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  1. Hi Guys, This is more a Video Game topic, but still... You may know that EA began a month ago a "Music Composer Series" with Kris Bowers first. Today, they released two volumes for composer James Hannigan, who scored the HP Video Games from 5 to 8. Original game soundtracks for HP5 & 6 were released in 2007-ish, then disappeared from official stores. Today, two volumes were released and surprise: they are exactly the two original soundtracks (with superior sound quality up to 24bit/44.1kHz) : Vol.1 is Half-Blood Prince game soundtrack https://open.spotify.com/album/234mcpdkR9lNkLt3TrPtkZ?si=rl6Pj0c4Sly0HsacdPCuDw Vol.2 is Order of the Phoenix game soundtrack https://open.spotify.com/album/3moJz33K42hRFc1TnxnWWf?si=rmntc5HtSN6V7EaEmKGHbQ Now, EA did not release any information about this series. So why releasing two HP soundtracks in the wrong order? Why not assume these releases? Can we expect others? I've tweeted both EA & James Hannigan for more information, but if you guys have some it could be interesting! Cheers :)
  2. Renai Leeben Villanueva


    Music can be seen around us. It differs from which country you belong. There are also a variety of music like Jazz, Pop, RnB and the likes. Music have so many uses in our daily life. It could be stress reliever, entertainment, etc. I want to know what type of music you listen to, which country does it come from, and who is the artist. I'm gonna share mine. I love Western, K-pop, P-pop, and Christian Music. In Western, I like the boy group One Direction. I love the meaning of their songs and the tune is very relaxing. In K-pop or Korean pop, I like EXO though there are a lot of groups. I'm loyal to them. I love their songs because just by hearing it, you can know what it convey even though you can't understand the song. I also like the dance. P-pop or Pinoy pop, this is my country's own music. I like all Filipino artist, I salute them. I like the tunes and the message it convey. Christian Music or religous music. It gives me inspiration when I feel down. When I feel like nothing will be okay. These musics are my strength during my bad days. Here's mine now it's you turn
  3. This is a long post to come to the eventual question of Do You Have a favourite Harry Potter track? So feel free to skip over my essay if you'd like. In recent years I've come to really appreciate how non-diegetic sound (usually a score or track played over the action, but not part of the action) can shape a film. I think a good score can make a film, whilst a bad score can break it. I'll only be talking about the score on the original films, as I've listened to these a lot more than the Fantastic Beast films, or Cursed Child play (but I can do a post on those if it's interesting enough). For the most part I'll try to refer to the With Harry Potter, I think for the most part, the scores composed by John Williams (1-3), Patrick Doyle (4) the few tracks from James Buckle, Steve Claydon and Jarvis Cocker in GoF, Nicholas Hooper (5-6) and Alexandre Desplat (7-8) are overwhelmingly positive with their placement in the films. They don't overwhelm you, nor do they feel forced. Each piece has been carefully composed and constructed to fit the scene, the plot, and build the atmosphere. I don't know much about music composition, but finding myself coming back to film scores time and time again, I got thinking... In college, the OOTP soundtrack was my favourite, and I'd listen to that most out of the films. I thought the Fireworks track was particularly effective for the scene, which Hooper later built on for Weasley Stomp in HBP. However, that was never my favourite track on them. It was always Umbridge Spoils a Beautiful Morning, for being so effective I could visualise the scene. It didn't matter where I was, I could always see the sequence playing. Now, almost five years on, I've realised that I have favourites for a completely different reason. I still love Fireworks and Weasley Stomp, part due to the significance they have in my Film Studies Journey. However, my favourite album is the Philosopher's Stone. There are several motifs (repeated moments) that make John Williams tracks so identifiable, and each track feels like it's made for just listening to, as well as accompanying whatever is on screen. Mr Longbottom Flies is so iconic (I have a story attached to this track, so let me know if you want to hear it), Harry's Wondrous Wold, Prologue and Hedwig's theme are such a staple across all the films. However, it's Diagon Alley and the Gringotts Vault that makes me smile, and I think it's just the transition from Diagon Alley to Gringott's that I really love and appreciate, and sets the tone for the rest of the film - fantastical, but slightly darker underneath the wondrous first impression of magic. To conclude this essay, I'll leave you with my three favourite tracks (although if you've read this, you can probably guess them.) Diagon Alley and the Gringotts Vault - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - John Williams. Weasley Stomp - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - Nicholas Hooper. Umbridge Spoils a Beautiful Morning - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Nicholas Hooper. Do you have any favourite tracks from the films? Or overall album? I'd love to see which ones you enjoy the most!

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