would be Jools. He's the only public facing person involved in any of them. He does use at least one programmer, but most of the games are made by just 2-3 people.
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    Video Game Thread II

    I literally drank my coffee this very morning out of a Mutant Mudds themed mug. I'm a huge fan of Mudds, Xeodrifter, and Chicken Wiggle, the 2D platformers that Jools Watsham has designed. Chicken Wiggle is being ported to Switch as well (I backed the Kickstarter earlier this year).
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    Video Game Thread II

    Apropos of nothing http://www.suppermariobroth.com/post/148414357595/in-super-mario-galaxy-whenever-mario-drowns-in-a
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    Yeah I'm thinking of the tradition that (as I understand it currently at least, looking to be proven wrong) starts with Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, etc. of suites of smaller pieces that reflect a larger work. Again, I think of 18th century opera overtures as being the proto version of it but separate somehow. I think of the concert arrangements that Williams publishes for his film scores as consciously existing in this tradition. Incidental music for the stage definitely existed before the 19th century (I think of people like Purcell), but were the composers actively working to have that music presented separate from the original work like Tchaikovsky and contemporaries did? EDIT: My mind is being blown as I discover that the orchestral suites for Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty probably weren't selected/published by Tchaikovsky himself! Nutcracker was though. This is changing my perception.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    Heh, I added a sentence to the end of my post like 60 seconds before you replied.
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    Video Game Thread II

    Which is the official launch date of the online service in Japan. They're going to launch it simultaneously worldwide and they probably won't do it until the workday starts in Japan.
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    Video Game Thread II

    It should be a punishable crime to play that game in that resolution. It needs to feel like you could reach and touch the levels. The illusion of tangibility is just incredible. Don't think it's officially launched yet. As is often the case they are a slave to Japan time.
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    Video Game Thread II

    I'm an abnormally huge fan of the first Luigi's Mansion on GCN so I'm pretty excited for 3. I was honestly majorly disappointed with Dark Moon so I hope Next Level isn't making it.... In the nearest term, I'm most excited for Yoshi's Crafted World. Coincidentally, the week before the Direct I actually broke out my Wii U for the first time since the Switch came out to go back and replay Yoshi's Woolly World. That is a fantastic, gorgeous game with an outstanding soundtrack. Playing it on a 50" HD screen is sensory joy.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    Here's a random question that would require a lot of research potentially: Who was the first composer to take a programmatic work (ballet, opera, incidental music, film score) and specifically publish a suite of music to be separately presented in concert as "pure music" (to use a phrase I despise)? I thought perhaps Mendelssohn with his Midsummer Night's Dream, but apparently presenting the orchestral interludes as a separate suite did not originate with him and he never officially gave it his blessing. Obviously Tchaikovsky is probably the most famous, and Prokofiev and Copland in the 1920s - 40s are huge touchstones in that genre for me personally. I'm sure opera overtures were being played in concert long before, but that seems more like a "proto" version of what I'm talking about.
  12. Guess we know you haven't bothered to read the trumpet concerto Kickstarter thread! Hale and hearty
  13. I received mine today as well (along with the two early Thomas Newmans I ordered). Ripping the CD now, reading the liner notes, and enjoying a delicious brew.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    This was actually the first Reich piece that I got really into, even before 18 Musicians. Weird, I always found it one of his most accessible works. Probably just indicative of the type of minimalist sounds that my ear is drawn to.
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    The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    William Alwyn's third symphony is the real deal you guys. It was suggested to me that Alwyn's own recording is the best. This is my first listen so I can't compare, but I can tell you that the performance is glorious.
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    Kickstarter for Trumpet Concerto, with Williams conducting

    I do think that the second movement is where Sandoval shines the most, which maybe is closer to his comfort zone? Finally decided to just go ahead and raid my kids' college funds
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    Kickstarter for Trumpet Concerto, with Williams conducting

    I hear the whole concerto as this great tribute to the traditional (American/European) flavors of the trumpet. Looking at the wide over-simplified view of the work: the heraldic opening movement, the bluesy lyrical second, and the trumpet as vehicle of wild, rhythmic complexity in the third (which sounds the most like how he sometimes uses the trumpet in his film action music to my ears). And then even within the movements, Williams calls for the performer to use radically different voicings and timbres often in quick succession. I find Sandoval's playing on that album to be a bit monochromatic, lacking the variety of style and color that I think Williams was asking for. It's a seriously virtuosic trumpet showcase, maybe Sandoval was just having a bad day
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    Kickstarter for Trumpet Concerto, with Williams conducting

    There's nothing inherently wrong with it, it's not like there are flubbed notes or anything. The performance is just not to my taste and I don't think it showcases what I love about Williams' writing for this piece. The Harjanne performance is excellent, but a recording conducted by Williams and recorded in an actual studio will almost certainly supercede that album for me. I think the piece calls for a subtler touch, personally. Sandoval is like a bull in a chinashop on that recording for me. Not to disrespect Sandoval generally of course, he's a great artist. (awaiting Thor to let us all know once again that the Sandoval recording is great and there's no reason to listen to any other)
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    Kickstarter for Trumpet Concerto, with Williams conducting

    This is also the first real, honest-to-God STUDIO recording of a Williams concert piece in many years. Lots of live recordings in the meantime of course. SO. EXCITING. Yes! Like Gershwin if he lived to become a modernist or something.
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    Kickstarter for Trumpet Concerto, with Williams conducting

    I really cannot thank you enough for making this project happen. Not only to have a new recording of my favorite Williams concerto featuring one of our finest trumpet players, but conducted by the Maestro himself.... I must be in heaven! Judging by your performance of the first movement with the Marine Band, I know we're all in for a real treat. Is this largely the same orchestra that recorded the new Spielberg/Williams volume in 2016?
  21. I like working on isolated score videos! See the Williams edition of the thread here! http://www.jwfan.com/forums/index.php?/topic/28480-disco-stus-isolated-score-videos-john-williams-edition/ But hey, I also like film composers who are not John Williams! This thread is for those people. Back to the Future Part III (Alan Silvestri) Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (James Horner) Willow
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    The Official Future Films Thread

    Whatever. Tempest in a teapot if you ask me. You sound silly.
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    The Official Future Films Thread

    FYI @John https://amp.thedailybeast.com/marco-rubios-boneheaded-attack-on-ryan-goslings-neil-armstrong-movie-first-man
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    What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    I love it. It’s essentially all just a Herrmann tribute and that’s fine by me
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