Harmony Central Forums
Announcement
Collapse
No announcement yet.

Favorite Soundtracks?

Collapse
X
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Favorite Soundtracks?

    I grew up in the 80s so...

    1) My all time favorite soundtracks are by John Carpenter. He not only directed his movies, but composed the music for them. The soundtrack to Escape From New York is probably my favorite with The Fog coming in a close 2nd. His soundtracks are so moody...

    2) It`s tough putting John Williams in 2nd place because his melodies are so tremendous but I`m big into mood when it comes to soundtrack so Carpenter had to #1. Anyway, Star Wars and Superman soundtracks were and still are so incredible and beautiful.

    3) Hans Zimmer... so many to choose from but my all time favorite are the Batman Dark Knight series and Superman Man of Steel...

    4) The soundtrack to the Secret Life of Walter Mitty... if you have not seen the movie, go see it. And the soundtrack... so well done...

    What are some of your favorites?

  • #2
    Bernard Hermann, Miklós Rózsa, Elmer Bernstein and Danny Elfman are four of my all-time favorite film composers. I don't know how I'd rank them from 1 to 4 or anything like that, because it would be like ranking steak, chocolate pie, and pizza in order. Depends on the mood.
    Bob "Notes" Norton
    Owner, Norton Music http://www.nortonmusic.com
    Style and Fake disks for Band-in-a-Box
    The Sophisticats http://www.s-cats.com >^. .^< >^. .^<

    Comment


    • #3
      In each of these the soundtrack really made the film:

      Mark Isham: Film Music – Never Cry Wolf & Mrs Soffel
      Mark Isham: The Beast
      Peter Gabriel: Passion – The Last Temptation of Christ
      Thomas Newman: American Beauty
      Cliff Martinez: Traffic
      Wendy Carlos: Clockwork Orange
      Sally Potter : Orlando
      Vangelis: Bladerunner

      Comment


      • #4
        I'll probably lose any small amount of creds I have around here but...
        Dimitri Tiomkin= Soundtrack to "The Alamo" , "High Noon"
        Bob Dylan= "Soundtrack to "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid"

        Comment


        • #5
          Have never been really big into movie themes, but there have been some TV themes that I really liked.
          • UFO and Space 1999 - Barry Gray
          • The Avengers (the original British TV show) - Laurie Johnson
          • Hill Street Blues and Rockford Files - Mike Post
          • Star Trek (The Original Series) - Alexander Courage
          • Emergency - Nelson Riddle
            Couple interesting things about this - the sound track is built around the audible tones used to activate the Klaxon alarm in the fire station. Also two of the main actors, Bobby Troupe and Julie London, were well known in the Jazz world. Bobby also wrote the hit song "Get your kicks on Route 66")

          The Mandolin Picker

          "Bless your hearts... and all your vital organs" - John Duffy

          "Got time to breath, got time for music!"- Briscoe Darling, Jr.

          Comment


          • #6
            I'm so bad at multi-tasking that either I'm in primary watching mode or primary listening mode. With movies, I'm in watching mode, so the music works on me subconsciously 99% of the time and after the film is over I hardly remember a thing about the soundtrack. Except when the music is particularly and strikingly good, or just plain bad.

            Like what I call "the tinkling piano notes of deep feelings" that gets used over and over and over and over ad infinitum. Bad - and all my watching companions I'm sure are tired of hearing me ridicule this when it invariably sounds during some huge percentage of dramas and romcoms.

            But I am on the watchout for good "playlist" soundtracks - you know, like Tarantino's. Which are always good. "Stuck In The Middle With You" comes to mind.... Scorcese also employs playlist soundtracks, but IMnotsoHO, I think Tarantino is much better at it. Wes Anderson is good at this also.

            One that did actually reach my conscious mind in a big way was Jon Brion's for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And the great Beck song in the movie, "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime".

            For big blasting orchestral soundtracks, I like the style in the really old stuff - 40s, 50s. I just watched the 1948 production of Hamlet that Laurence Olivier directed and starred in, and the soundtrack, by William Walton no less, is fantastic. What a great film all round - except for the awful weeping Ophelia....

            So many of those old movie soundtracks - the composers were all steeped in classical music and I'm always hearing imitations of Rachmaninoff in them - quality varies of course, but by and large those old soundtrack composers were very, very skilled.

            And the musicals, of course. West Side Story, right? Singin' In The Rain, right? School of Rock, well.....it's a fun movie.

            nat



            Comment


            • #7
              Peter Gabriel: Passion – The Last Temptation of Christ
              Soundtrack to "Planet of the Apes"
              Soundtrack to "Heat"
              Ken Lee on 500px / Ken's Photo Store / Ken Lee Photography Facebook Website / Blueberry Buddha Studios / Ajanta Palace Houseboat - Kashmir / Hotel Green View - Kashmir / Eleven Shadows website / Ken Lee Photography Blog / Akai 12-track tape transfers / MY NEW ALBUM! The Mercury Seven

              Comment


              • #8
                Soundtrack to "Friday Night Lights" also.

                I know I'm forgetting a bunch. This is just off the top of my head without much thinking.
                Ken Lee on 500px / Ken's Photo Store / Ken Lee Photography Facebook Website / Blueberry Buddha Studios / Ajanta Palace Houseboat - Kashmir / Hotel Green View - Kashmir / Eleven Shadows website / Ken Lee Photography Blog / Akai 12-track tape transfers / MY NEW ALBUM! The Mercury Seven

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by UstadKhanAli View Post
                  Peter Gabriel: Passion – The Last Temptation of Christ
                  Soundtrack to "Planet of the Apes"
                  Soundtrack to "Heat"
                  I don`t know if this is funny, scary, or sad... or all of the above...

                  I didn`know there was any music in "The Last Temptation of Christ"...

                  Saw it once... it really hit me hard... never watched it again.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ernest Buckley View Post

                    I don`t know if this is funny, scary, or sad... or all of the above...

                    I didn`know there was any music in "The Last Temptation of Christ"...

                    Saw it once... it really hit me hard... never watched it again.
                    I'm telling you EB, I'm the same way. In a good movie, the soundtrack just goes straight to my subconscious most of the time, and I don't remember a bit of it. And when I'm doing music alone, I might as well be blind and floating in a timeless land of only-sounds.

                    nat

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nat whilk II View Post

                      I'm telling you EB, I'm the same way. In a good movie, the soundtrack just goes straight to my subconscious most of the time, and I don't remember a bit of it. And when I'm doing music alone, I might as well be blind and floating in a timeless land of only-sounds.

                      nat
                      I agree, if the music is done really well, you won`t notice it the first time. It`s such a part of the movie, its almost like its not there.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I like several of the ones previously mentioned, and the only thing that hasn't been mentioned yet (or at least I didn't see it) that I can think of ATM is Bacharach's work on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
                        **********

                        "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                        - George Carlin

                        "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                        - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                        "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                        - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Hans Zimmer, this guy is the GOAT!
                          Also Clint Eastwood - Changling and Dustin O'Halloran - Transparent Theme.
                          If you stand for nothing your life becomes meaningless. The world and everything you have today exist because people before you stood up, worked hard and died to provide us all the opportunity. Get involved!

                          Audio Icon

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Dr. Zhivago/Maurice Jarre

                            Hauntingly beautiful
                            .
                            Mr. Jarre was a Winnah!
                            Four Grammy Nominations at 9th Grammy Awards 1966 and won for best Musical score written for a motion picture or television show.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by nat whilk II View Post
                              With movies, I'm in watching mode, so the music works on me subconsciously 99% of the time and after the film is over I hardly remember a thing about the soundtrack.

                              Like what I call "the tinkling piano notes of deep feelings" that gets used over and over and over and over ad infinitum. Bad - and all my watching companions I'm sure are tired of hearing me ridicule this when it invariably sounds during some huge percentage of dramas and romcoms.

                              Its interesting how soundtracks affect one's sense of a film. I'm the exact opposite. The soundtrack determines my level of (emotional) engagement with the film. The industry standard is a formula film begets a formula soundtrack - think blockbuster, or fast action, or violent thrillers, as example, not always of course.

                              "The tinkling piano notes" should be prohibited. I've been reading about and listening to industry composers and a lot of them feel constricted and trapped by directors and producers who only want the formula stuff: " I want something like John Williams or Hans Zimmer." So we get tinkling piano, star wars glory, gorilla epic drums, etc. No wonder the music isn't memorable.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X