This week the Indy 5 announcement gets discovered all over again, Chris A from IJ in the UK returns to salute Professor Oxley, Ron is back with another bite-sized Indy fun fact, Double T’s has another Grail Chronicles review, the Further Adventures team are back with a look at the Iron Phoenix and we have more of your great emails.
This week Indy gets IMAXed, we announce the winner of our Detroit Patch Company contest, Official IndyCast Correspondent Mitch Hallock talks awards, the Further Adventures’ Joe Stuber shares some exclusive audio of his recent chat with Mark Hamill, Double T’s looks into the Peacock’s Eye, Ron returns with another bite-sized Indy fun fact and we have more of your great emails!
This week Official IndyCast Correspondent Mitch Hallock talks Last Crusade, Harrison has a close call, we farewell Professor Oxley, Ron Phelps has another update and giveaway thanks to the Detroit Patch Company, we tease a new segment coming to the IndyCast, Double T’s and the History behind the Mystery return in segments not for the faint of heart, Ron returns with another bite-sized Indy fun fact and we have more of your great emails!
Just in time for the maestro’s 85th birthday, join hosts Ron Longo and Laird Malamed along with fan Deborah Guzman as they celebrate the music and inspiration that is John Williams! [In Stereo]
In our first regular episode for 2017, I catch up with Adam McDaniel who talks about his Richard Amsel documentary, Official IndyCast Correspondent Mitch Hallock looks at Raiders gaffes, Chris A is back with another instalment of IJ in the UK, Ron returns with another bite-sized Indy fun fact, Double T’s looks at the White Witch and we have more of your great emails!
As we ring in 2017, join hosts Ron Longo and Laird Malamed as they pay tribute to Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, discuss Rogue One and continue to take another in-depth look at the music and inspiration that is John Williams! [In Stereo]
This week in our final mega-episode for 2016, I catch up with Official IndyCast Correspondent Mitch Hallock as we look back at the year in Indiana Jones, Chris A is back with another instalment of IJ in the UK, Ron returns with another bite-sized Indy fun fact, Joe talks with conductor Brett Mitchell, IndyCast listener Ron Phelps gives us the lowdown on some new Indy patches and we have more of your great emails!
In this week’s special episode we celebrate the IndyCast’s 9th anniversary as I catch up with Mitch, Laird and Joe in our traditional round table as we reminisce, discuss and look to the future of all things Indiana Jones!
Join hosts Ron Longo and Laird Malamed as they take another in-depth look at the music of John Williams! [In Stereo]
Ben Northey will be conducting Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra this November 3 -5 for 4 performances only. I had the chance to ask him a few questions about this exciting gig!
When did you first discover Indiana Jones?
I am old enough to have gone to the very first screening of Indiana Jones, which was in my home town of Ballarat in 1983.
How did you get into conducting?
I have been soaking in music since the age of three. I was a professional musician before getting into conducting with the encouragement of my teacher, John Hopkins, at university. I won a big conducting competition here in Australia and then went overseas to complete my training.
What is it about John Williams that is unlike any other composer?
John Williams has an amazing understanding of the orchestra. He really knows how to tell a story through music as well. But I think it’s the fact that he uses the full palette of colours that the orchestra offers in his writing. He writes memorable and famous themes for characters but he also knows how to prepare an audience psychologically for things that are about to happen on the screen.
Are there any classical composers that you think fans of John Williams would enjoy?
Without question! If you like the film music of John Williams you will love all of the composers who have influenced him, many of which you can hear in his orchestral writing. Composes like Igor Stravinsky, Bela Bartok, Sergei Prokofiev – a list of the hottest composers who shared many things in common with the music of John Williams.
Do you have a favourite section of the score you particularly enjoy conducting?
The main theme of Indiana Jones returns many times during The film. It’s a great burst of energy and excitement when it appears and it is so much fun to conduct. I also particularly love the great chasing scene involving Harrison Ford climbing over and under a speeding vehicle. This scene is accompanied by some of the most difficult orchestral music and to hear the orchestra being extended in this way creates a visceral level of excitement and engagement.
What are you most excited about audiences members hearing at the concert?
I think people will really enjoy hearing a large scale film orchestra playing live. There is nothing like hearing huge number of musicians working together to create a powerful and magical sound. Also I hope it brings back a lot of memories for people who enjoyed seeing Indiana Jones in the eighties.
What is next for you at the MSO?
In December I will be finishing the year with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert with vocal group The Idea of North. Should be a great way to finish 2016. There’s lots more coming up in 2017 including Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as well as the Chamber of Secrets – all with John Williams scores!
Thank you Ben for your time and all the best for the concerts. There are still a few tickets left which can be purchased via the link here!