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 Posted:   Nov 7, 2010 - 8:34 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

During the last 10 years (approximately) of his life, Stanley Myers (1933-1993) collaborated on over a half-dozen films with director Nicolas Roeg.
Roeg's working relationship with composer Myers must have been special, since Roeg seems not to utilize a film composer more than once (both before the '80s and after Myers' death).

Of their collaborations which follow, which among them do you like?:

  • EUREKA 1983
  • INSIGNIFICANCE 1985
  • CASTAWAY 1986
  • TRACK 29 1988
  • THE WITCHES 1990
  • COLD HEAVEN 1991
  • HEART OF DARKNESS (TV movie) 1993


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     Posted:   Nov 7, 2010 - 8:59 PM   
     By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

    Love The Witches, and would buy a CD in a heartbeat!

    The film itself is a lot of fun too, and Myers' score adds a great deal to it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjuB_cEnNsQ

     
     Posted:   Nov 8, 2010 - 2:50 AM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    I've gotten both INSIGNIFICANCE and CASTAWAY on LPs, but it's the suite of COLD HEAVEN on Intrada (which is coupled with "Trusting Beatrice") that I like most of all these.
    Not because it's a suite, but it's Myers' music for COLD HEAVEN which best exemplifies the off-kilter perspectives of the Roeg films.

     
     
     Posted:   Nov 8, 2010 - 3:07 AM   
     By:   ahem   (Member)

    I think Hans Zimmer played synths or did additional music on at least half of these. Castaway weaves effortlessly between classical orchestral and a kind of textural, ambient, new age style, all at the same time. I think it's thoroughly ahead of it's time. The arrangement of Clair De Lune is pretty interesting too.

    I like how in 1995, Zimmer came back to score Two Deaths for Roeg after Myers passing.

     
     
     Posted:   Nov 8, 2010 - 3:26 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    Of those, I've only seen THE WITCHES. Pretty good film that I saw in the theatre as a kid, but to be honest, I don't remember much of the music. Myers has always been one of those I've wanted to check out more. He's not just the "Cavatina" guy!

     
     Posted:   Nov 8, 2010 - 1:18 PM   
     By:   First Breath   (Member)

    Zimmer worked on Eureka, Insignificance and Castaway. Haven't heard Eureka, Insignificance is interesting but quite peculiar, and what I have heard of Castaway seems really nice.

    So, Castaway for me then.

     
     Posted:   Nov 8, 2010 - 1:27 PM   
     By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

    THE WITCHES is a great score and one I'd like to see it get a release some day. Not familiar with the others.

     
     Posted:   Nov 8, 2010 - 1:30 PM   
     By:   Uwe Sperlich   (Member)

    THE WITCHES is a great score and one I'd like to see it get a release some day. Not familiar with the others.
    I fully agree THE WITCHES is -believe it or not- one of my HOLY GRAILS (besides WHITE FANG) and I'd buy this release instantly!

     
     Posted:   Nov 8, 2010 - 1:33 PM   
     By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

    THE WITCHES is a great score and one I'd like to see it get a release some day. Not familiar with the others.
    I fully agree THE WITCHES is -believe it or not- one of my HOLY GRAILS (besides WHITE FANG) and I'd buy this release instantly!


    I wish the film would get the proper widescreen DVD treatment as well. I haven't seen it in 20 years because I refuse to watch it panned/scanned. Boo.

     
     
     Posted:   Nov 8, 2010 - 2:56 PM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    ahem sent me a clip of CASTAWAY by Myers & Zimmer , and that was an absolutely gorgeous score. Sounded very much ahead of its time, IMO.

     
     
     Posted:   Nov 14, 2010 - 7:30 PM   
     By:   Last Child   (Member)

    I wouldn't mind some other Myers (non-Roeg) film scores, like for "Dreamchild" and "The Lightship." But that's me.

     
     Posted:   Nov 14, 2010 - 10:18 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    I wouldn't mind some other Myers (non-Roeg) film scores, like for "Dreamchild" and "The Lightship." But that's me.

    I, too, would like any and all available music written by Stanley Myers to be issued onto albums.
    Myers' TAM LIM is one of my personal favorites, but this is virtually unknown to most people due to the film's unsatisfactory distribution.
    I've only spot-lighted these Roeg films because these collaborations are of high standards. Myers also collaborated with a number of other directors, like Volker Schlondorf and Jerzy Skolimowski and John Hough. I would love, too, Stanley Myers' horror scores from the Pete Walker movies during the mid-'70s - these score rise above the tawdry flicks and are worthy of a box-set CD treatment...

     
     Posted:   Nov 14, 2010 - 11:14 PM   
     By:   Frank V   (Member)

    I wish the film would get the proper widescreen DVD treatment as well. I haven't seen it in 20 years because I refuse to watch it panned/scanned. Boo.

    That would be nice. Warner Bros. released the film in widescreen in a few European countries (The Netherlands, Germany).

     
     Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 1:08 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    *bump*

    ... just revisiting this thread because Quartet is the only label so far to re-issue a Myers/Zimmer LP soundtrack from a Nicolas Roeg film.

     
     Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 8:06 AM   
     By:   First Breath   (Member)

    *bump*

    ... just revisiting this thread because Quartet is the only label so far to re-issue a Myers/Zimmer LP soundtrack from a Nicolas Roeg film.


    I wonder if Insignificance ever will get the CD treatment. I have the ZTT LP. And will Eureka ever be released?

     
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