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  1. I assume most people know what ASMR means... if not, just look it up. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASMR Anyway, which JW pieces serves best for triggering ASMR, pieces that can be listened to while in the process of falling asleep at night? Some pieces are more suited than others obviously.
  2. Are 99% of movies garbage? No way! Are 99% of Hollywood movies garbage? You betcha.
  3. You gotta do your own research. There's a whole group of audiophiles worldwide exchanging the latest info on music equipment and high-quality portable players, and trust me, that group is considerably larger than, say, a group of people dedicated to John Williams... Anyway, this is the one I got. One of the high-end portable players from Sony. It cost me over 1,000 Euros, but I never regretted my purchase. With the right earpiece, the sound quality is just heavenly--indescribable. I have my entire music collection stored on it (orchestral scores in FLAC), around 240GB. It's a few years old now and still going strong.... I expect it to last for a decade and longer.
  4. Phones are convenient, but they will never be my main music player. Equally, PCs have their uses, of course, but for listening I dare say they're not ideal, unless you happen to be sitting behind your desk. Simply too stationary. A dedicated portable digital music player is the way to go, I believe. At least that's my opinion. iPods are the most well known and mass produced and sold, of course, but there are tons more that are better and more high-quality....
  5. Ah okay. I haven't used iTunes for a decade now, I have no idea how it looks these days...
  6. Listening to "House Selection" on my phone... Love this track!
  7. Well, that's what we all used to do, back when I was a teen in the 90's...
  8. There's no special appeal about it. It's just convenient, that's all. You always have your phone with you, but maybe not always your music player... It's like most people taking pictures with their phones these days, rather than carrying around cameras to do so.
  9. Personally, I have my go-to High-End Digital Music Player from Sony, so that's what I mostly use for everyday listening (my entire music collection is on it!), but since I got a 256GB micro SD card for my phone, I've decided to transfer a portion of my collection onto it. The Best Of, so to speak. So I can also listen to the highlights on my phone...
  10. I considered making this multiple choice, but there are only 4 real options anyway. So pick the one option that applies to you most of all. The keyword here is PRIMARILY. Also, do you listen to film scores on your phone at all? Meaning do you have such files stored on your phone? Yes or no.
  11. I'm all over the idea of getting an expanded Amistad from LLL and I'm sure it'll happen sooner than later, but... Gotta be honest, this cover art reminded me of Saw more than anything else.
  12. The Harry Potter theme doesn't sound Russian anymore than it does American. In fact, strictly speaking, it doesn't even sound British... That's because JW wasn't aiming to make this sound a specific country. It's not typical "national" music, it has no cultural identifying marks. If anything, it only sounds like Hogwarts--like magic, academics, and a sense childlike wonder and awe. And those things are pretty much universal.
  13. Oh, definitely! And Prokofiev and Shostakovich and Borodin... In fact John Williams even recorded an entire album paying homage to the classic Russian masters.
  14. Not sure whether Rowling said it or not (somehow I doubt it), but that's definitely true. Tchaikovsky was a major influence on Williams. That's common knowledge.
  15. I never had to get a replacement CD. But Tower Records has pretty good service. I imagine you go back there, explain what's what, and they'll replace the CD for you. They usually have 5-10 of each album in stock... If you're lucky, that is.
  16. That's the Tower Records Flagship Store in Tokyo, Japan. I'm not there right now, but I've been there in the past. Second to none, when it comes to CDs. They've got everything on massive nine floors! A friend sent me that pic. She knows I collect John Williams CDs....
  17. Man, that's some store. Imagine waking up in the morning, casually strolling into a store, making a small purchase (say, 6 albums worth around 200 bucks), and then going home, with an extra spring in your step...
  18. Yeah, like I said, these are generally intolerant and narrow-minded people incapable of understanding that other people might have different opinions. Not only that, they start being insulting and obnoxious, too, calling names--the first very answer to this thread is the best example. That really set the tone for this entire thread. But that seems to be the trend these days. Regardless of the topic--be it politics, Corona, international affairs, climate change etc.--people are becoming more and more intolerant and obnoxious, or in the words of a certain prolific participant of this thread, "assholes." Yeah, I realised that too, halfway through. Buying expanded soundtracks and houses are in no way comparable (and I admitted that it's not a good comparison, too), but I was merely trying to illustrate how a product can become more or less valuable based on external factors. Limited editions can, and most times are, more valuable because of how people perceive it, not because the product itself changes. Anyway, I understand and respect the fact that most people here have the shared opinion that these expanded soundtracks should be unlimited. That's fine. I happen to have a slightly different opinion, but like I also said before, I don't have an extreme view on this subject, like, "These releases absolutely need to be limited"! If LLL and other specialty labels should decide all of a sudden to make all their products unlimited, I'd be pleasantly surprised and in no way feel less inclined to cherish these much-coveted releases.
  19. I don't respond to every message directed at me anymore, because seriously, many are not worth it. But somebody asked me whether something becomes more valuable just because it's limited. Well, duh. It raises its value, without a doubt. It's the difference between owning something only 5,000 people in the entire world have, or something that everybody can get anytime at a moment's notice (not that they would). But that in no way means or implies that everybody that wants it shouldn't have it.... An example. Let's say you buy a mansion for a million dollars in an exclusive, gated community. You expect its value to rise as time goes by, and although you're no expecting to move anywhere soon, that's good to know: Then people from all over the country starts moving into your exclusive neighbourhood and starts building houses all over the place. Your neighbourhood might end up looking like this.... Will the value of your mansion sink? The mansion itself won't change, of course, but it will lose its value nonetheless, even if those houses don't infringe upon your property. See, it's a matter of perception, how it's perceived by everybody else, and that alone dictates its value. Do you want other people to become homeless, though? Of course not. They can build their homes elsewhere. It's not an exact comparison, of course, but an example for why values rise or fall based on perception. And this perceived value ensures, I'm convinced, that specialty labels like LLL can release and sell and gain profit from these highly specialised products in the first place. This perceived value ensures that diehard fans and casual fans alike are motivated into buying said products within a certain limited time period. The studios know it, and they make sure that's the way it happens (or they simply won't allow it, why start a venture that will end up losing money?), although labels like LLL probably don't want to officially admit it for understandable reasons: they're on "our" side. In the end, it's all about profit. What else?
  20. Dear Lord, a Thomas Newman fan? What's his take on Newman replacing Williams on Bridge of Spies?
  21. And as far as I can see, nobody participating in this thread expressed that wish... Nobody. It's really a question of whether an album is advertised as limited from its release... That's obviously different from an unlimited album eventually going OOP after several years, for whatever reason. Exactly! Well said. I wanted to write something exactly like that myself. I think some people just have a very hard time accepting the fact that other people have a different view on things than themselves.... Something you see more and more often these days, on not just on this topic.
  22. Isn't the Potter box an exception, though? Never heard of these releases going OOS on a regular basis... Maybe once or twice, but regularly? What about the JP boxset? Didn't that go OOP after about 2 years of being available? Or maybe it was briefly OOS in between, I don't remember.
  23. And they don't need to. They can just rip them. Hell, I don't have a CD player anymore either...
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