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Well done, Mr. Giacchino

Posted on 2008.05.11 at 22:40
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Roland Shaw and His Orchestra - The Return of James Bond
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I'd never heard of Michael Giacchino prior to The Incredibles and my hands-down favorite Pixar movie came with an incredible and unexpected gift: A score unlike anything I'd heard in many years. A sound which not only fit the movie perfectly, but was able to capture the spirit of spy films with a fresh, updated sound. Nothing I've heard of his since has touched me the way this score has. When the album was released I'd read how Pixar had tried to get John Barry to score it, and that Michael had simply borrowed from the genre to create his sound.

But how do we really validate that it was a success?

Growing up my father had this double-album by Roland Shaw and His Orchestra - The Return of James Bond in "Diamonds are Forever" and other Secret Agent Themes that I enjoyed throughout every level of my musical development, as it never went out of style (though it does admittedly sound *slightly* dated now). That big band jazz sound playing a plethora of secret agent themes from not only the James Bond movies, but also the popular television shows during the spy heyday never really gets old does it? Knowing my love for this particular album, about a year ago, my father had it converted to MP3:

Driving to my folks this weekend for Mother's Day, I slipped the disc in the player. My son asked, "Is this fireplace music?"
"What does that mean?" I asked.
"Fireplace music." He repeated. I was perplexed, so started down my normal path (schpydurx is intimately familiar with this routine...)
"We have a fireplace, son, but there's no music involved." I offered.
"No, is this music for fireplaces?" My eight-year old tries to clarify.
"What makes you ask?"
"It sounds like when you make a fire in the fireplace."

I finally get it. You see, the first track is the worst for the pops associated with needles and records - after that, it smoothes out considerably. His age does not include any information whatsoever about LP's pressed on vinyl; the nearest association was the crackling of wood on the fireplace when I build a fire.

My father played a variety of music while I was growing up, but the majority of it was classical, broadway, and scores. I am no different. We were about halfway through the album when my son asks, "Dad, is this The Incredibles?"

Well done, Mr, Giacchino.

You have been validated.


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-12 04:45 (UTC) (Link)
I feel old because I listened to vinyl growing up.

Edited at 2008-05-12 04:45 am (UTC)
ehowton at 2008-05-12 21:59 (UTC) (Link)
That's dumb. Should people who grew up watching VHS now feel old because younger people grow up to High-Def? What do you think someone who's in their teens today are going to feel thirty years from now? "I feel old because I watched blue-ray growing up."

Try to have a sense of propriety!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-12 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
I suppose you think it's equally dumb for people to say they're old because they used to hack on 386's as kids.
ehowton at 2008-05-12 22:20 (UTC) (Link)
Why no, I don't care for his score to Lost - I'd downloaded it, then deleted it. But lehah turned me on to a video game score he'd done which is (dare I say it) epic in scope, "Secret Weapons over Normandy" and I enjoy that one. I don't have any thing that can play Real Player files, so I've missed out on the Speed Racer promo clips. I sure hope that he makes it as exciting as the movie is supposed to be!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-12 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
What the hell are you talking about?
ehowton at 2008-05-12 22:26 (UTC) (Link)
Just as I suspected.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-12 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
How did a discussion of equating listening to vinyl as a kid to being old lead to a non sequitur about Bond scores? Please to explain.
ehowton at 2008-05-12 22:40 (UTC) (Link)

Read something prior to accusing a topical comment of being a non sequitur

Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-12 22:42 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Read something prior to accusing a topical comment of being a non sequitur

but not what the thread was about, ergo, it does not follow, ergo non sequitur


P.S. I hate this avatar. It's retarded.

Edited at 2008-05-12 10:44 pm (UTC)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-12 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
for what it's worth, Real ported their player to the Mac and your XP box should also be able to play Real files upon installation of that spam-bot.
ehowton at 2008-05-12 23:47 (UTC) (Link)
No shit.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-12 23:49 (UTC) (Link)
to part A, B or the union of A and B?
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