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According to the program for tonight's concert at the Royal Albert Hall:     (photo by Chewy)

Ron Howard: "He didn't."

Me every time this thread gets bumped  

3 hours ago, Docteur Qui said:

Can't please everyone 😓


I don't mind: if it's slow, the cue doesn't end too soon :) 


2 hours ago, Docteur Qui said:

I just chose a tempo that sounded best with the limited sampled instruments I have.


I want to try and do more mockups myself, I only did this one but I have to get better.

Used an oboe instead of a clarinet, and you can still feel the coldness of midi, but hey,

still a damn good JW tune! 



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Debating the relative merits of the HP films, and the relative merits of their scores, is one of those tedious traditions that's somehow unavoidable. We all have our opinions on which are good and which are complete shit, myself included, but on the whole I'm a big fan of the films and scores. It would be nice if we could come up with a way to talk about them without having to debate their relative merits all the time. I'm not sure what that would look like, though. The Harry Potter Film Series Lovefest thread? The Harry Potter No Comparisons thread? A series of individual threads? It might just be a lost cause, something we're doomed to repeat until we die.

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They both sound like TV scores to me, but I've got to admit that I enjoy them more overall than GOF. Doyle's work sounds like a film score, but I have a hard time actually sitting through it. Something about his writing style wears on me after only a few tracks/cues. I enjoy it at first but then quickly it starts to come across as histrionic and overbearing. (His waltzes are exquisite, though.) Hooper's work on these films has a rather cheap, small sound to it, but I think some of the writing is really nicely evocative.



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This debate again, eh? It's not surprising that many find his work sounds like TV. That's where he came from, as did Yates. And tbh, Order of the Phoenix also feels like a made for TV movie a lot of the time when I watch it. 


I have no qualm with smaller sounding scores. In fact there are scores that sound far smaller that I enjoy immensely. Sure. They're small for Potter and what came before, but I honestly don't mind them. Now, I will say I don't particularly love most of Order of the Phoenix, but I also don't hate it. I did adore "Fireworks" in particular. One of my favorite cues from the series. But I actually really enjoy the score for Half-Blood Prince.


He doesn't work for some people, that's fine. I also like most of the Potter scores Williams or not so take that as you will. If I had to pick some that I like less than the others though... I typically skip Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows Part 2.

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39 minutes ago, carlborg said:

Are the Hooper sounding like TV comments only directed towards the size of the orchestra or are there any other factors?


I can't speak for anyone else, but for me it has more to do with the quality of the recording and mixing. It's far more noticeable on album than in the film. I don't mind a smaller ensemble.


And yes, @mahler3, there's definitely some time warp going on.

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