This episode we hear some rumblings about Indy 5, our favourite adventurer is voted #1, Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock is back with a Raiders Rant, Joe and Keith celebrate a milestone with the Further Adventures of Indiana Jones, Ron is back with more trivia and lots more!
Summer Blockbuster Edition! Ron and Laird return for the annual tradition of looking at summer blockbusters featuring the music of John Williams. They go back to 1983 and what seemed to be the end of the Star Wars saga, Return of the Jedi. (Who knew they would think that after Revenge of the Sith again and now finally(?) with Rise of Skywalker.) Venture to Endor once again! [In Stereo]
Our latest Indy read-along adventure is here – Indiana Jones and the Spell of the Skull! The story originally appeared as “Skull Duggery” in the Indiana Jones and the Lost Treasures UK magazine issue #2. This read-along was produced and directed for the IndyCast by Joe Stuber and Keith Voss. This story is narrated by Keith Voss and edited by Joe Stuber. The cast features Rob Magee as Indiana Jones, Lito Velasco as Tuxa, and Renee Hardin as Jasy Kuna.
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This episode, Official IndyCast correspondent Mitch Hallock looks back on the 12th anniversary of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the inevitable Chris Pratt deep-fake hits the internet, Ron is back with more trivia, Chris A & Indiana Mic join forces and we have lots more!
This week we can confirm one character who won’t be returning for Indy 5, we catch up with Official IndyCast Correspondent Mitch Hallock who talks about that character’s departure, Ron returns with another bite-sized Indy fun fact, Double T’s has his final Grail Chronicles review, Chris Allan is back with a new instalment of IJ in the UK 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 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!