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    karelm reacted to redishere in The Composer's Thread   
    I just stumbled on this thread so only listened to the last cues and boy was I impressed by the sound quality. I also compose scores for independent short and feature films, and I always struggle when it comes to making virtual orchestral instruments sound, well… not fake as heck @superultramegaa nice intricate JW orchestrations, plus your choir in the second track caught me offguard, I got quite scared haha! And @karelm I really got the Guardians vibe, it kinda reminded me of the best Zimmer-y tight and modern orchestral textures (Wallfisch's Shazam for instance)
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    karelm got a reaction from superultramegaa in The Composer's Thread   
    I liked it!  Would sound great with a live orchestra.  Your inspiration from Shmi and Anakin's Dark Deeds are noticed structurally which is fine, but they are subtle enough that it wouldn't be noticed had you not called it out.  It would have sounded like a sci-fi/fantasy trope which my suite does as well (as did those we are influenced by).  I like the idea of you composing music based on a friends story.  Artist inspiring artist.  
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    karelm reacted to superultramegaa in The Composer's Thread   
    Recently composed two orchestral suites for my friend's fantasy graphic novel he's working. Still in early stages of development, but hopefully will get its feet off the ground some day. 
    I cheated a bit on the first one, as I took inspiration from the Brother Bear opening in the beginning, and some of the orchestration from the Shmi Skywalker theme for the ending:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ddrOw3ukiX6Vk4og0sr8vfaKeFj4YpzT/view?usp=sharing
     
    I think the second theme is a bit stronger, but I still took some inspiration from "Anakin's Dark Deeds" for the first half, as the scene I was thinking of when I was writing for that had a similar tone to the Revenge of the Sith one. 
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vNMNdWz0NQ3xPUrdjoFOwhSGbR7xan8F/view?usp=sharing
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    karelm got a reaction from superultramegaa in The Composer's Thread   
    This is part of suite I am working on.  Just a little overture.
    KE_Neb - Clyp
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    karelm reacted to AC1 in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    One of the few female composers that we have in the classical world. Anyway, she's always interesting and the sound recording of this release of 1989 is exemplary.
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    karelm reacted to Tom Guernsey in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    My partner has been buying each edition of this set for me for Christmas and birthdays since we did a Sibelius pilgrimage to Finland a few years ago (for me, rather than him!). Finally got the last box today! Amazingly comprehensive (makes LLL or Intrada look careless ;-) and some very fine performances. Notably excellent set of symphonies and tone poems. I must admit that the masses of short chamber pieces he wrote are perhaps more of academic interest but still an essential set for the hardcore Sibelian!

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    karelm reacted to Ludwig in The "Here They Come" Appreciation Thread   
    After studying so many of Williams' action cues and looking at this one, it's clear that "Here They Come" doesn't draw on his go-to materials for action writing in any significant way (i.e., octatonic and hexatonic scales). Sure, there are elements of them, of course, but the main vamp of the cue defies any consistent use of a scale or harmonic pattern. And yet it doesn't sound like a patchwork in the least.
     
    It seems that Williams had developed his action style enough even by this time to have a large buffet of options at his disposal. And what comes across is the confidence in being able to harness them without a compositional pattern in mind but simply by blending them into a coherent and distinctive battle-music cue. This, to me, is one of Williams' greatest strengths as a film composer: to be able to take more-or-less common materials (at least for action writing in this case) and shape them into something distinctive. Original while being entirely traditional (for film music) at the same time.
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    karelm reacted to Thor in The "Here They Come" Appreciation Thread   
    It's a good track, but "The Asteroid Field" remains my favourite SW action cue.
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    karelm got a reaction from Loert in The Composer's Thread   
    Thanks mate!  That's exactly it but it's a band of space travelers (Guardians of the Galaxy type of thing).  
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    karelm got a reaction from Loert in The Composer's Thread   
    This is part of suite I am working on.  Just a little overture.
    KE_Neb - Clyp
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    karelm reacted to Naïve Old Fart in The Quick Question Thread   
    Until ofterwise proven, @karelm, assume that all music in RETURN OF THE JEDI (except where indicated and discussed) was composed by one John Towner Williams, esq.
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    karelm got a reaction from Bayesian in Is John Williams considered to be the best film music composer?   
    John Williams is the greatest human being ever.  Period.  That's a scientific fact.
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    karelm got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in The Quick Question Thread   
    The EMI Karajan Sibelius is so great.  But I haven't heard the DG other than the Violin Concerto and No. 7 which I think are also fantastic.  HVK was a great conductor like Bernstein and Stokowski.  Anything they did is unique and wonderful.  Might not be authentic are true to the score.  For example, NEVE pre-amps are fantastic, but they color the music.  There is a "NEVE" sound.  That is big part of what people call the Abbey Road sound.  It's the vintage pre-amp used for those classic recordings.  They don't really exist any more because those vintage tube amplifiers are now digital copies.  I've used vintage NEVE pre-amps and they sound fantastic and nothing like their contemporaries but they do color the sound.  In my opinion, in a a positive way.  For example, it adds depth and presence.   It's very hard to explain to modern listeners because most of these frequencies are removed through compression so you never notice it in the first place.  95% of people don't hear any differences with compressed audio so this topic is only for the 5% who do notice.  That's the same as 95% can't tell the difference between $10 wine and $10,000 wine.  A very small group of audiophiles do notice and do care but almost no one else does.  
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    karelm got a reaction from blondheim in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    I love and agree with nearly everything in your post.  The coda of No. 4 and 8 are my favorite Bruckner (along with No. 9).  And I've been lucky enough to experience the entire Ring cycle performance which was mind blowing.  
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    karelm got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    I love and agree with nearly everything in your post.  The coda of No. 4 and 8 are my favorite Bruckner (along with No. 9).  And I've been lucky enough to experience the entire Ring cycle performance which was mind blowing.  
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    karelm reacted to Marian Schedenig in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    Take #3 - Bruckner's codas:
     
    As far as transcendentalism/spirituality goes, nothing can top the coda to Bruckner's 4th for me. The final outburst (esp. with the schmetternd horns) is certainly also epic/enormous/majestic, but ultimately that's just the destination that everything before transcends to:
     
    And while it may seem more like a candiate for the epic/enormous/majestic category, in how it concludes the symphony (and knowing Bruckner's background), I also put the coda to the 8th firmly in the transcendental camp. Plus it has a small interlude of life-affirming melancholy that may be brief, but is one of my favourites (and certainly the first that came to my mind) at 1:26:
     
     
    Take #4 (my last one, hopefully)
     
    Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Specifically the Erlösungsmotiv and the coda.
     
    The Erlösungsmotiv is first heard during in the final act of Die Walküre (here at 5:05 sung at by the incomparable Gundula Janowitz). It acts as a sort of eucatastrophy theme when Sieglinde learns that she is pregnant (with Siegfried, whose own theme is introduced right before). As such, it seems to me to be the very definition of life-affirming melancholy:
     
    And then, the 5 minute instrumental culmination of the 15 hour cycle:
     
    It starts when Brünnhilde sacrifices herself on Siegfried's funeral pyre, with chaos in the form of the fire encompassing the entire stage and the Rhine swelling and flooding the pyre. Once the Rhine and the Rhinemaidens have devoured the RIng and Hagen (after his last words at 1:08), the scene clears, and the transcendental coda leads to a new world by stacking various leitmotifs on top of each other, including the Rhinemaiden theme, the Wotan/Valhalla theme that reaches its majestic climax with burning Valhalla's last gleaming at 3:07, and the reappearing melancholic Erlösungsmotiv, all on top of the spiritual Rhine/nature string swirls, until the Erlösungsmotiv takes its final transcendental turn right before the closing chord.
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    karelm reacted to Koray Savas in M. Night Shyamalan's OLD (2021)   
    I’m a Shyamalan apologist and this movie was pretty awful. Makes The Happening look Oscar-worthy. Dialogue and acting are some of the worst I’ve ever seen.
     
    I thought the concept was great and even liked the twist. Just executed like an amateur filmmaker. 
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    karelm reacted to Jurassic Shark in The Quick Question Thread   
    Toy Story.
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    karelm reacted to Naïve Old Fart in The Quick Question Thread   
    TOY STORY 2, TOY STORY 2, and TOY STORY 2.
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    karelm reacted to Ludwig in The Quick Question Thread   
    I don't know about which I'd say is best, but I've always liked this set piece of the score from Toy Story 2:
     
     
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    karelm reacted to Edmilson in The Quick Question Thread   
    Probably the second, but I love all of them (even though I like 4 a little less than the first three).
     
    Also the second.
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    karelm got a reaction from publicist in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    Thanks for posting.  I really enjoyed it!
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    karelm got a reaction from May the Force be with You in Is John Williams considered to be the best film music composer?   
    John Williams is the greatest human being ever.  Period.  That's a scientific fact.
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