Game of Thrones Orchestra

Although similar, they are extremely intentional and I LOVED hearing this explanation from the writer of music, Ramin Djawadi

“The beauty about music in film is that without any dialogue on the screen you are able to guide the audience . . . By moods or even playing a certain theme, you are able to tell a story.”

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Music : Illusion and Mastery

I wasn't going to watch this one even though it kept popping up on various websites and even though I love soundtracks. I don't know why, I just didn't want to watch it.

Then, it popped up again. So I watched it.

I'm glad I did. I think you will be too.


Afterward, I was lead to this one of John Bonham, the drummer for Led Zeppelin. 

 For almost 20 years now, I've maintained a steady level of less-than-mediocre drumming skills - which is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself - so have always been drawn to really, really good drummers.

Even though I can't read music, the pictures really helped and I can now say with confidence, this guy is brilliant. 


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The Story of Soundtracks

Film without soundtracks are boring, and the art of creating a story in sound, a story that not only enhances the movie but takes over the mind of a listener, is an art that stands alone.

Ramin Djawadi, a talented musician most known for composing the music for Game of Thronesparticularly the iconic theme, shared his thoughts around how he scores a soundtrack for such a varied series. Djawadi, who started playing music at a very young age, explained how he was attune to the need for musical themes, but wanted to introduce them in such a way as to not overwhelm the audience (via).

The biggest challenge was just finding the right tone for the show, that when you hear the score, that you know this is Game of Thrones. From the beginning, we knew we wanted themes, but we also knew that we couldn’t have too many themes right away, because there’s obviously a lot of characters. There’s a lot of different houses, there’s a lot of plots. And if you convolute it too soon, I think it actually would have been confusing for the audience.

One of the greatest, Hans Zimmer, 

Some of my favorite soundtracks include, but are not limited to:

The Dark Knight, Rudy, Transformers, Rush, About Time, The King's Speech, Band of Brothers, How to Train Your Dragon (Forbidden Friendship might be one of the best songs, ever), Legends of the Fall, Dances with Wolves, Memoirs of a Geisha, Saving Privet Ryan, Last of the Mohicans, and Finding Neverland - just to name a few.

There is also some great soundtrack stations on youtube that are inspiring, calming, epic, and simply beautiful

If you have some favorites, list them below!  I'd love to add them to the collection.


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Two great clips that celebrate May 4th

Music can make a movie. Sometimes great soundtracks can live on without the script or the people, but the people can never live on without the music. When it's taken away, when the power and fullness of the music is absent, the movie becomes ridiculously awkward, and boring. The ambiance lost. Like this:

Chewbacca's screams are hilarious though, and I love the coughing in the background. I wonder if the filming was similar to this. If so, respect!


The script is important though. If the dialogue is weak, or the monologues empty and fake, the movie will fall, and fall hard.

Except if it is so terrible, it becomes pure genius. 

Star Wars, translated into Chinese, then poorly translated back into English is toes the line. "Most likely, the broken English is the result of being machine translated from the Chinese script. Curiously, the subtitles were translated from a Chinese translation when the original English script could have been used" (via). Not quite genius, but still, fully entertaining (CAUTION: F-word is used).

"Send these troopseses only." Brilliant.

"Put the Gold of the D of two together very dangerous." Shakespearian. 

You can see more Backstroke of the West Highlights here.


Happy Star Wars day!!! May the wish power are together with you!


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