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Dixon Hill

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  1. Oh WOW. Can't believe I haven't heard this before.
  2. Perhaps there will be a catfight between one of them and Tauriel. You know, to appeal to the kids.
  3. He has kind of a perplexing attitude about live players. He's a very competent and knowledgable composer, and knows and appreciates the virtues of real musicians, but as you say he's never really utilized them. I suspect it's mostly a business strategy, to keep his employers' budgets agreeable. He did use Kickstarter to raise enough funds to record his upcoming symphony though.
  4. It's not a harpsichord, I think, but a clavichord, which sounds rather different given its full sounding time and not a microsecond at the end of a sample. But now that I think about it, maybe there was a harpsichord in one of those pictures of the recording sessions too.
  5. You have to go back to his score for Morrowind for "obvious" synthesis - and even that sounds damn impressive for 1999. Oops, 2002, not 1999.
  6. Except for most, if not all, of the vocal/choral elements. The guitars sound live to me too, but they may very well be sampled considering his skill at getting realism out of computers.
  7. ...something tells me you're not the only person here who feels that way.
  8. Yes, like Amandil traveling to the West to plead for the intervention of the Valar on behalf of Numenor under Sauron, Doug has plead for JWFan under Sheeran.
  9. Yes Beyond the Forest seems to be the answer to my pining for a nice choral piece over the credits.
  10. A friend of mine is doing a complete Star Trek experience - all series and films. I'm joining him for the films and probably for TNG when he gets there because that always merits a re-watch. We've done the first three films. I haven't hated JJ's approach at all, but after revisiting these roots, I'm somewhat glad there is change coming.
  11. At the risk of seeming like a total 60s/70's washup, here's this agreeable combination of my favorite director and favorite band. I wanted to post the Atom Heart Mother Suite too but Youtube must have purged all of the videos relating to that album. With all respect to the Floyd though, I still prefer Ligeti here.
  12. You know, there is a ton of overtly wintery music that comes to mind, mostly in the vein of carols/hymns/sacred music, but I'll eschew that in favor of something perhaps slightly less obvious. Jeremy Soule's score for Skyrim is probably my go-to music for this time of year. Wintery associations are owed partly to the fact that it was released around, and played relentlessly by me during, winter. But there is also something inherently chilly about this music, brilliantly crafted to fit the environment of the game. The whole score is highly recommendable, but as it reaches nearly four hours in length, here are a few specifics. These two are very evocative pieces, conjuring up images of nighted snowscapes and auroras. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qeiLt2WSkw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOVWjb1WZI0 This is somewhat different, written as source music for taverns/inns etc., but equally suggestive of the season in its own way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4eAM7QvzUw Something more straightforwardly melodic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6SjvpFBe3M And the highlight of the whole score for me, with a thrilling climax that is doubly flooring when it happens to appear in-game at appropriate moments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP4VtM-bTXQ
  13. I will make an exception for 2 cues: The Forest River and My Armor is Iron. Those 2 "action" cues match the openness of the previous scores more closely than anything else in these samples. But somehow, even the quieter dialogue moments of the LOTR scores sound more open than what I'm hearing here. Many of the smaller moments here remind me of the recording of "The Silence of the Lambs". Great Shore score, but a VASTLY different recording process than LOTR. Well, for one thing, as Conrad Pope said the NZSO could use some older instruments in their strings to get a better sound; that's likely the biggest difference as far as the orchestra goes: the age/quality of the instruments being used. It really does make a marked difference when you're used to hearing the Stradivarius infested LSO, LPO or LA string sections. But really I think most of the perceived difference is just a matter of the material we're hearing. When you get the blistering brass clusters and aleatoric seething, you'll know you're home.
  14. I think if anything we've heard is Tauriel's theme it's the bit that appears, among other places, at the start of The Hunters. Wait, scratch that. I don't know what I'm talking about.
  15. I know there are a lot of things that fit those requirements for me... I'll have a look through my library and post some.
  16. Yes, and as 30 seconds covers not even a quarter of the shortest track, we're in excellent shape.
  17. Is it just me or does Beyond the Forest seem very closely related to Bilbo's Song?
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