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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Bilbo in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    This is the double-edged sword of contracts: 1) hooray you have a contract!, but 2) you're completely at their mercy.
     
    I'm not making any noise on social media (does this count?), but I have an Impossible Silence meeting coming up later this week. Hobbit, I'll be honest, haven't heard anything for a while. I get the feeling that everyone is eyeing Amazon and waiting to see where the IP goes and what energy it produces. 
     
    I'm trying to set up a couple of lectures -- one in the States and one in the UK -- in 2020, so at the very least I could present some of the Hobbit material there. Both would be in the second half of the year ... if they happen.
     
    EDIT: I should also point out that my professional life took a sort of drastic left turn four or five years ago, which left me with a little less time to nudge these projects along. So I can't place all the blame on publishers, etc. However, I had some medical stuff going on over the holidays, which allowed me a little more time with the computer. I guess I should be careful what I ask for!
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    Yeah, that was my thought too. I worked like a madman to write my first draft of Hobbit between January and early May 2015. But alas, it was not to be. 
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    Doug Adams reacted to Jurassic Shark in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    Don't worry, Doug, I'll publish your books on my own publishing house, JS University Press.
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    This is the double-edged sword of contracts: 1) hooray you have a contract!, but 2) you're completely at their mercy.
     
    I'm not making any noise on social media (does this count?), but I have an Impossible Silence meeting coming up later this week. Hobbit, I'll be honest, haven't heard anything for a while. I get the feeling that everyone is eyeing Amazon and waiting to see where the IP goes and what energy it produces. 
     
    I'm trying to set up a couple of lectures -- one in the States and one in the UK -- in 2020, so at the very least I could present some of the Hobbit material there. Both would be in the second half of the year ... if they happen.
     
    EDIT: I should also point out that my professional life took a sort of drastic left turn four or five years ago, which left me with a little less time to nudge these projects along. So I can't place all the blame on publishers, etc. However, I had some medical stuff going on over the holidays, which allowed me a little more time with the computer. I guess I should be careful what I ask for!
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Holko in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    This is the double-edged sword of contracts: 1) hooray you have a contract!, but 2) you're completely at their mercy.
     
    I'm not making any noise on social media (does this count?), but I have an Impossible Silence meeting coming up later this week. Hobbit, I'll be honest, haven't heard anything for a while. I get the feeling that everyone is eyeing Amazon and waiting to see where the IP goes and what energy it produces. 
     
    I'm trying to set up a couple of lectures -- one in the States and one in the UK -- in 2020, so at the very least I could present some of the Hobbit material there. Both would be in the second half of the year ... if they happen.
     
    EDIT: I should also point out that my professional life took a sort of drastic left turn four or five years ago, which left me with a little less time to nudge these projects along. So I can't place all the blame on publishers, etc. However, I had some medical stuff going on over the holidays, which allowed me a little more time with the computer. I guess I should be careful what I ask for!
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from mstrox in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    This is the double-edged sword of contracts: 1) hooray you have a contract!, but 2) you're completely at their mercy.
     
    I'm not making any noise on social media (does this count?), but I have an Impossible Silence meeting coming up later this week. Hobbit, I'll be honest, haven't heard anything for a while. I get the feeling that everyone is eyeing Amazon and waiting to see where the IP goes and what energy it produces. 
     
    I'm trying to set up a couple of lectures -- one in the States and one in the UK -- in 2020, so at the very least I could present some of the Hobbit material there. Both would be in the second half of the year ... if they happen.
     
    EDIT: I should also point out that my professional life took a sort of drastic left turn four or five years ago, which left me with a little less time to nudge these projects along. So I can't place all the blame on publishers, etc. However, I had some medical stuff going on over the holidays, which allowed me a little more time with the computer. I guess I should be careful what I ask for!
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    This is the double-edged sword of contracts: 1) hooray you have a contract!, but 2) you're completely at their mercy.
     
    I'm not making any noise on social media (does this count?), but I have an Impossible Silence meeting coming up later this week. Hobbit, I'll be honest, haven't heard anything for a while. I get the feeling that everyone is eyeing Amazon and waiting to see where the IP goes and what energy it produces. 
     
    I'm trying to set up a couple of lectures -- one in the States and one in the UK -- in 2020, so at the very least I could present some of the Hobbit material there. Both would be in the second half of the year ... if they happen.
     
    EDIT: I should also point out that my professional life took a sort of drastic left turn four or five years ago, which left me with a little less time to nudge these projects along. So I can't place all the blame on publishers, etc. However, I had some medical stuff going on over the holidays, which allowed me a little more time with the computer. I guess I should be careful what I ask for!
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Doctor Faust in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    This is the double-edged sword of contracts: 1) hooray you have a contract!, but 2) you're completely at their mercy.
     
    I'm not making any noise on social media (does this count?), but I have an Impossible Silence meeting coming up later this week. Hobbit, I'll be honest, haven't heard anything for a while. I get the feeling that everyone is eyeing Amazon and waiting to see where the IP goes and what energy it produces. 
     
    I'm trying to set up a couple of lectures -- one in the States and one in the UK -- in 2020, so at the very least I could present some of the Hobbit material there. Both would be in the second half of the year ... if they happen.
     
    EDIT: I should also point out that my professional life took a sort of drastic left turn four or five years ago, which left me with a little less time to nudge these projects along. So I can't place all the blame on publishers, etc. However, I had some medical stuff going on over the holidays, which allowed me a little more time with the computer. I guess I should be careful what I ask for!
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Chen G. in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    This is the double-edged sword of contracts: 1) hooray you have a contract!, but 2) you're completely at their mercy.
     
    I'm not making any noise on social media (does this count?), but I have an Impossible Silence meeting coming up later this week. Hobbit, I'll be honest, haven't heard anything for a while. I get the feeling that everyone is eyeing Amazon and waiting to see where the IP goes and what energy it produces. 
     
    I'm trying to set up a couple of lectures -- one in the States and one in the UK -- in 2020, so at the very least I could present some of the Hobbit material there. Both would be in the second half of the year ... if they happen.
     
    EDIT: I should also point out that my professional life took a sort of drastic left turn four or five years ago, which left me with a little less time to nudge these projects along. So I can't place all the blame on publishers, etc. However, I had some medical stuff going on over the holidays, which allowed me a little more time with the computer. I guess I should be careful what I ask for!
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from mstrox in Indiana Doug and the Temple of Doug   
    Ironically, 2 is the only one that's already finished! *Sigh*
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Arpy in Indiana Doug and the Temple of Doug   
    Ironically, 2 is the only one that's already finished! *Sigh*
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Jim Ware in Question about the Nazgul music   
    The Music of the Hobbit Films was finished over four years ago. I have publisher's block. 
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from mstrox in Question about the Nazgul music   
    The Music of the Hobbit Films was finished over four years ago. I have publisher's block. 
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in Question about the Nazgul music   
    The Music of the Hobbit Films was finished over four years ago. I have publisher's block. 
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Holko in Question about the Nazgul music   
    The Music of the Hobbit Films was finished over four years ago. I have publisher's block. 
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Arpy in Question about the Nazgul music   
    The Music of the Hobbit Films was finished over four years ago. I have publisher's block. 
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Bilbo in Question about the Nazgul music   
    The Music of the Hobbit Films was finished over four years ago. I have publisher's block. 
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Jay in Question about the Nazgul music   
    The Music of the Hobbit Films was finished over four years ago. I have publisher's block. 
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from crumbs in The Music Of The Lord Of The Rings Films - Doug Adams' Book & Rarities Archive   
    Absolutely. I've done liners for albums where I've had to pin down developmental arcs well before the score has even finished being composed. It's often a case of asking the composer, "Well, what do you think might happen?" You have to choose your words incredibly carefully, because you could easily tie yourself to something that makes no sense later. The first Hobbit was particularly tricky. Neither the film nor the score was done when I did the notes. And it was only part one of three, so the initial themes could have gone in almost any direction in future installments. Since I wanted to be able to revisit everything more comprehensively down the line, I tried to avoid naming anything or giving anything more than general structural parameters. But even that was difficult since I had maybe four different sketched out or mocked up versions of the end of the score, and no one knew yet what the final draft would sound like. I wouldn't trade the experience for the world -- and I worked with amazing, supportive people -- but it was a difficult gig!
     
    By the way, I'm told that much of the issue with the lead time these days is that CD manufacturing plants are closing down left and right. If you want to press something in semi-large numbers, you basically need to reserve a time months and months in advance ... and that time may or may not be near the actual release window. It's usually not. And woe be he who gets behind schedule and can't deliver materials to the manufacturers on time. You either pay through the nose to adjust the date (which in the case of the niche film score market likely means bye-bye profits) or you get the next available spot, which could -- and likely would -- delay the project by months. 
     
    As they say: Creativity is easy. Logistics are hard!
     
     
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from crumbs in The Music Of The Hobbit Films - Doug Adams' Book confirmed by Howard Shore   
    Those of us who were close to the process don't avoid taking about it because of some deep, dark secret. We're just being polite and deferring to Howard. If he wants to go deeper into his decision-making process, that's his business not ours. 
     
    In truth, there was no single event that prompted the decision anyway. The nutshell version is that the timing just didn't work out. Shore needed to be focused on composing, and there simply wasn't time to do this while tending to the lengthy recording and rewriting process. In this sense, the DOS doc really says it all. You've all heard how crazy these postproduction schedules were. They really, really were! The official channels aren't playing it up for drama. Even the liner notes were hard to pull off. (And I know, a multi-million dollar film production shouldn't be worried about the dork doing the liner notes anyway ... I'm just saying!) There was one time in mid-October of 2014 when I was having a late dinner with Howard. We kind of hung out until the wee hours chatting, then -- sometime well after midnight -- he politely got up and said, "Well, I need to go compose more Dol Guldur." I responded, "Yeah, I need to write something about it." We both laughed because he was composing music for unfinished scenes and I was trying to analyze unfinished music. We always fixed things up in revisions, but that was how things worked. A lot of the first draft material was pretty speculative. 
     
     
    But again, I'm probably telling you things you already know.
     
    Oh and yeah ... there was some discussion of Howard working on the song for the third Hobbit film. He actually was involved in a sort of supervisory capacity, and even had a song credit in the album notes for a little while. But he ultimately decided that his work wasn't worthy of a credit, and asked that they not award him one. (This is not implying that he ghostwrote the song or anything. The people credited on the album *are* the people who created this song. He just sort of checked in and leant an ear from time to time.) Again, I think the schedule just didn't allow anything more significant. Too much overlap in schedules. 
     
    And as for Chicago weather .... the less said the better this time of year. I've been looking for my patio furniture most of the afternoon thank to gale force winds. Blech!
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from A Ghost From Highwood in John Williams' Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (2019) RUMOR   
    The potential concerto was first (I think!) mentioned in a book that came out in June of 2017: Be Your Own Manager: A Career Handbook for Classical Musicians.
     
    "Today, Martin Grubinger is probably considered one of the biggest stars in classical music, and not just in percussion. Many great composers have written concertos for him, including Friedrich Cerha, Peter Eötvös, and Tan Dan. Rumors have it that John Williams wants to write a concerto for him."
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Once in John Williams' Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (2019) RUMOR   
    The potential concerto was first (I think!) mentioned in a book that came out in June of 2017: Be Your Own Manager: A Career Handbook for Classical Musicians.
     
    "Today, Martin Grubinger is probably considered one of the biggest stars in classical music, and not just in percussion. Many great composers have written concertos for him, including Friedrich Cerha, Peter Eötvös, and Tan Dan. Rumors have it that John Williams wants to write a concerto for him."
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from Incanus in John Williams' Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (2019) RUMOR   
    The potential concerto was first (I think!) mentioned in a book that came out in June of 2017: Be Your Own Manager: A Career Handbook for Classical Musicians.
     
    "Today, Martin Grubinger is probably considered one of the biggest stars in classical music, and not just in percussion. Many great composers have written concertos for him, including Friedrich Cerha, Peter Eötvös, and Tan Dan. Rumors have it that John Williams wants to write a concerto for him."
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    Doug Adams got a reaction from crumbs in John Williams' Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (2019) RUMOR   
    The potential concerto was first (I think!) mentioned in a book that came out in June of 2017: Be Your Own Manager: A Career Handbook for Classical Musicians.
     
    "Today, Martin Grubinger is probably considered one of the biggest stars in classical music, and not just in percussion. Many great composers have written concertos for him, including Friedrich Cerha, Peter Eötvös, and Tan Dan. Rumors have it that John Williams wants to write a concerto for him."
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