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Thoughts on devotion, new Bond and new Trek
Posted By: Stephen Woolston 7/12/2013 - 9:00 PM
With news that Sam Mendes is on board to direct Bond 24 (link), it's curious to note how many people are already declaring the as-yet unmade film will be brilliant or a disaster.
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007's Gilbert and Hamilton: an exercise in greyness
Posted By: Stephen Woolston 2/5/2013 - 9:00 PM
Something I've noticed, including in myself, is a tendency to want to neatly classify films and scores in piles: the good pile; the bad pile; the guilty pleasure pile; and so on. Also to statically rank things and give them score.

Here's the thing: what if it's not really like that?

What if it's not so black-and-white?

What if it's no so static?

What if merit is not so one dimensional?

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We need to talk about Quiller
Posted By: Stephen Woolston 7/23/2012 - 9:00 PM
Two weeks ago, Intrada released a long-overdue reissue of a classic 1960s John Barry score — The Quiller Memorandum. To celebrate, I suggested to Geoff Leonard that we write a thorough article containing Geoff's research into the facts and figures behind the film and score, the film itself and finally some critical appreciation of the score and a commentary on the album tracks.
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Remembering John Barry
Posted By: Stephen Woolston 6/20/2011 - 9:00 PM

Last night, June 20th, was the memorial concert for the late John Barry, who passed away earlier this year. A sad occassion? You bet. But also happy, in that it was one of the warmest gatherings of friends I've experienced and a truly remarkable concert to a packed Royal Albert Hall.

What made this concert special? Well, to a great extent, I think what you take away from a concert is what you bring to it. In this occassion, we were all bringing our love and memories. At the

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John Barry: 1933-2011
Posted By: Stephen Woolston 1/30/2011 - 9:00 PM

You probably know by now that John Barry, one of the legendary composers who brought much popularity to film music, has passed away.

As you probably also know, Barry was born John Barry Prendergast in York in 1933, son of Jack Xavier, who owned theatres and cinemas in the north of England. This, told Barry, is where he remembered being taken to see Mickey Mouse and falling in love with all things cinema. The story tells romantically, like a real life Cinema Paradi

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It's about time!
Posted By: Stephen Woolston 7/20/2010 - 9:00 PM
As I listen to the "Cover Blown" cue from Hanover Street, I'm thinking about how composers like John Barry and Ennio Morricone beat out time as a way of eliciting tension and then play with the listener's perception of time. There's nothing like a regular, 'gets louder but refuses to get fasterding! ding! ding! to really wind up the tension.
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How would you expand something like King Kong now?
Posted By: Stephen Woolston 10/22/2009 - 9:00 PM
At the time FSM released the album version of King Kong (the ‘76 one), I was massively impressed with them for doing it. I love it. (Rumour has it I'm a John Barry fan.)

Of course, as a score, it’s as badly in need of expansion as many of the old Bond albums were. But, back then, it just wasn't going to happen.

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Jerry Goldsmith concert 1989
Posted By: Stephen Woolston 4/6/2009 - 9:00 PM
Today, I was fumbling in old boxes. I found a cassette labelled, "BBC Radio 2 'Music by' show: John Barry edition, Feb 22+Feb 29 1992." I dug a little deeper and found another. Not specifically dated but I know it was recorded in either 1988 or 1989. It was the BBC Radio 2 live broadcast of Jerry Goldsmith's London concert with the Philharmonia.

Then it occurred to me. 2009 represents the 20th or 21st anniversary of me taping that concert off the radio.

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Please...Less Apocalyptic Chorus
Posted By: Stephen Woolston 1/27/2009 - 7:00 AM
One of the things I love about the Internet age is the ability to email your childhood heroes. Someone I'd always wanted to send some fan mail to was Sally Stevens—so I did. We had a little chat, in fact. What I loved isn't just that she happily answered my questions about the many films she'd sung on, but the fact she gave me her time. It was just before last year's Oscars and when we finished our chat, she said she was just off to rehearse the chorus for the Oscar ceremony! What the... I had no idea. She's got such a job to do and she was giving time to me? Wow!
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