Tuesday, August 29, 2017

5m3 Spotting Session for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Today's spotting session was produced with no small amount of labor and love. From beginning to end we discuss each instance of underscore in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, hopefully contextualizing this powerful music along with the cinematic narrative it supports. Steeped in the collection of thematic material we covered last week, we now explore just how those melodic threads are woven into the fabric of the complete film and hopefully illuminate the rich tapestry of music throughout. Today's episode also includes very poignant thoughts on the score from our recent guest - composer, orchestrator, and John Williams collaborator Conrad Pope. While we fully expected that combing through the music of E.T. cue by cue would be an emotionally powerful experience, it has been rewarding beyond our imagining. Please enjoy!

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - John Williams - 1982 - Universal Pictures (Steven Spielberg, dir,)

Extra-Terrestrial (The 20th Anniversary) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert

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  1. Hey guys,
    I'm an aspiring filmmaker from the UK and I've just had the pleasure of listening to this podcast (my first experience of underscore podcast). In a word...wow! I made notes whilst listening (over 6,000 words long so that I can study and reflect on this film further in my own time). This has been by far the most detailed, engaging and fun pod cast I have every listened to on the topic of film music.
    ET is one of my all time favourite movies and I'm sure that you guys did both Mr Spielberg and Mr Williams proud with your analysis/commentary. I really hope that they get to listen to this one day. I'm sure like me they will be very impressed with your understanding of music, emotion and audience. I appreciate how much work goes into these podcasts. Please keep up the great work! I look forward to steadily working my way through the rest of your content.
    Thankyou and all of the best

  2. Apologies for the delay! Thanks so much for your comments Anthony, that means the world to us. All the very best - thanks for listening!