General diary entries


I love music.
All kinds of music.

I tell a lie, rap music does nothing for me and I absolutely can’t listen to screamo music.
No tunes, indecipherable words and violence.
Don’t understand it at all.

Anyway, when I’m doing housework I will listen to songs.
Songs that I can sing along to and generally feel good about.
However, when I’m working on the computer I like to listen to instrumental music.
It actually helps me think a bit better and shuts out the outside world.

I love a good bit of classical music.
A bit of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmananov, that kind of thing, but modern classical has started to take over my easy listening.
As anyone who reads my blogs regularly will be aware, I am a huge film fan.
It occurred to me the other night that a lot of the modern classical music I listen to is actually movie music.
Modern day composers such as John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Horner and my current favourite, Michael Giacchino.

John Williams is probably the most prolific and immediately recognisable with scores for films like Jaws, E.T, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman and of course Star Wars!!
All of them are instantly recognisable.

So here are a few of my personal favourites as Youtube clips.
Two of them you will just need to follow the Youtube links for because playback is restricted outside of Youtube!!

My current favourite is ‘Chevaliers De Sangreal’ from The Da Vinci Code.
An absolutely astounding piece of Music by Hans Zimmer.
It sends shivers down the spine and is an incredible way to end a film.

I can’t have a movie music blog without mentioning Star Trek!
One movie in particular has an amazing score by James Horner.
Wrath of Khan.

Surprise Attack! and Battle in the Mutara Nebula are just two segments from this film that really get the blood pumping!

And of course Michael Giacchino has stepped up and given us a whole new feel to the reboot Star Trek movies.
Absolute spine tingling stuff with the new theme music.

And totally unexpected and beautiful pieces like ‘London Calling’ from Star Trek Into Darkness.

Then you have the not so classical scores from the likes of Daft Punk.
Instrumental with a bit of a kick!
Tron Legacy was funky and summed up the whole look and feel of the movie.

She’s a Pass and Mini Guns from Dredd.
Part of a film score by Paul Leonard-Morgan than really sets the feel for a brutal post apocalyptic film.

I could go on all day but that would make my blog incredibly slow to load.
Anyway, next time you watch a movie, imagine what it would be like without the music.

Boring right?

You could have the greatest script, the best actors and directors but the final feel of the film is totally dependant on the score.
No pressure for the composers then!!

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