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  1. Considering how they ping pronged on Superman, it it an interesting thought puzzle. As for Lucas, he seems to be a victim of his own success. On the prequels, he should have taken the approach he had with Empire and Jedi: oversee the production. Certainly by that time he was more fascinated by special effects and post production. He was surrounded by people who were so awed by him that they dared not cast any doubt on anything that Lucas uttered. The prequels have bad scripts, bad direction, but stunning special effects. Thanks to Mythbusters, I know that shit can be made to shine, but it don't change what it is. My problem with Lucas actually goes back to the "Special Editions." I can understand wanting to clean up the effects. Anyone who ever saw the old VHS versions understands. But Lucas took it father by completely replacing all of the effect shots. Star Wars won an Oscar for its special effects and replacing them to me is a giant FUCK YOU from Lucas to the people who worked on the original movies. What would our reaction be if Lucas decided that the score was dated and needed to be replaced? He owned the rights to the movies and could do what he wanted. (Yeah, that inserted shot of Vader boarding his ship was worth it.) I can listen to Frank Sinatra's Capitol Years boxed set and marvel how he could sing. And I remember seeing footage of him in the last decade or so of his life and thought he needed to hang up the mic. It is possible to respect Lucas' early work while accurately criticizing his later work.
  2. That is a matter for the Admins and Mods to decide. I would hope that anyone planning on even hinting as to such a posting would PM the powers that be for pre-blessing. Its a murky point. While the material is readily available for free, it is at a lower quality. And that difference in quality is what may lean the big kahunas to decide against such posting.
  3. Considering how I've heard Academy members describe their voting techniques, yes. The prime examples are having an assistant or family member do the actual voting and deciding that a movie is Oscar worthy, by not wanting to vote for the movie in one of the major categories (Picture, Director, and Acting categories) so they find a "minor" category (because, who actually cares about those categories) and vote for the movie rather than that aspect of the movie. (Uh, how do I keep a straight face and keep from strangling the ignoranus [sic] before me?) It's how I've made sense of more than one Best Score Oscar. (I love me some Goldenthal, but c'mon: his music appealing to the masses? Not bloody likely.) As for a FLAC or ALAC (or ALEX, whatever) version of TFA FYC disc to be posted on-line: check your favorite places for acquiring such items, it'll be there in time.
  4. There's a reason the CIA goes to Disney for training. (A rumor from the '80's.)
  5. I'd heard that Canadians are excessively polite, love their hockey, curling, and Molson's (though not necessarily in that order), and have a funny way of saying "about". (I think the Canadian accent is more noticeable on "sorry" and "been".) What can I say-- just another ignorant American.
  6. According the the report, better results from listening to '80s pop music. Next study should include Meco's cover versions of Star Wars music. Probably too disco and according to a t-shirt I once saw with a little old lady giving the finger, "Disco sucks!"
  7. I'm curious as to how long it will take for it to leak. The photo doesn't appear to be from the floor of a Wal-Mart. Is the CD getting packed for shipping to a Wal-Mart or is it being unpacked? Yes, I snickered like a middle-school aged boy when I read "extended climax". And was $*(@!! giddy when checking out the preview clip from 60 Minutes.
  8. I know, it's great that it hasn't happened for TFA yetA simple contributing factor could be that for the score to leak, people need to have the score. With the scoring sessions ending so close to the release date of the picture (less than six weeks, was it?), the physical CDs might not be back from the manufacturer yet.
  9. I concur. Our Canadian friends did it right last year with Corner Gas: The Movie with the theatrical run (about four days long) preceding the TV broadcasts and followed that with a quick home video release in time for Christmas.
  10. I said it won't be perfect. Something will go wrong. Make sure to have people around who can fix them before anyone notices. That's part of the fun. "Ah, this is nothing. Remember when we dropped off the luggage at the hotel for the bride and groom and the hotel said there was no reservation and that they were fully booked?" Yes, that happened. And my sister, the bride, didn't know about it until the next family wedding. When she got to the hotel, all was good. (And that's all the details I need, thank you very much.)
  11. Along the "quieter" Williams scores, I'd go with The Accidental Tourist and Stanley & Iris. How about the Trotter Trio renditions of Sketches on Star Wars? Who could hate a jazzy version of the Imperial March? Congratulations. The day will not be perfect. Just make sure to surround yourself with people who will fix the problems rather than point them out to you and the bride. I've been involved with the planning and execution of far too many weddings. And then there was the time I was only a guest and my date got into a heated argument with an old classmate over abortion in the church; I tried to get them to discuss something less controversial, like the JFK assassination.
  12. CD will probably leak a couple of weeks before the film's release. There are still a few radio stations and reviewers that receive CDs, right? JAY - who are the ladies in your avatar recently? (I wear glasses for a reason - and it's not to look smart.)
  13. Time and again: not items covered in my orchestration class. Bravo! And, I chuckled when you said, "The other H-guy."
  14. Wirh a chronic back injury, he could sneeze and end up bed ridden for a week. And it's not just the rigor of his performances, it's all the time spent on the podium at practice, too. A 90 minute concert may have 15-20 hours of practice leading up to it. As for the "hard-living" composers who didn't see 80-- my father was an Olympic calober athlete in his youth and didn't smoke or drink the last 35+ years of his life, but only lived a year longer than his brother who smoked and drank to excess all of his live and even had to deal with cancer.
  15. There aren't a lot of days I'm glad that my father's dead, but if he were alive today, this story would kill him. I'm sorry, but I ain't scared of a Shark or a Jet popping a cap in my ass. Why? 'cause they're in a musical. Singing and dancing is not my idea of intimidation. Which sign of the apocalypse is this?
  16. Last year, when I saw that Hallmark had a Rocketeer Christmas ornament, I thought it was weird and hoped that it was part of a campaign by Disney to reintroduce the film. It turns out it was some little oddity. Hope Intrada gets a chance to do an expanded release of this score; the vocal tracks are not required for us devotees.
  17. Just so long as he doesn't delve into the type of bagel Horner had in the morning dictating orchestration and/or harmonic decisions.
  18. Star Trek II Willow The Land Before Time Star Trek III Legends of the Fall Krull Cocoon An American Tail The Rocketeer Glory
  19. Yeah, the big band charts would be fun to explore. When I contemplated if Omni were to do a Horner score, which would be first, I came up with Cocoon. The complete score has been released (thank you, Intrada), it's not Star Trek, and it's not Lucas related; I figured it was the easiest to do with the most interest.
  20. How did I miss this thread? As to why more analysis of Williams' stuff vs. Horner might be as simple as availability of material. Plenty of Williams' full orchestral scores (thank you Hal Leonard) and PDFs of handwritten material. Horner: all (what there are) of the full scores are "arranged by" and I haven't found a trove of PDFs lurking someplace on the web. (If someone has a map and compass they're willing to share, I'd be most appreciative.) As for negativity: Horner's no Mozart. Closer to Beethoven in penmanship (like most composers).
  21. Oh, very much so! Despite the OST being 73 minutes, there's a ton of unreleased cues in the film A boot i have of dvd rips is 13 tracks / 30 minutes, but I dunno if that's everything or not I remember the CD being closer to 80 and yet research shows it as being 73 and change-- a friend of mine returned three copies of it before he found out that his CD player couldn't handle CDs that long. Have the previous Omni releases included the entire score recorded (excluding alternates)? If Willow follows suit, that's ~30 minutes of music not currently commercially available for unencumbered listening. Specialty labels better get on an expanded release...
  22. Does Willow have music that didn't make it to soundtrack? If so, how much? So much for being first to post this. Saw the e-mail, came here to post, and then got distracted by having to go eat cake. It was good cake. Worth it.
  23. I came to this forum on Monday night to read reactions to LaLaLand’s release of Searching for Bobby Fischer. Instead, I read the news of Horner’s demise. It sucks when your heroes die. I have had two epiphanies in my life. The first was back in the summer of ’85. (Thirty years ago, no that doesn’t make me feel old at all.) I was in a record store, glanced down to the ground, and saw “STAR TREK III” boldly printed in red. Being a good little Trekkie, I bent down and picked it up; it was the score on cassette. Not only was I a good little Trekkie, I was also a good little teenager with nothing but disposable income burning a hole in my pocket. So I bought it, not knowing what to expect. It is not hyperbole to write that it changed my life. The first time I heard it, I kept muttering, “an orchestra can do that?” Attendance of Concerts for Youths didn’t do it. Hell, I had seen the movie at least once a week when it was in the local theater because my sister worked there and I got in for free and it didn’t click in all those viewings. The timing was right, I guess. In 1987 I bought my first CD player because I saw that Star Trek III was listed in the lasted Schwann Opus catalogue (remember, this was pre-internet) as finally being issued on CD. It turned out that while it was announced, it was not actually released. After six weeks, I ended up buying Cocoon, Return of the Jedi, and a pop album as my first three CDs. It was custom in my high school band (marching in the Fall, concert in the Spring), that seniors got to conduct a piece of their choosing for the final concert of the year. It took two years of hounding Jan and the local sheet music store before she located “Highlights from Star Trek II.” I can remember rehearsing it, cutting the middle (“Kirk’s Explosive Reply”) section (bars 58-85), and the performances. That full score and the piano reduction of Star Trek III would help shape my views on harmony, meter, and orchestration when I started to compose. On July 03, 1990, I received a notice from 58 Dean Street Records in London that Star Trek III was finally available for purchase. Based on the volume of my reaction, the whole town probably knew how thrilled I was. The next day I called and ordered it. The reason I remember the day is that when I waiting for someone to answer the phone, I realized that it was the Fourth of July, and as quickly concluded that it was an American holiday, not British. I eventually received a degree in Music Composition. Never thought about composing for a living, it’s something I do to feed my soul. My best friend and I met because of film scores (we even met John Williams after a concert in ’90); most of our upcoming visit next month will probably be spent reminiscing about Horner scores. On a smaller note, my screenname is thanks to William Kraft. (The same Bill Kraft who conducted Carlito’s Way and Dead Again, among other credits.) He was giving a lecture and mentioned that composer should self-publish, but not name the publishing company after themselves. It allowed the composer to tell people who wanted a deal, “Sorry, you’re going to have to discuss that with my publisher.” and be able to “hide” behind the curtain of the company. That day I coined bruckhorn, combining Bruckner and Horner, the two biggest influences on my work. On Tuesday I gave my co-workers two earfuls of Horner: Searching for Bobby Fischer (later on Mon evening I checked the tracking and discovered it was sitting in my mailbox), Commando (in the same shipment), Gorky Park, A Far Off Place, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger (the CDs were in my car), Star Trek II, and, of course, Star Trek III. That evening, I stopped by my mother’s for dinner as I normally do on Tuesdays. And as is our custom, I brought dinner with me. She greeted me with “What, no black arm band? He was so young.” It has been thirty years since she started hearing his music blasting on my stereo. I put the food down, dropped my head, and wept. It sucks when your heroes die.
  24. Hope all goes well. I'd recommend two pieces by Vaughan-Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and The Lark Ascending. Might be a little too mellow, but that's what popped into my head.
  25. I imagine that when the order is received by a human at OmniMusicPublishing, you would get a nice little e-mail reminding you that the title is not available outside North America. To have the website be able to sort which titles are available in which areas of the world might be cost prohibitive. Got mine ordered.
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