Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Prologue: A Long Time Ago...

We've dreamed of these episodes since ever conceiving the podcast... Today we want to offer our thanks for your patience, attention and support by turning to a subject so many of us love like no other: John Williams' score to STAR WARS (1977). Now more than ever we want to remember the original cinematic phenomenon that defied the odds and seemed to unite a jaded, world-weary nation. Now we turn back the clock more than 40 years, to a time when Princess Leia & Luke Skywalker were little more than ideas in the mind of a young & visionary George Lucas; to a decade where a seasoned & sophisticated composer was presented the opportunity of a lifetime. Unbeknownst to either of them, together these two collaborators would create a work that would enrapture their public, transform their industry, and undeniably change the popular culture of their planet. We begin our 5-part series on STAR WARS with a special prologue examining all that happened before John Williams put pencil to paper. We've got so many questions we're dying to ask: What was the state of film music in the late 1970's? What did George Lucas envision musically for his space fantasy? How was Williams uniquely poised to deliver what is arguably the most essential film score of all time? What was the temp score to STAR WARS and who was its author? What of these occasional allegations of copying/borrowing/plagiarism? ... Today we attempt to answer each of these questions and prepare as best as we can for the episodes ahead. We hope to make this series as special & content-rich as possible - we can't wait to share what's in store. May the force be with you!






Rinzler, J.W. The Making of Star Wars New York, NY, Ballantine Books, 2007 

Star Wars, Lucas, and Williams: An Introduction
https://www.soundtrackpodcast.com/podcasts/star-wars-lucas-and-williams-an-introduction.htm

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Reel Change: Logos

Today we look at a delightful tradition of cinematic storytelling, one we find at the very beginning of our favorite films: studio logos. These jingles & fanfares are the anthems of Hollywood industry and have been crafted by our most beloved screen composers. We chronicle this unique musical art form from the dawn of sound-film to the present day, uncovering much about the evolution of cinema in the process. What were initially war cries on the battlefield of early Hollywood eventually evolved into tiny hymns celebrating the wonder of moviegoing. Today's episode brings together almost too many legendary composers to mention: Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Michael Kamen (to name but a few). Put on your headphones and take a trip down memory-lane with us as we celebrate the past & present (and try our best to contain our anticipation for the next film subject...). Enjoy!






Classic Film and TV Studio Signature Logos
http://www.classicthemes.com/studioLogos.shtml

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

6m4 The Incredibles Audio Commentary

We are pleased to finally present our feature-length audio commentary to The Incredibles (2004). Let's all unleash our inner Supers and race head-on into one of the most perfect pieces of cinema of the 21st century. Thank you for your Incredi-patience in this series of episodes on Michael Giacchino's breakthrough cinematic debut - a score that is as potent & powerful today as it ever was. Music that... ah, you caught us monologuing again. Here we go - on with the show!




The Incredibles - Michael Giacchino - 2004 - Pixar Animation Studios (Brad Bird, dir,)

The Incredibles (Music from the Motion Picture)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-incredibles-music-from-the-motion-picture/161398291

IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317705/

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

6m3 The Incredible Spotting Session

We've come at very long last to our third Incredi-Episode - it's another "spotting session". As in the past, once again we move cue by cue, reflecting on each piece of underscore in our film subject. Along the way we explore the air-tight, impeccably balanced story beats of Brad Bird's modern-day masterpiece and reveal the always deft, story-wise hand of composer Michael Giacchino. This is a score brimming with color, melody and superhero-sized heart. On our previous episode we identified and celebrated the many character themes & variations from The Incredibles; today we uncover just how Giacchino artfully weaves them into the fabric of the finished film. What a treat!
[A special note: it has truly pained us to have been away from producing the show for so long. We apologize for the unexpected & unprecedented hiatus. We're doing everything we can to bring our weekly show back on schedule and cannot thank you enough for your patience - you are the Supers!]




The Incredibles - Michael Giacchino - 2004 - Pixar Animation Studios (Brad Bird, dir,)

The Incredibles (Music from the Motion Picture)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-incredibles-music-from-the-motion-picture/161398291

IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317705/

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Friday, December 1, 2017

BONUS FEATURES [6m2]

Score study:
"Themes of The Incredibles" Condensed Score excerpt




Bookmarks:
The Incredibles (Piano/Keyboard sheet music) - Michael Giacchino [Hal Leonard]
https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/the-incredibles-sheet-music/5542932


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

6m2 Incredible Themes

Our second episode focused on The Incredibles (2004) explores the wonderful themes at the heart of Michael Giacchino's score. We first discuss the two central motifs (which we call Main Theme and Main Fanfare) and reveal how they influence the character of the entire underscore. While perhaps lesser known, we dive into the wonderful character themes Giacchino composed for each member of the 'family of supers' - the outwardly shy and inwardly courageous Violet; the optimistic and irrepressible Dash; the brave and resourceful Helen 'Elastigirl' Parr. We also delight in Michael's theme for Incrediboy, music that at first seems sweet and innocent but foreshadows something sinister. Grab your earbuds and your supersuits, we're in for a rollicking ride. #nocapes




The Incredibles - Michael Giacchino - 2004 - Pixar Animation Studios (Brad Bird, dir,)
-Logos
-The Glory Days
-Meet Elastigirl
-Adventure Calling
-Bob vs. The Omnidroid
-Violet's In Charge
-100 Mile Dash
-A Whole Family of Supers
-Road Trip!
-Saving Metroville
-Incredible Success
-The Incredits

IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317705/

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

6m1 The Sound of The Incredibles

We're so jazzed to unveil our next topic - Michael Giacchino's score to The Incredibles. Written & directed by Brad Bird and produced by Pixar Animation studios in 2004, this super-sized supermovie brings a great many firsts to the podcast (our first animated feature, first Pixar film, first work from Michael Giacchino). Today we explore the swanky sound of this unique score and discuss the tradition that so inspires its spy vs spy style. Michael Giacchino's path to The Incredibles is an adventure story itself, full of unlikely origins and a true hero's call (this time to follow in the footsteps of a living Double-O legend). Sit back and enjoy - it's fun for the whole family of supers!




The Incredibles - Michael Giacchino - 2004 - Pixar Animation Studios (Brad Bird, dir,)
-Logos
-The Glory Days
-Off To Work
-Incredible Success
-The Incredits

IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317705/

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