[FONT="][/FONT]Just found out Michael J Lewis who is one of my favs and did the score for the animated The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is making his own movie and has samples of the score on his website [FONT="]http://www.youmakemydaythemovie.com[/FONT] definitely worth checking out. Wrote songs for it as well, can see music video here [FONT="]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMvqfxsyYQs [/FONT] [FONT="][/FONT]
Wow this is a tough question but one I love to think about. Thanks for this great post - I also love seeing what scores other's are inspired by.
I love so many and from so many different genre of film - here are a few below.
Philip Glass - THE HOURS
Danny Elfman - NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Cliff Eidelman - ONE TRUE THING
Harry Manfredini - JASON X (his works for FRIDAY THE 13TH in general)
John Carpenter - HALLOWEEN (inspired my interest and love for the next score)
Stevan Mena - MALEVOLENCE (The John Carpenter of the new generation I believe)
John Barry - Everything he has done but love his James Bond work - so classic!
Philip Glass's stuff for Neverwas and The Truman Show is amazing!! I love Michael Kamen's stuff! Elfman of course too! I like John Ottman's work for Superman Returns. I was obssessed with that soundtrack for a while. I love Thomas Newman's Finding Nemo and WALL-E!! Hans Zimmer and John Powell for Kung-Fu Panda!!! Jerry Goldmith is amazing! Listen to Alien and then Mulan and its like...wow. Its like listening to Gladiator or POTC and then Dark Knight.
Randy Newman's Pleasantville!! Amazing!!
I love Michael Giacchino's work in Incredibles, Ratatouille and Speed Racer. I was obssessed with Speed Racer for a while to. For a while it was all I listened to in my car. Anyone else go through score phases like that?
Bernard Hermann was a true artist of the medium, and his score for Hitchcock's Psycho is justifiably famous.
Ennio Morricone composed some fascinating scores in the 60's for Pasolini's films. Unlike the music for which he later became known, these scores were very modernistic and abstract.
The vast majority of movie scores these days are atrocious hackwork. I rarely hear anything original when I bother to pay attention to them. However, Spanish directtor Alejandro Amenabar composed a score to his own Abre los ojos (the template for Vanilla Sky) that I found remarkable.
There are so many great composers out there - James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Randy Edelman, Ennio Morricone, Miklos Rozsa, Erich Korngold, John Williams - I could go on and on. But for me personally, every single score I have heard by Patrick Doyle just amazes me, whether Sense and Sensibility, Indochine, Secondhand Lions, or Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Right away I'm thinking John Williams, my brother getting me going with the soundtrack to
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind".
The most influential has to be whoever composed the title theme for "Jaws".
He had almost everyone going around doing that low bass chase "duh-duh duh-duh duh-duh"
Charlie Chaplin knew how to write a great song, Walt Disney too.