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This is a comments thread about FSM Online article: Seth MacFarlane: The Savior of Film Music?
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   alexshor1   (Member)

This is so fascinating! I would love to hear what scores he used as a temp track for the western movie. Those older scores are more timeless than a lot of scores written nowadays.
It's so great that they used a real orchestra for Cosmos, without any mock-ups! I wish more tv shows did that, although I am guilty of trying to learn more about those virtual orchestras and how they work.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I don't have access to the article in question, but I resent the rhetorical use of 'saviour' in the headline, implying that there is some sort of miserere going on.

What I will agree to, however, is that he certainly propagates a certain style of film scoring and is to be applauded for that -- whether it is FAMILY GUY or COSMOS or whatever.

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Because it's McNeely, I sincerely hope it's not a temp track fiasco, as is usually the case when we get our hopes up. McNeely's pretty great when given free reign, but those early scores of his, dear Lord, the "influences..."

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   voiced   (Member)

I don't have access to the article in question, but I resent the rhetorical use of 'saviour' in the headline, implying that there is some sort of miserere going on.

What I will agree to, however, is that he certainly propagates a certain style of film scoring and is to be applauded for that -- whether it is FAMILY GUY or COSMOS or whatever.


It only costs $5.95 per month. What's that? The price of a pint in Europe? Stop spending money on Norwegian beer and read the insightful article before passing judgement ;-)

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

I may laud his effort and I know he is going to be with John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl. But after watching Oscars 2013 I cannot have any liking for him.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I don't have access to the article in question, but I resent the rhetorical use of 'saviour' in the headline, implying that there is some sort of miserere going on.

What I will agree to, however, is that he certainly propagates a certain style of film scoring and is to be applauded for that -- whether it is FAMILY GUY or COSMOS or whatever.


It only costs $5.95 per month. What's that? The price of a pint in Europe? Stop spending money on Norwegian beer and read the insightful article before passing judgement ;-)


Good point. But now you have me craving beer!

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I resent the rhetorical use of 'saviour' in the headline, implying that there is some sort of miserere going on.

Agreed!

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   Yelojack   (Member)

It is nice to hear McFarland talk up and acknowledge great composition and artistry. There definitely is an art being lost. When I listen to some things out there today it seems there isn't a knowledge of the instruments, the colors they bring, and the orchestration that brings it all together. Just good old fashioned schooling that used to be a requirement for anyone in the business. Not just having a synth and some samples.

I don't agree with every McFarland does or says in his career but he loves good music -- has a different sensibility about it than others of his age. Hope he spreads that attitude throughout the Hollywood community - young and old.

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   yonythemoony   (Member)

It is nice to hear McFarland talk up and acknowledge great composition and artistry. There definitely is an art being lost. When I listen to some things out there today it seems there isn't a knowledge of the instruments, the colors they bring, and the orchestration that brings it all together. Just good old fashioned schooling that used to be a requirement for anyone in the business. Not just having a synth and some samples.


Yeah. Because people who work in the business like Horner, BaƱos, Iglesias, Giacchino, Desplat, Powell, Williams, JNH, etc are known for not having any knowledge of instruments, the colors they bring, and the orchestration to bring them all toghter. They don't have an ACTUAL recognizable style and way to write music for orchestra, electronics, or genre instruments.

Give me a break. Also, MacFarlane savior? Just because the guy uses an old-fashioned sense of music as a contrast for his raw, modern humour, it doesn't mean that the guy will make everyone to have all films scored by 100 piece orchestras and 10.000 themes being played over and over again. Film music has expanded far more beyond of it and it's not going to reverse for old farts.
Get over it.

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Well I'll take every classic style score we can get. The general style isn't going to significantly change anytime soon but if it doesn't that just means more classic scores to explore and enjoy.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

It's been a few weeks since I read this, so there may have been something about instrumentation, but the majority of the interview itself isn't about live orchestra vs. synth/samples. The big point that is hit while the interviewer is talking to MacFarlane is that there is an overreliance on temp tracking or a director's micromanagement of the composer, and he preferred to let Silvestri (on Cosmos) and McNeely (on his new movie) do their things.

I object fairly strongly to Family Guy's (and to a lesser extent American Dad's and The Cleveland Show's) treatment of gender/race, but MacFarlane always acquits himself as intelligent and fairly charming in interviews. I'm not really sure how much he has to do with those shows anymore besides providing voices. He's a big advocate for film music as music, and if his enthusiasm helps garner more appreciation for the form, or at least continues to create music as nice as Murphy's score for Ted, it's a gain IMO.

 
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