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 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   ZheParadox   (Member)

I'm sure it's nowhere near as good as The Amazing Spiderman 2 will be, but this is really outstanding and everyone should buy it.

i'm a little bit confused...
you reviewed this score one day before you wrote this comment AND you gave this score 5 stars and still thought that tASM 2 would be better than this?!

i bought this score based on your review and am eager to buy the cd, too

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

This is fantastic score I'd love to own on physical CD.

The film was bad, but the score is just great.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Any comment 'moviescore' on the continuing hold-up with the cd?

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 10:55 PM   
 By:   cwtlead   (Member)

I'm hoping to buy this on cd too.

I was really disappointed Arnau Bataller's "Brotherhood" did not receive a CD.

MSM, there is still time to correct both!!!!
:-)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   ChristianKühn   (Member)

It's up (again?) at SAE, with a planned release date of late August: http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/27439/GRAND-PIANO/

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

I'm hoping to buy this on cd too. I was really disappointed Arnau Bataller's "Brotherhood" did not receive a CD. MSM, there is still time to correct both!!!!

You say this as though not releasing it on CD was an error somehow.

 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I'm hoping to buy this on cd too. I was really disappointed Arnau Bataller's "Brotherhood" did not receive a CD. MSM, there is still time to correct both!!!!

You say this as though not releasing it on CD was an error somehow.


It is if the only digital version is mp3. I'd jump on digital if MSM would put the digital scores out in CD quality.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

High quality MP3 audio and CD-audio are absolutely identical. The only difference is that, when compressing the music into MP3 format, it removes the part of the audio range that is inaudible to the human ear to make the file smaller.

Unless you're a dog, or Superman, the difference is literally physically impossible to detect. I cannot understand why people have an aversion to this, except for the fact that some people like little shiny discs in their hands.

To me, whenever I see someone "refusing to buy a score because it's a digital download only", it always makes me think of someone complaining that a meal tastes different because it's served on a paper plate rather than bone china.

 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

High quality MP3 audio and CD-audio are absolutely identical. The only difference is that, when compressing the music into MP3 format, it removes the part of the audio range that is inaudible to the human ear to make the file smaller.

That may be the case, but 256 iTunes standard is not high enough to achieve that -- there is audible loss at that bitrate. For me the blind test for not being able to tell the difference on my equipment is usually somewhere around 320; for others it is likely higher than that.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

That may be the case, but 256 iTunes standard is not high enough to achieve that -- there is audible loss at that bitrate. For me the blind test for not being able to tell the difference on my equipment is usually somewhere around 320; for others it is likely higher than that.

How audible? I mean, seriously, are people's ears so enormously sensitive that the tiniest, most miniscule imperfections in the bitrate make it impossible for them to enjoy the music as a result of that? If they are, then I would seriously recommend they contact Guinness and get themselves tested, as they may have the most perfectly-fine-tuned ears in the history of the world.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Well, to play devil's advocate a little bit, we are being sold a LOT of remastering hoopla from the labels these days, so maybe it's natural for fans to grow more critical of sound quality. For me, the eye opener was Silvestri 's PREDATOR - I thought the Varese sounded fine, but guess my ears were wrong, as (how many now?) reissues have proven....
I'm just saying, is it any wonder, with round 4 or 5 of The Blue Max & Night Crossing on cd, people are listening closer than ever?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   ChristianKühn   (Member)

How audible? I mean, seriously, are people's ears so enormously sensitive that the tiniest, most miniscule imperfections in the bitrate make it impossible for them to enjoy the music as a result of that? If they are, then I would seriously recommend they contact Guinness and get themselves tested, as they may have the most perfectly-fine-tuned ears in the history of the world.

It wasn't a problem for me for a long time, but some time in late 2008, I suddenly "got" the difference between 192 and 320 kbit/s. And with me, once I know it's there, I cannot "unhear" it. It IS a small difference, agreed, but for me (and other people, evidently), it's there.

You have pointed out several times that this is no problem for you, Jon, so I guess you can count yourself lucky. big grin On the other hand, you do have a point inasfar as some of us might over-interpret this issue. To a degree, I'd argue it's something more psychological...once I know that something is in less than 320 kbit/s, it's perfectly possible that I'll be biased before I've heard a single note. Also, of course, listening to mp3s on an iPod over headphones plays a role; there, the difference between hi-res files and low-res ones, in all likelihood, is negligible.

But on a good system, which I'm looking forward to return to soon, nothing beats a CD. Which is why I'll continue hunt those things down or, if none are forthcoming, get FLAC and/or WAVs files.

CK

 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Is the difference going to be detectable in every case? Probably not. I have run tests based on 320kbps mp3s that I created converting from my own CD source and found no discernible difference. I still listen to lossless audio ripped from CD whenever I have it when I am at home and in front of my two klipsch speakers. I haven't done tests with most commercially released albums on iTunes though.

When I buy a CD I will rip the CD quality audio to the PC for home listening and simultaneously convert the same audio to mp3 for portable listening. The issue is not about whether I can detect the difference. It is about whether I could be getting a higher quality version on a CD or through a lossless download.

The point is the infrastructure exists already that allows labels to sell lossless downloads. It shouldn't be that much harder to put a release out in lossless than it is to put it out in standard iTunes MP3. The music is all there and presumably the digital rights as well.

Will some still complain that it is a download and not a CD? Sure. And if they are willing to pay the premium plus shipping to get a CD then let them. But at least putting out lossless downloads makes there one less reason to insist on releasing CDs.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   ChristianKühn   (Member)

Aye to everything you said, Mr S! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 12:51 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

High quality MP3 audio and CD-audio are absolutely identical. The only difference is that, when compressing the music into MP3 format, it removes the part of the audio range that is inaudible to the human ear to make the file smaller.

No that is not "the only difference". There's also the fact that a lossless format has far more flexibility of use. And besides, why should people settle for WORSE quality than technology from 1982?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2014 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   moviescore   (Member)

Finally, we are able to announce the CD release of GRAND PIANO!

Grand Piano (Victor Reyes)



http://moviescoremedia.com/grand-piano-victor-reyes/
http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/27439/GRAND-PIANO/

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS AWARD FOR ‘BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM


Victor Reyes’ score — incorporating originals and furious arrangements of existing pieces by Beethoven and others — is, needless to say, a relentless asset. (Guy Lodge, Variety)

Each arpeggio and every strike of the bow is used to serve and compliment the film’s quieter moments while the orchestra leaps into action when things start to ramp up. (Drew Tinnin, Dread Central)

Reyes energetic and beautifully powerful music greatly aids the tension and fraught atmosphere and is certainly more than a background or a film score. Both film and score are highly recommended. (John Mansell, Movie Music Italiano)

Not only is the score a fully functioning classical work in its own right, but as it progresses the music actually matches the dynamic and dramatic arc of the film. (Jonathan Broxton, MovieMusicUK)

The music swings from one end to ther other with new themes and instruments. It’s like a rollercoaster and I don’t want to get off it. It’s exhilarating and exciting as hell. (Jorn Tillnes, SoundtrackGeek)

If there was another way to do this film, it should be said that the composer and director have definitely chosen the most difficult one. (Roberto Pugliese, Colonne Sonore)


Directed by Eugenio Mira, high-concept thriller Grand Piano has been described by reviewers as “Speed with a piano”. The plot focuses on concert pianist Tom Selznick who finds an odd note on his sheet music prepared for his next concert – he must play flawlessly or someone will die. Considering this is one of the hardest piano pieces ever, Tom must defeat his inner demons to complete the mission and give us enough time to solve the mystery. Starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, our release ofGrand Piano coincides with the film’s US theatrical premiere on 7 March 2014.

Making his MSM debut is composer Víctor Reyes, who is one of the great emerging talents of the Spanish film music scene with several great international credits to his name. High-concept thrills seems to be a specialty for the composer; possibly his best-known work was written for Buried (2010), starring Ryan Reynolds as a soldier trapped in an underground coffin with only a cell phone providing communication with the outside world. One of Reyes’ other recent credits is Red Lights (2012) in which Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy investigate the supernatural abilities of a blind psychic played by Robert de Niro.

Building upon the traditions of classic Bernard Herrmann scores like Hangover Square or The Man Who Knew Too Much, Grand Piano also features an original concert piece taughtly integrated into the plot. Victor Reyes himself described his work as an “Octopus Concerto” as the player would need eight hands to play it properly – yet pianist John Lenehen excels at delivering a gripping performance for all three movements. The album is bookended by the ”Main Titles” and the notorious ”La Cinquette” which has been described as unplayable in the film, yet Tom Selznick must defeat this monster in order to move ahead in his life…

Very few movies look at the music as a central character as opposed to a simple underscore, but Grand Piano knows is greatest asset and allows it to shine. Victor Reyes’ score had already won the International Film Music Critics Award for ‘Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film’ and was one of the five scores nominated for the ‘Film Score of the Year’ IFMCA award. It’s also been a recurring guest on many reviewers’ ‘Best of Film Music 2013' lists (Cinematic Sound Radio #3, Reel Music #1) which is quite an achievement that had no commercial release – until now! MovieScore Media is proud to release Victor Reyes’ exceptionally well-crafted and critically noted music for the film.

MMS14010 • GRAND PIANO (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by VÍCTOR REYES
Release date (digital): March 11, 2014
Release date (CD): April 29, 2014

TRACK LIST


1 Grand Piano Main Titles 2:41
2 Grand Piano Concerto – 1st Movement 11:44
3 Grand Piano Concerto – 2nd Movement 10:51
4 Grand Piano Concerto – 3rd Movement 3:38
5 La Cinquette 3:28

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2014 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I've played the last three tracks from his RED LIGHTS score non-stop today and this guy is very much on my radar now.
This sounds like a winner all the way.

 
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