Disco Stu

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  1. The Classical Music Recommendation Thread

    I am seeing the Richmond Symphony perform this program later tonight: I can't wait. They're a fine group of musicians. Should be a night of great music.
  2. John Powell's FERDINAND (2017)

    So here’s what I don’t understand. This past December, John gifted us a soundtrack album that is among the best scores I’ve heard this decade. An album where each and every cue is entertaining, melodic, emotional, and containing a richness and depth of gorgeous orchestration that is just astounding. It’s a crowd pleasing score like enthusiasts lament doesn’t get written anymore. A score with four or five central melodic ideas that get developed and played with in super cool ways over the course of the album. . . . . . . . . . But nobody is talking about FERDINAND. Well, here goes. I have listened to this soundtrack at least twice a week over the past 4 months and it just has not gotten old. It’s so dense with ideas! Powell is resetting/recontextualizing melodies in ways where I don’t realize what it is until the 4th time I’ve listened to the cue. I’m going to go on record saying that I think “Flower Festival” is one of the best film score tracks of the decade. The Flower Theme (a name that Powell himself uses to describe the main melody in “Flower Festival”) is definitely the showstopper theme of the score. But I’m a bit fascinated with this other theme lately. It’s the only central theme not introduced in the opening cue, “Bees and Bulls.” I call it the Pacifist Theme and it’s first introduced in the cue “Father and Son.” I think it represents how Ferdinand (and Powell) wish the world worked, that people could live non-violently. I haven’t seen all of the movie, not really up my alley, but I think that’s what it is. It’s an aching melody that perfectly captures a reality that Powell knows is just a dream. Anyway, holy crap it’s great. It’s far from the most used theme in the movie, but when it is it’s for maximum emotional effect. Here’s where it’s quietly introduced on strings, guitar, and oboe. (0:40 - 1:06) Now this isn’t really a quote of the theme, but in my opinion it absolutely is meant to function as a grief-stricken echo of the melody as Ferdinand’s illusions are shattered by the death of his father. (0:41 - 0:56) The proper theme makes an appearance later in the same track, “Finding Home.” This rendition evokes an almost spiritual joy as Ferdinand first steps out into the idyllic field of flowers that serves as his new home. In “A New Day” the theme has a lovely quiet rendition on just guitar with backing horn before the strings join in and it transitions perfectly to the Flower Theme The theme sits out for a while before making a return for the final minute of “Ferdinand and Nina.” The cellos lead on this rendition, reflecting a deeper, more mature Ferdinand mourning for his idealized world that doesn’t exist It then sits out again until the great “Madrid Finale” where it makes two appearances. Setting up the emotional climax of the score to 6:36 - 7:04 A wonderful, triumphant setting at 9:05 And finally he closes out the score with it, at least before quick celeste rendition of the Flower Theme. Definitely an indication of the melody's importance to Powell's emotional intent for the score overall, despite it being used only sparingly. I can already tell you that this is definitely going to be one of my most listened to albums of 2018 and I cannot wait to hear what Powell (and Williams) have cooked up for Solo. I have a work in progress breakdown of all the themes in the score that I might post later.
  3. Every year, the film critic David Ehrlich makes a fantastic montage/video essay/whatever detailing his best films of the year. These are an annual must-watch for me. He always does a great job and I always come away with a bunch of movies I want to see. If you don't watch this you're missing out! THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2017: A VIDEO COUNTDOWN from David Ehrlich on Vimeo.
  4. Nothing says Star Wars like a score you don’t notice....
  5. It’s really not fair Europe is getting it 2 days before America!
  6. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel episode 1 The missus and I finally got to this last night and I'm so glad we did. I loved it so much. Great, great pilot, can't to watch the rest. We're both huge Gilmore fans, though. Anyone who loved Gilmore Girls or Bunheads needs to watch this.
  7. Well exactly. I was weak this once so I hope it's fake so that when the real tracklist leaks I can prove my strength!
  8. I really really hope it's fake, not because of the contents, but because I looked at it.
  9. Harry Potter - Live to Projection Concerts

    Same thing happened when I saw Sorcerer's/Philosopher's. Asked them to cheer and crap. Terrible.
  10. Harry Potter - Live to Projection Concerts

    Same. The stage lights had no color filter.
  11. THE POST - FILM Thread

    Oh yeah that's silly, the idea that any one review is "right" about a movie.
  12. THE POST - FILM Thread

    I can read reviews and see the film to form my own opinion. I feel like what you imagine people read reviews for isn't what I read reviews for.
  13. The former doesn't even make sense unless it's just a typo and is supposed to say Prosperity
  14. John Powell's FERDINAND (2017)

    Maybe they didn't realize it was a sincere question.
  15. John Powell's FERDINAND (2017)

    I swear to god I asked once if they were related and I got either a negative or a sarcastic response. Cool!
  16. The Doctor Who Thread.....

    New promo photos for the Xmas special
  17. I have bought thousands of MP3s. They are my files to own and I have them backed up in multiple locations. I just don't have a problem with that I guess?
  18. Considering Gerhardt and Mehta recorded it in '78, right around the same time as the original score surely