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I'm really starting to hate this year. 

Several of my idols--people I admired through my youth and who inspired and impressed me--are gone.  Sadly, James Horner is the latest.

Horner, who died in a plane crash on Monday, was one of the best movie composers of our time.  In a career spanning over thirty years, his music added so much to many great films.  Even when some felt that he repeated himself, his musical scores were still distinct, still his.

BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, ALIENS, AVATAR, COCOON, KRULL, and BICENTENNIAL MAN were his notable forays into science fiction (he also composed the music for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), with ALIENS and STAR TREK II being standouts, even though the music for ALIENS was made under rushed, uncomfortable conditions (it sure as hell doesn't sound like it was).  Horner's further collaborations with ALIENS' director James Cameron would be even greater; he composed the Oscar-winning score for TITANIC in 1997 and AVATAR in 2009.  He was working with Cameron on the next AVATAR films when he died.  Fittingly, both men started their careers in film by working on movies produced by Roger Corman (a list that includes Francis Ford Coppolla, Joe Dante, Jack Nicholson and the late Richard Matheson).

Even though he was prolific in science fiction, Horner ventured into more contemporary and "period piece" films.  Among these included GLORY, APOLLO 13, BRAVEHEART, TITANIC, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, AN AMERICAN TAIL, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, FIELD OF DREAMS, DEEP IMPACT, THE ROCKETEER, and even the CBS Evening News when Katie Couric hosted (!).

For me, Horner's music was distinct, adding a lot to a film.  For many, he was one of the composers known as the "Big Js"--John Williams (the STAR WARS films, SCHINDLER'S LIST) and the late Jerry Goldsmith (PATTON, PLANET OF THE APES).  He left us far too soon, and he will be sorely missed.

If there is any consolation, it's that his music will live on in the films he worked on.

More on James Horner:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0000035/?r…

www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2…

www.usatoday.com/story/life/mo…

www.independent.co.uk/news/peo…

io9.com/rip-james-horner-compo…

www.usatoday.com/story/life/mu…

www.firstshowing.net/2015/osca…

trekmovie.com/2015/06/23/james…


James Horner on scoring STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982):



Three pieces by Horner (two from ST II, one from ALIENS):







A 2010 interview:

  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: The Bob and Chez Show
  • Reading: Freezing vol 1 & 2; Genocidal Organ
  • Watching: Batman Begins; Ergo Proxy
  • Playing: RE Revelations 2; Destiny (full version)
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

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Marc McKenzie
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Suki-Manga Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
thank you for the watch! :w00t:
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JDogindy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!
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RedShoulder Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Thanks, John!  Much appreciated.
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JDogindy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, you're so welcome.  How was it?
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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Happy Birthday.
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RedShoulder Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Many thanks!
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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional Filmographer
welcome.
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday, man. Hope you have a good one! c:
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RedShoulder Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Thanks, man!  I will try to enjoy it as much as I can!
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mhunt Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Happy Birthday!
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