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Harry Potter 1-3 Isolated Scores

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John Williams once again immortalized himself to a generation of young movie-goers with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, producing an effusive neo-romantic score at a time when that style was considered long-outdated and sappy. But as studios today try to make their music edgier, noisier, and more abstract, I think Williams's traditional score helps ensure that the original Harry Potter will be a timelessly accessible film. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets follows the original movie stylistically (sometimes note-for-note; most of this music was adapted/arranged by William Ross as Williams didn't have the time to fully commit) while Prisoner of Azkaban takes a drastic left turn towards the weird, altering between sparse and outrageous underscoring as the scene demands.

Williams is one of the few film composers today who chooses (or is allowed!) to follow the action and movement of the film while still writing long-form self-contained music, and Harry Potter shows his mastery of this with great sequences like the Quidditch match in the first film, the flying car in the second, and the werewolf transformation in the third. I've edited isolated scores of all three so that you can see just how carefully he follows the action or dialogue of a scene with orchestrational details that might not come across in the normal audio mix.

For most of the project I used La-La Land Record's recent release of the three scores, but bootlegs were used to fill any gaps. I tried to reinstate any music that was "dialed out"/unused, so long as it seemed to make sense with the picture. Almost all the edits made to the music on the dubbing stage were recreated, so these audio tracks won't float out of sync with the on-screen action. For the first two films I synced to the Amazon Web-DLs and for Azkaban I used a copy of the Blu-ray, but I hope these files are in sync with any copy of the movie. Sometimes the music editor decides to cut up a piece of music or use a cue from a different section of the movie instead of keeping what the composer originally wrote. In these cases (such as the Shrieking Shack scene) I used the originally-written music instead and matched it to the movie as best I could. I think you might be surprised at how differently some of these scenes play out with the original music (Azkaban has a lot of these).

The only music I couldn't truly use was the shawm source cue in Azkaban where Mr. Weasley warns Harry about Sirius Black. I tried looping and changing the pitch of the small portion I had to recreate the cue but it didn't turn out very well -- you can be the judge. Otherwise the entire scores are presented here in fantastic quality.

All files are FLAC 16-bit; anyone interested can PM me.
I would love an isolated score. I cannot PM yet since I just joined to type this message. lol
This is incredible, I look forward to checking these out.

Two questions: any plans to do the other films in the series? And have you ever seen the Isolated Score version of Oblivion with M83's soundtrack? I'm now wondering if there is an Isolated Score version of TRON: Legacy…
I'd like to do Doyle's score for the fourth film, but there are no good audio sources for it. The other four movies have really lame scores which don't respond to the picture at all.
(This post was last modified: 2020-05-27, 02:41 PM by Lio.)
A school friend of mine knows Doyle. Turns out it's her boyfriends uncle. Could ask the question haha
There's a bootleg out there that I know Doyle is not keen on (usually labeled as "recording sessions"). Some people don't really mind bootlegs of their music being on the internet and others despise them; I think Doyle falls into the latter category.

The bootleg has most if not all the music, but there are lots of pops and cracks like it was transferred from a damaged DAT. I'm sure an official release is on La-La Land Records' radar, but who knows how many years it would take to produce that release... and honestly I think the label would be lucky just to survive 2020.
(This post was last modified: 2020-05-27, 03:48 PM by Lio.)
Hello there Lio! This is a tremendous project! I cannot imagine how much work.

Like sidds up above I registered with the express interest of acquiring one of these isolated scores. And like sidds up above, I too am unable to PM you. Long story short - is there anyway you could PM me the isolated score for Sorcerer's Stone?

My friends and I are interested in staging a web-based viewing of Brad Neely's "Wizard People, Dear Reader," a comedic audio track synced to the film (and classic film in its own right!!) that alas includes no music. Sooo I've been poking around trying to find an isolated music track of Sorcerer's Stone to sync up with that audio track. Your project would be perfect!!

Alright maybe I can wait a day and try to PM you worse come to worse but either wayyyyy have a good one all!

edit: lol i figured it out
(This post was last modified: 2020-07-10, 02:20 AM by mplayer164.)

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