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Since Powell is more retired than John Williams at the moment, check out Dominic Lewis' score for Free Birds. It's his first solo gig, but he's been a helping hand on most of Henry Jackman's stuff, as well as How To Train Your Dragon. He got the job based on Powell's recommendation to the filmmakers. It very much resides in that grand sound he popularized so well, while retaining its own voice. No electronics, minimal percussion and quirky instrumentation, this is just the kind of stuff I feel like many of you guys want in contemporary scores.

Unfortunately it's not up on YouTube to taste test, but give the samples at Amazon a try. "Fowl Play" is excellent.

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^^^ So yeah, John Powell has confirmed it. The Choral Works album, titled "Hubris", will be released on June 15 ( The Prussian Requiem pieces will be included too) So yeah, within 2 wee

HTTYD is a flawless score. I could listen to it again and again. HTTYD2 is good but HTTYD feels so much more organic IMO.   I think a large reason for the successes of these scores is the st

Great interview with Powell: http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/john-powell/50304/john-powell-interview-scoring-bourne-hans-zimmer-faceoff-and-more

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Wow, sounds a lot better than expected! It seems to employ Powell's usual bag of tricks, but it has a certain freshness to it. Not his most fresh work by any stretch, but at least he seems to be having more fun here than the original score, and it shows.

On a side note, Powell's orchestrations seem to keep getting better with every new score. It's quite amazing.

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I like that fact that the scores become increasingly acoustic with each entry, as the character becomes more human. Or at least acoustic-like.

Karol

I always thought Bourne was at his most human in the first film (which is still the best).

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You can say that about a lot of Powell cues/scores ;)

Yeah, but the first two Bournes do much for me than most of his other stuff. With the exception of Names Without Faces I'm not a fan of ULTIMATUM.

No love for Tangiers? One of the best action cues of the 00s right there.

I find it pretty monotonous, TBH. Would've been better if there was more harmonic variety, like that in that cue I posted.

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Very interesting interview with Powell about his carreer in general, going through by some specific scores...

(about Bourne Identity) "People have used it as a temp. One of the hardest pieces on Face/Off was temped to David Arnold’s music for Independence Day. It was hell. Everything was being compared to this and you can’t get past it. He later said to me, 'That fucking Bourne Identity score keeps coming up in fucking temp scores.' I said, 'Well, I got you back.' That’s why film music is getting terribly uninteresting. It’s a snake sucking its own cock. Everything sounds like The Dark Knight if it is big and epic. Everything sounds like Bourne Identity if it is small and spy-y."

http://www.empireonline.com/features/john-powell-career/p1

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Wow, those three upcoming concert pieces sound much more interesting than any Powell film he's been associated in quite a long time. Heck, maybe in his whole carreer. The musical possibilities are fantastic! Let's see what surprises our boy has in store with this.

I've been wanting him to do concert work for quite a while now, so this is great news for me. I just hope he doesn't end up in the Don Davis situation of being unable to return to film scoring, although with his recent comments about the current state of film music, it seems Powell's last thing in mind is to return to film. Good luck, John! Can't wait to hear those three upcoming works.

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