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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Brando in The Home Alone Conspiracy   
    He's a shy whistler
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Arpy in Villeneuve's DUNE   
    D U N C 
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Edmilson in John Debney is scoring the HOME ALONE reboot (2021 Disney+)   
    I liked it
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Marian Schedenig in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (2021 scores)   
    If  this was scored by Sakamoto, where is there a huge picture of John Williams on the poster?
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Marian Schedenig in Villeneuve's DUNE   
    With the latest trailer and this poster, I guess they're in the generic mass appeal phase of marketing.
     

    It says "Junc".
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from eitam in Villeneuve's DUNE   
    Why does it say "June" when the movie comes out in October?
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Bespin in Villeneuve's DUNE   
    Why does it say "June" when the movie comes out in October?
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    Why does it say "June" when the movie comes out in October?
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from crumbs in What is a guillotine drum which is used in the Star Wars. music score?   
    The last time a guillotine was used for an execution was in 1977, the year Star Wars was released.  Now I'm not going to jump to any conclusions but...
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to karelm in What is a guillotine drum which is used in the Star Wars. music score?   
    Yes, absolutely, but it isn't just percussion.  You don't need to go overboard (Mahler where he might say "as a flower hearing what the twilight has to say") but a single word or indication when something specific is desired could help.  I just returned from a chamber performance where the percussionist said they really wanted to understand "emotive" directions because even though the instrument was just a marimba, him understanding descriptively what we were wanting resulted in his choice of mallets and performance interpretation.  So in that example, he would LOVE to see "guillotine" or something and expressly asked for that.  Usually we would describe something emotionally such as "yearning" or "solemn" or something.   We could also provide more musical guidance such as "bell like".  That is more preferred then saying "hard mallet".  So indicating "intense" or marcato would help them decide the hard mallet is what was most appropriate but in some pro levels, they'll have multiple hard mallets and could even have a range of a dozen sets of mallets ranging from very soft to very hard so giving more expressive information helps them know exactly what is desired. 
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Nick Parker in What is a guillotine drum which is used in the Star Wars. music score?   
    This discussion really hones in on how important it can be for composers to engage with actual players, and how unfortunate it is that so many composers now have to rely on virtual instruments. There's something truly remarkable to be said for how a player-- a specialist in their instrument--can take the broad strokes given to them by a composer, much like an actor and a director/screenwriter, and imbue the part with dimensions that a composer just can't conceive of.
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Disco Stu in The Home Alone Conspiracy   
    He's inhabiting the role of Harry when he's whistling there! Harry would be a mediocre whistler for sure.  Williams is a master whistle-actor.   We can now say Harry is a character brought to life by Joe Pesci and John Williams.
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Holko in The Home Alone Conspiracy   
    The best part is that after doing it, he told Columbus "you need a better whistler than me for this", and he replied "I know, but if I have to read this joke one more time, you won't live to 89."
     
    (No, seriously, he said he wasn't very good, listen to the interview)
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Edmilson in The Home Alone Conspiracy   
    He's a shy whistler
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Smeltington in The Home Alone Conspiracy   
    He's a shy whistler
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from MikeH in The Home Alone Conspiracy   
    He's a shy whistler
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Edmilson in What is your favorite James Newton Howard fantasy score for Disney?   
    Dinosaur, though the highlights of Peter Pan gives it a run for its money
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Bespin in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    Nothing sound as bad as a 90s CD!
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to The Illustrious Jerry in Justin Hurwitz's FIRST MAN (2018)   
    My shortened program of Hurwitz's score has been getting a lot of plays lately. The more time that passes, the more I realize just how much I appreciate this as one of the finer entries in recent memory.
     
    The album is far from a worthy presentation, as this is a score whose heights are best traversed over the welcome span of half an hour (hence the playlist). And yet even within such a concise timeframe, it is abundantly clear just how well it all clicks. When put to picture, it's immensely serviceable, and as a companion to the production design and photography, it's probably the film's greatest strength. Away from the movie, however, it very much holds up as a fairly regular listen in my rotation. It's really well-scored and the highlights communicate that without a shadow of a doubt.  
     
    There are three core ideas that hold it all together: the main theme (channeling The Blue Danube in Docking Waltz, as a big outburst in The Landing, and eerily on theremin in Quarantine), the b theme (with energetic strings in Houston, on harp in The Armstrongs, reaching for takeoff in Apollo 11 Launch, and as the ostinato through line in The Landing), and Houston/NASA (throughout the training sequences, also the basis for the End Credits). Each of these are applied and combined in a wide variety of settings to great effect, from the overtly romantic to something closer and more grounded.
     
    It's fascinating to think that we hadn't really heard Hurwitz work outside of the jazz/swing/band idiom up to this point. While cues like Planetarium and Epilogue were an indication of strong melodic writing and a wide array of orchestral colours, it was hard to know what to expect. In the end, this score turned out to be a very good confirmation of Hurwitz's promise as a film composer. I'd really love to see him branch out, but it's clear that he's only keen on working with a director he really knows and trusts at this point. All the same, I look forward to Chazelle's next feature, Babylon, as I'm sure it will turn up some interesting results. 
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to MikeH in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    I always thought the main title would have made a great addition to the pieces JW recently reworked for Anne-Sophie Mutter. 
     
     
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to ragoz350 in RESTORED ISOLATED SCORE: Star Wars Saga (Unused Music Restored To Picture)   
    Now The Rise of Skywalker...
     
    Here is the mockup of the 2M1 Cockpit Dialogue, which was one of the first cues written for the film. It's believed that the cue is an early version of the Falcon Flight, and I thought so too, but judging by the sync hints in the sheets, this is not quite the case.
    I, of course, cannot be sure, but it looks like in the early cut (when there were 9 reels) there was some scene with a Poe and Finn's flight BEFORE getting the spy's message and lightspeed skipping. At the same time, Skipping itself, apparently, was cut out at that moment. Then they decided to greatly reduce this scene, but return the chase. Again, this is speculation, but I like this theory.
    Anyway, Williams moved some ideas into the Falcon Flight (same tempo, tremolo strings, Heroics theme). At the same time, 2M1 cue seems to have been recorded, since some bits can be heard in the film. In this case, it turns out that the Falcon Flight had 2 versions, and 1 insert, and they were all recorded for the first reel.
    Unfortunately, I have no idea how to fill in a lot of the missing video material, so I just inserted the hints from the sketch. Also, towards the end, some shots don't sync well (in particular, when TIEs arrive).
     

     
    Also, many thanks to @BrotherSound for breakdown the cues, and their hypothetical chronological order.
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Brando in What is a guillotine drum which is used in the Star Wars. music score?   
    The last time a guillotine was used for an execution was in 1977, the year Star Wars was released.  Now I'm not going to jump to any conclusions but...
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in What is a guillotine drum which is used in the Star Wars. music score?   
    The last time a guillotine was used for an execution was in 1977, the year Star Wars was released.  Now I'm not going to jump to any conclusions but...
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Bespin in What Is The Best Film Score Of 2016   
    Fantastic Beasts is great but La La Land is one of the best music/film combinations in recent years IMO
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