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Re: Composer vs. Musicians
• Posted by: Tom   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, September 12, 2005, at 7:59 a.m.
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• In Response to: Composer vs. Musicians (Jojo)

I suppose it all depends on who mixes the album. Shawn Murphy is of course one of the best when it comes to mixing and recording (as frequently heard on John Williams but also James Newton Howard scores). However I do not agree with the statement that it's so much better in the USA.

Sure a lot of composers choose Europe, especially East-Europe like Poland to mix and record their music as prices are cheaper over there, but that doesn't mean that the quality is decreasing. Mario Klemens and The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra are really great musicians. OK, I admit, the score for 'Avalon' was very porely rendered, especially the sequences with the solo-soprano Elzbieta Towarnicka, but Zbigniew Preisner's scores are always mixed masterly. Ennio Morricone is also a composer who always uses European studios. For 'Fateless', his new score featuring Lisa Gerrard he co-operated with the Hungarian Radio Orchestra and choir. A fluent and decent sound.

We cannot forget the French soundtrack studios used by famous composers like Gabriel Yared which newest score 'l'avion' is topquality. On the other side of the North Sea we find the famous Abbey Road Studios, often used by Williams himself. Furthermore Howard Shore used the Flemish Radio Orchestra which was also used by Zimmer on his concert. Stephen Warbeck uses the CTS studios in the UK...

I don't think that the best musicians and technicians are in the USA. There are so much more examples to give here. John Williams is a great composer no doubt, and yes, a lot of top composers are born in the USA, but let us not forget that the film society is so much more bigger and provides more opportunities for composers in the States.

Anyway, I'm proud of the European musicians and composers and besides, a bit of patriotism is OK, isn't it?

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  • Composer vs. Musicians  (2737 views)
       Jojo - Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at 11:35 p.m.
    •      Re: Composer vs. Musicians  (2487 views)    We're Here
         Tom - Monday, September 12, 2005, at 7:59 a.m.

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