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Re: Raptor Theme
• Posted by: Ken Applegate   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, July 11, 2004, at 1:38 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Raptor Theme (tim)

Is it possible that that microscopic study has just revealed a nuance that John Williams uses often?? I, personally, don't thing that he would use a 30-year-old film with such a recognizable theme and just alter the mode on purpose. Did he do it?? Your research seems to suggest so. But I agree that it should be regarded as coincidence until John comes out and says that Close Encounters was the inspiration behind the Raptor theme.

It is pretty awesome to see somebody paying that much attention to detail.

Take care,

Ken Applegate

And someone, in the Jurassic Park trivia section of the
Personnaly, i think is coincidence.

> You're right. Both themes are exactly identical (Raptor and Close
> Encounters), with the following exceptions: Close Encounters uses five
> notes in this order A, B, G, G (8vb), D. And raptor uses these notes (from
> the shakuhachi in prologue) E, F, C#, G. Close Encounters is within a
> major key and raptor theme is more based on the symmetric-diminished
> scale. Close encounters starts most often on the beat while raptor theme
> tends to start (in a 4/4 measure) on beat two. In fact, most intelligent
> people would disagree with your logic, citing the krypton theme instead
> (track 2 on superman soundtrack) as having more in common with close
> encounters theme. In fact they have the SAME GODDAMN NOTES! I wish I could
> disagree with the two of you, but it seems you've both obviously studied
> Jurassic and Encounters in microscopic detail!!!

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • Raptor Theme  (5326 views)
       Sean Raduechel - Friday, December 7, 2001, at 9:04 a.m.
    •    Re: Raptor Theme  (4614 views)
         X__Alien - Friday, May 9, 2003, at 5:42 a.m.
      •    Re: Raptor Theme  (4668 views)
           tim - Thursday, May 22, 2003, at 9:38 p.m.
        •      Re: Raptor Theme  (4586 views)    We're Here
             Ken Applegate - Sunday, July 11, 2004, at 1:38 p.m.
          •    Re: Raptor Theme  (4064 views)
               Timothy Rodier - Friday, July 28, 2006, at 8:28 p.m.

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