HWR RELEASES...

HWR RELEASES...
Working with Composers: Scott Glasgow, BC Smith and Stevan Mena

PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS?



Hey, boys and girls....
Not much happening in my world, except... except I finally finished my "IT" t-shirts, looking good and now I don't know what the hell to do with them? Sure sell them, wanna do it right and not rush into anything.  Anyone have any luck selling shirts on ETSY, I am worried about not covering the right information and or just offering them here. Paying with PayPal and give you all the details here. 

In-progress Information: Using layers of colors to create, digitally drawn, 70's design inspired and Stephen King inspired. Also bonus: on positive reviews that include a selfie, I will turn you into a zombie... this is something I offered years ago. Another bonus, all who leave positive feedback, selfie and add me to your favorites will be added to a giveaway for a free 16x20 of my IT design that will be given out in the end. THANK YOU.
 
So speak up, pass this around... send people my way and let's get IT done... see what I did there.
-Jeremy [Retro]

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Missing John Candy... that is all!

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Rutger Hauer... Tears in the World!


The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.

He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.

We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.  -rutgerhauer.org

SAD DAY... one of my favorite actors, from start to finish... rest in peace, my actor friend!
-Jeremy [Retro]

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Well the Heat is On and WE SALUTE YOU!


The Survivors [1983]... Walter Matthau [July died 2008], Jerry Reed [Sept died 2008] and Robin Williams [Aug died 2016].  'Once they declare war on each other, watch out. You could die laughing.' The Survivors isn't about two men declaring war on each other; it's about two New Yorkers without anything in common who become friends. The advertisers probably didn't know what to do with it because it's a comedy for grownups. There's a lot of unconventional humor in the writing by Michael Leeson. Robin Williams' work transcends the film's flaws. He acts with an emotional purity that I can't pretend to understand. A lot of the comedy comes from his being a grownup with this ranting little kid inside him. Walter Matthau gives a quiet, old pro's performance.
 
Not cool, my air conditioner went out and had to be replaced... of course it's the hottest it's been in weeks. So stay positive and all have a Happy July 4th!
-Jeremy [Retro] 

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Space, I am right?

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Q and A with Composer Roc Chen on "THE WANDERING EARTH" 2ND TOP GROSSING FILM IN 2019


Jeremy [Six Strings]: Can you tell us how you got involved on this project THE WANDERING EARTH. and how you approached this score musically?

Roc Chen: About 14 years ago - how fast time flies - I wrote a book on how to use a Digital Audio Workstation called Adobe Audition, published by Posts and Telecom Press Co, one of the biggest publishing companies in China. The book was highly acclaimed and inspired many musicians to incorporate the Adobe Audition software in their creative process to make their music better. Fortunately, Gong Geer, the producer of THE WANDERING EARTH, was one of those readers of my book. It was through him that I got to know the director of THE WANDERING EARTH, Frant Gwo, and the three of us have built a very trusting relationship.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Can you share something that happened behind the scenes on THE WANDERING EARTH, something that is not covered in your bio, and a favorite composer and why?

Roc Chen: On a sunny afternoon, I met director Frant Gwo for the first time in his studio.  He said, we are making a sci-fi film, but we want to do it a little bit differently. The idea of THE WANDERING EARTH is that when our solar system is having a crisis, we don’t build rockets and fly away. Instead, we choose to install engines, transforming the Earth with the ability to wander through the solar system. Why would we want to leave the solar system on our home planet, not because a lot of us just finished paying off our home mortgage, but because of our love and emotion for this beautiful planet which we call home. Humans have a deep emotional connection with Earth. It’s so deep, that even when disaster threatens the balance, we'll leave with our home.

These ideas and words deeply touched me and I was greatly inspired. So much so that I wrote a melody on the taxi ride home. After a few days, I received the film clips and was totally fascinated by the city-sized planet engines, visual effects, etc. Seeing all the spectacular pieces of this film, I was blown away and knew I had to rethink what I wrote in the taxi and I went ahead to write a new theme, sort of like those superhero themes. My fellow musicians thought it was great, but I was concerned and not quite happy until I realized a superhero theme wasn’t THE WANDERING EARTH; it should feel like the Earth is conquering the entire universe! So I went back to the original melody I wrote in the taxi, where those first seeds of inspiration were planted, and I played it on a piano for  the director and right after I finished, he said "I’ve got goosebumps all over me now".

Thus, this emotional melody become the main theme of THE WANDERING EARTH and you can hear it in the opening title scene, where Earth starts to sail along with the gentle speech "Goodbye, Solar System..."  The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of this cue really enhanced this epic but sad moment for all humankind.

Another fun story from behind the scenes happened while we were recording piano at Abbey Road Studios. At first I played the piano as my eyes watched the film clips. It was ok, but some notes weren’t quite synced to the picture. We tried several times with the same issue, so Frant had me turn off the monitor and focus on pouring the emotion out of my fingertips. The results were perfect - great sound and rich in emotion! Frant told me, "All the notes are synced more accurately to the picture now."

My favorite composer is Claude Debussy, I love the color, pattern and the change between light and darkness in his music, it's like watching a beautiful painting of Monet.


Jeremy [Six Strings]: What are you hoping the fans of this project THE WANDERING EARTH, from film to score, will walk away with musically?

Roc Chen: Although it's music written for a sci-fi film filled with action and visual effects. I still hope it sparks an emotional connection with fans. Gladly, I see many fan-made videos with the main theme music in the background. I also see many fans who are talented musicians playing the main theme on all kinds of instruments. I heard many people were brought to tears at the climax of this film, where the music is just a simple piano (the cue is "Farewell Under the Stars".) We planned this nearly silent, intimate piano moment without any sound effects, in hopes the audience would hear their own breath, or have reflections on their own stories. So I hope the music of THE WANDERING EARTH will continue to touch the hearts of people and connect to their own stories.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: What will you personally take away from this project THE WANDERING EARTH and how did this help build to your next project?

Roc Chen:  Always follow your instinct and write not from your brain, but from your heart. 

THANK YOU! Check this out, this film has grossed 700 Million Dollars [CLICK HERE] and it was a complete honor to share this with you. Also get this score released on MILAN RECORDS, THANK YOU to them for helping set this all up...
-Jeremy [Retro]
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Q and A with Composer David Schwartz on "ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT" Season 5... Lost Interview.


THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME...

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Working with several television shows, and now being brought back to a familiar scene, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT... How does that feel? What were your first thoughts when you got that call?

David Schwartz:  Any time I get the AD's call, it’s a cause for celebration!  Since ARRESTED never really goes away, it doesn’t feel like a re-boot.  That said, I’m always trying to build on the music from past seasons and hopefully improve it.

Jeremy [Six Strings]: How do you prepare for this? Were you told any direction to move or just following past seasons of your contributions to ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT?

David Schwartz:  Mitch Hurwitz, the creator/genius of AD, and I have developed a very unique shorthand after 15 years.  It actually goes back longer than that, as I have done four or five shows with Mitch.  We spot each episode and that’s where his direction comes from.  We try a lot of different things.  This season, there was less direction than in the past.  That may have resulted in me being a little harder on myself, or at least trying to write a couple of different options for the scenes that I could see going in a couple of different directions. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]: With shows like ROSEANNE, WILL AND GRACE, and a few others, do you think the future holds more of making a return after a long hiatus, and what show would you like to see on the comeback?

David Schwartz:  I keep hearing about my first show NORTHERN EXPOSURE returning… I would be absolutely thrilled!  NORTHER was a hit, but there was another show I did way back when, called MAXIMUM BOB.  It starred Beau Bridges as a Florida Judge who always gave the maximum sentence.  It only lasted one brief season, but it was way ahead of its time.  I’d love to see that show come back!  


Jeremy [Six Strings]: Ask yourself a question that you wish people would ask... that they haven’t.

David Schwartz: Well, now that you ask, I wish people would ask about another series of mine, THE GOOD PLACE.  I am so fortunate to be composing on two series that I absolutely adore.  THE GOOD PLACE is very different from AD - I’m using a very limited palate, and only certain styles of music work for THE GOOD PLACE.  That said, within those limitations, there’s still a great deal of variety and creative freedom.  Both shows have brilliant show-runners, great writers, and exceptional casts, so it’s easy to stay inspired. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]: Who are some of the influences/people you wanted to meet in composing, that you would love to meet?

David Schwartz: Stravinsky.

THANK YOU, AGAIN!
-Jeremy [Retro]
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