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1 minute ago, Disco Stu said:

It'd be fun to create a parody alt account on the forum with the persona of only posting well-known Williams anecdotes/factoids as if they're obscure.  I'd use the Michael Caine catch-phrase "Not many people know that" and maybe with Caine as the avatar to encourage people to read the posts in his voice.

 

"Fun fact: The ending parade music in The Phantom Menace is actually the Emperor's theme in disguise.  Not many people know that."

 

Not many people know that when Spielberg showed JW Schindler's List, ... 

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1 hour ago, Richard Penna said:

I'd venture to suggest that's what happens almost all the time. One can compose themes for specific characters or sentiments but if something just works... whatever :) 

 

I mean, there's no possible way that Hedwig's Theme is a theme for Hedwig. It's just JW's main theme and he thought that sounded a cool name on the album.

Yeah, except in the Hobbit.

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4 hours ago, Disco Stu said:

It'd be fun to create a parody alt account on the forum with the persona of only posting well-known Williams anecdotes/factoids as if they're obscure.  I'd use the Michael Caine catch-phrase "Not many people know that" and maybe with Caine as the avatar to encourage people to read the posts in his voice.

 

"Fun fact: The ending parade music in The Phantom Menace is actually the Emperor's theme in disguise.  Not many people know that."

 

Meh, we already have posters that do that. (I flip-flop on whether it's hilarious or just a really good way to deter anyone new from joining the community.)

 

In all fairness, I was directly responding to an incorrect statement that was offered in good faith, as far as I can tell.

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Has there been a prior personal confirmation from someone about the current pressings being fixed? I got a copy of a rip someone made after purchasing from presumably the new stock, and it definitely is fully lossless.

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I assume you're talking about this thing with the musicless "sound of air?" Jay says that "later pressings" are fixed.

 

Your post gave me a scare, I thought I'd bought a box of MP3 CDs or something ("I bought some cereal from the store, and this box is definitely cyanide-free").

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There's a difference between saying it, and someone actually proving it :P

 

"Fully lossless" isn't meant to imply the previous set was purely MP3 quality. Given the explanation that has been provided, I suppose it's reasonable to think it isn't quite the same thing, but if it's considered a flawed source that ultimately was used, then I would still call it partially lossy (if only 5%).

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On 08/01/2023 at 8:42 AM, ragoz350 said:

In any case, the scene was later greatly shortened, so it's unclear why these bars was needed. 

 

Wasn't there a story going around that during the recording sessions it turned out that Williams had not been given the latest edit of the film and subsequently had to rush to revise a whole bunch of cues? If that's true it's possible that he wrote the inserts for the newer cut of the film, then the final edit (after the sessions) truncated the Whomping Willow sequence in different areas.

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On 08/01/2023 at 5:02 PM, Docteur Qui said:

Wasn't there a story going around that during the recording sessions it turned out that Williams had not been given the latest edit of the film and subsequently had to rush to revise a whole bunch of cues?


This story came from the film's re-recording mixer, Richard Beggs.
http://web.archive.org/web/20160805013817/http://www.soundsonline-forums.com/showthread.php?t=30499

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Tonight I attended a master class by Academy Award winning sound designer Richard Beggs. Here are some interesting points I took away:

  • On one of the movies he worked on, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, the sound design deliberately did not 'hit' anything 'run of the mill magical' (to suggest that that was normal in the world of Harry Potter).
  • In that same movie (Harry Potter), John Williams was given an old version of the movie (as in: not the final cut). They found out at the recording stage in London where the score was to be recorded live using the London Symphony Orchestra, much to the distress of John Williams (and probably everyone). They had to rewrite and reorchestra parts of the score (the musicians in the meanwhile doing crossword puzzles).
  • John Williams typically delivers 6 tracks of music, to be mixed down with the dialogue and effects. On the same Harry Potter movie, the director didn't like certain harp glissandos. Since they didn't have individual tracks, it was quite a burdon to recut the music to eliminate. In the wake of that experience, John Williams apparently has considered delivering individual stem tracks instead of just six mastered tracks.


On the last point he mentions something about harp glissandos.  I don't know what he's talking about.  A long time ago I took a good look at the written score and I didn't notice any big harp things which were cut out of the movie.  Perhaps the poster misheard harpsichord as harp, since I remember there were some harpsichord parts in the written score that are either missing or mixed very low in the final score.


Beggs also did "Sleepers" and JW did him a big favor by respecting the sound effects.  In 2020 Beggs said: "I did a Barry Levinson picture, Sleepers, where I put a tonal sound in a temp mix--a dramatic sound--that had no basis in reality. It worked well. I got a call from John Williams's music editor. John wanted the original sound so he could listen to it and score against it. But not everyone will do that."

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If someone fucks up and gives Williams the wrong cut, I'm not sure what the response should be, given the exact circumstances, but having Williams and his team rewriting frantically while the players do crosswords? Seems like a bad way to solve it.

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The rewrites can only be guessed about, but apparently many cues were recorded "as is," even if they were for the old cut.
Perhaps urgent changes were made only to a few cues, for example, in which it was decided to insert the WttP theme (Woods Walk, Summoning the Patronus, Sirius and Harry): the final versions of these cues are shorter than previous ones, and these revisions may well have been made in a hurry... 

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17 hours ago, Richard Penna said:

If someone fucks up and gives Williams the wrong cut, I'm not sure what the response should be, given the exact circumstances, but having Williams and his team rewriting frantically while the players do crosswords? Seems like a bad way to solve it.

 

Were the players supposed to compose? 

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3 hours ago, ragoz350 said:

The rewrites can only be guessed about, but apparently many cues were recorded "as is," even if they were for the old cut.
Perhaps urgent changes were made only to a few cues, for example, in which it was decided to insert the WttP theme (Woods Walk, Summoning the Patronus, Sirius and Harry): the final versions of these cues are shorter than previous ones, and these revisions may well have been made in a hurry... 

Very interesting theory. Especially because some of the cues (woods walk, Harry & Sirius) arguably became more interesting in their revised form. I think especially Woods Walk sounds meandering and totally aimless in its original forms.

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4 hours ago, mrbellamy said:

 

Were the players supposed to compose? 

 

Of course! :)

 

But I do think they should've delayed the sessions and given Williams the time to do it properly. Studio pays - they've messed up.

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53 minutes ago, Holko said:

No! He should have recorded them as is (so we get more JW music) and told them to edit it however they want!

We wouldn't get more though, you would just end up swapping.

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3 hours ago, Richard Penna said:

 

Of course! :)

 

But I do think they should've delayed the sessions and given Williams the time to do it properly. Studio pays - they've messed up.

 

Idk how these things work either but I guess this proposal would be assuming Williams had that time in his schedule to work on it and come back by the release date, and not sure how close they were to that. And securing the players and studio space for future sessions that would still hit their deadline....it could have been more than WB being cheap. It might have meant others writing additional music and conducting the sessions, maybe resorting to a different ensemble and studio altogether. 

 

It sounds like a shitty situation but they are professionals after all. Whatever they did, they were able to do it efficiently and it worked. 

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1 hour ago, mrbellamy said:

 

Idk how these things work either but I guess this proposal would be assuming Williams had that time in his schedule to work on it and come back by the release date, and not sure how close they were to that. And securing the players and studio space for future sessions that would still hit their deadline....it could have been more than WB being cheap. It might have meant others writing additional music and conducting the sessions, maybe resorting to a different ensemble and studio altogether. 

 

Agreed. Recording sessions are an incredibly complex undertaking. The amount of money needed to secure further sessions with Williams, the players, engineers, studio etc would've been astronomical - all assuming that this could work with the film's very tight deadline and that there was even an option to do so in the first place. Many of the involved parties were likely under various contracts at the time. It's not a studio being cheap; it's a necessary response to a situation that shouldn't have happened but nonetheless did. Thankfully Williams and his team are absolute professionals (which is one of the many reasons he is so well-respected in the industry); working with agility is/was in his nature.

 

Who knows, if it weren't for this bungling we may never have had the Window to the Past theme at all - its unclear exactly when in the process Williams wrote the theme, but the initial versions of many cues it appears in had a completely different - and, IMO, less effective - theme known around here as "Remembering Mother".

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2 hours ago, Manakin Skywalker said:

 

Well sure! They each write their own individual parts, and then perform them together! It would sound a little something like this...

 

Do I hear some raiders march near the end?

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