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JAMES HORNER FILM MUSIC | December 7, 2023 |

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  • Album produced by: Simon Rhodes and James Horner
    Music Arranged by: Simon Rhodes and Simon Franglen
    Additional arranging: Ian Underwood
    Sound engineer:  Simon Rhodes
    Music editors: Jim Henrickson, Joe E. Rand, and Barbara McDermott
    Orchestrations: James Horner, J.A.C. Redford, Jon Kull, Steve Bernstein, Peter Boyer, Carl Johnson, and Randy Kerber
    Music preparation: Bob Bornstein
    Piano soloist: James Horner
    Boy Soprano: Luca Lupino-Franglen
    Vocalists: Dhafer Youssef and Lisbeth Scott


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    We are pleased to share with you six unpublished images of James Horner taken by Simon Franglen in 2009 and 2012.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[...]


    In July 2015, Aliens (1986) was released in vinyl format by the label Mondo, which creates limited editions of posters,  vinyl movie soundtracks, VHS reissues, toys ... The content is identical to the Deluxe Edition CD published by Varese Sarabande in 2001. The first two versions (transparent and black / yellow) appear to have sold out. Only the blue and yellow exclusive version for the site is still available.   Clear Vinyl: Sold out Queen (Blue & Black swirl) Vs. Power Loader (Yellow with Black Stripe) Colored Vinyl: Sold out Blue & Yellow Haze: Purchase this Aliens Exclusive 2 LP   In January 2016 Mondo[...]


    Conducted by Basil Boehni, Vice editor-in-chief of Cinema Musica. Held: 31 October 2011, in Frankfurt Am Main (Germany). Published in Cinema Musica in April 2012 (in German). The two photos of James Horner were taken by Matthias Keller.   Basil Boehni (BB): You’re working in the movie business for over 30 years very successfully. Can you still just sit back, relax and enjoy a movie or do you immediately jump into an analytical viewing of the film? James Horner: Well, when I’ve finished a film I really don’t ever watch the movie again. I see the movie when it’s been mixed – the music, the effects[...]


    "If you build it he will come ..." Just like Ray Kinsella, the character played by Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, a voice (or rather my intuition) led me to create the Association and the James Horner Film Music website. Every minute, every hour spent working for this project was partly guided by an objective I held close in my heart: publish a new, previously unreleased conversation with James Horner. I gave myself five years to get there. Next January we will celebrate four years of JHFM... Unlike the composer, who never listens again to his old music and who never[...]


    Astonishment and questioning. Such were our both reactions nine months ago, while we were waiting for Black Gold, when the composer’s long-time editor Jim Henrikson announced the possible involvement of James Horner to the new theatrical adaptation of Spider-Man. Astonishment, first, as this is clearly not a universe into which the composer is used to venturing. If we pay close attention to his filmography and if we exclude The Mask Of Zorro, out of more than hundred films he did only one film based upon a comics character, i.e. an avenger who distinguish him/herself in his/her extraordinary abilities or in[...]


    Aliens - Two-Disc Collector's Edition [Dvd 2004] Alien Quadrilogy [Dvd 2004]   Documentary title: The Final Countdown Sequence time: 9'22 James Horner reflects on the difficult conditions in which he had to compose and record the soundtrack. He says that when he arrived in London, the film was not completed. He therefore composed 97 minutes of music within 15 days. The aging equipment during recording sessions, sleepless nights and icy relations with producer Gale Anne Hurd, are all explained in this documentary. © 20th Century Fox The Amazing Spider-Man - Four-Disc Combo [BLU-RAY 3d / Blu-Ray / Dvd / Ultraviolet Digital Copy] (2012) The Amazing Spider-Man - Three-Disc[...]


    During July many of you took the time to contact us concerning the news flow that has spread regarding James Horner and we appreciate it. However on our side we have not communicated yet, as the association James Horner Film Music does not wish to hastily relay unverified and unconfirmed information or viral rumours. We do not seak to go sensational, we first prefer to share with you reliable information, which we took the time to double check.   Concerning Romeo And Juliet:   Officially: James Horner had recorded the music last December (see our article). This music will be replaced in the[...]


    To coincide with the opening of our collaboration section, we wanted to focus on a profession that is rarely promoted: orchestrator. We had therefore the great pleasure of interviewing Jon Kull, who worked with James Horner on scores including Avatar and The Amazing Spider-Man. The delicacy of his answers sheds light on the creation of orchestrations in film music.   How did you become an orchestrator in Hollywood? What is your background? After earning Bachelor's degrees in Composition and Piano Performance at the University of Colorado, I got into the Film Scoring Program at the University of Southern California. Along with being a[...]


    Marc Webb's film is now available. On both Blu-Ray editions James Horner makes an appearance in the documentary ‘Rite of Passage’, in the chapter entitled ‘The Greatest Responsibility: Post-Production and Release’.       Firstly, Marc Webb goes back on the creation of the main theme: "James Horner would always excel about creating a very specific, simple theme that he could play with one hand on a keyboard. James was walking in the studio one day and he came up and he said “I’ve got something for you” and there was that “tin tin tin” (singing the Spider-Man theme). And I got chills. With the[...]

    LISBETH SCOTT'S VOICES Widgets At James Horner Film Music, we appreciate vocal talents. After Sally Stevens and Dhafer Youssef, this is now Lisbeth Scott, who talks about her career and her encounters with James Horner.   - Over the past few years your name has been associated with famous film scores such as Munich, Transformers, Shrek... How did you come to film music? It was quite by accident actually. I grew up with a famous ballerina for a sister and spent many hours watching her rehearse and perform in the back of darkened theaters. I also studied classical piano my whole life (since I was 6).[...]


    © Luca Franglen is a young singer who studied at Durham Chorister School. He can be heard for the first time in the cue Becoming One With The People, Becoming One With Ney'tiri in Avatar.   Source :       [...]


    © Lisbeth Scott is a vocalist who appeared in many film soundtracks (The Chronicles Of Narnia, Munich, The Passion Of The Christ...)   Official site:       [...]


    Youssef Dhafer at Moers Festival 2006 own photo 06-02-2006 photo: nomo/michael hoefner Dhafer Youssef bin bin Tahar Maarref (born November 19, 1967 in Téboulba) is a Tunisian composer, singer and oud player. At a very young age, he acquired certain notoriety, locally. His music is fueled by Sufi traditions, Arab lyricism, multicultural influences and instrumentation taken from the jazz and improvisation.   Source: Wikipedia Official site:     [...]


    © keiko matsui Ian Robertson Underwood (born May 22, 1939) is an outstanding multi-instrumentalist, best known for being a member of The Mothers of Invention after being drafted by Frank Zappa. He is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in composition in 1961, and an MA in composition of the University of Berkeley in 1966. He began his career playing in San Francisco cafes and bars in the Bay Area with his group of jazz improvisation. In 1967 he became a member of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention for their third solo album. In 1973 he pursued a career as[...]


    © Simon Franglen is an English producer and keyboardist. He arranged the music of artists such as Quincy Jones, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Eric Clapton. He is a synthesizer programmer for James Horner and worked on Avatar and Titanic. From their collaboration on the James Cameron film in 2009 he has always accompanied the composer. Source:   [...]


    © Swanderful Music Carl Johnson is a composer of music for film and television, living and working in Southern California. After graduating from the University of Kansas with honors, he was admitted into the program for composition for USC and, after completing his studies, began writing professionally. As a freelance Hollywood composer, he has composed for several films, such as Disney productions, like Hunchback of Notre Dame II and Aladdin and the King of Thieves. He also participated in numerous television projects, including Animaniacs and Batman: The Animated Series for Warner Bros., DreamWorks and Invasion America, for which he won an Emmy[...]


    Photograph by Dan Goldwasser © ScoringSessions Jon Kull is an American orchestrator. Since 1991, he has participated in 150 soundtracks. He regularly collaborates with James Newton Howard. His first project with James Horner was Troy (2004). Source: IMDb     [...]


      Barbara McDermott is a music editor.     [...]

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