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7 hours ago, igger6 said:

I liked the previous trailer's music better.  It was "nerdier," if that makes sense, incorporating not just the main line of Rey's theme but some of the minor motifs as well.  Actually, in one statement of Kylo Ren's theme (over some ship destruction in the second half, I believe) I even thought I heard an incorrect note.  As Will stated, though, it's miles ahead of other franchises' trailer music.  And it is a strong testament to the continued influence of Williams' music (even his newest music) that we have character-appropriate leitmotivic music being custom-written for a commercial.

 

7 hours ago, Will said:

 

Yeah, I actually was not even sure if that was intended to be a variation of his theme. It's definitely a little different. But I liked it, in any case. 

 

From what I can hear, Kylo Ren's theme in TFA starts on the dominant, the 5th note of the scale. In C minor, this would be G - F# - C - Eb - G, with a held low C underneath it as the chord root. However, in this trailer, the theme starts on the tonic, the 1st note of the scale, and keeps the same intervals, or exact note structure, but keeps the same low C as the chord root. C - B - F - Ab - C. This is why it sounds like there are "wrong notes" in it. Interestingly enough, it also forces the harmony to change (on the Ab), whereas TFA version can stay on a static chord. This simple transposition sounds so much more majestic, and has a bit more shape and direction to it, in my opinion.

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There's some interesting twists on the Jedi Steps theme here. Can't help but wonder if this was inspired by something Williams wrote for the score proper?

 

It's not totally out of the realms of probability.

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42 minutes ago, toothless said:

The music in the trailer is not by Williams. But we never know… It could be some of his ideas taken out of the score then re worked by the trailer house.

 

I doubt Williams would let some computer monkey composer debut his music, in typical trailer fashion, before he himself could introduce the piece properly.

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As much as I want to believe that we have heard some JW, I feel fairly certain that he had absolutely no involvement in this music. Over and over again, we've underestimated the talent of the trailer composers, believing that they couldn't possibly have created the cool variation of ______. 

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I really hope the action variation of Rey's Theme in the first trailer was influenced by a cue in TLJ's score.

 

That melody works fantastically in action mode, similiar to the Force Theme at the end of Empire when Leia tells Chewie to turn the Falcon around.

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I haven't read any of the earlier posts on this thread, but who else heard a rendition of the Imperial March towards the beginning of the trailer, during the first few scenes on the island with Luke and Rey? I may be mistaken, and the theme is barely recognizable, but that's what it sounded like to me.

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6 minutes ago, JohnSolo said:

I haven't read any of the earlier posts on this thread, but who else heard a rendition of the Imperial March towards the beginning of the trailer, during the first few scenes on the island with Luke and Rey? I may be mistaken, and the theme is barely recognizable, but that's what it sounded like to me.

 

It's definitely there, some kind of variation. It's more "recognizable" if you speed the video though.

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Its not the two melodies are thematically connected, per se. It's that - in the single time that the melody appears - Williams weaved hints of the Imperial March in and out of it. I don't believe it's foresight on Williams behalf: just an dramatic avenue that the music explores.

 

"The Jedi Steps" is essentially Luke's theme. It just was inverted. If it recurs in The Last Jedi and attached to something other than Luke, we may begin to think of it as a theme.

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Here's our first article by an utterly clueless reporter:

 

http://screenrant.com/star-wars-last-jedi-trailer-john-williams-new-score/

 

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While we’ll have to wait another couple months to hear the soundtrack in its entirety, the most recent The Last Jedi trailer almost certainly featured multiple cues from John Williams’ latest score, although maybe not any one specific track. While the much-anticipated trailer plays host to a slew of sounds (often perfectly synced up with the images), there are several cues that bear Williams’ signature brand.

 

The article doesn't even mention Rey's theme or Jedi Steps! :lol:

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The music as we hear it has clearly been "beefed up" for the trailer. There could be some actual Williams underneath the added percussion, brass and choir though. 

 

The score has been recorded for some time now. I see no reason why the trailer's composer or arranger won't have referred to Williams' work for the film. At least we're hearing the themes that will be used rather than some generic takes on classic themes like the Rogue One trailers.

 

And I still remember people swearing that there was no way Jedi Steps was Williams when it first appeared in a TFA TV spot ;)

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Huh - I just looked up every trailer music company I could think of and none of them were talking credit for this. Maybe they had in done in-house??

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5 minutes ago, Will said:

Huh - I just looked up every trailer music company I could think of and none of them were talking credit for this. Maybe they had in done in-house??

 

You have way too much time on your hands Will.  Aren't there girls out there you can be flirting with instead of doing that? :)

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Eh, it only took me about two minutes. ;)

 

5 minutes ago, Skelly said:

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Ah, okay, thanks for that. I'd never heard of that company before. 

 

EDIT: Just looked in the comments of that past, and look what I found... Our favorite guy appears to have worked on it as well (Felix Erksine):

 

 

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I wonder how LFL finds these various trailer companies to do these, and how they even pick one to go with each time.  Or do they send the trailer to like 5 at once and then go with their favorite after they submit stuff?

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Yeah I get the sense that they have multiple do them and then reject all but one (or cut multiple together). I've seen posts in the past with supposed "rejected cues."

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3 minutes ago, Fal said:

Wha are these "rejected cues" usually like?

 

Here's a rejected RO trailer 2 cue:

 

 

In the comments Douglas notes that he "made the top three or so." So I guess they really do commission a lot of cues!

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Yeah just as an example that rejected RO trailer composer above said that he was instructed to write an epic version of the Imperial March. But then maybe when they heard that they decided it was too bombastic and not "emotional" enough. 

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I don't understand any of the posts in this thread suggesting it could be Williams. Now that we have confirmation, it's a moot point but even before confirmation it is so clear to anyone who is a fan of JW that he did not write this trailer music. 

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6 hours ago, artguy360 said:

I don't understand any of the posts in this thread suggesting it could be Williams. Now that we have confirmation, it's a moot point but even before confirmation it is so clear to anyone who is a fan of JW that he did not write this trailer music. 

 

I agree. I wonder how you can listen to Williams music and be a fan of it, yet be so clueless about his style to the point that you believe that a generic trailer track like this could be Williams. On the other hand, those people could find endless hours of listening joy by Youtube'ing random "epic" and "epic trailer" music. So I suggest they do that and add to their listening collection...:)

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Was there such music at all?

 

The scoring process had wrapped up quite some time ago.

 

Even if it were to launch during the sessions, something is telling me that scoring this kind of trailer isn't really Williams' style. I mean, how do you apply thematic material intelligently to a trailer such as this? The actual trailer music, while it utilizes his themes, applies them like mood music.

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It kind of surprises me that with all the milking Disney is doing with SW, and that a new trailer is a big deal, they don't take the opportunity to put the trailer music on Itunes.

 

Just advertise it on YouTube/official website and watch the $$s come in.

 

In terms of the trailer itself, it looks and sounds pretty average to me.

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2 hours ago, SafeUnderHill said:

Has the unused second TFA trailer music written by Williams been released anywhere?

 

No, unfortunately. 

 

Well, we suspect that part of it might be heard here in this TV spot, but that's just a guess:

 

 

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