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Who is your favourite film music composer.

Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 4:30pm

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Mine is Hanz Zimmer because I just love his music in Pirates of the Carebian and the Dark Knight. He is the best
Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 5:10pm

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I definitively agree with you there. The pirates of the carribien's score was great.
Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 5:45pm

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Yes, hands zimers pirats of the ciribine score was awesome.
Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 5:56pm

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Hans Zimmer
Lisa Gerrard
Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
Mark Isham
Thomas Newman

All great smile
Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 6:39pm

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Don't forget "Brad Fiedel"

I still like his tunes e.g. the Terminator or Fright Night Scores.
Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 7:11pm

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Wow, really guys? No one's even mentioned John Williams? Sure, Hans Zimmer has had some fantastic stuff, but 90% of the memorable soundtracks come from John Williams. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Jaws... and the list goes on.
Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 7:20pm

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Danny Elfman.
Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 7:29pm

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Thrawn wrote:

Wow, really guys? No one's even mentioned John Williams? Sure, Hans Zimmer has had some fantastic stuff, but 90% of the memorable soundtracks come from John Williams. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Jaws... and the list goes on.
I was just about to say that. John Williams is #1. Who hasn't heard of the theme to Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Superman.... Come on guys. I've never even heard of Hans Zimmer until right now!
Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 8:08pm

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I've never even heard of Hans Zimmer until right now!
That kind of just shows that you're slightly uneducated when it comes to film composers as Zimmer is one of the biggest. smile

However, Williams is definately 10 classes higher as musician, no debate there from anyone.


My favorite include

Alan Silvestri
Danny Elfman
James Newton-Howard
Hans Zimmer
David Arnold
Michael Giacchino
John Williams
Jerry Goldsmith
John Powell
Elliot Goldenthal
Mark Mancina
Harry Gregson-Williams
Basil Poledouris
John Debney
John Ottman
and
Michael Kamen


Just to name the ones I really really like.
Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 8:31pm

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So many are good, though Harry-Gregson Williams has an eclectic mix of drama and adventure that I like - it feels to me like a more subdued Danny Elfman.

John Williams, to me, always seemed like the most prolific/iconic composer by virtue of how memorable and played his tracks are. The issue, however, is that most of his stuff is a repeat of compositions of other composers. In large part, his melodies, in particular, are lifted from earlier compositions. I'm not saying he intentionally 'steals' from others or is doing anything illegal, just that many think he's "the best" when his 'best' scores are re-iterations of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Holst, etc.

I'll have to find the website that compares the tracks, but it really is interesting to look into when you have the time. Holst's "The Planets" bear a similar resemblance to Star Wars and ET themes, for instance.

Picasso did indeed say, "Good artists borrow, great artists steal" I just wanted to point out that a lot of what makes Williams' compositions great is that they've already been produced in part by much older, much more established composers and are therein ingrained into the very fabric of society.
Posted: Wed, 21st Oct 2009, 8:58pm

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John Williams, no question. smile Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jurassic Park are easily my favorite scores of all-time.

A few others I like:

Michael Giacchino
Jerry Goldsmith
Hans Zimmer
Patrick Doyle
Nicholas Hooper

Not a "film" composer, but I have to list him: Bear McCreary... his Battlestar Galactica and Terminator scores are way more than what I would expect from TV shows. His Sarah Connor theme is amazing.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 1:15am

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John Williams is like Nickelback. Strokes of genius with tones of awe recycled in different ways for years and years on end.

Until recently I wouldn't say it, but following the masterpiece of composing that was Star Wars I've got to go with Michael Giacchino.

The range between Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Lost, Mission Impossible 3, and Star Trek is astounding- especially considering how ace all are individually. Ratatouille to me was made in the composing- poignant and inspiring, and I haven't heard something like that so focused dramatically on the wings of the music (with success, at least) in a very long time.

Then we've got Star Trek, so that too.

Other mentionables are Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, and my old personal favorite Thomas Newman. Newman's dry, somber piano fiddlings and eerie chords are a large testament to the atmosphere created in such achey and beautiful films as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Pay It Forward, Road to Perdition, and even Wall-E. I love his stuff, even if it does get a little same-y it always fits within the context and tone of the movie; and this is where I think his semi-recycled sound differs from John Williams, who seemingly pushes everything on any atmosphere of project. These days, at least. (Well, with the glaring exception of the excellent and fitting Minority Report score.)
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 2:08am

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I like Eric Serra. I love the 5th Element Score
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 2:13am

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I really, really loved Michael Giacchino's Star Trek score; it's pretty much perfection for what was needed.

I think my favourite overall though would have to be Danny Elfman, I'm a huge fan of his weird style, particularly in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and in Batman.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 2:31am

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I thought some of his best work was in Terminator: Salvation, actually. Just because of how much of a departure from his usual portfolio it was.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 5:41am

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Howard Shore. About a minute into this is why:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6LGJ7evrAg

Other than that, all the obvious ones like John Williams, Hans Zimmer, etc that everyone else has mentioned so far. And I'll also join in the Michael Giacchino praise. In recent years his scores have been the most memorable for me, and I can't think of a single one I didn't like.

Oh, and I unfortunately can't stand Danny Elfman.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 7:54am

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I love all the composers that have already been mentioned. smile

I'll second Bear McCreary - best, most interesting composer working in TV, and I really hope he'll make the leap to films soon as Giacchino did a few years back.

I'd also like to throw in a mention for computer game composer Jack Wall. His stuff on Jade Empire and Mass Effect is fantastic.

One of my favourite fiml scores of all time is Fight Club, by The Dust Brothers. I'm not sure if they've done any other film work beyond that?

I also really like Steve Jablonsky's work on the first Transformers movie. Really great, iconic stuff. One of those scores that is more evocative than the actual film.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 2:40pm

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Favorite composers (top to bottom):

John Williams (Obviously. I think that the scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indy is in the map room is one of the most exiting scenes in film from my childhood, solely thanks to Williams. It's certainly my favorite example of how music can be 80% of the scene if it wants.)

Michael Giacchino (Genius. Loved him since LOST. Gave me shivers all the way through Star Trek, showed awesomeness in UP during the "Married Life" sequence. Also "Incredits" is incredible.)

Thomas Newman (Just listen to New Fish or Brooks Was Here. A piano has never been used better.)

James Newton Howard (King Kong 2005. That is all.)

John Powell (Bim Bam Smash, need I say more? razz)

Alan Silvestri (Many people credit Williams for his work like for example Back to the Future, and Forrest Gump. Great scores, but I also love his The Abyss score.)

John Ottman
(X2 and Superman Returns are favorites of mine.)

Hans Zimmer (I like some of his scores, but hate his way of composing about as much as Atom hates Cameron's directing. If you're wondering: he has so many composers "helping" him that he has been disqualified from several awards. These composers include: John Powell, James Newton Howard, Harry Gregson Williams and as you can see they can easily be classified as more talented than Zimmer himself, I certainly think so.)

Harry-Gregson Williams
(Metal Gear, Shrek. Seriously: listen to Escape from the Dragon. Swashbuckling deluxe.)

David Arnold (Chis Cornell: You Know My Name + Awesomeness = Aston Montenegro. Also On Her Majesty's Secret Service feat. Propellerheads is BADASS and the reason I saw The Incredibles after all.)

Honorable mention: Howard Shore - Because it's only LotR I know him for, and because a lot of the LotR music doesn't work very well alone he doesn't make the list. I love some of his tracks (especially the ones with Enya), and he really made the feeling of Middle Earth, but I really don't listen to his scores that much.

Most of the music I listen to is by these guys. I never much cared for bands or lyrics, just give me a symphony orchestra any day. I waste hours every day listening to film scores and imagining scenes I would love to have seen to the music. I've been like this ever since I saw Star Wars (which is incidentally when I decided to pursue film. Star Wars must have been the most important/life changing event in my life. That was over 20 years after its theatrical run. Avatar better be awesome Cameron, if you want to stand a chance against Star Wars razz).

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Tarn wrote:

I'd also like to throw in a mention for computer game composer Jack Wall. His stuff on Jade Empire and Mass Effect is fantastic.
We're allowed to mention game composers? Then I second Jack Wall and Sam Hulick for Mass Effect tenfold. Some of the most played tracks on my iTunes. I also love Martin O'Donnell's work for the Halo franchise.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 8:35pm

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If we're allowed to post game composers, Greg Edmonson. He composed the score for both Uncharted games, as well as the show Firefly. Fantastic composer, and I would really love to see him get some more widespread use. The score for Uncharted 2, especially, is outrageously good.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 9:20pm

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Sollthar wrote:

I've never even heard of Hans Zimmer until right now!
That kind of just shows that you're slightly uneducated when it comes to film composers as Zimmer is one of the biggest. smile
Yep. I'm a full blown idiot about that stuff however I do like Don Davis also because of his work in the movie "The Matrix".
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 9:30pm

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Aculag wrote:

If we're allowed to post game composers, Greg Edmonson. He composed the score for both Uncharted games, as well as the show Firefly. Fantastic composer, and I would really love to see him get some more widespread use. The score for Uncharted 2, especially, is outrageously good.
Definitely. Don't know why Edmondson didn't score the movie...

At the moment I like Bruno Coulais. He first came to my attention 10 years ago, and Coraline's score was gorgeous.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 10:20pm

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Oh god, how did I miss Steve Jablonsky?

Terrific stuff he composed, and totally underrated. I must agree with you on this one Tarn, for all of the fun of the movie, Jablonsky's Transformers score completely trascends it to a much higher level of evocative filmmaking sound. And then there's The Island, which also largely is memorable for its impeccable and (rather odd for how it was a flop) iconic sound.

But yeah, whew, Transformers. I mean, Arrival To Earth. Enough said.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 10:41pm

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Hans Zimmer (for Pirates and especially The Dark Knight).
Howard Shore, for his amazing LOTR music. I thought it brought the feel of the film out more than many other film soundtracks I've heard.

No particular order. Like 'em about the same.
Posted: Thu, 22nd Oct 2009, 11:37pm

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Bear McCreary, hands down for me.

It seems only a select few on here have followed BSG. It's a shame neutral
Posted: Fri, 23rd Oct 2009, 9:47pm

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Richard III wrote:

Hans Zimmer (for Pirates and especially The Dark Knight).
I gotta say (I know I might get flamed), but Klaus Badelt should get most credit for Pirates, and (I feel) James Newton Howard's tracks for The Dark Knight far exceeded Zimmer's. Yet another example of why I think Zimmer is overrated as his proteges always seem to exceed him (and yet he gets all the credit).

I cannot back this up, but it was always my impression that Zimmer said "Why would I do a swashbuckler movie? Those are b-movies, right? I'm Hans Zimmer gimmie a break." when offered Pirates 1. "Take one of the composers that work under me. Badelt is quite good..." Then Badelt walks in and composes one of the most memorable scores of the 2000s and the movie spawns one of biggest franchises of the 2000s. In a flash Zimmer is in charge of the sequels. slowclap think

Just my observation. By all means if anyone has any actual facts surrounding this: do tell.

CX3 wrote:

Bear McCreary, hands down for me.
Gundersen will love this. wink
Posted: Fri, 23rd Oct 2009, 10:52pm

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Klaus Badelt? Yeah, that's true I guess. Well, I really liked TDK's music anyway (and a few others I can't remember). JNH...was good, but not my type. I can't discredit him for that, however.

But since "favorite" is about subjective opinion, I'll go with Zimmer.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Oct 2009, 11:57pm

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Klaus Badelt - I always loved the Equilibrium soundtrack.
Jerry Goldsmith - Gremlins, Gremlins 2 and Alien.

As for Games -
David Wise - Donkey Kong Country
Stuart Chartwood Prince of Persia : Sands of Time.
Posted: Sun, 25th Oct 2009, 9:39pm

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Yah, here we go.


    -Bear McCreary
    -Christopher Franke
    -Daniel Licht
    -Danny Elfman
    -Edgen / Justin R. Durban
    -Hans Zimmer
    -Harry Gregson-Williams
    -Howard Shore
    -Jack Wall /Sam Hulick (Mass Effect)
    -James Newton Howard
    -Jason Hayes
    -Joel Goldsmith
    -John Powell
    -John Williams
    -Klaus Badelt
    -Martin O'Donnell
    -Michael Giacchino
    -Nicholas Hooper
    -Nobuo Uematsu
    -Richard Gibbs
    -Russell Brower
    -Sean Beeson
    -Sean Callery
    -Steve Jablonsky
    -Trevor Rabin




Struggled picking a favorite, so I picked a few of them instead. razz
Posted: Mon, 26th Oct 2009, 8:45am

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Tommy Gundersen wrote:

-Christopher Franke
I spy a Babylon 5 fan...
Posted: Mon, 26th Oct 2009, 7:31pm

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You spy very well, my friend.
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I'm impressed. Given that you were only 3 years old when the series first aired! razz
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I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Ennio Morricone. His scores are legendary! another vote for Nobou Uematsu as well.
Posted: Thu, 29th Oct 2009, 7:53pm

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AlexanderX wrote:

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Ennio Morricone. His scores are legendary! another vote for Nobou Uematsu as well.
Dammit! I feel like a big stupid moron. *Facepalm* How could I forget Morricone?

I was at a Morricone concert a year ago in The Odeon of Herodes Atticus which is in The Acropolis of Athens. Is was EPIC. Morricone conducted himself. He got so many standing ovations that lasted so long that he had to do like 5 encores.

I even came to like the concert version of Ecstasy of Gold better that the original is some ways.
Posted: Fri, 30th Oct 2009, 3:09am

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AlexanderX wrote:

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Ennio Morricone. His scores are legendary! another vote for Nobou Uematsu as well.
Dammit! I feel like a big stupid moron. *Facepalm* How could I forget Morricone?

I was at a Morricone concert a year ago in The Odeon of Herodes Atticus which is in The Acropolis of Athens. Is was EPIC. Morricone conducted himself. He got so many standing ovations that lasted so long that he had to do like 5 encores.

I even came to like the concert version of Ecstasy of Gold better that the original is some ways.
That sounds incredible! I had no idea about this concert... Where did you hear about it? Do you know if he is performing anywhere else?
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AlexanderX wrote:

Where did you hear about it? Do you know if he is performing anywhere else?
Well I was visiting some friends in Greece and they were like: "Should we order tickets to a Morricone concert?", and I was like: "Hell yeah! Tyvm."

I honestly don't know if he's playing anywhere else. This happened a year ago. Try here.
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Ennio Morricone's work with Leone is nothing short of genius. The "poverty" score from Once Upon a Time in America and "The Man With the Harmonica" from Once Upon in the West, both stand out for me.

Skip to 1:05 for the goosebumps moment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6BQKFs3-VM
beauty around 6:00
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUnGr8XAIlE
eat a cupcake while listening to this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvWvmQipf0Y

I find Jerry Goldsmith's work on Rudy to be truly beautiful as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnPxOttpVdI&feature=related
Alan Silvestri isn't getting enough recognition here either.
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Oh, I also like John Murphy. Best British composer at the moment, and a great guy to boot.
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Having watched The Princess and the Frog last night, I have to chime in here to say that Randy Newman is possibly the worst songwriter in the history of music. I was thrilled when Pixar stopped using him, as he was far and away the biggest flaw in their earlier movies. But The Princess and the Frog confirms that his songwriting skills are absolute rubbish.
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As it's nearly Christmas here is a 'selection box' of a few composers with some of their work I really like:

Clint Mansell - Moon, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Sahara, Requiem for a Dream...
Brian Tyler - Bubba Ho-Tep
Michael Kamen - for SO many scores, a true innovator. RIP Michael.
Javier Navarrete - Pans Labyrinth
Vangelis - Blade Runner
Brad Fiedel - Terminator & Terminator2
Mark Isham - Crash
Danny Elfman Mars Attacks, The Kingdom, Edward Scissorhands
Harry Gregson-Williams Team America

Best
Mantra
Posted: Mon, 14th Dec 2009, 10:28pm

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Bill Conti.
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John Williams: Star Wars
Harry Gregson-Williams: Narnia
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I'm a big fan of Bill Brown ever since I played Trespasser for the PC.

http://www.billbrownmusic.com/
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John Barry
Jerry Goldsmith
John Williams
Bill Conti
Bernard Herrmann
Dave Grusin
Ennio Morricone
Nino Rota