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ComposerRyan
Mar-07-2004, 05:00
I just LOVE movie music and, someday, I would love to have the opportunity to compose for a movie. I realize that it is a HUGE dream, but I have a huge passion for all types of music, including movie music. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif In fact, my brothers and I want to make a movie someday (which would be a miracle) and I would love to compose the music to it. We always dream about making a movie and we have a huge passion for entertainment.

So, what are your favorite soundtracks/film scores from the movies?

The following movies contain my favorite film scores and compositions:

-The Last of the Mohicans (Trevor Jones/Randy Edelman)
-The Mummy Returns (Alan Silvestri)
-Lord of the Rings (Howard Shore)
-The Truman Show (Burkhard Dallwitz)
-Dances with Wolves (John Barry)
-Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Tan Dun)
-Crimson Tide (Hans Zimmer)
-Gladiator (Hans Zimmer)
-The Lion King (Hans Zimmer)
-The Rock (Hans Zimmer/Nick Glennie-Smith/Harry Gregson-Williams)
-Conspiracy Theory (Carter Burwell)
-Star Wars: Episode 1 (John Williams)
-Saving Private Ryan (John Williams)
-Home Alone (John Williams)
-Jurrasic Park (John Williams)
-The Saint (Graeme Revell)
-Ice Age (David Newman)
-The Fifth Element (Eric Serra)
-007: GoldenEye (Eric Serra)
-Batman (Danny Elfman)
-Edward Scissorhands (Danny Elfman)
-StarGate (David Arnold)
-Children of Dune (Brian Tyler)
-A Beautiful Mind (James Horner)
-Sneakers (James Horner)
-Apollo 13 (James Horner)
-The ShawShank Redemption (Thomas Newman)
-The 13th Warrior (Jerry Goldsmith)
-Speed
-Twister
-The Matrix
-The Matrix: Reloaded

Pamadu
Mar-07-2004, 05:09
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gifThat's a Very Impressive List......Hope Your Dream comes TRUE one Day Mate. Lots of Hard Work. Cheers https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cheers444.gif Paul.

Frederik Magle
Mar-09-2004, 21:10
Good luck with your dream Ryan!

There are some very nice soundtracks in your list there. Personally I'm not a huge fan of Hans Zimmer - I think he can be too repetitive at times (or maybe it's rather his "Media Ventures" company), but I do recognice he has a gift!

It's hard to say what my favorites are, it depends on so many factors but on the top of my mind here are some soundtracks I like to listen to from time to time:

8MM (Mychael Danna)
Alien (Jerry Goldsmith)
Aliens (James Horner)
Alien 3 (Elliot Goldenthal)...cant' hide the fact that I like the Aliens trilogy music https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Batman (Danny Elfman)
Blade Runner (Vangelis)
Escape from New York (John Carpenter, always loved the main theme for mysterious reasons...)
Event Horizon (Michael Kamen/Orbital)

...just going through my soundtrack collection in alphabetic order picking out the ones I favor (I've got 300 CD's with soundtracks...stopped at E... will continue later https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif)

temporaneous
Mar-13-2004, 20:26
Heya https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Currently a huge fan of Howard Shore https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif Especially like the Return of the King soundtrack. Apparently (& I do mean apparently cos I'm not sure) the Panic Room soundtrack's composed by him as well, but haven't had a listen yet.

How about the Red Violin (John Corigliano)?

I like the theme from Schindler's List (John Williams), but he repeats it too often throughout the soundtrack...

Movie soundtracks are tricky though, cos it's hard to disassociate the film choreography from the music (at least for me :P)

Cheerios & may your dreams come true!
Elaine

Frederik Magle
Mar-14-2004, 11:38
Hi and welcome aboard the MIMF, Elaine! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I think you raise an interesting subject. It can be hard to disassociate the music from the film. I would still say that the best film music stands out by being able to stand on it's own. Several times I have seen a film after havng first heard the soundtrack, so the music is what got me interested. But of course it's the other way around the majority of times.

I'd like to hear what your point of view is on this, how often (if ever) have you seen a movie because of the score and what is your general take on "disassociating" the music from the film? (this question is for all members, not just Elaine https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif)

Priest
Mar-15-2004, 02:21
Just watched "21 grams". I wouldn't call it a soundtrack, but it's more like subliminal noise.

This sort of music is often the most well functioning. For an example when we see LOTR, we know for sure that the composer is trying to tell us something with the music. We can choose between being seduced to the music or to put our guard up, and choose not to be.

But... with the sound being minimal, it just sneaks up behind you. You can't let it out. And it affects you, even if you not wish to. So sometime the most simple of nodes, can be far more effective when it comes to music, than a full scale orchestra. Depends of course if you want to give an epic feel to the movie... then the orchestra is worth considering.

Trebbien
Mar-15-2004, 18:34
Mostly I listen to soundtracks after seing the movie, and then I think it's difficult to get "objective" about whether the soundtrack can "stand on it's own" or not.

A soundtrack worth being mentioned, (and which I think is very very good https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/up.gif) is from the movie "Magnolia"... and actually I think the process about the movie and soundtrack is very interesting. Aimee Mann (the musicwriter) and Paul Thomas Anderson (writer of the moviescript) were working very closely together, and actually the movie took it's beginning in one of her songs. I first listened to the soundtrack, then saw the movie, and in my opinion the soundtrack was very good, but turned into perfect after I saw the movie!

https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif Trebbien

corno
Mar-15-2004, 22:08
hmm... I think it's a difficult subject...
the ultimate movie score should contain several things... but above all it should be an integral part of the movie... - it should act in the same way cinematography visualizes the story/plot and the actors and actresses act out their parts, as an independt though firmly integrated part of the plot - enhancing - if not creating - emotions from all over the spectre from love over indefference to fear... - that's the makings of a great soundtrack...

if it should be able to stand on its own? hmm... - well, as a musician and a composer I would like to think that almost all music should be able to stand on it's own... and a whole lot of soundtracks/scores (by score I mean music composed specifically to the individual movie whereas a soundtrack can contain previously made music played in the movie) do that... but I don't think of it as a "demand" as such... - most soundtracks/scores gain a whole lot after seeing the specific movie... the feelings expressed gets more enhanced as you can compare it to the emotions expressed in the movie... and since most people today still need some "visual" reference when dealing with emotions it's not that surprising that a movie mostly will enhance any score/soundtrack previously heard...

ComposerRyan
Mar-19-2004, 02:40
Hi everybody...thank you for all of your replies! I apologize that I have not gotten the chance to post out here recently...it's just that I have been very busy, like always. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif By the way, welcome to the forum Elaine and we all hope you enjoy your stay here at MIMF. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif



Several times I have seen a film after having first heard the soundtrack, so the music is what got me interested.


That is so true...many times, whenever I see a commercial on TV for a movie, it is the music that catches my attention. A while ago, the SCI FI channel had a commercial for their TV movie "Children of Dune" and the music was so captivating and therefore encouraged me to watch the movie. I wish I owned the soundtrack to Children of Dune - by the way, the music of Children of Dune was played during the commercials for "Master and Commander" with Russell Crowe. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif



I'd like to hear what your point of view is on this, how often (if ever) have you seen a movie because of the score and what is your general take on "disassociating" the music from the film? (this question is for all members, not just Elaine )


Hmmmmmm...this is a very interesting question. To be honest, I believe that Children of Dune was truly the first movie I have seen to have good music that captivated the audience through its commercial advertising. There is also a new movie that is in theaters called "Hellboy" and the music in its commercials has also really caught my attention several times...and because of it, I really want to see the movie. I know there are many other movie scores that have encouraged me go and watch the movie.

I think it can be hard to disassociate music from a film. For instance, whenever I hear the Jurassic Park score, I immediately think about the movie...but that is not a bad thing, especially when the movie is a good one. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif However, there are some cases where I never associate the music with the movie. Like, with "Saving Private Ryan" for example, I believe the score is called "Hymn to the Fallen" by John Williams...and everytime I listen to it, it brings inspiration to my heart and it is truly touching and makes in an impact. I just love it and, for some reason, I never really associate it with just "Saving Private Ryan" but instead, I associate it with all of the heroes who have sacrificed their lives just to keep this world at peace. It is one of those scores that is really deep and you can tell that John Williams poured his heart and soul into it.

I really want to talk to you all some more on this topic - but, for now, I have to go! I'll talk to you later and it is great talking with you all!
Ryan https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

temporaneous
Mar-22-2004, 16:27
Hello all https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I guess there's nothing wrong with associating a piece of music with a visual sequence or even a story. After all we often associate music with scenery or a place. The problem comes when we try to evaluate & compare music which might have been composed for a particular visual sequence or story - then it's hard to evaluate the music without taking the movie into consideration.

I usually watch the movie first then go for the soundtrack, and personally, I find it difficult to consider the music & the movie separately, especially if the movie was a powerful one. I feel that a soundtrack is different from other types of music because while it can stand alone, it is meant to come as a 'package' together with the movie. So in a way, although you can appreciate the music without watching the movie, you don't get the full impact of the music/composition/arrangement without the movie.

Just my 2 cents https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Cheers!
Elaine

Frederik Magle
Apr-16-2004, 12:53
Just watched "21 grams". I wouldn't call it a soundtrack, but it's more like subliminal noise.

This sort of music is often the most well functioning. For an example when we see LOTR, we know for sure that the composer is trying to tell us something with the music. We can choose between being seduced to the music or to put our guard up, and choose not to be.

But... with the sound being minimal, it just sneaks up behind you. You can't let it out. And it affects you, even if you not wish to. So sometime the most simple of nodes, can be far more effective when it comes to music, than a full scale orchestra. Depends of course if you want to give an epic feel to the movie... then the orchestra is worth considering.





f it should be able to stand on its own? hmm... - well, as a musician and a composer I would like to think that almost all music should be able to stand on it's own... and a whole lot of soundtracks/scores (by score I mean music composed specifically to the individual movie whereas a soundtrack can contain previously made music played in the movie) do that... but I don't think of it as a "demand" as such...



I think you might misunderstood what I meant, Priest and Corno...

Let me put it this way:
• "Great" music can be "bad" music in a film... of course!
• Music that works very well in a film (e.g atmospheric sounds, noises etc.), does not necesarily have to be worth listening to outside the film, but it's still "good" (because it does the job in the movie). Anyhow, let's not forget that what you hear on the "original score album" is never exactly what you hear in the movie - far from - for the abum you do a lot of editing, use original/cut/uncut edits, combine musical parts into "suites", different audio settings, on the album the music usually stands alone whereas in the movie there's speach, sound effects etc. etc.

• However, the very greatest of "scores/original soundtracks" works perfectly in the movie, first and foremost!!!, but can also be heard on it's own and still be interesting or "able to stand on it's own". Think about it. I'm not saying that the music rank amongst the highest when taken out of context, not at all, but it will be still be worth listening to.

Where I think you might misunderstand me (Priest) is that it seems to me you think that I would only conisder an "orchestral" score able to stand on it's own - nothing could be further from the truth. "subliminal noise" can indeed be worth listening to as well (some of Ligiti's works springs to mind f.ex. from a musicla perspective). I haven't seen "21 grams", so I can't comment on that particular "score" (definition of "score" could be any original music - including composed noises).

Basically it's really simple: What I consider "the greatest" of scores, I would like to own on a CD (or at least listen to) as well as seing them in the movie. It's the distinction between good and great in my opinion. BUT, if that music does not work in 100% benefit of the movie then I don't consider it a "greatest score" - great music perhaps, but not a great "score". Things are very seldom pure black and white.

[EDIT] Also, you mention LOTR. Imo, that's an example of music that works well in the movie but looses (my) interest when heard seperatly. It's a "good" score because it works like Peter Jackson wanted and to the benefit of the movie - you can argue that till you get blue https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif, but it's a fact, it did what it was supposed to for the film (funny thing, in that way it is actually much closer to the "sublimical noises" than you'd think), but absolutely not a "great" score.

Priest
Apr-18-2004, 20:36
I actually found the soundtrack for LOTR, a kind of boring. It works, but adds nothing more to the film. It is very standard classic fantasy, but Peter Jackson could have found a composer that could give it some more edge... and yes.. a part from this it doesn't even stand alone...

Muogin
Jul-26-2004, 07:32
Hey Ryan,

Best wishes but you may find film composing not the greatest situation for a creative artist. Why wait for a movie company, take a great book or comic book and write your own soundtrack WITHOUT some punk director telling you to, "take out the strings here, add some fart noises from the tuba's here..."

I'm just saying don't leave it all waiting for the movies, great music to me is so much greater than any movie!

When I listen to great soundtracks from great films I realize just how much more greater the soundtrack is then the film!

So often the director has NO musical background and I listent to edits where the movie should have been reedited around teh music. (THIS IS WHERE GEORGE LUCAS WON BIG ON STAR WARS)

According to his biography book "Skywalking... We were all so beyond impressed when we first heard John's score that we ended up rediting much of the movie around his completeed soundtrack!"

The real secret behind star wars success!:)
https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Muogin:)

Luke
Sep-22-2004, 21:45
I was really impressed by the Natural Born Killers and Lost Highway soundtracks, both produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Not so much scores but more of collages of songs (from all types of music)that reflect what's happening in the films extremely well.
The CDs on their own are as much a journy as the films are, with peices of dialog from the films between a few of the songs which is executed perfectly.

Micky and Maloreys chaotic rampage translates well in a musical form but the Lost Highway soundtrack really is someting else.
David Bowies 'I'm Deranged' opens and closes the record. Sandwiching the rest of the album (the bulk of it being the brilliant Angelo Badalamenti) which drags you into Freds desent into madness and comes round full circle, just like the film does (those of you who have seen Lost Highway will know what I mean, or maybe not).

In short, a disturbing soundtrack for an equaly disturbing film. Probably David Lynchs most disturbing.


I listened to both these soundtracks before I saw the films, they get you thinking, that's what I like about them.

higher than hope
Feb-06-2005, 22:53
i hope that you get the chance to compose a movie soundtrack goodluck!
My favorite has to be
The Fifth Element by eric serra
the opera music is fantastice!!
Take care good luck
Lots of love
Aino

David_Sercel
Feb-08-2005, 03:27
My absolute favorite would be the soundtrack from 'The Mission' by Ennio Morricone.

David

Robert Spriggs
Feb-17-2005, 16:51
Anything from Stanley Kubrick. That guy really knew how to choose the right music for his films.

syncmaster
Jun-24-2005, 09:34
Ryan,
All the best . Keep your focus on it. STAR WARS was born something like your dream. So get on roll up your socks get behind your dreams.

Frederik.Sjölund
Jul-05-2005, 23:52
This is indeed a very difficult subject.
I'd rather list my favorite composers since its easyer and you can definetly recordnize a movies music by the style of the composer.
For example, the soundtrack of Pirates of The Caribbean was very similar to the stuff Hans Zimmer did for The Rock and Crimson Tide, but then it was revealed that officially it was Klaus Badelt who made the music. But what some people dont know is that Hans Zimmer collaborated with him in this project. It is very obvious when you hear it thoug, the style is totally Hans Zimmer-style.

Here are my favorite composers. I guess my list isn't that original since most people have the same favorites as i have.

Hans Zimmer
John Williams
Vangelis
Klaus Badelt
Joe Hisaishi
Jerry Goldsmith
Thomas Newman
James Horner
Basil Poledouris
Wojiciech Kilar
and more that i cant really remember at the time

Alex Tiuniaev
Jul-18-2005, 13:37
Hi!

The most wonderful movie music I've ever heard is definitely Lord of The Rings! Especially, the first part... I can listen to it over and over again even 4 years after its release. I also like the following:

Braveheart (Horner)
The Village (Newton Howard)
Gladiator (Zimmer)
The Lion King (Zimmer/Elton John)
Armageddon (Rabin)
Passion (Gabriel)
Blade Runner (Vangelis)
Babylon 5 (Franke)
Once Upon A Time In America (Morricone)
Star Wars (Williams)

and many others...

jason
Jul-19-2005, 21:07
Having failed to pay attention much to soundtracks in my "former life" (as a casual fan of music), I am probably only capable at the moment of mentioning Star Wars (specifically: The Phantom Menace), and Gladiator as memorable for me.

I'm a fairly busy person, and haven't seen many movies lately, but I saw War of the Worlds last weekend, and noticed the soundtrack on a different level than I used to (since I've decided to start absorbing music like a sponge), and mostly decided that it was good environment music (good for setting the scene), but probably aweful to listen to by itself.

P.S. I vow to become a soundtrack connoisseur.

AnnaBanana
Aug-30-2005, 21:41
As a piece of music, I love the Pirates of the Carribbean soundtrack. also, it's great to play (I've played it in a string orchestra and in a full orchestra). I'm not sure really what it's like in the film, as I have seen the first 1/4 to half of it 3 or 4 times but have yet to see it in full!! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/icon_rolleyes.gif
Anna https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/banana.gif https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/banana.gif

corno
Aug-30-2005, 21:48
The Pirates of the Caribbean is a good movie - with a charming Johnny Depp as the "wacky" captain Jack Sparrow, a role he excells in. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif I saw it (again) the other night, you should try to see the whole thing sometime... https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Marjorie
Sep-04-2005, 01:35
My favorite soundtrack from a movie is "Gabriel's Oboe" from "The Mission" played by David Agnew. It's the one and only time I actually bought a movie video just because of the music! Absolutely haunting.

irir123
Sep-05-2005, 06:03
Marjorie - yes 'Gabriel's Oboe' is indeed an evergreen classic piece! thanks for bringing it up here!

Lyn
Sep-05-2005, 10:47
I too usually buy the Soundtracks after I've seen the movie. I think that's also how I determine how good the music is; (not to sound too ignorant)if I can listen to the music and visualise that scene in my head, feel the emotion... then I'm satisfied. I'm always biased with music I adore from films but when I hear them by themselves I can still appreciate how great they are.

Oh, that makes me sound really stupid! I know what I'm trying to say but for some reason today, my mind isn't functioning at its best. My apologies...

wegan
Sep-06-2005, 18:58
I been looking for a song that is played at the beginning of a movie called bad company, as usual the soundtrack do not include that really good song it is the instrumental one played at the very beginning of the movie will anybody help me find that song please?

Simone
Nov-05-2005, 17:47
That may be the soundtrack to Nordkraft, thats fantastic music

betsy
Nov-07-2005, 20:51
Always been the war classic fanatic.> its definitely paint it black by the rolling stones---sountrack from Full Metal Jacket.

rojo
Nov-08-2005, 07:28
Paint it Black by the Stones is one cool tune! (Though I`ve never seen the movie you mentioned.) https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

WalkingTheSky
Nov-23-2005, 02:46
Off topic, but I've found several good scores to films. "Life As a House" for one (Mark Isham). I listen to it often. I just love its simplicity and comforting flow. https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

SteakSauce
Dec-16-2005, 01:24
I'll post them by the composer instead:

Alan Silvestri: Forrest Gump, Cast Away, The Polar Express
Basil Poledouris: Les Misérables, The Jungle Book
Björn Isfält: Änglagård, Ronja Rövardotter, Resan Till Melonia
Danny Elfman: Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish
Debbie Wiseman: Tom's Midnight Garden
Don Davis: The Unsaid
Hans Zimmer: King Arthur, Pearl Harbor, The House Of The Spirits, Gladiator, The Lion King
Harry Gregson-Williams: Shrek, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe
Howard Shore: The Lord Of The Rings, Gangs Of New York
James Horner: Casper, Jumanji, Legends Of The Fall, Braveheart, Titanic
James Newton Howard: The Village, Peter Pan, Alive
Jerry Goldsmith: Not Without My Daughter, Rudy, Small Soldiers, Air Force One
Jocelyn Pook: The Merchant Of Venice
John Debney: Cutthroat Island
John Williams: Jurassic Park, Home Alone, Hook, Harry Potter, The Patriot
Klaus Badelt: Pirates Of The Caribbean
Lee Holdridge: The Mists Of Avalon
Marc Shaiman: Patch Adams
Mark Mancina: Tarzan, Brother Bear
Michael Kamen: Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, The Three Musketeers
Michael Nyman: The Piano
Nick Glennie-Smith: The Man In The Iron Mask
Patrick Doyle: A Little Princess, Harry Potter
Rachel Portman: Chocolat, Emma, The Cider House Rules, The Legend Of Bagger Vance, Mona Lisa Smile
Robert Folk: The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter
Stefan Nilsson: Juloratoriet, Jerusalem, Så Som I Himmelen
Stephen Warbeck: Shakespeare In Love
Thomas Newman: The Horse Whisperer, American Beauty, Meet Joe Black, Little Women, How To Make An American Quilt, Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Trevor Rabin: National Treasure, Deep Blue Sea, Texas Rangers, Armageddon
William Ross: Tuck Everlasting, Ladder 49
Zbigniew Preisner: The Secret Garden

I do not own all these CDs (only about 30 of them), but the rest I have on the computer

Gongchime
Dec-21-2005, 13:30
My favorite soundtracks are "City of Angels" God that's lush and gorgeous. The other is "Siamese Twins."I'm fairly sure no one has seen the second one.

Gongchime

WalkingTheSky
Dec-31-2005, 06:24
Gabriel Yared has always impressed me. "City Of Angels" is one of my absolute favorite soundtracks. I listen to it a lot.

Underscore
Feb-07-2006, 12:44
Vangelis - Blade Runner
Kenji Kawaii - Ghost in the Shell
Ennio Morricome - A Fistful of Dollars
Geinoh Yamashirogumi- Akira
Michael Nyman - The Piano
Danny Elfman - Edward Scissorhands
Basil Poledouris - Conan The Barbarian, Robocop
John Carpenter - All his movies.

Ives
May-20-2006, 19:16
Wow.. This is the first internet place what i found, with people who like movie music :)
I love soundtracks... (I wrote a diplom work - with this theme)
There are my a few favourite pieces ..if I can apoint...
- Aliens
- Zathura
- The 13th Warrior
- Star Wars
- Gladiator
- Jurassic park
- Amelie from Montmartre
- The Fifth Element
- Superman
- Minority Report
- Last Samurai
- Black Hawk Down
- Star Treck
- Braveheart
- First Knight
- Troy
- American Beauty
- Lord Of The Rings
..etc

PS: Sorry for my pidgin :)

Brad Stark
May-21-2006, 01:57
I’m not a fan of movie sound tracks…

However, I think John Williams is a true pro at it, and his work is consistently higher in quality than most of his peers. If I had to choose something that stood out by him, I think Star Wars would be an obvious choice.

karinherself
Sep-06-2006, 00:59
hmmm.... i don´t have many soundtracks which grab my attention but here are my absolute favorite movie soundtracks:

1. krrish
2. 13th warrior (went three times to the cinema just because of the soundtrack :grin: :grin: )
3. lord of the rings
4. gladiator
5. forrest gump (the title melody)

Magnum
Sep-06-2006, 21:57
I love the orchestral score of Gladiator and the haunting melodies of Braveheart. Never been one for words in film scores, rather the music itself adds to my enjoyment, hence my two favourites above.
Magnum

andyriggle
Sep-13-2006, 23:47
I like the soundtrack to "Hook" by John Williams and "The Rocketeer" main title is awesome. Thought "Last of the Mohicans" was cool, til I bought the CD and heard the theme a million times over, and not even even re-developed very well. Also wonder if he had a grip on harmony, some of the voicings sounded wrong and like he tried to fill in holes with verb, effects and percussion rather than re-thinking progressions. But what do I know.

I also say you don't need a movie to write a soundtrack. Plus, why would anyone want you to write a soundtrack for their movie if they didn't hear your work? I just started writing stuff and posting it on Soundclick and had someone ask me to write a soundtrack for their film because they liked something I posted. It's probably not the greatest soundtrack, but I worked my brains out and really felt I learned alot. Like how to write an hour of cues in a month with no pay. Just got screen credit.

I'm just going to keep at it, and write as much as I possibly can, and get better at it each time. Just put yourself out there, and start writing... Out here
(Chicago- USA) there's alot of colleges and students are always looking for music for their films. If I don't get another job, I'll just post my name on a board and offer my scoring. Get a resume and get going on it!

Best of luck!

Andy

Maya
Oct-01-2006, 00:36
At the risk of getting laughed off this forum - I am going to say that I love the Grease soundtrack. There isn't a bad song on there and worse still - I know all of the words!

However, I am also a big fan of musicals in general - some of which such as Evita and Chicago have been made into films, and some have not.

kaizekkk
Oct-25-2006, 17:51
the lastt of the mohicans and the lord of the rings and the village try dem:p

pizza1512
Oct-28-2006, 22:05
I really like Gone with the Wind by Max steiner...

thevibes
Oct-30-2006, 12:21
My favorite soundtracks are "City of Angels" God that's lush and gorgeous. .....

same here.. but there are few others in the list, most of which have been already mentionned on the thread!

JLS
Nov-09-2006, 13:00
A really fun one is the score from Ravenous (http://www.foxmovies.com/ravenous/). Great stuff. :cool:

...and I'm surpised no one's mentioned Elmer Bernstein (http://www.elmerbernstein.com/film/film.html), yet. Maybe the greatest film score composer ever(and he should've won an Academy Award for Ghostbusters, IMO). :smirk:

BGMCFAR
Dec-14-2006, 04:16
Ihave a;ways enjoyed the soundtrack from the movie Grand Prix The Magnificent Seven , Lord of the Rings.also the Good, The Bad and the Ugily

ADino
Jan-12-2007, 17:46
There are so many good soundtracks, I tend to listen to John Williams,
Zimmer, James Horner. I like their approach. I am listening to the trailer
for DaVinci Code, simply caught my attention.

ADino
Jan-12-2007, 17:48
Forgive me for not mentioning Goldsmith...

OGE1
Jan-16-2007, 05:31
snatch and kill bill...

Vikas
Jan-18-2007, 08:32
I feel the tracks of "Titanic" were fabulous. Other than that those of Da Vinci Code was equally appealing. Even Harry Porter movies I feel have great tracks especially the recent one "...the Goblet of Fire". The ominous stature of Voldemort is accentuated a lot by the background music. Films would not be even a fraction interesting if it weren't for the background scores.

lightparabol
Feb-16-2007, 20:38
Anything from Stanley Kubrick. That guy really knew how to choose the right music for his films.

This is so right and one feels that not only in the choice of music, but his films are saturated with musical timing and intelligence. But it is somewhat unfair, in any film topic, to bring Kubrick to the table. This reminds me of a joke with Steven Spielberg that dies and goes to heaven. He meets Saint Peter at the door. He does not want to let in Spielberg, because film directors are not allowed access to heaven. In a glimpse Spielberg sees Kubrick walking around in the background - inside heaven and gets quite upset. "Why can't I get in, if Kubrick can?", he asks Saint Peter. "Shhhhhh", says Peter "That's not Kubrick, it is just God, that thinks he is Kubrick!"

Dinardo
Mar-11-2007, 04:43
I feel the tracks of "Titanic" were fabulous. Other than that those of Da Vinci Code was equally appealing. Even Harry Porter movies I feel have great tracks especially the recent one "...the Goblet of Fire". The ominous stature of Voldemort is accentuated a lot by the background music. Films would not be even a fraction interesting if it weren't for the background scores.

Thought this may be a wildly unpopular thought in some haughty circles, I agree with Titanic and Harry Potter. Not much of a fan of Da Vinci Code though since the movie was a major letdown for me.

I really liked Kill Bill Vol. 1's soundtrack, too. Not too much of a fan of the second one nor it's soundtrack either.

I tend to like most popular indie movies' soundtracks. Sometimes it makes me think having the perfect opening score's crucial to a great indie movie. Maybe it's just me though.

I know it's not a film, more of an in-game movie, but sheez, you guys should seriously listen to Final Fantasy 8's Liberi Fatali(in-game) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuKCFG6orvs). Loved it umpteen years ago, still love, will always love it. Same game, Eyes on Me. The Final Fantasy games have the best soundtracks.

Liberi Fatali(full orchestra concert) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPxjVAaC77k)

Miz_ai
Mar-16-2007, 14:16
This is so right and one feels that not only in the choice of music, but his films are saturated with musical timing and intelligence. But it is somewhat unfair, in any film topic, to bring Kubrick to the table. This reminds me of a joke with Steven Spielberg that dies and goes to heaven. He meets Saint Peter at the door. He does not want to let in Spielberg, because film directors are not allowed access to heaven. In a glimpse Spielberg sees Kubrick walking around in the background - inside heaven and gets quite upset. "Why can't I get in, if Kubrick can?", he asks Saint Peter. "Shhhhhh", says Peter "That's not Kubrick, it is just God, that thinks he is Kubrick!"

i tottally agree!!!
just watch his 2001:space odyssey really brilliant music!! amusing yet confusing to mind..
i fell in love for ligeti's pieces in this movie! sound crazy yet really mind blowing!

AeroScore
Apr-06-2007, 03:08
I have to admit, I've been a huge fan of Jerry Goldsmith since the 70's when I first started collecting OST albums. I actually find Jerry's music far more interesting and challenging to listen to (and perform) than a lot of John William's stuff. Having said that...

I have to list "Jaws" as my all-time favorite. I will admit there's some sentimentality attached...it was the very first OST I ever bought, when I was 12. All these years later, though, the music still holds up for me; Steven Spielberg himself credits that score with 50% of the success of that movie. The sequence with the three intrepid shark hunters, and their first encounter with "Bruce The Shark," is absolutely the epitome of the well constructed action cue.

My favorite "Jerry" score is "Capricorn One," followed closley by "The Blue Max." I've always liked the main theme from "Cap One," written in a sort of bizarre 3/8 meter, and the melody crafted from triads in a very unusual progression.

Dean:cool:

Leigh
Apr-12-2007, 16:11
I would also agree with the 'Jaws' nomination as being one of the all time favourites. Without John Williams score I bet many more children would have just seen another shark movie and slept well at night, instead of waking up in a cold sweat regualarily. Just the first few notes still sends shivers down my back!

JohnM21789
Jun-06-2007, 02:02
Call me weird all you want, but I actually like the sound track in Pearl Harbor.

Contratrombone64
Jun-07-2007, 00:49
My favourite: "the Thing" music by Enrico Moricone (my spelling might be wayward), absolutely scared the bejeepers out of me, and still does.

janny108
Jun-07-2007, 02:19
Titanic music, Lord of the Rings, Somewhere in Time, Dances with Wolves

Jan

zlya
Jun-08-2007, 04:48
I hate the music from Lord of the Rings. There's no subtlety, there's no wit. Just, "Look at me, I'm epic!" "Look at me, I'm inspiring!" "Look at me, there's danger!" Far too cliched for my taste.

For me, John Williams remains the king of modern film music. What creativity! Speaking of which, does anyone else notice a striking similarity between the second phrase of the Harry Potter theme and the Schindler's list theme?

mahlerian
Jun-13-2007, 22:42
Pirates 3: At World's End
Pirates 2: Dead Man's Chest
Pirates 1: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Star Wars 3: Revenge of the Sith
Lord of the Rings 1: The Fellowship of the Ring
Narnia 1: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

wtwt5237
Jun-14-2007, 15:49
Why haven't there been anyone who mentioned Godfather?
The most outstanding is Godfather finale. And other pieces such as Connie's wedding are all interesting and worth listening. And the godfather trilogy is a must see too! not only for its music.

Frederik.Sjölund
Jun-15-2007, 13:47
Godfather Finale is excellent. One of my favorite pieces from that soundtrack.

wtwt5237
Jun-16-2007, 14:46
The speak softly love theme is not only about love, IMO. There's a kind of emptiness, desolation and toughness in it. It describes the mental situations of a sicilian mafia Don and his wretched life to win battles but lose humen touch.

Josh
Jun-17-2007, 06:03
good to hear John Williams is in this list..

Its hard to answer this.. Depends on how much u love the music.. In lotr 1 the music is great and u fall in love then the second is good but its almost like the average sound track where there is no real Drama in the music. Return of the King has to be the greatest of the three due to the fact it still makes me sad to hear the final two songs Grey Havens and Into the West.. Lotr is probably the best Immotional sound track that actually is half the movie..

Star Wars is somthing different.. Its pretty much all fight/theme/adventure/excitement/ect... The originall trilogy ep four five and six are great for there good up beat songs but the newer ones ep one two and three are some what more detailed.. Each of the newer ones had new themes.. Ep 1 had the awesome song Duel of the fates which i loved as a kid.. Ep two had Across the stars which is a great song aswell.. ep 3 had my all time favorite.. Battle of the
heros.. then u had the originall all u know true movie songs that u hear in the movies.. great songs and good music..

King Kong.. These are great for the imagination.. U can put anything with these songs when i go to write stories i come up with the stories by listenin to the film music pretty much.. Music fuels my imagination and i can come up with the greatest stories while the music is on.. King Kongs music is beatifull.. The love songs, the fight songs, the adventure songs, and the sad songs are all wonderful.. Beauty killed the beast is my favorite song.. (btw im talking bout the new king kong one peter jackson made) King kong is a winner

Pirates.. Is incredible.. all the themes are great the sound is great. the thing is if u listen to it you start to think of pirates.. just about every song in the movies are great..

well best of luck about ur wishes.. Remember.. Great composers = great piano players..

zlya
Jun-18-2007, 02:20
How can you chose any King Kong score over Max Steiner?

AeroScore
Jun-18-2007, 03:42
How can you chose any King Kong score over Max Steiner?
Boy, I heard that! ;)

Max invented the entire modern filmscore genre, and what was the very first sound movie released with a dedicated orchestral score...? Either "Kong," or "The Most Dangerous Game," both directed by Merion C. Cooper and Ernest Shoedsack, both shot simultaneously on the same RKO soundstages in 1932, both starring the same actors (Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong), both scored by Max Steiner. "Kong" happened to be released a few weeks first, though, so it gets the credit.

If there is one man that could be said to have developed the "Movie Soundtrack Musical Score", it's Max.

edit: Keep in mind, I wrote the above in no way to detract from Howard Shore's fine score in the latest Peter Jackson "Kong." I happen to think that Shore is one of today's heavy-hitters, and I really like his stuff. But, for his best work, forget "Kong," forget "Lord Of The Rings"....check out "Ed Wood," or "Panic Room." Very different genres and sensibilities; "Panic Room" is close and suffocating, while "Ed Wood" is straight out of the 60's "Lounge" scene. Fabulous!

Dean:cool:

Andrewwilms
Jun-21-2007, 12:08
Hi Ryan
Good Luck, May your dream became true as soon as possible. My favorite tracks from movies are Jocelyn Pook: The Merchant of Venice, Don Davis: The Unsaid and Danny Elfman: Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish.



Cherish Country western music And dig on Alternative rock (http://www.ez-tracks.com/rock-subcat-alternative%20rock.html)

wtwt5237
Jul-10-2007, 13:28
Sometimes I found some music pieces I heard the first time awful ,bad or just so-so. But I liked them more and more when I listened to them over and over again. The beauty or humour or something witty revealed themselves more and more.
To give an example,this happened when I heard On my own from Les Miserables and The perfect year from Sunset Boulevard.
Your opinions?

TheDoorsfan80
Jul-17-2007, 21:25
The Doors
Walk the Line
What a Girl Wants
Cruel Intentions
A Cinderella Story
Romeo and Juilet
Hairspray
Cry-Baby
Phantom of the Opera
The Music Man

leedeb
Aug-18-2007, 05:52
I agee with you on the music being able to stand on its own but I think it depends on the film and the music. Some music is not the same without the context of the film as some films are not as good without the music.

Can I listen to the music over and over again without thinking of the movie? If so, then the music stood alone and I may never remember from what movie it came without looking but I will generally remember the composer.

For instance, I could listen to the "Miracle" track off the soundtrack by Isham many times without ever thinking of the film - just enjoying the pure composition but the only thing that mars it for me is that for a standalone piece I think it should rightly end about 3 minutes earlier. But it had to be that long to close out the movie and I still get to hear a great piece of music that would not have existed without the movie. Same thing with Thomas Newman's Orchard House and end credits from Little Women as well as some pieces from An American Quilt and The Horse Whisperer. To me, although very much an amateur listener, those compositions do not shout movie - the beauty of the music and only the music is what holds you captive.

Deb






Hi and welcome aboard the MIMF, Elaine! https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I think you raise an interesting subject. It can be hard to disassociate the music from the film. I would still say that the best film music stands out by being able to stand on it's own. Several times I have seen a film after havng first heard the soundtrack, so the music is what got me interested. But of course it's the other way around the majority of times.

I'd like to hear what your point of view is on this, how often (if ever) have you seen a movie because of the score and what is your general take on "disassociating" the music from the film? (this question is for all members, not just Elaine https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif)

methodistgirl
Aug-23-2007, 18:22
My favorite was from a Neil Diamond movie The Jazz Singer. I just loved
that one with a little rock, jazz, ragtime, and some religious songs as well.
The other was Jonathan Livingston Seagull soundtrack. It's a real classic!
The Seagull soundtrack is so soothing.:) The story by Richard Bach to me
wasn't as great as the movie and soundtrack.
judytooley:grin:

leedeb
Aug-29-2007, 03:38
Sometimes I found some music pieces I heard the first time awful ,bad or just so-so. But I liked them more and more when I listened to them over and over again. The beauty or humour or something witty revealed themselves more and more.
To give an example,this happened when I heard On my own from Les Miserables and The perfect year from Sunset Boulevard.
Your opinions?
This happened with me when I first heard some of the numbers from The Road to Perdition. I just hated Rock Island, 1931 the first 2 times I heard it then I fell in love with it.

Mat
Aug-29-2007, 11:19
How nice someone mentioned Wojciech Kilar:). My favorite music comes from 'The Pianist', 'Meet Joe Black'. Once I've had opportunity to play oboe in 'Across The Stars', love theme from 'Star Wars'. Audience really enjoyed our performance:grin:. Oh, and great music was also in this movie with Tom Cruise, 'The Firm'.

leedeb
Aug-30-2007, 04:03
Favorite Soundtracks would be

Sound of Music - Rodgers and Hammerstein
October Sky - Mark Isham - Main melodies from this
Little Women - Thomas Newman
The Horse Whisperer - Thomas Newman
Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman
Legend of Bagger Vance - Rachel Portman
The Cider House Rules - Rachel Portman
Absolute Favorite - Miracle - Mark Isham


By the way, did I mention I like Thomas Newman and Mark Isham as composers? Lately I have been listening to The Time Machine and K-19 Widowmaker by Klaus Badelt and The Greatest Game Ever Played by Brian Tyler.

ary_med
Sep-01-2007, 09:22
does anyone have the sheet for piano for the song "glasgow love theme"?it's from the soundtrack of the movie "love actually".pls,can you tell me if there is a site from where cand i take it for free?tnx