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Themes / Motifs Left off OST

02 February 2015 - 04:55 PM

One of the reasons I'd love an expanded release of Prisoner of Azkaban is for the cues that feature Peter Pettigrew's theme that never made it onto the OST.


It made me wonder if there are any other JW themes and motifs that were omitted from the original soundtracks?


Mola Ram's theme came very close.

ET: 1996 v 2002 Releases

25 January 2015 - 03:49 PM

For ET, Is there anything on the 1996 release that isn't on the 2002 release, or anything that the 1996 release does better than the 2002 release?



Score Survey

05 April 2013 - 12:04 AM

I have created a 20 question survey and I would be very grateful if you could participate. It shouldn't take more than 3 minutes. The first page has general score questions and the second has composer specific questions. Once a satisfactory number of responses have been recorded, I will share the results which I believe will be quite interesting.


Click to take survey.


Thanks in advance.


(Also posted to Filmtracks and FSM)

Worst Microedits

04 April 2013 - 04:26 PM

With the recent release of the Jurassic Park score, I decided to rewatch the trilogy. It has been a while since I've listened to TLW's OST from start to finish so I'd forgotten how crazy that microedit in Rescuing Sarah is. That heroic fanfare, the bells when the T-Rexes appear and the subsequent drama on the strings is arguably the best part of the whole cue.


When producing an OST, I can understand excluding entire cues (not that I agree with it) but chopping up a cue to omit one minute or less is crazy especially when that omitted music contains some of the cue's best parts or any thematic material. That Rescuing Sarah microedit is especially puzzling because the moment at which the edit is made (2:12) isn't a natural edit point because the cut music flows very coherenty with the uncut music. It is a single coherent cue recorded as such (8m2).


So, what do you think are the worst microedits JW has made?

Dublin John Williams Concert

30 March 2013 - 01:17 PM

I attended a John Williams concert in Dublin on Thursday. All the old favourites were played with the noticeable exception of Jaws and the Imperial March. I didn't take the programme with me so I can't remember the exact order of the music, but I do remember that the first 3 or 4 pieces were little known scores to the general public. These include the 10 minute overture from The Cowboys (great performance), JFK (wasn't impressed by the opening trumpet solo performance), Memoirs of a Geisha and the 1941 march (again great energetic performance). The next piece was ET which got a great cheer at the end from the audience, presumably because it was the first piece most of them recognised.
Schlinder's List and Close Encounters finished the first half. The second half saw a succession of classics from Superman, Raiders, Jurassic Park and the four movement suite from The Phantom Menace (sans choir for DOTF, but it sounded great). It was also great to hear Lincoln and War Horse live also, but I would have also liked to have heard Tintin. Luke's theme formed the encore. A good evening, but it was a pity David Brophy wasn't conducting. He usually conducts score concerts in Dublin and he always tells little anecdotes or factoids about each score.
My eavesdropping of people's conversations about John Williams was hilarious. I overheard the following gems:
"JW has won 23 Oscars"
"JW is nominated for at least two Oscars every year"
"My favourite JW theme is The Great Escape"
"Spielberg hired JW for Jaws because he was impressed with his music for the shower scene from Psycho"
"I'm surprised he doesn't play his guitar in more of his scores" ROTFLMAO
and at the end of the concert
"it all sounds the same except for Star Wars"