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Nicolas Hooper

Posted on 2007.09.01 at 19:59
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Harrry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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I don't know who Nicolas Hooper is, or why he was chosen to score Order of the Phoenix but I like what I hear. Now that I've had a chance to listen to this album over and over, I think it may just be my favorite HP score of all time.

I initially disliked the first track, "Fireworks" because of the inclusion of electric guitars - but now, though still somewhat grating, I appreciate how they punctuate the Celtic festival theme. Dolores Umbridge's theme is witty and catching, and my favorite, "Flight of the Order of the Phoenix" is inspirational and exciting! "Another Story" uses French horns (instead of William's bells) to add depth and foreboding to Hedwig's theme, and "The Room of Requirements" is lighthearted and a perfect compliment to the scenes in the movie. "Dumbledore's Army" is reminiscent of Young Sherlock Holmes and in truth I find a lot of the tracks a little short - I'd like to hear a little more.

I don't know where this guy came from, but I saw that he's slated to score The Half-Blood Prince and I expect great things from what appears to be his second motion picture, now that he has one under his belt.




The P.O.D.S. was delivered and I unloaded it completely into the garage. The next day, we moved about half of it into the house to the various rooms to start unpacking. My folks arrived with lunch and we had a nice visit, the kids especially enjoyed seeing them again since its been a couple of weeks since we've down their way. We went swimming to cool off, I was able to get the door on the rack (although without the latches - I couldn't get the holes to match up) and it looks great and is functional once again. To reiterate, you can put an E6500 door on a 68" "Mass Storage" (read old A1000) rack. It just takes a little...engineering.



Tonight, we have a Hawaiian-shirt party to go to. I'll bring a cigar and a bottle of scotch and unwind just a little.



Oh yeah, the cable guy stopped by to install my broadband Friday. This is the first time I've not used DSL. He came in and asked, "Where do you want it?" I point to the office. The only room in the house which doesn't have coax run to it...and it can't be fed down down the wall do to the unique ceiling in the turret. So, 'house-wrap' he called it. They run it completely along the outside of the house, under the soffit and drill through the brick. That happens Tuesday or Wednesday.

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galinda822 at 2007-09-02 03:40 (UTC) (Link)
My,my - for having sooooooo much to do and on your mind, you certainly are enjoying quite the social life here lately!!!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-02 04:50 (UTC) (Link)
Like a twig on the shoulders of a mighty river.
galinda822 at 2007-09-02 05:32 (UTC) (Link)
Gotta find ways to relax and decompress!
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ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-02 04:51 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Congrats On the Move

Thanks! It'll take me a couple of months to unpack everything...
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-04 01:29 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Congrats On the Move

and then it will be time for you to move.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-02 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
Now that I've had a chance to listen to this album over and over...
I have yet to see you post a review of the Kingdom of Heaven score that I gave you over a year ago. And you still owe a review on Matchstick Men to see if there is something that Hans can produce that you won't call milktoast. Oh yeah, and I await your review of The Nutcracker as it you commented about it being on the Phillips label and how that's a pretty good label. And you should have said something by now about Bourne Ultimatum and...
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-03 02:44 (UTC) (Link)
Kingdom of Heaven
I've listened to it three or fours time now, as recent as this past week. I don't remember it.

Matchstick Men
Never heard it.

The Nutcracker
Haven't listened to it yet.

Bourne Ultimatum
Powell, right? I'm looking forward to hearing that one.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-03 03:29 (UTC) (Link)
I've listened to it three or fours time now, as recent as this past week. I don't remember it.
It was the great score that had the high highs and the low lows.

Never heard it.
Despite the fact that you said you would give it a listen after I got my server up and running.

Haven't listened to it yet.
I wouldn't hold it against you if you didn't listen to it until Christmas.

Powell, right? I'm looking forward to hearing that one.
Yeah. I'm surprised you haven't already listened and went on and on like you did with Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-03 13:11 (UTC) (Link)
It was the great score that had the high highs and the low lows.
I don't remember it. I purposely put it on my iPod to listen to it at work. I can't recall a single movement. I guess it just didn't jump out at me as some of them do.

Despite the fact that you said you would give it a listen after I got my server up and running.
There are many different stages my music goes through. It doesn't just go from your server to my ear. I probably have 500 DVD's I haven't watched yet sitting in my living room, and half that number of albums I haven't listened to yet.

I wouldn't hold it against you if you didn't listen to it until Christmas.
Seeing how I don't 'do' Christmas, that would be wholly inappropriate, don't you think? Furthermore, I generally don't fall into the seasonal music category.

Yeah. I'm surprised you haven't already listened and went on and on like you did with Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
I'm hoping its that good. Did you listen to it? What do you think? Do you think it compares?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-09-03 15:08 (UTC) (Link)
"Seeing how I don't 'do' Christmas,..."

What are you doing with so many Hallmark Christmas ornaments then???
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-09-03 15:04 (UTC) (Link)
Don't forget that review of Pans Labyrinth you are still waiting for!!!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-09-03 15:26 (UTC) (Link)
I wan't impressed with the movie and the score doesn't stick in my head despite having listened to it several times. Granted most of those times have been when I'm falling asleep...
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-09-03 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
Good score. Took me forever to find it.
irulan_amy at 2007-09-05 18:59 (UTC) (Link)
I had scotch this weekend while camping, courtesy of Tim's brother. Two different kinds, the first kind is better - it started with "Spr" I think. The second kind was cheaper I guess. It was Red Label. I liked both. Much better than the stuff I had a fancy restaurant once that tasted like brake oil.
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