Visit the studio of James Horner

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

  1. miket

    miket Team Dany

    May 17, 2016
    New York
    Unbelievably sad. Damn....

    Huh! That's the movie that did it for me too; it was most likely the first time my parents took me to the theater. I was four, I think. His name was one of the first that I started recognizing in credits and on VHS boxes.

    I bet he was responsible for lots of lightbulb moments like ours.
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  2. KEM

    KEM Active Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    St. Louis, MO
    Should’ve called himself James Hoarder with all the stuff he’s got in that room hahaha, really neat to see this though, probably one of the most interesting looking studios I’ve ever seen.

    RIP James, one of the best to ever do it.
  3. Fab

    Fab protect your ears!

    Feb 18, 2016
    ha, that a very odd looking room, like a little shop.

    I can imagine his niece or something coming in and being like WOWOW!

    then she takes a plane of the shelf.....and ruins the perfect 4k reflections
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  4. South Thames

    South Thames Member

    Oct 15, 2017
    I share your ambivalence about that, and I probably shouldn’t have been curious, but alas… I certainly did not expect to find such horrible news.

    I recall being totally knocked over by Land Before Time and Cocoon, probably in early 90s - it was the kind of music that seemed to speak to childhood dreams in everyone; sentimental but with not an ounce of artifice or insincerity. That led to discovery of Star Trek, Aliens and many of his other great scores of the 80s.

    I can still watch the opening of the Land Before Time and, despite being aware as I now am of its heavy debts to several major classical composers, just marvel at his ability to cast that sequence as one long, majestic, unfurling balletic overture. His ability to seamlessly score long-form sequences like that was, from the very beginning, hugely impressive, and he elevated that film beyond measure, as he did many others.

    Then there was a period in early 90s that was incredibly fertile for him, where just seemed to go from strength to strength, producing dozens of model scores in hugely divergent genres and styles: Rocketeer, Sneakers, Clear And Present Danger, Spitfire Grill etc. At that point, briefly, I was buying new Horner albums without seeing the films.

    I part company with a lot of Horner fans in that 1995 is when my interest in him waned a bit. The Celtic stuff (which, like many of his signature styles, originated in his hugely inventive late 80s/early 90s period) was never my favourite, his invention slowed down and he increasingly began repeating himself to a fault (I'd have been more impressed by Apollo 13 if I hadn't heard much of it in Sneakers), and the films became bigger, more conventional and less varied, which typically drew less interesting results. But he could still knock them out the park like nobody else when the right film came along— Beautiful Mind, Iris etc.
  5. OP

    fiestared Vintage -but- not obsolete

    Aug 18, 2013
    The James Horner's studio is really the proof that the "best studio" is the one where you feel good, at home, your nest... each time I come to my "studio", I've got the feeling to arrive in my "paradise". My dream is a studio in a tree, at the summit of a big tree(I love trees, I talk to them...), I think I could live there making Music with all my toys for ever...
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  6. Craig Duke

    Craig Duke Member

    Dec 12, 2004
    I hate to sound like my mother but how do you dust all that stuff?
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  7. OP

    fiestared Vintage -but- not obsolete

    Aug 18, 2013
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  8. LamaRose

    LamaRose Gato Mighty!

    Oct 26, 2015
    Notice the large Stanley tool chest and hardware bins? Seems James was not just collecting his oddities, but also building some himself.

    Clutter is not my thing, but that's an awesome space that speaks of mortal life with the dream of immortal transience. Another beautiful mind.

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