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    MikeH reacted to Fabulin in Williams debuts "Helena's Theme" from Indiana Jones 5 at the Hollywood Bowl   
    Yes! The friendship theme immediately sprang to mind after I heard Helena's. It gives the score a sense of progression from TROS.
    I've really liked the style of TROS so here's hope more similarities are underway  
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    MikeH reacted to crumbs in Williams debuts "Helena's Theme" from Indiana Jones 5 at the Hollywood Bowl   
    Well everyone heard allusions to the Emperor's Theme in Rey's Theme after hearing TFA and look how that--
     
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    Nevermind.
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    MikeH got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in Which Star Wars "Main Title" performance is your favorite?   
    I like The Last Jedi recording that went unused. 
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    MikeH reacted to Naïve Old Fart in Jaws (in 3D) and E.T. IMAX Rereleases (2022)   
    Were you taking any anti-psychotics, at the time?
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    MikeH reacted to Andy in Jaws (in 3D) and E.T. IMAX Rereleases (2022)   
    Well, I’ll be the first to admit I’ve beaten tree-face into the ground, but I had fun discussing it on social media today. I’ll also admit it was pretty gratifying to hear from Caprice Rothe, the original puppeteer who operated E.T.’s hands, who chimed in on my post!  
     

     
    Valid!
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    MikeH reacted to scallenger in Jaws (in 3D) and E.T. IMAX Rereleases (2022)   
    Saw ET last night and yup, all I can do is echo with everyone else saying how amazing it was. Sadly the nearest IMAX for me is one of those Regal fake ones, lol. But at least it was LOUD. Like the music was BLARING, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Hearing it that loud and in surround sound was incredible. The music and the movie itself... it was hard to hold back tears. There were definitely some that still escaped. The theater had a small crowd, that clustered sort of close together, and people were INTO IT. Such a nice experience.
     
    I also echo being one of those people who had NEVER noticed the "old man" face on the tree inside the ship before! Wow! Hahaha. That was a surprise to finally notice that detail.
     
    I'm excited to see Jaws next, and am debating between IMAX or 3D for it (although will choose IMAX 3D if available). I think in the end I would choose IMAX if I had to, again for the music to be as loud as possible.
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    MikeH reacted to rough cut in Jaws (in 3D) and E.T. IMAX Rereleases (2022)   
    Not as weird as a breathing tree face.
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    MikeH reacted to A24 in One Minute Of Musical Perfection   
    Didn't see that coming ...
     
     
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    MikeH reacted to Brando in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - 40th Anniversary Edition from La-La Land Records   
    Just got out of ET in imax, which was incredible! Definitely recommend it before it goes away. Anyways, was watching the credits and I noticed, ET’s music editor wasn’t Ken Wannberg. It was Ken Hall, which was kind of a surprise. Makes me wonder why Wannberg couldn’t do it for ET.
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    MikeH reacted to Fabulin in I Miss Ben Burtt!   
    Jango and Obi-Wan flying through the asteroid field is my favourite sound design sequence ever.
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    MikeH reacted to Andy in I Miss Ben Burtt!   
    As we steamroll through the content of the Disney Era of Star Wars, I am really missing the contributions of Ben Burtt.  
     
    There are a couple threads with some good articles linked, but the short story is after TFA, Lucasfilm phased him out and just use his catalogue to drag-n-drop, leading to just a muddy mess of sound, as Burtt describes in this article.
     
    Have any sound design examples from Mandalorian, Book of Boba Fett, Rogue One, Solo, Last Jedi, Rise of Skywalker, or Obi-Wan Kenobi stood out to you?  I can't think of any.  This forum dissected a bit of sound design from The Prequels, but in retrospect, they have a scintillating clarity (especially TPM) that is lacking in the current product.  
     
    It's not just the design, but the mixing and editing.  I crank up the Battle of Naboo, and when the Queen reclaims her Throne room, you hear every blaster bolt (Royal and Federation) echo around you, you hear the door slam slut with absolute clarity.  Even the punches, kicks, and body blows during the lightsaber duels sound painful and dangerous.  (Although I guess lightsabers now aren't that dangerous since it's pretty standard to survive being run through with one).  The tension in Jango's metal cable as Obi dangles from it, and his "uggh" from front to rear surrounds as he falls towards camera.  These examples aren't really innovative; they're just effective use of balance and clarity for emotional effect.
     
    I really enjoyed his contribution to Star Trek '09... the ship's nautical ping and the radio chatter, as well as the "pew - ping" of the phaser battle aboard Nero's Romulan ship.  The absence of sound as they begin their free fall jump down the drill.
     
    I know he's got his detractors, and it's always a competition with score, but I'm simply saying I miss hearing sounds that make me say "Whoah".  Hasn't happened in a while, and I'm afraid I am going to miss Burtt on Indy 5.
     
    I think it's really sad the way they gently showed him the door.
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    MikeH reacted to Tallguy in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson 2017)   
    Since it just came up as a clip in stuff I was watching I will take a stand and say that "Carrie Poppins" was one of the most thrilling scenes in The Last Jedi. I'm sure the music helped a lot.
     
    But more than anything in all six movies it underlined that Leia is a GORRAM SKYWALKER!
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    MikeH reacted to mrbellamy in Would You Want a Filmmaker to reuse John Williams cues the way Tarantino uses Morricone?   
    I think generally with this stuff, the deeper the cuts the better (unless the recognizability is part of it, especially for comedic effect) but yeah I could get into it. 
     
    That use of The Fury in Euphoria was cool
     
     
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    MikeH got a reaction from Loert in John Williams Composer Fee? How much per film?   
    Pretty sure copying refers to the copyists/music prep (preparing the sheet music for the sessions). MIDI files transfer would be getting JNH’s demo midi files cleaned up and ready for Jeff Atmajian to do his orchestrations. 
     
    Orchestrating from MIDI files is a headache. It’s an incredible amount of work to go from a computer demo to sheet music that is actually playable by musicians. Orchestrators sometimes deal with hundreds of tracks in these midi files, often sloppily thrown together, and they basically have to sort out what is needed and what is not. Composers who want to impress the studio heads will just add more and more tracks to make a great demo, but when it comes to translating that to an orchestra it’s a lot of work. 
     
    JW has his short sketch score which, in comparison, is relatively simple to orchestrate out to full score for the copyists. 
     
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    MikeH reacted to crumbs in John Williams' DRACULA - MUSIC ONLY discussion   
    Nevermind, JWFan itself has a high-res version:
     

     
    This would look amazing converted into a vinyl cover.
     
    A bit surprised Varese haven't explored a vinyl reissue of this release yet. Would be perfect for Halloween!
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    MikeH got a reaction from Jay in John Williams Composer Fee? How much per film?   
    Pretty sure copying refers to the copyists/music prep (preparing the sheet music for the sessions). MIDI files transfer would be getting JNH’s demo midi files cleaned up and ready for Jeff Atmajian to do his orchestrations. 
     
    Orchestrating from MIDI files is a headache. It’s an incredible amount of work to go from a computer demo to sheet music that is actually playable by musicians. Orchestrators sometimes deal with hundreds of tracks in these midi files, often sloppily thrown together, and they basically have to sort out what is needed and what is not. Composers who want to impress the studio heads will just add more and more tracks to make a great demo, but when it comes to translating that to an orchestra it’s a lot of work. 
     
    JW has his short sketch score which, in comparison, is relatively simple to orchestrate out to full score for the copyists. 
     
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    MikeH reacted to Not Mr. Big in John Williams Composer Fee? How much per film?   
    One thousand dollars 
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    MikeH reacted to GoodMusician in Jurassic Park 2-CD (La-La Land) - 5th Of July 2022   
    Hey, look. I get it. You wanna be contrary.
     
    But for those of us who want to support music archiving… and future proofing of these assets… these releases are important. 
     
    For one, its Mike. He knows what he’s doing.
     
    For two, the original is out of print and I don’t know many people who wanna spend close to $300 online for it.
     
    Then there’s the fact it finally includes the only real missing performance from the old set AND the corrected film mix of another.
     
    Add to it the fact that the 20th Anniversary set many people do have is deeply flawed. This corrects that too.

    It’s ok to not want it but it’s ok for others to want it. It’s at least not whole sale deception like some other labels do or including poorly done editing / mastering…. I’d be one of the first to say it if so.
     
     
    You should also know as well as I do that these separate re-releases are usually how they go about EXPANDING things (superman anyone?) and seeing as there are 5 other film scores that could be released… I think it would be ignorant to think this will be just a one off thing.
     
    So in the end I WELCOME this and hope that we continue to get more of the music from the series!
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    MikeH reacted to Marian Schedenig in LA Phil's Sound/Stage Episode "John Williams Celebration" Releases July 8   
    I'm sorry (well, not really).
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    MikeH reacted to Alan in Jurassic Park 2-CD (La-La Land) - 5th Of July 2022   
    Took this opportunity to order along with Empire of the Sun and Saving Private Ryan.
     
    There's no way a score like JP getting re-issued could ever be a bad thing. It should never be out of print.
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    MikeH reacted to Holko in Jurassic Park 2-CD (La-La Land) - 5th Of July 2022   
    How is 5000 (minus double dippers) new people getting access to this score a ripoff? You bet, how about you listen and check? No need to be a willingly ignorant ass.
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    MikeH reacted to QuartalHarmony in RIP Flutist Sheridon Stokes (JW’s principal flute for 20+ years)   
    Yes please, if you’re offering.
     
    Didn’t realise it would be such an unreasonable request.
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