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Old 06-25-2016, 11:26 PM   #16
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Disclaimer: The following is just my personal opinion. Music is different for each person. Keep in mind, I like dark, muscular, thematic orchestra and throbbing synths (Tangerine Dream sounds, ROBOCOP and STARSHIP TROOPERS, etc.).

After seeing the movie, replayed, about a month ago, I Amazon ordered the MEET JOE BLACK CD (yes I live in the past) It has one or two themes that blow me away - up there with the best, but the CD as a whole is kind of boring for me.


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And frankly, I'm stunned that anyone would suggest his quality of worked dropped off after Jedi. I mean, Jurassic Park!!!
I stand by what I said, though I reworded this paragraph to say that JURASSIC PARK is an exception. The main theme is fantastic. The rest of the score seemed good, but not enough to make me want to hear it in isolation...until this conversation. Perhaps, I'll give it a closer listen.

I believe that Williams peaked with EMPIRE (Vader's theme, the Asteroid Field, the wonderful heroes' themes, Bopa Fett, etc.) and E.T. When RETURN OF THE JEDI came out, it was the first time I was a little disappointed with a STAR WARS score. (A lot could have been the tone with the Ewoks involved. I can't stand them.) It was really good, but not up to his previous work. Also, the original release didn't have the best part - some of the Emperor scenes and the choir theme as Luke beats down Vader. I since got the full version and that made it much better.




As for the other scores since? You see what's in my picture. There is little outside of that J.W. collection that makes me want to listen further. WAR OF THE WORLDS and the new STAR WARS stuff sounded so empty to me. Sure, I liked the Dual of the Fates theme and the Anakin and Padme love theme. There was another, too. The rest didn't call to me, at all.

I'm a guy who bought 3 double albums of the original STAR WARS score, because I kept wearing them out on my record player. (Thank goodness for CDs.) Every song was great. The motifs of LOST IN SPACE were being channeled and elevated in a magnificent way. The first time I heard STAR WARS, it was already familiar to me.


So what happened? Was I just getting older? Nope. Scores like Steve Jablonsky's TRANSFORMERS and Danny Elfman's Music For A Darkened Theater compilations were blowing me away. The scores to OBLIVION and EDGE OF TOMORROW are fabulous. The former wakes me up, every morning.

Again, this is all my opinion. If I told you I went gaga over Bear McCreary's EUROPA REPORT soundtrack, you might think I'm crazy.

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Old 07-27-2016, 09:12 AM   #18
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I wish I'd mentioned the theme from the 'Thin Red Line' by Hans Zimmer. One of my favourites ever. When he's on his game he's ace. When he's Batman V Supermanning he's headache inducing.

Oh and 'Evey Reborn' from V for Vendetta. https://open.spotify.com/artist/0s1ec6aPpRZ4DCj15w1EFg

Awesome.
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Old 12-30-2016, 12:14 PM   #19
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Hans Zimmer, Ryuichi Sakamoto and A R Rahman. In that order.
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:54 AM   #20
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For me it is absolutely Howard Shore.
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:52 PM   #21
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I like Rachel Portman although she's not my favorite.

I've become acquainted with and really like Ursine Vulpine's trailer music (Frederick Lloyd).

https://soundcloud.com/ursine-vulpine

Thomas Newman is one of my favs.

I also really like Brian Tyler's Children of Dune and Greatest Game Ever Played scores....

Too many to name...
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Old 06-26-2017, 05:44 PM   #22
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Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Mike Verta, Ramin Djawadi, the list goes on.
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Old 07-02-2017, 11:12 PM   #23
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Man, his work on Riot on Lagos and Femme Fatale were so great.
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:40 AM   #24
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Michael Giaccino, good stuff. I didn't know his name before today, but I like all of those scores (the ones I've seen/heard anyway). Ditto that for Dean Valentine. Scoopic, the music you linked of his almost sounds like a what would happen if Elfman and Zimmer collaborated.

As far as Williams is concerned, it is my opinion that he's still at the top of his game. I don't agree that there's been any drop-off in quality or innovation. His score is damn-near the only reason to watch any of the Star Wars prequels, and I think the music was just as good in Force Awakens. And frankly, I'm stunned that anyone would suggest his quality of worked dropped off after Jedi. I mean, Jurassic Park!!!

I'm also eager to see what comes of Junkie XL. I think his collaboration with Zimmer on Supe.v.Bat was fantastic, and I LOVED what he did for Fury Road.

+1 on Junkie XL, the man is a genius!

His YouTube channel is a hive of film composing tutorials and vintage synth porn, what's not to love?!

https://www.youtube.com/user/junkiexlofficial
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:26 AM   #25
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Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL, Henry Jackman and Thomas Newman.
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:25 AM   #26
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Michael Giaccino, good stuff. I didn't know his name before today, but I like all of those scores (the ones I've seen/heard anyway). Ditto that for Dean Valentine. Scoopic, the music you linked of his almost sounds like a what would happen if Elfman and Zimmer collaborated.

As far as Williams is concerned, it is my opinion that he's still at the top of his game. I don't agree that there's been any drop-off in quality or innovation. His score is damn-near the only reason to watch any of the Star Wars prequels, and I think the music was just as good in Force Awakens. And frankly, I'm stunned that anyone would suggest his quality of worked dropped off after Jedi. I mean, Jurassic Park!!!

I'm also eager to see what comes of Junkie XL. I think his collaboration with Zimmer on Supe.v.Bat was fantastic, and I LOVED what he did for Fury Road.

I see we have the same taste.

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Old 10-13-2017, 07:57 AM   #27
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Basil Poledouris, Clint Mansell and Michael Nyman.

BOSSES of soundtrack!
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:51 PM   #28
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John Williams is by far the best living film composer. Even if he's not at his best, he's still better than all other composers. He is the only one left who holds a candle to the great composers of the golden age of cinema, who were completely influenced by classical music and that style should be considered the definitive way of scoring movies. The greatest film scores can stand alone as a great piece of music worthy of listening to on its own.
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The greatest film scores can stand alone as a great piece of music worthy of listening to on its own.
Agreed.
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Old 10-14-2017, 01:00 AM   #30
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John Williams... is the only one left who holds a candle to the great composers of the golden age of cinema, who were completely influenced by classical music and that style should be considered the definitive way of scoring movies.
Ennio Morricone, one of the greatest, still around.
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