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Check out this great article with lots of pictures of James Horner's studio   http://jameshorner-filmmusic.com/visit-studio-james-horner/

Very important historical document: https://ia601500.us.archive.org/11/items/calauem_000217/calauem_000217_access.HD.mp4   &#

Just a bump in remembrance of this great man. I listen to his music every day one way or another and he is dearly missed. Thank you.

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There is a pleasure I feel when I listen to Horner's music that I do not get when I listen to Williams, for the most part.  I am in awe of Williams scope and technique and absolutely love his music, but with Horner, its more like his music just reaches out to your heart, without demanding emotion, just showing it to you.  Its a very beautiful thing. 

And Horner was no slouch technically either.

He is indeed missed.:james:

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He was better than everyone. I was listening to Apollo 13 earlier. What a glorious score and so avant garde. What possessed him to combine this bold militaristic Americana yet distinctly Horner music with a children's choir? It's brilliant. You can't argue with the results. I love this man.

 

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...There are other people that love Horner more than Williams?

...Is it safe to come out then?

Though I don't really find any reason to argue one composer's strengths against another's, it's merely that I pull out Horner albums a bit more often. I know there's the whole "But all his scores sound the same!" nonsense, but you can really say that for any composer, and that's just the consequence of trying to listen to every single score of a composer you like. Hence I don't feel the need to own any more Goldsmith's than I already do, for example. 

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2 minutes ago, kaseykockroach said:

...There are other people that love Horner more than Williams?

...Is it safe to come out then?

Though I don't really find any reason to argue one composer's strengths against another's, it's merely that I pull out Horner albums a bit more often. I know there's the whole "But all his scores sound the same!" nonsense, but you can really say that for any composer, and that's just the consequence of trying to listen to every single score of a composer you like. Hence I don't feel the need to any more Goldsmith's than I already do, for example. 

 

My 3 favorite composers of all time:

 

1. Hans Zimmer

2. James Horner

3. John Williams

 

I came out for you so you can feel more safe. Williams is unquestionable the greatest of all time though imo. 

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4 hours ago, Batman's Diet Coke said:

What possessed him to combine this bold militaristic Americana yet distinctly Horner music with a children's choir? It's brilliant. You can't argue with the results.

 

Oh, you can, the cooing choruses of syrupy proportions always being the worst, kitschy concession to new age by Horner. But such aesthetic considerations aside, 'Apollo 13' was a very distinctive work, doubly impressive as being another quickly written score in  Horner's most busy period in between 'Casper', 'Braveheart' and 'Jumanji'.

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Wow, that publicist really loves to lay on the disdain. He’s the JWFan equivalent to FSM’s late RM Eastman with the levels of arrogance and insults flying at everyone who isn’t him. He’s on ignore because I find that kind of thing he does just lame and tiresome. I’d rather focus on positives than pointless criticism. Whatever his axe is that he feels needs grinding, it’s likely a polished stump at this point. 

 

Also the only music in JADE that wasn’t used much was the Chinese source music. Most of the score itself was used. Edited as most scores are, but used in the film. 

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Academic curiosity: What is the earliest "documented" form of the Danger Motif? Film, cue, Youtube link, anything. Khan's the earliest I know of and it's pretty prominent there.

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On 4/6/2019 at 10:24 AM, Holko said:

Academic curiosity: What is the earliest "documented" form of the Danger Motif? Film, cue, Youtube link, anything. Khan's the earliest I know of and it's pretty prominent there.

 

He used it in his Roger Corman films he was scoring when he was in his early 20's.  Battle Beyond the Stars had it, lots of cribbing, and the blaster beam because that was the thing then. Remember Horner started with Corman with ultra low budget films mascarading as big budget productions.  So if you hear it https://www.discogs.com/James-Horner-Battle-Beyond-The-Stars-Original-Motion-Picture-Soundtrack/release/3425689 you will hear a TV quality early JH score full of the tropes of the time and tons of derivation.  BUT what is very important is that Horner fans hear the original of the distinctive composer we grew to adore.  It is sort of like seeing Picasso with crayola. 

 

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I've known about that project for a while, but not been allowed to say anything (Kim, who is one of the people behind this project, is an acquaintance of mine). I won't be able to attend, but I hope it results in some form of recording. I've been curious about "Spectral Shimmers" for as long as I've been a Horner fan.

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As I said on the fsm board we are ambitious and hopeful about a recording. It’s just too soon to say anything definitive about that aspect. 
Kim has gone above and beyond while keeping us in the loop even when he had to go down his own path to make this happen. 

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