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    MikeH got a reaction from Will in Williams composing fanfare for the Hollywood Bowl centennial - "Centennial Overture"   
    This is great! I’m hearing some influences from the beach montage cue in Jaws as well. 
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    MikeH reacted to p0llux in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    I can acknowledge the patriarchal society we live in and especially in film music. However, if this score was written by a man, we would've roasted him the same. The sus activity from Disney and the sus performance of this score are the issues at hand, not the composer's gender. 
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    MikeH reacted to Tydirium in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    What do you mean? You don’t think it’s strange that they waited so abnormally long to announce her? (They even announced the Andor composer before her, and that show comes out even later.) You don’t think it’s strange that her Obi-Wan theme was replaced at the last minute with a theme by John Williams? You don’t think it’s strange that she wasn’t allowed to adapt JW’s theme in her score, and instead one of his decades-long collaborators Bill Ross was hired? You don’t think it’s strange that Bill Ross apparently ended up doing way more than simply integrating JW’s theme, to the point that he even scored big sequences like the Obi-Wan vs. Vader duel? You don’t think it’s strange that Ross gets a big listing all to himself in the credits, right after Holt’s name, rather than appearing later with the additional music composers? You don’t think it’s strange that this is a show full of legacy characters set between the PT and OT, and yet not a single JW legacy theme has shown up yet?
     
    Come on, there are way too many things out of the ordinary here. Frankly I find it ridiculous that you could think the desire to make sense of all this, is rooted in sexism. We would be just as curious (and upset at the problems with this score) if this were a male composer.
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    MikeH reacted to Dr. Know in Williams composing fanfare for the Hollywood Bowl centennial - "Centennial Overture"   
    I want to destroy these people who talk through the entire performance.
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    MikeH got a reaction from Bayesian in "Violin Concerto No. 2 and Selected Film Themes" Williams / Mutter album & Blu Ray   
    Agreed so much. I’m a member on the vi-control forum for composers and anyone there who is underwhelmed by the new Obi-Wan piece is convinced that he’s past his prime and obviously experiencing ‘cognitive decline’ since his writing is different than it was 40 years ago. Can you imagine? I could only wish to be as good as JW is this year or any year. Haters gonna hate. 
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    MikeH got a reaction from Bayesian in "Violin Concerto No. 2 and Selected Film Themes" Williams / Mutter album & Blu Ray   
    People just want the big famous themes from him no matter what. They (even composers who should know better) don’t see how much his orchestration and application has become better and better over the decades. When “Book Thief” came out Conrad Pope talked about how transparent JW’s orchestrations have become and the clarity in which he expresses his ideas. Today, if they can’t hum the theme after hearing it the first time they bitch and moan. Memorable themes are a crapshoot no matter how much of a legend you are. 
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    MikeH reacted to Jay in THE LAST JEDI - OST Album MUSIC Discussion (No Movie Spoilers)   
    what a random but timely bump for me, I listened to my new copy of the OST album today (I finally got the jewel case version) and quite enjoyed it!  I hadn't listened to any version of the score in a while.  That Fathiers track is good, yea, and I also really like A New Alliance and Chrome Dome
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    MikeH got a reaction from Taikomochi in "Violin Concerto No. 2 and Selected Film Themes" Williams / Mutter album & Blu Ray   
    People just want the big famous themes from him no matter what. They (even composers who should know better) don’t see how much his orchestration and application has become better and better over the decades. When “Book Thief” came out Conrad Pope talked about how transparent JW’s orchestrations have become and the clarity in which he expresses his ideas. Today, if they can’t hum the theme after hearing it the first time they bitch and moan. Memorable themes are a crapshoot no matter how much of a legend you are. 
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    MikeH reacted to crumbs in The Fabelmans recording session photos   
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    MikeH reacted to Bespin in "Violin Concerto No. 2 and Selected Film Themes" Williams / Mutter album & Blu Ray   
    Cognitive decline?
     
    We have several members in this situation on the forum! 
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    MikeH reacted to Not Mr. Big in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    Disaster
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    MikeH reacted to toothless in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    Just watched ep 3… I will preface this by saying I loved Loki's score and am by no mean a Nathalie Holt hater or anything. I will also say that I found Powell's score for Solo to be great so I'm not just shittalking because it's not Williams score. But wow… the music in that episode was so bad… the music itself was bored to death and so was I. How can you possibly end up with this! There's something fishy imho.
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    MikeH reacted to michael_grig in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    I think, the theme for Vader itself sounds very good, the problem is that there is already a better one.
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    MikeH reacted to Luke Skywalker in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    Damn, it was depressing to read those mark griskey comments. I hope he works again someday 🙁
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    MikeH reacted to SilverTrumpet in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    I was chatting with him once about him trying to get KOTOR 2's soundtrack released and I think he made some comment about how it was looking very promising...for whatever that's worth. 
     
    I know we're supposed to hate Jeremey Soule now. He seems like a weird guy, but that's not relevant to the fact that he wrote some stunning music for KOTOR 1.
     
     
     
    With that said, KOTOR 2 is easily the better score for the live orchestra alone.
     
     
     
     
    This is why I get so angry at people who've been Star Wars fans for five minutes. They claim all this weird different sounding in new Star Wars media can be whatever it wants to be because the only established Star Wars sound is the movies and it's time to branch out from that. There was a clear Star Wars sound for decades. Not everyone is a John Williams imitator like Haab (who I generally like a lot), but there was still distinctive Star Wars DNA in all of these scores. 
     
    It's the same thing as when they didn't have an opening crawl for Rogue One and Solo, and the excuse was that only the main saga films had opening crawls and that's what made them distinctive. Again, that's how you can spot that a person is trying to speak from some authority and doesn't know their shit.
     
     
     
     
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    MikeH reacted to DarthDementous in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    Hmm, I don't think so. This was something that he talked about end of last year:


    Griskey's Twitter in general is quite interesting, he was recently-ish talking about how he wants to release a 5.1 version of the KOTOR 2 soundtrack officially and is trying to get that done through the official channels. Might explain the recent DMCAs

    However, it's also quite sad. His house burnt down in February (and took the life of his pet sadly) and he's had to pick his life up from the pieces. I don't think he's doing well financially thanks to the fire and him allegedly getting fucked over in his contract with Lucasfilm, and it seems he's more than keen to compose for Star Wars again but no one at Lucasfilm is giving him the time of day despite his illustrious career with them. Complete and utter waste of talent, it seems like it's the same story with a lot of the absolute legends who worked on the pre-Disney expanded universe content, although some of them refused to contribute to the new era due to creative differences
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    MikeH got a reaction from pete in "Violin Concerto No. 2 and Selected Film Themes" Williams / Mutter album & Blu Ray   
    Agreed so much. I’m a member on the vi-control forum for composers and anyone there who is underwhelmed by the new Obi-Wan piece is convinced that he’s past his prime and obviously experiencing ‘cognitive decline’ since his writing is different than it was 40 years ago. Can you imagine? I could only wish to be as good as JW is this year or any year. Haters gonna hate. 
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    MikeH got a reaction from Andy in "Violin Concerto No. 2 and Selected Film Themes" Williams / Mutter album & Blu Ray   
    That interview was fabulous! Loved it. 
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    MikeH got a reaction from BB-8 in "Violin Concerto No. 2 and Selected Film Themes" Williams / Mutter album & Blu Ray   
    That interview was fabulous! Loved it. 
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    MikeH reacted to Not Mr. Big in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    Holt's The Planets
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    MikeH reacted to Disco Stu in "Violin Concerto No. 2 and Selected Film Themes" Williams / Mutter album & Blu Ray   
    Very true.  He saved Christmas, went to jail, went to camp, etc.
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    MikeH reacted to Tom in "Violin Concerto No. 2 and Selected Film Themes" Williams / Mutter album & Blu Ray   
    That is one of the best interviews with Williams I have ever heard.  
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    MikeH reacted to ocelot in Natalie Holt's OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022)   
    No idea. All I know is that she could not come up with a theme and Kathleen went to Williams to come up with one for Obi Wan. That i know is true.
    I personally do not think Holt is a good composer on something like Star Wars. It's all bland and has no emotional impact. I did like some of the scoring in episode three though, there is some syncopation and some rhythmic ideas, HOWEVER, what BEWILDERS me beyond belief is that we see Darth Vader and the pay off would have been huge with the Imperial March and we don't even get a hint of it? Even in Mandalorian, when they talk about Yoda, you hear his theme, when Luke uses the force, we get the force theme. What on earth is going on here?! What IDIOT green lit no use of the Imperial March. Yes Williams does not want certain composers mishandling his themes but you have Bill Ross here who can arrange any and all Williams themes specifically for when they are needed like with Vader and Force theme usage. I also agree with whomever said, why not give the whole show to Bill Ross.
    As a gay man I understand the whole "diversity" and "inclusion" hence Holt being named composer so they can say, oh look, we hired a woman here (again something I heard in the Hollywood grapevine). But I also think get the best person for the job. 
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    MikeH reacted to mstrox in OBI-WAN KENOBI (Disney+ series)   
    I find the writing and directing perfectly good.  The things I’m seeing people call bad are just conventions of the genre which have been present in various ways since 1977 and well before.  Mustache twirling villains tying people to train tracks and what have you.
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