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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

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2016 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Episode # 41: Oscar Winners Throughout History

I look back at 10 famous, but still a bit a bit overlooked Oscar winners in film music history. The episode is in Norwegian.


The Song of Bernadette (1943) -- "From Her Very Depths" -- Alfred Newman
Sunset Boulevard (1950) -- "Sunset Boulevard Prelude" -- Franz Waxman
Born Free (1966) -- "Main Title" -- John Barry
Summer of '42 (1971) -- "Main Theme" -- Michel Legrand
A Little Romance (1979) -- "Main Title" -- Georges Delerue
The Right Stuff (1983) -- "Yeager and the F104" -- Bill Conti
The Last Emperor (1987) -- "Main Title" -- David Byrne
Emma (1996) -- "Emma" -- Rachel Portman
Finding Neverland (2004) -- "Impossible Opening" -- Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Life of Pi (2012) -- "Tsimtsum" -- Mychael Danna

 Posted:   Apr 5, 2016 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Episode # 42: Sports Movies

With EDDIE THE EAGLE in Norwegian cinemas, I take a look at various sports movies and sports movie scores in this episode. It's in Norwegian.


Rocky (1976) -- "Going the Distance" -- Bill Conti
The Karate Kid (1984) -- "Daniel's Moment of Truth" -- Bill Conti
Rudy (1993) -- "Main Title" -- Jerry Goldsmith
The Natural (1984) - "End Titles
Cobb (1994) -- "Reno Ho, Part 1" -- Elliot Goldenthal
Chariots of Fire (1981) -- "Abraham's Theme" -- Vangelis
Days of Thunder (1990) -- "Main Theme" -- Hans Zimmer
Lagaan (2001) -- "Chale Chalo" -- A.R. Rahman
Eddie the Eagle (2016) -- "First Jump at Calgary" -- Matthew Margeson
"The Olympic Spirit" (1988) -- John Williams

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2016 - 1:35 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Episode # 43: Richard Donner

I explore the career of Richard Donner and his stunning string of composer collaborations. It's in Norwegian.


The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) – «The Giuoco Piano Affair» — Walter Scharf
The Omen (1976) – «The Altar» — Jerry Goldsmith
Superman: The Movie (1978) – «Growing Up» — John Williams
Ladyhawke (1985) – «Tavern Fight (Navarre)» — Andrew Powell
The Goonies (1985) – «The Fratelli Chase, Part 1» — Dave Grusin
Lethal Weapon (1987) – «Drive to Dealer’s House» — Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton & David Sanborn
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) – «Stilt House» — Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton & David Sanborn
Scrooged (1988) – «Main Titles» — Danny Elfman
Radio Flyer (1992) – «Building the Flyer» — Hans Zimmer
Maverick (1994) – «Runaway Stage» — Randy Newman
Assassins (1995) – «The Plan/Miguel Arrives» — Mark Mancina
Conspiracy Theory (1997) – «Conspiracy Theory» — Carter Burwell
Timeline (2003) – «No Pain» — Jerry Goldsmith
Timeline (2003) – «Enter the Wormhole» — Brian Tyler
16 Blocks (2006) – «Requiem» — Klaus Badelt

 Posted:   Jun 2, 2016 - 1:23 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Episode # 44: Music from Documentaries (14th International Edition)

With the documentary HUMAN in Norwegian theatres, I explore the wonderful world of documentary scores. The episode is in English.


The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) — «Prelude and Fugue» — Virgil Thomson
Mondo Cane (1962) — «Life Savers Girl» — Riz Ortolani & Nino Oliviero
Koyaaniqatsi (1982) — «Koyaanisqatsi» — Philip Glass
Metsän Tarina (2012) — «A Forest Adventure» — Panu Aaltio
Lonely Planet (1996) — «Road to Djenne» — Nainita Desai & Malcolm Laws
Not Forgotten (2013) — «These Children are Not Forgotten» — Jürgen Beck
Cocaine Cowboys (2006) — «It’s Over» — Jan Hammer
Atlantis (1991) — «In the Kingdom of Spirits» — Eric Serra
The Unfinished Journey (1999) — «Arts and Sports» — John Williams
Human (2015) — «Castells» & «Childhood» — Armand Amar

 Posted:   Jul 29, 2016 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Episode # 45: Michael Kamen

In this Norwegian-language episode, I explore some personal favourites in Michael Kamen's marvelous career.


Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) — «Overture»
Highlander (1986) — «The Quickening»
The Three Musketeers (1993) — «D’Artagnan (Galiard & Air)»
Brazil (1985) — «Waiting for Daddy/Sam Lowry’s Wetter Dream «The Monoliths Erupt»
From the Earth to the Moon (1998) — «Theme»
Band of Brothers (2001) — «Theme»
The Last Action Hero (1993) — «River Chase»
Open Range (2003) — «Open Range»
Edge of Darkness (1985) — «Edge of Darkness»
Back to Gaya (2004) — «Back to Gaya (Last Cue)»

 Posted:   Sep 2, 2016 - 3:23 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

TV Tunes # 1: What's New?

I launch a new series on Celluloid Tunes, dealing with TV music. In this first episode, I talk about some highlights in the last couple of years. The episode is in Norwegian.


Halt and Catch Fire (2016) — «Reverse Engineering» — Paul Haslinger
Yellowstone (2015) — «Thermal River» — Edmund Butt
Moonbeam City (2015) — «Dazz Man» — Night Club
Isabel (2014-) — «Lex Talionis» — Federico Jusid
The Knick (2014-) — «If Anyman Thirst» — Cliff Martinez
Humans (2015-) — «I Was Never Little» — Cristobal Tapia de Veer
Strike Back (2014) — «Rob a Bank» — Scott Shields
Outlander (2015-) — «People Disappear All the Time» — Bear McCreary
Unmei No Hito (2012) — «Man of Destiny» — Naoki Sato
The Leftovers (2014-) — «Dona Nobis Pacem 2» — Max Richter
30° i februari (2012) — «Resumé»/»Vinjett» — Andreas Söderström & Johan Berthling

 Posted:   Oct 10, 2016 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Celluloid Tunes # 46: Rejected scores

Using Desplat's rejection from ROGUE ONE as an excuse, I look back at some famous and not-so-famous (to most people, anyway) examples in film history. It's in Norwegian.


Torn Curtain (1966) — «Prelude» — Bernard Herrmann
Torn Curtain (1966) — «Main Title» — John Addison
What Dreams May Come (1998) — «Afterlife Begins» — Ennio Morricone
What Dreams May Come (1998) — «Summerland» — Michael Kamen (til 3 min.)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) — «Main Title» — Alex North
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) — «Also Sprach Zarathustra» — Richard Strauss
Regarding Henry (1991) — «Henry’s New Personality» — Georges Delerue
Regarding Henry (1991) — «Henry vs. Henry» — Hans Zimmer
Battle of Britain (1969) — «March Introduction & Battle of Britain» — William Walton
Battle of Britain (1969) — «Battle of Britain Theme» — Ron Goodwin
Una Historia Reciente (1999) — «Un Paseo Entre Flores» — Angel Illaramendi
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973) — «Main Title» — Michel Legrand
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973) — «Main Title» — John Williams
Chinatown (1974) — «End Titles» — Phillip Lambro
Chinatown (1974) — «Love Theme & End Titles» — Jerry Goldsmith
Last Man Standing (1996) — «To Jericho» — Elmer Bernstein
Last Man Standing (1996) — «Last Man Standing» — Ry Cooder

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