Visit the studio of James Horner

Discussion in 'ARTISTS INTERVIEWS: VI Spotlight' started by fiestared, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. fiestared

    fiestared Vintage -but- not obsolete

    Aug 18, 2013
  2. Wolfie2112

    Wolfie2112 Senior Member

    Thanks for sharing this, very cool...always loved his scores. The studio is both eerie and beautifully haunting.

    Also, glad to see I'm not the only one who has no acoustic treatment in their studio!
  3. clisma

    clisma Active Member

    Apr 13, 2015
    Yep, no sound proofing in there whatsoever :)
  4. AdamKmusic

    AdamKmusic Active Member

    Dec 30, 2016
    I've noticed a lot of the pros don't seem to have any acoustic treaments (JXL / HZ) etc.
  5. Divico

    Divico Senior Member

    JXL even said in an interview its done on purpose to not fool his ears by a too perfect studioish sound :D

    I guess with the amount of stuff laying everywhere in the studio he didnt have too much problems with reflections anyway :D
  6. Wolfie2112

    Wolfie2112 Senior Member

    Which is exactly why I never bought into the notion of having a treated room if you're only using VI's ;)
  7. Divico

    Divico Senior Member

    To be honest Im quite scpetic about this since in my opinion a good mix in a well treated room should translate well to any listening scenario.
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  8. clisma

    clisma Active Member

    Apr 13, 2015
    Ahem, my point of course being that while no acoustic panels were around in that room, there was plenty of other stuff going on for sound absorption and scattering. This all depends on the room you are in and how loud you listen while you work, but certainly, some kind of acoustic treatment is beneficial. What happens otherwise is that you learn to mix in that particular room - just like you get used to your headphones or speakers after a while and start compensating for their shortcomings/color. But that is hardly ideal. Though most of our environments are likely not ideal anyway.
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  9. D Halgren

    D Halgren Senior Member

    May 6, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Also, these guys are composing. Someone else is doing the mixing, somewhere else.
  10. RiffWraith

    RiffWraith Senior Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    When it comes to room acoustics, VIs = real musicians, and real musicians = VIs. There is no difference there.

    Composers generally do not have room treatment, nor acoustically correct rooms, b/c they don't mix their own stuff, as DH alluded to. Therefore, it's really not necessary; the more important thing is that they are in an environment that they are comfortable in, and that is conducive to working. Some guys may put some effort into their room acoustics, but it's really more important for the guy doing the mixing to be in a proper acoustic environment.

  11. Daniel

    Daniel Active Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    His name will not be forgotten all the time.
  12. sherief83


    Dec 11, 2009
    I'm Genuinely upset even after 3 years that i'll never get the chance to attend a concert with this man conducting, or even meet him at a fan where i can tell him how great he is.

    Life is stupid and unfairly short folks...please don't give up on your dreams
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2018
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  13. Wolfie2112

    Wolfie2112 Senior Member

    Sure, but I've seen a lot of composers with untreated rooms who are mixing their own stuff (not at Horner's level, mind you). I guess it all comes down to knowing your room.
  14. Wolfie2112

    Wolfie2112 Senior Member

    This!!!!! :elephant:
  15. rpaillot

    rpaillot Active Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    I'm also genuinely upset because the guy was having a creative return after 3 years of scoring nothing.. He did a great score for Wolf Totem , was about to score Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge, Avatar 2....

    WHY??????? :crying:
  16. South Thames

    South Thames Member

    Oct 15, 2017
    This is pretty extraordinary -- was this really his work space? How anybody could work among all that clutter is completely beyond me. I thought Zimmer's Viennese brothel was unique, but this is something else.

    The only other peek I've seen of Horner's studio is from this German TV spot from 1986 -- 'peak Horner', IMO, just after Cocoon and Aliens, and as he was writing An American Tale, but you can see it's basically the same space, minus the toys and with a lot of synthesisers that Horner later got rid of.

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  17. Rasmus Hartvig

    Rasmus Hartvig Active Member

    More like James Hoarder, right?
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  18. South Thames

    South Thames Member

    Oct 15, 2017
  19. RiffWraith

    RiffWraith Senior Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Sad indeed.

    But why is this stuff public? Of course, a famous A-List composer's passing is going to be news, but is it really necessary that the media tell the rest of us what is happening with his trust? Why is that anyone's business?
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  20. NoamL

    NoamL Winter <3

    Jul 6, 2015
    Los Angeles
    Seeing Apollo 13 (when I was eight!) was one of the first times I can remember understanding the magic that music adds to movies. Fantastic composer, a really sad loss.
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