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    johnnyboy
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    Is the theme to Jaws or Halloween great music? Not artistically speaking, but I can’t think of any music that would work better for them. So I guess that proves the point that writing for film is quite different.

    Although, someday I’d love to do a complete soundtrack with piano only.

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    LAwriter
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    Although, someday I’d love to do a complete soundtrack with piano only.

    Dave Grusin – “The Firm”. IMO, a dismal failure as a score, but who am I do judge when Sydney Pollack commissioned and OK’d it…. 🙂

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    johnnyboy
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    Yes, I remeber that.I thought it worked well. A jazzy soundtrack. I’m thinking more in the classical piano realm.

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    Dreamuse
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    Apparently, Mr. Spielberg, upon hearing John Williams pecking the Jaws theme on the piano, originally thought it was a joke. A 2-note hook. May we all be so elegant in at least one track of ours.

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    LAwriter
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    Two notes? Worked for Beethoven…. 🙂

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    johnnyboy
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    Actually 4 notes. And Beethoven developed it a little bit more than Jaws. Ha, ha.

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    johnfrancis
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    I’ve learned a lot reading this thread. Thanks.
    My method is one track per a day/two days. Then at the end of my batch of say, 8-10 tracks/cues, then I revisit each one, listen critically and make changes of things I couldn’t hear before. Then I’ll send the batch.

    Sometimes if I’m tracking live instruments I’ll combine the recording a few tracks’ instruments in the same day to reduce the set up, live sound, mic selection time.

    I sometimes cannot write music in the morning. My head is too foggy and I’m not feeling anything. Such days it’s better to compose/mix in the afternoon.

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    johnnyboy
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    Sounds like a good system johnfrancis! My best time for composing is mornings. Afternoons for recording and editing late afternoon/ after supper.

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