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 Posted:   Apr 8, 2010 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I have now finally had a chance to listen to this score and I have to say that I find it fantastic. It's bold, strong, distinctive, pulsating, driving music. An absolute delight to find such composition in today's sea of all too bland scores. This one punches above it's weight and screams 'I'M HERE!'

Great stuff.


I conducted a lengthy interview with James in November and he's a real nice guy and has serious compositional chops. He also loves the classic scores most of us do so I'm hoping his next project will allow him to continue this path he started with Red Canvas.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2010 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Its a fun score. I'm not subscribing to the unabashed enthusiasm that some in this thread seem to have for it, but its certainly worth a listen. I'm definitely impressed by the recording quality, though.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2010 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

I met with James back December while I was in LA and he acknowledged the crumby recording of The Red Canvas. He did his best to improve the sound quality by remixing the score for the CD release.

-Erik-

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2010 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Crumby? Really? Maybe I'm just listening to older recordings more often but it sounded good to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2010 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   moviescore   (Member)

Crumby? Really? Maybe I'm just listening to older recordings more often but it sounded good to me.

Yes, we had serious issues with the quality of the sound in the original recording and was actually able to vastly improve the sound in mastering, but it is still not unproblematic. We decided to release the score anyway as the writing is so exciting and impressive.

The Moving Images Suite was included on the CD as a bonus on my initiative and is a concert work that James had written and recorded.

mc

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2010 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   FalkirkBairn   (Member)

Yes, we had serious issues with the quality of the sound in the original recording and was actually able to vastly improve the sound in mastering, but it is still not unproblematic. We decided to release the score anyway as the writing is so exciting and impressive.

The sound quality should not put people off buying this CD. The music is very good indeed.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2010 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I'm another who never would have described the sound quality as crummy.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2010 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I still listen to it quite a bit and enjoy it immensely. I never really noticed the sound quality to be honest. I was just so thrilled someone was writing real themes and some heavy brass lines.

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2010 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

I was out in my car today and listening to the original soundtrack to 'Capricorn One' (not the re-recorded album one but the limited edition) and to my mind that sounded a bit like Red Canvas in that the full dynamic range didn't appear to be all there compared to much more recent recordings. I could say the same of the quality between Star Wars and Return of the Jedi, as the first movie doesn't sound to me to have the same dynamics as the last and they were only separated by six years. But that could just be my hearing.

I have no problem with the sound quality of the Red Canvas album, it just mimics (whether intentionally or otherwise) the sound quality of older films.

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2010 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I could say the same of the quality between Star Wars and Return of the Jedi, as the first movie doesn't sound to me to have the same dynamics as the last and they were only separated by six years.

SW and ROTJ weren't recorded in the same studio and Anvil was not especially kind to SW in the long run. (Nothing wrong with it per se - but you cant tell the huge difference between SW and ESB in terms of sound quality.)

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2010 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   timme   (Member)

There is an interview with James Peterson on www.filmmusicsite.com you can listen to. He talks about The Red Canvas and a lot of other stuff.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2010 - 12:57 AM   
 By:   sergioleone   (Member)

Thats a great score.

I printed a picture of James and I gave it to him to get it signed at the last Ubeda┬┤s Festival.

James told me that it was his first autograph!!

So, im the first guy in the world to ask him for an autograph!

 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2010 - 6:48 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I think most of us here would like to hear more from James.

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2010 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

Finally received my CD a few days ago, listening to it now... this is a fantastic album, and a fantastic score. Ballet for Brawlers is the real highlight here. I would love to hear more from Mr. Peterson.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2010 - 9:20 PM   
 By:   Michael Arlidge   (Member)

Did you follow my suggestion, Basil?big grin

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2010 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

I've been meaning to get it ever since late last year, but I just kept putting it off. I jumped on it when Screen Archives had the MSM sale going on, though.

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2023 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Just re-listened to this CD a week or two ago -- the first time in a long time.

Just marveling at what a fantastic score this is. It's baffling why this isn't more well known among members here, and why James hasn't gotten more work for scoring chances like this again.

While listening to it, I noted some scoring I thought -- in edited form -- would be great for a couple scenes from "The Orville". If I had a way to get permission not use clips, I'd totally do it just to promote him for get an episode (should the series get a fourth season).



And the separate cues afterwards were good, too.

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2023 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   Juanki   (Member)

I keep returning to "Ballet for Brawlers" track. It's fantastic!

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2023 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

If this had been released on LP, the "Ballet for Brawlers" would have been worn down, scratched, etc. The score is an action music fan's treasure. Love it, love it, love it!

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2023 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Mose Harper   (Member)

Just re-listened to this CD a week or two ago -- the first time in a long time.

Just marveling at what a fantastic score this is. It's baffling why this isn't more well known among members here, and why James hasn't gotten more work for scoring chances like this again.

...


Funny to see this thread bumped and read these comments, as I just did the same thing myself recently.

I hadn't listened to it in over three years, and just picked it at random.

I amassed a sizable collection over the last eight years, and rather than sinking any more money into new purchases, the way I have in the past, I decided this year I was going to dive deeper and more often into things I already own, and try to get more value out of them.

This is a fine listen, and it really hit home how much great stuff I already have that I should be appreciating more often.

 
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