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 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   NUMBER 6   (Member)

Why are we only a few to consider him among the best ? Is it because he had a short career ? Because he only did obsure movies ? Maybe, but film music fans know better and usualy explores many avenues. Anyway, let's see where you put him in your list of your top 10 composers.

Here's my list:

1- ENNIO MORRICONE
2- LALO SCHIFRIN
3- BARRY GRAY
4- JOHN BARRY
5- FRANCOIS DE ROUBAIX
6- JOHN WILLIAMS
7- JERRY GOLDSMITH
8- ARMANDO TROVAJOLI
9- SERGE GAINSBOURG
10- HENRY MANCINI

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

'fraid not ... but then I have little knowledge of his work.

I have well over 1,000 scores across 250+ composers ... but only one score by M. Roubaix (Boulevard du Rhum - 1971) so I can't justify any suggestion that he's one of my top 10.

And, unlike many other composers in my collection, I have no cover versions of his works either. I'm afraid I might struggle to name him in amongst the 100 best.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

Who?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

Who?

FRANCOIS DE ROUBAIX.

Hard to say Francois was a fine melody-maker in what little time, he had fantastic talent he could create memorable tunes/scores like Le Samourai top 20 all-time. FDR was a bold composer with a different palette & recordings by being a multi-skilled instrumentalist gave him complete artistic freedom.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

I didn't know Roosevelt was a film composer! big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   NUMBER 6   (Member)

Who?

https://youtu.be/nMmYPNQGM0s

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

Good old FDR. Love his stuff. He had a style all his own and developed deadly cool melodies.

 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   NUMBER 6   (Member)

I didn't know Roosevelt was a film composer! big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin

Why is it there's always a very human being always trying to get his share of publicity on a soundtrack music forum ? You know, there are also DOGS forums, CARS forums, PAINTINGS forums, etc, Go and see those places and maybe those poor souls will find you funny ! If you will, keep on trying to be funny here and maybe someday i will smile !

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6cxNR9ML8k

big grinbig grinbig grin Just trying to have some fun!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 3, 2018 - 6:23 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I didn't know Roosevelt was a film composer! big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin

Why is it there's always a very human being always trying to get his share of publicity on a soundtrack music forum ? You know, there are also DOGS forums, CARS forums, PAINTINGS forums, etc, Go and see those places and maybe those poor souls will find you funny ! If you will, keep on trying to be funny here and maybe someday i will smile !


At least Jim didn't ask if Francois invented the Roubaix Cube.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2018 - 12:15 AM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

Sentenza, I can understand your disappointment because I also hold FDR in high esteem, among my 5 favourite composers for sure. The problem is indeed that his short career didn't allow him to be known outside of France. This self-taught musician was absolutely unique. Listen for instance to his outstanding scores to LES AVENTURIERS, LE SAMOURAÏ, L'HOMME ORCHESTRE, LES LEVRES ROUGES (released recently), LA SCOUMOUNE, L'ANTARCTIQUE (rejected by Cousteau), MORT D'UN GUIDE, LE VIEUX FUSIL, etc. I still hope some of his scores such as LES CHEVALIERS DU CIEL or LE SOLEIL SE LEVE A L'EST (both being TV series) will be released someday. Next year will be celebrated his 80th birthday, so let's hope for more publications.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2018 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

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 Posted:   Nov 4, 2018 - 2:39 AM   
 By:   dtw   (Member)

One of the things I like about this place is constantly being introduced to people who (a) are really good, but (b) you'd never heard of. I've got 1300-odd soundtracks but until recently almost all of them were from the American & British mainstream (plus the most internationally-famous names from continental Europe like Morricone & Delerue).

It's through reading sites like this that I've found out about all these other French and German and Italian and Russian and Japanese (etc.) composers :-)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2018 - 2:51 AM   
 By:   SilverSoundz   (Member)

Always good to see FDR (the composer lol) mentioned here. I personally believe that he easily belongs on any top 10 list of greatest composers of film music. The music he managed to compose in his short life is not only wonderful, but has the distinction of being completely original, which makes it even more special. In addition , he was a fantastic arranger and played almost everything on his recordings. I hope that those who have not been exposed to the music of this fantastic musician, get the chance to do so soon.
Music Mad mentioned Boulevard De Rhum. Why not start there/here...
https://youtu.be/XScWExc2OlM

 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2018 - 6:41 AM   
 By:   Alexander Zambra   (Member)

In top 5 IMHO.
Internationally he was extremely popular along with Morricone.
But in the US not so much.
Probably depends where you lived when movies came out.
Alex

 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2018 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   NUMBER 6   (Member)


François de Roubaix (3 April 1939 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine – 22 November 1975 in Tenerife, Canary Islands) was a French film score composer.

Roubaix did not receive any formal education in music, but began studying jazz on his own at age 15, forming a band and learning trombone as an autodidact. His first film score was for a 1961 film by Robert Enrico; through the late 1960s and early 1970s he scored films for Enrico, Jose Giovanni, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Pierre Mocky, and Yves Boisset. Notable in his style is his use of folk elements, as well as electronic musical instruments such as synthesizers and early drum machines. He is thus seen as a precursor of the french electronic music. Roubaix had a home studio where he would overdub parts until he was satisfied with the result. He died in 1975 in a diving accident. In 1976, his score for Le Vieux Fusil was awarded a César


film music fans know better and usualy explores many avenues... hum, i think its not the case anymore.

i don t know how many people there are on this site, but i think there's something like 7 or 8 film music fans !

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2018 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

i don t know how many people there are on this site, but i think there's something like 7 or 8 film music fans !

I don't think that's a fair claim. Film scores are unique in that people generally discover them through the films they accompany. Therefore composers who have scored higher profile films (John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone) will generally be better known and more widely listened to and discussed. François de Roubaix, while an exceptional composer, scored fairly obscure films and subsequently has not garnered the same following. Were it not for le samouraï, I would never have discovered his wonderful music. Threads like this are good for bringing attention to lesser known legends of film scoring, but whether you jam to John Carpenter or Daft Punk, Alexandre Desplat or Clint Mansell, Max Steiner or Junkie XL, we're all fans of film music and fans of what we know and enjoy. That's the key though: you must know about it in order to enjoy it.

 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2018 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   NUMBER 6   (Member)

i don t know how many people there are on this site, but i think there's something like 7 or 8 film music fans !

I don't think that's a fair claim. Film scores are unique in that people generally discover them through the films they accompany. Therefore composers who have scored higher profile films (John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone) will generally be better known and more widely listened to and discussed. François de Roubaix, while an exceptional composer, scored fairly obscure films and subsequently has not garnered the same following. Were it not for le samouraï, I would never have discovered his wonderful music. Threads like this are good for bringing attention to lesser known legends of film scoring, but whether you jam to John Carpenter or Daft Punk, Alexandre Desplat or Clint Mansell, Max Steiner or Junkie XL, we're all fans of film music and fans of what we know and enjoy. That's the key though: you must know about it in order to enjoy it.


i am not talking about those who don t know or don t care about this composer, i am talking about those who gets in your post and say whatever a lunatic mind says to be the king of the day. And they are many of these.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2018 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

Lunacy is prevalent on these boards. I won’t pretend otherwise. I contribute regularly myself. wink

Jim was merely pointing out the humorous fact that “FDR” is ubiquitously used in reference to the American president Franklin D. Roosevelt. That’s all. A small enough remark to put a smile on your face without derailing the thread I should think. The focus can remain on the FDR of the film score world.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2018 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

Lunacy is prevalent on these boards. I won’t pretend otherwise. I contribute regularly myself. wink

Jim was merely pointing out the humorous fact that “FDR” is ubiquitously used in reference to the American president Franklin D. Roosevelt. That’s all. A small enough remark to put a smile on your face without derailing the thread I should think. The focus can remain on the FDR of the film score world.


THANK you, "Tango"! Ummm... care to dance?!big grinbig grinbig grin

 
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