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  • John Williams

    31 21.68%
  • Jerry Goldsmith

    8 5.59%
  • John Barry

    5 3.50%
  • James Horner

    5 3.50%
  • Hans Zimmer

    7 4.90%
  • Howard Shore

    17 11.89%
  • James Newton Howard

    3 2.10%
  • Danny Elfman

    6 4.20%
  • Alan Silvestri

    2 1.40%
  • Thomas Newman

    2 1.40%
  • Ennio Morricone

    22 15.38%
  • Alexandre Desplat

    3 2.10%
  • Patrick Doyle

    1 0.70%
  • Elliot Goldenthal

    0 0%
  • Other

    31 21.68%
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    1. John Williams - great, memorable themes in a number of good movies.
    2. Ennio Morricone - great mood and suspense

    I absolutely don't understand the Hans Zimmer phenomenon (not in this poll but in general). He made a few decent soundtracks at the beginning of his career. Right now all of his music is generic, is terribly uninteresting and it all sounds the same.
    Last edited by lehnert; Jul-04-2016 at 09:22.

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    I don't like film composers much, their music frustrates me heaps. I like movies that use already existing music, it's nicer!

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    I voted Morricone, for the atmospheres he creates but mainly for the spaghetti westerns.

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    Of the composers on the list I'd say Alexandre Desplat. However, my actual favorite contemporary film/TV composer is Christopher Gunning, who wrote the scores for the Poirot TV series, among other things.

    Edited to add: I just realized that the poll has an "Other" category! I should have chosen it.
    Last edited by Bellinilover; Jul-10-2016 at 05:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    Of the composers on the list I'd say Alexandre Desplat. However, my actual favorite contemporary film/TV composer is Christopher Gunning, who wrote the scores for the Poirot TV series, among other things.

    Edited to add: I just realized that the poll has an "Other" category! I should have chosen it.
    Doesn't matter I did the same.
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    Danny Elfman is really overlooked.

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    Howard Shore (especially Lord of the Rings trilogy), James Newton Howard (esp Restoration and Lady in the Water), John Horner (esp A Beautiful Mind and Willow) and John Debney (esp The Passion of the Christ and Cutthroat Island) are the four that I listen to the most.

    John Williams (esp. ET and Jurassic Park)and Ennio Morricone (esp The Mission and The Good, the bad and the ugly) are two of the all time greats that I enjoy very much too.

    Add Vangelis (esp Chariots of Fire and Alexander) with his electronic sounds and that would be my seven favorite "contemporary film composers".

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    Quote Originally Posted by delilahx View Post
    Danny Elfman is really overlooked.
    Never ever heard from this man.
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    I would go with Shore...
    'Listen, Mister god!
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    to dip your puffy eyes,
    every day, into a jelly of clouds?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebab View Post
    No Michael Giacchino at all?

    His score to "The Incredibles" ‒ I hadn't had such fun in years. Couldn't say his quality is really consistent yet, but never a true let-down. He's on my radar. (And such a nice guy, a doll to his fans, and passionate for his work.)
    I'm a fan of the Incredibles score. The way he uses snippets of the same music in upbeat scenes as well as quiet ones such as the exhausted family arriving at the beach after dark... it's so well done.

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    Well, while Howard Shore LOTR work is amazing, I had to vote for Hans Zimmer, because everytime I watch a movie and I say :"wow I love this music!!" always happens that is a Zimmer's job... And it happened to me since The House of the Spirits or even earlier movies, when I didn't even know Hans Zimmer existed... I just loved his music since I listened it first time (even not knowingly) .. May be because I found it quite similar to the melodies and moods I feel myself when I'm inspired.
    I have to admit that he can be a little too repetitive sometimes, but his melodies and epic monumental pressence is so amazing.
    I have to say that his music is not so special nor masterpieces, but so so beautiful!!! (Which makes it finally so so good, as the art itself has everything to do with beauty and less or nothing to do with complexity)

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    1- Ennio Morricone for the Dollars trilogy
    2- John Williams for Jaws
    3- Danny Elfman for the different sounds he uses in his compositions
    4- John Barry for the James Bond scores

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    Thomas Newman, I love many of his soundtracks

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    Joe Hisaishi is the best ever.

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    Philip Glass and Ennio Morricone!!!

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