Monthly Archives: June 2012

The trend in the past year or so has been towards more synth-driven trailers. The Carmina Burana trend has long played out (though you still hear that a lot for network TV shows). Now it’s about unusual ear candy.

In a way we’ve come full circle. Synths were really in during the disco era. They’re primitive, but this 1979 Alien trailer isn’t that far off from what’s going on in the Prometheus trailer.

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello
I like the Game of Thrones theme a lot – it’s plenty memorable, dramatic without being melodramatic, and balances darkness and light just right for the series. Stellar theme.

However the orchestration is perhaps a touch dull (I’ve never felt like it’s a great range for that cello we hear)….but add a few squeaky toys to the mix and you’ve got it!

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello
I kind of liked this list of horror scores. One thing about horror is this: the budgets of these films are generally low. And there are a number of horror films from the 80s and early 90s on this list that have synthy scores. I think that synthy sound worked for a time (when they were still new and strange), but no longer (now they sound outdated and strange).

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello
I was digging around YouTube and came across this. (a) The director decided not to reuse any themes from the Goldsmith score from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. That’s not really explained. And (b) the director wanted a “seafaring” sound. So yes, the score sounds very British, and closing your eyes you can almost hear it working well in “Master and Commander” (though the Horner theme is perhaps a bit too heroic for that).

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello
I’ve always liked them. The song works great with the ukelele, but I wonder what it would sound like with a full-blown pop production.

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello

My question is, who’s the guy on trombone?

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello

From a site called Vidivodo.com, which I sure hope has the rights to play this:

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello

I can’t get enough of it when Peter sings John Williams on Family Guy. I wonder what it cost them to ¬†license the track. ¬†Embedding is disabled, so listen here.¬†(is this is a great example of a combat ostinato…)

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello