An Exciting step for the zombie opera

The Maelstrom ScoreIt’s here… the conductor’s score for maelstrom is here. It’s pretty exciting to say the least. 51 pages of pure, original, and awesome (imho) music. Tech week begins on Monday, and our first performance… 10 days away. Now the only hurdle left is which piano can we get for the performance? There are probably others, but I’m not privy to them.

Anyways, we had a walkthrough of the theater today, and we are loading in on Sunday with tech week to follow opening on Thursday (soft opening, because it’s actually our final dress rehearsal/preview night). Its very cool.

I saw Transformers 2 over the weekend. I’m glad I saw it, but i think i would rather have put the money towards seeing Star Trek again. The story was all over the place, perhaps a little A.D.D. for my taste, and when my friend took notice of the signature Michael Bay “circle around the actors while the action is slow shot” and told me about it, I began disliking it more and more. I won’t say much more in the interest of avoiding any spoilers, but i will say that i liked the score (for what it was).

Speaking of scores… I know that i mentioned my getting of Giacchino’s score for Land of the Lost, but i think i have to mention it again. Its really, really good! I don’t know how the old show was scored, but this movie definitely has the Giacchino flavor. He does a really good job at underscoring. And i don’t know if it gets any better than porn music with banjo ie. “In Search of… Holly”. I must say though that the whole album is quite enjoyable to listen to even if the scoring is a little sparse. The timbre of the brass in the recording reminds me of the brass from Star Trek (gah… obsess much?).

Other music that is old, but new to me… I got the score for The Rocketeer by James Horner, and The Mission by Ennio Morricone.

First, The Mission. I got this album because Jack Black’s character in The Holiday refers to it (go ahead, call me shallow if you wish) so i pretty much had to check it out. I haven’t seen the movie, but am always interested in new scores, or scores that i have no idea of what I’m getting into. I must say that the score is really quite amazing. There is so much choral writing in it that i wonder if it’s all original. Not that i doubt the abilities of Morricone, but it seems like so much work, and the writing seems a little more deep than the choral writing for… oh, i don’t know… Transformers 2 (don’t get me wrong, I like that choral writing too).

Secondly, The Rocketeer. I remember seeing this movie as a kid, and i remember liking it. Of course back then i didn’t know who the composer was or any of the myriad of things i might listen for now. So the first track that i’ve listened to so far is the cue called “The Flying Circus”, and boy do i love it! It is so epic and wonderful. I can’t wait to spend some more time listening to this album.

Late breaking news… Al Franken is the newest MN Senator. YAY!

In other news, I gave an interview to the Portland Tribune today for Maelstrom. This stuff is exciting! I only hope more than my family and friends will come to see it! I’m not worried, I just want my baby to have a good showing, you know?

Before i go, I should probably mention that I saw a preview for Shyamalan’s next film The Last Airbender. I have to say that this film will be better than his last films (I hope) because he didn’t write it. Even though I like his films (probably more than i should) his writing has really slipped. For example, in The Happening when the characters are trying to find a ride and everyone drives off, Zooey Deschanel’s character says, “look, a car” and a car drives into frame. So sad. I like his directing style though… so we should be alright, right?

Another thing i saw in the movie theater before the previews, was a behind the scenes first look at District 9, the film that Peter Jackson is producing, and that Neill Blomkamp (the guy who i was excited about directing the Halo movie). It looks so good. On par with the Fifth Element as far as story, and super cool CGI to say the least. I am very excited for this film, MOON, and 9… also for the bluray release of Star Trek.

Until later mi amigos.

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One response to “An Exciting step for the zombie opera

  1. Nice…it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to print off a full-sized score of my own music. Kinda miss it!

    Kudows to you on your older acquisitions. EVERYONE who’s even remotely interested in film music should have The Rocketeer. I’ve got a 3 or 4 staff piano skeleton of the Main Titles that I transcibed when I was at Missouri Western somewhere. If I can find it, maybe I’ll send you a copy.

    The Rocketeer is the benchmark for all things “aerial” in film music. Jablonsky’s Steamboy is quite obviously “influenced” by it. The Rocketeer itself is also quite obviously influenced by Bill Conti’s The Right Stuff, which incidentally, was just released on VareseSarabande’s Soundtrack Club – if your interested.

    Unless your a devout Italian film music follower, you really only NEED three Morricone scores – The Mission, The Untouchables, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Those three pretty well sum up the high points of his rather long and prolific career.

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