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John Williams

  1. Keeping Score: How Soundtracks Evoke Person, Place, and Connection in a Story

    Not that long ago, in a galaxy... well, it was in this galaxy, but it was a while ago now, fourteen-year-old me received a really awesome present: the Star Wars Trilogy Original Soundtrack Anthology, a four-CD box set that came with a booklet in which each track was described in terms of instrumentation, themes, what was going on in the movies during that track, and the composer's intentions for each track.

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  2. Thank God For John Williams Because Star Wars Is Awkward As Heck Without Him

    And Chewie STILL doesn't get a medal!

    So the throne room scene at the end of Star Wars is really weird without the triumphant score, that's for sure. But also, this must have been exactly what it was like to film it. Look around—there's no Rebel Alliance band playing! It was really that awkward! Curse you for ruining the movie magic, Auralnauts! Cuuuuuurse yoooooou!

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  3. Mondo Does The Jurassic Park Motion Picture Soundtrack On Beautiful Vinyl

    hold on to your butts

    On June 11th, the 21st anniversary of its theatrical release, Mondo will be releasing John Williams' score to my beloved Jurassic Park on 2XLP Vinyl. They'll be selling for $35 and feature art by Dan McCarthy and JC Richard and they are beauuuuuuutiful.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Star Wars Rebels Concept Art

    Things We Saw Today

    Yup. That's Star Wars, alright. Thanks to Star Wars Celebration we also know what the new Star Wars Rebels logo will look like. More at Club Jade.

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  5. John Williams Confirmed to Score the New Star Wars Trilogy, So They’ll At Least Be Good to Listen To

    Bum bum bum bum, buummm, ba da da baaaaaa ba. Ba da da baaaaaa ba, Ba da da buummmm.

    John Williams (not pictured above) will be scoring the new Star Wars trilogy. This might not be the droids news you're looking for in terms of Episode VII which still doesn't have a cast or title, but it would be difficult to imagine a Star Wars movie without a John Williams score. We're happy he's coming back.

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  6. Should We Expect John Williams For Star Wars VII?

    For A More Civilized Age

    Is it possible to look at this picture and not hear the opening chords of the Star Wars theme?

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  7. John Williams Is Ready to Listen If You Want to Call Him Up About the Star Wars Sequels, Disney. Any Time Now.


    And Disney/Lucasfilm will ask him to score the upcoming movies, right? I mean. They can't do new Star Wars movies without John Williams. 'Twould be blasphemy.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: President Obama Explains Why He Doesn’t Have a Mohawk Like That NASA Guy

    Things We Saw Today

    If this isn't enough of an explanation for you, go here. (The Frisky)

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  9. John Williams’ Harry Potter Theme Performed On Glassware

    This is just like magic!

    The music created by composer John Williams for the Harry Potter films are among my all-time favorites. Hedwig's Theme in particular always gives me happy thoughts. Here we have it played on a series of glasses. I don't think this constitutes a glass harmonica (correct me if I'm wrong, music lovers) but I'm sure you're familiar with the concept. Different glasses are filled with varying amounts of water to produce specific notes. I think the effect here is rather spectacular. (via That's Nerdalicious)

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  10. Animated Interview With Bear McCreary Pits Geek Composer Against Geek Composer

    All this has happened before...

    Gary Levine plays comedian Richard Lewis (I'm not sure why) in this chat with the real Bear McCreary, composer of modern Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, Human Target and more. Watch as "Lewis" chats with McCreary about geek life and then presents him with various scenarios of who would win in a fight between the likes of John Williams and Hanz Zimmer. I heart this so hard. There's also an uncensored version on Vimeo. (If the end bit seems weird to you, it's probably because you haven't watched BSG.)

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  11. The Annie Awards Honor Jennifer Yuh Nelson As Best Director, Politely Acknowledges Tintin

    Almost Totally Excellent

    The woman who was named Hollywood's highest grossing female director, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, can add another honor-notch to her belt: She was named Best Director at last week's Annie Awards, which honors achievements in animated films. Rango won Best Picture, and if you thought that this is where The Adventures of Tintin would catch a break ... you were mostly right.

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  12. The Jurassic Park Theme, Played on the Melodica

    Just Go With It

    The melodica, also known as a "blow organ" and "key flute," is a harmonica-style instrument that features a tube through which to blow air and a keyboard to create distinct notes. It looks like this. Now, witness a glorious, sometimes aggressive version of the Jurassic Park theme song written by award-winning composer John Williams, played on the melodica. And then try not to laugh. "They do move in herds ..." (via Best Week Ever)

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  13. The Jurassic Park Theme, Now With Lyrics & Keytar!

    Clever Girl

    Bravo, Brett Domino, bravo. You've taken one of my favorite film scores by John Williams and put some pretty funny words to it. Not only that, you replaced classical instruments with one of the most amazing instruments known to music - the keytar - all while wearing a Jurassic Park t-shirt. Bonus points for the well-placed animation. (via GeekSugar)

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