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 Posted:   Apr 27, 2017 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

It is Harmon mutes (on trumpets) that eject the Cmdr. Spock's jet pack while on his "Spock Walk" way back in 1979.

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Any other notable instances of Harmon mutes in film music?

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2017 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Miles Davis- Ascenseur pour l'├ęchafaud

If I owned feelings, they'd be hurt by the zero replies this thread has received before now.

There's some Harmon around the 3-minute mark...and on and on...



Stay cool, DinB. Like, for keeps, man.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2017 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

It is Harmon mutes (on trumpets) that eject the Cmdr. Spock's jet pack while on his "Spock Walk" way back in 1979.

Yes!

I played the trumpet in a jazz band when younger. The harmon mute was always fun to use.

Jerry Goldsmith also used them to great effect in the scorpion scene in Capricorn One (though he swapped them for straight mutes when he recorded the album).

Malcolm McNabb performs some terrific harmon-muted trumpet solos in George Fenton's underrated score for China Moon. (I attended this session and it was great to watch McNabb and pianist Mike Lang show off their exceptional jazz skills.)

Barry gave us some nice harmon-muted trumpet solos in YOLT, Diamonds Are Forever, The Ipcress File and in the last track on The Specialist.

Michael Kamen cleverly used the harmon mute to personify Joe Peshi in the Lethal Weapon movies.

All I can think of at the moment.

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2017 - 8:59 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

Miles Davis- Ascenseur pour l'├ęchafaud

If I owned feelings, they'd be hurt by the zero replies this thread has received before now.

There's some Harmon around the 3-minute mark...and on and on...



My first Miles Davis since college! Thanks, JP.

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2017 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

It is Harmon mutes (on trumpets) that eject the Cmdr. Spock's jet pack while on his "Spock Walk" way back in 1979.

Yes!

I played the trumpet in a jazz band when younger. The harmon mute was always fun to use.

Jerry Goldsmith also used them to great effect in the scorpion scene in Capricorn One (though he swapped them for straight mutes when he recorded the album).


All I can think of at the moment......


Look at all those examples you gave us! Wow!

Oooo, now I HAVE to get the Intrada CAPRICORN ONE, because all I have is the re-recording. Thanks, Paul!

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2017 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Miles Davis- Ascenseur pour l'├ęchafaud

If I owned feelings, they'd be hurt by the zero replies this thread has received before now.

There's some Harmon around the 3-minute mark...and on and on...



My first Miles Davis since college! Thanks, JP.


Give his albums--this score and otherwise--another listen. You may not feel like that youthful collegian again, but you'll be thirty times more hip than the average John Williams fan for having done so.

 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2017 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

In the coda of "Everybody's Got a Radio" from TWO FOR THE SEESAW, Andre Previn has Harmon muted trumpets answer the trombones:

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2019 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

11 seconds in, JW gives us some, in SPACE CAMP.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2019 - 9:24 PM   
 By:   TM   (Member)

Chase Noir from Batman Forever!

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2020 - 6:36 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

In the last half-minute of "Sarah's Theme" from THE CHAPMAN REPORT (https://filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/CDID/389/Sex-and-the-Single-Girl-The-Chapman-Report/), we hear a little Harmon.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2020 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Mr. Phelps brought up Miles Davis and please listen accordingly. Davis used the mute extensively in the 50s, 60s--mainly on ballads--but also in the 80s.

John Barry used muted trumpet several times in the 60s, primarily to improvise in the background--The Knack, The Ipcress File, Thunderball instrumental version.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2020 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

Duning had the Candoli's on Harmon mutes for nearly all of the jazz cuts on BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE:

https://filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/CDID/356/Bell-Book-and-Candle-1001-Arabian-Nights/

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2020 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

Dennis Steals the Embryo from Jurassic Park and The Message Montage from Rescuers Down Under are two instances that immediately come to mind though they're not particularly pronounced. It always struck me as interesting orchestration.

I think the effect is used for the Wet Bandtis in Home Alone too now that I'm thinking about it. Williams liked to use the sound for sneaky and or illicit activities.

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2020 - 9:43 PM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)



Give his albums--this score and otherwise--another listen. You may not feel like that youthful collegian again, but you'll be thirty times more hip than the average John Williams fan for having done so.


I love this alternate take of Flamingo Sketches--I always get chills when the trumpet comes in. It drags behind the beat a little more than the version they used on the final recording.


 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2021 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

https://youtu.be/vagj1IOGBec?t=423

QUEST FOR FIRE, Sarde, Harmons in evidence in "Kzamns" cue.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2021 - 10:36 PM   
 By:   Jurassic T. Park   (Member)

BACK TO THE FUTURE, "55 Town Square":



If you have the complete CD release you know there are multiple takes of this cue, each with different mutes on the trumpet. The Harmon won out in the end!

This topic is interesting though because I think most muted trumpets use the Harmon mute? So, like, anything from the 50's and earlier.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2021 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

THE SANDPIPER has Harmon mute in EVERY SINGLE BACKGROUND CUE for the first hour of the film.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2023 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

Ha! Spotted some in CONAN THE BARBARIAN!

I'll bet even the nerdiest of you can't find it, so I'll give you a clue. It's on the LP.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2023 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Papillon also has trumpet mutes in "New Friend" (combined with flutter tongued)

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2023 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)



Give his albums--this score and otherwise--another listen. You may not feel like that youthful collegian again, but you'll be thirty times more hip than the average John Williams fan for having done so.


I love this alternate take of Flamingo Sketches--I always get chills when the trumpet comes in. It drags behind the beat a little more than the version they used on the final recording.




Try In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew if you love Miles

 
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