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Jim Henrikson is a veteran music editor who worked on the original Star Trek series. He has since built a long and distinguished career. From Willow in 1988, he has faithfully worked with James Horner.
Unreleased projects :
HEAVEN HELP US, FISH POLICE, YOUNG GUNS.
JAMES HORNER - FIVE YEARS AFTER - SIX FULL TESTIMONIALS
As we indicated when we published our James Horner - Five Years After tribute video, some testimonials had been shortened in order not to extend the length of the video too much and to give each participant a fair presence. Today we wanted to share with you the testimonies in written form and in their entirety. The videos of the testimonies of Christopher Young, JAC Redford and Sandra Tomek will be published in separate articles. In 1994-95 I had the good fortune of working as orchestrator with James Horner on three of his movies: Apollo 13, Jumanji and Balto. Once a project had
JAMES HORNER - FIVE YEARS AFTER
Exactly five years have gone by since James Horner passed away. On a Monday, like today. Five years ago. That's both a lot and so little. The shock was so great; the memory of that sad day is forever seared into our consciousness and will remain so despite the passage of time. Even though we busy ourselves on our various projects, today we wanted to pay tribute to James. We reached out to his friends, his peers, his collaborators and his family and asked them to share their memories and thoughts. We are proud to present a 20-minute video with all
THE WORDS OF JAMES HORNER #6: THE MASK OF ZORRO
Three years after James Horner’s passing, we thought we would bring together three interviews on The Mask of Zorro, whose soundtrack album was released twenty years ago, in October 1998. The rather short first interview was the introduction to a lengthy talk with the composer on Titanic. That discussion took place on 28 November 1997 during the recording sessions of the first Zorro score and the transcription was published as The Words of James Horner #4. The second interview dates back to the fall of 1998 and coincided with the album release. The third interview finds James Horner reminiscing about The Mask of
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
SIX RARE PHOTOS OF JAMES HORNER
We are pleased to share with you six unpublished images of James Horner taken by Simon Franglen in 2009 and 2012. The notes were written by Simon Franglen especially for this article. Crater Camp - This was our base for almost a year during the recording of Avatar. You see James on the phone, with Ian Underwood, Simon Rhodes and Jim Henrikson. James & Mike Knobloch during the mixing of Avatar. Mike was head of production for Fox Music at the time, he’s now head of Music for Universal. We were at Record One mixing in October 2009 Avatar - The final orchestral
MAG 7 BLU-RAY OFFERS TOUCHING TRIBUTE
On the upcoming release of "The Magnificent Seven" on Blu-ray December 20th, one of the included bonus features focuses on the creation of the score, titled "Magnificent Music". In the piece you hear from director Antoine Fuqua, who recalls the story of how he and James Horner first discussed the film, Horner's passing, and of course when his team delivered the initial set of themes. Accompanying comments from the film's producers and Horner's team, including Joe Rand, Simon Rhodes, Jim Henrikson and of course Simon Franglen, are many shots of the orchestra recording and examples of both the Elmer Bernstein
SIMON FRANGLEN: "THERE’S NOT A DAY THAT I DON’T THINK OF JAMES."
I still remember very well my first and only encounter with Simon Franglen. It was just before the Titanic Live concert in London. Throughout the afternoon during rehearsals I had seen him working alongside James Horner. The depth of their collaboration was evident. On many occasions, he had climbed the railings of the concert hall to access the back of the orchestra to ensure that everything was done properly with the synthesizers. A small detail that shows the perfectionism and professionalism of a musician. Minutes before the concert, while we each waited for friends in front of the Royal Albert hall, I
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN
It was difficult to start listening to The Magnificent Seven, as it confronted us with a whirlwind of feelings: the excitement that goes with the discovery of a new James Horner score, the sadness of our realization that this would be one of the very last times, and the fear of disappointment after having mused for over a year about the quality of this score that is already the stuff of legend because of the circumstances in which it came to be. Because of the tragic accident of June 2015, it is the last soundtrack with themes composed by the
JAMES HORNER'S 62ND BIRTHDAY: ALL IS THERE
Photo credit: © Sylvia Wells James Horner left this world, leaving us stunned and inconsolable. It was the day after Father's Day, the second day of summer. After this tragic and absurd June 22, we ran as our headline, "All is Lost,” a track title from the beautiful The New World. Since the departure of the composer, we must learn to live in this new world. A world without James Horner. So many notes will not be written. In an interview about The New World (and for now only available in French), James Horner said: "Timelessness is not what we are but what we
THE TODD-AO YEARS
Todd-AO Scoring Stage, CBS Radford, Studio City. If you happen to carefully read the liner notes in your Horner albums, you must have noticed the name of this recording studio several times. The composer has indeed recorded more than forty scores there, or almost half his discography, from Swing Kids (1992) to Deep Impact (1998) and finally The Spiderwick Chronicles (2007). Let's go back to this historical place where the maestro's brilliant notes sounded in thousands. In the 1920s, producer Mack Sennett, owner of Keystone Studios, master of silent films and the man who famously launched Charlie Chaplin's career, moved his production
THEY TALK ABOUT LEGENDS OF THE FALL
To celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the recording of James Horner's score to Legends of the Fall that occurred from April 6 to 19, 1994, we had the chance to collect the memories of Jim Henrikson and Jay Ungar, who participated in the creation of this music. It is a great privilege to publish their thoughts. We also wanted to open our column to our visitors and give them the floor. Thank you to all for your participation. "It was an honor to work as a soloist with James Horner on his score to Legends of the Fall and with music
AUSTRALIA, 1991: JAMES HORNER SEMINARS
Having published interviews given in the early 80's to the CinemaScore magazine (see our article), we continue our exploration of the archives of the past with the publication of the two seminars which James Horner participated in, December 1991 in Australia. That year, the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) was celebrating film music with a series of courses and activities to recognize and celebrate the contribution that music makes to the screen experience. James Horner had made the trip to take part in a variety of national activities intended to stimulate an atmosphere of appreciation for the work of
INTERVIEW WITH JIM HENRIKSON
There are names you will often run into on James Horner’s album covers: Ian Underwood, Tony Hinnigan, Simon Rhodes ... For 25 years one of them has been present almost every time, proof of a collaborator who has become indispensable. James Horner speaks of him thus in the liner notes to the soundtrack album for Troy: "my wonderful friend without whose guidance and wise counsel I would be lost." This close and faithful staff member is the legendary music editor, Jim Henrikson. Prior to working with James Horner, he participated in projects for television (Star Trek: The Original Series) and classic
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES HORNER FILM MUSIC!
Dear readers, You've probably noticed our site features all new colors. It was necessary to start, as it ought to be, this fourth year with you. Indeed, three years ago, I had the crazy idea of creating a website about some of the most touching musical works ever written, the music composed by James Horner. It all started with a simple observation: there was a noticeable gap in general press and on the Internet about his music. Nowhere could one find complete information on his work nor any publications aiming at highlighting it. So it all began the January 19, 2011 with the