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 Posted:   Oct 13, 2021 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

I'm pleased to bring another Antheil score to your attention.

Part I

“Hunters of the Deep” is a 1954 American documentary feature directed by Ben Chapman – actually, he’s credited in the main titles as “Production Supervisor”. The documentary was co-written and co-produced by Allan Dowling and Tom Gries with Dowling “presenting” the film and Gries receiving sole producer’s credit in the main titles. Filming took place on and under the open sea. It was photographed in Eastman color.

Allan Dowling Productions was the company behind the project, and, Distributors Corporation of America (DCA) were charged with the documentary’s distribution.

Actor Dan O'Herlihy narrates. He did it expertly. But the text he had to read is often inane and seems to be tailored to a rather unchallenging audience at an infantile level.

Suite I (Fragments from the Original Soundtrack)

0:00 Main Titles (Excerpt)
1:01 Part I
4:05 Part II
7:15 Part III
9:55 Part IV
12:28 Part V

(To be continued...)


See also these George Antheil topics:

BALLET MECANIQUE (1924) – Score & Concert Music

George Antheil, Cecil B. De Mille & Boris Morros – UNION PACIFIC (1939) – The rejected score



THAT BRENNAN GIRL aka TOUGH GIRL (1946/1951) – also presenting some clips from other Antheil scores





JESSIE JAMES' WOMEN (1954) – Film Song “CARELESS LOVER” performed by Lita Baron


THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION (1957) – 2009 discussion concerning a possible rerecording


Jerome Moross on George Antheil (1979 Interview) – ONCE IN A BLUE MOON (1935)

 Posted:   Oct 14, 2021 - 3:31 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

Part II

George Antheil composed the original score which was written for a small symphonic orchestra dominated by strings. There are the obvious harp sounds, of course, that evoke the ocean. Other instruments, like woodwinds, are occasionally used for solos.

Sidney Cutner orchestrated the score uncredited. According to the main titles, Antheil conducted his music. That, however, remains highly questionable. If he really did, it would have been most unusual because he didn’t conduct any of his other film scores as far as it’s known.

The score is notable as one of George Antheil’s longest film scores. The documentary, which has a running time of about 64 minutes, is scored with his music throughout. There are no sound effects nor noises heard other than the music and the narrator’s voice. Thus, the music dominates the soundtrack by large, with O'Herlihy's voice interspersed to comment certain scenes. There are about 42 minutes of pure music without any narration in the film, and only 22 minutes that contain narrated segments. The score for “Hunter of the Deep” can be considered as a major work in Antheil’s film score oeuvre. The documentary was distributed outside of the USA, in Western Europe and Japan. Today, “Hunters of the Deep” is mostly a forgotten film along with Antheil’s score.

Synopsis: Underwater exploration by oceanographers and geologists round the coast of Southern California and Mexico. Portrays many species and varieties of fish and mammals as well as ocean flora and rock formation.

Suite II (Fragments from the Original Soundtrack)

0:00 Part I
4:55 Part II
7:07 Part III
9:46 Part IV
11:30 Part V

(To be continued...)

 Posted:   Oct 15, 2021 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

Part III

A few word about the source and how the musical segments have been assembled:

1) The music is grouped into three suites containing in total 103 segments in mostly fragmented form of George Antheil’s score as heard in the documentary.

2) All segments with O’Herlihy’s overlaid narration have been left out entirely in order to give Antheil’s music the spotlight it deserves. That’s more than 40 minutes of pure music without any narration or sound effects.

3) The audio source used for the this project was obviously not in the best condition. The sound is distorted and in some places too damaged to be used for this project. That is the reason why the first 9 seconds of the main titles music had to be cut – its sound quality was so bad it could have turned away unsuspecting listeners.

4) The majority of the musical segments extracted from the documentary’s soundtrack are fragmented and very short, lasting only a few seconds. But there are longer pieces, too.

5) The selections are not lined up in a chronological order. They are assembled and merged together to form three musical suites that give you, as much as possible, a fluid and varied listening experience. – If you want to hear the complete music as heard in the documentary you need to watch it.

Suite III (Fragments from the Original Soundtrack)

0:00 Part I
2:51 Part II
4:34 Part III
7:37 Part IV
9:14 Part V
12:28 End Titles

(To be continued...)

 Posted:   Oct 17, 2021 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

Part IV (End)

Hunters Of The Deep – The Chrono Suite

This suite offers you over 31 minutes of pure music without any narration or sound effects. It contains in chronological order 38 extracts from the film soundtrack.

0:00 Part I
7:25 Part II
14:38 Part III
22:07 Part IV

Hunters Of The Deep – Romance for Violin, Harp and Orchestra

The final video features a short piece of music from the original “Hunters of the Deep” soundtrack.

In 2030, George Antheil's music enters into public domain in Europe and other parts of the world unless the rulers change the copyright laws once again and extend the time of copyright protection even further, to a 1000 years maybe.

A few questions remain regarding the music of "Hunters of the Deep":

1) Did George Antheil really conduct the orchestra?
2) Who conducted it if it wasn't him?
3) Could it be that any tapes of the score with or without narrations still survive somewhere?
4) Would a rerecording of the complete score sell enough units to cover the costs producing it?

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 Posted:   Oct 17, 2021 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

In 2030, George Antheil's music enters into public domain in Europe and other parts of the world unless the rulers change the copyright laws once again and extend the time of copyright protection even further, to a 1000 years maybe.

You´re a bit wrong about this. All of Antheil´s film music has long entered into public domain here in Europe. Forget about the so-called composer copyright which is valid for 70 years after the composer´s death - these are only the composer royalties/mechanical rights which are handled for example through the GEMA here in Germany if you want to produce a CD with his music.
For soundtrack recordings from the 1940s or 1950s this composer copyright is more or less irrelevant. You have to consider that regarding soundtracks all sound recordings made before 1964 are public domain in Europe nowadays. This is the reason why so many bootlegs of old scores have cropped up on the digital platforms during the last few years.
For example, the sound recording copyright for HUNTERS OF THE DEEP has expired after 50 years already at the end of 2004 so that the music has been public domain since that time (and will remain public domain). This means that here in Europe just everyone can copy that original recording if it crops up anywhere.

 Posted:   Oct 18, 2021 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

Thanks for the correction, Stefan. Good to know.

I retract my statement in that case, adding only, that Antheil's published works (during his lifetime) enter into PD in Switzerland in 2030. I wasn't aware of the differences in the EU I have to say.

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