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Are you already humming "Across the Stars"?

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Bubba_the_Genius, Apr 13, 2002.


Are you already humming "Across the Stars"?

Poll closed May 15, 2002.
  1. Yes. Yes I am.

    84 vote(s)
  2. No, even though I've already heard it.

    19 vote(s)
  3. No, because I want to be spoiler-free, dag-nabbit!

    10 vote(s)
  4. I don't what you're talking about.

    3 vote(s)
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  1. The Bigger Fish

    The Bigger Fish Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Apr 24, 2000
    "If I had 4 months, the stuff I could come up with would blow Williams stuff out of the water."

    You arrogant SOB. [face_plain]
  2. Mar17swgirl

    Mar17swgirl Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Dec 26, 2000
    No need to flame people, but I also agree that that was very arrogant comment. 90% of Williams's work is awesome, and AtS is one of his best themes.
  3. slavegirl

    slavegirl Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 6, 2001
    While I agree that was a very arrogant comment, I couldn't help agreeing with part of what he said:

    ""Across the Stars" reeks of old style and over used chord progression. There's not a bit of originality in the whole piece."

    Although "Across the Stars" is a very pretty piece, it doesn't sound new or original. But I certainly don't agree with the rest of the sentance!

    "so therefore, it's just like any other Williams composition."
  4. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Aug 6, 2001
    Wow. I love it. I think it's one of the most beautiful things he's ever written.
  5. Jeff 42

    Jeff 42 Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 14, 1998
    Did you ever stop to think that maybe it's supposed to sound like an old style romantic theme?
  6. JonathonVandergriff

    JonathonVandergriff Jedi Youngling star 1

    Dec 29, 2000
    You know guys, there are other film composers out there than John Williams. Why not take the time you would have spent flaming me and go listen to something with substance.

    Look through your soundtrack collection. Do you have mostly "songtrack" albums (the marketing geniuses realized that you don't actually have to have music that was IN the movie on the soundtrack! What a wonderful idea! Let's fill a CD with stuff that really has nothing to do with the movie!)? Or do you have mostly "scores"? Real film music fans will have very little Williams and have more Max Steiner, Bernard Hermann, Leonard Bernstein, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Alan Silvestri, and even my good old favorite Danny Elfman.

    Try it. I dare you! Just once, listen to some film music that ISN'T WILLIAMS!
  7. Imrahil2001

    Imrahil2001 Jedi Youngling star 1

    Mar 28, 2002
    Why come to a board that's explicitly about John Williams to tell people that he's inferior?

    I listen to lots of those others. Almost none of them are as entertaining as Williams is.

    For that matter, why don't you stop listening to film scores and listen to real composers?

  8. Tellesto

    Tellesto Jedi Knight star 5

    Dec 7, 1999
    The thing you?re forgetting here my friend is that although it may sound familiar, Williams is supposed to mimic those old and original styles. He isn?t trying to throw in computer generated Goth like our friend Elfman tends to do, and he doesn?t need a chorus of screaming men and women to portray emotion and elegance through musical cue. When Lucas first wrote Star Wars way back in the day, he wrote it to the tunes of classical music, Bach and Beethoven and such. Thus he envisioned the score for the film to have a classic and epic feel, yet at the same time remain familiar to the audience and listener alike.
    One thing you may notice though in the AOTC soundtrack (which is one of Williams best to date) is that he uses a lot of unfamiliar elements and musical instruments in his work this time around.
  9. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek

    Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling star 10

    Jul 9, 1999
    I just heard ATS for the first time a few minutes ago, and it is quite beautiful. I'm already humming the refrain ("do dee, do DEE do dee do do"), and I can't wait for that music to match up with visuals in the movie.
  10. Doo-Kimmie

    Doo-Kimmie Jedi Youngling star 1

    Oct 22, 2001
    The bulk of my CD collection consists of movie soundtracks, or "scores." Personally, I detest soundtracks that are simply compilations of various popular songs. I have Steiner, Hermann, Korngold, both Bernsteins, Goldsmith, Barry, Kamen, Elfman, Horner, as well as lesser known composers such as Goldenthal and Shore (although Howard Shore is now well known because of LOTR). But the only reason I listen to movie scores is because of one man: John Williams. His style is akin to the scores of the 30s and 40s (Steiner, Hermann, Korngold). He hooked me with the original Star Wars and I'm proud to say I have every movie score he ever composed.

    ATS is a nice piece of music and once we've seen it with the film, I am sure its impact will increase tenfold.

    Like any art form, of course, everything is subjective but I just wanted to say that I've listened to plenty of film scores and Williams' contribution to the medium cannot be overlooked.
  11. Imrahil2001

    Imrahil2001 Jedi Youngling star 1

    Mar 28, 2002

    My CD collection tends to be made up mostly of "serious music". "Classical" in regular parlance, though little of it is really Classical--but again, I have a fair number of soundtracks, and I must be honest and say that Williams is the reason I listen to any of it. I used to hear it as a child and imagine scenes from Star Wars to it. I progressed from there, but I can't deny that without John Williams I'd never have listened to any of the "real" music like Tchaikovsky or Prokofiev or Respighi or Debussy or Rachmaninov, etc...

    And anyway, ANH is just brilliant.

  12. Balance_Point

    Balance_Point Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jul 10, 2001
    I've been humming Across The Stars since I first snagged the MP3... that had to be almost a month ago, and I still can't get it out of my head. One of Williams's best tracks in years.
  13. DarthLefty

    DarthLefty Jedi Youngling star 2

    May 3, 2001
    'Beauiful, but sad...'

    Leia's own words describe the theme.
  14. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Aug 6, 2001
    Yes. I say it's bloody brilliant. It moved me to tears upon first listen and is every bit as excellent as I was hoping it would be.
  15. HanSolo29

    HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Apr 13, 2001
    I'm humming it now that I have the soundtrack! I can't keep the song out of my head. It's a beautiful piece of far one of the best in the Star Wars Saga.
  16. Wesmin7

    Wesmin7 Jedi Youngling star 3

    Oct 29, 2001
    WOOOOHOOOO, anyone going crazy over it?

    Are you mentaly sound if you listen to the sound track for hours and hours on end jumping up and down and running around the house in exitement?
  17. Darthkarma

    Darthkarma Jedi Padawan star 4

    Aug 30, 2000

    I think I read one time that one of the reasons Lucas and Williams want an essentially old-style romantic motif for the music in the STAR WARS saga, is that the characters, planets, environments, clothes, weapons...everything visual, are so strange and unfamiliar, that the music is intended to have a "familiar" sound to it, to give the audience an emotional grounding.

    I am reserving judgement on the soundtrack until I see it married to the visuals on the big screen, since that what it was created for. However, I do like a lot of what I've heard so far, and Across the Stars does evoke the feel of a doomed Romeo and Juliet romance, as intended.
  18. Otis_Frampton

    Otis_Frampton LFL Artist, Moderator Emeritus star 4 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jan 7, 2001
    I cannot get that (wonderful) damn song out of my head!!!!!

    Curse you, John Williams.

  19. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Aug 6, 2001
    Yes. It's gets stuck in my head a lot too!


    I love it.
  20. Lil_Lisa

    Lil_Lisa Jedi Padawan star 4

    Nov 28, 2001
    Yes! I'm already humming it and playing it in my head. :) And it's surprisingly easy to remember too. There are some songs that even after I listen to them many time, I kept forgetting how it goes. But it only takes one or two repeats to get Across the Stars in my head. :D
  21. flyingseal

    flyingseal Jedi Padawan star 4

    Mar 20, 2002
    It took a little longer for me 2 remember, when I heard it the first couple of times I forgot it in without a hour or 2 :D but now it just keeps on playing in my head :D :)
  22. Darth Arash

    Darth Arash Jedi Youngling star 3

    Jun 20, 1999
    I've listened to "Across the Stars" more than any other track so far.
  23. HawkNC

    HawkNC Former RSA: Oceania star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 23, 2001
    It's stuck in my head and it's not leaving. I can't get the Arena music out of my head's just all so good!
  24. ArtificialStupidity

    ArtificialStupidity Jedi Youngling star 3

    Apr 20, 2002
    John Williams has his own unique style - which is represented in the masterpiece Across the Stars. I love the song; one of the best pieces he has ever composed in my humble opinion. It has an epic, grand atmosphere to it - a sad, beautiful theme which I value. Due to the fact that I have not gotten my hands on the Soundtrack yet ( I will browse through the Record-shops tomorrow; for I am not sure if the Album has been released here in Finland yet ).

    I have watched the Music Video countless times; and I downloaded the track - thinking that it can not be considered piratism due to the fact that it has been officially released online ( in form of a video however ). I am not going to download the other tracks because I want to support Williams's work by buying the Album. I am not sure whether I should buy the Record before or after the Movie's premiere.

    Jonathon, many of us listen to other composers - me included. I love the work of Howard Shore, for example; thinking that the soundtrack for Fellowship of the Ring is a classic. Yet as the topic of this thread is John Williams's Across the Stars, it is obvious that no other composers are mentioned.
  25. Plo_Koen

    Plo_Koen Jedi Padawan star 4

    May 23, 2001
    Ennio Morricone?
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