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  1. Luke looking at the binary sunset from Star Wars. Second is in Superman when Clark Kent is about to leave home. Yea, I love big, sweeping moments. bruckhorn Saving Private Ryan
  2. The low-tech way is to use the headphone jack from your DVD player and use an adaptor (1/4" to RCA, RCA cord to 1/8" jack) to get it to the audio input of your computer. Then play DVD and record the audio on your computer using any of a plethora of programs. (I use Felt Tip Sound Studio for Mac.) Edit the audio tracks as needed and copy to CD. Using this technique, I've dumped the audio tracks from 1941, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Live in NYC, and Billy Joel - Live at Yankee Stadium onto CD. The high tech way requires software that "rips" the audio tracks from the DVD and put them directly on your hard drive. There are programs that can do that, but I've been told that it requires free space on your hard drive the size of a DVD: 4.7 GIGS. A web page that lists DVD with isolated scores on them: http://www.treuherz.de/ralf/scores/dvdlist.htm Hope this helps. bruckhorn, who plans on making CDs from the isolated score tracks from Quest for Camelot, Legends of the Fall, and Rudy.
  3. It's funny, but while I remember holding up a couple of microphones to the TV to record the main title from Superman when it was aired on ABC in the late seventies, I didn't get into orchestral music (and soundtracks specifically) until 1985. It's been fifteen years since I got my first CD player and I can tell you what the first three CDs were that I bought. One of them was the original RSO version of Return of the Jedi. The store is no longer there, but its name was Licorice Pizza. "That was so long ago, I forget." Bogart as Rick in Casablanca when asked where he was the previous evening. When asked what his plans were that night, he replied, "I never plan plan that far ahead." bruckhorn
  4. Soundtracks that I really dig, but haven't seen the movie: Stanley and Iris (Williams) Son of the Morning Star (Safan) Magdalene (Eidelman) O Pioneers (Broughton) And there's plenty of other soundtracks that I own, but haven't seen the movie (but I don't "really" dig them). Plus there are those that I picked up and because of the score, saw the movie (i.e. Hummie Mann's Year of the Comet and Doyle's Much Ado About Nothing). bruckhorn
  5. Going deep in the well here, sportsfans, but how about Laura scored by David Raksin? B-movie from the 1940s that is still known today because of Raksin's score. It's theme (one of the most recorded pieces ever) was recorded by JW on one of his Cinema Serenade discs. bruckhorn
  6. You might also try ViewAskew.com it's the webpage of the company that made the film. bruckhorn, who laughed his butt off when first seeing Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
  7. Jabba's Barouque Recital. (The source music for Jabba's sail barge.)
  8. Hector J. Guzman wrote: "The lyrics are perfect... this is one of the most beautiful songs period. " Hector wrote that about "For Always" from A.I. and it got me thinking, what are some of the most beautiful songs. For me: Imgine by John Lennon Someone to Watch Over Me by the Gershwins (sung by Sinatra) Anybody else wish to pitch in their two cents? bruckhorn, who has frequently muttered "I should listen to that again" when reading the Greatest Violin Concerto thread.
  9. I'm quite ignorant when it comes to soccer (football). My main exposure is in watching my niece play youth sports and coaching my nephew's team last year (a group of five and six year olds). I am enjoying the World Cup. My only fault with is the fact that it is taking place in Korea and Japan. That puts the games on at 11:30 pm and finish about 6:30 am. I have watched a lot of action and on more than one occasion I have fallen asleep at work because of it. My paternal grandparents were both born in Ireland and both of the maternal grandparents were born in Germany. I loved the Ireland/Germany match (rooting for the Irish) and the way that Ireland did not give and eventually scored the winning goal in stopage time. When the game concluded, the Irish players and fans were celebrating as if they had won the game, while the Germans looked like someone had just shot their dog. Yes, the reaction of the Russian fans in Moscow was inexcusible. It's a game! A few years back when a Columbian player put the ball in his own net, he was murdered within a month of returning home. A bit excessive, don't you think? Yes, at times sport brings out the worst in us, but at times it can brign out the best. Let it. England beat Denmark? That won't help me in the office pool. Bruckhorn, rambling
  10. For you Rocky fans, check out Empire Brass' Royal Brass CD. On it are two 15th Century Fanfares, the opening of one of them sounds nearly note for note the same as Fanfare for Rocky. An audio clip is available on Amazon.com. Granted, I knew that Conti was my elder, I just didn't realize just how old he is. bruckhorn.
  11. Cripes, just what we need... That'll probably go straight to Harry's head. Bruckhorn, who thinks Harry is osom and thus is compounding the problem.
  12. I remember reading somewhere that a person reaches their intellectual prime in their forties. In his forties, Williams wrote: Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (just to name a few). James Horner will turn 48 this year. In his forties, he's written: not a whole lot that comes close to matching his pre-1991 output. I used to love Horner (and still have quite the affection for the earlier stuff), but I consider him to be one who has come to the point of merely composing by numbers far too often. Yeah, I'll probably buy Windtalkers, listen to it once, and let it collect dust. Bruckhorn
  13. Is that legal? When proof-reading papers in college I read several simillar mistakes. Good collection of them are in Richard Leeder's Anguished English. Check it out in your local library. bruckhorn
  14. Harry, don't worry about it. I've learned the hard way that I shouldn't try to stay up all night. Back in college I pulled an all-nighter composing and showed up for a class and.. a pop quiz. Less than thirty minutes after the class was over, the teacher tracked me down at my on-campus job and gave me an impromptu oral quiz. Why? He couldn't make any sense of my written answers. The writing was absolute gibberish. It turns out all these years I've been dyslexic and learned to deal with it, providing I get enough sleep. And as far as some of the things you can do while pulling an all-nighter... Well, it's, uh, best not to fall asleep while otherwise engaged. :oops: Bruckhorn P.S. Do you kids still use Blue Books in college?
  15. And when you teach them orchestration, do me a favor and not spend an entire year on solely Ravel and Debussy. Wagner and Mahler knew a thing, or two, about orchestration, too. And, Ren, you might want to have a little chat with that student who thinks that Williams was a composer... I've seen worse spelling by people in their thirties (at times, even me). I blame spell checkers. bruckhorn
  16. Do you mean official expanded scores, or all versions of expanded scores that include items like the Academy promo of A.I. and more boots than Imelda Marcos had shoes? For example the "expanded" 1941 is usually the "score only" track from either the laser disc or DVD. Best place to check and see what is currently in print: Intrada Records. Screen Achives has at least one boot available on its website. Peace. Bruckhorn, who notices that Harry is nearing a thousand posts on the new board. Oy!
  17. Well, Mr. Potter, you're finally listening to something other than Williams. It must be due to your advanced age. Suggestion for you: go to your local video store and rent Planet of the Apes (Heston version), Logan's Run, and Chinatown. And be sure to listen. Planet of the Apes and Logan's Run were written back in the day when Hollywood was more receptive to scores that pushed the envelope. Chinatown is jazz based, but has one gorgouse trumpet melody (the CD is ~30 min, probably all the music in the film). Definately check out the deconstructing Goldsmith website. Take the tour and listen to the sound clips. Not to commit heresay, but I think that Goldsmith is more eclectic than Williams. And a note on Rudy: when Goldsmith was done conducting it on the scoring stage, the orchestra gave him a standing ovation. "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." Bruckhorn.
  18. Ugh! Maybe time will change your mind. I started out listening to soundtrack music and in learning about it lead me to Classical. That's where the goods are, guys. Listen to the opening movement to Bruckner's Fourth Symphony and trust me, you will hear something quite familliar. How about The Rite of Spring? Some of the percussion licks were referenced by Williams in Jaws. The list goes on and on. And some of these old guys did write movie scores: Prokofiev, Walton, and Vaughan-Williams. Check 'em out. If nothing else, you'll hear where Horner gets a lot of his material... Bruckhorn, who first listened to Bruckner after reading that the Star Wars score was inspired by Bruckner's Symphonies.
  19. Some movies should not be remade. And some can't. Well, maybe not can't, but would cost way too much to do. Think about it, based out what was outlined above, how much do you think the budget would be? Say, in the neighborhood of Lord of the Rings trilogy? Or Episodes I, II, and III? Those two examples have built in appeal and people wanting to see those movies get made. My best friend dragged me to see Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. He will not need to drag me to see the next two-- I am looking forward to them. I would not be interested in seeing a remake of Ben-Hur. The original is a masterpiece. Leave it alone.
  20. This will not win me many friends, but I do think that Williams should rework sections of the scores for all of the Star Wars films once Lucas finishes his "I-really-mean-it-this-time-these-are-the-final-versions-of-these-films-and-I'm-not-going-to-reedit-them-anymore." versions of the films. Think about the original edit of ESB. How magnificent the music built momentum at the end and how badly Lucas %$&@(*ed up by putting shots of Vader walking to his ship. And I've read reports that Lucas shot more material to edit into the original trilogy when filming Episode II... Rescoring sections of the movies that Lucas has decided that need to be altered makes sense. What would you prefer: Williams to rescore, or more explicit music editing along the lines of what appears in Episode II? Bruckhorn, who thinks Lucas needs to hire himself a writer and a director for Episode III and somebody with the confidence to tell him "No." and get him to listen to it.
  21. Binary Sunset from ANH. After 25 years I still consider it one of the best moments of music I have ever heard. It just gets me. Though I gotta admit it, I was quite taken by the rendition of the Force theme that my nephew hummed when he was four. It wasn't quite in key, but impressive, most impressive, but he is not a Jedi yet...
  22. One: I apologize for not putting a question mark in the subject header to imply that I was questioning the status of the 2-cd set. I just need to remind myself that the subject headers do not need to be complete sentaces. Two: While I will admit that the U.S. getting their upset was big (in World Cup action), I think Senegal beating France was a bigger upset. The French look quite flat this time out. I just started a new job last week and my boss is a big soccer (futball) fan. One of my co-workers keeps a copy of the TV schedule in her purse and several others are from other countries (especially Sweden). Gotta keep up on the action to fit in. I'm sure they love my use of hockey terms to describe actions on the field. Three: Though I don't speak Spanish, I really like the way the guy on the Galavision broadcasts (in the US) exclaims "GOAL!" and makes it lasts thirty seconds, or so. At least it feels like it. I think he's trying to complete his goal calls from Germany's 8-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia. Four: I am surprised that my sports rant ended up being the thrust of the thread. Even if it did morph into being about the World Cup. Pretty much anything that brings people together in peace is pretty good in my book. (That's refering to the World Cup, not my rant.) Five: It's after 2 am, I'm tired, making far too many typos, and am due on the golf course in five and a half hours. Beddy-bye from Bruckhorn.
  23. Jim Svejda [sic?] described Schostakovich's Sixth Symphony as "music to go out and shoot yourself by." Is that dark enough for you? As for the Vln Cto, gotta go with the big dog, Beethoven. The Perlman recording. The only concert I have ever walked out of was a performance of it. The soloist substituted his own cadenza (while not unacceptable, was a fat cry from Beethoven's) and the conductor took the third movement at a snail's pace. Quite awful. As far as Tchaikovsky's: yeah I like it, but Conti using it to win himself an Oscar for Original Score for The Right Stuff soured me on the piece. I know, I know, it's not Piotr's fault, but still... Hmmm... No mention of Paganini. Would Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" be considered a Violin Concerto? And back to the idea of dark music: Nane's "Rhapsodie Pathetique". Just tossing some things into the popper. Bruckhorn
  24. Surely you can't be serious! And Ren's response: Ren, Ren, Ren. You missed it. You should have replied: "I am serious and stop calling me Shirley." Bruckhorn, who knows the guy who has the line "Okay boys, let's take some pictures." in Airplane.
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