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  1. 18 hours ago, bruckhorn said:

    I started in the middle and listened to a few episodes (scores I was familiar with).  I have now downloaded all of the episodes.

    I highly recommend them.  The approach is amateur in the truest sense of the word: for the love of it.  Very little techie talk (e.g.: chord progressions, use of pedal tones, use of modes) which usually comes from co-hosts.  Heck, I think he misidentified a recorder as a flute, but I don’t expect him to point out the Wagner tubas in Empire.  (Star Wars Oxygen didn’t mention it).


    And yet, with all I’ve read/heard about Stars Wars, there was something in his Star Wars episode that was new to me.  That’s something, right?

    No, I’m not going to say what it was: you have to listen to it yourself.


    Just as a reminder: I mention in the first episode that I am not a trained musician, so approach this podcast knowing that. Plus, I would personally be bored if every episode was a music theory lecture. My frequent cohosts add that when needed and I am very thankful for that.


    @bruckhorn I am curious to know the new piece of information you learned in the Star Wars episode. Send me a private message.

  2. Thanks @Biodome and @Bayesian for the kind words. They are much appreciated. I am happy that you discovered more music from John Williams and are going to watch some of the films. Many of the scores will be greatly enhanced from matching the music with visuals.


    Hey @T.RASK you are the first to say that you are going backwards. That feels like reading a book from the last chapter to the beginning, "Memento"-style. Hope you find it enjoyable. 

  3. 3 hours ago, WampaRat said:

    @TrumpeteerListening to the Book Thief episode right now. Terrific. How fortunate you got the director of the film on this one! Probably the best episode you’ve produced yet. Bravo!

    Thanks. "Fortunate" is the best word to describe our opportunity to hear Brian give us this insight into John Williams' process. The story about sitting next to Williams while he played the piano was wonderful.

    On 11/15/2020 at 2:12 AM, Gurkensalat said:

    Finished the Lincoln Pocast, great as always. Small correction: Rounds is not Williams first composition or recording for a solo instrument, since he composed at least several pieces for solo Cello before. Some you can hear on the YoYoMa CD with the Cello Concerto, another on YouTube with Lynn Harrell. Just FYI.

    Thanks for the clarification. I'll fix that.

  4. I am happy to see all the comments that have sprung from the information I gave on my podcast about Williams almost scoring "Batman." I never tried to ponder what the music would sound like, but I do believe Burton would have fought for Danny Elfman, unsuccessfully.


    The problem is that Jon Peters was the Harvey Weinstein of his day (minus the sex stuff) and no one said no to him. So, if Jon Peters had gotten John Williams that was the final decision. That is also part of the reason Prince got involved. Burton caved in to demands that Prince write songs and he has said often that he regrets that decision.

  5. 5 hours ago, Gurkensalat said:


    Congratulations, I just listend to the episode, very nice. One small thing; I think the solo at the end that you contribute to a clarinet, is in reality an oboe. Otherwise, as so often, your podcast made me rediscover this soundtrack I had only listened to once or twice.

    Sometimes I get those instruments mixed up. I often just say "woodwinds" unless it is clearly a specific instrument.

  6. I can't believe the 100th episode of this podcast is now available for the world to hear. Where has the time gone? It feels like yesterday I was nervously recording the first episode, then watching "Daddy-O" with excitement. Well, that was two years ago this month, and this only shows how fast time flies when you are having fun.


    Here's the 100th episode, covering the music from "Munich." People have said the score is boring and lifeless, but I think you need to hear it in the film in order to really appreciate it.


  7. 2 hours ago, ricsim88 said:

    I finally decided to start the podcast from the beginning. I listened to a few episodes, and realized that it makes a lot more sense to go in order. Tonight I stopped after The secret ways. Even in 1961, you definitely start to hear thé genesis of his style. Really enjoying your analysis of the scores. Not sure how long it’ll take me to catch up, but I’m definitely going to keep going in chronological order. 
    Thanks for doing this

    Yes, it is definitely the right thing to listen to the shows in order. Imagine reading someone's biography and starting on chapter 10?


    Don't rush through them. All episodes will remain available long after I finish the series in December.

  8. On 10/3/2020 at 7:30 AM, crumbs said:

    I feel like this score doesn't get enough love. Hopefully it will be re-evaluated once Mike has the chance to expand it; the OST leaves a lot to be desired (and is vastly incomplete). With only a handful of non-Disney, pre-2005 Spielberg/Williams scores left, I'm hopeful they can tackle it soon.

    Brian Martell and I give this score a lot of love on The Baton. Here's the link to it if you haven't heard the episode. We play music only heard on the original CD release, though I agree there is a lot of good music left off.



  9. On 9/29/2020 at 9:44 AM, Gurkensalat said:

    Very interesting episode, since you and your guest diverged quite a lot in your opinions! It is a long time I listened to this soundtrack, so it was nice to revisit. And I finally had a minor revelation: The second half of the track "Birth of the twins" resembles "Neptun", the last track of Holst The Planets. So, music close to the end is inspired from music close to the end of the Planets, similar to Music at the beginning of Episode 4 is inspired by music from the beginning of The Planets (Mars)! I am sure this is no coincidence, but Williams did this deliberately, when he thought this would be his last Star Wars score.

    Interesting. I'm not as familiar with "Neptune," so the similarity escaped me.

  10. On 9/4/2020 at 3:34 AM, bollemanneke said:

    Yeah, I'm only halfway through, but my goodness, what an episode.

    I'm honored that you liked the episode so much that you felt the need to press pause and post this. Thank you.


    Dan Higgins was so wonderful to talk to, and I am glad I decided to reach out to him.


    On 8/30/2020 at 1:27 AM, Mr. Breathmask said:

    I enjoyed the HP2 episode as usual, but no love for more of the original material? I love The Flying Car, the spider stuff and the big cue for the Basilisk fight at the end. These always remind me that there's still half an original John Williams score in there and it's pretty damn good.

    Yes, I should have focused more on the original stuff.

  11. On 8/6/2020 at 9:32 AM, Lewya said:

    Yet some of his most famous scores for Spielberg were recorded not in Hollywood, but in Britain, with the London Symphony Orchestra at Denham or Shepperton studios.

    This is an error. Raiders of the Lost Ark was the only Spielberg film that has a score recorded by the LSO. Yes, Close Encounters played bits for the 1980 re-issue, but let's not count that.

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