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  1. What are you talking about? What corner do you mean? I am quite sure that the main story, including the horcruxes, was planned. Book 2 already used one of them, the diary. not called horcrux there, but already depicted as a strangely powerful magical object without definite explanation. Of course in theory it could have been retconned, but I do not believe that without clear evidence.
  2. I have the Herrmann SACD, and it is brilliant! A great selection from various soundtracks, the playing is excellent and the sound as if it were a recent recording. Especially impressive is the multichannel sound with special instruments in the surround, e.g harps in 7 mile reef and drums in white witch doctor. The Rosza is next on my list.
  3. I enjoy the podcast still very much; it gives me a new appreciation, how John Williams found and developed his mature sound between Heidi in 1968 and Poseidon Adventure in 1972.
  4. A bit more detail here at 4:15 time:
  5. You have to realize that this is a piece of industrial engineering that cannot be compared to consumer monitors. The mechanics they hinted at to have always the perfect height an angle may be overengineered, but in the industry may be its money worth if you use it daily 10h for years. I use a LG monitor for 100 Euro, but it wobbles each time I come into contact with the desk :-)
  6. Not in the PC sense. But I think the Files App has some new capabilities and you can also use mass storage via USB port which shows up in the Files App
  7. Yes, it´s a head scratcher , isn't it? With all the available unreleased material at the time….
  8. Gerhardts TESB was a nice expansion at the time to the 1 disc OST. Some sloppy playing, e.g. the hectic asteroid field. Gerhardts ROTJ is strange since one of the few expanded areas is The Ewok Battle which is the film version of The Forest Battle, which is also on the disc. Choosing this repetition instead of anything other out of close to 2 h of unreleased music was mind boggling. On the other hand I like the orchestral version of YubYub. Kojian is nice, good recording quality. Some tracks are a bit slow. Again, the few expansions are not those I would have chosen, but so what. When I bought it in 1988 I was happy for every additional bit of music and played it quite often. Skywalker recording is a nice round package of the concert suites, played well, although a bit slow sometimes. Don't like the electronic sounding Cantina band.
  9. Sleepers? Argument against Images: The orchestral/tonal passages sound very classical or pseudobarock. I love them, but it is not original. Similar Argument against Azkaban: its originality lies in the juxtaposition of vastly different styles. The styles themselves are not very original, but mimic Renaissance music, Romantic music, modernist atonal music etc. A great soundtrack nevertheless. in the end there is no real originality any more in music since the 1980s. Everything has been tried.
  10. In this absolute form the statement is not true. Not all hifi enthusiasts prefer 2 channel. There are lots of orchestral recordings that sound in 5.1 much better than stereo (IMO). This is the case for conservative surround (only ambiance) as well as more adventurous mixes. Just listen to SACDs from Bis, Telarc, Pentatone and other classical labels that care about recording quality. If you really think that they sound worse than the stereo versions, there is something wrong with your setup, I think. Of course you need good speakers with similar sound signature to achieve a cohesive sound field, and correct placement. In film music I can recommend the Bernard Herrmann SACD from Dutton/Vocalion (Citizen Kane and others). A spectacular release.
  11. I vehemently disagree concerning Memoirs, War Horse and especially Tintin with its 2 separate recording sessions.
  12. I am not sure that I would call the movie great, but it is nice and entertaining. I agree that the score IS great, I often listen to it.
  13. Great, but again a concerto where there are already good recordings available. Patiently waiting for clarinet and viola concertos (and Scherzo for piano and orchestra).
  14. Just finished the episode about The secret Ways. Very interesting and informative, and the music in this movie is already starting to sound like early 70s Williams. I especially hear Images in the main theme, but also shadows of the Desaster movies and Eiger Sanction. The association to Jaws was a bit far fetched for me, but also nice. Keep up, the podcast is great!
  15. No, definetly not. I would not have any problem with that if I where a composer.
  16. Ok, as „the other guy“ I really did not want to start a discussion about boots, but about sound quality. And since I bought the set (I always buy the commercial available release, when it is released, if I got something from a not official source), I do not see that I am doing anything morally doubtful. My actions do not lead to any monetary loss for anybody, so i definitely do not steal from anybody. The latter were the case, if I would download boots instead of buying them, but this is not my mode of operations. So I really do not understand your issue in this case. And by the way, there is no such thing as karma... 🙂
  17. As I said, try listening to the Troll fight at the end of Disc 1 for a minute or so (it is played very loudly, full force), and then switch to the beginning of track 1 or 2 which is played very softly, but sounds almost as loud.
  18. You mean, it is better to stay uninformed, so you would gladly accept compromised quality as „superior sound“ (as many are raving here about the severely dynamically compressed mastering of the box)?? i dońt think so. @Jay, I dońt want to nag too much about this, but if you could perhaps shed light on the matter, why it was decided to hamper the dynamic range so much, I would be grateful. I mean, I know that some compression is often deemed necessary, but I think in this case it has been turned on far too much. Was a box like this really made for customers with no interest in quality hi-fi playback? I am really puzzled.
  19. Finally got the box and started listening to HP1. The box and presentation is great, and its good that we finally can legally have the complete music. But I am very disappointed in one respect: The dynamic range is severely reduced compared to the session leaks. The session sound like a large orchestras should sound (and does e.g. during HP live in concert!), while the Box has crushed the dynamic range to almost pop music likeness. Just compare the fight against the troll, stop after 1 minute or so and then start the first or second track of Disc 1. The music sounds almost as loud as the troll music! Unfortunately this seems to be another victim to the loudness wars. For listening in the background or during driving this is ok, even helpful. But when I want to hear the true orchestral sound at home on the stereo, I will go back to the session (which I planned to delete after purchase of the box). A Pity.
  20. Today a letter arrived that the post could not process the customs, so they sent it to the customs office where I have it fetch it and pay customs for it. Will call there on Monday but fear that they will not be open because of Christmas 😭
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