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 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 4:50 PM   
 By:   meegle   (Member)


So if Tobe Hooper was doing his best Steven Spielberg impression...
was Mr. Goldsmith doing his best John Williams impression?

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

No.

"Poltergeist" is 100% pure Goldsmith magic.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

No. Can't even imagine how one would think so.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   Matt B   (Member)

Hooper wasn't doing a Spielberg impression... Spielberg was actually there on set, influencing myriad things. Anything that looked like "Spielberg" was most likely Spielberg himself.

And sorry, no... don't hear any Williams in Goldsmith's masterpiece. I hear quite a bit of Stravinsky, but not Williams.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 11:46 PM   
 By:   meegle   (Member)

Cool. Just wondering. I didn't think so but my ear ain't super-trained or anything. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 1:52 AM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

WOOOOOaaaahhhhh WOOOOO AAAGGGHHHH!

Poltergeist impression? No?

I'll get me coat....

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 4:37 AM   
 By:   rickO   (Member)

The style of the main title music is close to Williams style, but that's about it. Twisted Abduction with those weird "tortured puppy" sounds is something only Goldsmith could dream up!

-Rick O.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 4:54 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

So if Tobe Hooper was doing his best Steven Spielberg impression...
was Mr. Goldsmith doing his best John Williams impression?



No, of course he wasn't, and no true film music fan would think so.


He was doing his best John Barry impression.

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 4:55 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Even the smallest child posing as a caveman wink could hear the influence of Spielberg on Goldsmith in this score; It's well documented that Spielberg wanted to work with Goldsmith and vice versa; Spielberg was also the one who dealt with Goldsmith during post-production and I'm sure instructed him on the music and was instrumental in Goldsmith crafting Poltergeist. I'm also positive had Williams have done it, the approach would have been similar. So yes, I do get the impression that there is a similarity in style. The bike ride into the neighborhood is a prime example.

With Spielberg gone on the sequel, the sound for the franchise definitely changed more to Goldsmith pure. wink

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 5:25 AM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

One thing is a director or producer trying to influence the composer on the style of music they want.

Other thing is saying that "Goldsmith was doing his best John Williams impression".

One does not need to have a superior intellect like YOR's to understand that.

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   Burk Whittenburg   (Member)

"The Neighborhood" cue is very much Williamesque as well as the cue where the clown makes its first appearance.
Other than those examples I'd say the rest of the score is vintage Goldsmith.

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Hooray! Two LLs!

Yor's "intelect" shows improvement!

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 7:39 AM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

Hooray! Two LLs!

Yor's "intelect" shows improvement!


YOR can express himself in several languages.

Can you say the same, Black Guy Looking Up?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 7:57 AM   
 By:   Rnelson   (Member)

"The Neighborhood" cue is very much Williamesque as well as the cue where the clown makes its first appearance.
Other than those examples I'd say the rest of the score is vintage Goldsmith.


Well, it's not like Goldsmith hadn't written bright lyrical passages like that before. Listen to Raggedy Man for instance. I think nearly all Spielberg produced films of that era had a similar sprite to them. Back to the Future, Batteries not Included, and Harry and The Hendersons are other good examples of this.

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

One thing is a director or producer trying to influence the composer on the style of music they want.

Other thing is saying that "Goldsmith was doing his best John Williams impression".

One does not need to have a superior intellect like YOR's to understand that.


I'm sure had Zimmer scored Poltergeist, it would have sounded very much like Williams, mabey even better!

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

I'm sure had Zimmer scored Poltergeist, it would have sounded very much like Williams, mabey even better!

At that time Hamzimmer was only smashing cats at his keyboards.

Wait! He is doing that till today!

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Goldsmith's "Kick The Can" score for Twilight Zone: The Movie was far more "Williamseque" than anything in Poltergeist.

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 9:59 PM   
 By:   meegle   (Member)

Goldsmith's "Kick The Can" score for Twilight Zone: The Movie was far more "Williamseque" than anything in Poltergeist.

Maybe THAT'S what I was thinking of!!! Kick the Can!!!

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 10:52 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Goldsmith's "Kick The Can" score for Twilight Zone: The Movie was far more "Williamseque" than anything in Poltergeist.


"Kick the Can" always reminded me very specifically of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto



I really hear it between about 0:47 and 0:57.

I wonder what the temp-tracking situation was with that score.

 
 Posted:   Jul 9, 2013 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   meegle   (Member)

Goldsmith's "Kick The Can" score for Twilight Zone: The Movie was far more "Williamseque" than anything in Poltergeist.


"Kick the Can" always reminded me very specifically of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto



I really hear it between about 0:47 and 0:57.

I wonder what the temp-tracking situation was with that score.


I heard it! Yes!

 
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