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  • John Williams

    32 21.48%
  • Jerry Goldsmith

    9 6.04%
  • John Barry

    5 3.36%
  • James Horner

    5 3.36%
  • Hans Zimmer

    7 4.70%
  • Howard Shore

    17 11.41%
  • James Newton Howard

    3 2.01%
  • Danny Elfman

    7 4.70%
  • Alan Silvestri

    2 1.34%
  • Thomas Newman

    2 1.34%
  • Ennio Morricone

    24 16.11%
  • Alexandre Desplat

    3 2.01%
  • Patrick Doyle

    1 0.67%
  • Elliot Goldenthal

    0 0%
  • Other

    32 21.48%
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    Default Favorite contemporary film composer

    Who is your favorite contemporary/modern film music composer (post 1970)? Write your choice. My pick is James Horner.
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    Brian May (28 July 1934 – 25 April 1997) not the one from Queen!!
    An Australian film composer. His best known scores are those for Mad Max and Mad Max 2!
    He composed more than 30 feature film scores, including
    Patrick (1978)
    Mad Max (1979) – Won Best Original Music Score award by AFI.
    Snapshot (1979)
    Thirst (1979)
    Harlequin (1980)
    Nightmares (1980)
    Gallipoli (1981) (additional music)
    Mad Max 2 (1981) – Nominated for Best Original Music Score by AFI.
    Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
    Roadgames (1981) – Nominated for Best Original Music Score by AFI.
    The Survivor (1981)
    Breakfast in Paris (1982)
    Kitty and the Bagman (1982)
    Turkey Shoot (1982)
    A Slice of Life (1983)
    Cloak & Dagger (1984)
    Innocent Prey (1984)
    Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
    Frog Dreaming (1986) – Nominated for Best Original Music Score by AFI.
    Sky Pirates (1986)
    Death Before Dishonor (1987)
    Steel Dawn (1987)
    Bloodmoon (1990)
    Dead Sleep (1990)
    Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
    Dr. Giggles (1992)
    Hurricane Smith (1992)
    Blind Side (1993)
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    I'd vote for "Other" ... Nino Rota still wrote music in the 70's, Pole Wojciech Kilar has written some awesome film music, but my two favourites are Lisa Gerrard and especially the giant of modern Russian film music Eduard Artemyev!

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    I voted for Howard Shore. He composed music for my favorite film trilogy ever. John Williams is good too.

    As for James Horner... I still associate him with that "Titanic" chic flic (I used to be a huge fan of it when it first came out, but now I am kind of ashamed of this fact).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    I voted for Howard Shore. He composed music for my favorite film trilogy ever. John Williams is good too.

    As for James Horner... I still associate him with that "Titanic" chic flic (I used to be a huge fan of it when it first came out, but now I am kind of ashamed of this fact).
    A few years ago I would've voted for Hans Zimmer. I used to be a huge fan of him but in the last years his scores became too electronic and too commercial. He hasn't written anything memorable since The Last Samurai. Plus, for many years now he hasn't written a full score on his own; he is working only with collaborators. My favorite Zimmer score remains Beyond Rangoon from 1995.

    James Horner, on the other hand, while he isn't the greatest nor the most original film score composer, he's my favorite because he's a wonderful composer of big lush orchestral scores and he has a wonderful talent of writing beautiful themes and melodies. Plus, he's a pretty good song composer.

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    Hans Zimmer is ok, but I usually discover he's the composer for a film when I think "this sounds like Pirates of the Caribbean". Sherlock Holmes isn't bad though.

    I can't vote though. My favourite soundtrack has to be LOTR, however I have been unimpressed by Howard Shore elsewhere, and I thought the music to The Hobbit very mediocre except for the ONE new theme (which I don't think is actually by him anyway). John Williams seems a much more versatile composer, who has written great soundtracks too in Star Wars, Harry Potter etc. In fact only Indiana Jones seems a little too similar to his other works, but that is great anyway! But then Morricone has written some good stuff too... I find him also versatile like John Williams, however more musical but sometime less suitable for film so it's hard to compare. Once Upon a Time in the West was absolutely brilliant though - and relies on the music to such a huge extent.

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    Morricone
    Williams
    Goldsmith
    Vangelis

    Goldsmith's Star Trek music FTW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAl95zzv4M4

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieRUKiddingVarese View Post
    Thirst (1979)
    Harlequin (1980)
    These are my 2 favorite Brian May soundtracks.




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    I'm not able to vote for only one.

    Multiple favorites from different countries:

    Great Britain: Richard Rodney Bennett & Stanley Myers

    USA: Jerry Goldsmith, Leonard Rosenman, Jerry Fielding & many others

    Italy: Piero Piccioni, Egisto Macchi, Giorgio Gaslini, etc.

    France: Pierre Jansen, Jean Prodromides & Antoine Duhamel

    Japan: Toru Takemitsu

    Australia: Brian May

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    John Williams, Bernard Hermann and Ennio Morricone are boss.

    John Barry's music seems nice based on what I've heard.

    Alan Menken and his Disney works are nice

    Some Vangelis works are quite good.

    Hans Zimmer's music isn't attractive enough.

    I should discover more good composers of 1930s-60s movies.

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    John Barry and other, Maurice Jarre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsakes View Post
    I should discover more good composers of 1930s-60s movies.
    Apart from the famous Max Steiner and Alfred Newman, I would recommend Franz Waxman, Dimitri Tiomkin, Bronislau (or Bronislaw) Kaper (especially his music for Mutiny on the Bounty), Victor Young and most of all, Alex North, considered to be the first modern film score composer (see A Streetcar Named Desire and Viva Zapata). I would also mention Ernest Gold, Malcolm Arnold and David Raksin.

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    John Williams. I can still hear that Wagnerian Star Warz and Superman themes

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    Bah, not a fan of contemporary film scores. Kilar is probably the only composer I actually like who writes film scores (more or less) currently. Danny Elfman is good...at least he has a singular sound. Practically no other film composer has a truly distinctive sound. I don't know...do they all go the same music school and study under the same teacher.

    Williams used to be an original but he ran out of new ideas a long time ago. Now he sounds like eveyone else.
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    I can't decide between Joe Hisaishi and Michael Nyman, glad they're both in "other."

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