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    MikeH reacted to crumbs in What would be a good method to try to get Williams' signature?   
    Turn up on his doorstep with a kidnapped child then force him to play the Star Wars theme on trumpet. That'll do it.
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    MikeH got a reaction from TheUlyssesian in The Daily Mirror John Williams article (aka the "John Williams has never seen Star Wars!" thread)   
    That interview is word for word his interview with Tavis Smiley from last December. 
     
    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/composerconductor-john-williams/
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    MikeH got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in The Daily Mirror John Williams article (aka the "John Williams has never seen Star Wars!" thread)   
    That interview is word for word his interview with Tavis Smiley from last December. 
     
    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/composerconductor-john-williams/
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    MikeH reacted to BloodBoal in The Daily Mirror John Williams article (aka the "John Williams has never seen Star Wars!" thread)   
    I had never heard of these movies before. Has anyone seen them? Are they any good?
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    MikeH reacted to #SnowyVernalSpringsEternal in Han Solo movie composer   
    It's simple. John Williams is a better composer than Giacchino, and will naturally compose a better Star Wars score
     
    The end!
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    MikeH reacted to publicist in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    I just saw this lame movie (...why indeed?) and it is my solemn duty to report that the score is even more insufferable in the movie than on the album. Damn those brass triplets! They are Giacchino's bête noire (knowingly or not) and boy how he fucks them up: out of the 245 times they are used like a square peg in a round hole there are one or two times when they sound like they could fit the scene where they appear (i. e. when the girl opens the hatch in the data tower).
     
    It is probably not fair to condemn a composer with limited abilities in composition & orchestration for being sole creator and grail keeper of a 40 year old symphonic tradition at once within a 4 week timespan but let's hope at least some responsible person at Di$ney listens to the result, scratches his/her head, thinking 'We fired Desplat for...this?'.
     
    Knowing the Peter Principle and Murphy's Law i assume my wish will be answered by an announcement that Michael Giacchino will be the choice composer for every coming Star Wars score till kingdom come...and it would be a blessing in disguise. Gone would be the last reason to watch putrid spectacles like this that have absolutely nothing to say beyond 'Blow up Death Star'.
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    MikeH reacted to Muad'Dib in John Williams begins recording Star Wars Episode VIII score today in Los Angeles   
    The answer lies somewhere in page 7.
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    MikeH reacted to Marcus in Gordy Haab's Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)   
    Well, it's less jarringly awkward than the Rogue One score in terms of its writing, but it still ends up being entirely pastiche, lacking the elegance and panache of Williams. 
     
    If pastiche is the route to be taken, the only way to do it right, is to recruit a better composer for the job. 
     
    In terms of having the required skills, it would probably be more realistic to look to contemporary concert music, and find a composer with a strong sense of melody and deep understanding of music and drama.
     
    What I would wish for Star Wars, being such a musically driven film series, is that a strong sense of musical focus be retained: It certainly needn't be pastiche (perhaps it ought not to be), but it should be music that can stand firmly on its own, music with an identity and a sense of weight and consequence. 
     
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    MikeH reacted to TownerFan in John Williams begins recording Star Wars Episode VIII score today in Los Angeles   
    Personally I quite love the brooding tone and the dark colors of the music in ROTS. In terms of cohesiveness, I think it was a difficult task to keep up with a film with so many sequences and talking heads stuff. But the music still gives the film much more gravitas than was probably needed. At times, Williams pulled out all the stops to give th film an operatic flair otherwise absent--I particularly love the piece when Anakin is on the balcony on Mustafar after killing everyone, with those blasting fanfares that seems to come straight out of Čajkovskij's Manfred.
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    MikeH reacted to Will in John Williams begins recording Star Wars Episode VIII score today in Los Angeles   
    I absolutely adore the ROTS opening sequence score! "Get 'Em R-2!", "The Elevator Scene," etc -- wow! 
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    MikeH reacted to artguy360 in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    Listening again to the music in Krennic's Aspirations, specifically the big build up to Vader's castle, I'm not sure the film was poorly spotted so much as Gia just missed the mark tonally or just his usual lack of command of the full orchestra. This scene does call for BIG music, dark, evil sounding stuff. He just overshoots the mark a bit.
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    MikeH reacted to #SnowyVernalSpringsEternal in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    I think you (accidentally) nailed it.
     
    The March of The Resistance was written by JW for the use in a Star Wars score. That, by its very definition, makes it more Star Wars than anything any composer could ever contribute to Star Wars, imo.
     
    The thing is. Unlike Star Trek, Bond etc which has had many composers over the years. For me Star Wars music has only ever been associated with a single person, a single musical voice. 
     
    Star Wars is John Williams, even more then it is George Lucas (again IMO).
    I'm not sure a film carrying the SW name but not a score by JW will ever truly be a Star Wars film. Even if it will be better than the Prequels (and it will be hard to make films that are worse)
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    MikeH reacted to Not Mr. Big in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    March of the Resistance is great.  Better than anything Giacchino could ever write!  
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    MikeH reacted to Gruesome Son of a Bitch in Hook Suite, conducted by John Williams, with the Boston Pops, new clip on YouTube   
    When did Williams completely drop that old-school accent?
     
    "One of our great storytellas and great film mastahs."
     
    The cough around 2:50 scared the shit out of me.
     
    And what in the holy fuck is Spielberg wearing?
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    MikeH reacted to Bespin in The BFG - FYC Album   
    At 280 $ now it's maybe cheaper to hire someone to kill the guy.
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    MikeH got a reaction from Pieter Boelen in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    After listening to this album all day I'm now listening to the full Battle Over Coruscant cue from ROTS and had some thoughts.  I've always had a feeling that JW's ability to create these sorts of chaotic action cues and have them not sound like random crap comes from his jazz background.  Amid all the flourishes and changes, there's still an internal logic in structure and feel, almost like a jazz improvisation.  Perhaps that's why it can be easy to differentiate between a true JW action cue and pastiche. Any thoughts? 
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    MikeH got a reaction from Will in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    After listening to this album all day I'm now listening to the full Battle Over Coruscant cue from ROTS and had some thoughts.  I've always had a feeling that JW's ability to create these sorts of chaotic action cues and have them not sound like random crap comes from his jazz background.  Amid all the flourishes and changes, there's still an internal logic in structure and feel, almost like a jazz improvisation.  Perhaps that's why it can be easy to differentiate between a true JW action cue and pastiche. Any thoughts? 
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    MikeH got a reaction from Saxman717 in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    After listening to this album all day I'm now listening to the full Battle Over Coruscant cue from ROTS and had some thoughts.  I've always had a feeling that JW's ability to create these sorts of chaotic action cues and have them not sound like random crap comes from his jazz background.  Amid all the flourishes and changes, there's still an internal logic in structure and feel, almost like a jazz improvisation.  Perhaps that's why it can be easy to differentiate between a true JW action cue and pastiche. Any thoughts? 
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    MikeH got a reaction from crumbs in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    After listening to this album all day I'm now listening to the full Battle Over Coruscant cue from ROTS and had some thoughts.  I've always had a feeling that JW's ability to create these sorts of chaotic action cues and have them not sound like random crap comes from his jazz background.  Amid all the flourishes and changes, there's still an internal logic in structure and feel, almost like a jazz improvisation.  Perhaps that's why it can be easy to differentiate between a true JW action cue and pastiche. Any thoughts? 
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    MikeH got a reaction from artguy360 in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    After listening to this album all day I'm now listening to the full Battle Over Coruscant cue from ROTS and had some thoughts.  I've always had a feeling that JW's ability to create these sorts of chaotic action cues and have them not sound like random crap comes from his jazz background.  Amid all the flourishes and changes, there's still an internal logic in structure and feel, almost like a jazz improvisation.  Perhaps that's why it can be easy to differentiate between a true JW action cue and pastiche. Any thoughts? 
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    MikeH got a reaction from Not Mr. Big in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    After listening to this album all day I'm now listening to the full Battle Over Coruscant cue from ROTS and had some thoughts.  I've always had a feeling that JW's ability to create these sorts of chaotic action cues and have them not sound like random crap comes from his jazz background.  Amid all the flourishes and changes, there's still an internal logic in structure and feel, almost like a jazz improvisation.  Perhaps that's why it can be easy to differentiate between a true JW action cue and pastiche. Any thoughts? 
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    MikeH got a reaction from Amer in Michael Giacchino's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - 2022 Expanded Edition now available   
    After listening to this album all day I'm now listening to the full Battle Over Coruscant cue from ROTS and had some thoughts.  I've always had a feeling that JW's ability to create these sorts of chaotic action cues and have them not sound like random crap comes from his jazz background.  Amid all the flourishes and changes, there's still an internal logic in structure and feel, almost like a jazz improvisation.  Perhaps that's why it can be easy to differentiate between a true JW action cue and pastiche. Any thoughts? 
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