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    crumbs got a reaction from Holko in IndyCast John Williams Specials - MIKE MATESSINO INTERVIEWED   
    Unfortunately physical media is slowly being phased out by the major studios and labels. I sometimes wonder if physical Star Wars box sets have missed the boat, given the current landscape (and who knows if they'd even pay for reuse fees on the sequels, given the costs involved).
     
    I mean, they proved they can put the effort into physical media when they want to, like that beautiful 40th Anniversary vinyl set for SW (even hiring Jeff Bond to write an essay):

     
    But even that was 4 years ago and they didn't bother releasing a companion set for ESB's 40th.
     
    At least their Legacy Collection exists on physical media, even though the last release was 3 years ago. These look great and clearly had thought put into them. Hopefully Hunchback releases on CD, that would bode well for Star Wars.

     
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    crumbs got a reaction from Manakin Skywalker in IndyCast John Williams Specials - MIKE MATESSINO INTERVIEWED   
    Unfortunately physical media is slowly being phased out by the major studios and labels. I sometimes wonder if physical Star Wars box sets have missed the boat, given the current landscape (and who knows if they'd even pay for reuse fees on the sequels, given the costs involved).
     
    I mean, they proved they can put the effort into physical media when they want to, like that beautiful 40th Anniversary vinyl set for SW (even hiring Jeff Bond to write an essay):

     
    But even that was 4 years ago and they didn't bother releasing a companion set for ESB's 40th.
     
    At least their Legacy Collection exists on physical media, even though the last release was 3 years ago. These look great and clearly had thought put into them. Hopefully Hunchback releases on CD, that would bode well for Star Wars.

     
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    crumbs reacted to Manakin Skywalker in IndyCast John Williams Specials - MIKE MATESSINO INTERVIEWED   
    And if Solo was digital exclusive, it's entirely possible future WDR expansions could all be digital only as well. Hadn't even thought about that.
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    crumbs reacted to lairdo in IndyCast John Williams Specials - MIKE MATESSINO INTERVIEWED   
    So glad this played well for you (and thanks for listening to the rest). We knew we wanted to bring in Mike's thoughts on Indy 5, and we discussed how best to fit that in. Our initial thinking was to record the piece and then drop it into the original interview. But after I had gone through the material, there was not a clean, natural way to do this and keep the integrity of the discussion. Then we debated where to put the coda, and Mike and Ron both agreed to do what we did vs putting it after all of the music because we know not everyone listens to that far. (I was actually going to play all 11 minutes of the Young Indy music from Cairo all the way through the Pyramids which would have added 5 more mins.) In the end, we went for the podcast scherzo which I think worked out.
     
    After over 10 years of podcasting this interview stands out to me as the best. We've had Anne Sophie-Mutter, Keith Lockhart, Gloria Cheng, Tom Hooton and a few others. But this was the most conversational of them all thanks to Mike's openness and deep thinking. 
     
    Also, as Falco said, we always play those two cues from ToD for our "Club Obi Wan" segments. The difference is that when they are the main show, they are from the film's track and include the club noises. When I put them in the JW Specials, despite the crowd noise makes sense for the fiction of the club, I just use the unreleased material as I like it better!
     
    We'll definitely try to get Mike back on in a few months. 
     
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    crumbs got a reaction from Romão in The fanfares of The Phantom Menace   
    Very illuminating, and accurate, observation.
     
    It actually reflects the difference between the Lucas films vs the Disney films. The former was heavily focused on setpieces and VFX spectacle, while the latter pulled back on the spectacle and refocused heavily on the characterization.
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    crumbs got a reaction from Falstaft in The fanfares of The Phantom Menace   
    Very illuminating, and accurate, observation.
     
    It actually reflects the difference between the Lucas films vs the Disney films. The former was heavily focused on setpieces and VFX spectacle, while the latter pulled back on the spectacle and refocused heavily on the characterization.
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    crumbs got a reaction from Bofur01 in John Powell’s Top 100 Film Scores   
    Yeah, if I had to list my top 100 favourite film scores, it would mostly be populated with contemporary composer's scores because I haven't had a chance to explore the Golden Hollywood scores yet.
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    crumbs got a reaction from May the Force be with You in John Powell’s Top 100 Film Scores   
    Honest question -- doesn't that defeat the purpose of making a list of your top 100 scores? Seems more like you're trying to make quotas.
     
    I mean, if I had to list my top 5 favourite film scores and I couldn't split E.T. and Raiders, I wouldn't just choose one and omit the other purely to avoid multiple Williams scores.
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    crumbs reacted to Fabulin in John Powell’s Top 100 Film Scores   
    To me quotas are a no-no. Somebody's best score might not be worth another composer's 50th and that's just life.
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    crumbs got a reaction from Fabulin in John Powell’s Top 100 Film Scores   
    Honest question -- doesn't that defeat the purpose of making a list of your top 100 scores? Seems more like you're trying to make quotas.
     
    I mean, if I had to list my top 5 favourite film scores and I couldn't split E.T. and Raiders, I wouldn't just choose one and omit the other purely to avoid multiple Williams scores.
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    crumbs got a reaction from Holko in John Powell’s Top 100 Film Scores   
    Honest question -- doesn't that defeat the purpose of making a list of your top 100 scores? Seems more like you're trying to make quotas.
     
    I mean, if I had to list my top 5 favourite film scores and I couldn't split E.T. and Raiders, I wouldn't just choose one and omit the other purely to avoid multiple Williams scores.
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    crumbs got a reaction from Chewy in John Powell’s Top 100 Film Scores   
    Prisoner of Azkaban at #25 is so awesome. The man has taste!
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    crumbs got a reaction from Chewy in John Powell’s Top 100 Film Scores   
    Yeah, if I had to list my top 100 favourite film scores, it would mostly be populated with contemporary composer's scores because I haven't had a chance to explore the Golden Hollywood scores yet.
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    crumbs got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in John Powell’s Top 100 Film Scores   
    Yeah, if I had to list my top 100 favourite film scores, it would mostly be populated with contemporary composer's scores because I haven't had a chance to explore the Golden Hollywood scores yet.
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    crumbs reacted to Romão in The fanfares of The Phantom Menace   
    That is a great point. The sequel trilogy offered much less opportunities for pure, unobstructed musical expression. This is particularly evident in the movies directed by JJ Abrams, where only the Jedi Steps sequence stands out as as scene shot and edited with the purpose of the music doing most of the heavy lifting. I would say The Last Jedi is a much more musical friendly movie than the other two, though. In particular, a scene like the Spark is obviously designed, in an almost Spielbergian way, for the music to give it the bulk of dramatic grandeur, to the point where the scene would feel half finished without it. Lesson One, The Supremacy, The Last Jedi and Holdo's Sacrifice are other examples of this.
     
    It's also curious that among the greatest strengths of the music in The Sequel Trilogy are the character themes , and not so much the set pieces, whereas in the Prequel trilogy you have the exact opposite. 
     
     
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    crumbs reacted to Jurassic Shark in John Powell’s Top 100 Film Scores   
    I guess it's a list of personal preferences, not a list of the greatest film composers.
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    crumbs reacted to TheAvengerButton in The Rise of Skywalker - COMPLETE SCORE Discussion - SPOILERS ALLOWED!   
    I didn't know that MoTK was considered bad by any meteic of measurement. From what I remember it's a solid fighter, but I do agree that it is outside the range of what I think of when I think of what a Star Wars video game is supposed to be.
     
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    And the Holiday Special has Harvey Korman crossdressing as an alient tv host chef and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to dislike about that.
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    crumbs reacted to Tom Guernsey in The fanfares of The Phantom Menace   
    I thought I was the only person who had this opinion! Totally agree, both TPM and TFA are pretty great, but the other two don't seem to muster up quite the same level of enthusiasm, especially in the sequel trilogy. AOTC and ROTS are pretty decent, especially ROTS, but they don't match the variety and enthusiasm of TPM. Although for me, TLJ and ROS feel more like going through the motions. Professionally done of course, but it doesn't sound like a composer excited by the material (yes, I know age plays a part, but I think better material would have interested him more).
     
     
    I really missed the fanfares and travelling music in the sequel scores, they just aren't edited with those kinds of transitions in mind most of the time. You really miss those imperious music and images sections from the original movies and the prequels. George Lucas may have been an uneven director, but he did at least space for music, from the arrival of Vader at the start of Jedi (or the Emperor later on) to the various fanfares from the prequels detailed above, I really miss the lack of such moments in the sequels. It's all just a bit too efficiently edited.
     
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    crumbs got a reaction from Brando in IndyCast John Williams Specials - MIKE MATESSINO INTERVIEWED   
    MM + Botnick + TOD Expanded. There couldn't be a more perfect combination.
     
    There's still so much rich unreleased material missing from the Concord and Lego rips.
     
    As for great-sounding unreleased material floating around, there's definitely stuff beyond the Concord/Lego out there that appears to come from the digital masters (whereas lots of the dodgy tracks on the Concord appear to have been sourced from poorly transferred analogue elements).
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    crumbs reacted to May the Force be with You in John Williams interview on Steinway & Sons website   
    @crumbs@Holko
    Almost all concerto are available on Youtube:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    crumbs got a reaction from carlborg in The Rise of Skywalker - COMPLETE SCORE Discussion - SPOILERS ALLOWED!   
    So Lando departed the forest planet on his quest to rally an entire fleet of pilots to travel to Exogol in... 5 minutes? 
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    crumbs got a reaction from Tiburon in The Rise of Skywalker - COMPLETE SCORE Discussion - SPOILERS ALLOWED!   
    Klaud: A Star Wars Story
     

     
    Set in real-time during the 2 hours before the Falcon Flight sequence. 
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    crumbs reacted to PokeDocMatt in The fanfares of The Phantom Menace   
    The trumpets sure got quite the work out. It’s interesting, I would not have identified 9 or 10 unique “fanfares” off the top of my head. Even listening to them, many of them feel organically related (the droid battle march being the significant exception) and not just in the John Williams “sound” kind of way. I wonder if it’s his consistent orchestration and use of the trumpets that start unison and then spread out, the fast staccato repetitions, and the soaring above the rest of the orchestra, or what other features he uses, but all of these are instantly recognizable to me as Episode One, and it does feel like a unique soundscape he created. 
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    crumbs reacted to Romão in The fanfares of The Phantom Menace   
    The merits and flaws of the prequels have been debated endlessly, but if there's one thing they had going for them was opportunities for musical expression.  The Phantom Menace is particularly noteworthy in that sense, with its great variety of locales and set pieces, regardless of how well they actually work dramatically. Those aspects, combined with a plethora of vast establishing shots, dramatic scene transitions and numerous shots of ships taking off and landing, gave John Williams the chance to write what I think is his greatest collection of fanfares in any single score. I would even go as far as to say The Phantom Menace has the greatest collection of fanfares of any score that I know of, period. Listening to a mostly complete assembly of the score, I was awestruck at the sheer quantity of absolutely terrific and unique fanfares JW wrote for it:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    This score is an absolute treasure chest
  25. Haha
    crumbs reacted to SilverTrumpet in The Rise of Skywalker - COMPLETE SCORE Discussion - SPOILERS ALLOWED!   
    Even Masters of Teras Kasi?
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