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Dame Shirley Bassey (85) 'Diamonds Are Forever' 2022
Last post Fri, Jul 15 2022 by Errikos, 16 replies.
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Posted on Sat, Mar 19 2022 20:56
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1114

Remember when movies had title songs worth the producers' money? And singers to boot!?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqg6eUr-VoQ

For those that remember Bond films having proper scores once upon a time, here is a recent book on John Barry:

https://www.prestomusic.com/books/products/9265656--music-by-john-barry-a-chronology-of-selected-works

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
Posted on Mon, Mar 21 2022 16:49
by Macker
Joined on Tue, Aug 21 2018, London, Posts 612

Dame Shirley still rocks though 85 years old!! God love her, she is the ultimate epitome of a trouper. 

Just like always, she shows what huge emotional and spiritual power can be wrought from simple words sung to a simple melody. Yet she's always claimed to be just a simple girl from Tiger Bay, Cardiff in Wales.

"Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words."
~ Franz Liszt
Posted on Tue, Mar 22 2022 03:21
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 441

What a great performance and how fresh this still is.

How much have I lamented the deterioration of Bond music which is finally in the able hands of the great HZ thump thump!

Let me add my favorite bond score from the great John Barry:

https://youtu.be/cNz8qmdFNoc

and on Vinyl!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iP9gE231x0&list=PLA_6nw_SiTT31gKfuZP9FhCi00Td--Lny&index=29 

Anand Kumar
Posted on Wed, Mar 23 2022 19:52
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1114

What's the equivalent for 'iconic' for music? That's what the Goldfinger theme is. Anyway, the way the Bond series is going (...) is all deserving the scoring -and box office- it gets.

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
Posted on Sun, Jul 03 2022 07:49
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

 

Bassey was so good and what a voice even now. Not a Bond song, but I always thought this rendition by her of 'Let's Fall in Love' was so well done and the arrangement is great...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-18TrAGf_-I

Re Bond songs, I have a soft spot for Loius and 'We Have All The Time in the World'. Such a beautiful song and sentiment. And, a great string riff of course...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMxRDTfzgpU

(Hi Errikos..hope all is well.)

Posted on Thu, Jul 07 2022 01:00
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1114

mh-7635: Mike! Very long time, no see...

All is well enough as can be, thank you. How are you? One of the very top programmers of orchestral simulations I have ever heard here. Your Holmside, but the way, sounds like a veritable tour de force. I so enjoyed a few minutes of it, I am going to find time to listen to the whole, and I recommend it to everybody here so they can clear their H.Z.-besmeared palettes with some real music by an actual forum member.

As far as Bond songs go, there is hardly one I don't really like up to (and including) The Living Daylights. Not the A-ha song, of course, but Barry's last contribution to the franchise - If there was a man (see end credits).

Happy composing Mike!

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
Posted on Thu, Jul 07 2022 10:53
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

Originally Posted by: Errikos Go to Quoted Post

mh-7635: Mike! Very long time, no see...

All is well enough as can be, thank you. How are you? One of the very top programmers of orchestral simulations I have ever heard here. Your Holmside, but the way, sounds like a veritable tour de force. I so enjoyed a few minutes of it, I am going to find time to listen to the whole, and I recommend it to everybody here so they can clear their H.Z.-besmeared palettes with some real music by an actual forum member.

As far as Bond songs go, there is hardly one I don't really like up to (and including) The Living Daylights. Not the A-ha song, of course, but Barry's last contribution to the franchise - If there was a man (see end credits).

Happy composing Mike!

You are too kind Errikos, thankyou.

I'm fine and still at it. I'm glad you are ok too and hope you are composing well. 

Posted on Mon, Jul 11 2022 21:11
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 441

Originally Posted by: Errikos Go to Quoted Post

mh-7635: Mike! Very long time, no see...

All is well enough as can be, thank you. How are you? One of the very top programmers of orchestral simulations I have ever heard here. Your Holmside, but the way, sounds like a veritable tour de force. I so enjoyed a few minutes of it, I am going to find time to listen to the whole, and I recommend it to everybody here so they can clear their H.Z.-besmeared palettes with some real music by an actual forum member.

100% Agree. I have heard Holmside a while back and was blown away. Need to listen again!

Mike is a composer I wish I heard played by leading orchestras...not that his programming is not impressive enough to handle the complex music he creates.

Nice to hear from you Mike. You are the first person to actually teach me how to go about learning (real and not fake) orchestration...am still working on it!

In other note, since you have also shared your enthusiasm about Science as well (same with William), hope you are all looking forward to the release of the first images from James Webb telescope to be live cast here (talking of bad influence of H.Z. on music, the accompanying music in this video is sadly so terrible that it depresses me)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmMRMIE3MGw

Anand Kumar
Posted on Mon, Jul 11 2022 22:03
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1114

agitato: Hi Anand. Thank you for that link, I look forward to perceiving new vistas in our universe. Only last night I was looking at the pictures of Pluto and Charon, as well as Arrakoth (? - if I remember right, it sounded like a character from the Lord of the Rings) from Horizon's mission.

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
Posted on Tue, Jul 12 2022 04:57
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 441

I am very poor with astronomical names.

But they already released some images of JW and it looks amazing....galaxies splintered all over. 

I wonder if Holst' would write for galaxies if he saw these? His 'Planets' are already so apt for these gigantic views of the Universe in any case.

Continuing our Mike Hewer gossip, I started listening to his Symphony no. 2. What a truly remarkable piece of work! reminds me a little of Rodney Bax, Samuel Barber and the early 20th century romantics. (I hope I am not revealing my ignorance in these comparisons) . This recording is not only remarkable for the how sophisticated the composition is ..but also for how well it is rendered. I must say I have never heard any rendering of a long form symphony by virtual orchestra with such amazing quality. 

Sorry for deviating topics Errikos, but you started it:) 

Anand

Anand Kumar
Posted on Wed, Jul 13 2022 07:59
by mh-7635
Joined on Wed, Aug 04 2004, Posts 199

Originally Posted by: agitato Go to Quoted Post

I am very poor with astronomical names.

But they already released some images of JW and it looks amazing....galaxies splintered all over. 

I wonder if Holst' would write for galaxies if he saw these? His 'Planets' are already so apt for these gigantic views of the Universe in any case.

Continuing our Mike Hewer gossip, I started listening to his Symphony no. 2. What a truly remarkable piece of work! reminds me a little of Rodney Bax, Samuel Barber and the early 20th century romantics. (I hope I am not revealing my ignorance in these comparisons) . This recording is not only remarkable for the how sophisticated the composition is ..but also for how well it is rendered. I must say I have never heard any rendering of a long form symphony by virtual orchestra with such amazing quality. 

Sorry for deviating topics Errikos, but you started it:) 

Anand

 

Hi Anand,

Well thank you to you too, I'm sure I don't merit these kind words but am sincerely flattered regardless.

Oh Boy the latest JWT photos are mind blowing. I can't wait to see what they might find when JWT turns its attention to exoplanet atmospheres. 

(Anand, I responded to your PM but couldn't see it in my outbox after I'd sent it - perhaps I clicked the 'cancel' button by mistake. Let me know if you got it -  thnx).

Posted on Wed, Jul 13 2022 20:32
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1114

agitato: You might want to clean your Inbox Anand, messages are being denied.

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
Posted on Wed, Jul 13 2022 22:24
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 441

Mike and Errikos,

Apologies that your messages bounced. My inbox was indeed full and I cleared it a bit now. Still gotta keep those messages from you both with valuable composition and orchestration tips!

Anand 

Anand Kumar
Posted on Wed, Jul 13 2022 22:37
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 441

Originally Posted by: mh-7635 Go to Quoted Post

Hi Anand,

Well thank you to you too, I'm sure I don't merit these kind words but am sincerely flattered regardless.

Oh Boy the latest JWT photos are mind blowing. I can't wait to see what they might find when JWT turns its attention to exoplanet atmospheres. 

(Anand, I responded to your PM but couldn't see it in my outbox after I'd sent it - perhaps I clicked the 'cancel' button by mistake. Let me know if you got it -  thnx).

Hi Mike,

Your humility is another inspiration for me. Much like the way I feel about John Williams. In the end its not the achievements, skill level or genius that counts but how we are as human beings. Much to learn from that!

And yes we have decades of more images from JW coming! Such an exciting time for science.

Best 

Anand

Anand Kumar
Posted on Fri, Jul 15 2022 03:19
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 441

Errikos, its now your turn to clear the mailbox:) My reply to you just bounced.

We need some quick workaround for the VSL 100 messages limit to avoid running into this problem. There is a button to export messages but that doesn't seem to work for me.

Anand

Anand Kumar
Posted on Fri, Jul 15 2022 17:45
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1114

agitato: Done. Please re-send.

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
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