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Post by Chris Aguilar » 7 years ago

Here's a great article (with audio samples) highlighting the very best of John Williams movie theme music.

For the most part, I agree with the the rankings they've chosen.

I'm especially fond of the "planet krypton theme" from the original Superman movie.
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Post by Bob Gerdes » 7 years ago

What a great article!

Thanks for the link, Chris.
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Post by Zane » 7 years ago

My heart skipped a beat when I saw the title; I thought he was dead.

Incredibly prolific; I'm fond of the end titles for Presumed Innocent and some of the chase music in Last Crusade (both mentioned in the article).
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Post by Chris Aguilar » 7 years ago

I do think the guy ranked the superman main title way too low. But his overall picks were very well done.
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Post by Bob Gerdes » 7 years ago

They're not ranked in the article, just assembled for your listening pleasure:
To celebrate his auspicious anniversary, we have gathered together in no particular order 80 of his greatest cues to showcase the dizzying scope and seemingly unfathomable depths of his genius.
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Post by Chris Aguilar » 7 years ago

Hah, see what I get for jumping right to song samples without reading the full text?
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Post by James In Toronto » 7 years ago

Chris Aguilar wrote:Hah, see what I get for jumping right to song samples without reading the full text?
Speaking of which, here's a direct link to the sample of the Raider's March[MP3] for anyone who wants a ringtone.

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Post by Chris Aguilar » 5 years ago

It's not John Williams, but I forgot that the uber-crappy "Supergirl" film had a really nice score by Jerry Goldsmith.

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Post by Chris Aguilar » 3 years ago

This old thread reminded me how much I love some of Goldsmith's lesser known works.

This movie is just insanely fun too. I remember reading the book at some point and it was also quite good. Connery actually did all his own stuntwork atop the train. Really rousing score.


Recently re-watched the "Boys from Brazil" and had forgotten how much elegance his score brought to the table. I was a bit surprised that the movie still stands up quite well.



Youtubing around, I had forgotten that he also wrote the soundtrack for Logan's Run, a movie that really does deserve a proper remake.
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Post by Chris Aguilar » 3 years ago

I'm also reminded of this beautiful piece of music by James Horner from the "Rocketeer".



I'm pretty sure Copperfield used it for one of his TV specials, but I can't remember which one.
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Post by Chris Aguilar » 1 year ago

Listening to this beautiful score by Jame Horner (RIP).


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Post by Chris Aguilar » 1 year ago

John Williams marches (Raiders especially) are great. His march from from the otherwise shitty "1941" is pretty damn good.



Speaking of march type themes, how can I not mention Jerry Goldsmith's classic trek theme, which I think stands head an shoulders with anything Williams has done. It's just slower and more majestic than the abridged version that was co-opted for the "next generation". Here's a nice live performance that folds in a bit of "Ilya's theme", a really pretty piece of music.



Or his stirring "Klingon theme"

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Post by Chris Aguilar » 1 year ago

One of my all time favorite movie themes is getting a update by the same guy who initially created it. John Carpenter's "Halloween" theme. I remember sitting in the theater (12 years old!) with my dad, and hearing this theme (well the original) and remembering how it conveyed so much... dread.

Fortunately, the updated version respects that with a few nice twists.

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Post by Chris Aguilar » 4 months ago

Some more of my favorite movie music, this time a stellar live performance suite (with original composer Alan Silvestri) from the Back to the Future films. What's kinda interesting is that the music plays in chronological order (starts with part 3, set in the 1880, then continue with the music from the first two films that take place in the 80's and 2015).

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