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    Manakin Skywalker got a reaction from Brando in AES: Saving The Music of Star Wars - Skywalker Sound Presentation on Archiving & Restoring the first 6 Star Wars scores   
    Absolutely! Plus we have the FYC's for each of the films, which of course we did not get for the prequels.
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    Manakin Skywalker got a reaction from BrotherSound in AES: Saving The Music of Star Wars - Skywalker Sound Presentation on Archiving & Restoring the first 6 Star Wars scores   
    TFA. Not officially released like TLJ was though.
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to crumbs in AES: Saving The Music of Star Wars - Skywalker Sound Presentation on Archiving & Restoring the first 6 Star Wars scores   
    Actual footage of JJ releasing the TROS isolated score:
     

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    Manakin Skywalker got a reaction from crumbs in AES: Saving The Music of Star Wars - Skywalker Sound Presentation on Archiving & Restoring the first 6 Star Wars scores   
    TFA. Not officially released like TLJ was though.
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Richard Penna in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    That's exactly what Djawadi did for season 6 of GoT - the CD included a code for accessing 18 minutes more music.
     
    I think that part of the problem is that as soon as you go down the CD route in any capacity you're into the world of pressings, artwork approvals, and general pain. I yearn for a world where all that was avoided, and you just downloaded lossless files (hi res if appropriate) with high quality cover art, and maybe a PDF with some liners.
     
    A small part of this wish is to free us from the endless demands for repressings for minor errors.
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Laserschwert in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    The ideal situation would simply have a working delivery system for digital music from each label (including making licensing for different formats easier). They could offer albums both as digital downloads and physical CDs, with CDs costing more, but including a download code for the digital version, which can just contain everything that didn't fit on the CDs.
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Richard Penna in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    My honest personal feeling is that a lot of people are too attached to the idea of of wanting to see their favourite scores/composer displayed to the world on physical CD, in a nice box.
     
    If they did this set all-digital, they could focus 100% on making the best listening experience, and not on deciding what to cull because it's over a CD's limit.
     
    Of course, mainstream score releases are 90% there anyway. I have no idea what was the last contemporary score I got on CD - it's all digital.
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Grace Under Pressure in AES: Saving The Music of Star Wars - Skywalker Sound Presentation on Archiving & Restoring the first 6 Star Wars scores   
    I know, I was just providing the counterpoint that we had the ability to know almost everything written for TFA and TLJ alot sooner than with the Prequels.
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    Manakin Skywalker got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    As someone who was completely against this sentiment years ago, I'm starting to agree more and more every year. I love getting physical CD sets, but the unfortunate truth is that it makes up probably 90% of the reason why albums (and some expansions) are limited in terms of how much content is released. Not only can a disc only hold a certain amount of music, but I imagine they're much more expensive to produce than a record company just uploading files to the internet.
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    Manakin Skywalker got a reaction from Brando in AES: Saving The Music of Star Wars - Skywalker Sound Presentation on Archiving & Restoring the first 6 Star Wars scores   
    Now if only the same could be said of the sequels...
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Richard Penna in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    Or just do digital releases. The limitations of of fitting music on a CD feels more uneconomical by the day.
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Jay in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    Excellent!
     
     
    I think they should have just switched to doing 4CDs per season, either as a 4CD set, or a 2CD volume 1, and then later a 2CD volume 2.
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Jay in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    The Road Not Taken (Joel McNeely)
     
    "Another Kaylon Attack" features a riff on another part of Belly of the Steel Beast, and the whole suite actually has a lot of pastiche to it.  And it's all good!  "Lifting Off The Ocean Floor" is wonderfully Star Trek (Horner's).  "Activating The Device" is a cool action track but then.... the suite is over!  There's no denouement / wrap-up track at all, for the episode, or the album.  Just a big action cue right into the end credits.  WTF?
     
     
    The Orville End Titles (Season 2 Shawn Murphy Mix)
     
    It'll be interesting to see if the end titles change next season, too!
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Jay in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (John Debney)
     
    This makes a big impression despite only having 8 minutes here!  The entire suite is forward propulsion, engaging action / tension building.  Really good!
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    Manakin Skywalker got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in 2021 JWFan Composition Competition!   
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to MrJosh in 2021 JWFan Composition Competition!   
    I almost did! Or JWFan FanfareFan Fanfare.
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    Manakin Skywalker got a reaction from MrJosh in 2021 JWFan Composition Competition!   
    Fantastic! But unfortunately points will need to be deducted for not calling it "JWFanfare" 
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to MrJosh in 2021 JWFan Composition Competition!   
    I have finished my fanfare, posted below. 
     
    It is scored for brass and percussion sections, and with bassoons & contrabassoon as well, though when all is said and done, they are very much just covered up by the brass and only their essence can be detected. 
     
    It's a short fanfare, followed by 3 statements of a theme/melody, ending with fanfare. 
     
    Funny story...only when I was just about done putting it together did it occur to me that the 1st four notes of the melody (1st appearance is at 0:22), shares the same 1st four notes of the Jurassic Park theme...so...whoopsie.
     
     
     
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Yavar Moradi in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    Exactly this, as Bruce Broughton revealed when I interviewed him two (!!) years ago now:
    https://goldsmithodyssey.buzzsprout.com/159614/2083614-odyssey-interviews-bruce-broughton
     
    In short: Longer intro — MacFarlane asked him to write and record a new version.
     
     
    Basically thanks to a season 1 episode being moved to air as part of season 2, if LLL wanted to (or was required to) keep to a 2 CD album release, they had some hard choices. Their season 1 album already had to leave off some good cues with that approach (the promo edition of Broughton’s pilot score in particular included some good cues left off the LLL). Now that they had the same amount of disc space but two more episode scores to fit in (14 vs 12), that job of whittling down and prioritizing gets even tougher! So I guess this score got the short straw. I’d have to revisit the episode to look for highlights but I know there was indeed a lot more score in the episode.
     
    I personally kinda wish LLL could have done a 3 disc season 2 release, with one full disc dedicated to the complete scores for the Identity two parter (maybe filled out with A Happy Refrain complete — I love that episode and score too!)
    And then have on the remaining two discs an approach more similar to season 1 for the remaining episodes…this would’ve been more akin to their Star Trek TNG volumes (one of the three discs on each being dedicated to complete scores).
     
    Yavar
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Jay in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    Blood of Patriots (John Debney)
     
    Pretty decent score, if not particularly memorable.  However, the version of Broughton's theme that ends the suite is really nice!
     
     
    Lasting Impressions (John Debney)
     
    The only episode from either season to only get a single track as representation, and it's only 2 1/2 minutes long.  At least, it's a decent track!  A nice melody with lots of nice orchestral touches.
     
     
    Sanctuary (Andrew Cottee)
     
    Wow, this one impressed me right away with a strong opening, and then ended up being one of the strongest suites on the whole album to boot!  It's also one of the longest at almost 18 minutes.  And well worth it!
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Jay in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    Deflectors (Andrew Cottee)
     
    Comparatively, this 5 minute suite didn't do much for me.  Oh well.
     
     
    Identity Part I (John Debney)
     
    Man, this is great!  I loved the riffs from Horner's Aliens, and the whole suite has a great and exciting flow to it, building and building to the great climax.  I just wish it was longer - much longer!  "Prisoners of the Kaylon" features an awesome rewrite of The Darkest Day from Independence Day by David Arnold and sounds great.
     
    On to disc 2!
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Jay in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    Identity Part II (Joel McNeely)
     
    A pretty good followup to Debney's part 1 score.  There's some nice Williams prequel-isms near the start, then the suspense kinds of builds for a while until we get to the longest track on either album, the 9 1/2 minute "Battle For Earth", which is 6 straight minutes of non-stop orchestral action blowout, followed by a really nice 3 1/2 minute wrapup of the whole affair.  Pretty good, although much like the actual episode, it isn't quite as strong as Part I.
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to Jay in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    Today I took the shrinkwrap off my Orville Season 2 LLL set and figured I'd provide a little commentary on each episode score
     
     
    The Orville Main Title (Bruce Broughton, Season 2 Shawn Murphy Mix)
     
    I think the new mix is only subtly different from the first, but it did make me wonder what they might do for Season 3 - probably a whole new recording, since they are "rebranding" (?) as The Orville: New Horizons
     
     
    Ja'loja (John Debney)
     
    We only get a minute and a half of this score!  It essentially acts as a warm-up to what's to come.  It made me curious what type of remaining score is in the episode but not here...
     
     
    Primal Urges (John Debney)

    The season 1 episode that Fox held over till Season 2.  I love the bit early in track 5 that reminded me of Jerry's Star Trek First Contact score, and then the part near the end that reminds reminds me of more Star Trek music.  The action wrap-up track is only just OK
     
     
    Home (Joel McNeely)

    The first real banger of the disc!  The entirety of "Alara Goes Home / Arriving Home" is great!  The whole 17 minute suite is well done and engaging.
     
     
    Nothing Left On Earth Excepting Fishes (Joel McNeely)
     
    "Interrogation / The Aliens Attack" is a really fun re-write of Williams' "Belly of the Steel Beast", with the Kamen-ized "Winter Wonderland" riff from Die Hard popping in.  It's a definite highlight track of the album!  The overall suite for this episode isn't the most memorable, however
     
     
    All The World Is Birthday Cake (John Debney)
     
    Wow, "Making First Contact" is a terrific track, I wanted to hear it again as soon as it was over.  Most of the rest of the suite was not as compelling.
     
     
    A Happy Refrain (Andrew Cottee)
     
    Wow, what a lovely, intimate score!  This might be one of my favorites on the disc, it's so lovely and intimate, and such a fantastically placed breather between all the action heavy suites that dominate the album.  Bravo, Mr. Cottee!
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    Manakin Skywalker reacted to SilverTrumpet in AES: Saving The Music of Star Wars - Skywalker Sound Presentation on Archiving & Restoring the first 6 Star Wars scores   
    Yeah, but on the other hand, it's wonderful we had all those games at the time to get as many clean cues as we did from the prequels. 
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