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I liked Snyder's film and welcome another installment. Not sure if there's enough "palette" here for Zimmer to do something spectacular, but I'm definitely curious.

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9 minutes ago, Thor said:

I liked Snyder's film and welcome another installment. 

 

Really? Wow! I like Snyder's Dawn Of The Dead but I was really disappointed with Army Of The Dead. And nobody gives Snyder more slack than me! Nobody!

 

 

 

 

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I fucking hated Army of the Dead. It's Batman v Superman levels of bad, maybe even worse. Holkebborg's score was so fucking pointless and generic.

 

I don't care if it's John Williams that is scoring the prequels/sequels/whatever the fuck Netflix wants to do with this so called "franchise", I won't watch it.

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2 minutes ago, Edmilson said:

I fucking hated Army of the Dead. It's Batman v Superman levels of bad,

 

That's not true. The tension between Supes and Bats in BvS is way more interesting than the cliche moaning between these two:

 

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38 minutes ago, AC1 said:

That's not true. The tension between Supes and Bats in BvS is way more interesting than the cliche moaning between these two:

 

Yeah, you're right. Even BvS is not as horrible as Army.

 

I still think Snyder's best film was his previous zombie movie, Dawn of the Dead.

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3 hours ago, Thor said:

I liked Snyder's film and welcome another installment. Not sure if there's enough "palette" here for Zimmer to do something spectacular, but I'm definitely curious.

I hope we'll get a cool heist score like the Now You See Me scores!

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Coming soon on Blu-ray:

 

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Sony Music will release on Blu-ray The World of Hans Zimmer: Live at Hollywood in Vienna. The release will be available for purchase on October 29.

Description: Thrillers such as THE DA VINCI CODE, science fiction films (INCEPTION), sandal and pirate movies ranging from "Gladiator" to "Pirates of the Caribbean", historical epics about the likes of KING ARTHUR, animation films à la KUNG FU PANDA, romantic comedies (THE HOLIDAY), and war movies (PEARL HARBOR)… When one lists the different film genres represented 2018, they're all there.

The musical ingenuity of one of the most accomplished film score composers is equally comprehensive. We are, of course, talking about Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy winner Hans Zimmer. While some describe him as "the rock star of film music", others believe he has been the dream factory's most innovative symphonist for the last 20 years or more.

On the occasion of the presentation of the 10th Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award to this exceptional artist on behalf of the City of Vienna, his orchestral film compositions - some of them newly arranged by Hans Zimmer himself - are performed for the first time in a concert hall. They are brought to life musically by illustrious companions and fellow musicians, as well as by the impressive ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna.

 

Source: Blu-ray.com
 

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Can anyone tell me what the best presentation of Interstellar is? Sounds like there were a lot of really cool things that were tried and recorded in the sessions, but so little of it seemed to have made it to the OST.

 

Things like these minimalist oboe figures:

 

 

Clearly this work was an ambitious undertaking. I just wish the whole score leaned more into those Reich/Glass-esque ideas and embraced its natural acoustic properties more. The clips in the video above sound lovely, but I think some of that material ended up sounding over-produced on the OST itself.

 

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Just now, KK said:

Can anyone tell me what the best presentation of Interstellar is? Sounds like there were a lot of really cool things that were tried and recorded in the sessions, but so little of it seemed to have made it to the OST.

 

The first OST released at the time of the movie did indeed omit a lot of the very nice things recorded for the project; However, the current "Expanded" OST available on all digital / streaming platforms (and a physical 2-CD set) contains everything you are looking for (it only misses some some specific film cues only found on the FYC album, but don't worry about those).  Each "Disc" essentially operates as its own separate album, with the first disc (the original OST) leaning more towards specific film cues, and the second "disc" leaning more towards his idea pieces that aren't written to picture

 

https://music.apple.com/us/album/interstellar-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-expanded/1533983552

https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_ksMcoC36wmr-fyFQfcpM_TjVqo3pBA1H4

https://open.spotify.com/album/3B61kSKTxlY36cYgzvf3cP?si=tNEBvyudR4Swl2kaZMVTpQ

https://www.qobuz.com/us-en/album/interstellar-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-hans-zimmer/previ0q8mktub

https://www.hdtracks.com/#/album/5faaac97e84a0e12979e3470

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JLXYJMB

 

If you really want to examine how the various albums were assembled, you can look at this:

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yDVlbkzOW6Ytmts4aUQ43pOOVdaLFqBg1KyJUjl4Dd8

 

But I'd recommend just listening to the Deluxe OST as-is and letting the music wash over you instead of examining it's makeup.

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Best version is the OST. It's fairly repetitive music, so at 72 minutes it's already stretching patience. In fact, there might be an even better, shorter version hiding in there.

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There's never been a session leak for Interstellar. People just took the FYC album and pretended t was the sessions

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I've had a long playlist based on the FYC but never really listened to it. I think Thor's on the right track with this one - there are a handful of ideas, and if, like me, you're not familiar with the film (saw it precicely once) and aren't that bothered about specific cues heard in the film, then I'd suggest there's maybe 30 mins or so of concepts to be found.

 

It's still a bit annoying for the wider good that they didn't put the rest of the FYC-only cues on the newest album - that was a nice opportunity to release the whole score for those who want it.

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The only important cue missing from the deluxe version of Interstellar is Quantifiable Connection, but the FYC version of that cue is unlistenably corrupted anyway.

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Not sure about the motivation for posting the video, Quintus (if it was out of appreciation or something else...hopefully the former), but I loved it! Very moving towards the end; he has a big heart.

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2 hours ago, Quintus said:

2:23.... Awkwaaard 😂

 

Bhaha he was asking for it.

 

Ooph...taking all these Hollywood blockbusters and conflating his sense of self-importance so callously just reeks of exploitation.

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38 minutes ago, KK said:

 

Bhaha he was asking for it.

 

Ooph...taking all these Hollywood blockbusters and conflating his sense of self-importance so callously just reeks of exploitation.

That whole interview was pretty cringe-inducing. It’s clear he means well when he says things like that about his music, but, wow, trying to make something special about the fact that he recorded the Lion King just before the ANC won the first free election in South Africa is some next-level hubris. What exactly was his point there?

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He’s not tying the score to the free election - he’s tying vocalist Lebo M to it. 
 

I liked the video - it’s cheesy in that news puff piece way, but it’s fairly rare that film composers get a spotlight like this.

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3 hours ago, Bayesian said:

What exactly was his point there?

He gives these people a job to pay their bills, which is really great and tries to build a narrative around it to sell the concerts, which... is not necessarily that great. 

But if it works...

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3 hours ago, mstrox said:

He’s not tying the score to the free election - he’s tying vocalist Lebo M to it. 
 

I liked the video - it’s cheesy in that news puff piece way, but it’s fairly rare that film composers get a spotlight like this.

 

Agreed. Good stuff.

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3 hours ago, mstrox said:

He’s not tying the score to the free election - he’s tying vocalist Lebo M to it. 

Ok, but even so… what was his point in linking him to the election? The two had nothing to do with the other, which makes Zimmer sound really transparently opportunistic. But hey, if it makes for a nice sound bite, what’s the harm, right. 
 

God, I really hate Zimmer. He’s a feel-good cancer on film music. I need to stay out of this thread.

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1 hour ago, Bayesian said:


 

God, I really hate Zimmer. He’s a feel-good cancer on film music. I need to stay out of this thread.


Probably yes. In fact, I’m not quite sure what you and a couple of others above are even doing in a Zimmer appreciation thread if you have so much antipathy against him?

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9 hours ago, Thor said:


Probably yes. In fact, I’m not quite sure what you and a couple of others above are even doing in a Zimmer appreciation thread if you have so much antipathy against him?

Quite simply, Thor, they are exercising their right to free speech, and as long as they remain within JWfan rules, they are entitled to do so, no more, no less.

Over the years, JWfan has attracted a few JW haters, but they have all had the good grace to leave, after a while.

I'm not trying to defend Bayesian (I'm sure that Bayesian is more than capable of doing that), and I will go on record by saying that I am not a Zimmer hater, but to try to elevate film music (film music, for cryin' out loud!) to this sort of social level, is pure hubris.

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8 hours ago, Naïve Old Fart said:

Quite simply, Thor, they are exercising their right to free speech, and as long as they remain within JWfan rules, they are entitled to do so, no more, no less.

 

 

Yes all opinions are allowed on JWFan, but appreciation threads are specifically there for only positive discussion about the subject that it is an appreciation thread for; Therefore negative opinions on Zimmer belong in a different thread than this one

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I saw Wonder Wonder 84 yesterday, because I knew Zimmer gave his very best on that score. The music is very good indeed and the movie is obviously insufficient next to it.

 

Another case of "the music saved the movie"!

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