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  1. Well. That was probably all any of us could have asked for.
  2. ....Grease? Really? And Django even though that, you know... didn't have an actual score? And what is Sholay?
  3. It's one of the most genuinely "transporting" pieces of music I know
  4. I wouldn't say it's on the same level as Breaking Bad, but it's something I think I can get into and look forward to each week.
  5. Awesome video. I'm looking forward to it
  6. I had the same thought. I wondered if anyone who isn't specifically interested in film/tv music would pick up on it being the first in-show use of the theme, and as it turns out I've actually seen quite a few mentions of it around the internet. And like Jason said, I have absolutely no idea where things are going to end up next week. I'm so glad I got caught up in time for this.
  7. I like this new format. Probably how I'll approach it if/when I have the time. A real pleasure, again
  8. Well I just spent every free moment over the past few weeks catching up with this show. All I can say is... damn.
  9. I'd love to see some AI, maybe Stored Memories or The Search For The Blue Fairy. If not, maybe I'll take a crack at it
  10. There's also quite a bit of tone-pyramid-action in Don Davis/Howard Shore scores. It's great to see someone actively enjoying this kind of analysis - personally I've never had much interest in doing it myself, but I do like reading other folks' interpretations of things. I would love to see it done by composers on their own work. I think it would be surprising to see the ratio of theoretical planning to pure experimentation and instinct.
  11. I second the Slonimsky recommendation. Required reading for analyzing much contemporary music. Also this was a great read. If I ever have the time I might try a few of my own.
  12. Star Trek Into Darkness - Michael Giacchino I had a craving for this after discovering the Joel Iwataki recording of the end credits on Youtube last night. There is an experience I often have with Giacchino scores: he'll do something that will make me sort of raise an eyebrow, because it's a bit daring/unusual/quirky, and then with repeated listens it will grow on me immensely. This is especially true with how he approaches counterpoint. But I find that happening much less, if at all, in this score. I don't know what it is exactly (maybe a result of the long break he took before writing it), but there is definitely something different in his voice. It's not that I'm enjoying the music less, it just seems that there's less of those really bold moments. His writing is more sure of itself but consequently maybe a little less adventurous. I can't put my finger on it. At any rate, this is still a fantastic score. The engineering is, of course, a huge part of it - something about the horn theme that opens the album feels much more "Star Treky" than it did in the first film, and the only difference is in the recording. Khan's material is quite satisfying; I love the Hammond organ and its appearances in Brigadoom. London Calling seems to have gotten a lot of attention, but it's a bit "familiar" to me if you know what I mean. Incidentally, it was this cue's appearance during the credits that prompted a friend of mine (who is exceptionally musically aware) to remark that Giacchino is "more in touch with modern emotion than John Williams." I report that without comment in either direction. The highlight of the album is Warp Core Values. Before even seeing the film, when the score was first released, I listened to that and literally said "wow" out loud. It's really stunning writing. I haven't disliked the Abrams films, but I wouldn't complain about more "traditional" Trek movies from here on out. I felt like Kirk's speech at the end was a bit of JJ promising that. Here's hoping that happens, with Giacchino still on board.
  13. Looks great. I'm gonna give it a read through tonight.
  14. Mentioned this series over in the "most inspiring" thread. Great score that has never seen an official release, with a great lineup of composers: Michael Kamen, Mark Mancina, Mark Isham, Mason Daring, James Newton Howard, Brad Fiedel, Jeff Beal, Marc Shaiman. Also I can't get over how much better this recording is.
  15. The Third Symphony is spectacular. To my ears, the Bernstein recording is some of the most stirring music out there.
  16. Never give up? Making a air filter out of rubbish and an old sock. Hahaha. Sure "failure is not an option" is a nice quote/principle, but again it was more about the whole act of leaving the planet/human spirit of exploration and whatnot that really inspired me. Lots of kids want to be astronauts, but I was pretty serious about it for a long time.
  17. I'd also add From the Earth to the Moon to my list. I guess still in the TV category, though it was a mini-series. Was one of the key ingredients in my "other" passion after music, which is science, and really opened my eyes to some things. Plus, beautiful music by some great (and a few unexpected) composers. Wish they would release more than just the Kamen main/end titles. Edit: Also Apollo 13. I definitely like too many things....
  18. I can't imagine how the Lord of the Rings can inspire someone to be, to think or to do something. I can understand 2001. A question about the human existence. But lord of the Rings? What inspirations or thoughts does it bring? The only thing I can think of, is to inspire someone (who is an aspirigng film director) to make a so grand and epic film. 2001 and Kubrick in general influenced me quite a bit as far as my taste in storytelling and aesthetics goes. LotR was more about the emotional experience, both in the films themselves and my experiences of them. I would go with my father to see whichever film was out, every weekend, until they weren't in theaters anymore. I just have a lot of very fond memories of them, and as a whole, Tolkien's work I think shaped a lot about my "values." There was also the element that you mentioned though: it was the first time I really noticed film music as something that I didn't just enjoy, but wanted to do myself.
  19. I'd never heard of this till now. I see it's a documentary from 1980 which uses special effects. Is it still watchable and fascinating or is it quite badly dated and its themes covered again more recently by people like Prof Brian Cox? Some science is old (it's deliciously stuck in 1980) but you can watch the new one next year as an updated second season. Sagan is a great narrator. I think it's my favourite TV show ever. This. I regularly re-watch it. In fact, I have the strongest urge to start again now, but I'm trying to leave at least a few months between viewings. Sure there's some dated science because, well, science (ideally) changes, but the bulk of it is right on. It's also far more palatable than a lot of recent science-documentary fare: it plays out like a big bed time story by Carl about the universe, history, art, religion, etc. rather than just a dry academic presentation. Not to mention that the underlying message and philosophy are decidedly unaffected by age. I'm looking forward to the "sequel" series, and hope that it gets the attention it deserves. The world could use that. Anyway, sorry for that pontification. I'll echo the Lost suggestion; that show had a really deep impact on me and a lot of people I know. By that definition, for me it's the Lord of the Rings trilogy and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Some of the biggest influences on who I am today.
  20. For this birthday wish, I decided I had to totally go somewhere new - I mean, how many times has happy birthday been said before? It's intimidating coming in after a legacy like that. I wasn't even sure I wanted to take it on myself; the folks of JWFan had to really convince me. I thought long and hard about what exactly a happy birthday represents, what its essence is, and finally they said, "you know, just do your own thing and don't worry about the past!" That turned out to be exactly what I needed to hear. I decided that the sound of burning candles, and their subsequent blowing-out, was a really honest way to represent the feelings one has on a birthday. But in all seriousness... a happy birthday to Hans, who still has my love, at least.
  21. This is pretty off-topic but I feel compelled to share it. On Reddit right now, there is a "Did you know anyone growing up who is now famous?" thread going on, and buried deep down, are these comments. Yeah, my dad is a composer and wrote the music for The Matrix trilogy. He is not a people person. He's the kind of guy who knew what he wanted to do when he was 14 or something and stuck with it his whole life. And it shows. If you like opera at all you should look into his Rio de Sangre, it's pretty interesting (though it has some uncomfortable parallels to his opinions of his immediate family...) It's really annoying that he's retired. He's so great at making music and he's only really happy/fulfilled when he's writing. Dealing with him when he's not happy is tough but I'm out of the house now and he's in Canada so I can just spend my thoughts appreciating his talents instead. Retired?
  22. Outrage! Just more evidence that the public's taste in Wookie quotes is deteriorating. I blame Zimmer.
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