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who is your favorite composer?

Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 4:39am

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personally I have to say Brian Tyler or Bill Brown
Brian for his work on Children of Dune (which was what they based some of the music from Master and Commander on) and his work on Timeline

and Bill for... well everything.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 6:34am

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John Williams, John Howard and some other guy (don't remember his name)
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 6:35am

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danny elfman, Elliot Goldenthal, john williams, dave arnold.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 7:56am

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I really like Craig Armstrong's music (Plunket and McLean, Kiss of the Dragon and others)

And I must confess that I think that Klaus Badelt, Zimmer and the guys really makes it good in some movies (Pirates of the Carribean and The Rock for instance). Somewhat mainstream, but I can't help it!

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Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 8:46am

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Elfman, Jon Brion, Angelo Badalamenti (great scores for Twin Peaks & Mulholland Drive), Alberto Iglesias, Maurice Jarre, Michael Andrews, Howard Shaw.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 11:16am

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Craig Armstrong and Hans Zimmer
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 11:18am

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You're my man Pooky (though I had hoped You'd list me as well wink )

Need any more music, just send me a note!

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Rico
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 11:19am

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hehe, okay pl as well
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 12:48pm

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Eric Serra, Vangelis, John Williams.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 12:52pm

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Williams
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 1:05pm

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Vangelis' film music is/was good, but his other work has gone stale I think. I am a huge fan of Vangelis, but his recent work has been so-so I think...

It's a pity that some of his music for movies have never been released apart from some tracks on compilations (like "Mutiny on Bounty", "Bitter Moon" and "The Plague" for instance).

To much movie music is never released IMHO unsure It's a pity!

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Rico
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 1:26pm

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I dont think Ive ever heard of Vangelis, who exactly is he?
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 1:30pm

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Hans Zimmer and Klaus.









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Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 1:32pm

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Vangelis hasn't really done that much recent film music, but the music he's done has been phenomenal, not just his movie stuff.

I love 1492 main theme, Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire, & music albums such as China, Voices & The Friends of Mr Cairo (this is a superb 1930s gangster-inspired track).

The Bounty was released as a Limited Edition soundtrack in 1995. I know because I own a copy.

Edit: I forgot to mention Ennio Morricone. Once Upon a Time in the West. Waaaah.

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Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 1:42pm

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Mellifluous wrote:

Vangelis hasn't really done that much recent film music, but the music he's done has been phenomenal, not just his movie stuff.

I love 1492 main theme, Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire, & music albums such as China, Voices & The Friends of Mr Cairo (this is a superb 1930s gangster-inspired track).

The Bounty was released as a Limited Edition soundtrack in 1995. I know because I own a copy.
oh! the chariots of fire guy. My friend is always talking about him.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 1:43pm

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Yeah, I also like a lot of his older stuff (Soil Festivities and the old Frederic Rossif music springs to mind).
Chariot's of Fire is of course his "trademark" piece, and the ideas from it has been reused dozens of time for sport-clips...
I know that there have been several releases of his soundtracks that has been un-official (Bootlegs). The Bounty is one of them and Blade Runner has also been released a couple of times, apart from the official releases, and so on... Also lesser known moviescores have been released as bootlegs...

IMHO his best recent albums is "El Grecco", both the limited edition and the publically released. They differ somewhat, but both show the "old" Vangelis back in business...
I never got around to like "Odysseus" or the anthem for the football World Championship though unsure And it also feels a bit "uncomfortable" to buy the compilations that pop up every now and then just to get one or two previously un-released tracks...

Peace!
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Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 1:51pm

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Strange, I didn't realise it was a bootleg. Hehe.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 4:00pm

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Ooh yeah Vangelis.

I really like Conquest fo Paradise by him.
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 4:56pm

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David Arnold for Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day


Elliot Goldenthal for Batman forever and batman and robin.

Danny Elfman for Nightmare Before Christmast and Spiderman the movie

Michael Giacchino for Alias and Medal Of Honor
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 9:51pm

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Danny Elfman, John Powell, John Williams (of course). I also like ES Posthumus, although they aren't exactly a composer (only one CD mad ).
Posted: Fri, 18th Jun 2004, 9:55pm

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John Williams is definitely my favorite. The score for Prisoner Of Azkaban is brilliant on every level.

But other than him... Mark Mothersbaugh for all of Wes Anderson's flicks, and Jon Brion for Eternal Sunshine, and all of P.T. Anderson's flicks. Fantastic stuff.
Posted: Sat, 19th Jun 2004, 12:09am

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Oh, and I forgot to mention Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens.
Posted: Sat, 19th Jun 2004, 12:42pm

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Not strictly a film score composer, but my fave composer has to be Ludwig van Beethoven. And if you can play the piano you can use his piano concertos for free, as they are no longer copyright (obviously). One of my favourite pieces of all time is his Moonlight Sonata, possibly one of the saddest pieces of music ever and it lends itself very well to film.

If you are a dab hand at synthesisers and the like and you can recreate an orchestra and use his scores (or any of the old classic composers, as long as they are no longer in copyright) in your films. Bear in mind that classical music you might find on a CD played by the London Philharmonic, for example, is copyrighted by the London Philharmonic!
Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2004, 2:44am

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Although I'm not a really big fan of classical music, I'd have to say John Williams does amazing work.
Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2004, 5:25am

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John Williams - Howard Shore - David Arnold

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Posted: Sun, 20th Jun 2004, 10:01pm

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Much love to any composer. Music is an art and i respect those who are artists.

My favorites are: John Williams, Hans Zimmer

Williams just seems to be DANG GOOD, but I would like yo hear more than trumpets and strings (star wars style). But he is definately gifted. Much respect to my man J Dub.

My favorite is Hanz Zimmer. He just has a way of making the film THAT much better. Examples, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, Crimson Tide, Tears of the Sun, The Lion King...and many more...

Much love to Zim and JDub
Posted: Mon, 28th Jun 2004, 12:38pm

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Alan Parsons (Ladyhawke)

Don Davis (Matrix)

Danny Elfman (Batman, Edward Scissorhands and so many more)
Posted: Mon, 28th Jun 2004, 8:36pm

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John Williams - Hans Zimmer - Howard Shore
Posted: Sat, 11th Sep 2004, 3:44am

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Although not exactly famous for his TV/Film scores i'm still surprised Maurice Jarres son Jean michel Jarre has'nt been mentioned.
Posted: Sat, 11th Sep 2004, 4:39am

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Ennio Morricone, especially for his work with Sergio Leone. Wanna see something unbelievable? Check his listing on imdb to see how many movies used his music! http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001553/

Bernard Herrmann !!!!!!!! He did the scores for a lot of Hitchock movies which are very memorable (Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, etc.). He did the score for Taxi Driver (he died before it came out) which is awesome and very unique (it's also one of my favorite movie). I can't believe nobody listed him! Damn kids ! You guys need to watch older movies ! wink
Posted: Sat, 11th Sep 2004, 4:54am

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John Williams, Klause Badelt, Hans Zimmer, and to tell you the truth, I like my composer, just because it's my music, and they sound awesome.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 6:40am

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jjuerss wrote:

Not strictly a film score composer, but my fave composer has to be Ludwig van Beethoven. And if you can play the piano you can use his piano concertos for free, as they are no longer copyright (obviously). One of my favourite pieces of all time is his Moonlight Sonata, possibly one of the saddest pieces of music ever and it lends itself very well to film.

If you are a dab hand at synthesisers and the like and you can recreate an orchestra and use his scores (or any of the old classic composers, as long as they are no longer in copyright) in your films. Bear in mind that classical music you might find on a CD played by the London Philharmonic, for example, is copyrighted by the London Philharmonic!
That's brilliant! But do you know where/how to find out if something is still copyrighted? I've heard people say copyrights expire after 100 years (or was it 50?) and then become public domain. Do you have any more infos on this?

EDIT: Found the answer: Original work created before 1923 has no term and is in public domain.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 10:34am

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So many great Film Composers to choose from but here goes :

Danny Elfman for writing some of the coolest and quirkiest scores around.

Brad Fiedel for the mighty Terminator scores. He's not prolific but the Terminator scores are as stronger themes as the likes of Jaws, etc. Just got to only here the first few bars and you know what it's all about.

John Williams for , well, everything really.

The late great Michael Kamen for orginality (check out the Event Horizon score for a techno/orchestral treat).

Trevor Rabin and Tomoyasu Hotei for composing with strong Rock guitar elements and being composers who shred smile
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 11:49am

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My favourite composer is pl. Also known as Frederik Blom.

Cheers,
devilskater

p.s: And NOO, he didnt pay me to say that wink
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 12:17pm

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I think John Williams is a shoe-in for me, but personally I think the LOTR series had the best original soundtrack ever, (by Howard Shore). Also very good: Hans Zimmer, and of coure, singer of the best band in the world, Danny Elfman