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Score Guide – Star Wars The Last Jedi (2017)

Rebels, it’s time to let old things die! A belated Happy New Year from the Score Guide team, welcome one and all to our 9th Star Wars Score Guide! In celebration of the recent cinematic release, it is time we talk Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, and the stellar score by composer John Williams!

Join Captain Wend, his co-pilot Will Dodson and hopeless droid Claude back on board the SSR-15 as they discuss the latest movie in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi! Supported by their expert band of Rebels*, your hosts guide you through the soundtrack release, discussing, analysing and chestbeating over the surplus of old themes, new themes, surprising motifs, jaw-dropping orchestration and their favourite musical moments from this latest action showpiece!

*We want to give a GALACTIC thank you to our strongest Rebel Alliance yet for dropping musical bombshells and insights that made this episode one of our greatest to date: Dane Walker, Megan Culley, Joscha Sauerland, Jennifer Wolff, Mike Watson, Mark Carman, Matthew Brown and Jamie Burns.

Release

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Walt Disney Records (2017)

Timestamps

0:00:00 – Skit

Featuring Jamie Burns, Xander Stobbs, Will Dodson, Megan Culley, Wendell Jones & Ian Crabb

0:09:53 – 1. Main Title and Escape

0:22:07 – 2. Ahch-To Island

0:27:59 – 3. Revisiting Snoke

Rebel: Dane Walker

0:36:13 – 4. The Supremacy

0:40:44 – 5. Fun With Finn and Rose

0:43:59 – 6. Old Friends

0:46:49 – 7. The Rebellion is Reborn

0:50:35 – 8. Lesson One

0:54:21 – 9. Canto Bight

Rebel: Megan Culley (Professional Story Topper)

0:58:16 – 10. Who Are You?

58:57 – The Death Star Motif

1:03:08 – 11. The Fathiers

Rebels: Joscha Sauerland and Megan Culley (Starkiller Base Sanitation)

1:09:37 – 12. The Cave

1:13:54 – 13. The Sacred Jedi Texts

1:17:53 – 14. A New Alliance

Rebels: Jennifer Wolff and Megan Culley (Professional Rey Defender)

1:25:04 – 15. Chrome Dome

Rebel: Megan Culley (President of the Vice Admiral Holdo Fan Club)

1:30:28 – 16. The Battle of Crait

Rebels: Mike Watson, Dane Walker and Mark Carman

1:43:04 – 17. The Spark

Rebels: Matthew Brown, Joscha Sauerland, Jennifer Wolff and Dane Walker

1:57:42 – 18. The Last Jedi

1:59:37 – 19. Peace and Purpose

2:03:55 – 20. Finale

Rebels: Joscha Sauerland and Megan Culley (Confirmed Nerd)

2:16:10 – How It Should End Credits by Jamie Burns

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Score Guide – Stardust (2007)

Join Will & Wend over the wall in The Slaughtered Prince for their first Score Guide of 2017! In this episode we gush over composer Ilan Eshkeri‘s well-loved film score for the 2007 romantic fantasy, Stardust directed by Matthew Vaughn.

Featuring astonishing performances by The London Metropolitan Orchestra and Metro Voices we guide you through this spectacular score, pulling back the composer’s curtain to reveal the themes, leitmotifs, instrumentation, sonic textures, and shining musical moments that make the Stardust soundtrack shine, with the help of longtime friend of the show, Tiago Gomes!

Babylon Candles at the ready!

Release

Stardust Decca Records (2007)

Timestamps

0:00 – Intro Tag: Mike Watson

5:27 – 1. Prologue (Through the Wall)

10:10 – 2. Snowdrop

14:15 – 3. Tristan

17:13 – 4. Shooting Star

20:19 – Listener: Tiago Gomes

24:00 – 5. Three Witches

28:29 – 6. Yvaine

31:16 – 7. Septimus

34:57 – 8. Creating the Inn

38:32 – 9. Lamia’s Inn

45:24 – 10. Cap’n Shakespeare

47:26 – 11. Flying Vessel

52:28 – 12. Cap’n’s at the Helm

55:46 – 13. Tristan & Yvaine

59:47 – 14. Pirate Fight

1:02:40 – 15. The Mouse

1:04:40 – 16. Lamia’s Lair

1:07:38 – 17. Lamia’s Doll

1:10:16 – 18. Zombie Fight

1:12:26 – 19. The Star Shines

1:16:46 – 20. Coronation

1:19:16 – Listener: Tiago Gomes

1:23:20 – 21. Epilogue

Link

Cinema World Interview with Ilan Eshkeri

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Score Guide – Star Wars Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Join Wend and smuggler co-pilot Will Dodson live onboard their trusty rustbucket, the SSR-15, for the finale of their three special Score Guides and last episode of 2016!

In celebration of the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie, they continue their look back at the prequel trilogy finishing today with the grammy-nominated Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, composed and conducted by a man who without which Star Wars would be left wanting, maestro John Williams.

Your hosts traverse the marvellous musical web John Williams spun, navigate his many themes and motifs, old and new, highlight their favourite moments in each cue and take you the listener on an informative and entertaining track-by-track ride through the soundtrack release with the help of their splendiferous, ever-growing Rebel Alliance*.

Enjoy the musical exploration of their favourite score in the prequel trilogy in the latest Star Wars Score Guide!

*Special thanks to our strongest Rebel Alliance yet who helped us make this trilogy of episodes end on a high note by illuminating their most treasured cues with such amazing prowess: Joscha Sauerland, Jennifer Wolff, Rob Rawdon, Benson Farris, Ian Crabb, Jamie Burns, Megan Culley, Todd Horan and Dane Walker.

Release

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Sony Classical Records (2005)

Timestamps

0:00:00 – Skit

Featuring Will Dodson, Wendell Jones, Rob Dodson, Andrew Steele, Xander Stobbs & Ian Crabb

0:010:56 – 1. Star Wars and The Revenge of the Sith

Rebel: Joscha Sauerland

0:17:16 – 2. Anakin’s Dream

0:22:28 – 3. Battle of the Heroes

0:30:24 – 4. Anakin’s Betrayal

Rebel: Jennifer Wolff

0:37:16 – 5. General Grievous

0:40:06 – 6. Palpatine’s Teachings

Rebel: Rob Rawdon

0:43:20 – Comparison with ‘Snoke’ from The Force Awakens

0:48:10 – 7. Grievous and the Droids

0:50:17 – 8. Padmé’s Ruminations

1:00:07 – 9. Anakin vs. Obi-Wan

1:04:50 – 10. Anakin’s Dark Deeds

Rebels: Benson Farris, Ian Crabb, Joscha Sauerland, Jamie Burns

1:14:04 – 11. Enter Lord Vader

1:15:50 – 12. The Immolation Scene

1:20:40 – 13. Grievous Speaks to Lord Sidious

1:24:00 – 14. The Birth of the Twins and Padmé’s Destiny

Rebels: Megan Culley, Todd Horan, Jennifer Wolff

1:32:54 – 15. A New Hope and End Credits

Rebels: Dane Walker, Jamie Burns

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Score Guide – Star Wars Attack of the Clones (2002)

Join Wend and smuggler co-pilot Will Dodson live from onboard the cockpit of their trusty and reliable SSR-15, Corellian Class Cruiser, for the second of three special Score Guides!

In celebration of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie, they are continuing with their look back at the prequel trilogy today with Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones, composed and conducted by film composer John Williams, with the welcome return of the London Symphony Orchestra and London Voices.

Guiding you through cue by cue with the help of their amazing Rebel Alliance*, your hosts discuss themes, motifs, instrumentation, textures and YES…that guitar solo.

Enjoy a pleasant, stress-free musical journey onboard the SSR-15 in our latest Star Wars Score Guide!

*Special thanks to our proud Rebel Alliance for making this episode a whole lot better with your amazing commentaries and incredible instincts: Arthur Breur, David Klein, Rob Rawdon, Todd Horan, Jennifer Wolff, Ian Crabb, Dane Walker, Joscha Sauerland, and Benson Farris.

Release

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Sony Classical Records (2002)

Timestamps

0:00:00 – Skit

Featuring Xander Stobbs, Will Dodson, Wendell Jones, Andrew Steele, Rob Dodson & Ian Crabb

0:09:31 – 1. Star Wars Main Title and Ambush on Coruscant

0:12:19 – 2. Across the Stars (Love Theme from Attack of the Clones)

Rebel: Arthur Breur, David Klein

0:20:43 – 3. Zam the Assassin and The Chase Through Coruscant

Rebel: Rob Rawdon, Todd Horan

0:33:02 – On the Conveyor Belt (Target exclusive bonus track)

0:35:01 – 4. Yoda and the Younglings

Rebel: Jennifer Wolff

0:39:20 – 5. Departing Coruscant

0:41:57 – 6. Anakin and Padmé

0:46:42 – 7. Jango’s Escape

0:51:22 – 8. The Meadow Picnic

Rebel: Ian Crabb

0:56:13 – 9. Bounty Hunter’s Pursuit

0:59:54 – 10. Return to Tatooine

Rebels: The 4 Dane Walkers, Jennifer Wolff

1:04:41 – 11. The Tusken Camp and The Homestead

Rebel: Ian Crabb

1:14:49 – 12. Love Pledge and The Arena

Rebels: Joscha Sauerland, Benson Farris

1:22:32 – 13. Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale

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Score Guide – Star Wars The Phantom Menace (1999)

Join Wend and smuggler co-pilot Will Dodson in orbit of that lovable dustbowl Tatooine live from onboard the spick-and-span cockpit of our old faithful, SSR-15 Corellian Class Cruiser, for the first of three special Score Guides!

In celebration of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie, we are taking a look back at the prequel trilogy starting today with Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace, composed and conducted by film composer John Williams, and performed by the world’s most recorded orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra along with the equally important London Voices.

With the help of their Rebel Alliance*, your hosts gush over memorable melodies, magnificent motifs, and revel in all the awe-inspiring orchestration and choral work, while at the same time, having the most fun two podcasters could ever have!

Go strap yourselves in, get comfortable and enjoy our latest Star Wars Score Guide!

*Special thanks to our Rebel Alliance for making this episode truly awesome with their remarkable commentaries, musical instincts and Jedi reflexes: Arthur Breur, Tiffany Jordan, Joscha Sauerland, Todd Horan, Jennifer Wolff, Megan Culley, Ian Crabb, Rob Rawdon, Dane Walker and Jamie Burns.

Releases

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Sony Classical Records (1999)

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – The Ultimate Edition Sony Classical Records (2000)

Timestamps

0:00:00 – Skit

Featuring Xander Stobbs, Ian Crabb, Andrew Steele, Will Dodson, Rob Dodson & Wendell Jones

0:09:26 – 1. Star Wars Main Title and The Arrival at Naboo

0:14:47 – 2. Duel of the Fates

Rebel: Arthur Breur

0:23:16 – 3. Anakin’s Theme

Rebels: Tiffany Jordan, Arthur Breur, Joscha Sauerland, Todd Horan, Jennifer Wolff

0:30:02 – 4. Jar Jar’s Introduction and The Swim to Otoh Gunga

0:32:36 – ‘The Arrival of Baby Harry’ (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)

0:35:18 – 5. The Sith Spacecraft and The Droid Battle

Rebels: Megan Culley, Jennifer Wolff, Ian Crabb

0:39:55 – 6. The Trip to the Naboo Temple and The Audience with Boss Nass

0:42:42 – 7. The Arrival at Tatooine and The Flag Parade

Rebels: Rob Rawdon, Arthur Breur

0:46:48 – 8. He is the Chosen One

0:50:46 – 9. Anakin Defeats Sebulba

Rebel: Dane Walker

0:59:49 Anakin is Free (Disc 2 Track 1 – The Ultimate Edition)

Rebel: Jamie Burns

1:02:32 – 10. Passage Through the Planet Core

1:04:57 – 11. Watto’s Deal and Kids at Play

1:07:37 – 12. Panaka and the Queen’s Protectors

1:10:54 – 13. Queen Amidala and the Naboo Palace

1:13:27 – 14. The Droid Invasion and The Appearance of Darth Maul

1:18:10 – 15. Qui-Gon’s Noble End

1:21:00 – 16. The High Council Meeting and Qui-Gon’s Funeral

1:23:12 – 17. Augie’s Great Municipal Band and End Credits

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Score Guide – Signs (2002)

Will and Wend are joined by host and producer of Cinematic Sound Radio, Erik Woods, to discuss their favourite score of this century in our Halloween Score Guide of 2016!

The trio discuss the 2002 sci-fi thriller Signs by James Newton Howard. Guiding you through this sensational, supernatural film score, track-by-track, in the most entertaining and informative way they can, they cut back the crops to explore themes, motifs, instrumentation, textures, and those marvellous musical moments that leave them giddy with excitement!

Don’t be afraid…it’s time to board up your windows, lock your pantry door, head down to the basement, and talk film music!

Release

Signs Hollywood Records (2002)

Timestamps

06:59 – 1. Main Titles

11:15 – Camille SaintSaëns ‘Danse Macabre’

13:38 – 2. First Crop Circles

22:05 – 3. Roof Intruder

31:05 – 4. Brazilian Video

36:15 – 5. In the Cornfield

43:38 – 6. Baby Monitor

48:29 – 7. Recruiting Office

53:36 – 8. Throwing a Stone

59:38 – 9. Boarding Up the House

1:07:18 – 10. Into the Basement

1:12:52 – 11. Asthma Attack

1:18:28 – James Newton Howard on Creating the Score

1:19:42 – 12. The Hand of Fate (Part 1)

1:28:13 – 13. The Hand of Fate (Part 2)

1:45:59 – Listener Feedback

Links

Cinematic Sound Radio
Soundcast Stereo
Erik on Twitter

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Score Guide – Star Wars The Force Awakens (2015)

Rebels, welcome one and all to another special Star Wars Score Guide! There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? In celebration of the recent Blu-ray release, it is time we talk Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and the welcome return of composer John Williams!

Join Captain Wend and the coolest cat this side of Coruscant, Will Dodson back onboard the SSR-15 as they discuss the latest movie in the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens! Supported by their trusty band of Rebels*, your hosts guide you through another amazing score by the maestro, discussing and geeking out over all the new themes, old themes, songs, orchestration and their favourite musical moments from this latest masterpiece!

So much anticipation, heaps of expectation, but did Williams rise to the challenge? Of course!

If you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed making it, then you’re in for one hell of a ride!

*The GREATEST of thanks to our Rebel Alliance who helped make this episode as great as it is, and continue to support us with their musical insights and amazing film music analysis, it is very much appreciated: Dane Walker, Chad Hopkins, Erik Woods, Rob Rawdon, Ian Crabb, Andrew Steele, Tiago Gomes, David Klein and Joel Griswell!

Release

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Walt Disney Records (2015)

Timestamps

0:00:00 – Skit

Featuring Xander Stobbs, Will Dodson, Andrew Steele, Ian Crabb, Rob Dodson & Wendell Jones

0:09:34 – 1. Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village

Rebels: Dane Walker, Chad Hopkins

0:19:17 – 2. The Scavenger

0:23:43 – 3. I Can Fly Anything

0:28:27 – 4. Rey Meets BB-8

0:30:39 – 5. Follow Me

Rebel: Erik Woods

0:37:27 – 6. Rey’s Theme

Rebels: Rob Rawdon, Chad Hopkins

0:43:28 – John Williams on Rey’s Theme

0:45:58 – 7. The Falcon

Rebel: Ian Crabb

0:51:16 – 8. That Girl with the Staff

0:54:49 – 9. The Rathtars!

0:57:17 – Star Wars Celebration Audience Trailer Reaction

0:57:52 – 10. Finn’s Confession

1:00:05 – Cantina Music

1:02:56 – 11. Maz’s Counsel

Rebel: Chad Hopkins

1:06:23 – 12. The Starkiller

Rebel: Andrew Steele

1:11:37 – 13. Kylo Ren Arrives at the Battle

1:14:41 – 14. The Abduction

1:17:54 – 15. Han and Leia

Rebel: Chad Hopkins

1:21:07 – 16. March of the Resistance

Rebels: Tiago Gomes, David Klein

1:26:18 – 17. Snoke

1:28:55 – 18. On the Inside

1:31:49 – 19. Torn Apart

1:35:33 – 20. The Ways of the Force

1:39:33 – 21. Scherzo for X-Wings

1:42:20 – 22. Farewell and The Trip

1:47:06 – 23. The Jedi Steps and Finale

Rebel: Joel Griswell

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Score Guide – Star Wars Return of the Jedi (1983)

Rebels, we welcome you to our third and final special Score Guide! In celebration of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, we are taking a look back at the original trilogy finishing today with Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, composed by the maestro, film composer John Williams.

Join Wend and his smuggler co-pilot Will Dodson for one final time this year onboard their trusty SSR-15 Corellian Class Cruiser as they discuss the last film in the greatest trilogy that has ever graced the silver screen, Return of the Jedi! Supported by their band of Rebels*, your hosts guide you through this incredible score, discussing all the themes, orchestration, songs, alternate cues and concert suites for you to listen through while lining up to see The Force Awakens!

Enjoy our final episode and have a BLAST watching the new film! May the Force be with you!

*HUGE thanks to our Rebel Alliance for making this episode  the musical delight it is, with their astute observations, words of wisdom and sticking it to the Empire: Rob Rawdon, Dane Walker, Charlie McCarron, Chris Lyndon, Benson Farris, Xander Stobbs, Tiago Gomes, David Klein, Ian Crabb, George Shaw, and Travis Elder.

Release

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Sony Classical Records (2004)

Timestamps

0:00:00 – Skit

Featuring Will Dodson, Ian Crabb, Xander Stobbs & Wendell Jones

Disc One

0:08:50 – Rebel: Rob Rawdon

0:10:18 – 1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954)

0:10:29 – 2. Main Title/Approaching the Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous

0:14:21 – 3. The Droids Are Captured

0:16:33 – 4. Bounty for a Wookiee

0:18:54 – 5. Han Solo Returns

0:20:35 – 6. Luke Confronts Jabba/Den of the Rancor/Sarlacc Sentence

0:23:43 – 7. The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault

Rebel: Dane Walker

0:28:13 – 8. The Emperor Arrives/The Death of Yoda/Obi-Wan’s Revelation

0:32:43 – 9. Alliance Assembly

0:34:38 – 10. Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor

0:38:22 – 11. Speeder Bike Chase/Land of the Ewoks

0:41:53 – 12. The Levitation/Threepio’s Bedtime Story

0:45:42 – 13. Jabba’s Baroque Recital

0:48:23 – 14. Jedi Rocks vs. Lapti Nek

0:51:48 – 15. Archival Bonus Track: Sail Barge Assault (Alternate)

Disc Two

0:54:51 – 1. Parade of the Ewoks

Rebels: Charlie McCarron, Chris Lyndon

0:59:38 – 2. Luke and Leia

1:03:07 – 3. Brother and Sister/Father and Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace/Heroic Ewok

Rebel: Benson Farris

1:07:43 – 4. Emperor’s Throne Room

Rebel: Xander Stobbs

1:11:10 – 5. The Battle of Endor I

Rebel: Tiago Gomes

1:13:43 – 6. The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle

1:16:41 – 7. The Battle of Endor II

Rebels: David Klein, Ian Crabb

1:20:54 – 8. The Battle of Endor III

Rebel: George Shaw

1:24:23 – 9. Leia’s News/Light of the Force

1:26:03 – 10. Victory Celebration/End Title (vs. Yub Nub)

1:31:34 – 11. Ewok Feast/Part of the Tribe

1:32:03 – 12. Archival Bonus Track: The Forest Battle (Concert Suite)

1:33:50 – Rebel: Travis Elder – Revenge of the Sith Main Title

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Score Guide – Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Welcome Rebels! Join Wend and his smuggler co-pilot Will Dodson once more onboard their trusty SSR-15 Corellian Class Cruiser for the second of three special Score Guides! In celebration of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, we are taking a look back at the original trilogy continuing today with Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, composed by the legendary film composer John Williams.

The Empire Strikes Back is one of the greatest film scores ever!  Williams and the LSO are unstoppable, is there anything they can’t do?! With the support of their musical Rebel Alliance*, your Rebel hosts guide you through all the major and minor themes, leitmotifs, and stellar orchestration of this remarkable score one week before The Force Awakens hits movie theatres!

Click PLAY to enjoy our GREATEST episode to date!

*Many thanks to our Rebel Alliance for making this episode extra special with their astute observations, words of wisdom and sticking it to the Empire: Charlie McCarron, Erik Woods, Jason Hess, Tiago Gomes, Travis Elder, Xander Stobbs, Ian Crabb, Benson Farris, Dane Walker, Chris Lyndon and George Shaw.

Release

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Sony Classical Records (2004)

Timestamps

0:00:00 – Skit

Featuring Will Dodson & Wendell Jones

Disc One

0:05:14 – 1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954)

0:05:25 – 2. Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth

0:10:59 – 3. The Wampa’s Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight

0:15:59 – 4. The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor

0:18:50 – 5. The Battle of Hoth

0:24:44 – 6. The Asteroid Field

Rebels: Charlie McCarron, Erik Woods, Jason Hess, Tiago Gomes, Travis Elder

0:33:01 – 7. Arrival on Dagobah

0:36:31 – 8. Luke’s Nocturnal Visitor

0:38:10 – 9. Han Solo and the Princess

Rebels: Xander Stobbs, Ian Crabb

0:42:12 – 10. Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave

0:45:05 – John Williams on working with orchestrator Herbert Spencer

0:48:45 – 11. The Training of a Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree

Disc Two

0:51:04 – 1. The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)

Rebel: Benson Farris

0:53:54 – 2. Yoda’s Theme

Rebels: Dane Walker, Chris Lyndon

1:00:12 – 3. Attacking a Star Destroyer

1:01:06 – 4. Yoda and the Force

Rebel: George Shaw

1:04:17 – The Force Awakens Trailer

1:06:01 – 5. Imperial Starfleet Deployed/City in the Clouds

1:07:01 – 6. Lando’s Palace

1:08:19 – 7. Betrayal at Bespin

1:10:16 – 8. Deal with the Dark Lord

1:12:03 – 9. Carbon Freeze/Darth Vader’s Trap/Departure of Boba Fett

1:13:15 – John Williams and George Lucas at the Spotting Session

1:16:02 – 10. The Clash of Lightsabers/The Stormtroopers are Coming

1:20:10 – 11. Rescue from Cloud City/Hyperspace

1:22:54 – 12. The Rebel Fleet/End Title

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Score Guide – Star Wars A New Hope (1977)

Join Wend and his smuggler co-pilot Will Dodson onboard their trusty SSR-15 Corellian Class Cruiser for the first of three special Score Guides! In celebration of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, we are taking a look back at the original trilogy starting today with Star Wars aka Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope, composed by the legendary film composer John Williams.

Considered one of the greatest films and film scores of all time, Star Wars has pervaded the public consciousness more than any other movie franchise and is very much the peak of film music!  With the help of their Rebel Alliance*, your hosts discuss all the strong themes, motifs, and memorable musical melodies that make up our beloved genre’s historically most important score and have an absolute blast in the process!

So jump onboard, strap yourselves in and enjoy our best episode to date!

*Special thanks to our Rebel Alliance for making this episode truly special with their astute observations, words of wisdom and sticking it to the Empire: Charlie McCarron, Ian Crabb, Chris Lyndon, Benson Farris, Xander Stobbs, Rob Dodson, Tiago Gomes, George Shaw and Dane Walker.

Release

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Sony Classical Records (2004)

Timestamps

0:00:00 – Skit

Featuring Xander Stobbs, Will Dodson & Wendell Jones

Disc One

0:04:52 – 1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954)

0:06:07 – 2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner

0:09:08 – 3. Imperial Attack

0:14:18 – 4. The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler

Rebel: Charlie McCarron

0:20:07 – 5. The Moisture Farm

Rebel: Ian Crabb

0:23:26 – 6. The Hologram/Binary Sunset

0:26:09 – 7. Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People

0:29:13 – 8. Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force

0:32:51 – 9. Burning Homestead

0:36:21 – 10. Mos Eisley Spaceport

0:38:21 – 11. Cantina Band/12. Cantina Band #2

Rebels: Chris Lyndon, Benson Farris, Xander Stobbs, Rob Dodson

0:45:22 – 13. Binary Sunset (Alternate)

Disc Two

0:47:35 – 1. Princess Leia’s Theme

Rebel: Tiago Gomes

0:51:31 – 2. The Millenium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit

0:54:29 – 3. Destruction of Alderaan

0:56:20 – 4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers

0:59:52 – 5. Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush

1:02:21 – 6. Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga

1:05:16 – 7. The Trash Compactor

1:06:33 – 8. The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire

1:11:06 – 9. Ben Kinobi’s Death/TIE Fighter Attack

Rebel: George Shaw

1:15:01 – 10. The Battle of Yavin

Rebel: Dane Walker

1:23:00 – 11. The Throne Room/End Title

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Score Guide – Addams Family Values (1993)

Join Halloween hosts Will and Wend this Hallows Eve for another Halloween Score Guide on the 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values by Marc Shaiman. After discussing this film score‘s predecessor The Addams Family, last Halloween, we thought it the perfect time to return to our delightfully fearsome and frightening family of Addams and guide you all through the spooktacular soundtrack that ‘Shaiman the Showman’ provided for it….a film composer we’ve been dyyying to talk about once again! Enjoy the show and happy Halloween!

Release

Addams Family Values: The Original Orchestral Score Varèse Sarabande (1993)

Timestamps

03:50 – 1. It’s an Addams!

05:45 – Organ Source Music

07:02 – 2. Sibling Rivalry

10:12 – 3. Love on a Tombstone

12:33 – 4. Debbie Meets the Family

15:35 – 5. Camp Chippewa/”Camp Chippewa Song”

17:10 – 6. Fester’s in Love

18:41 – 7. The Big Date

20:39 – 8. The Tango

23:04 – 9. Fester & Debbie’s Courtship

25:00 – 10. Wednesday & Joel’s Courtship

26:43 – 11. The Honeymoon is Over

28:15 – 12. Escape from Debbie

30:34 – 13. Eat Us

31:23 – 14. Wednesday’s Revolt

34:04 – 15. Debbie’s Big Scene

37:25 – 16. Some Time Later

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Score Guide – Puss in Boots (2011)

It is time once again to talk about a composer we’ve barely mentioned on the show. Join Will & Wend in San Ricardo for their score guide to the 2011 Dreamworks animation Puss in Boots and it’s amazing film score by the talented English film composer Henry Jackman.

Produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Chris Miller, this spin-off prequel to the Shrek franchise features music which plays to the comedy, excitement, adventure, spirit and magic of this imaginative fairytale. Inspired by one of the most important Spanish composers of the 20th Century, Manuel de Falla, Henry Jackman used folk instruments from Latin America and blended the incredible guitar talents of Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela with an orchestral palette influenced by Debussy and Ravel to create the score.

It is our pleasure to guide you through this under-appreciated and rarely talked about underscore, so sit back, relax, tap your feet and enjoy our 12th Score Guide as we explore the highly rhythmic and melodic instrumentation on show here, discussing all our favourite themes and musical moments whilst providing you, our attentive and gracious listener, with an entertaining and informative accompaniment to one of our favourite Henry Jackman scores.

Link to the relaxed, entertaining and enjoyable podcast Talk and Trivia with J&J!

Release

Puss in Boots Sony Classical (2011)

Timestamps

00:00 – Intro Tag: Rob & Jordan Dodson

07:17 – 1. A Bad Kitty

09:11 – 2. One Leche

11:14 – 3. Jack and Jill

12:54 – Accordion Source Music

13:32 – 4. Holy Frijoles

15:31 – 5. Chasing Tail

17:17 – 6. Diablo Rojo (Written and Performed by Rodrigo y Gabriela)

19:59 – 7. Humpty Dumpty & Kitty Softpaws

21:09 – 8. The Orphanage

24:25 – 9. Honor and Justice

26:07 – 10. That Fateful Night

28:28 – 11. The Wagon Chase

29:33 – 12. Team Effort

30:18 – 13. Planting the Beans

32:23 – 14. The Magic Beanstalk

34:20 – 15. Castle in the Clouds

36:05 – 16. Golden Goose of Legend

39:26 – 17. Hanuman (Written and Performed by Rodrigo y Gabriela)

40:29 – 18. Confronting the Past

41:58 – 19. I Was Always There

43:18 – 20. Kitty-Cat Break-Out

44:52 – 21. The Great Terror

45:29 – 22. Farewell to San Ricardo

47:09 – 23. The Puss Suite

47:45 – 24. The Giant’s Castle

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Score Guide – The Artist (2011)

Join Will and Wend for their score guide on the very deservedly, multiple award-winning film score to The Artist, by the extremely gifted film composer Ludovic Bource.

We’ve mentioned in the last couple of episodes how thoughtful composers have to be when scoring to dialogue, but what if the dialogue wasn’t there? This classy, sophisticated and much-loved film soundtrack will give us the answer.

Despite some tough competition in 2011, The Artist remains to this day our favourite score of that year and we cannot wait to dive in to it with you our ever-attentive listener! So, sit back, relax and enjoy the show as we explore the score’s themes, stylish instrumentation from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and gush over all the remarkable film music on display here, whilst providing you, our wonderful audience, with our most in-depth film score analysis so far!

Release

The Artist Sony Classical Records (2011)

Timestamps

00:00 – Intro Tag: Benson Farris

11:26 – 1. The Artist Ouverture

13:30 – 2. 1927: A Russian Affair

17:07 – 3. George Valentin

19:59 – 4. Pretty Peppy

22:12 – 5. At the Kinograph Studios

24:07 – 6. Fantaisie d’amour

25:43 – 7. Waltz for Peppy

27:01 – 8. Estancia Op. 8 Movement 2 (Written by Alberto Ginastera)

29:32 – 9. Imagination (Performed by Red Nichols & His Five Pennies)

30:56 – 10. Silent Rumble

32:58 – 11. 1929

35:01 – 12. In the Stairs

36:37 – 13. Jubilee Stomp (Performed by Duke Ellington)

37:59 – 14. Comme une rosée de larmes

40:23 – 15. The Sound of Tears

41:36 – 16. Pennies from Heaven (Performed by Rose Murphy)

43:05 – 17. 1931

44:30 – 18. Jungle Bar

46:31 – 19. L’Ombre des flammes

48:52 – 20. Happy Ending…

51:42 – 21. Charming Blackmail

52:58 – 22. Ghosts from the Past

55:27 – Bernard Herrmann’s ‘Scène d’amour’ from Vertigo

57:49 – 23. My Suicide (Dedicated to 29 March 1967)

1:02:18 – 24. Peppy and George

Links from this episode:

Our good friend Jim Lochner’s review of Ludovic Bource’s score to The Artist

Entertainment Weekly’s article – “Kim Novak slams ‘The Artist’ for using ‘Vertigo’ theme; ‘Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius responds”

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Sideshow Supplemental – Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Will and Wend discuss composer Alan Silvestri‘s score to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Moving through each track in turn, they’ll be identifying themes, exploring their favourite musical moments and providing you the listener with an entertaining guide to this toontastic film score!

Release

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Walt Disney Records Reissue (2002)

Timestamps

00:00 – Intro Tag: Chad Hopkins

05:11 – 1. Maroon Logo

06:01 – 2. Maroon Cartoon

07:10 – 3. Valiant & Valiant

10:24 – 4. The Weasels

12:13 – 5. Hungarian Rhapsody (Dueling Pianos)

15:01 – 6. Judge Doom

16:35 – 7. Why Don’t You Do Right? (Performed by Amy Irving)

18:07 – 8. No Justice for Toons

19:59 – 9. The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (Roger’s Song) (Performed by Charles Fleischer)

21:56 – 10. Jessica’s Theme

24:01 – 11. Toontown

26:29 – 12. Eddie’s Theme

30:04 – 13. The Gag Factory

33:13 – 14. The Will

34:08 – 15. Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! (Performed by Toon Chorus)

35:30 – 16. End Title (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

Links

5 Things You Might Not Know About Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Skywalking Through Neverland Podcast

WDW Radio – Roger Rabbit in Walt Disney World

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Sideshow Supplemental – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Join Will & Wend (a couple of zarkin’ froods) LIVE onboard a spaceship they’ve just hitched a ride on in Galactic Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, to discuss composer Joby Talbot‘s interstellar score to Douglas Adams‘ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“. Discussing each track in turn, they’ll be identifying themes, exploring their favourite musical moments and having a wholly remarkable time being your guides through this spectacular film score. Insert your babel fish, towel at the ready and whatever you do, DON’T PANIC!

Written by Will Dodson & Wendell Jones and starring Alexander Stobbs as “The Book”.

Release

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Hollywood Records (2005)

Timestamps

00:35 – 1st Book Entry

06:45 – 1. The Dolphins

08:29 – 2. So Long & Thanks for All the Fish (Performed by Hilary Summers, Kemi Ominiyi & The R’SVP Voices)

11:26 – 3. Arthur Wakes Up

13:13 – 4. Shoo-Rah! Shoo-Rah! (Performed by Betty Wright)

13:39 – 5. Here I Am (Come and Take Me) (Performed by Al Green)

14:11 – 6. Destruction of Earth

16:21 – 7. Journey of the Sorcerer

17:53 – 8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

18:57 – 9. Inside the Vogon Ship

21:13 – 10. Vogon Poetry

23:58 – 11. Space

24:40 – 2nd Book Entry

28:02 – 12. Vogon Command Centre

28:42 – 13. Trillian & Arthur Reunited

31:22 – 14. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

32:28 – 15. Tea in Space

33:29 – 16. Deep Thought

36:42 – 17. Infinite Improbability Drive

37:24 – 18. Viltvodle Street Music

37:59 – 19. Huma’s Hymn (Performed by Gabriel Crough)

39:13 – 20. Capture of Trillian

40:53 – 21. Vogcity

41:46 – 22. Love

43:49 – 23. The Whale

46:16 – 24. Planet Factory Floor

48:27 – 25. Earth Mark II

50:12 – 26. Magic Moments (Performed by Perry Como)

50:44 – 27. Shootout

52:13 – 28. Finale

53:40 – 29. Blast Off

54:46 – 30. So Long & Thanks for All the Fish (Reprise) (Performed by Neil Hannon)

55:51 – 31. Careless Talk

56:34 – 32. Vote Beeblebrox (Performed by Neil Hannon, Douglas Payne, Andy Dunlop, Miggy Barradas, Chuck Norman, Hannah Thomas and Fran Balke)

57:38 – 33. Reasons to be Miserable (His Name is Marvin)

57:49 – Final Book Entry

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Sideshow Supplemental – Beowulf

Will and Wend discuss composer Alan Silvestri‘s score to Beowulf. Discussing each track in turn, they’ll be identifying themes, exploring their favourite musical moments and having a boatload of fun being your guides through this amazing score.

We also announce the winner of last week’s competition!

Release

Beowulf Warner Bros. Records (2007)

Timestamps

04:37 – 1. Beowulf Main Title

07:52 – 2. First Grendel Attack

11:19 – 4. What We Need Is a Hero

12:38 – 5. I’m Here to Kill Your Monster

14:29 – 6. I Did Not Win the Race

17:01 – 7. A Hero Comes Home (Performed by Robin Wright-Penn)

17:06 – 3. Gently As She Goes (Performed by Robin Wright-Penn)

18:03 – 8. Second Grendel Attack

19:59 – 9. I Am Beowulf

21:49 – 10. The Seduction

25:09 – 11. King Beowulf

27:00 – 12. He Has a Story to Tell

28:04 – 13. Full of Fine Promises

30:27 – 14. Beowulf Slays the Beast

32:04 – 15. He Was the Best of Us

33:38 – 16. The Final Seduction

35:52 – 17. A Hero Comes Home – End Credits Version (Performed by Idina Menzel)

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Sideshow Supplemental – Independence Day

Will and Wend discuss a film score they both share a love for – Independence Day. They’ll be identifying themes, exploring their favourite cues and having an absolute blast being your guides through composer David Arnold‘s masterpiece!

Link to buy the 2010 La-La Land Records expanded release of Independence Day

Release

Independence Day: Limited Edition La-La Land Records (2010)

Timestamps

Disc One

05:31 – 1. 1969: We Came In Peace

07:54 – 2. S.E.T.I. – Radio Signal

09:09 – 3. Mysto Bridge/Satellite Collision/Destroyers Disengage/Russell Casse – Pilot

10:29 – 5. The Darkest Day

14:31 – 7. Cancelled Leave

15:58 – 21. Wedding

19:04 – 9. Evacuation

21:39 – 10. Firestorm

22:20 – 11. Aftermath

22:45 – 12. Base Attack

25:40 – 13. Marilyn Found

26:09 – 18. The Death of Marilyn/Dad’s a Genius

29:31 – 20. International Code

30:29 – 22. The President’s Speech

Disc Two

33:12 – 2. The Launch Tunnel/Mutha Ship/Virus Uploaded

34:49 – 3. Hide!/Russell’s Packin’ (The Day We Fight Back)

36:11 – 5. Jolly Roger

38:14 – 6. Victory

38:50 – 7. End Credits

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Episode 4 – The Music of Pixar

In our 4th episode, we discuss the incredible filmography and music of Disney’s Pixar. We each bring one of our favourite film scores to the table including Michael Giacchino’s The Incredibles (his first Pixar film) and Academy Award-winning score Up, Finding Nemo by Thomas Newman, and lastly, Monsters, Inc. by the underappreciated film composer Randy Newman.

Timestamps:

2:57 – The Pixar Theory

5:19 – Up

25:51 – Finding Nemo

36:45 – The Incredibles

59:34 – Monsters, Inc.

Links from this episode:

The Pixar Theory

Michael Giacchino‘s 2011 D23 Panel

The Doombuggies’ Spookshow

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Episode 3 – The Music of Star Wars, Part 2

In Part 2 of The Music of Star Wars, we take a look at some of our favourite cues from John Williamsfilm scores to the Star Wars prequel trilogy. We also discuss who we’d like to see score the upcoming standalone films.

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Episode 2 – The Music of Star Wars, Part 1

In Part 1 of The Music of Star Wars, we take a look at some of our favourite cues from John Williams‘ legendary film scores to the Star Wars saga.

As mentioned in this episode, you can find Rebel Force Radio‘s amazing Star Wars podcast here

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Episode 1 – The Scores That Inspired Us

Join us for the debut episode of Sideshow Sound Radio, as we discuss the film scores that inspired each of us to become composers.

Starting with the symphonic and unashamedly emotional Star Trek First Contact score by Jerry Goldsmith and his son Joel Goldsmith, featuring an amalgam of almost all the Star Trek themes the film composer brought to the franchise including two new thematic gems, we go on to discuss the extremely underrated Thomas Newman and his intimate and well-crafted Meet Joe Black score featuring the heartbreaking cue “That Next Place”. Next, we discuss Frank Herbert’s Dune Soundtrack by Graeme Revell and the untraditional orchestration the composer used to help reflect the story of the three-part sci-fi mini-series, and finally, Danny Elfman’s dark, memorable, and tone-setting Batman 1989 score, orchestrated and conducted by the film score genius that was Shirley Walker.

Timestamps:

2:06 – Our composing backgrounds

6:01 – Star Trek: First Contact

17:53 – Meet Joe Black

26:13 – Frank Herbert’s Dune

34:12 – Batman (1989)

Links from this episode:

Interview with film composer Graeme Revell on creating the music for “Frank Herbert’s Dune” (2000)

Danny Elfman’s amazing 1990 open letter to Micah Rubenstein as mentioned in this episode