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  1. Thanks Jay. I’ve compared both the ‘99 OST and the 2018 release and the timpani shifts position on both. At 3:13 it’s on the right and 4:04 it’s on the left. 

    I listened again and those two solo moments for timpani are the only time I really hear timpani in the piece. Mostly I hear the ritual/tribal drums (or whatever he labels it in the score). It’s possible they could have recorded those isolated timpani moments at a later session and then panned it wherever they wanted to when they patched it in. 

  2. Hi Blondheim. To put it very generally, I would say pre mid-70’s Barry was much more jazzy and unique (in regards to orchestration). Late 70’s through the end of his life he really settled on a very definite orchestration that fit his style. Violins would play the theme, horns and trombones played the chords, and celli and harp played a counter melody. 

    Again, that’s a very general way of categorizing it as there are outliers in both of his different style periods. I think above all, Barry was very focused on melody and harmony. Apart from the Bond films, he disliked “Mickey mousing” aka scoring the action precisely. As Nic Raine once put it, Barry would just write a piece of music and things would sync automatically. He was more concerned with the mood and feel of the piece with how it related to picture rather than how fancy or dense it was compositionally or how it “hit” the action. 


    Here are a few additional pieces which might help you decide which direction to go in. 

    The Knack (1965)


    Deadfall (1968)




    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)






    The Deep main title (1977)




    High Road to China (1983)



    The Specialist (1994)



  3. On 4/29/2021 at 7:09 AM, Jay said:

    I would speculate any early versions of Rogue One's cues that JW heard and asked to be changed were synth demos, and that the orchestra only recorded the revised versions

    @ocelot might have some details on this. I can’t find the thread but a year or so ago there was a big discussion about the whole Gia/Williams Rogue One situation. 

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