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 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

one thing I found very refreshing about his "Evil Dead" score was the great use of choir. unlike a majority of hollywood scores in which the choral writing is as bland as it gets, Banos has his choir shouting, chanting and my personal favorite whispering. that whispering effect is something I wish more composers would utilize. very disturbing thing to hear

Fede Alvarez explains on the commentary track how Banos came up with the idea for the siren which I found to be humorous.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

one thing I found very refreshing about his "Evil Dead" score was the great use of choir. unlike a majority of hollywood scores in which the choral writing is as bland as it gets, Banos has his choir shouting, chanting and my personal favorite whispering. that whispering effect is something I wish more composers would utilize. very disturbing thing to hear

In that case, do check out Horner's DEADLY BLESSING, KRULL and BRAINSTORM if you haven't heard them yet! They contain some of the most dissonant choral music I've ever heard. Hell, even SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES did as well...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

one thing I found very refreshing about his "Evil Dead" score was the great use of choir. unlike a majority of hollywood scores in which the choral writing is as bland as it gets, Banos has his choir shouting, chanting and my personal favorite whispering. that whispering effect is something I wish more composers would utilize. very disturbing thing to hear

In that case, do check out Horner's DEADLY BLESSING, KRULL and BRAINSTORM if you haven't heard them yet! They contain some of the most dissonant choral music I've ever heard. Hell, even SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES did as well...


...and then check out the choral work of the guy who first started a lot of this on film Ennio Morricone.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I remember Joe LoDuca doing some cool/spooky whispering in a track on his Evil Dead 3 Army of Darkness score. Scared the crap out of me when I first played it (alone) in my bedroom (at night) when I was younger. Yikes!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

I remember Joe LoDuca doing some cool/spooky whispering in a track on his Evil Dead 3 Army of Darkness score. Scared the crap out of me when I first played it (alone) in my bedroom (at night) when I was younger. Yikes!

Oh yea, that "Time Traveler" cue has some awesome stuff in it!

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

heard Krull and Brainstorm but never heard Deadly Blessing. but will seek it out. glad there are composers that experiment with the choir instead of just doing the "oohs" and "ahhs".

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 8:10 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Since I first heard his Herrmannesque music in THE MACHINIST, I've become very interested in Roque Baños work, but only recently have gotten around to sampling some of it. His scores are so varied in style & scope and truly top notch compositions. He is the first film composer to come along in a while that I've actually gotten excited about. So imagine my delight when I ran into him at the Varese Sarabande GSPO Halloween Gala Concert after concert party, perusing Chris Young's pumpkin mask collection.

I didn't know what he looked like, but Henry "Morricone" Stanny did and pointed him out. We both talked to him for a bit telling him how much and why we loved his music. He seemed surprised anyone would recognize him in a crowd and be such fans of his work here in the US. He was a genuinely nice man willing to spend his time listening to his fans gush about his work. It was truly an honor to meet him.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2013 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   Juan Carlos García Cortés   (Member)

Recently he has composed the music for Oldboy, a remake from the South Korean movie by Spike Lee:

http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3260642/evil-dead-composer-bringing-his-terrifying-sounds-to-spike-lees-oldboy/

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2013 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

For him to become a "great" composer, he'd have to develop a personal style. Which he hasn't, as of now.

What he IS is an excellent craftsman, successfully adapting to the very different genres he's been working in. And, of course, miles and miles ahead of ... Well, it begins with H and ends with "immer".

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

For him to become a "great" composer, he'd have to develop a personal style. Which he hasn't, as of now.

What he IS is an excellent craftsman, successfully adapting to the very different genres he's been working in. And, of course, miles and miles ahead of ... Well, it begins with H and ends with "immer".


I'm going to have to disagree wholeheartedly with the "no voice" thing.

His lyrical, layered string writing is clearly his own. It can be heard in the more operatic moments of OLDBOY and in EVIL DEAD's tragic moments, in THE LAST CIRCUS, in the heartbreaking family theme of INTRUDERS, and I'm sure in others I'm less familiar with. It's front and center of a number of cues here in this score and damn is it a joy to listen to. His strident action/thriller techniques are to my ear distinct and recognizable.

Banos is rapidly becoming one of my absolute favorite "new" composers. We're very lucky to have someone like this finally working in Hollywood; Let's hope he'll play an integral part in making scores interesting again.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

By the way - HIGHLY recommend everyone check out his "Aragon Symphony".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jku84j25S0

I personally could have done with out the flamenco-style singing in spots, but the orchestral writing heard throughout it just wonderful. It reaches some truly stunning heights at times and the strident, Western-inspired string rhythms near the end are a blast!

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2014 - 11:01 PM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Since another thread here introduced me to Banos I thought it was time to bump this thread in order to celebrate this amazing composer more.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2014 - 12:06 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Since another thread here introduced me to Banos I thought it was time to bump this thread in order to celebrate this amazing composer more.

I'll drink to that!

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2014 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

We should thank Hans Zimmer for recommending Banos to Ron Howard as composer for his upcoming Heart of the Sea. Based on some clips that Howard has posted from scoring sessions the music sounds terrific.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2014 - 6:01 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

now playing his first score:

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2014 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

I don´t know why it took so long - and a post on this site! - to make me aware of this composer.

He commands an orchestra with such majestic assuredness and offers that kind of score which I prefer: melodic, symphonic, hauntingly beautiful.

And such a treasure trove to discover, all these scores I did not notice before...

Thank you!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2014 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

now playing his first score:



Very Ravel-esque - Main title seems to be inspired by Daphnis et Chloe and a lot of the bulk of the underscore has a Bolero-type feel. Still a great score.

It's interesting to see the influences in his earlier work before he truly found his "sound", a turning point I'd argue came with THE LAST CIRCUS - An amazing score where that incredibly lyrical, contrapuntal string writing you hear in the operatically tragic portions of EVIL DEAD, OLD BOY and INTRUDERS is on full-display.

If you haven't seen that movie as well (The Last Circus), you should, because it's amazing and unlike anything else I've ever seen and Banos' score is wildly diverse, effective and narratively important to boot.

Speaking of OLD BOY - Anyone else love this score? No one seemed to discuss it when it came out. Sure, some of the droning earlier portions aren't so hot, but there's 20 minutes or so of 5 star material here. The "Revenge" cue is breathtaking in its emotional intensity. It's a close analog for John Scott's MAN ON FIRE where gritty, urban/contemporary elements clash musically with moments if tender lyricism to create an incongruous but amazingly effective listen. It definitely elevated the troubled movie as well.

I too am also phenomenally excited for HEART OF THE SEA and hope it opens the floodgates for more work from him stateside, so long as he isn't asked to compromise his musical identity a la Javier Navarette with CLASH OF THE TITANS 2! If OLD BOY and EVIL DEAD are any indication though, perhaps he's too strong a composer now for his voice to be jeopardized.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2014 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I'm just really surprised Zimmer endorsed him to Howard. I have to give the H-man a big high five for that.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2014 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

I´m listening now to INTRUDERS.

How Banos builds suspense... A true masterclass!

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2014 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Listening to THE MACHINIST now.

Like a fascinating mixture of Bernard Herrmann and Pino Donaggio, resulting in an own distinct personality.

 
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