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An introduction to myself
• Posted by: ArborArcanist   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 12:12 a.m.
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I’ve come to realize that not only is my profile largely empty, but I never made a proper introduction in the year or two that I’ve been posting. So here goes nothing!

My real name is Adar, and I’m an Indian (paternal)-French-Scottish (maternal)-Canadian, who lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
I’m neurodivergent, very happy to talk about politics (especially local affairs), a conservationist (biology was always my academic science of choice), and am theoretically a cinephile- while I absolutely LOVE the medium, I also find it very difficult to get into films with music that I don’t like, so perhaps I don’t quite qualify…
I have a pet ball python and two crested geckos.

My relationship with film music began with humming themes from my favourite childhood films- Harry Potter, Star Wars, Batman ‘89, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion King, and Shrek.
Spotify was a major turning point in my relationship with scores.
After getting it, I began to temp track fanfics that I wrote, and then, while playing as a Game Master for a Pathfinder RPG game, I used film scores to represent characters- e.g, Holkenborg’s Roland of Eld theme became the principle musical representation for one of my player’s characters, while the Salazar theme from Pirates of the Caribbean 5 became the theme for my NPC main antagonist.
Applying them this way (and the need to find new and obscure -but still good- scores that my players wouldn’t be familiar with) was the spark that cemented by love of the genre, and especially of thematic storytelling.

My twenty favourite composers -and my three favourite works of theirs- are the following (ranked highest to lowest, left to right) -

John Williams (Jurassic Park, The Last Crusade, The Empire Strikes Back)
Bear McCreary (God of War, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Outlander)
Michael Giacchino (Spider-Man: Far From Home, Star Trek Into Darkness, John Carter)
Jerry Goldsmith (Mulan, Rudy, Medicine Man)
Hans Zimmer (The Lion King (either), The Dark Knight, Crimson Tide)
Alan Silvestri (Ready Player One, The Mummy Returns, Van Helsing)
James Newton Howard (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Unbreakable, Maleficent)
Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Moonrise Kingdom)
James Horner (Avatar, Braveheart, The Amazing Spider-Man)
Basil Poledouris (Conan the Barbarian, Starship Troopers, RoboCop)
Brian Tyler (Thor: The Dark World, The Mummy, Lego Universe)
Danny Elfman (Batman, Beetlejuice, Justice League)
Nicholas Britell (Succession, Vice, Battle of the Sexes)
Patrick Doyle (Cinderella, Thor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
John Powell (Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Call of the Wild, How to Train Your Dragon 2)
Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Aviator)
Carter Burwell (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, The Good Liar, A Knight’s Tale)
Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Pacific Rim, Warcraft)
Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, Creed II, The Mandalorian)
Daniel Pemberton (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Motherless Brooklyn Birds of Prey)

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