FSCT Playlist #3 – Klaatu Barada Nikto!
In weeks when I’m editing the latest issue of FSMO, my listening goes way down and tends to focus on the scores we’re featuring in the magazine. Writing to music in the background helps me think creatively. Music on in the background while editing only distracts me and I can’t concentrate properly. So this past week was very light on the film score front.
- THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951, Bernard Herrmann)—Editing Ross Care’s excellent musical analysis for the latest FSMO had me revisiting this Herrmann classic.
- SUPER 8 (2011, Michael Giacchino)—Another accompaniment to my editing of Justin Craig’s always fun interview with Giacchino for the new FSMO. Review coming soon.
- ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS (1964, Nathan Van Cleave)—Standard-issue sci-fi music for the most part, but with some nice themes.
- REVOLUTION (1985, John Corigliano)—One of my favorite scores from one of my favorite composers who I wish would write more for film and not, in the process, have his stuff rejected.
- GREEN LANTERN (2011, James Newton Howard)—Epitomizes everything that’s wrong with film music today, and then some.
- FIRST KNIGHT (1995, Jerry Goldsmith)—I had to wash away the bitter taste of all those electric guitars and percussion overlays with some actual music!
- MEDAL OF HONOR (1999, Michael Giacchino)—I missed all the hoopla when these scores were first released, so they’re a pleasant discovery now.
- THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, VOL. 1 (Bernard Herrmann)—Essential listening in this celebratory month of Herrmann’s 100th birthday.
- BATMAN (1989, Danny Elfman)—I never thought I’d say, “They don’t write superhero scores like Danny Elfman anymore…” Sad but true.
- TARAS BULBA (1962, Franz Waxman)—Review of the new Tadlow recording of the complete score coming soon.
- THE COMEDIANS (1967, Laurence Rosenthal)—I prefer my Rosenthal on the more emotional side.
- VILLA RIDES! (1968) – THE WESTERN FILM MUSIC OF MAURICE JARRE—Review of the new Tadlow recording of the complete score coming soon.
- LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL (1959, Dimitri Tiomkin)
Total: 13 Scores
I’ve held off making comments the past few weeks, hoping that you guys might take up the mantle and discuss among yourselves rather than have me bully my way in. I’ll try and chime in as well. Thanks as always to everyone for playing and reading.