ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
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Abbey Road Studios (formerly EMI studios) are recording studios in London,England, founded in the year 1931. Their current name is a tribute to the eponymous album of The Beatles who recorded most of their songs there in the 1960s.
Several famous bands have recorded there, such as Pink Floyd, and more recently, Oasis and Radiohead.
Legendary music composers like John Williams used the studios to record the scores for five films of Star Wars starting with ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ in 1980, and composer James Horner has used Abbey Road Studios many times as his recording base.
Also, Simon Rhodes (sound engineer) has, for over a decade, worked as his scoring mixer doing many films in this studio.
Official site: Abbeyroad.com
MEMORIES OF LONDON AND STAVANGER BY KARIM CHAMMAS
When Jean-Baptiste asked me if I wanted to write something regarding Cristiada, I looked up the only two texts I have ever written regarding James. One in 2011 after the visit at Abbey Road for the old Hornershrine, and one after James passed away in 2015. Reading both now feels like there are ages between them, probably the only similarity being that I had trouble putting my feelings into words both times. I can remember the excitement and that overwhelming surreal feeling of having experienced something so out of the ordinary in 2011, but also the insecurity of probably having
FOND MEMORIES #7: 1983 - KRULL AND BRAINSTORM
Fond Memories is our step-by-step overview of James Horner’s career. We aim for it to be as comprehensive as possible. If you have additional information that is relevant to this episode, please do not hesitate to contact us. This seventh episode covers the year 1983 and especially Brainstorm and Krull, two early highlights of James Horner’s career. This episode covers the following scores: Krull (1983) Brainstorm (1983) The success of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (see episode 6) and 48 HRS, the two movies entrusted to the young James Horner by Joel Sill, vice-president of Paramount Pictures’ music department, were seminal influences in
BRAVEHEART EXPANDED RELEASE REVIEW
"Every man dies, but not every man really lives." William Wallace – Braveheart – 1995 Among experts, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart is not exactly renowned for its historical accuracy. Screenwriter Randall Wallace – no relation – avowedly devised the narrative not as a faithful period piece but rather as a vehicle for the values and ideas embodied by the protagonist. In fact, the general thinking is that if reality is the realm of documentary, art in its many forms is a dramatic interpretation of it. A dramatist first and foremost, James Horner follows suit, focusing on the emotional core of the story rather
ERIC TOMLINSON 1931-2015
James Horner worked with four sound engineers during his career: Shawn Murphy (fifty projects), Simon Rhodes (forty projects), Dan Wallin (a dozen projects) and finally Eric Tomlinson. As Mr Tomlinson has just died at the age of 84, we wanted to honor him through this article. He was the sound engineer for the films The Dresser (1983), Uncommon Valor (1983), the album version of Brainstorm (1983), Volunteers (1985), Aliens (1986), and An American Tail (1986). The sad news was announced by Chris Malone on the forum of website Film Score Monthly: « Tomlinson commenced his film music career in the late 1950s, initially
In this article we have compiled some information regarding the projects for 2015. We remind you that the nearest major event is the world premieres of Pas de Deux, the double concerto for violin and cello, on 12 and 13 November in Liverpool. Since the news of James Horner's involvement in the documentary Aviation: The Invisible Highway last July, we have received very few information. The great composer Peter Boyer, involved in the project as orchestrator, shared his enthusiasm on his facebook page: Then the composer and arranger Steve Sidwell, who has worked with Robbie Williams and George Michael, shared a photo
PAS DE DEUX: AN INSIDE LOOK - PART 1
In addition to being charming and talented musicians, Hakon and Mari Samuelsen are also accessible and generous. Indeed they didn't hesitate an instant to share with us the genesis of Pas de Deux, the Double Concerto for violin and cello composed by James Horner whose world premieres are scheduled for 13 and 14 November 2014. We are very pleased to publish their first words on the creative process of this major musical event. In 2012 we learnt that James Horner was composing a double concerto for violin and cello. The composer's comments on your site date back from 2011; this is
RECORDING OF ROMEO AND JULIET
James Horner has just started recording his score to Carlo Carlei's film in Abbey Road 1 and Air Studios in London. On both his Twitter and Facebook account, the British countertenor Iestyn Davies shared two pictures from the recording sessions, along with some of his impressions: "My view from the booth, Studio 1 Abbey Road. There's James 'Titanic' Horner waving.". "Have to say, James Horner's Romeo & Juliet score made me weep eternally in the sound booth. Took me back to Titanic 1997" "Lovely atmosphere last night. Enjoyed the evening hugely! Now off to Abbey Road (clang) to sing some James Horner." "Final
MAJOR UPDATE OF THE TONY HINNIGAN WEBSITE
The official site on Tony Hinnigan, James Horner’s faithful collaborator since Willow, has embeded a video player device, which allows us to hear and see the artist more easily. Thus, many sequences have been added. This is an opportunity for us to introduce you to this site and to advise you to have a look at it: www.tonyhinnigan.com. News Tony Hinnigan recently referred to the concert at the world premiere of Titanic 3D as well as recording sessions of For Greater Glory. Movies There are very interesting anecdotes about the various films in which he participated. These films are so far listed up to