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Film scores and Theme Tunes
« on: June 27, 2019, 10:56:56 pm »
I had a lunchtime DVD watch today with my sandwiches and crisps and took in Book of Eli.

At the end of the film I was waiting for the cast credits to come up to check out a couple of actors whe I realised I was thoroughly enjoying the simple but effective music, basically a 4 note riff with a bit of piano accentuation.

I hadn't really thought much about film scores till then but there is a hell of a lot of work that goes into writing something that fits with the production.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHtNOTkbk9s

What film or TV music have you enjoyed in the past?
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2019, 11:10:07 pm »

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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 08:36:51 am »
Much of Michael Nyman's film-related output, esp. the stuff he did for Peter Greenaway's fillums.
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2019, 09:30:16 am »
There is a brief choral snatch in To the Ends of the Earth that always leaves me wanting more.
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2019, 10:04:44 am »
William Walton's music for  the "The Battle of Britain" is great. It was a genius decision to show the climatic battle with no aero engine noise just his score. Shame the Yanks pulled the rest of his score from the film.
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2019, 06:15:13 pm »
In recent years, the soundtrack work of former Pop Will Eat Itself frontman Clint Mansell has been notable. His soundtrack for Moon was especially good - really added to the film.

And Jonny Greenwood off of Radiohead's soundtrack for Phantom Thread was pretty marvellous too.

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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2019, 06:20:32 pm »
Much of Michael Nyman's film-related output, esp. the stuff he did for Peter Greenaway's fillums.

 :thumbsup:

I got into Michael Nyman's film music via Joby Talbot and Neil Hannon*, who worked together on some of the early Divine Comedy recordings (Talbot was a member of the band for a while). Both were heavily influenced by Nyman (check out Tonight We Fly, the closing track on The Divine Comedy's Promenade). Talbot went on to write the theme for League of Gentlemen. And Neil Hannon wrote the theme tune for Father Ted (which also appears as a version with words called Songs Of Love on his Casanova LP).


*strictly speaking, it was via a friend who was a fellow Divine Comedy fan and massive Greenaway obsessive.

Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2019, 06:25:17 pm »
Much of Michael Nyman's film-related output, esp. the stuff he did for Peter Greenaway's fillums.

 :thumbsup:

I got into Michael Nyman's film music via Joby Talbot and Neil Hannon*, who worked together on some of the early Divine Comedy recordings (Talbot was a member of the band for a while). Both were heavily influenced by Nyman (check out Tonight We Fly, the closing track on The Divine Comedy's Promenade). Talbot went on to write the theme for League of Gentlemen. And Neil Hannon wrote the theme tune for Father Ted (which also appears as a version with words called Songs Of Love on his Casanova LP).


*strictly speaking, it was via a friend who was a fellow Divine Comedy fan and massive Greenaway obsessive.
And another +1 for Michael Nyman's work for Peter Greenaway :thumbsup:

Little known fact:
My former home, during what have come to be known as The Peckham Years, was arranged courtesy of Peter Greenaway's PA and was located in the premises which were formerly the recording studios of The Mad Professor and the Ariwa Sounds label. We used to constantly get demo tapes in the post. :thumbsup:
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2019, 06:44:52 pm »
Zbigniew Preisner's scores for Kieslowski are well worth a listen.  As is "Requiem For My Friend".


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bKSUlK-FgY   &    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v_Vtjo1kUg




Edit.  Oh bugger, that's done it.  Three Colours marathon at the weekend. 
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2019, 07:15:13 pm »
Zbigniew Preisner's scores for Kieslowski are well worth a listen.  As is "Requiem For My Friend".


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bKSUlK-FgY   &    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v_Vtjo1kUg





Edit.  Oh bugger, that's done it.  Three Colours marathon at the weekend.
Yup! +1  :thumbsup:
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2019, 07:23:16 pm »
Yup! +1  :thumbsup:
The private life of Veronique, also.


Is that the naughty version ??  :jurek:   
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2019, 07:44:37 pm »
Yup! +1  :thumbsup:
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Is that the naughty version ??  :jurek:   
I'm unaware of a 'naughty' version of PL of V  ???

Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2019, 07:48:38 pm »
It’s the Double Life.....  ;)
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2019, 07:53:32 pm »
It’s the Double Life.....  ;)
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2019, 09:21:30 am »
Mr fimm is very into orchestral film music - John Williams obviously, but also Hans Zimmer and a man whose name I can't remember and lots of others
One track I always like when he plays it is from one of the "Transformers" films - it is very slow-moving and broad and doesn't sound like it is from that kind of film at all!

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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2019, 09:37:18 am »
The music to Sicario.

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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2019, 10:07:20 am »
+1 for Hans Zimmer. The Gladiator soundtrack is suitably epic.
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2019, 10:14:12 am »
Bullitt.

Oh

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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2019, 10:46:28 am »
Much of Michael Nyman's film-related output, esp. the stuff he did for Peter Greenaway's fillums.

I concur. Got into Nyman's 'stuff' when at art college. His 'Decay Music' is very minimalist and best listened to, alone, in a darkened room. Perfect!
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2019, 11:15:48 am »
I agree about Paris Texas.  Isn't there a dispute about how much is Ry Cooder and how much Arlen Roth?


But my favourite will probably always be Anton Karas's music for The Third Man.

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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2019, 12:19:44 pm »
But my favourite will probably always be Anton Karas's music for The Third Man.

The mere mention of which will ensure that everyone who reads this thread will have the main theme as an earworm for the rest of the day!

Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2019, 01:18:22 pm »
Happy to oblige, D!

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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2019, 02:30:08 pm »
+1 for Hans Zimmer. The Gladiator soundtrack is suitably epic.
https://youtu.be/kln605W1r3E
https://youtu.be/R9zxany7e10

Pinches a chunk of Holst/Mars, but who among them doesn't?

It's still a good antidote to The Third Man.
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2019, 01:44:26 pm »
Echo the praise for Michael Nyman's music. But the man himself...  :-\  I went to a concert by him a few years ago. In the best part of two hours he did not address a single word to the audience or even acknowledge it apart from a bow at the beginning and another at the end.  :facepalm:
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Re: Film scores and Theme Tunes
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2019, 01:58:30 pm »
My missus persuaded me to start watching that there distopian-horror show of a TV series-  A Handmaid's Tale the other day.


Amongst the continuous horrific scenes (don't get me wrong, it's excellent in a kind of way that would have depressed George Orwell) - was a scene where one of the handmaids was giving birth.  She was surrounded by others all giving a chorus of uniformly chanted advice....


"Breathe". "Breathe" "Breathe"


"Exhale". "Exhale". "Exhale"


Amongst the gloom it did occur to me that they missed a right trick in not giving this a Prodigy soundtrack during that scene  :-D
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_PAHbqq-o4)
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