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  1. Hi gang Do any of you know the book The Film Music Reader ? It's a book that includes an interview with Jerry Goldsmith (perhaps the interview has been published elsewhere, too) and he discusses the role of an orchestrator. Here's a link to Google Books; p. 230 of the text made available is where to read JG's comments. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=FhUZ4nphj58C&pg=PA229&lpg=PA229&dq=mervyn+cooke+orchestrators&source=bl&ots=Vxx1jxw2D6&sig=y5ukZG7yScTD98XbUsbhYxLbjnI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I3pnUtm9H-WW0QWSroGYAQ&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=mervyn%20cooke%20orchestrators&f=false It still seems a little unreal that a new JW score will be out witihin the next few months doesn't it ? There we all were waiting patiently for his new work for Star Wars. JC
  2. Yep, those clips are both from last night's programme. I have no idea where the thread might be for correctly placing this but I hadn't seen it until this morning (nothing to do with SW but everything to do with JTW)
  3. This is fun: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03d0zv9/The_Graham_Norton_Show_Series_14_Episode_1/
  4. JamieC


    I remember seeing Star Wars when it opened in the UK in early 1978: I had seen a black and white photo of the film (showing the moment when Luke and Ben, as they ride into Mos Eisley, are stopped by Stormtroopers) in our local newspaper and I think that had been my first encounter with the movie. I was hooked, of course, from that first screening. I was only five years old. The movie I really remember being excited for , though, was Superman: The Movie the following year. That same year must have been when I got my first recording of some of JW's music when my mum and dad got me an album of themes for sf movies and tv, conducted by Geoff Love. I don't think I got a John Williams soundtrack proper until The Empire Strikes Back on vinyl or Jedi on audiocassette in '83. I even remember 'Darth Vader' making an appearance in the toy department of our local department store in around 1980. That was very exciting.
  5. I agree, Michael: the use of the word 'generic' may not quite be the most useful term. Generic is fine I would say...the issue is perhaps more about 'invention' within an established mode (genre). The Star Wars scores are generic (as adventure scores) but work with such invention that they move 'beyond' only what is expected. Not sure if I've explained my line of thought clearly enough. Hmmm... Ahhh... the unending tangle of enjoyment that is 'trying to talk about music'. JC PS: Scorsese movies are generic, for example, as are Spielberg movies...they start at generic and then move 'beyond' that.
  6. Hi gang Have any of you read this piece ? http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/illusion-chasers/2013/09/28/john-williams/ JC
  7. Hi there Jason : if you've time, do watch the whole piece as it's an absolutely fascinating look at Spielberg in his offices on the Universal studio lot just after ET had been released. There's also footage of him directing his Kick the Can portion of Twilight Zone: The Movie.
  8. There's some vintage footage behind the scenes that I have never seen before.
  9. Have you watched the whole programme ? It's really fascinating.
  10. I may be lagging way behind here, but here's an on-camera interview with Steven Spielberg and John Williams that I'd not seen before. Scroll through to about 1 hour and 13 minutes to see them chatting together. However, the whole programme is really worth watching. JC
  11. I wonder if that's an original Edward Hooper in the picture frame in the background of the wideshot ?
  12. Here's a nice consideration of Harry Potter 3. It doesn't mention JW at all but given that the music is as much a part of the fabric of the film as its visual and other sound elements we can 'sort of' consider the score as an implied part of why it's a fascinating entry in the series: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2013/09/18/harry-potter-treated-with-gravity/
  13. Thanks for taking the time to put these notes together. The early, early material is always interesting to experience and consider.
  14. Nice little read here: http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/arts/articles/20130921john-williams-steven-spielberg-symphony.html
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