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Everything posted by Maglorfin

  1. I shall never forget my first viewing of Saving Private Ryan when the shock caused by this masterpiece only hit home when the end credits - and with them Hymn to the Fallen - started rolling, and that was when the tears finally rolled down my cheeks. So it's pretty evident which piece gets my vote.
  2. So do I, and assholeness ain't half bad either!
  3. I'm not sure what you mean, since I don't have the FSM box, but to me it sounds all right, very similar to the miking and mixing of Star Wars. I guess it must've had something to do with acoustic and sonic qualities of the Denham studios and its Anvil stage where a lot of 70s and 80s scores were recorded, many of them by Tomlinson. The Anvil scoring stage possessed a clear and well-defined ambience with dimensions of approximately 65 feet across, 80 feet deep and 50 feet high. 19 Orchestras of up to 120 players could comfortably fit within the space. [...] The studio was readied for recording in half a day during which approximately 23 microphones were carefully positioned at distances ranging from two to ten feet from instruments. Alan Snelling was Eric Tomlinson’s assistant from 1975 to 1979 and recounted “Eric’s order of the day” for miking Star Wars, which included many Neumann and Telefunken tube condenser microphones – see side bar. 20 It was this choice together with prudent placement and Tomlinson’s wide stereo panning that gave Star Wars and the Anvil recordings from the 1970s their distinctive sound. You can find this and a lot of other interesting information here and here.
  4. Does the word assholery actually officially exist in English language?
  5. Ordered yesterday, got an e-mail today saying "Will ship in 1-2 weeks".
  6. So this book is coming out soon. Has anybody (pre)ordered it yet? I'm very interested and I can't wait to lay my hands on this one, I'm sure I'll like it as least as much as I like Adams's book about LotR music. 007 and his music certainly deserve a book such as this, and no better time to publish it than the 50th anniversary!
  7. Here's a vid of the famous O Fortuna from Orff's Carmina Burana, arranged by yours truly for strings and percussion, and performed by the school orchestra I was playing in at the time (like 4 years ago). The recording is far from perfect but it's the only one I have. Hope y'all like it anyway!
  8. Same here. Man, I hate it when that happens. I don't know why, it's nothing catastrophic and the plastic insert can easily be replaced, but I hate it anyway.
  9. Can't waaait! Do you guys think there's any chance for the pre-concert talk? That would be cool, and it happened on at least two LSO film music concerts in the last few years (although it's true that composers like Arnold, Jones and Doyle were in attendance, and no composers are planned to attend this concert ...)
  10. Oliver Stone's World Trade Center. A great movie and a beautiful tribute to the heroism that happened on 9/11.
  11. John Powell - The Bourne Identity I totally love the main theme (bassoon solo). It's just perfect for Bourne with its melancholic, solitude-evoking character.
  12. OMG! You're rich!! I didn't know that.. Oh come on I've been working for 8 years now so I guess I can afford 90 pounds to buy my very probably favourite boxset of all time! Well it sure ain't cheap, I'll give you that alright but if I could only buy one boxset in life and/or take it to a desert island, this would be it. I take my 007 obsession very seriously!
  13. I actually went to have a look at my The Planets collection and found out I currently have 13 orchestral versions (incl. the one conducted by Holst), 2 versions for two pianos, a version for organ, a version for wind band and the Tomita version! Whew!
  14. For me, the best one I've heard so far (and I've heard many) is Charles Dutoit with Montreal Symphony Orchestra, I guess from 1987.
  15. I went to that concert and it was great but I remember being disappointed because JW wasn't conducting.
  16. As a diehard 007 fan I voted for Skyfall, after all it's Bond 50th anniversary this year! But of course I'm also very much looking forward to The Hobbit, I'm especially interested in hearing what Shore had to say this time around.
  17. OK, so these are albums which definitely had a strong influence on my life, maybe mostly because of having listened to them so many times! - Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory - John Williams - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - Miles Davis - Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew - The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, White Album and Abbey Road - Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings Complete Recordings (all three) - Richard Strauss - Eine Alpensifonie (Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker recording) - Trevor Jones - Cliffhanger - Bill Conti - For Your Eyes Only - Morten Lauridsen - Lux aeterna - John Rutter - Mass of the Children - James Horner - Aliens - Jerry Goldsmith - Alien - David Maslanka - Symphony No. 5 - Ennio Morricone - The Thing - Gustav Holst - The Planets - Johan de Meij - Symphony No. 1 'The Lord of the Rings' - Ludwing van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 - John Williams - Superman - Richard Bellis - Stephen King's IT - Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy It's absolutely impossible to pick just five!
  18. Ordered this baby today: I ordered it from HMV because as a Hmv Exclusive, a set of artcards is supposed to come with the boxset. Man, lucky whoever can be in London this coming Monday ... Check this out: The James Bond Blu-ray arrives at HMV Oxford Street, London. hmv Oxford Circus, London - Mon 24 September at 10.07pm Iconic Bond girl Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN) will arrive in style at HMV in the Aston Martin DBS from QUANTUM OF SOLACE, followed by classic villain Richard Kiel (Jaws, MOONRAKER, SPY WHO LOVED ME), who will meet visitors and present one lucky Bond fan with a signed golden briefcase, containing all of the films.
  19. Bought today for 5 EUR each: - Alexandre Desplat - The King's Speech - Dave Grusin - Best of the GRP Years
  20. I actually pondered ordering this (although I already have the boxset) just to get Manfredini's autograph but in the end decided against it. I might regret it later but what the hell, I'm going to London in two months and I'll need all the money I can save for HMV and similar stores ...
  21. Jesus H. Christ, you made me turn green with envy! Cliffhanger is definitely one of my all-time favourite soundtracks, especially after Intrada's awesome 2 CD release, and I've always dreamed of hearing the main theme performed live! Hope somebody's uploading something to YouTube, I'm dying to hear this!
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