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 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

When I first discovered John Scott in the early 80´s (saw Greystoke, was flabbergasted) the overall musical climate was much different from today (remember those big, black discs that made sounds that didn´t belong there?). Market was sparser and the general awareness of film music was near nil (my little brother´s junior high school music teacher was adamant deciding that modern film music had no symphony orchestras. Poor brother ended up thrown out from the class, when he had impudence enough to contradict her! My fault really, having introduced the wonderful world of film music to him, to this day a Horner enthusiast). I didn´t know anyone who would have listened to Scott´s music, well not much of any film music for that matter, small town boy as I was. Only when I discovered Soundtrack! magazine I learned that there are others...

To this day, I can´t think of many composers with such distinct voice and individualism and a command of any, and I do mean ANY, musical style and genre, an imperative surely to every composer working in films. It boggles the mind once you understand that simple little fact and still the lack of big assignments during all those decades Scott was at his height, and still is, I´m sure, if The Wicker Tree is anything to prove. Without his music, oh, how much poorer my music library would be!

The music this amazing and humble composer made then and since, has stayed with me, time turning it to precious jewels, an Oparian treasure, it seemed only I had access. You know, like those modest looking wine cellars full of rich vintage.

Let us all connoisseurs uncork a bottle of Chardonnay then, in praise of Great Scott! May his unwavering hand produce many more masterpieces still!

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Great Scott, great post!

I count myself as an admirer, too. And on top of all that talent he's a very sweet gentleman as well...my wife Francesca and I had a really nice chat with him at one of John Morgan's house parties and I remember being shocked at some of the hilarious things he said because he's very quiet-spoken.

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

Lets drink some dinossaur blood in honor of Great Scott!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

Great Scott, great post!

I count myself as an admirer, too. And on top of all that talent he's a very sweet gentleman as well...my wife Francesca and I had a really nice chat with him at one of John Morgan's house parties and I remember being shocked at some of the hilarious things he said because he's very quiet-spoken.

Yavar


Thanks Yavar.

I only wish you guys stop dropping tantalising hints about our favorite composers. You don´t reveal the secrets in any case. Right? wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

Whatever suits you best, mighty hunter. I may try a drop too in honor of Scott. He knows a thing or two about the dinosaurs himself, doesn´t he?

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)


I only wish you guys stop dropping tantalising hints about our favorite composers. You don´t reveal the secrets in any case. Right? wink


Well, this was several years ago back when I lived in L.A. so my memory isn't the clearest but there was something about peeing off a balcony... smile

He didn't seem like the sort of guy who'd be too offended at my saying that. Very fun, charming chap. I can't fathom why he hasn't been more employed lately...same goes for David Shire. Wicker Tree and Zodiac respectively don't exactly cut it as far as recent output I'd like to see from these master composers.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

eek big grin cool

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Well, as you know Kari, my journey with John Scott is just really starting. I'm only
now getting to know many of his works.
I also had the pleasure of meeting and chatting to him a few years back in Ubeda.
He was indeed a charming English gentleman. I remember him saying something
like "well well, fancy meeting a couple of scousers (people from Liverpool) in a evening
party in remote Spain" upon encountering me and my mate. We had a cool chat.
I sure wish he was writing and getting stuff released more regularly.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

What is it with you guys all meeting the man?! I´m pissed now!!! mad

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

You should have attended the many film music festivals in Spain over the past few years Kari.
It was a great way to meet and chat to many film music composers, in Ubeda especially, which had such a chilled, laid back atmosphere, instead of the usual hustle/bustle/"sign this/sign this" pandemonium that used to go on before. You could really relax, drink some beer/wine and amble about amongst such cool dudes as Basil Poledouris (what a lovely guy he was), Bruce Broughton, John Ottman, John Frizzell and John Debney (to name just some). Good times.
I've been playing Final Countdown and Mill On The Floss a lot recently, really getting to know them, while still revisiting the magnificence that is Antony & Cleopatra and Greystoke.
Even Yor got another play through. I really love that dreamy village theme he uses. The Main Theme is chunky, clunky 80's fun and the baddie march is a fun riff on the Imperial March from TESB.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2013 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

Yeah, Kev, I should have, but what can I say? Scott would have been the one composer I really would have liked to meet and Williams as well. Heck, I didn´t even go to listen to Goldsmith, when he had a concert in Oulu in 1993, his only visit to Finland. He was photographed blowing glass in the glassworks wearing shell suit!

All I can say about your recent discovery of this magnificent composer is, that boy have you a great time ahead, in my opinion the best is yet to come (excluding Antony & Cleopatra and Greystoke)! smile

 
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