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    Datameister got a reaction from oierem in What action set piece do you prefer on The Indiana Jones Saga?   
    Desert Chase, easy.
     
    TOD is the runner-up for me - other than Hook, I haven't found its equal in Williams' work in terms of over-the-top, super-energetic climactic action sequences. But I still prefer the rather leaner, more focused Desert Chase, which still packs quite a wallop. The intensity is allowed to build in a way that TOD never manages.
     
    TLC is a little anemic by comparison. There's still great stuff in there but I would never put it in anywhere near the same league as Desert Chase.
     
    Jungle Chase features some of my favorite writing in KOTCS. That ostinato he brings in toward the end has a classic Williams vibe that I enjoy, and that's otherwise in pretty short supply in this score. But again, it's just not enough to rival Desert Chase, which never fails to dazzle me.
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    Datameister got a reaction from Madmartigan JC in Potter vs Hook preferences - JWFan demographics   
    I would have expected a noticeable correlation, but looking at the current distribution of votes, I'm surprised at just how strong the correlation is. I think something about these scores makes our enjoyment of them particularly dependent on nostalgia.
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    Datameister got a reaction from ragoz350 in Potter vs Hook preferences - JWFan demographics   
    I would have expected a noticeable correlation, but looking at the current distribution of votes, I'm surprised at just how strong the correlation is. I think something about these scores makes our enjoyment of them particularly dependent on nostalgia.
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    Datameister got a reaction from JTWfan77 in Potter vs Hook preferences - JWFan demographics   
    I would have expected a noticeable correlation, but looking at the current distribution of votes, I'm surprised at just how strong the correlation is. I think something about these scores makes our enjoyment of them particularly dependent on nostalgia.
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    Datameister got a reaction from Falstaft in Potter vs Hook preferences - JWFan demographics   
    I would have expected a noticeable correlation, but looking at the current distribution of votes, I'm surprised at just how strong the correlation is. I think something about these scores makes our enjoyment of them particularly dependent on nostalgia.
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    Datameister got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in Potter vs Hook preferences - JWFan demographics   
    I would have expected a noticeable correlation, but looking at the current distribution of votes, I'm surprised at just how strong the correlation is. I think something about these scores makes our enjoyment of them particularly dependent on nostalgia.
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    Datameister got a reaction from Mattris in Do you think you will still be alive when complete Star Wars scores(OT,PT,ST) are released?   
    I disagree. I have a strong preference for complete releases - I'm more a fan of film scores than soundtrack albums - but I do respect and see value in also creating more concise presentations, particularly for scores that are longer or tougher to sit through. There's a big difference between an hour-long musical experience and one that approaches or exceeds two hours. That's a fact that long predates the advent of sound recording technology.
     
    I only get annoyed when I don't have an option to listen to the actual score from which the album was crafted. In my mind, they're two separate (though obviously related) things, and I like the freedom to choose between them.
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    Datameister reacted to King Mark in Disney intentionally holding original Imperial March from the fans!   
    They're withholding A LOT of music from the fans, and that version of Imperial march is pretty low on my list of things that need to get released
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    Datameister got a reaction from oierem in Is the "Medallion Theme" from Raiders really about the medallion?   
    It's a very interesting lens through which to view this theme, but I definitely agree with those who'd say it's simply associated with the ark, providing a different emotional color than the creepy doom and gloom of the main ark theme. Imagine that theme playing for the reveal of the medallion, or for the moment before the trip to Cairo, or for the swirling ghosts. It wouldn't communicate the right emotions; this other theme does. I think we can analyze it till the cows come home and I wouldn't denigrate anyone for it, but in terms of original intent, I doubt it was much more complicated than that.
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    Datameister reacted to SilverTrumpet in Only ONE Binary Sunset Finale!   
    It's not even that they used Binary Sunset at the end of every one of the movies. It's that it was the exact same sounding Binary Sunset with the exact same bridge into the credits that made it so disappointing. It feels obligatory instead of meaningful.
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    Datameister got a reaction from Disco Stu in GALAXY'S EDGE - New John Williams composition (2018)   
    I was at the Hollywood Bowl and it was too! 😁
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    Datameister reacted to TSMefford in Let's find the Last Jedi caretakers source music!   
    I’ll comb through some stuff I have access to as well.
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    Datameister got a reaction from thx99 in GALAXY'S EDGE - New John Williams composition (2018)   
    Two unrelated sources of musical samples from Galaxy's Edge:
     
     
    ...and...
     
    https://harlanhodges.com/#attractions
     
    The video was just posted today, and while there's some unfortunate weirdness with the music (it sounds like it's overdubbed on top of itself with a delay of a second or two), there's still interesting stuff to be found.
     
    Then the link to Harlan Hodges' website has some samples of source music he wrote for the land.
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    Datameister reacted to Manakin Skywalker in Let's find the Last Jedi caretakers source music!   
    Already tried it last week, no luck. I know Lucasfilm often gets a lot of their stock music from APM, and because of the way APM works, they do not put claims on YouTube videos or anything like that; therefore if it is indeed from there, you won't be able to find it without searching through their database by hand.
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    Datameister got a reaction from BrotherSound in Let's find the Last Jedi caretakers source music!   
    That's an interesting idea. I'll give it a shot!
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    Datameister got a reaction from A. A. Ron in Harry Potter 7CD Collection - MUSIC discussion   
    The POA end credits just continue to get more and more amazing with time. Having the opening insert (and not having to worry about sitting through repeats of numerous cues from the film) makes the listening experience all the better.
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    Datameister got a reaction from Edmilson in Harry Potter 7CD Collection - MUSIC discussion   
    Various parts of that sequence call for clock ticking sounds in the score, though they sometimes don't quite match what we hear. And you're not imagining things - there are reversed audio elements mixed in too. Brilliant writing.
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    Datameister reacted to Jay in Let's find the Last Jedi caretakers source music!   
    Cues that are used in blu ray featurettes show up in that catalog
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    Datameister got a reaction from Jay in Let's find the Last Jedi caretakers source music!   
    There seem to be two distinct pieces: one that's heard from 1:25-1:27 and 1:45-1:56, and another that's heard from 1:56 and gradually fading out over the next 30 seconds or so.
     
    P.S. If any of you haven't listened to/watched this scene, it features what've got to be the coolest variations on Rey's theme to come out of The Last Jedi. They start around 0:57. I'm glad the scene was cut from the film, but god, it's a shame to lose that incredible music!
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    Datameister got a reaction from Nick Parker in How has your life changed because of the COVID19 pandemic?   
    The current directive from my employer is to just stay home and enjoy the paychecks, at least for the time being, so I've had many long hours of free time to enjoy at home. I worried a bit about losing my mind with so little structure, but I'm actually doing just fine so far. I mean, my feelings with regards to the pandemic as a whole go up and down multiple times each day, but boredom and social isolation haven't really been an issue. I'm still in frequent contact with my loved ones, albeit remotely in most of their cases. I've got plenty of creative projects to work on, and now even some minor gig work that I can do from home, so I haven't just been sitting around all day on Netflix (though the amount of high-quality streaming content out there has certainly been helpful). I will say that maintaining personal hygiene, putting some effort into my appearance, and taking at least one outdoor walk each day have definitely contributed to my still feeling fairly normal. I'm an introvert, and right now I'm blessed with good mental health and a stable long-term relationship, so this hasn't been too shabby. Increasingly, my only big concern has been the idea of getting really ill, or of someone I love getting really ill.
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    Datameister got a reaction from Bayesian in Does JW favor certain keys?   
    Not that I've noticed, though it'd be interesting to crunch the numbers.
     
    I suppose his marches and fanfares do tend toward C, Bb, Eb, F, or G, but those tendencies certainly aren't unique to JW.
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    Datameister got a reaction from Fabulin in Does JW favor certain keys?   
    Not that I've noticed, though it'd be interesting to crunch the numbers.
     
    I suppose his marches and fanfares do tend toward C, Bb, Eb, F, or G, but those tendencies certainly aren't unique to JW.
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    Datameister reacted to Ludwig in Does JW favor certain keys?   
    I would say that Williams tends not to associate certain keys with certain moods. The idea of composers using certain keys for certain moods derived from the days when the 12-note chromatic system was not equally tempered, meaning that the same interval wasn't always exactly the same size. So each key did sound different and many tended to have common associations among composers. When equal temperament became the norm in the 19th century, those associations became more of a relic from the past and weren't used nearly as often. Beethoven was kind of the last big exponent of the idea, and it's not surprising that he spanned the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries.
     
    Anyway, with Williams, I don't see really strong connections between key and mood, but there are a couple of exceptions. Sometimes in his classic scores, it seems that he uses C major when there is a kind of purity in the character the theme represents in the theme's most prominent statement (main title / end credits): Superman fanfare and march (pure good), E.T. and Elliott (childhood innocence), Yoda (pure wisdom). This association of C major with purity is very traditional and mostly comes from C major having no sharps or flats in its key signature, so looks "pure" on the page. Other times, though, it just seems like C major is a convenient key to write in for Williams, like with the Raiders March.
     
    Williams also sometimes follows the 19th-century convention of using keys with lots of flats for slow, romantic pieces in major keys. This happens in Han Solo and the Princess, and Luke and Leia, both of which are in D-flat major, which has a whopping 5 flats in its key signature. The many flats are supposed to represent a very relaxed state in a musical way (whereas lots of sharps in a key signature are often associated with lots of energy).
     
    These are pretty much exceptions, though. Personally, I feel that Williams' choice of key for a theme probably depends on how he's going to orchestrate it. The use of B-flat major for the Star Wars main title not only allows the connection to the Fox fanfare that preceded it in the same key, but also the high B-flat in the trumpet, which is right near the very top of the instrument's range, as the theme's highest note. Or why the Jaws ostinato is on E - that's generally the lowest note in the double bass, so will be the darkest string colour he can achieve.
     
    The more I study Williams' writing, the more I find that his ideas seem very tied to orchestration, so that's why I'd lean more towards "not really" in answering your question despite the exceptions above.
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    Datameister reacted to MikeH in Harry Potter 7CD Collection - MUSIC discussion   
    https://www.orchestraltools.com/store/magazine/view/33
     
    Richard Harvey talks playing the “Window to the Past” solo during the Azkaban sessions. 
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