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 Posted:   Feb 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Does anybody out there like both James Horner's orchestral scores and electronic scores, or just prefer the orchestral?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2018 - 3:14 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Does anybody out there like both James Horner's orchestral scores and electronic scores, or just prefer the orchestral?

I mean, why have anything else when you can have KRULL?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2018 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

I had to come 'round, since I was on the anti-wagon in those dark days of the nineties (unlawful entry (man we hated that one)...thunderheart..... I love you to death ), but have given that side more play over the years and came to appreciate it. After Horner's passing, I came to enjoy it all even more.
But in print at FSM,yeah it was vitriol city...

-Sean

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2018 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I like both.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2018 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   PFCHudson   (Member)

I also love both, but even more so the scores that combined both such as Titanic.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2018 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Favourite scores are Where the river runs black and Krull.

Figure it outwink

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2018 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

I also love both, but even more so the scores that combined both such as Titanic.

Precisely this.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2018 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I love his orchestral scores, don't care for his electronic ones. I like some that mix the two.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 1:32 AM   
 By:   AJL   (Member)

Many of his scores mix the two: the ingenious Sneakers; the underrated Casper; the evocative Uncommon Valor; and, of course, the sublime Avatar.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I adore his orchestral fare, and I definitely enjoy his electronic scores -- but, as is the case with many composers I listen to, I tend to favor works with orchestra and a bold, dynamic integration of electronics. Basically, my favorite scores usually tend to have the best of both worlds.

Having said that, it often just depends on the score. Some of my absolute favorite Horner scores are 80% orchestra/20% synth (i.e. The Missing), while others are 80% synth/20% orchestra (Field of Dreams -- although often augmented with specialty insruments/solo performances).

Sometimes it's difficult to assign a Horner score (or any score) as orchestral or electronic or the blend. Often specialty instruments/solo performances can play a huge role. Ergo, Patriot Games is a favorite score of mine that has a healthy mix of electronic elements, orchestra, and specialty instruments.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 2:00 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Many of his scores mix the two: the ingenious Sneakers; the underrated Casper; the evocative Uncommon Valor; and, of course, the sublime Avatar.

Sneakers? I gotta say I don't hear the "mix" that you're hearing. Sounds wholly orchestral to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 3:05 AM   
 By:   AJL   (Member)

Oh! I stand corrected. My apologies.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Oh! I stand corrected. My apologies.

None required. smile

Not sure about Casper or Uncommon Valor either, but Avatar definitely mixes the two!

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 3:15 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Oh! I stand corrected. My apologies.

None required. smile

Not sure about Casper or Uncommon Valor either, but Avatar definitely mixes the two!


Both might have some enhancements, but it’s far from prominent.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

I'm not sure what Horner scores would be considered electronic. But if that's Field of Dreams then sign me up!

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   MutualRevolver   (Member)

I love both! That's why Vibes and 48 HRS. are two of my favorite scores of his

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

FYI.

Where the river runs black, The Name of the rose and Unlawful entry are only fully electronic scores Horner has ever did.

Some cues of Red Heat (like The Set Up, otherwise known as the musicfercation of a parking garage) and Clear and present danger (the enigmatic cue The Laser guided missile) are fully electronic. Thunderheart is mostly electronic. And there's a lot of electronics in Patriot Games (in The Hit joined by flute and percussion) and in Class Action (along with piano and saxophone) .

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   afn   (Member)

THE NAME OF THE ROSE is my all-time favorite Horner score. A timeless masterpiece, totally (mostly?) electronic and it fits the medieval setting and character of the tragic and philosophical story like a glove.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, The Forgotten, The Chumscrubber and The Life Before Her Eyes were electronic with guitar as an accompaniment for the latter two scores. First In Flight was all electronic (its inclusion on the "Collage" album was a first-time orchestral recording)

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2018 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, The Forgotten, The Chumscrubber and The Life Before Her Eyes were electronic with guitar as an accompaniment for the latter two scores. First In Flight was all electronic (its inclusion on the "Collage" album was a first-time orchestral recording)

Considering its prominent violin (?) and piano writing and performance, I myself wouldn't classify The Forgotten as electronic. That's just my opinion, of course. I think those instruments were such a dominant part of the soundscape on that gig that to my ears they fully counterbalance the synths. I'd call it a hybrid without question. Which is cool, because it speaks for the film itself -- the acoustic solo instruments representing the heart and humanity in the film, the electronics representing dark forces, doubt, and uncertainty. It's a pretty underrated score.

 
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