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 Posted:   Oct 9, 2015 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

No one has any comments on mountain scores?

 Posted:   Oct 10, 2015 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

No one has any comments on mountain scores?

I'm sure there was a thread here about mountain music, Thor. Surprised you didn't put up the link! It might have been "Best Score for a Mountain Film" or something, and of course it ended up with people just posting the titles of films that had mountains in them. A bit like the thread "Scores Which Evoke Water", where people posted the song from The Love Boat.

Anyway, about your show - I listened to it. Didn't understand a word! Still, I know you must put a lot of work into these things. One question, and it's kind of a follow-on from my previous comments... Were these just music tracks from films with mountains in them, or did you deliberately try to choose cues which evoke the sense of climbing and dizzying heights? I only ask (it's not a criticism) because I was surprised at how little the selections evoked that feeling in me. For instance "Training With George" from THE EIGER SANCTION is a great piece of music, but the track "Top of the World" is the one which really conjures up images in my head of majestic mountain-tops and the thrill of getting to the summit.

At the risk of sounding like someone who posts links to The Love Boat song for "Scores Which Evoke Water", it's never the wrong moment to mention yet again Humphrey Searle's truly wonderful score for THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (OF THE HIMALAYAS), which although not really about a mountain (see?), does have a lot of great music for trekking through the snow. I feel it really does capture the awe, mystery, adventure - and even plodding hell - of the subject.

THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (Music by Humphrey Searle)

 Posted:   Oct 10, 2015 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thanks for the comments, Graham. I guess I shouldn't expect a lot of feedback for these Norwegian-language episodes (although I've also done 10 English-language episodes so far, and more to come).

My goal was to select movies that had mountains as a core element of the story, not just movies that happened to have mountains or a mountain sequence in them at some point. And yes, now that you mention it, I do seem to remember an earlier thread that went in that direction eventually.

I also wanted to have a little bit of stylistic variety, so even though a cue like "George Sets the Pace" from EIGER SANCTION doesn't really connote mountainscapes (more like a baroque jazz melancholy), it's still a fascinating angle in a film of this kind.

The only film I took a bit of a chance on, is MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. It's been many years since I saw the film, but I do seem to remember the actual Mountains of the Moon figuring prominently in it as the two British guys search for the source of the Nile. However, my memory might be playing tricks on me.

 Posted:   Oct 10, 2015 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Cheers Thor. I imagine that MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON would have a lot of mountains in it, given the subject matter, but I think there might be a lot of chatting inside drawing rooms and tents too. I had a quick zip through the film on YT.

 Posted:   Oct 28, 2015 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Episode # 36: Alan Silvestri in Ghent (11th International Edition)

We had the great pleasure of interviewing the great Alan Silvestri for this latest episode.


Silvestri on electronic music
Critical Condition (1987) – «Main Title»
Silvestri on COSMOS
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014) – «The Speed of Light»
Silvestri on Zemeckis
Beowulf (2007) – «What We Need is a Hero»/»A Hero Comes Home»
Silvestri on FLIGHT
Flight (2012) – «Nichole Leaves Hotel»/»Nichole Returns Home»/»Whip’s Mad Drive»
Silvestri on THE WALK
The Walk (2015) – «Pourqoui»
Back to the Future (1985) – «Back to the Future Suite»
Silvestri on next project

 Posted:   Oct 28, 2015 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Excellent interview and choices Thor! I wish you had Doyle there as well as the two were a hoot during the press conference; they should do a two man show with all their anecdotes and business wisdoms.

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2015 - 1:52 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Episode # 37: Giorgio Moroder in Oslo (12th International Edition)

Another favourite composer crossed off the bucket list! Apparently, he told some stories here he hadn't told before, so check it out. It's in English.


Midnight Express (1978) — «The Wheel»
American Gigolo (1980) — «Palm Springs Drive»
Scarface (1983) — «Tony’s Theme»
The Neverending Story (1984) — «Swamp of Sadness»
Electric Dreams (1984) — «The Duel»
Metropolis (1927/1984) — «The Legend of Babel»
Cat People (1982) — «Paul’s Theme»

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2015 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Currently in morocco, but bumping this in case it didn't register with our resident synth heads.

 Posted:   Dec 21, 2015 - 1:14 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Episode # 38: Star Wars Special!

I get together with composer Eirik Myhr and fellow Williams- and Star Wars-enthusiast Nils Holt Hanssen to speak about the music for all seven films -- and then some. It's in Norwegian.


Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) — «Ben’s Death/TIE Fighter Attack» — John Williams
Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) — «The Asteroid Field» — John Williams
Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) — «The Forest Battle» — John Williams
Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) — «Watto’s Deal/Schmi and Qui Gon Talk» — John Williams
Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) — «Zam the Assasin and the Chase Through Coruscant» — John Williams
Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) — «Padmé’s Ruminations» — John Williams
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) — «Landing on Teth» — Kevin Kiner
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) — «The Set-up/Terak’s Theme» — Peter Bernstein
Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011) — «Coruscant, the Capital» — Mark Griskey
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996) — «Beggar’s Canyon Chase» — Joel McNeely
Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) — «The Scavenger» — John Williams

 Posted:   Dec 22, 2015 - 12:11 AM   
 By:   Nils   (Member)

Thanks for inviting me, Thor! This was a completely new thing to do for me and I was a bit nervous, but it turned out to be a lot of fun! (and boy, did it get nerdy.. smile )

 Posted:   Dec 22, 2015 - 1:25 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

You managed brilliantly, Nils -- and the tone of the thing (informal, nerdy, energetic etc.) was just PERFECT! Too bad most people here can't understand Norwegian, but hopefully it will be noticed by the few Scandinavians that we DO have.

 Posted:   Jan 2, 2016 - 3:27 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Episode # 39: The 10 Best Scores of 2015 (13th International Edition)

I sum up the year with my top 10 favourites of the year in this English-language episode.


No, not yet. I want people to listen first. I'll publish it later on.

 Posted:   Jan 26, 2016 - 1:46 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Episode # 40: The Norwegian Film Music Year 2015

I sum up the year 2015 in film music terms, with a selection from 19 Norwegian film scores -- not available for listening elsewhere. It's in Norwegian.


Bølgen — «It’s Coming» — Magnus Beite
Svenskjævel — «Ida leser brev fra Dino» — Stein Berge Svendsen
Staying Alive — «Marianne’s Waltz» — Ola Kvernberg
Dryads: Girls Don’t Cry — «Calling Anette» — Marius Christiansen
Å vende tilbake — «Åpning» — Magnus Murel
Karsten og Petra på safari — «Løvenes gjenforening» — Lars Kilevold
Kvinner i for store herreskjorter — «Dante på taket» — Kåre Vestrheim
Knutsen og Ludvigsen og den fæle Rasputin — «Grevlingenes heltetema» — Kåre Vestrheim
Villmark 2 — «Old Photos» — Roy Westad og Trond Bjerknes
Dirk Ohm: Illusjonisten som forsvant — «Maria theme» — Nicholas Sillitoe
Pøbler — «The End» — Lars Fredrik Frøislie & Ketil Einarsen
Louder Than Bombs — «Walking Melanie» — Ola Fløttum
Hevn — «Hevn Suite» (excerpt) — Michael White
Doktor Proktors tidsbadekar — «Tidsreisen» — Ginge
De nærmeste — «Ostinat 5» — Ginge
Julekongen — «Full rustning» — Ginge
Høst — «Smoke» — Jan Vardøen
Ninas barn — «Engabo» — Gaute Storaas
Solan og Ludvig: Herfra til Flåklypa — «Hang Glider Flight» — Knut Avenstroup Haugen

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