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Old October 11 2009, 07:59 PM   #31
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Re: Favourite sci-fi/fantasy composer?

Just wanted to throw Murray Gold with his Doctor Who work into the mix....
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Old October 11 2009, 09:18 PM   #32
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Re: Favourite sci-fi/fantasy composer?

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Bear McCreary. No contest there.
Who?
Read up the thread. Or go to www.google.com, copy and paste his name in and VOILA!
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Old October 11 2009, 10:52 PM   #33
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Re: Favourite sci-fi/fantasy composer?

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Just wanted to throw Murray Gold with his Doctor Who work into the mix....
Oh wow... yeah he has to be included here! Myself being new to Who, I'm not very familiar with the people behind the scenes, but he definitely has composed some magnificent scores.

Antony mentioned Christopher Franke earlier, and I have to echo that. His work is so beautiful to me that I've bought most of the soundtrack CDs from the series.
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Old October 12 2009, 02:44 AM   #34
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John Williams - For most of his work.
Murray Gold - Doctor Who (favourites are "A Dazzling End", "The Greatest Story Never Told", "This is Gallifrey" and "All the Strange, Strange Creatures")
Alan Silvestri - Back to the Future (favourites are "Doc Returns", "Main Title" of part 3 and the "Main Theme")
Christopher Franke - Babylon 5 (especially for Z'Ha'Dum, Sleeping in the Light and the opening and closing to Lost Tales)
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Old October 12 2009, 03:10 AM   #35
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Some of my favorites:
Jerry Goldsmith
Dennis McCarthy
Ron Grainer
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Old October 12 2009, 05:31 PM   #36
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Re: Favourite sci-fi/fantasy composer?

Some I forgot:

Alan Silvestri
"Back to the Future"
(trilogy)


Ron Grainer
"The Omega Man"


And another one from Basil Poledouris:
"Robocop"
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Old October 12 2009, 07:17 PM   #37
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Goldsmith was a demi-God.
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Old October 13 2009, 02:14 AM   #38
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Brian Tyler absolutely has to be recognized for his stunning work on the "Children of Dune" soundtrack. (frequently heard in trailers)

I'm glad to see he is getting a lot of big screen composer jobs these days, although none of them has matched COD yet.
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Old October 13 2009, 02:30 AM   #39
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Re: Favourite sci-fi/fantasy composer?

Right now, Bear McCreary is number one. His work on BSG was so original, creative, emotional, different, powerful, memorable... I have the soundtracks and never grow tired of hearing them. He's made a powerful impact and really showed how great music can impact a TV series.

I also really like Michael Giacchino, whose work includes Alias, Lost, M:I:III, The Incredibles and Star Trek.

Christophe Beck's contributions to the early seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were pretty good, too. I have a lot of his tracks.

Of course, I still have love for more well-known icons such as Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams and Danny Elfman. Their fantastic work is legendary.
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Old October 13 2009, 02:46 AM   #40
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Right now, Bear McCreary is number one. His work on BSG was so original, creative, emotional, different, powerful, memorable... I have the soundtracks and never grow tired of hearing them. He's made a powerful impact and really showed how great music can impact a TV series.
I just know I'm gonna get flamed for this, but I found his work dull, uninspired and lifeless. The only things he did remotely right was the re-orchestration of the classic theme and the snippets thereof that were used (such as in the final episode).

I know he did it at Moore's insistance, but Moore obviously caught a case of "tin ear" from Berman with his "minimalist" musical philosophy.
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Old October 13 2009, 04:57 AM   #41
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Re: Favourite sci-fi/fantasy composer?

Film
Howard Shore
John Williams
Harry Gregson-Williams

TV
Bear McCreary
Greg Edmonson
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Old October 13 2009, 05:20 AM   #42
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Film
John Williams
Jerry Goldsmith

Not very original choices, I'll grant, but I can listen to a Williams or Goldsmith score on CD from beginning to end without losing interest. Very few other film composers stack up.

TV
Barry Gray
Ron Grainer
Murray Gold
Angelo Bandalamenti

Barry Gray's scores for Gerry Anderson were always fun, memorable, and hummable. Ron Grainer wrote the two all-time best TV themes for Doctor Who and The Prisoner; if he never wrote anything else, that would have been enough. Murray Gold not only composed the two best-ever updates to the Grainer Doctor Who theme, he also has composed music for the series that IMO is on par with the best of Williams and Goldsmith. And Bandalamenti is here because of his terrifying score for Twin Peaks which is still capable of inducing nightmares.

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Old October 13 2009, 05:40 AM   #43
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I just know I'm gonna get flamed for this, but I found his work dull, uninspired and lifeless. The only things he did remotely right was the re-orchestration of the classic theme and the snippets thereof that were used (such as in the final episode).

I know he did it at Moore's insistance, but Moore obviously caught a case of "tin ear" from Berman with his "minimalist" musical philosophy.
You might not like McCreary's scoring, but comparing his work to the sonic wallpaper that characterized the worst years of the Rick Berman era is just wrong. But it's obvious what you're really after is a more traditional swash-buckling space opera score as was found in the original series. And I can understand being underwhelmed by McCreary's work with those expectations.

Still, you must at least enjoy "Prelude to War" and a few other select tracks, no?
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Old October 13 2009, 03:42 PM   #44
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Right now, Bear McCreary is number one. His work on BSG was so original, creative, emotional, different, powerful, memorable... I have the soundtracks and never grow tired of hearing them. He's made a powerful impact and really showed how great music can impact a TV series.
I just know I'm gonna get flamed for this, but I found his work dull, uninspired and lifeless.
I'm in the middle ground. I don't find his work dull or lifeless in the slightest, but it's far, far from being original or different. McCreary just knows who to steal from, and how to steal well, and his choices are distinct enough from the typical space opera bombast that they're altogether welcome.

However, the best tracks I've heard by McCreary so far (working through the series) were tracks I honestly had to look up to make sure he was actually the one who wrote them. Which I guess is also a backhanded compliment on its own.

I know he did it at Moore's insistance, but Moore obviously caught a case of "tin ear" from Berman with his "minimalist" musical philosophy.
There is an enormous difference between the bland nothing Berman espoused and the Glass-like minimalism McCreary has used. For instance, the latter calls attention to itself, which is the antihesis of Berman's 'wallpaper' strategy. I certainly would not consider the use of such music to be a tin ear - if anything, it's refreshingly attuned, if I may extend the analogy to an awful pun - but YMMV.
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Old October 13 2009, 05:18 PM   #45
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Christopher Franke for B5.

And just to *really* date myself, Robert Cobert for the original Dark Shadows.

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