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 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   Makooti   (Member)

This is just a question I like to ask folks, and since I'm new around here I figured it was as good a time as any to ask you guys as well: when/what was the first time you really started to notice the score of a movie (or show or game, etc.). The first time the music stopped being colorful background noise and you really started to mentally acknowledge it. The melody, the instrumentation, the specific ways it complements its respective scene, anything like that, you get the idea.

Could be a theme, could be a specific cue, whatever works.

Given how I'm pretty sure most of you guys have a good decade or so on me, mine will probably come off as on the more recent side, so...I dunno, cut me some slack here.

For me, I can narrow it down to about five cues from the same time period. Would've been around five or six years old. The first couple were from A.I: Artificial Intelligence (a long-running dad-and-I classic), one being the 3:07 mark of The Mecha World, when the upper brass crescendos into a bold ostinato of strings as we're greeted with the rising visage of a copper lion statue gushing water from its eyes and mouth.

The other being the opening minutes of Stored Memories, when a haunting choir sings over the beginning of the film's epilogue, a eulogic hymn for a frozen, lifeless earth thousands of years in the future.

Number 3 and 4 are from the original Star Wars. Obviously the main theme was a massive earworm, but that feels like cheating. The actual pieces would be the Binary Sunset cue and the cue that plays over Luke discovering his crispy-cooked family that I wouldn't recognize as Dies Irae for another good 10-15 years. I doubt either need an introduction.

Lastly, and I've got no shame for this goddammit...1:16.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 4:40 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

This is a topic that comes up once in a while.

Honestly, I can't remember. I'm terrible at remembering specifics about 'firsts' in general.

I must probably have noticed some of the music in the films I saw as a kid in the 80s, but beyond kiddie television themes and such, it was nothing that 'ignited' an interest in film music per se. I tend to credit my fandom to three scores - first was TWIN PEAKS, which I copied from a friend's CD to a cassette, ca. 1990. Then it's THE ABYSS (I remember lying on the floor and listening to the end credits on a TV-to-VHS-copy, ca. 1992, thinking maybe this kind of music worked as a concept album as well; muck akin to the progressive rock and electronic music I was listening to at the time). Then came JURASSIC PARK, which cemented my interest once and for all. So TWIN PEAKS for 'initial spark', THE ABYSS for 'discovery' and JURASSIC PARK for 'cementation. All over the course of 2-3 years in the early 90s. Something like that, I guess.

Unlike most others, my interest in soundtrack albums mostly comes from other musical genres, not from noticing and fawning over it inside the film itself.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   Nyborg   (Member)

Although Binary Sunset had affected me at the age of seven, and the music of Star Wars brought on strong feelings thereafter when I heard it, it was when I was watching Aliens in the cinema at age 11, during the Ripley's Rescue sequence, as seen to the left, that I found myself obsessing about the music, and from then on chasing down score soundtracks.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 5:38 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Probably Miami Vice around 1987.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 6:01 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

The first time I really noticed it was as a child, watching various Gerry Anderson series, which all had very impressive scores by Barry Gray (some of Gray's scores are still favorites of mine).

Then I started watching Star Trek, which also had great scores. Later, seeing / hearing the Bond movies, and Planet of the Apes really solidified my interest in film music.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 6:01 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I dunno, early sixties. It seemed like every film I saw had a great score, I took it for granted really.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   Martin Williams   (Member)

I think my *earliest* memory of noticing the importance of the score in the movie is Close Encounters. But, the score that made the biggest impression on me was Superman. It's what prompted me to buy a John Williams Boston Pops CD and, well, it's been a ride ever since.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Dark Shadows
Lost in Space

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Mantovani, on LP. The Legend Of The Glass Mountain - easy family listening - my mother would play it on piano as fluently as possible from sheet music. Then, downhill all the way from that peak.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Sergio Leone's westerns, can't remember which though.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   Louis Latzer   (Member)

I think it was when I saw CHARADE in 1963. I was already aware of Henry Mancini's movie music on his re-recorded albums, but not in situ. Shortly thereafter I began to record a few shows and movies off the TV on a reel-to-reel tape recorder that I could listen to later. (I would mostly ignore the dialogue.) That's how I got hooked on THE MAGNIFICENT 7. I also really enjoyed THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY (which deserves a release, but will probably never have one due to lost masters).

And then THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., where I learned about individual composers having different styles within the same series. And on it went.

Good times!

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Oliver Nelson's Six Million Dollar Man work. Not only were the theme and episode underscores mind blowing to young me, but the music as it accompanied the visuals made a lifelong impression in that hearing the music alongside the onscreen action remains my preferred way of experiencing tv and film music.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   MD   (Member)

Transformers TAS by Johnny Douglas & Rob J. Walsh.
Recorded two full episodes on casette tape and listen them because of music.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   FalkirkBairn   (Member)

My first encounter with film and TV music was TV themes I heard in the seventies, whether it be the library music used for sports shows, British sitcoms and sci-fi shows and US cops shows.

Geoff Love's BIG TERROR MOVIE THEMES was an early influencer too.

Hearing Morricone's spaghetti western music when the movies aired on TV is a vivid memory but I can't recall when that was.

Williams' STAR WARS was definitely the milestone score for me. I may have had the soundtrack before seeing the film but the sequence of events is lost in the mists of time.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Valiant65   (Member)

Mostly it was a film score that was hard to ignore and "in your face".

Early films that made me notice the score were "Where Eagles Dare" (the first soundtrack that I couldn't find in the store), "Barbarella" (it was impossible to not get hooked on that pop score). And I walked away from "The Go-Between" with Michel Legrand's score in my head, more than the film itself.

And then the Morricone Dollar scores were embedded under my skin like an implant. (I ended up getting the Hugo Montenegro LPs). The "You Only Live Twice" song also stayed with me, making me think that it was better than a lot of the pop songs I'd been hearing. Some of those Bond scores were overpowering.

And thus was born a soundtrack addiction.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

Flickers from my memory say TV themes, Barnaby Jones, Hawkins, It takes a thief, mission impossible and in movies I think The Jungle Book Casino Royale (Bacharach) and Kelly's Heroes. The first piece that my child brain sensed was the music as Mr Banks walked to the bank in Mary Poppins. The music was so melodic and evocative that i never forgot the melody.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Probably two scores that sparked my fascination with film music.

Bernard Herrmann's Mysterious Island

Sol Kaplan's Star Trek score The Doomsday Machine.

I recorded those shows off the TV speaker onto cassette tape. That was the state-of-the-art technology back then!

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

The short answer: My first viewing of the Nicole Kidman movie Dead Calm scored by Graeme Revell.

The long answer (if anyone cares): Since I spent a lot of my time during my childhood hospitalized I had no intentions to be spending time with other children at the hospital. I started during my loneliness to watch movies. After a while I noticed two things, first I really liked, no scratch that loved watching Hollywood movies and the second thing was I noticed that I apparently could memorize each and every person`s name that was featured during the movie`s Main Title sequence (more or less photographic memory but only when it came to people`s names) and I watched a lot of movies.

Anyway when you watch a lot of movies like I did you will sooner or later discover the music written for the movies. I more or less got so much interested in the music for films that I started to rent movies just for the music and if the movie was good that was a great bonus. So when I first watched Dead Calm I realized this is the kind of music I really love and that was my first into to a serious interest in film scores.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

I think I really began to notice film scores was the first time I saw Vertigo.

 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I grew up in a household with music. My first recollection of orchestral music was listening to Les Preludes (von Karajan cond.) and loving its majesty. Then it was Star Wars. And Jaws. And Star Trek The Motion Picture. Rocky. etc etc.

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