Favorite Active Film Composers?

I like Rachel Portman although she's not my favorite.

I've become acquainted with and really like Ursine Vulpine's trailer music (Frederick Lloyd).

https://soundcloud.com/ursine-vulpine

Thomas Newman is one of my favs.

I also really like Brian Tyler's Children of Dune and Greatest Game Ever Played scores....

Too many to name...
 
Michael Giaccino, good stuff. I didn't know his name before today, but I like all of those scores (the ones I've seen/heard anyway). Ditto that for Dean Valentine. Scoopic, the music you linked of his almost sounds like a what would happen if Elfman and Zimmer collaborated.

As far as Williams is concerned, it is my opinion that he's still at the top of his game. I don't agree that there's been any drop-off in quality or innovation. His score is damn-near the only reason to watch any of the Star Wars prequels, and I think the music was just as good in Force Awakens. And frankly, I'm stunned that anyone would suggest his quality of worked dropped off after Jedi. I mean, Jurassic Park!!!

I'm also eager to see what comes of Junkie XL. I think his collaboration with Zimmer on Supe.v.Bat was fantastic, and I LOVED what he did for Fury Road.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xllG3fSUAOw
+1 on Junkie XL, the man is a genius!

His YouTube channel is a hive of film composing tutorials and vintage synth porn, what's not to love?!

https://www.youtube.com/user/junkiexlofficial
 
Michael Giaccino, good stuff. I didn't know his name before today, but I like all of those scores (the ones I've seen/heard anyway). Ditto that for Dean Valentine. Scoopic, the music you linked of his almost sounds like a what would happen if Elfman and Zimmer collaborated.

As far as Williams is concerned, it is my opinion that he's still at the top of his game. I don't agree that there's been any drop-off in quality or innovation. His score is damn-near the only reason to watch any of the Star Wars prequels, and I think the music was just as good in Force Awakens. And frankly, I'm stunned that anyone would suggest his quality of worked dropped off after Jedi. I mean, Jurassic Park!!!

I'm also eager to see what comes of Junkie XL. I think his collaboration with Zimmer on Supe.v.Bat was fantastic, and I LOVED what he did for Fury Road.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xllG3fSUAOw
I see we have the same taste.
 
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Scarecrow

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John Williams is by far the best living film composer. Even if he's not at his best, he's still better than all other composers. He is the only one left who holds a candle to the great composers of the golden age of cinema, who were completely influenced by classical music and that style should be considered the definitive way of scoring movies. The greatest film scores can stand alone as a great piece of music worthy of listening to on its own.
 

buscando

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John Williams... is the only one left who holds a candle to the great composers of the golden age of cinema, who were completely influenced by classical music and that style should be considered the definitive way of scoring movies.
Ennio Morricone, one of the greatest, still around.
 

epnu

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Apart from Hans Zimmer (loved The Dark Knight music!), I like work from Ryuichi Sakamoto (actually didn't know he did film scores until I watched The Revenant), Brian Reitzell (he did the music on Hannibal TV series, and Jon Ehrlich and Jason Derlatka (both did the sounds for House MD) and yes, I know the last two are TV shows but the sounds are incredible. Also worth mentioning is Kubrick's The Shining, the main theme of The Night Manager and the intro music in True Detective Season 1. Also, UneducatedFan, how much did you enjoy the Dune TV series? The last two episodes were better because Greg Yaitanes directed them but overall they were enjoyable.
Can't wait for Villeneuve's Dune, was positively shocked that he was chosen.
 

buscando

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That is interesting. It looks like he disagreed with the way QT used his music when he said that in 2013. But then he worked with him again in 2015's Hateful 8 & got an Oscar for it.
 

eomer41

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Here are a few music makers I really like:

Michael Giacchino
Mychael Danna
John Williams
Danny Elfman
Philip Glass
 

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