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Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby barry grrr-ero » Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:59 pm

Who blew?
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby Norm Pearson » Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:45 pm

Doug Tornquist and Jim Self

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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby bort » Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:04 am

John Williams again? (possibly the only thing that would get me through this movie...)
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby MikeMason » Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:11 am

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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby GregTuba79 » Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:29 pm

Norm Pearson wrote:Doug Tornquist and Jim Self

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Was John Van Houten on another project?
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby hduong » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:50 pm

Just watched Star Wars last night, whoever was playing tuba was killing it. Also the french horn section was phenomenal
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby Michael Bush » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:59 am

hduong wrote:Just watched Star Wars last night, whoever was playing tuba was killing it. Also the french horn section was phenomenal

The music was the most interesting thing about it. My ears pricked up in the bits and snippets they played waiting for it to start, and by the fourth or fifth gratuitous reference to the 1977 movie, listening to the soundtrack, especially for exposed tuba, was all that was keeping me from sleeping. My wife is not so interested in tuba stylings, and did sleep a good bit.
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby TubaBum » Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:49 am

I believe Doug is one of main premium 1st call guys now in L.A.? He certainly can play. :tuba:
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby Dylan King » Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:50 am

Yes, Doug is a "first call" player now, from what I can tell. If Being "first call" means that music contractors and/or composers think to call you first.

I'd guess that Jim Self is still getting the most "first calls". But I don't expect anyone to surpass Tommy Johnson. It seemed like ALMOST everyone wanted him first while he was around.

Also, sometimes a player doesn't like working for a particular composer, and someone like Tommy Johnson or Jim Self had/have such good reputations that they could afford to turn down jobs, if it fits them. That gave other guys an opportunity to get into recording situations as a "second call" player. if a "second call" player impresses the contractor, composer, conductor, director, whatever--they will have a much better chance of getting that "first call" on their next score, etc.

If they mess up while the red light is on, well, I hope they play in a good quintet. Then again, most anyone who is playing in a Hollywood scoring situation is probably prepared to handle it.
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby TubaBum » Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:15 am

Dylan King wrote:Yes, Doug is a "first call" player now, from what I can tell. If Being "first call" means that music contractors and/or composers think to call you first.

I'd guess that Jim Self is still getting the most "first calls". But I don't expect anyone to surpass Tommy Johnson. It seemed like ALMOST everyone wanted him first while he was around.

Also, sometimes a player doesn't like working for a particular composer, and someone like Tommy Johnson or Jim Self had/have such good reputations that they could afford to turn down jobs, if it fits them. That gave other guys an opportunity to get into recording situations as a "second call" player. if a "second call" player impresses the contractor, composer, conductor, director, whatever--they will have a much better chance of getting that "first call" on their next score, etc.

If they mess up while the red light is on, well, I hope they play in a good quintet. Then again, most anyone who is playing in a Hollywood scoring situation is probably prepared to handle it.

Yeah I am sure they are. It's truly amazing how these guys can sight read some of this stuff so quickly, in horrendous keys and play it perfect the first time through. BTW, didn't John Van Houten do the Star Trek soundtrack? That has some amazing tuba in it.
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby Dylan King » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:00 am

Film score music is almost always copied without key signatures, with every accidental written in, regardless of key. This helps with the sight reading.
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby TubaBum » Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:35 am

Dylan King wrote:Film score music is almost always copied without key signatures, with every accidental written in, regardless of key. This helps with the sight reading.

Is it default to C then unless otherwise accidentalized? :shock: :lol:
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby Dylan King » Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:55 am

Yes. Most scores will not have any key written at the beginning of the staff. If you have a good enough understanding of theory, you should be able to tell what key it is in from the accidentals, which get written in before every note.
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Re: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Postby TubaBum » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:49 pm

Dylan King wrote:Yes. Most scores will not have any key written at the beginning of the staff. If you have a good enough understanding of theory, you should be able to tell what key it is in from the accidentals, which get written in before every note.

Yeah you can hear so many key changes in Star Wars it's amazing. Another one was Jurassic Park...main theme played in how many different keys? :mrgreen:
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