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 Posted:   Jan 23, 2019 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Really enjoy hearing the glass rods bowed in "Nuclear Alert, Part 2". Reminder of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Also in "Nuclear Alert, Part 2", those subtle synthesizer pings really add to the atmosphere. Can anyone identify just how that effect was generated, and if it's audible in the actual film?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2019 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   Chris Malone   (Member)

For “Nuclear Alert, Part 2”, Rubinstein recorded two takes together with a wild pick-up from bar 63, incorporating the last 45 seconds or so.

The pick-up ending uses muted horns and tacets the brass for the Joshua motif. It seems that Rubinstein made this change on the podium after a 10-minute break. This revised version ended up being used in the film, even though some of it was dialled out during dubbing.

I preferred the more ominous snarling and spiky Joshua motif and made a version for the main programme (editing around performance errors) on Disc 1 and relegated the film version to Disc 2. The film version also has a more prominent tam-tam towards the start but most of it comes from the same take.

Interestingly, this was one of several examples where the ‘selects’ (being the agreed takes marked for use in the film) as indicated on the tape boxes did not exactly match what we hear in the film itself.

Chris

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2019 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Chris Malone: I preferred the more ominous snarling and spiky Joshua motif (in "Nuclear Alert, Part 2") and made a version for the main programme (editing around performance errors) on Disc 1 and relegated the film version to Disc 2. The film version also has a more prominent tam-tam towards the start but most of it comes from the same take.

Yes, the aggressive woodwinds are better. Glad you gave us two versions.

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2019 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Is the soundtrack aficionado community aware that this release includes three different versions of "Confidence Is High", one of the greatest cues of '80s American Pop Cinema?

Are you aware?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2019 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Roger Feigelson   (Member)

Is the soundtrack aficionado community aware that this release includes three different versions of "Confidence Is High", one of the greatest cues of '80s American Pop Cinema?

Are you aware?


Okay I'm guessing by the constant pushing of this release that it was DOA. I have to say we pressed 2000 of these and while it's one of my favorite scores of the '80s and as passionate about it as you are, it was a bit of a slog to get through the run. Of course 2000 in this time is an almost impossible dream. It remains such a great score from such an under appreciated composer. Seriously if you don't have it, check it out.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2019 - 9:18 PM   
 By:   Chris Malone   (Member)

Roger wrote:

It remains such a great score from such an under appreciated composer. Seriously if you don't have it, check it out.

Agreed! I think it’s a “there’s something for everyone” score and demonstrates how accomplished a composer Rubinstein was. Perhaps, in that future world where all Jerry Goldsmith’s scores have been surfaced, works like this will have a bit more light shone their way!

Chris

 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2019 - 12:50 AM   
 By:   bcommunal   (Member)

I am agreed with BornOFAjackal, it's the great remastered album of the year, with a great dynamic and no artificial volume increase, like too many soundtrack cd's badly mastered nowadays. I hope the mastery of Chris Malone inspire all the film music projects to come (particulaly the new La-La Land Superman the movie set - please respect the original recording and mix, and no more "I am a goddamn great mastering engineer and I like to remix all the stuff to listen albums in my car or on computers ;o)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2019 - 2:41 AM   
 By:   Nono   (Member)

I am agreed with BornOFAjackal, it's the great remastered album of the year, with a great dynamic and no artificial volume increase, like too many soundtrack cd's badly mastered nowadays. I hope the mastery of Chris Malone inspire all the film music projects to come (particulaly the new La-La Land Superman the movie set - please respect the original recording and mix, and no more "I am a goddamn great mastering engineer and I like to remix all the stuff to listen albums in my car or on computers ;o)

Hot mastering but also hot mixing just ruin the music.

No or a reduced dynamic range, no soundstage, no life... no music.

Unfortunately, Chris Malone is a voice in the wilderness.

 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2019 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Most people aren't aware of how good analogue recordings like this can sound when transferred, mixed and mastered properly.

Kudos to Quartet and Chris Malone for giving us a high-end product for which there seems to be little demand.

Won't stop me from continuing to preach the Gospel of Analogue, and putting this deluxe set toward the top of reasons to keep producing top-shelf products like this.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2019 - 12:02 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Am I to understand this isn't selling well???? That's odd because it's one of the better purchases I've made in recent years! The price is right and the sound is fantastic. And of course the score... smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2019 - 12:47 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Analogue *is* where its at. People go on and on about CD vs LP but really the debate is between digital and analogue. A CD mastered from analogue sources is divine!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2019 - 2:28 AM   
 By:   Nono   (Member)

Most people aren't aware of how good analogue recordings like this can sound when transferred, mixed and mastered properly.

Kudos to Quartet and Chris Malone for giving us a high-end product for which there seems to be little demand.

Won't stop me from continuing to preach the Gospel of Analogue, and putting this deluxe set toward the top of reasons to keep producing top-shelf products like this.


I agree, but most people also aren't aware of how good digital recordings can sound when mixed and mastered properly.

Thanks to a discussion between Chris Malone and Steve Hoffman I could learn that the digital album master of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial had a much wider dynamic range than the analogue album master (which was used for the La-La Land release).

So I owned a copy of the first CD pressing made in 1985, and have been truly impressed by the natural sound, its incredible presence, ambience and dynamic.

In our age of bodybuilded mixing and mastering, we have forgotten what music truly is.

Thank you Chris Malone.

- Bruno

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2019 - 4:55 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Is the soundtrack aficionado community aware that this release includes three different versions of "Confidence Is High", one of the greatest cues of '80s American Pop Cinema?

Are you aware?


Okay I'm guessing by the constant pushing of this release that it was DOA.


I have the Intrada release. I'm happy with that.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2019 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Just a reminder, the sound on this is smashing and the entire production exhaustive.

Even if this is just a middling score for the average early '80s collector, it's more than worth your attention.

"Winner None [alternate]" is hands down one of the best action cues of all time, even though the action only consists of a lot of streaking images on huge tactical displays and oodles of flashing lights.

 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2019 - 5:46 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Finest combination of action and music in the whole score: when David rejects the WOPR computer's suggestion, "How about a nice game of chess?" and then instructs it to play Global Thermonuclear War.

In the track on the new album "A Game of Chess?", when the trombones play "David's Adventure Theme" as the simulation is loading. Great combination of humor, dread and a little martial flavor. Superb.

...and sounds superb on this latest edition, in case you didn't know.

 
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