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 Posted:   Oct 18, 2010 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

This is a beautiful symphonic score for full orchestra, composed by Paul Gilreath (http://www.paulgilreath.com/) with some duties handled by Suzie Katayama (http://www.laphil.com/philpedia/artist-detail.cfm?id=3317) for the American release of Roland Emmerich's film "Making Contact." The film itself is a weird, overt hybrid of "Poltergeist," "E.T.," and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," while also borrowing elements from various "Twilight Zone" episodes ("Long Distance Call" and "The Dummy"). The original 1984 German cut of the film featured an electronic score by Hubert Bartholomae, but when imported a year later to the U.S. by New World Pictures an entire twenty minutes were cut from the film and Gilreath was commissioned to write an orchestral score. What Gilreath came up with (very much in the vein of Williams and Goldsmith & the great symphonic scores of the eighties) is better (in my opinion) than 90% of what we're getting from Hollywood composers today. It sounds so big, thematic, and fresh to me in this current climate of film music. Nobody is writing scores like this anymore. I would love a release (official/promo) of this music.

Here is the final 30 seconds of the film and the complete three minute End Credits, which will give you a good idea of what the entire score is like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2MoaX6jnNI

A very nicely scored dramatic scene:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_OHU5vaGuI

And this is the TV spot, with Gilreath's music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGrFEQNsHq0

Anybody else remember this crazy film and neat score? Anybody know what orchestra performed the music?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2011 - 11:32 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

This is an utterly beautiful score. Clearly modeled after the Broughton and Horner efforts from the time period - COCOON in particular - but yes, this is an amazing score just the same, and BADLY in need of a release. Indeed they don't write wonderful, lush thematic music like this anymore!


 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 12:44 AM   
 By:   Smokey McBongwater   (Member)

I remember this film but never saw it nor heard any of the music until now. All I can say is those sound clips were simply wonderful - very Williams/Goldsmith/Horner-esque. I would definitely support a soundtrack release if one ever came about. And yea, you can include me in as one who misses this type of music very, very much. Tthey jus don't score 'em like they used to. frown

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Indeed. I actually watched the whole film on Youtube this morning simply to hear the music. The main title is really gorgeous and I definitely sense a bit of POLTERGEIST during some of the more ominous moments. Intrada release anybody...?

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 9:58 AM   
 By:   Smokey McBongwater   (Member)

Yeah, of all the labels it seems Intrada would be the most likely. BSX has done some obscure 80's gems as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

I sent an e-mail to Paul Gilreath through his website around the same time I started this thread (nine months ago) and I never received a response. But needless to say, I would also love a release of this music. It's amazing to me that this didn't even get an LP. I have no idea what orchestra performed it (that's one of the questions I asked Gilreath... whatever orchestra it was gave a fantastic performance, though!) but maybe that's what held (or what's holding) it up.

I'm pleased that my thread inspired others to listen to the clips and check out the film for the music. This score truly is a hidden gem.

Regarding scores like this being composed in Hollywood now... in my humble opinion, we got one this year: Super 8.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I've never heard of the film, score, or composer before. But I'd buy any release in an instant.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Yeah, of all the labels it seems Intrada would be the most likely. BSX has done some obscure 80's gems as well.

Has Intrada released any scores from New World Pictures? I know that BSX (Jake Speed; Starcrash) and Perseverance (No Retreat, No Surrender) have.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Smokey McBongwater   (Member)

Yes, Intrada has released Def-Con 4 and Angel.

BSX just recently did The Philadelphia Experiment as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

Has Intrada released any scores from New World Pictures? I know that BSX (Jake Speed; Starcrash) and Perseverance (No Retreat, No Surrender) have.

Speaking strictly of the eighties New World Pictures (after Roger Corman sold it) Christopher Young's amazing "Flowers in the Attic" was an Intrada release. Others such as "House/House II" and "Vamp" were Varese releases, the first "Hellraiser" Silva Screen and "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" was GNP Crescendo, and "Transylvania 6-5000" was BSX (though the LP was Varese).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Never even heard of the film, nor the composer (which is strange, since I grew up in the 80's), but the score is nice! Not terribly original, but neat orchestral writing. I can certainly see the potential for a fan/cult favourite here.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   Redokt64   (Member)

I remember watching this film years ago on HBO or something. The score was excellent from what I remember. The film had it's moments too. Sign me up for this too...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2011 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

I figured I'd bump this to see if anyone has any additional info for this score, the orchestra that performed it, a possible release status, etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2011 - 1:13 AM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

Did I really start this thread 13 months ago? I haven't tried to contact Gilreath again, but maybe I should. I find it interesting that the excerpts from "Making Contact" on his site are re-recordings dong on samples and synth - maybe there's a rights issue regarding the music? I just played the End Credits again, and damn they're gorgeous. I would still love to have this.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Figured it was time for a bump. Surely SOMEONE else is interested in this gem!

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I put up a suite of score ripped from the film on Youtube, and he left a message last year:

Just saw some of the comments here. I wrote the score to the US release for Making Contact... I was a kid at just 23 years old. Ah, listening to this brings back memories. The company that released the US version wanted an orchestral score as compared to the electronic score that was originally used for the German version. This was the first orchestral score I did and it was a work in exploration... and by that I mean, I was exploring how the hell to write a score. I had written a couple of other electronic scores, but this was the first feature length orchestral one. I wrote non stop for 3 weeks, night and day. Did all the orchestrations myself. Then had 6 copiest over to my apartment for 2 days writing out the parts, then proofing them. I conducted the session, which was done in 7 hours. It was supposed to be a 5 hour recording (that was what we had budgeted) and we had to record almost 80 minutes of music! I remember that I called New World at the end of 5 hours with still 20 minutes of music to record to ask for another $2500 to pay the musicians to do another hour. The musicians ended up giving me an hour for free because they loved the score and wanted to help the newbie. One of the most wonderful days of my life and something I'll always remember even at 52 years old dentist in Atlanta now... Thanks for listening to my rant.
PG

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

I put up a suite of score ripped from the film on Youtube, and he left a message last year:

Just saw some of the comments here. I wrote the score to the US release for Making Contact... I was a kid at just 23 years old. Ah, listening to this brings back memories. The company that released the US version wanted an orchestral score as compared to the electronic score that was originally used for the German version. This was the first orchestral score I did and it was a work in exploration... and by that I mean, I was exploring how the hell to write a score. I had written a couple of other electronic scores, but this was the first feature length orchestral one. I wrote non stop for 3 weeks, night and day. Did all the orchestrations myself. Then had 6 copiest over to my apartment for 2 days writing out the parts, then proofing them. I conducted the session, which was done in 7 hours. It was supposed to be a 5 hour recording (that was what we had budgeted) and we had to record almost 80 minutes of music! I remember that I called New World at the end of 5 hours with still 20 minutes of music to record to ask for another $2500 to pay the musicians to do another hour. The musicians ended up giving me an hour for free because they loved the score and wanted to help the newbie. One of the most wonderful days of my life and something I'll always remember even at 52 years old dentist in Atlanta now... Thanks for listening to my rant.
PG


WOW. B-L-E-A-K.

Stories like this are terrifying to me. He wrote this score at age 23!?!?!? How could such a promising young talent just... Stop? What brings that about? Good grief...

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

Wow! Justin, thank you for editing together that suite and for posting about Gilreath's response. I can't believe he was 23! Too bad he never had the opportunity to write more scores like this for bigger movies. Going by his comment "this brings back memories," it sounds like he doesn't have a copy of his own score to listen to, which is too bad. That would explain why the cues on his website are synth re-records. I do hope the tapes still exist and that this (80 minute!) score gets a release someday.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   Jim Bailey   (Member)

I put up a suite of score ripped from the film on Youtube, and he left a message last year:

Just saw some of the comments here. I wrote the score to the US release for Making Contact... I was a kid at just 23 years old. Ah, listening to this brings back memories. The company that released the US version wanted an orchestral score as compared to the electronic score that was originally used for the German version. This was the first orchestral score I did and it was a work in exploration... and by that I mean, I was exploring how the hell to write a score. I had written a couple of other electronic scores, but this was the first feature length orchestral one. I wrote non stop for 3 weeks, night and day. Did all the orchestrations myself. Then had 6 copiest over to my apartment for 2 days writing out the parts, then proofing them. I conducted the session, which was done in 7 hours. It was supposed to be a 5 hour recording (that was what we had budgeted) and we had to record almost 80 minutes of music! I remember that I called New World at the end of 5 hours with still 20 minutes of music to record to ask for another $2500 to pay the musicians to do another hour. The musicians ended up giving me an hour for free because they loved the score and wanted to help the newbie. One of the most wonderful days of my life and something I'll always remember even at 52 years old dentist in Atlanta now... Thanks for listening to my rant.
PG


I can't find the suite, can you post a link?

EDIT: nevermind I found it. Sounds just like a John Williams score from the 80's. I want this on CD!!

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I guess there's a rights and/or tapes issue; I can't imagine this not being on CD by now simply because nobody cares.

It's kind of like "when Eight Bells Toll" -- WTF is the hold up?

 
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