July 23rd, 2005

Williams (film composer)

Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle

EDIT: This mix has been revised. The updated entry can be found here.

Okay, when I started working on this, I thought that this album was going to be a pushover. After all, over a year ago I had made a Harry Potter mix that I thought was fairly decent at the time. However, in the intervening time, I've been listening to it and thinking about how much better a job I could do on it today, and minor little editorial tweaks here and there that would make it a more satisfying overall presentation.

Well, while the overall structure and the bulk of the selection process had already been made with the creation of the original CD, all those minor little editorial tweaks culminated in a massive overhaul of most of the tracks. To date, this album has the most amount of nip and tuck of any that I've put together. It actually was most grueling. It's a good thing I love this wacko hobby. I generally dislike the idea of returning to the same well unless you're going to do something different, but in this case I think that the refinement was worthwhile.

Lumos Musica!

Years One, Two and Three at Hogwarts


Music Composed by

1. Opening and the Arrival of Baby Harry (a) 2:22
Aunt Marge's Waltz (b) 2:10
Visit to the Zoo and Letters from Hogwarts (a) 2:55
The Flying Car (b) 1:42
Platform 9¾ and the Journey to Hogwarts (a) 2:00
Double Trouble (c) 1:52
The Dueling Club (b) 2:56
Year Three Begins (c) 0:56
Mr. Longbottom Flies (a) 2:06
Buckbeak's Flight (c) 1:50
Fawkes the Pheonix (b) 5:59
Christmas at Hogwarts (a) 0:46
The Snowball Fight (c) 0:57
The Quidditch Match (a) 7:54
Quidditch, Year Three (c) 3:30
Follow the Spiders (b) 1:01
Hagrid the Professor (c) 1:33
Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle (b) 0:54
Secrets of the Castle (c) 1:28
The Chamber of Secrets (b) 3:45
A Window to the Past (a) 3:49
The Mirror of Erised and a Change of Season (a) 2:12
Forward to Time Past and Saving Buckbeak (c) 2:55
The Chess Game (a) 3:22
Dueling the Basilisk (b) 3:21
Expecto Patronum and Finale (c) 2:09
The Return of Fawkes and Reunion of Friends (b) 4:43
Harry's Wondrous World (a) 5:11
Mischief Managed! (b) 2:47
Hedwig's Theme (a) 5:08

Orchestrations by Eddie Karam, John Nuefeld and Conrad Pope

Featuring London Voices (Terry Edwards, director)
Celeste Solos Performed by Randy Kerber

(a)(c) Orchestra Conducted by John Williams
(b) London Symphony Orchestra Conducted by William Ross
(c) Period Instruments by the Dufay Collective

"Double Trouble"
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Featuring the London Sinfonietta and the London Oratory School Schola

Produced by John Williams
Engineered by Simon Rhodes at Lyndhurst Studios and Abbey Road

(a) The Philosopher's Stone - (b) The Chamber of Secrets - (c) The Prisoner of Azkaban

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This album definitely plays much more smoothly than my original take on the same subject matter. It is much more polished, to be sure, but mostly I think that it is also much more representative of what Williams created for these films. The third film's score does not have as much in common with the other two, and I feel that I found a better balance with that material. I also managed to pack a much more varied presentation with roughly the same running time.

We're only a few months away from hearing Patrick Doyle's take on J.K. Rowling's world, which I'm looking forward to.
Egon (Ghostbusters)

Loooooooooooooong day...

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However, since I had driven in, I gave both of the colleagues I had worked with rides to their respective homes. We stayed a bit at Dave's home in Freeport, which I must admit was rather nice. Dave threw on a couple of dogs and I had a sip of some rather delicious Haitian Rum. It was a very nice end to what had been a stressful few hours.

Working the twelve hour shift is hard. It's not something I'm eager to make a habit of, but it probably won't end up becoming so because they are really stingy with overtime nowadays. I remember when I used to get at least five hours a week, but those days are long over.
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