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    Johannes Ruckstuhl

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            Most Recent Post: Monday, April 25, 2011, at 3:41 a.m.

Hey everyone!

I'm a soundtrack fan (no, really?!) who hails from the great country of Switzerland but am currently living in Berlin, Germany. I am 21 years old and have been listening to film scores since I was twelve. I have just begun studying for a BA in English Literature at Wolfson College, Cambridge as a mature student. It's extremely hard work but lots of fun at the same time. I feel extremely lucky and privileged to be able to attend such a great University and hope to really make the most of my time there.

In my spare time I maintain a film and soundtrack review blog (link below) as a way of sharing my love of films and film music with the rest of the world.

Some FAQs: (Actually I just made them up but don't tell anyone)

What was the first soundtrack you ever bought/heard?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - John Williams

So is that how you got started into film music?
More or less. At the time I was practically alien to film and the Harry Potter movie was one of the first I ever saw in the cinema - only because I had read the book. Safe to say I was fascinated by the movie magic! As I was feverishly collecting anything remotely connected with the series at the time I asked for the CD as a birthday present. Very soon after I bought the soundtrack to "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" also on the merits of the book (I hadn't actually seen the movie). So if John Williams didn't seal the deal, Howard Shore definitely did. Since, I've never looked back and to this day my knowledge of popular music equals zero.

How, where and when do you listen to music?
Generally I listen to music on my iPod Classic or from iTunes on my (beautiful) Macbook Pro. My audio gear consists of a JVC stereo and two sets of SONY earphones, one being a studio-monitor type, the other are of the in-ear species which I wear only because I don't want to look like an idiot with huge phones over my ears when out and about. Listening may happen anywhere, on the way to and from lectures, while reading or writing, doing homework, while sleeping, in the middle of a conversation... When I'm not listening to music I'm generally whistling it instead.

How big is your music library?
iTunes informs me that my library contains 20155 songs, 19766 of which are film, TV or video game soundtracks! That's just over 1200 soundtrack albums. Although all the albums have all been digitised, I'm still a firm believer in owning physical CDs - downloads just aren't the same. Recently, I migrated my entire library to a new, external harddrive and as you might expect, back-ups are paramount!

What is your favourite album of all time?
Impossible to say! There is way too much great film music in this world to proclaim any one as the all time greatest. See below for my top rated.

OK, don't answer my question properly!

Are there any glaring omissions in your music collection?
Plenty! Many of the older Williams scores like Superman and Home Alone . The same goes for a lot of James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith stuff like Star Trek and things. When money I have, invest I shall. After all, I've only been collecting for a few years and have long ways to go yet. As a precaution I have drawn up a soundtrack wishlist but whenever I can tick one off, a new one (or two) is usually added straight away.

Do people around you appreciate your love of the soundtrack genre?
I have become used to the fact that I follow what is a very small portion of the modern music scene and that people will raise their eyebrows when they hear about it. In general people don't say anything but I can see that they think it's strange... That is, with the exception of my immediate family who may never be able to forgive me for what I have done to them. That is the fact that the Jack Sparrow theme is now permanently engraved in their brains through sheer volume of repetition.

How do you rate your music?
Generally I rate scores highly - perhaps overly so. Half stars may appear from time to time.
***** - Absolutely awesome! These are my all-time favourites. (LotR, Star Wars, Chicken Run etc.)
**** - A great score. Really good music. (Casino Royale, Mulan, Blood Diamond etc.)
*** - It's an OK soundtrack but maybe not something I'd listen to on a daily basis. (Enemy at the Gates, Signs, The English Patient etc.)
** - Disappointing score. (Inception, The Bourne Identity, Apocalypto etc.)
* - Not many scores have the dubious reputation of one star. I do occasionally award the Razzie to cheesy songs and other non-score bits though. (48 Hours, The Hitcher, Waking Madison etc.)

After thinking about this for a while I decided to move my collection from here to my Wordpress Blog (see link below). This is much easier for me as it only requires me to update one place instead of two. Please let me know if you have any comments or whatever. Oh and don't forget to take a look at the Wish List

Now my profile feels so much shorter...

Follow this link and click the My Soundtrack Database link on the blog page:


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