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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Composers that you disliked, but now like?   
    I guess I would say Alan Menken. Not that I disliked his music, but being younger I thought it was just inconsequential fluff for kiddie movies. Then, I rewatched some of his classic ones, like Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame or Aladdin, and realized he's one of the best in the field. The way he has created dozens of memorable melodies, how he interweaves them within the score, and how he also manages to create some memorable underscore for film with such a song-heavy focus is quite marvelous. His score for BatB and Huchback are now some of my favorite animated scores ever!
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from Jay in First Impressions: The SCORES of 2023   
    Yeah, definitely recommend his Violet Evergarden scores! Great stuff. Emotional, lyrical, orchestral and emotional. Both the albums for the main series and the movie are worth a listen. They're called: Automemories, and Echo Through Eternity, and both are on Spotify:
     
    Both albums also have a couple of songs in between. And the second album is quite long, but I recommend listening to the first 35 tracks as that corresponds to the movie soundtrack in full. 
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from Muad'Dib in First Impressions: The SCORES of 2023   
    Yeah, definitely recommend his Violet Evergarden scores! Great stuff. Emotional, lyrical, orchestral and emotional. Both the albums for the main series and the movie are worth a listen. They're called: Automemories, and Echo Through Eternity, and both are on Spotify:
     
    Both albums also have a couple of songs in between. And the second album is quite long, but I recommend listening to the first 35 tracks as that corresponds to the movie soundtrack in full. 
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    Knight of Ren reacted to Jay in First Impressions: The SCORES of 2023   
    Evan Call - Frieren: Beyond Journey's End
     
    Thanks to @Muad'Dib and @Holko for pointing out this one.  I listened to it today and liked it so much, I listened to it again right after.  I can't say any melodies from it are stuck in my head now, however I can say I enjoyed every minute of it while I was listening.  It really felt like a throwback to older styles.  Really good!
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    Knight of Ren reacted to Muad'Dib in First Impressions: The SCORES of 2023   
    Glad you liked it! There's a bunch of music of the show that hasn't been released yet, but I can't wait to get my hands (or ears?) on!
     
    Regarding Evan Call, I remember he also did the scores for the Violet Evergarden franchise, which has a bunch of lovely music -but I haven't heard it as much as that pre-release of Frieren which I listen to in a demented loop
     
     
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from Arpy in The Official Anime Music Thread   
    Frieren's great, both the music and the anime! Charming, heartwarming, epic and memorable. The main theme is beautiful, and Zooltrak is a banger!
     
    The full album comes out when the season is over, sometime in April according to this.
     
    Evan Call is such a great composer, and his work is usually beautiful and emotional, but also epic and exciting when it needs to. I hold a special place in my heart for his Violet Evergarden score, as that was the one I first heard from him!
     
    I recently watched the first two eps of Solo Leveling and Sawano's doing the music. So far, quite similar to his AoT scores, but there's a cue on the second episode which was quite chilling in context, and I feel he will deliver some great tracks for the show, which so far seems to be really interesting.
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    Knight of Ren reacted to Muad'Dib in The Official Anime Music Thread   
    What if HTTYD, LOTR and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance had a wonderful child?
     
     
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    Knight of Ren reacted to crumbs in Fast & Furious Cinematic Universe   
    It's nuts, yeah. Momoa was the only redeeming factor of that otherwise wretched movie.
     
    Must have hurt Diesel's gigantic ego that Momoa got all the attention.
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from JNHFan2000 in Fast & Furious Cinematic Universe   
    That doesn't make a lot of sense, since Fast X ended with a big cliffhanger involving Momoa, so it would be really weird if he just disappears in Fast 11. Not that logic was one of the franchise's strongest feast but even so...
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from KittBash in The Bear McCreary Thread   
    Really looking forward to hear McCreary & co's music! It looks like it's going to be an epic season and I think he did such a great job in the first season, with lots of memorable themes that I hope come back in one way or another!
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from Jay in First Impressions: The FILMS of 2023   
    Yeah, the first part was the best and I also really liked the last 30 minutes or so, but I guess that's up to everyone's taste. It's a movie I enjoyed, and which I can appreciate for what it tries to be, but I also get all the criticism and it would make perfect sense if someone hated completely!
     
    And yeah, director Emerald Fennel was known as an actress before jumping onto the directing chair. She appeared briefly this year in Barbie, but I knew her for the role of Camilla in The Crown, I think in seasons 3 and 4!
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from JNHFan2000 in The Bear McCreary Thread   
    Really looking forward to hear McCreary & co's music! It looks like it's going to be an epic season and I think he did such a great job in the first season, with lots of memorable themes that I hope come back in one way or another!
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    Knight of Ren reacted to JNHFan2000 in The Bear McCreary Thread   
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    Knight of Ren reacted to enderdrag64 in The Chronological Film Score Thread   
    I made a spreadsheet for it yesterday, mainly to archive.org the composer site links once I realized their were some thanks to the post @Knight of Ren kindly linked to.

    Here it is; sorry I don't know the timestamp breakdowns since I don't have the sessions to compare against, but hopefully it helps.
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from Tom Guernsey in First Impressions: The FILMS of 2023   
    I kind of feel the opposite on those two films. I found Past Lives a bit underwhelming, and while I understand what it was trying to do, I felt a bit disconnected with the characters emotionally. On the other hand, I found The Boy and the Heron to be a gripping and absorbing tale, brimming with beautiful images and a profound message about our legacy and our future!
     
    Here are some brief thoughts on some other 2023 movies I watched recently:
     
    The Holdovers
    During the first part of the movie I wasn't really getting what all the fuss was about, and it felt a bit slow, but starting at the moment the three main characters are left alone, I started to become more and more invested in their stories and their interactions, and the movie slowly won me over with its apparent simplicity, but filled with many subtleties that make these characters feel real, and the ending left me emotional, and wanting to spend more time with these beautifully written characters. The three leads are Oscar-worthy IMO!
     
    How to Have Sex
    At first it feels like it's going to be one of those empty "hot obnoxious teenagers get drunk and party all night" type of movies, but around half hour in, everything changes, and it starts to become almost a horror movie, with how painfully accurate it becomes. Mia McKeena Bruce is brilliant and I love the subtleties of her performance, expressing lots of emotions with so little. And I feel everyone can connect emotionally with it, because the topics it deals with are very relevant to our society, and still not talked about enough. Definitely recommend it.
     
    Wonka
    I went in expecting nothing and was pleasantly surprised by a charming movie, that is probably going to become a Christmas classic. Chalamet is great in the role, the songs are quite memorable, and the production design is colorful, vibrant and joyful all around, making for a very pleasant watch, that reminded me of the great Paddington movies by director Paul King in its heart-warming tone overall. Nothing groundbreaking, perhaps a bit too long, and sometimes a bit too cartonish, but it works for the kind of film it's trying to be.
     
    Maestro
    I feel this is more Carey Mulligan's film than Bradley Cooper, as she steals every scene they share, and offers the more profound and emotional performance of the two. Her scenes and their relationship is the highlight for me, but I otherwise felt the movie was a bit of a mess at some points. It tries to tell many important moments in the life of Bernstein, but you end up feeling that it didn't really teach you a lot about his importance in the classical music world, and while I like how his music is used through the movie, I would have liked to spent more time learning about Bernstein the musical figure, and less about his family dramas. The scene where he conducts Mahler at a cathedral is a highlight though!
     
    Godzilla Minus One
    Brilliant film! One of my favorites of the year. I love how well balanced the human drama and the monster action are, and it's one of the few Godzilla movies that actually makes you care about its human characters, thus making the third act much more impactful and emotional. I love the way the present Godzilla as a huge menace, and really scary, in particular in the atomic breath sequence which was stunning to experience in a cinema. Naoki Sato's score works brilliantly within the film, and they cleverly used Ifukube's themes only in a couple of key scenes, which makes those themes have more impact and importance when they appear. One of my favorite Godzilla movies ever!
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from JNHFan2000 in First Impressions: The FILMS of 2023   
    I kind of feel the opposite on those two films. I found Past Lives a bit underwhelming, and while I understand what it was trying to do, I felt a bit disconnected with the characters emotionally. On the other hand, I found The Boy and the Heron to be a gripping and absorbing tale, brimming with beautiful images and a profound message about our legacy and our future!
     
    Here are some brief thoughts on some other 2023 movies I watched recently:
     
    The Holdovers
    During the first part of the movie I wasn't really getting what all the fuss was about, and it felt a bit slow, but starting at the moment the three main characters are left alone, I started to become more and more invested in their stories and their interactions, and the movie slowly won me over with its apparent simplicity, but filled with many subtleties that make these characters feel real, and the ending left me emotional, and wanting to spend more time with these beautifully written characters. The three leads are Oscar-worthy IMO!
     
    How to Have Sex
    At first it feels like it's going to be one of those empty "hot obnoxious teenagers get drunk and party all night" type of movies, but around half hour in, everything changes, and it starts to become almost a horror movie, with how painfully accurate it becomes. Mia McKeena Bruce is brilliant and I love the subtleties of her performance, expressing lots of emotions with so little. And I feel everyone can connect emotionally with it, because the topics it deals with are very relevant to our society, and still not talked about enough. Definitely recommend it.
     
    Wonka
    I went in expecting nothing and was pleasantly surprised by a charming movie, that is probably going to become a Christmas classic. Chalamet is great in the role, the songs are quite memorable, and the production design is colorful, vibrant and joyful all around, making for a very pleasant watch, that reminded me of the great Paddington movies by director Paul King in its heart-warming tone overall. Nothing groundbreaking, perhaps a bit too long, and sometimes a bit too cartonish, but it works for the kind of film it's trying to be.
     
    Maestro
    I feel this is more Carey Mulligan's film than Bradley Cooper, as she steals every scene they share, and offers the more profound and emotional performance of the two. Her scenes and their relationship is the highlight for me, but I otherwise felt the movie was a bit of a mess at some points. It tries to tell many important moments in the life of Bernstein, but you end up feeling that it didn't really teach you a lot about his importance in the classical music world, and while I like how his music is used through the movie, I would have liked to spent more time learning about Bernstein the musical figure, and less about his family dramas. The scene where he conducts Mahler at a cathedral is a highlight though!
     
    Godzilla Minus One
    Brilliant film! One of my favorites of the year. I love how well balanced the human drama and the monster action are, and it's one of the few Godzilla movies that actually makes you care about its human characters, thus making the third act much more impactful and emotional. I love the way the present Godzilla as a huge menace, and really scary, in particular in the atomic breath sequence which was stunning to experience in a cinema. Naoki Sato's score works brilliantly within the film, and they cleverly used Ifukube's themes only in a couple of key scenes, which makes those themes have more impact and importance when they appear. One of my favorite Godzilla movies ever!
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from enderdrag64 in The Chronological Film Score Thread   
    Each track from the album has info about the cues it's made out of, so for example if the track It Wasn't Meant To Be is comprised of 1m01 v1.9.2 Two Ships (Edited) + 1m04B v1.09 Goodbye For Now, 1m1 means that it plays at the beginning of the movie, and plays before than the previous track, Kingdom Of Atlantis, which is 3m20-21 v6.7 Armpit Fish - Atlantis (Edited), and so on.
     
    It's a bit hard to do it properly as some album tracks are made out of different cues from different places in the movie or even theme suites, but that should be helpful to sort your way through it!
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    Knight of Ren reacted to JNHFan2000 in First Impressions: The FILMS of 2023   
    Past Lives
    This was fantastic. Incredibly well written by Celine Song. Very "real" dialogue, if that makes any sense. She found a way to make each of the three people involved very complex and not make anyone unlikable or like you feel you are on the side of one of them. All three leads are fantastic, but it truly is Greta Lee that is the standout. Her performance is both heartfelt, geeky and a bit stoic. That final scene was truly something special and broke me in tiny little pieces. Absolutely brilliant film!
     
     
    The Boy And The Heron
    This is one of those films which I greatly respect and admire, but I can't say I enjoyed very much. It's gorgeously animated with some really cool visuals, written very well and has wonderful music. There is just something about it that didn't really click. I was sort of left unfulfilled. I still think it's a great film but something was missing.
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from enderdrag64 in The Chronological Film Score Thread   
    I recommend checking out that score's entry in the Hans Zimmer webpage, because it has info about what cues were used for the album assembly, which can help you sort out a chronological order!
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from mstrox in The 16th Annual JWFan Awards - The Best Scores and Films of 2023!   
    Yeah, I watched Bottoms without knowing too much about i and it caught me by surprise! The critique/satire is so well implemented within the comedy and everything feels so natural and organic, probably thanks to the comedic chops of both Rachel Sennot and Ayo Edebiri. Looking forward to see what else Emma Seligman does in the future beacuse her two feature films have been great IMO!
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from Glóin the Dark in The 16th Annual JWFan Awards - The Best Scores and Films of 2023!   
    Yeah, I watched Bottoms without knowing too much about i and it caught me by surprise! The critique/satire is so well implemented within the comedy and everything feels so natural and organic, probably thanks to the comedic chops of both Rachel Sennot and Ayo Edebiri. Looking forward to see what else Emma Seligman does in the future beacuse her two feature films have been great IMO!
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from Suro-Zet in Gordy Haab & Stephen Barton's STAR WARS JEDI: SURVIVOR (2023)   
    Yeah, I think all the main themes have already been listed above. I've been listening to Survivor quite a bit, and I came up with a shorter playlist as I did with Fallen Order. It's a bit more action heavy, as that's the cues where the main themes, both old and new, get to shine more, and I left out some great tracks more focused on exploration or ambient music, which also have some great moments, but also can be a bit too long at times. I did include Fields of Dusk because even if it's an exploration track, the main melody returns a couple of times as a love theme. Also, a couple of tracks have some awkward edits to transition between cues, but nothing can be done about that, sadly:
     
     
    The second game reprises 5 of the themes from Fallen Order: Cal, Cere, Merrin, Eno Cordova and BD-1, but these last two are barely in it.
     
    Cal's theme is much more prominent this theme, and can be heard a lot of times in exploration tracks, as well as some great action variants, joining some of the other themes. Merrin's theme gets to shine in Flight and also in the second half of Siege, which also allows Cere's theme to develop in some brilliant emotional variations.
     
    Cordova's theme serves as a menu theme again in Cold Dawn, joined by Cal's theme and the new Empire theme. It also appears at the beginning of The Narkis Anchorites, and at 6:30 of The Visitor, which also features some subtle references to the Imperial March after that. And BD-1's theme only appears briefly at 1:15 of The Bedlam Raiders, as far as my ear caught.
     
    As for the new themes, @Gabriel Bezerra mentioned almost all of them, so I will give some audio examples for further clarification.
     
    The Empire theme is all over the game, usually clashing with Cal's theme, but also joining some other characters affected by it one way or another, like Dagan Gera or Bode Akuna:
     
    Rayvis and the Bedlam Raiders receive a dissonant fanfare introduced in their titular track, but that really shines in action variants in tracks like Warrior's Code
     
    Dagan Gera has a very malleable theme, that can be heard in softer and majestic variations, like in the example below, but also turns quite dark and aggressive in some of his action pieces, like later in Haven or in tracks like To the Rescue or Grand Occulus
     
     
    Bode Akuna's theme is heroic and bright in its first appearances, and as the story progresses turns appropriately darker and menacing, confronting Cal's theme in tracks like A Step Too Far
     
     
    Nova Garon introduces a motif in its second half, for character that might become more important in a third part of the series, Kata Akuna. This descending motif can be heard in full at the beginning of Through the Darkness
     
     
    These are the main new themes for the characters of the game, and there are also several ideas for the different areas of the game:
     
    The Koboh theme appears in A Frontier Welcome, Where the Nekkos Roam or Rambler's Reach
     
     
    The Forest's Secrets develops a motif that also appears in Basalt Scars
     
    Fields of Dusk features what the composers called the love theme, that also appears in A Step Too Far and The Abyss
     
     
    Shattered Moon has a motif for the titular planet that indeed reminds me of JNH's Atlantis theme in its second phrase, and that appears again in Course Collider and Warrior's Code
     
    I haven't been able to identify yet the theme for Jedha mentioned above that appears in The Sacred Mesa, but I will check again those tracks to see if I can catch it.
     
    And I think that's pretty much it. I don't think I missed any important motif, but feel free to correct me!
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from Gabriel Bezerra in Gordy Haab & Stephen Barton's STAR WARS JEDI: SURVIVOR (2023)   
    Yeah, I think all the main themes have already been listed above. I've been listening to Survivor quite a bit, and I came up with a shorter playlist as I did with Fallen Order. It's a bit more action heavy, as that's the cues where the main themes, both old and new, get to shine more, and I left out some great tracks more focused on exploration or ambient music, which also have some great moments, but also can be a bit too long at times. I did include Fields of Dusk because even if it's an exploration track, the main melody returns a couple of times as a love theme. Also, a couple of tracks have some awkward edits to transition between cues, but nothing can be done about that, sadly:
     
     
    The second game reprises 5 of the themes from Fallen Order: Cal, Cere, Merrin, Eno Cordova and BD-1, but these last two are barely in it.
     
    Cal's theme is much more prominent this theme, and can be heard a lot of times in exploration tracks, as well as some great action variants, joining some of the other themes. Merrin's theme gets to shine in Flight and also in the second half of Siege, which also allows Cere's theme to develop in some brilliant emotional variations.
     
    Cordova's theme serves as a menu theme again in Cold Dawn, joined by Cal's theme and the new Empire theme. It also appears at the beginning of The Narkis Anchorites, and at 6:30 of The Visitor, which also features some subtle references to the Imperial March after that. And BD-1's theme only appears briefly at 1:15 of The Bedlam Raiders, as far as my ear caught.
     
    As for the new themes, @Gabriel Bezerra mentioned almost all of them, so I will give some audio examples for further clarification.
     
    The Empire theme is all over the game, usually clashing with Cal's theme, but also joining some other characters affected by it one way or another, like Dagan Gera or Bode Akuna:
     
    Rayvis and the Bedlam Raiders receive a dissonant fanfare introduced in their titular track, but that really shines in action variants in tracks like Warrior's Code
     
    Dagan Gera has a very malleable theme, that can be heard in softer and majestic variations, like in the example below, but also turns quite dark and aggressive in some of his action pieces, like later in Haven or in tracks like To the Rescue or Grand Occulus
     
     
    Bode Akuna's theme is heroic and bright in its first appearances, and as the story progresses turns appropriately darker and menacing, confronting Cal's theme in tracks like A Step Too Far
     
     
    Nova Garon introduces a motif in its second half, for character that might become more important in a third part of the series, Kata Akuna. This descending motif can be heard in full at the beginning of Through the Darkness
     
     
    These are the main new themes for the characters of the game, and there are also several ideas for the different areas of the game:
     
    The Koboh theme appears in A Frontier Welcome, Where the Nekkos Roam or Rambler's Reach
     
     
    The Forest's Secrets develops a motif that also appears in Basalt Scars
     
    Fields of Dusk features what the composers called the love theme, that also appears in A Step Too Far and The Abyss
     
     
    Shattered Moon has a motif for the titular planet that indeed reminds me of JNH's Atlantis theme in its second phrase, and that appears again in Course Collider and Warrior's Code
     
    I haven't been able to identify yet the theme for Jedha mentioned above that appears in The Sacred Mesa, but I will check again those tracks to see if I can catch it.
     
    And I think that's pretty much it. I don't think I missed any important motif, but feel free to correct me!
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    Knight of Ren got a reaction from JNHFan2000 in What is the Last Cue You Listened To?   
    His themes for Outlander I think are my favorite from all of his scores. They're all amazing and I have a very special connection to all of them. This is also one of my favorites, but I also love John Grey's theme and the Fraser's Ridge theme. Well, in fact I love all of them and I think they're brilliant! Cannot wait for the rest of S7!
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    Knight of Ren reacted to JNHFan2000 in What is the Last Cue You Listened To?   
    One of my favorite themes by McCreary.
    The guitar first which then gets joined by the strings and woodwinds. Gorgeous stuff!
     
     
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