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 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 4:25 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

Does anyone know if there are any records listing specific musicians/instrumentation from any of John's Bond scores? Like the number of trumpets, trombones, etc.? Thanks!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

He used a syntheizer for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "Moonraker".

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 4:44 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

He used a syntheizer for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "Moonraker".

You sure you posted that in the right thread? wink


I don't know the answer to the question, I'm sure if anyone knew this is would be those behind the remasters...but certainly for the earlier films it sounds like a standard big band (4 tpts, 4 troms, Rhythm section, some winds), minus Saxes but added small string section (8,8,4,2 maybe) and a small number of horns (3?). This is purely from memory though - a while since I've actually listened that close, so I wouldn't bank on this being anywhere near accurate.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)



I don't know the answer to the question, I'm sure if anyone knew this is would be those behind the remasters...but certainly for the earlier films it sounds like a standard big band (4 tpts, 4 troms, Rhythm section, some winds), minus Saxes but added small string section (8,8,4,2 maybe) and a small number of horns (3?). This is purely from memory though - a while since I've actually listened that close, so I wouldn't bank on this being anywhere near accurate.


That seems about right. Rhythm section is expanded to include vibes, bongos and exotic percussion in addition to the usual.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

He used a syntheizer for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "Moonraker".

You sure you posted that in the right thread? wink


I don't know the answer to the question, I'm sure if anyone knew this is would be those behind the remasters...but certainly for the earlier films it sounds like a standard big band (4 tpts, 4 troms, Rhythm section, some winds), minus Saxes but added small string section (8,8,4,2 maybe) and a small number of horns (3?). This is purely from memory though - a while since I've actually listened that close, so I wouldn't bank on this being anywhere near accurate.


I beg your pardon, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "Moonraker" DID use a synthesizer! Is there a prejudice that synthesizers are not considered true musical instruments?

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 2:13 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I don't know if the layout changed but you might get some clues by looking at some of the You Only Live Twice session photos.

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I beg your pardon, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "Moonraker" DID use a synthesizer! Is there a prejudice that synthesizers are not considered true musical instruments?

I know (d'oh!), and no of course not, I just found it slightly amusing that your response bore no relation at all to the question being asked.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

Born Free provides a good example of the kind of instruments Barry employed in scores of the period. Start with what you don't typically hear (in Barry's scores): clarinets or bassoons. According to Bill Wrobel's site, BF cues employ anywhere from four-to-eight flutes (probably F altos or mix of C flutes and altos) with some piccolo doubling and 2 oboes (one or both doubling English horn). It's in the brass where BF deviates somewhat from the Bond instrumentation as Barry employs two trumpets (as opposed to a full big band section of four in the early Bond scores). Both scores employ a full section of horns (six in BF) and a big band number of trombones (to form complete three and four-part* harmony), BF (as is probably in the case of Bond) including tuba on select cues. In later Bonds, according to Barry, drum set was supplanted with orchestral drums (concert snares and such). Xylophone, vibraphone, piano, harpsichord (amplified in OHMSS), harp (perhaps two, as can be heard in "Out of Africa") also figure prominently in scores such as Thunderball (BF has twin marimbas and tuned mini cowbell set). According to Wrobel, the BF string complement is 7 violin, 2 each of viola, cello and double bass (the Barry BF rerecording sounds a bit more lush, likely employing something close to a 12-4-4-2 string setting).

Hope this helps.

* - Bond scores often include minor sixth, added ninth chords.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 11:10 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

Thanks for the help everyone! I forgot about those You Only Live Twice session photos...I'll have to dig them out.

 
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