Take a bunch of film music tracks, load them into a player and listen to them at random. Drink every time:
- Edda Dell'Orso shows up in an Ennio Morricone score.
- If a score was either rejected or was a replacement score. DO A SHOT if Bernard Herrmann refers to the replacement as "crap."
- John Williams uses his trademark "splashing" effects with the bells, xylophones, flutes and strings during an action scene.
- A vibraphone is heard.
- Jerry Goldsmith uses an echoplex.
- A choral piece echoes Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
- James Horner quotes the "Adagio" from Aram Khachaturian's Gayaneh Ballet.
- An outdated pop idiom is heard.
- Either Elmer Bernstein or Maurice Jarre uses an Ondes Martenot.
- A reference to 'Dies Irae' is heard.
- Wojciech Kilar does a horror score. DO A SHOT if it's a foreign film.
- Any Media Ventures score presents its version of the Iron Chef theme (well, technically Backdraft, but you know what I mean).
- A Taiko drum is heard in a score that has nothing to do with Japan.
- David Arnold channels John Barry.
- DO A SHOT whenever a composer abuses a horn glissando.
- Whenever Jerry Goldsmith uses unusual percussion (i.e. bones for Warlock, mixing bowls for Planet of the Apes).
- Anybody uses a shakuhachi... again.
- A piece of music that was cut from its respective film is heard. DO A SHOT if the deleted cue was used in another film (i.e. "Resolution" from Aliens showing up in Die Hard).
- If there are cues of "additional music" by another composer - except in the case of any Media Ventures score.
- Don Davis or James Horner uses an anvil.
- There is gratuitous use of a synthesizer in an 80s Jerry Goldsmith score.
- Patrick Doyle does those overlapping brass lines during an action scene.
- One hears a saxophone or trumpet "vamping" in a 50s or 60s score.
- DO A SHOT for every guest artist on a Michael Kamen score.
- An ethnic coloring is used for a scene that sticks out from the rest of the score like a sore thumb.
- Any time Jerry Goldsmith provides an outstanding, trancendental score for a film that sucks rancid monkey nuts. DO A SHOT if it's a Star Trek movie.
- A good composer gets stuck doing a Disney direct-to-video sequel, or the like (this would, of course, included Bruce Broughton and Joel McNeely, but also such bits as Lee Holdridge's The Secret of N.I.M.H. 2 as well).
- Elmer Bernstein comes up with a jazzy piano-based piece for a slob character. DO A SHOT if it's Bill Murray.
- A theremin is heard. DO A SHOT if it's not in a sci-fi or horror movie.
- If it's a "film composer" doing a concert work. DO A SHOT if it's from a post-Silver age composer (Goldenthal, Kamen, Shore, etc). DO A DOUBLE SHOT if it's a small esemble piece (Goldenthal's brass quintet no 2, etc)
- If anything by Craig Safan plays and isn't The Last Starfighter.
- Do a shot for anything by Riz Orlani.
- Danny Elfman or John Ottman do a superhero movie.
- Someone "borrows" from Korngold, either in motif or compositional sound.
- A famed "classical" British composer writes the score. DO A SHOT if it was rejected.
- Anything by Christopher Young or Marco Beltrami that isn't from a horror score.
- Kevin Kiner does "clean-up" on a score where a "major" composer writes the themes (Episodes of Stargate SG-1 do not count)
- A recognizable film composer writes music for television (ie: Herrmann on Twilight Zone, Goldsmith on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Williams on Lost In Space). DO A SHOT if the composer is still alive.
- Whenever a western uses the sound of Aaron Copland. DO A SHOT if the western isn't scored by Dimitri Tiomkin or Elmer Bernstein.
- Do a shot if it's a synth score from the 70s or 80s with an unknown composer.
- Any time you can hear James Horner doing something James Horner already did. DO A SHOT if it's the Khan theme.
- Any time you hear someone "lifting" directly classical music (not another film score) and it's not James Horner. DO A SHOT if you can identify the classical peice in question.
- If you hear a composer who started off working for Roger Corman
- Whenever an orchestra has an augmented section. DO A SHOT if the number of instruments augmented is greater than eight. DO A DOUBLE SHOT if you're listening to a Herrmann score such as Beneath The 12 Mile Reef or the rejected Torn Curtain.
Cross Posted to filmscore
I've been listening to Fumio Hayasaka's score for Seven Samurai. It is interesting that some film scores such as this one, Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings or Basil Poledouris' Conan the Barbarian (the latter of which actually has a few cues that are direct hommages to The Seven Samurai) don't so much as emphasize screen action as they do tell the stories in a musical medium. When this happens, listening to the score can sometimes give one further insight into the film itself. One of my favorite bits is Kikuchiyo's theme; while the other titular Samurai are all represented by the primary brass fanfare, Kikuchiyo is, of course, not really Samurai. He is treated by the score as a villager, many of whom get themes, such as the low vocal lines for Rikichi or the yearning theme for Shino.
The cue "Kambei's Anger" also made me think of how that character is presented throughout the film. He is, of course, the embodiment of the Bushido code (although both Gorobei and Kyuzo rival him for compassion), but while he is introduced performing an act of violence, it is nevertheless occurs off screen. The scene where some of the people whose houses are being sacrificed for the good of the entire village attempt to revolt and he draws his katana and corrals them back is, in fact, the first time we ever actually see him as a figure of danger. However... it occurs after Kikuchiyo's outburst which reveals to the Samurai that the villagers are not quite as meek and helpless as they originally seemed to be.
This is the third year running that I didn't make any fun of Catholics on Ash Wednesday.