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Bah! There are no other (interesting) film composers.My orchestra started a new season with a free outdoor concert featuring the music of star wars. The audience went crazy, orchestra loved to play it

If I can reassure you, it's perfectly normal.

For me, it's working by phases. Currently I'm in a Classical music phase and I don't listen anything else, even Charles Aznavour (!).

I suspect your interest will return when The Force Awakens score will be out. :D

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You mean you listen to other film music but not Williams?

Because I don't listen to film music in general any more ..

When I listen to an ost, I want to be completely free of anything, lying in my couch and just listening to the music.

I can't listen to a soundtrack as a background to something I'm doing (either work, either browsing the internet).

I want the music to have 100% of my attention.

perhaps you have listened too much of him, and want to explore other composers?

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I'm in a phase at the moment where 90% of my listening is Lana Del Rey. I have listened to a few soundtracks - Desplat's recent material and Jurassic World to name a few. I'm also in a discovery phase; trying to find interesting new material, and most of it isn't scores.

It'll pass at some point, and I'll have a sudden urge to listen to some massively complex action cue out of the blue.

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I can sympathize. I have long periods where I don't listen to any Williams at all. Then I have periods when I only listen to the 60s stuff. Then when I only listen to the contemporary, but less known works. Then -- once in a while -- I tap into the famous titles that everyone loves (gotta spread it out, though, because I've listened to them so many times over the years that I don't want them to overstay their welcome). Then I even have periods where I ONLY want to listen to Williams, and start listening through all his scores chronologically.

So yeah -- as Bespin says, it's all perfectly normal. Even for Williams nutcases like us. It comes and goes, but always stays with you.

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It's important to explore other areas of music anyway! There are periods of months where I won't listen to a specific composer or style, but you cycle back around eventually. If you're listening to one composer several times a week for a long time and not giving that time to other types of music then you're just holding yourself back.

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I'm convinced it's all brain-based. Your brain needs periods of time to go fallow. Then, like magic, it grows hungry for music again. It does for me at least. I go through podcast phases, where I just don't need music. Then, I get sick of hearing people talk, and I go back to film music.

Then summer comes along and I need to hear a little pop or oldies.

it's very seasonal for me.

Have you ever had a major label release a grail like score when you're just not in the mood for it? For me, that was A.I., which just isn't a Spring/Summer score.

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The emotional impact of a lot of pieces i love, say THE FURY's 'Epilogue' or BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY's 'The Early Days', is greatly reduced if i listen to them too often. At the moment, A. I. is a score that needs to be put away. For 3 or 4 months at the least.

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I don't much anymore either (this post notwithstanding http://www.jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=25558)

When it comes to my own listening I've moved on to other things. Though I will occasionally pull a random Williams score off the shelf maybe 2-3 times a year and give it a thorough listen. It's refreshing to listen his music after not having heard it in a long time. I haven't listened to Close Encounters in years, that's one of the ones I'm going to revisit soon, and I'm really looking forward to it.

I still haven't listened to The Book Thief yet either. I will check that out at some point. I seem to remember it getting modest reviews.

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Right now I'm barely listening to any film music whatsoever, but that's mainly because it's 99% shit.

So, what's holding you from listening to old film music?

Repetition. I still listen to stuff in the car now and then, but my whole John Williams and film music as a hobby thing is long over.

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I listen to film music all the time on my hi-fi. And I'm mega impressed with a score if it has good dynamic range and hasn't been flattened in the mastering stage.

If I'm not listening to a Williams one day, it might be a Goldsmith, or a Horner, Silvestri, Barry, Arnold, Herrmann, Ifukube, Elfman, Young, whoever.

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Even I can skip JW for many weeks. I stick to other film music though

Bah! There are no other (interesting) film composers.

My orchestra started a new season with a free outdoor concert featuring the music of star wars. The audience went crazy, orchestra loved to play it and I had a boner. It's become a classic.

And this is only one side, one style of this chameleon, one of the most versatile composer.

If one only know/likes Johnnys 80' music (which I love) doesn't know this composer thoroughly. The 60's music, fanfares, 2000's gems, concertos etc...

I remember one comment about the Book Thief how boring it is.... Geez. I can find 15 adjectives to praise this score but not "boring"...

I just needed to write this, here and now, at the dark ages of JWFanNetwork.

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My film music dry period finally ended this weekend, when I watched Nightcrawler. Seems an odd score to reignite it (most of it is very low key), but the moment I heard The Shootout in context, it was like a switch turned in my head.

And to the original point - I hardly ever listen to Williams these days. Mainly because many other composers are very active right now, and Williams isn't.

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I don't know what happened. Suddenly, I had no interest in listening to the music of John Williams and it's continued for many weeks.

Very normal. I have not listened to anything by him for more than one month. There is a lot of music around us, not even John Williams would listen to his own scores every day!

Personally, I am now in a Sondheim + Prokofiev mood. In a few weeks, I expect the score of Willow to be released by Omni, and I am sure I will have a Horner period then.

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But.. but most of these very active composers now are also very uninteresting and generic...

And most of Williams' scores/other music are timeless, which you can revisit often...

Plenty of new interesting music being written. Not all of it is for films/TV/games.

I don't seem to have the call these days to listen to his older scores. Saturation I guess.

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