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Ennio Morricone / Jill's America
« on: February 04, 2010, 04:07:39 AM »
dunno whether this will count, but i'm working on a morricone tribute.
before thay, however, i'll be uploading my version of Jill's America.
a real soprano, that's sorta like a bloke with no balls, LOL. (castrato -not).
and a fresh new recording using morricone's original orchestration.
oh. sorry, the net address.

except for the odd abominable electric guitar shred version, no-one's attempted this.
gotta say, they are hard to better, and on that front, i'm not even gonna try.
Titoli, you might be interested in this.
coming soon, i hope.

Ennio Morricone / The Virginian-Men from Shiloh.
« on: January 13, 2009, 12:38:57 AM »
Just stumbled on this clip on YouTube.
Looks like one of the last seasons of the show.
Screen graphics are also very close to a Dollar Western.
Sounds like the same guitarist who did the Dollar soundtracks.
Has Morricone's stamp all over it.
Anyone confirm?

General Discussion / shooter and shootee in same frame.....?
« on: July 22, 2008, 02:48:15 AM »
another myth.
seen this in a number of pre 1960s HW westerns.

prime eg:
High Noon: Gary Cooper shoots the main villain(Miller) twice after Grace (perfect pussy) Kelly scratches his face.

same frame, no cross cut.


Ennio Morricone / To Close for Comfort?
« on: June 17, 2008, 09:58:02 AM »
hi titoli and guys,

lately my research into classical music has led me to j. rodrigo.
yes, the now famous concierto de aranjuez.
the second movement, which even Miles Davis has covered successfully is the case in point.

the colors used here and some of the melodic elements are very close to EM's work in SL's movies.
basically, it's the other way around, as rodrigo's piece was made in 1938-9.
i'm sure EM would have heard this as a student.
the element that clearly stand out as similar are the flamenco style guitar and the cor anglais (alto oboe).
i don't think EM stole from JR but i DO think he was heavily influenced by this concerto.
especially in the more moody cue in SL's westerns.

General Discussion / Stereo soundtracks of all SL now possible.
« on: March 22, 2008, 07:31:56 AM »
yes this is correct.
Melodyne made by Celemony, Germany, is a digital program that can separate the individual sounds in a mono mix without  noticable artifacts.
you've been hearing it's results on many currect CD's.
it also corrects bum notes and timing errors.
so, how's it applied to a mono soundtrack?
after detection in Melodyne, the resulting separate audio tracks are placed on different channels of a mixer and panned to appropriate positions.
they are subject, then to any and all treatments available with modern mixing.
NO deterioration of the audio is experienced in this operation, so Ennios music and the sound effects would remain as the were initially, just in legitimate stereo or even surround.

Once Upon A Time In The West / the rusty windmill sfx.......
« on: February 19, 2008, 10:59:27 AM »
at the beginning (Cattle Corner) are not a recording of a real windmill.
somebody is actually playing something in the studio - a performance, if you will.
just listen, without watching the picture.
(i often do this..)
btw, the whole sound track of this movie, is one of the best montages i've ever heard.
also most of the time, i don't need to see the visuals to follow the story......
there's also something odd about the steam engine sfx.
still figuring that one out.

Ennio Morricone / ennio's ears.........
« on: December 12, 2007, 07:54:53 PM »
have you guys noticed how large ennio's ears are in profile?
this part of the ear collects the impulses we perceive as audio, it's direction, height, depth, etc.
do you think that he has an advantage?
by comparison, herbie hancock's outer ear is rather small, and yet he has made some very beautiful music as well.
even Stravinsky has rather large lobes.
the shape of the outer ear is important to collecting and sorting sound direction and tone.
our brains then equalize this to a standard response given our surroundings.
btw, i, personally think ennio has some of the best pair of lobes in the history of music.
with this, my opinion of art doesn't count.
as you know already, i'm a qualified audio engineer, studio designer and composer, myself.

General Discussion / 20th century immortals...........
« on: October 01, 2007, 07:37:39 AM »
Music: Igor Stravinsky.

Painting: Pablo Picasso.

Film: Sergio Leone.

'Nuff sed.

archie. 8)

General Discussion / AFOF & FAFDM: special editions
« on: September 01, 2007, 02:00:44 AM »
hi, just got these.
a credit to all involved with the restoration.
FAFDM is the best western made - ever.
CE at his peak.
SL's direction - faultless.
MD's cinephotography = inspired (an copied by TdC).
artistic value = off the scale.
musical value = off the scale, and then some. most of the musical elements are avant guard, subtily adjusted to suit a western. EM tended to characture this in GBU and OUTITW. experimental for sure.
note: NONE of SL work here can be qualified the Amercian sense of being a western. they are so much more.
archie, with lot's of love. :D

Once Upon A Time In The West / About the Dubbing............
« on: August 07, 2007, 09:39:15 AM »
hi guys,
just laid down for three hours in the studio and put "West" thru the system.
made a point of not watching the visuals. just listened to the soundtrack.
Fonda, Bronson, and Robards did their own voices, for sure, no question.
CC DID NOT. even the ambience around the voice is different to the others.
if you guy stop perving on Claudia (impossible, i know) and LISTEN only, it's obvious.
the voice-over was done by a pro whose hubby was a major voice over guy there at the time. he got her in, the production team must have been pushed by budget problems, because she does sound FAKE.

what a great soundtrack! EM was into avante-guard music at that time, and this creeps into the proceeding all the time.
there are bits that COULD be sound effects or, they might just be musical instruments. very hard to say.
for a movie this old the sound design IS truely wonderful.
the bits i liked the best weren't the obvious well known cues but the subtle bits that blend in with the natural sounds/
very artfully done.
and very entertaining.
this little exercise just increased my respect for the people who made this wonderful art. (pretty hard, as it was already 100%, anyway.)

side note, OT:
Eastwood voice in GBU, was dubbed by himself, as we all know.
but what you might not know is:
it was done in America, New York, i think, and has a totally different sound to the italian dubs.
a lot of the other dubs have some "air" in them. iow, the mic was a coupla feet away from the artist.
in CE's case, he has been close mic'd, within 6inches. this has a more intimate effect, and i think it was intentional in this case.
it gives Blondie a sort of omnipotent feel, befitting his statis as a messenger from God (Gabriel).
this is hard to pick up sometimes, as the atmospheric elements mask the effect. (which they should do.)
best, archie. O0

Other Films / 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
« on: July 26, 2007, 09:54:38 AM »
wa-da-ya think?

Only seen the  flash trailer.

Crowe, Baile, Fonda?

Direction? SL like? or AW like?

I like Crowe in the right part - is he right in this.

He's got some good lines.........


General Discussion / morricone's oscar........
« on: March 09, 2007, 06:32:36 PM »
i just saw the award given on a YouTube clip, and my comment was:
"ennio exudes class, and dedicating it to his wife shows this.
a composer of the "first water" and a very decent, loving man.
my hero - forever."

and sitting right next to Maria, his wife, was another musician i respect: Quincy Jones.

the warmth and love in that room at that time was overwhelming.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / GBU #4 on IMDB...............
« on: February 21, 2007, 10:51:52 PM »
let's get it to #3, guys.

General Discussion / and the new clint eastwood is.............
« on: January 29, 2007, 01:06:51 AM »
David Beckham.

If he can act, he's got it made.

General Discussion / if SL's movies were musical works........
« on: October 21, 2006, 08:26:03 PM »
they would be of the same statis as:
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Petroushka, and Firebird,
Beethoven's 9th, 5th and 7th,
Wagner's Ring cycle,
Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra,
Chopin's Piano Studies,
Ravel Daphis et Chloe,
Stockhausen's Gruppen.

so, guys and gal's, hang on to your copies and make sure they get passed on to your future generations.

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