curlytoot reacted to Croweyes1121 in James Horner 1953-2015
I heard about this late last night, and I'm heartbroken. Music is so deeply personal, and I'm shocked and also saddened that this just doesn't seem to be news today what with everything being about racism, police violence or Confederate flags. Sigh. I wish we could set aside the politics just for a few hours and have a day to remember a fine composer who added countless hours of magic to the films of our child and adulthood. I'll miss Mr. Horner's work immensely...as I'm sure will all of you. It's just sad that I have to seek out a niche of a niche forum to find people who actually care about this. But - and as corny as I'm sure it sounds - I'm very glad we have each other.
curlytoot reacted to Not Mr. Big in What film score theme/melody is going through your head right now?
It's too bad this never made the album because it's arguably the highlight of the "Battle of Heroes" sequence.
curlytoot reacted to Sharkissimo in Recurring intervalic shape in Williams's themes and tonal underscore
I realise that. I should have focused the opening post on passing dissonances, since that's what I had in mind when I thought of making the thread. After that it sort of snowballed. Apologies for not being clearer.
In Peter Burt's book The Music of Toru Takemitsu he mentions the opening right hand piano line being derived from the Japanese In scale--one of the pentatonic scales.
This happens to be the same collection that Williams tends to rely upon as passing tones in melodic figures over minor harmonies. Now, I'm not suggesting Williams has actually studied Japanese folk music to any great degree, and is incorporated these scales into his own language. No. It's just that by chance, he's working with a similar collection of pitches, probably because it sounds good to his ears.
curlytoot got a reaction from Bespin in What track never fails to rekindle your appetite for John Williams?
"The Seduction of Suki and the Ballroom Scene" from THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. Also, "The Plane" from EMPIRE OF THE SUN.
curlytoot reacted to alainmayrand in Informal Star Wars score study videos
I haven't been on this forum for a long time! Looks like it is a healthy and positive as ever.
I am trying something out here and thought I would share. I'm getting pretty excited about the upcoming Star Wars score! So I though of doing a series of very short and very informal videos looking at different elements from everyone's favourite film score!
They'll be about 2-3 minutes long (that's the plan), looking at one small usable element at a time. Will come out twice a week and, yeah, that's it. Here's the first one!
Like I said, simple stuff but perhaps it will be useful, certainly will be fun and I hope to see you there!