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Star Wars "Rebels" - Kevin Kiner Returns!

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Kevin Kiner is returning to score Star Wars Rebels.

Important points:

  • Using a 30 piece orchestra for the show, which is really quite large.
  • Using more of John Williams' themes on this show than he did on Clone Wars
  • Music will become more experimental toward the end of season 1, for a story reason

Also posted was a recording of his titles music for Rebels, sounds like a synth demo. Very heavily influenced by 3 themes - the rebel fanfare, the motif from "Into the Trap", and the Force theme. Sounds much closer to the John Williams sound than his previous militaristic main title music for Clone Wars.

https://soundcloud.com/theforcenet/star-wars-rebels-theme

Also linked to this article is an L.A. Times interview with Kiner.

http://www.theforce.net/story/front/Star_Wars_Rebels_Reveals_Theme_Music_Introduces_Composer_At_WonderCon_Panel_157463.asp

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Ooof, I have a hard time listening to his Clone Wars stuff. Too much banging on the drums, and too much wall to wall music. I remember being excited when Kiner released his CW cues on his website... Then I listened to them.

Here's hoping this time will be different, but I would've rather seen a new talent be hired.

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Ooof, I have a hard time listening to his Clone Wars stuff. Too much banging on the drums, and too much wall to wall music. I remember being excited when Kiner released his CW cues on his website... Then I listened to them.

Alot of the stuff released is NOT the good stuff (except for a handful)

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Perhaps. But his music really doesn't serve the show well. It's poorly spotted (ie. just too much, without any breathing room), and it's textures just never feel thrilling, melodic, or interesting in the classic Star Wars tradition. It often feels too 'epic' for its own good.

I am encouraged that he'll be using an orchestra for Rebels, though. I'd rather hear a stripped down, lean, and hard edged orchestra than a full, saturated (bloated) synth score like Clone Wars. Less is more, you know?

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It's poorly spotted (ie. just too much, without any breathing room)

Most scores for TV Shows like this are like that though.

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Why don't they use Mark Griskey...he's the only one who composed Star Wars music that doesn't suck (besides Williams)

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Why don't they use Mark Griskey...he's the only one who composed Star Wars music that doesn't suck (besides Williams)

What about the music bundled with the Radio Drama?

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Those incidental cues for the Radio Drama? Yes those were cool.. Anyone know the composer?

I just can't help think that Kiner was just shoehorned in from the Clone Wars, but it's a really uninspired move.

I'd like to see more than one composer actually. It's too big a job to expect that much quality music from one guy. I like a variety of composers sometimes, like Star Trek TOS for example.

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I have seen John WIlliams credited for the radio drama, but he probably didnt do it...

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Why don't they use Mark Griskey...he's the only one who composed Star Wars music that doesn't suck (besides Williams)

You don't like Shadows of the Empire by Joel McNeely?

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The first cue (basically Carbon Freeze from ESB), that choral cue with the Force and Vader themes, and the finale are the best tracks, the rest is servicable..

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I remember, back in 2004, when there was this track called Main Title and Approaching The Battle you could find online which supposedly contained leaked music from Revenge Of The Sith but which was actually music from Shadows Of The Empire (it was an edit containing both the Main Titles and Night Skies, which features a superb statement of the Force theme, by the way). Good times!

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I could nver, for whatever reason, get into Shadows, despite it being well regarded.

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Clint Bajakian's theme for Kyle Katarn in Dark Forces is strong. I would throw it up against any video game theme written for SW in the last twenty years.

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That new theme really kind of sucks. It'll probably be rethought by the time it makes it to the recording session, though.

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Why don't they use Mark Griskey...he's the only one who composed Star Wars music that doesn't suck (besides Williams)

You don't like Shadows of the Empire by Joel McNeely?

I'd add Kyle Newmaster and Gordy Haab to the short list of people who can really sound like Williams. Their score for Star Wars: Kinect is the closest to Williams SW I've heard anyone get. And it's the honest-to-god LSO playing. (Have they ever done any SW scores outside of the films?)

https://soundcloud.com/zachcw3pr/15-cleggs-swan-song

The whole album is there on Haab's SoundCloud account.

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I'd like to see more than one composer actually. It's too big a job to expect that much quality music from one guy. I like a variety of composers sometimes, like Star Trek TOS for example.

I wish they could've gotten the team that did the score for The Old Republic, which also happens to include Mark Griskey and Gordy Haab. I thought that game had some awesome music.

That being said, I like most of the tracks Kiner posted on his website, especially the tracks for the last four episodes of Season 5, where he used a live orchestra. I hope the score for Rebels is similar to that and not as cartoony as the theme he posted sounds.

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Interview with Kiner and a snippet of score from the show?

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For what it's worth, having just viewed the 13 Season 6 episodes that they finished and released on Netflix, these episodes on their own really validate the whole series. The best Star Wars material I've seen in years, and Kiner's scores lean heavily on Williams' themes in these episodes,including Qui-Gon's, Yoda's, and Battle of the Heroes. Really great material.

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For what it's worth, having just viewed the 13 Season 6 episodes that they finished and released on Netflix, these episodes on their own really validate the whole series. The best Star Wars material I've seen in years, and Kiner's scores lean heavily on Williams' themes in these episodes,including Qui-Gon's, Yoda's, and Battle of the Heroes. Really great material.

Yes, that and large swaths of season 5. It was pretty uneven in the first three, really started coming together when they started doing (mainly) 4-episode arcs in S4. All three of the arcs with Ahsoka were amazing (younglings, revolutionaries, and on-the-run), as were a couple episodes in the last Darth Maul arc (with the brothers consolidating power across all of the crime syndicates and overtaking Mandalore).

It inspires great confidence that Dave Filoni is still running things with Rebels. I'm sure it'll take a bit for the show to find its sealegs, but man when Clone Wars was good, it was really good.

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I just watched the interview with Kiner, and know nothing about the series, the scores or their composer. But I absolutely detest that he mis-quotes something as iconic as the Force Theme!

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I just watched the interview with Kiner, and know nothing about the series, the scores or their composer. But I absolutely detest that he mis-quotes something as iconic as the Force Theme!

Where's this misquote?

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The last note before the triplet figure: Instead of the lower 5th (Sol), we get the tonic (Do). Sounds awful.

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But I absolutely detest that he mis-quotes something as iconic as the Force Theme!

Yes, because he should be chained to using it exactly the same way.

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Well, he should at least be sensitive to the musicality of the theme. It comes across as illiterate. It doesn't sound like a variation, but merely a mistake (which I think it is).

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Well, he should at least be sensitive to the musicality of the theme....It doesn't sound like a variation, but merely a mistake (which I think it is).

If it is a mistake, its a mistake that has been made since the 80's:

at 1:50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9JjqA-vqNU

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And it didn't sound any better then! It sounds misremembered, as if going "by ear" and not getting it quite right (and I very much suspect that's the case in both these instances, and it's even more glaring in the radio play example).

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Wow that radio drama version was bad!

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If it's intentional, that's even worse. It just sounds lazy and in poor taste...

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It just sounds lazy...

And using it the exact same way every time is not?

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