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 Posted:   Jun 3, 2010 - 11:32 PM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

As I type this, I know it's going to bite me in the ass since this is about James Horner and it's on FSM's board, but I wanted to spread the word to those who might be interested (and those who aren't who will choose to threadcrap with negativity just to be "that guy", well that's pretty much the definition of pathetic)

For several years, composer James Horner has been taking to the skies in vintage World War II fighter planes, flying with a team known as The Horsemen, a trio of aerobatic pilots who fly in tribute to those who flew fighting for their country.

Horner is known as the Fourth Horsemen, and anyone who has seen Horner in recent "Avatar" interviews and scoring session footage will not only notice that funny blue scarf, but also a baseball cap - that cap is one of the official Horsemen hats worn by the team.

Horner wrote a piece of music that he had recorded with his usual hollywood orchestra and actually cues it up personally at some of the various air shows the Horsemen fly in, as it is their official music they choreograph their routine to.

This is a video (available in a variety of quality formats) about Horner's history with the team and recording the piece.

http://www.asb.tv/videos/view.php?v=6a0572b7&a=feature

Horner can be seen in a few other videos on the site as well, and the full-length piece will eventually be made available for purchase from the ASB (Air Show Buzz) website.

 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2010 - 11:43 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

Fascinating.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yikes! That certainly came out of the blue - literally!

Thanks for sharing. Very fascinating indeed. I didn't know he was a friggin' stunt pilot too. He's like our very own Frank Abagnale - except that he's for real. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   Superman   (Member)

Very VERY fascinating! Great way to get inspiration for music of "flight."

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It's now easy to understand why Horner is so good at "flying music".

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 6:11 AM   
 By:   Superman   (Member)

It's now easy to understand why Horner is so good at "flying music".

Indeed.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 6:13 AM   
 By:   James Goldstein   (Member)

Loved it! There's no way to download and save that video; is there?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

Nice find. I like the fact he has a hobby that isn't in itself music wink but also I like the music that I could hear in the video. That'll be one to get for sure.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Nice find. I like the fact he has a hobby that isn't in itself music wink but also I like the music that I could hear in the video. That'll be one to get for sure.

Yeah, strange to consider that these guys actually have a life outside film music.....unlike, you know....US! wink

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   Greg Phillips   (Member)

Well, to quote Mr Horner himself at the end of the video:

"Pretty damned good"

This is what James Horner should be in all his music - to me that was absolutely gorgeous and thrilling to listen to - I'd love to have a copy of that.

Full marks Mr Horner - full marks.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   Cricket853   (Member)

Absolutely beautiful music. Absolutely wonderful video. My awe and respect for this guy just never falters. Even Horner naysayers should be touched by this, if not for the music (which is just so engaging), then for this man's devotion and love for something outside the music world.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   Maestro   (Member)

Wow, absolutely stunning music. I hope it does indeed get released sometime in the very near future.

This just proves to me with undeniable question, why Horner is one of my favourite composers, and the good guy he is at heart.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

What an incredibly well shot, well edited piece. Could have used less of the vignette filter in editing but besides that... a great video. And the music... now THAT'S the Horner I love.

-Erik-

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

The video I linked above will be available in a special download package for purchase on the ASB website store.

It will include a 12-minute video segment of the full piece of music (most likely synced to HD video of the actual Horsemen routine), a 4-minute video tribute called 'The Fourth Horsemen', which was created by The Horsemen to serve as inspiration for him - it consists of several vintage film reels and newer footage of planes, stunts and pilots; The full piece of music will also be available as a stand-alone music file as well.

All videos are 720p.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   Maestro   (Member)

Great! Thanks for that.

I will definitely be purchasing it if that means hearing Horner's wonderful music in full. big grin

Not to mention, the footage itself was very nice to look at as well.

http://www.asb.tv/store/index.php?act=detail&id=DDHMENMAINT01

Is this the correct package?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

Great! Thanks for that.

I will definitely be purchasing it if that means hearing Horner's wonderful music in full. big grin

Not to mention, the footage itself was very nice to look at as well.

http://www.asb.tv/store/index.php?act=detail&id=DDHMENMAINT01

Is this the correct package?


No, none of the videos or music for this has been put up on the site's store yet.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   Maestro   (Member)

I'm glad I asked you, thanks. wink

When will they be up, do you know?

I take it, it's going to be sometime within the coming days, particularly the video package.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   TownerFan   (Member)

Wow. Stunning piece indeed! I always liked Horner's flying music (my favourite is "Flying" from THE MAN WITHOUT FACE), but this piece probably beats everything he's done.

Can't wait to hear it properly.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

I assume it'll be up within the next week or so, but I'm going by the information posted on the ASB forum.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2010 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   Maestro   (Member)

Okay, excellent. I'll make sure I stay up to date with the proceedings.

 
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