Nov 28th 2007
5 minutes ago
About(LAST UPDATED: January 4, 2013)
Goodness, how did I get here, eh?
I've never really been much for songs (see end of Profile for some songs I like/love) and I guess it's no small wonder that the power and beauty of film scores got me.
One day, while watching a cartoon show, I noticed the music. Then I started noticing other cartoon music ("Ducktales") and then the scores for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the Star Trek movies.
I blame James Horner, as my first purchase was the score to "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" on cassette (you remember those, right?). But that wasn't enough so I went to Dennis McCarthy's "Star Trek: Generations" score (7th Trek movie). Soon more CD's followed.
One day I found how pissed I was two songs took the place of score tracks on "Star Trek: First Contact" and searched for the missing tracks. The search led me to eBay, where -- for my ignorance -- I purchased a bootleg of the complete score. Turns out it was missing a track and some interesting alternates, but I was happy.
The one track I was dying to get was the fan titled: "Flight of the Phoenix/Death of a Queen".
Later I found out Joel Goldsmith composed this (FreeClyde.com for a variation on the cue), and soon this spiraled into more and more bootlegs in my collection. I blame Joel, he was clearly an unintentionally bad influence on me. ;-)
I soon discovered I ... hate songs, and Hanzi Zimmer. (My Zimmer jokes are here & there).
You can e-mail Zimmer at: HansZimmerSucks@thefilmscoring.biz
OVer the years I traded in many unreleased scores, both film and television, but as the years passed by, and more & more people dealt in MP2, that slowed down. Then around 2009 more and more studios began opening their vaults to various labels, and many personal Holy Grail scores that previously had no chance at released, started flowing out. So trading slowed even more as things I wanted, were simply legally being released (sans televison scores, though that has begun a reversal).
Eventually I found a cozy niche over at ScoreReviews.com, where the people are nicer, more interesting, and talk about scores I'd otherwise have not known about. But then on November 28, 2007, around 1:30 p.m. CST, they decided to shut down the forum. Then MainTitles.net opened. It's okay I guess.
I've lived in & out of my car for years now, taking temp jobs where I could, until the only temp agency that ever contacted me, shut down due to lack of jobs, thanks to our fearless dictator and Golfer-in-Cheif, Obama. As of 2012, I have a temporary roof over my head, subject to change in the unspecified coming future.
About 2004, thanks to Lukas, my obsession with rejected scores colminated in the creation of http://www.RejectedFilmScores.150m.com. Via that site I have made interesting findings, connections, and had the privilege to interview over 30 composers, including: Marc Shaiman, Craig Safan, and Gabriel Yared.
Since about 2000 I've been on and off living in Panama City, FL (U.S.A.). It's got the "worlds's most beautiful beaches", of white sand; that is, when they aren't whipped away by a hurricane.
And it's also got girls walking around in bikinis in Wal-Mart. Which, as it turns out, I'm okay with.
I find myself becoming alone in a world were 128 bitrate is the norm and no one seems to mind it, or errors. And increasingly we are seeing download-only releases of scores, so you cannot buy them on CD. Who would have thought we'd see a day where a James Horner score doesn't get a CD release and only a download? That day too, I assure you, is coming for some unfortunate Jerry Goldsmith score.
When I came into film scores, the world was so promosing, but now it's full of drumloops, toadies from Remote Control (formally Media Ventures) who don't have enough experience, composers who can't do a score without the help of at least five people, and countless bland scores and composers who people praise. And now people like RZA and BT are threatening the very image of scores by killing classically styled scores and instead making studios and directors think low frequency beats and electronica are what films need to sell to the current dumbass generation.
More and more in score and movies I find myself going for stuff over from 1989 and lower. When I watched movies, it was usually on Turner Movie Classics or AMC, and I shudder when another remake comes out, and inappropriate overuse of songs are implemented in TV shows and movies.
What I would consider the last crop of "Great" composers, started passing away in the 2000's; Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, and more. I worry for a future where "Pirates of the Caribbean 2" is the "best score of 2006!!" (you can take a guess at who said that...)
Since then Shirley Walker, Basil Poledouris, Michael Kamen, and Joel Goldsmith have died, too (all far, far too early, still in their '50's).
SONGS: (incomplete list)
"Standing In A Borken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand" -- Primitive Radio Gods (skip the rest of the body of their work)
"Lean On Me" -- Bill Withers
"Bittersweet Symphony" -- The Verve (I believe I see Mel Wesson credited...)
"Due South Theme" (Long version with words) -- Paul Gross? Jay Semko, (music backing)
"Unchained Melody" -- The Righteous Brothers
"Change The World" -- Eric Clapton
"Sweet Dreams" -- Eurythemics
"Hold You For the Longest Time" -- Billy Joel
"Fields of Gold" -- Sting
I do not support MP3s -- legally or illegally.
<HR> (this is where the break line would be if the new board had allowed it. Damnit.)
LAST UPDATED: April 15, 2006
Some scores I love:
The Journey of Natty Gann (Horner's replacement score)
The Mission (Morricone)
The Red Canvas (why in the world is such a good score selling for SO LITTLE on SAE???)
The Big Blue -- Bill Conti
"CHiPs" (FSM CD) -- Alan Silvestri
Conan -- Basil Poledouris, R.I.P.
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend - Jerry Goldsmith, R.I.P.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (specifically Christophe Beck and Thomas Wanker's work)
Capricorn One - Jerry Goldsmith, R.I.P.
DUEL - Billy Goldenberg
Eaters of the Dead (13th Warrior rejected) - Graeme Revell
Ghostbusters - Elmer Bernstein, R.I.P.
Gladiator (rejected; 1992 boxing film) - Jerry Goldsmith, R.I.P.
The Great Escape (Elmer Bernstein)
Jake Speed - Mark Snow
JAWS - John Williams
The Omega Man - Ron Grainer, R.I.P.
Sheena - Richard Hartley
SIGNS - James Newton Howard
Something Wicked This Way Comes (rejected) - Georges Delerue, R.I.P.
Something Wicked This Way Comes - James Horner
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan (James Horner)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Leonard Rosenman)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Jerry Goldsmith)
Star Trek: Generations - Dennis McCarthy
Star Trek: First Contact (Jerry & Joel Goldsmith)
Star Trek: Insurrection (Jerry Goldsmith)
The Ten Commandments (Elmer Bernstein)
The Thorn Birds (Henry Mancini)
Titanic - James Horner
Troy (rejected; FANTASTIC score) - Gabriel Yared
The Truman Show - Burkhard Dallwitz
Unbreakable - James Newton Howard
Unreleased scores I own:
And many, many more. Nearly/over 400 unreleased, expanded, complete, promos, private editions, DVD/Lerserdisc isolated, and rejected scores in my collection.
I currently do not use any IM's).
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn," Joss Whedon
"[...] our enemies don't forget who we are; they're just hoping you do. [...]"