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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:




REMO WILLIAMS (TV)/MISSION OF THE SHARK
Music Composed and Conducted by CRAIG SAFAN
INTRADA Signature Edition 1051


It is a noteworthy occasion when a composer gets the opportunity to revisit a work that helped put him on the map. When Craig Safan rose to prominence in Hollywood during the 1980s, one of his first big hits was a thoroughly engaging score for the action-adventure film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985). Ultimately, the film's performance did not justify the expense of a big-screen sequel, but rather than abandon the franchise, the film’s producers decided to retool Remo as a television series designed to pick up where the theatrical film had left off. Craig Safan’s music for Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins had been a massive undertaking. He had composed almost the whole score on Synclavier. Then he overdubbed a 60-piece orchestra, and then on top of that overdubbed a smaller Korean orchestra. The smaller budget of the TV pilot reduced Safan’s ensemble to around 40 players—and instead of overdubs, the entire score was realized live on the scoring stage. The composer used synth and creative instrumentation to closely approximate the sound of the native Korean instruments that had been used for the theatrical film, and the result is a score that maintains a remarkable degree of continuity with its predecessor. Two principal themes from The Adventure Begins return in the pilot score. First is the main Remo Williams theme, which kicks off with a dynamic fanfare before moving into an energetic passage of pulsing synth and bright brass chords—all punctuated by a distinctive “ricochet” effect that the composer drew from his sample library. The other major returning theme is for Chiun: a lengthy, flowing line that rises and falls like a single meditative breath.

Premiering three years after the Remo Williams pilot, the made-for-television film Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis presented Safan with very different subject matter. The film recounts the true story of an American heavy cruiser sunk by a Japanese submarine in the final weeks of World War II. The U.S.S. Indianapolis had just completed a successful mission when disaster struck. Of its crew of 1,196 men, around 900 survived the immediate aftermath of the sinking. But a series of tragic errors prevented the Navy from noticing the attack. By the time real help arrived, some five days later, there were only 316 survivors. Music would be vital to keeping the audience connected to the film’s emotional core. Safan crafted a noble theme in an Americana vein, emphasizing the tones and lush textures of a brass chorale. The film’s budgetary constraints, however, required a bit of cleverness when it came to orchestration, not allowing for the big brass and strings sections he wanted. To compensate, he creatively chose to composer for only cellos and basses—no violas, and no violins. To fill the resulting gap, Safan made subtle use of synth strings. The main theme highlights trumpet and horn, and much of the orchestration—with its sonorous wind writing throughout—suggests a concert band. The entire score is broadly drawn and rich with major-key harmony, but it is worth spotlighting “Shark Attack,” a decidedly aggressive sequence. In what may be the composer’s most dramatic sequence, the attack is intensified by incredibly dynamic low brass (particularly tuba) and percussion. It is a striking moment indeed in what is a powerful work overall.


INTRADA Signature Edition 1051
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 Posted:   Nov 27, 2013 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

This is one of my favorite releases of the year. Craig Safan did some great work before he retired from the business, and these two scores for modest TV projects transcend the limitations of the source material. If you missed the film score to Remo, this CD presents a nice suite of the most familiar material, and the score to Mission is richer and more dramatic than any run-of the mill TV movie. Recommended!

 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2013 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

dp

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2013 - 11:28 PM   
 By:   atrac   (Member)

I remember when the Remo pilot aired (or some of it, apparently -- I don't remember it being pre-empted by the President as IMDB indicates) that I was anxious to hear if the score would again be by Craig Safan. Well, I remember hearing the music...yes that's it...but then in the credits I remember it NOT stating his name at all, but something like a music group or a music studio. It was just one word. So I made the assumption that whoever this "word" was, they had just taken his music and re-orchestrated it.

IMDB does not back me up on this at all, nor does the CD release. Obviously, I'm just wrong. But is there any chance that the end credits did indeed not list Mr. Safan but something else?

I don't own this release so maybe its explained in the linear notes. Maybe? wink

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2013 - 11:41 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I remember when the Remo pilot aired (or some of it, apparently -- I don't remember it being pre-empted by the President as IMDB indicates) that I was anxious to hear if the score would again be by Craig Safan. Well, I remember hearing the music...yes that's it...but then in the credits I remember it NOT stating his name at all, but something like a music group or a music studio.

Craig Safan is billed in the OPENING credits of the pilot, so basically you're wronger than King Wrong Of The Republic Of Wrongovia. Either that or you just missed the beginning. smile But don't just take my word for it:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xstlrf_remo-williams-the-prophecy-1988-unsold-pilot_shortfilms (4:07-4:10)

The credit at 47:57 for Terri Fricon's group doing music supervision was standard for Orion's TV product a la Alfred Perry for Four Star, Lionel Newman for Twentieth Century Fox et al.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2013 - 12:39 AM   
 By:   atrac   (Member)

Excellent! It was the end credits I saw and The Fricon Entertainment Company credit is indeed what I was remembering.

I must not have seen the opening credits after all (per the previously mentioned presidential pre-emption) so that makes sense for me now.

Thanks!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2014 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I grabbed a copy of this for 10 dollar (ten dollar) from SAE while I was snagging some Good Will..
It's good fun to hear those great Remo themes being given a smaller (only ish) rawer rendition.
I was a bit bummed to read that Safan never composed the beautiful Chiun theme though, he
merely adapted a traditional Asian melody!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2014 - 4:03 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

The Adventure Continues (DP)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2014 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I haven't listened to Mission Of The Shark all the way through yet, but the Fanfare and Main Theme bits I've heard so far are very good and memorable.
This is a lovely little two-fer I think I am going to enjoy quite a lot.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2014 - 2:43 AM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

This double-header definitely deserves a wider audience. The REMO recapitulation is a lot of fun, while MISSION is a wonderful showcase for the composer's intimate and inspirational side. It's also a great example of skillful orchestration -- Craig really made the most out of the limited budgets that were generally afforded to TV projects. It's just well-crafted music, with engaging and memorable themes. Highly recommended!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2014 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I haven't listened to Mission Of The Shark all the way through yet, but the Fanfare and Main Theme bits I've heard so far are very good and memorable.
This is a lovely little two-fer I think I am going to enjoy quite a lot.


Just grabbed this during the SAE sale. Mostly for Remo, but I'm really liking what I'm hearing of Mission Of The Shark. I saw the movie few few years ago and had no memory of the music, now I want to see it again. smile

Greg Espinoza

 
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