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  1. 15 points
  2. THIS is what John Williams sounds like. Remember when that one guy thought the music in the Dial of Destiny trailer might have actually been Williams? lol
    14 points
  3. I don't like these statements. People should be nominated for what they did, not for who they are. We should absolutely have more female composers in high profile jobs, but this positive discrimination just doesn't work.
    13 points
  4. Well then it's almost certain that the next expansion is going to be a 23-disc box set released by Walt Disney Records.
    13 points
  5. JW: And so you know, when Anne-Sophie asked me to write something for her, I really thought that she would be a woman that I could say no to. Narrator: She wasn't
    12 points
  6. https://store.intrada.com/s.nl/sc.13/category.60330/.f
    11 points
  7. John Williams with Yo-Yo Ma Tuesday Feb 20, 2024, 7:30 PM Performance Details John Williams Conductor Yo-Yo Ma Cello Williams Cello Concerto Williams Selections from film scores With an astonishing five Oscars and 25 GRAMMY Awards, John Williams is one of the most beloved composers of all time, having written unforgettable music for the screen as well as the concert hall. Join Williams and long-time friend Yo-Yo Ma for a performance of the composer’s sublime Cello Concerto, along with selections from some of his beloved film scores. https://www.philorch.org/performances/our-season/events-and-tickets/2023-2024-season/verizon-hall/john-williams-and-yo-yo-ma/
    11 points
  8. JW: “So when scoring Attack Of The Clones, I realized that Star Wars never had a love theme before. And now, Across The Stars is the first love theme to appear in the Star Wars Universe. Narrator: “It wasn't.”
    11 points
  9. Honestly, I think I'd have no issue in watching JW working for hours and saying stuff like "Ok people, that was good but let's do 4M1 one more time, this time only bars 23 to the end!" for the nth time.
    11 points
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  11. https://www.espnfrontrow.com/2023/01/espns-creative-content-unit-scores-with-cfp-national-championship-open-collaboration-with-legendary-composer-john-williams/ INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T (7:30 ET, ESPN) represents the pinnacle of the season. A game of this magnitude requires an opening for the ages, and ESPN’s Creative Content Unit has delivered just that with an original score from celebrated composer John Williams. Titled “Of Grit And Glory,” the anthem is “magical, hopeful and powerful,” according to co-director and producer Martin Khodabakhshian. “‘Star Wars,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Indiana Jones’ . . . John Williams is a genius,” Khodabakhshian said. “On the cusp of the release of ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ he wrote us an original composition, and it’s a big score. It’s like he took the best pieces of all his scores and did something special for ESPN. “We’re going to try to make some people cry at the end of this thing. I can’t oversell it. It’s beautiful. It’s amazing. [This process] was one of the most extraordinary experiences I’ve ever had and a highlight of my career.” Khodabakhshian dreamed up the concept with game producer Bill Bonnell and co-director and editor Mike Sciallis of Victory Pictures. Khodabakhshian and Sciallis wrote Williams what they described as a “love letter,” expressing their adoration for Williams’s influence through movies and sports. The legendary composer received the letter and was moved to write the score. The piece features a 96-piece orchestra; the musicians got the call six days before recording and – in less than three hours on Dec. 21 – saw the music for the first time, did a couple of run-throughs, and then recorded it for the tease. ESPN’s camera crew captured the recording session of this extraordinary composition created for the night of college football’s biggest game. “You trust that it’s John Williams, so what he’s written we’re going to love,” said ESPN Vice President of Production Julie McGlone, who oversees the Creative Content Unit and The SportsCenter Enhancement Unit. “It was the best musicians in the industry and a fascinating exercise to watch it unfold.” The anthem features one of the greatest legends in music paired with some of college football’s greatest legends, as Tony Dorsett, Vince Young, Tommie Frazier, Peter Warrick, and Tim Tebow – now an ESPN/SEC Network college football analyst – give voice to their myth-making championship moments and what made their trophy-winning nights so extraordinary. Williams, who is now 90, maintains the distinction of being the record holder for the most Oscar nominations for a living person (52) and ranks only behind Walt Disney (59) as the most-nominated person in Academy Awards history. “Intercollegiate football has been at the heart and soul of our nation’s life for so long, that the opportunity to musically salute this great tradition has been a particularly meaningful joy for me,” Williams shared exclusively with Variety. “I was thrilled and excited when ESPN suggested that I write a theme for the January 9th championship game. The games themselves always raise the collective spirit, and in the end, the competition brings us all closer to a place where the concept of winners and losers dissolves into mutual respect and admiration. The invitation to write this music constitutes a great honor for me, and I feel especially privileged to make a small contribution to one of our country’s most treasured traditions.” “John Williams doesn’t miss,” Khodabakhshian gushed. “When you initially hear [the score], you’re like, ‘Holy crap, I was not expecting that for college football, a championship game.'”
    11 points
  12. Warning - this is probably a rather specialist post! I've been doing a lot of analytical work on The Empire Strikes Back this season (2022-2023) and am about half way through now. There's tons of information on themes and advanced harmony (octatonic, hexatonic, Hungarian minor and Super Locrian etc) (see Frank Lehman's thematic catalogue or Mark Richards' fabulous course on Action Music Cues ) but there's not as much information on JW's atonalism: pc set theory doesn't always tell the whole story with Williams who often combines atonalism with advanced harmony. It's a similar situation to that which has occupied musicologists about let's say the Augers Chord from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. (for a wide discussion see Daniel Chua here (music analysis Volume26, Issue1-2 March‐July 2007 Pages 59-109 What struck me about the Chua article was the interesting take that Stravinsky himself had on the augers chord. When he plays it for a CBS interview - he voices the chord in three ways - firstly the Fb chord but then the G then Db, Bb Eb which is the seed motif for the rest of the accompaniment in that segment. It exemplified the problems of calling it an Eb 13 (because you have to literally rearrange all the notes!), or 7-32 (for the same reason, it ceases to become that chord and becomes something else) along with amy modal or octatonic analysis (there is an anomalous note which doesn't 'fit' and modally bears no relation in that voicing to a harmonic minor mode), or, bitonal (Stravinsky doesn't play the chord as a bitonal chord when he individualises the notes in the CBS interview ). JW. Chua also cites others who say 'it's just hand position...nothing more' which he says is a cop out! Chua eventually considers the Augers chord as a 'sonority' and a sign in a semiotic sense and one which defies most analysis. Perhaps by taking Chua's conclusions and applying them to JW we could consider sonority as a useful way of defining separate standalone chords within JW's atonalism. Intervallic content can be defined better if we consider the melodic order - in a particular voicing. It's an interesting problem and am keen to hear viewpoints. I've enclosed this cue as the emperor appears towards the end and there's quite a bit of atonalism in there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxe_rd2GVPY
    10 points
  13. Yeah, and it'll arrive on the same year as the Matessino-produced "The John Williams Star Wars Collection" and "The John Williams Indiana Jones Collection", two boxes containing every single second of music recorded by JW for all SW and IJ movies he ever worked on. Besides, it'll be only an year after the four-disc Hook complete edition, which will include songs for the movie that even Williams himself didn't remember writing. All JWFans who haven't left Earth to work on the Mars terraforming project or weren't enslaved by a despotic artificial Intelligence known as "Meta-Google-Apple" will celebrate with their flying cars on the street.
    10 points
  14. Composer Frederic Talgorn has posted two suites of music from two episodes of Young Indiana Jones that he scored: Paris 1908 and Trenches of Hell. His score for Paris 1908 was rejected (Joel McNeely did a replacement score) but neither of Talgorn's scores were ever released on CD or online. So this is pretty cool! Paris 1908 Trenches of Hell
    10 points
  15. ragoz350

    Hook

    Made a mockup of the unreleased (and unrecorded?) part of the 5M5 Show Us Your Hook cue. This part was replaced by an insert using the song Stick with me, while the original continued to use Low Below. The cue apparently quotes material from the original song: there are notes in the sketch indicating to orchestrate some bits in the same way as in "P.B." (Playback), that is, in the demo of the song itself. Here are those notes: See P.B. Bar 45 - 0:03 in video - orch. strings/woodwinds + accordion See 261 of P.B. - 1:20 and 1:28 - orch. strings/woodwinds See P.B. End - 1:28 - percussion. Also, in the middle of the cue, a verse tune seems to be used (this melody can be seen in this photo). The scene edit was different and longer (instead of a long shot at 1:05 in the video it should have been something else). From the technical details: there is one difference between the sketch and the sheet score in one bit: near the end of the cue, the orchestrator adds accentuation of downbeats in upper register earlier than JW writes it. Either JW changed his mind later, or the orchestrator (A. Courage) thought this was better. The difference is hard to hear in the mockup, but here the sheets version (:02-:10): 2901-pre08crg-hk-bit.mp3 Another thing to say is that the last third of the cue in the sketch is marked by shouts of "Hook!" that gradually become more frequent toward the end (it's in the insert as well).
    10 points
  16. I don't think there should be a push to nominate more female composers, but there should be a massive push to get more females composing jobs in the first place. That's always been too much of a boys' club. Take care of that, and the nominations will follow.
    10 points
  17. Well, first, Williams wrote a cue called 6M1 The Armies Face-Off: This got recorded as 6M1N The Armies Face-Off. Here's that entire cue: Later, he wrote an Insert to replace 0:27-1:03 of the original cue that for some reason got recorded as 6M1 Pt. 2; Here is that entire Insert: Later, he recorded an OVERLAY (music meant to mixed over an already-recorded cue) titled 6M1X Randy's Forest Mist: Here's that entire overlay: As you can see in the sketch, it was meant to overlay 0:28-0:45 of the original version of the cue, though I can't find a video on youtube where someone did this For the OST album, he opened track 14 with the full 6M1 Pt. 2 Insert, segueing directly into 1:03- of 6M1N, and then includings 6M1X all by itself later in the track, even though it was originally meant to be used as an overlay. The film version uses the 6M1 Pt. 2 Insert as intended, and also mixes in digeridoos:
    10 points
  18. The Diet of Destiny
    10 points
  19. JW eats RCP employees for breakfast, but they're mostly empty calories.
    10 points
  20. John Williams is trending #7 in the US on Twitter because of this!
    10 points
  21. I agree with her sentiment but it's probably poorly worded/timed. I'd love to see more female composers getting high-profile opportunities and the nominations should follow, but it's not really surprising that all 5 nominees are men when 13 of the 15 eligible scores were scored by men. At the end of the day, most directors like working with established composers who are the best fit for their films, while studios want composers who can pump out scores fast and cheap (hence the Zimmer factory gaining so much traction). Ultimately the change needs to happen with the next generation of talent to ensure all composers have the best chance of success, regardless of gender. I don't think Holt is saying women should be nominated for diversity's sake at the expense of "better" scores (this is subjective anyway), but we're also talking about a category that regularly features questionable nominees. Personally I would've nominated any of Black Panther, The Woman King, Pinocchio, A:TWOW or Glass Onion over All Quiet on the Western Front (which is little more than atmospheric droning) but Hollywood loves the "sound design" style of scoring nowadays, and the Academy love showering prestige films with token nominations in this category. Mercifully Tar was deemed ineligible!
    9 points
  22. I think there’s much unfair criticism for Laurent B here. Unlike some of his contemporaries when he was commissioned to do the bonus material content for Laserdisc and the early days of DVDs there was always a film music focus. It’s clearly a passion, not just a gig. The original Jaws and 1941 documentaries were feature length and very in depth. LB has also done superb docs on Hitchcock which accompany all Universal Studios films. Yes the soundtrack releases had flaws, but even the great Shawn Murphy made errors with ones he was involved in.
    9 points
  23. I just need to know if Williams thought someone else should do Schindler’s List, and if Spielberg agreed but everyone else was dead. Wouldn’t that be wild?
    9 points
  24. "I just want to write Johnny a theme."
    9 points
  25. BB-8

    What's John Williams' diet?

    Eat tea
    9 points
  26. I'm excited to hear some more variations on this theme. "J.J. Abrams is many things....He's a director, a master of lens flares, lover of the 'mystery box'...one thing he isn't, is a man who can give me a locked picture to score to."
    9 points
  27. OK, Sony, now we need a "John Williams Athletic Dept." CD featuring all four Olympic pieces (plus the one he's doubtless banking for LA 2028), "Dear Basketball," "Wide Receiver," an expansion of the horse race scherzo from the Reivers suite, a "Fathiers" concert suite, the full "Flag Parade" under Williams' baton, "Arts and Sports," and "The Football Game" from John Goldfarb. Bonus track: "Dramatic Tease"! EDIT: And Quidditch tracks! Lots of Quidditch tracks!
    9 points
  28. This is the most brilliant 4D chess move Johnny has ever made in his silent shadow war on Hans Zimmer.
    9 points
  29. How did he conduct it to the picture when the recording session footage is in the picture? Mind blown!
    9 points
  30. See how long this stays up on YouTube lol Its not the full thing (I’m not the uploader)
    9 points
  31. Not sure if this has been pointed out but -- John Williams is the first nonagenarian to ever be nominated for an Academy Award, and therefore the oldest person ever to be nominated. The first person to have been nominated for films released within seven consecutive decades (60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, 20s). Rise of Skywalker had previously gotten him nominations in seven consecutive decades for Oscar ceremony years (2020 for a 2019 release) And he has once again beaten his own record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person with 53. As ever, he is second behind Walt Disney with 59.
    8 points
  32. It’s been three years since releasing our first cue and announcing the project, so we figured we’d pause to ring in our third birthday with a rather nostalgic announcement: we are finally restoring GOF! Daily updates are already happening on our Patreon, and you can soon hear the new revised restored and remastered cues there! Exact release dates on our website are TBD because of the crazy start to the semester right now, but we want our patreon people to be able to see how things are going even when we're not posting. Thank you all SO much for listening, it's truly meant the world to us over the years to have people actually enjoying this project. As always, stay tuned for more! MS & BP
    8 points
  33. https://www.instagram.com/p/CnSf6qbyLkt/ Some cue titles! 3m6 Mom's Dance (with JW fixes 02/25/22) 8m8 Kitchen Talk (with JW fixes 02/17/22) 9m2 v3 Dance Reprise (with JW fixes 02/25/22) Also seen in the photo of John at the piano: [Illegible] Alt End Mom's Dance And another Illegible title Sorry if this isn't the right thread for this, I coudn't find a general score thread.
    8 points
  34. OMG this piece is amazing! I can simultaneously hear the legacy of Superman, Jurassic Park and The Phantom Menace in there… but in no way do these three mentioned summarize - or are the extent - to what what I’m hearing…. Greatness, plain and simple. Pure, classic Williams!
    8 points
  35. 1. Star Wars 2. The Holiday Special 3. The Empire Strikes Back 4. Return of the Jedi 5. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure 6. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Obviously.
    8 points
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