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Old 12-09-07, 07:26 PM
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What signature soundtrack composers do you love to hear?

I just watched Live Free or Die Hard and I was loving the soundtrack. It clicked with me that it was similar to one of my all time favorites in Mimic.
Sure enough it was Marco Beltrami. A lot of sweeping, yet eerie brass.

My other favorite is Kenji Kawai. Mamoru Oshii utilizes his talents a lot. When I hear that an Oshii project is coming out, I always check to see that Kawai is on it. I can fucking not wait for The Sky Crawlers.
Old 12-09-07, 08:13 PM
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Clint Mansell ( Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, etc; )
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Howard Shore & Angelo Badalamenti

Only on the Cronenberg & Lynch films.
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Morricone hasn't been as experimental as he once was, but it's still a blast to discover film scores (For the first time) that he did yesteryear.
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I don't know if these would fit your definition but:

Alexandre Desplat
Yann Tiersen
Lalo Schifrin
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Gabriel Yared is the first name that springs to mind.
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Thomas Newman
Terence Blanchard
James Newton Howard
Hans Zimmer
Alan Silvestri
Stewart Copeland
Carter Burwell
Peter Gabriel
Michael Kamen
Clint Mansell

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Wow. Awesome choices. It is time these guys got their due. They always use Mansell in previews, before the actual score for the upcoming film is finalized.
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What was that theme that was used in the Dark City preview that wasn't in the film? It was actually on the soundtrack CD and was used in tons of previews.

I just briefly looked and couldn't find my copy. It starts off with a kind of hissing/rasping rythm.
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clint mansell
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Originally Posted by Mondo Kane
Morricone hasn't been as experimental as he once was, but it's still a blast to discover film scores (For the first time) that he did yesteryear.


Not to mention that he's probably the most prolific film composer of all time. Although he's best known for his westerns, I find his giallo soundtracks to be his most compelling stuff.
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James Horner. I've collected EVERY score he's done that I could find.

Never been a fan of John Williams.

Go ahead, berate the hell out of me all you want for saying that.

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I know it's not "cool" to like something that's mainstream, but John Williams is #1 in my book.

Star Wars
Superman
Jurassic Park
Jaws
Indiana Jones
Harry Potter

and on and on...
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Danny Elfman
John Williams
James Horner
Alan Silvestri
Hanz Zimmer
Mark Mancina
Jerry Goldsmith
Howard Shore
Randy Edelman
David Grusin
James Newton Howard
Wendy Carlos
Bruce Broughton
Alan Menken
Marc Shaiman
Harold Faltermeyer
Giorgio Moroder
David Foster
Brad Fiedel
Old 12-09-07, 11:55 PM
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Danny Elfman
Bernard Herrmann
Angelo Badalamenti
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Besides a lot of great names already mentioned, I now look forward to soundtracks/scores by David Holmes. Although the movies themselves weren't that good, his soundtracks for Ocean's 12 and Ocean's 13 are fantastic, with a cool hip vibe throughout. (Too bad the movies themselves far so short of the music in capturing this.)
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Bernard Herrmann:
Citizen Kane (1941)
Jane Eyre (1944)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Psycho (1960)
Taxi Driver (1976)

Maurice Jarre:
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Resurrection (1980)

John Barry:
Let's face it any Bond Score of his is a must!
The Lion in Winter (1968)
King Kong (1976) "The Most Underrated Flim Score Of All-Time"
The Black Hole (1979)
Somewhere in Time (1980)
Raise the Titanic (1980)
Out of Africa (1985)
Dances with Wolves (1990)

John Williams: "I will not list all of the great Flims he has composed but here are a few gems"

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Towering Inferno (1974)
The Fury (1978)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Hook (1991)
JFK (1991)
Nixon (1995)
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
There is much more but anyone who love flim should know John's music!

And let's not forget Jerry Goldsmith one of the most underrated composers of all-time.

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John Williams (for some reason he has a reputation as somewhat of a hack and for the life of me I have no idea why. His work is very fine and at times wildly inventive)
John Carpenter
Jerry Goldsmith
Ennio Morricone
Carter Burwell
Howard Shore
John Barry
Maurice Jarre
Vangelis
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Originally Posted by JesseCuster
John Williams (for some reason he has a reputation as somewhat of a hack and for the life of me I have no idea why. His work is very fine and at times wildly inventive)
You must have him confused with someone else, because John Williams (Star Wars, E.T., Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, hell every Spielberg-directed film) is considered a film music god. Not to me by any means, but no one dares to say anything but unabashed praise for him.
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Gabriel Yared is the first name that springs to mind.
Agreed!
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Ennio Morricone
John Barry
Angelo Badalamenti
John Carpenter
Tangerine Dream
Goblin
Fabio Frizzi
Stelvio Cipriani
Riz Ortolani

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Old 12-11-07, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by cranberries fan

John Barry:
Let's face it any Bond Score of his is a must!
The Lion in Winter (1968)
King Kong (1976) "The Most Underrated Flim Score Of All-Time"
The Black Hole (1979)
Somewhere in Time (1980)
Raise the Titanic (1980)
Out of Africa (1985)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Other favorites of mine:
The Ipcress File
The Chase
King Rat
Midnight Cowboy

My two most wanted soundtracks are Barry's:
The Quiller Memorandum(OOP and big bucks)
Seance On A Wet Afternoon(never on cd as far as I can tell)
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Originally Posted by cranberries fan
King Kong (1976) "The Most Underrated Flim Score Of All-Time"
Amen to that. It's too bad that people dislike the film so much it overshadows the fact that the score is phenomenal. FWIW I like both.

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