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  1. I expect Ep. IX will be his last star wars score. He will have closed out three trilogies spanning five decades; an achievement unmatched by anyone in film and unlikely ever to be seen again. It will be the perfect coda. Thereafter, as others have said, he’ll compose for Spielberg (who matches his artistic sensibilities unlike any other director). Starting another SW trilogy with Rian runs the risk of spoling the perfect coda if for any reason he can’t finish all three. And we’ve already had Giacchino score an off-canon story and whoever’s assigned to the Han Solo one. Desplat was on board once and easily could come back, this time for Rian. The core canon (I-IX) belongs to JW alone. The affiliated stories began under different composers and it makes sense to stick to that for whatever Rian is cooking up.
  2. When do you think they’ll press the CDs of the OST (or have they been pressed already)? To get them in stores and people’s mailboxes by the 15th, they’ll need at least a few days to get them shipped from factory to warehouse to dist center to fedex/ups/usps truck, right? Just curious; I know nothing about the process.
  3. IIRC, JW only spent a few days in the recording studio, right? Like 3 or 4 days? Is that enough time to get much more than 40 minutes of music put down?
  4. Aha, now I understand why you wrote earlier that you already had CE3K! Never quite realized how involved you were in all this, Jay. That’s pretty cool.
  5. Ordered! Titanic too. Cannot wait to give CE3K a whirl on this new presentation. Titanic was ordered today more because it could well sell out before I ever got back around to coming for it. For the sake of my credit card balance, it had better sell out fast. (JUST KIDDING, to anyone who doesn't take jokes.)
  6. Sigh. It’s called humor. That’s what “/nervous chuckle/“ is for.
  7. Coming to this topic late; nonetheless, here's my list: 1. John Williams: Unsurpassable, for all the reasons stated here and throughout these forums. To me, he is the ne plus ultra of film music the way Beethoven is of classical -- simply untouchable. 2. Danny Elfman & Jerry Goldsmith: I've loved DE since Batman and Edward Scissorhands. I discovered JG much later (only in the past couple years, actually), but he grown on me big time. Both know how to write really catchy themes and orchestrate with flair. 3. JNH & Alexandre Desplat: JNH is hit-or-miss, but when he hits, like with Lady in the Water, or Waterworld, it's plain awesome. As for AD, I think he easily counts as one of the most sophisticated and musically intelligent of the "newer" generation of composers. I love his clinical sounding scores (Imitation Game, etc.) 4. James Horner: JH wrote some incredible melodies and knew how to use the orchestra with the best of them. Rocketeer, Casper, Amazing Spider-Man, Avatar, Mask of Zorro... I could not live without them. 5. Alan Menken: No one's mentioned him yet, but he is to my mind about half the reason there was a Disney Renaissance in the first place. Aladdin, Little Mermaid, B&B, Hercules... those were just Broadway shows in the guise of animated films, and he wrote the showstoppers that made them so. He gets up here for that decade of work alone. Unfortunately, I know little of his more recent work. 6. Honorable mentions: Giacchino, Poledouris, Doyle, and Kamen. Maybe some Silvestri. I know little of Powell, so I can't rank him yet. After Williams, nos. 2 through 5 are basically tied with each other. And Zimmer... well, how many composers in Hollywood are there? Take that number and subtract three. Zimmer basically slots in there, just before Jablonsky and Junkie XL.
  8. Man, what I would do or give for a photo with JW or sit in on a recording session. (Answer: just about anything)
  9. Preordered too! BTW, if the film’s limited release is in 2017 and its wide release is in 2018, does that make it a 2018 film?
  10. The OST should arrive in my mailbox about 9-10 hours before I see the film on the 15th. I’m going to try to go in cold, since some people have commented about the pleasure of waiting to hear the music for the first time within the context it was written. But those 10 hours will be a long slog for sure. My plan is to rip the CD into iTunes the moment it lands in the mailbox, sync it to my phone, and blast it hard in the car on the way home from the theater. And hand my phone over to my wife so she can keep me from playing it on the way TO the theater.
  11. They call it "title case" and it's for stylistic reasons (which to me translates as visual comfort). I like the idea, although it gets hard to know when to violate the rules just right: Is "Down By The Seaside" really worse, visually, than "Down By the Seaside" or "Down by the Seaside"? (My preference nonetheless happens to be the last one.) On a related note, I vacillate over whether the albums are best relabeled in my iTunes library as "Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope", "Star Wars: Episode 4: A New Hope", "Star Wars: A New Hope" [no "Episode 4" at all], "Star Wars: Episode 4 — A New Hope", or something else. Right now I prefer the last one. Something about two colons in the same line never sits quite right with me. That third option is mostly a nonstarter for me because without the episode number the alpha order of the albums doesn't reflect the actual order of the series. But then again, it seems this is how this third trilogy is often being referenced..
  12. I'm excited for this one (film and score)! I can't hazard a guess as to the kind of sound JW will bring, but I sure admire how they used Helvetica throughout the trailer. Nicely done. : )
  13. There's nothing to feel mean spirited about with that comment. Interviews are important if you find the subjects meaningful. Since you're unlikely to ever get to interview the person yourself, you depend on the interviewer to try to glean details that you'd never otherwise get a chance to learn about. My wife and I were at Comic-Con this past July and watched a replay of some of the Saturday Hall H panels. Chris Hardwick was interviewing the Justice League cast and it was atrocious. You learned NOTHING from it that would have merited a 20-hour wait in line. "How was it to work with this group?" "Oh, it was amazing." Yeesh. Maybe that's why any lingering interest I had in JL evaporated on the spot that day. (For the record, Ray Miller was probably the only one who bothered not to phone it in and gave answers that were not completely asinine or empty.) I may not have heard of the term "mechanical rate" before reading the MM interview, but it took me only 15 seconds on Google to learn what it means, and now I have some trivia about how a tiny part of the music industry works. That's rewarding to me. That's what a good interview should allow for. Again, thank you, Jay. Maybe you could one day interview Shawn Murphy or Conrad Pope -- I for one would love to learn a bit about the intricacies of sound engineering or orchestration!! Or any of the folks at JoAnn Kane. Or...
  14. Could not agree more. Terrific interview, Jay! It's refreshing to come away after reading a great interview like this with some of the minutiae of the process -- and in my case, to learn that the work involved is actually WAY greater than I expected. It brings my appreciation and respect for the work of MM, LLL, et al. to a whole new level. Most interviewers are pathetic. They hardly ever let you glimpse what it's really like to be the interviewee because they never ask the insider questions. But it's exactly the answers to such questions that allow people to learn how the sausage is made, so to speak. That's where the novelty lies. After reading this interview, I no longer have ANY issue with the prices charged for an expanded limited release of a JW score. Once you realize how MM, LLL, and seemingly half of the film and music industry back office in SoCal cooperate to produce such a niche product, there is nothing to feel but total gratitude. (And when that event happens over and over and over in the span of a few years in the JW oeuvre, it's nothing short of miraculous.)
  15. Received mine this morning, and agreed, it's terrific. Loving every bit! I'll mention it here, since it's as good a place as any -- I've always loved "Deacon's Speech" and especially the part from 1:54 to 2:09, where the buildup of the previous two minutes gives way to a monumental climax. (It's the same on the OST as on the new release.) Part of what makes it magical for me is how this part is used in the movie -- the little girl is talking about how the Mariner is going to rescue her because he's unstoppable, and the scene is intercut with shots of him unstoppably coming to rescue her. The musical climax is doing the same thing her words are: mythologizing him. It's an amazing moment.
  16. Interesting point about TV shows. I don't have any in my library, but now I wonder what I'd do about their names if I ever did.
  17. My fixation on good artwork stems in large part from longstanding inconsistencies in the way it's presented. Sometimes, it's got ugly white edges where (presumably) the scanner caught some of the glass and no one re-oriented the scan or cropped in it ever so slightly. And for many new releases, lovely high-res art is available, which is great, but it also plays up how poorly its low-res peers from years ago look by comparison. I've had a perfectionism streak in me for a long time, but it's only been a few years since I've learned how NOT useful it is in much of life. It makes you less productive and gives you chronic dissatisfaction (since you always think it could be better, and if only I'd spent more time on it (but I already spent way more time than I should have), etc..). I've finally been able to break away from that to a modest degree and it's really liberating. But on legacy projects (like my music library) where my perfectionism was running at full tilt, I feel I have to continue in the same vein so as not to repudiate the hard work of my younger self. Good on all of you who can resist the temptation! Wish I knew earlier it's not the metadata that matters; it's the music. You're the first person to express some tentative interest in my naming ways! It's probably easier for me to upload some screen-grabbed examples and make some notes after... My track-naming rules include lowercasing conjunctions and similarly short words ("as", "and", "or", "a", etc.), although there are a bunch of exceptions. The easiest way to summarize this is that I try to follow the typesetting conventions of newspaper headlines, book titles, and magazine articles. I try to reserve square brackets for informing on a fundamental attribute of the track unrelated to its name (for instance, [Reprise], [Alternate Cue], [1979 Revised Version], etc.). For classical albums, I always strive for the following sequence: Composer: Name of work and key ("Nickname of work"): Mov't #. Name of mov't in sentence case. For jazz, R&B, pop, etc., I always put the featured artist in brackets WITH THE ARTIST. Seeing featured artists identified after the name of the song has always driven me nuts. What approaches do you use?
  18. I've been tempted to let it go at various times over the years, but never could bring myself to do it. One day...
  19. Thanks for compiling and updating this list, Jay! Having read here tonight about how quickly the new ET is moving, a list like this is a big help for people like me awakening to the compulsion to eventually build a complete JW collection on CD.
  20. I'm super OCD about how I manage my music in iTunes, and I wonder who else in the world might be as bad as me (or worse!): I ALWAYS replace the metadata from any track downloaded from the iTunes Store or imported from Gracenote or whatever service is used when ripping a CD. Artist, album artist, name of album, composer (with years of birth/death appended if it's a classical composer), disc and track numbers, and year of album recording (if classical) or release (any other genre) For track names, I have naming formulas I apply based on genre. Too complex (boring) to go into here, unless folks really are interested. All music in my library is organized at the album level. Each album is given its own self-named playlist and all playlists are sorted into nested playlist folders. For example, all JW scores are in separate playlists within a "John Williams" folder that sits alongside a "James Horner" folder and an "Alexandre Desplat" folder, etc. inside my "Soundtracks" folder). Similar approach is done for my classical, jazz, vocal jazz, and "non-classical" genres Because I use albums as my basic org unit, I refuse to have singles or random tracks from incomplete albums in my library. At this point, I just can't! All iTunes/Gracenote album artwork is replaced with artwork I scan or source from various places on the web. All artwork is brought into photoshop to crop out white space, rotate to perfect levelness, color-correct, sharpen (if necessary), and save as 1,500px/300ppi images. I then embed all artwork so iTunes won't attempt to replace my stuff with their own. This is not showing off. This is obsessive behavior on my part, the work of hundreds of hours over the last six years. I have no idea why I do it, since I can't get even my wife to be all that impressed with the result. But the result IS amazing, to me, if no one else. Maybe that's why I'm writing this now, after discovering this thread -- perhaps one of you out there will relate to this. A couple things for those who feel they want to get in on making their iTunes libraries as perfect as possible: One, Doug Adams makes great iTunes scripts that will come in super handy and are easy to find online. Two, SuperSync is invaluable in evaluating your iTunes library for tracks that are missing, orphaned, corrupted, unnamed, etc. Great place to start your analysis. You can use it in trial mode and still get great mileage from it.
  21. San Francisco Bay Area (peripherally). It'd be cool to be among the first to get it in the mail, no doubt. Fast delivery times are not typically a thing for me, though (I prefer to minimize my shipping costs whenever I can.)
  22. No, never. I can't remember where I came across that turn of phrase, or even the last time I used it. Now I wonder if I've got any others...
  23. Ordered! I added The Fury to it too, not least because there happens to be a one-third discount on it. They'll join JPC and Waterworld on my ever-growing LLL collection (well, the latter will once it actually gets out their door -- hopefully today). The LLL folks do know how to get me to unass some money.
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