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    Bayesian reacted to TownerFan in R. I. P. Ennio Morricone   
    I hate to be the one breaking this very sad news. 
    Maestro Ennio Morricone passed away last night:
    It seems he fell in his home the other day and broke a leg. Will report later when I have more news.
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    Bayesian reacted to Chewy in R. I. P. Ennio Morricone   
    Devastating news...
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    Bayesian reacted to Chewy in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    Still no 15th Anniversary War of the Worlds announced...

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    Bayesian reacted to Edmilson in James Newton Howard thread   
    So, another opportunity for a Wyatt Earp-like score? I'm game for it.
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    Bayesian got a reaction from Edmilson in James Newton Howard thread   
    It'll be a Western. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_of_the_World_(novel)
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    Bayesian reacted to King Mark in Chat with John Williams and Gustavo Dudamel, June 30th 6pm   
    It was very interesting about Beethoven's Pastoral (6th) symphony .That first movement is my favorite classical music piece of all time and I discovered it when I was a kid BEFORE I listened to film music.  He also calls it the only Beethoven piece of "programmatic" music , which is sort of like film music. So that might be the original piece that destined me to like film music and John Williams.  I also think Theme from Jurassic Park might have been inspired by it.
     WHAT? Now I'm really curious to know what he said.
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    Bayesian reacted to King Mark in Chat with John Williams and Gustavo Dudamel, June 30th 6pm   
    New Fanfare !!! (forever unreleased)
    it's for the Vienna Ball so it has to work on this one a lot and make it his best fanfare. And  he has to best that Strauss guy
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    Bayesian reacted to WilliamsStarShip2282 in Happy Birthday Variations, analysis?   
    Hey guys, sorry it took me a while to get this up.
    This is a new blog I put together, I was going to publish it in the general discussion section, but let me know what you guys think!

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    Bayesian reacted to Will in Chat with John Williams and Gustavo Dudamel, June 30th 6pm   
    Good news!! Mark your calendars!
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    Bayesian reacted to FrankV in The Custom Covers Thread   
    Free Willy (Basil Poledouris)

    Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (Basil Poledouris)

    Free Willy 3: The Rescue (Cliff Eidelman)

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    Bayesian reacted to Jay in DC Cinematic Universe Thread   
    Alexcremers: *Opens a thread about DC movies*
    Also Alexcremers: *Complains that people are talking about Batman movies in a thread about DC movies"
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    Bayesian got a reaction from Oomoog the Ecstatic in Is there a screenwriting term for...   
    A quick question to the screenwriters on these boards: Is there an industry term to describe the kind of setup-and-delivery situation you see so often in movies?
    I'll use Independence Day as an example, since the movie is rife with these situations and I watched it again recently. For example, we learn Will Smith's character wants to be an astronaut. Near the end of the ID, he's piloting a spacecraft into space. We also learn Randy Quaid's character was anally probed by aliens, only to see him at the end of the movie anally probe an alien ship to blow it up.
    I don't mean the kinds of situations where things are hinted at or intimated at the start and by the end we see how the character evolved in ways that make sense as an evolution at the end of the movie, but rather character-specific objects, dialog lines, etc. that get directly called back at the end of the movie as a kind of character development closure--a nod and wink to the audience, I guess. Is there a term for that? Just curious.
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    Bayesian reacted to Fabulin in Is there a screenwriting term for...   
    setup and a payoff
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    Bayesian reacted to Chen G. in Is there a screenwriting term for...   
    Its called "setup and payoff" or "planting and payoff". Generally, if you were trying to break-down a script structurally in film school, you'd actually mark the set-ups with numbers (set-up 1, 2, etc) and the payoff to correspond, and it can be a useful exercise in general.
    Depending on how far apart the setup and the payoff are, you'll often have a reminder of the setup sometime in the middle. Ideally, the bulk of the setups will be in Act I; Act II will be littered with reminders, and Act III will contain the various payoffs. To be crude, in film criticism, a setup without a payoff is bloat, and a payoff without a setup (or too closely to the setup) is a Deus-ex-Machina.
    Obviously now with serialized films, we often have setup and payoff between separate entries in a series, too.
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    Bayesian reacted to Thor in What is the point of film scores anyway?   
    Historically, there has always been a connection between drama and music, from way back when stone age people played drums to campfire stories, all the way through ballets and operas and what-have-you. But interestingly, film wasn't really drama at first. It was more an 'attraction' (Tom Gunning even calls it 'cinema-of-attractions') with a documentary slant - at least in the years between Lumière and Meliés. The application of music wasn't a given. As such, there are a number of theories as to why music was first applied to films.
    One practical theory has to do with the projection apparatus itself - placed among the audience and emitting so much noise that you needed some form of musical accompaniment to 'drown it out'.
    Another more philosophical theory has to do with the 'trauma' of seeing big, live images that weren't 'real', requiring some form of music to assure the audience of its illusion.
    But eventually, it became a natural extension of the storytelling, both in the silent era and beyond - as one of the strongest rhetorical forces in the filmic expression.
    I realize this is probably not what you asked for, which is more about 'contemporary trends' and such, but I just ran with the historical context a bit.
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    Bayesian reacted to WilliamsStarShip2282 in Happy Birthday Variations, analysis?   
    Listen carefully in the brass, the melody constantly goes from one instrument to the other. There is the melodic line, but also you can see all of the different parts, are fragments of the original melody.
    The pizzicato strings, that seems to me more of an transition/ intermezzo type of thing into the big finish, so naturally it would be free-er but the piece actually has an over all form too it. The sections actually have a relatable concept, rather than just a Mozart kind of one separate variation after the other.
    This piece is really a testament to what a (insert word of praise here) composer he is. For such a short, little thing for HBD, he wrote a very intricate and fascinating work. I can put up the full one if people are interested, I have done many hoping to turn it into a website, but I need to put up pieces of the scores (which many i don't have anyway) and was afraid that Hal Leonard would complain.
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    Bayesian reacted to Falstaft in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    I've got all of these Philips albums except Salute to Hollywood, and most are worth having even if you're not a JW completionist.
    By the way, are you missing the two Jessye Norman/Williams Philips label albums?
    With A Song in My Heart (1984)
    Lucky to Be Me (1992)
    The latter in particular I'd say is essential, since it's Williams at the piano for the whole album. And Jessye Norman is Jessye Norman.
    Of the rest, I'd say Pops Brittania and The Planets should be high priorities. Perhaps not surprising, but JW's interpretation of the Holst is phenomenal, an opinion I think even hardcore Holst fans agree on.
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    Bayesian reacted to Jay in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    Well, I looked on Amazon and it turns out I can get all 13 of the Philips albums I don't have for ~2 bucks each, so I ordered them.  I think I'll listen through all 19 in order once they arrive and post my thoughts in this thread
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    Bayesian got a reaction from TSMefford in Godzilla Cinematic Universe Thread   
    @PuhgreÞiviÞm @gkgyver, do you actually believe in your mockery? Like really believe it? Because it's pretty fucking cringey and lame.
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    Bayesian got a reaction from Arpy in HBO's WESTWORLD (Spoilers Allowed!)   
    I do hope Serac returns in S4. I liked the character, or at least the way Cassel played him.
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    Bayesian reacted to Disco Stu in Bob Dylan on John Williams   
    Once I clicked "Show this post" on this, I lost all respect for... myself 
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    Bayesian reacted to Tom in What is Williams going to compose this year? [2020]   
    A two-hour violin concerto that is so grating, unpleasant, and harsh that even the most snobbish critics will have to credit his composing abilities.  Perhaps a third movement of 30 minutes of silence and in a 6/8 time-signature.  
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    Bayesian reacted to Chewy in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial La-La Land ANNOUNCEMENT Thread   
    Awesome article! I found the best phone wallpaper ever, thank you Jim Titus:

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    Bayesian reacted to King Mark in Pete 'n' Tillie VS The Phantom Menace   
    not. fair TPM does't stand a chance. You should have put TESB
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    Bayesian reacted to eitam in John Williams (and Ennio Morricone) bestowed with the 2020 Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts   
    The statement by Morricone has class and grace as well, and is a little more personal:
    "solitude", work "ethic", "constant dedication" are indeed also words that we have seen applied to Williams. 
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