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Firefly soundtrack update--need your help!

POSTED BY: CANTTAKESKY
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Friday, February 6, 2004 10:46 AM

CANTTAKESKY


I just got off the phone with the person in charge of the Firefly soundtrack at FOX. She is a Firefly fan and is very supportive of the soundtrack project. However, she says the soundtrack market is "in doldrums" right now, and they have decided not to issue the Firefly score through the conventional CD route. They plan to sell it on the internet instead, through downloads.

The problem is, this project is very low in priority right now. What browncoats can do is email FOX at askfox@foxinc.com to let them know there is a demand for Firefly's music. Please be polite and tell them you want to buy the music. These emails will be collected and used to make a case for releasing the soundtrack to Firefly as soon as possible.

I have heard some of the music that will be on the soundtrack, and I'm telling you that it is a MUST for all Firefly fans. The score stands VERY well on its own and is simply sensational. My interview with Greg Edmonson will be published on a soundtrack website shortly. I'll post a link to FFF.net when it is up.

In the meantime, PLEASE write FOX and let them know we love Firefly and want the music however we can get it.

Can't Take My Gorram Sky

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Friday, February 6, 2004 11:47 AM

PUMAMANREDUX


Quote:

Originally posted by canttakesky:
In the meantime, PLEASE write FOX and let them know we love Firefly and want the music however we can get it.



Well ... I made my pitch for an actual CD of the music a few moments ago and sent an email out to the addy given

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. (Alfred Hitchcock)

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Friday, February 6, 2004 12:38 PM

FIREFLYWILDCARD1


I just sent an email to them about the Firefly soundtrack. I hope it helps! I asked for an actual CD release too. It would be so cool if they did it!

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Friday, February 6, 2004 12:49 PM

ARCBEATLE


Me too! I'm sooo hoping this comes out, and set it on the shrine- I mean the shelf- next to the DVD's.

People only beleive somehting if it's in a movie

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Friday, February 6, 2004 1:29 PM

MAXTEMKIN


This is so grassroots... you guys are amazing. My e-mail is sent!

- Max

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Friday, February 6, 2004 1:33 PM

RIVERSBOUNTY


I just sent an email to FOX voicing my interest in the soundtrack. :-)

-Pat

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Friday, February 6, 2004 1:56 PM

SHINY


Done.

RIVER
Purple elephants are flying.
MAL
Good. Thanks for the update.

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Friday, February 6, 2004 2:55 PM

CANTTAKESKY


Thanks everyone who sent in an email. Firefly fans are the best!

I too am very disappointed that they don't plan to issue a CD. But at this point, I am just glad the soundtrack is still going to be made.

Please keep this thread alive for a day or two longer, so that as many browncoats as possible can read it and send in an email. I told them that there is a market and demand for the soundtrack, and that Firefly fans are making their own CD's from the DVDs. They need to hear from more than just one person that it's true.

I really wish you can hear this proposed soundtrack. I told Greg Edmonson that I had 2 recurring thoughts as I listened to it.

1) Someone, PLEASE give this man a movie to score. (Preferably a movie named Firefly.)
2) It is a CRIME that I am the only one hearing it. All browncoats and film music fans need to hear this.

So you see, I have become emotionally attached to the soundtrack and to seeing it happen as soon as possible. Thanks again for your help.

Can't Take My Gorram Sky

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Friday, February 6, 2004 2:56 PM

ATHERTONWING


done and done!

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Friday, February 6, 2004 2:59 PM

SHINY


Incidentally, you should also post on the official boards:

http://forums.prospero.com/foxfirefly/

RIVER
Purple elephants are flying.
MAL
Good. Thanks for the update.

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Friday, February 6, 2004 3:37 PM

KERNELM


Oh man, you're killing me with all this talk. My home-made FF CD hasn't left my car's stereo since I made it.

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Friday, February 6, 2004 4:45 PM

CANTTAKESKY


Good idea Shiny. I just posted at the Firefly forum. Thanks for the suggestion.

Can't Take My Gorram Sky

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Friday, February 6, 2004 5:18 PM

CANTTAKESKY


Quote:

My home-made FF CD hasn't left my car's stereo since I made it.


I remember drooling over the thought of that CD myself, when you first posted that you made it.

How did you record the music from the DVD? Maybe I can try to make one myself.

Can't Take My Gorram Sky

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Friday, February 6, 2004 5:18 PM

PUMAMANREDUX


You would think with all the DVD sales a soundtrack might be worth Fox's time ... perhaps a limited run at first .. I know it costs bucks to make the CDs, etc.



Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. (Alfred Hitchcock)

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Friday, February 6, 2004 5:22 PM

SPACEMONKEY


Sent off my email. hope it helps!! I really want this goran CD =-)

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Friday, February 6, 2004 5:45 PM

KERNELM


Quote:

Originally posted by Aywyn:
Quote:

Originally posted by KernelM:
Oh man, you're killing me with all this talk. My home-made FF CD hasn't left my car's stereo since I made it.


I've been listening the Ballad of Serenity on repeat for the last month or so. What other songs do you have on your CD?


I posted about it here:
http://fireflyfans.net/thread.asp?b=2&t=3065

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Friday, February 6, 2004 5:52 PM

KERNELM


Quote:

Originally posted by canttakesky:
Quote:

My home-made FF CD hasn't left my car's stereo since I made it.


I remember drooling over the thought of that CD myself, when you first posted that you made it.

How did you record the music from the DVD? Maybe I can try to make one myself.


I used pcm output in mplayer (a multimedia player designed for Unix, but I believe there's a Windows version. http://mplayerhq.hu It's sort of tricky to install though.)

Searching for "dvd audio ripper" on google should give you programs for Windows/Mac. I don't have any experience with them though.

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Saturday, February 7, 2004 4:36 AM

MALFORMED


My e-mail is in!!

I also have a radio show here in Pittsburgh and would love to incorporate music from Firefly into the show.

I have no idea how to lift audio from DVDs and would appreciate any help that could be given. And how would you eliminate the dialogue???



david

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Saturday, February 7, 2004 5:27 AM

CANTTAKESKY


Quote:

I also have a radio show here in Pittsburgh and would love to incorporate music from Firefly into the show.

I am talking to FOX's legal department now about permission for even a few 30 second clips to put on the interview. Ideally, they want you to pay for a performance license from ASCAP/BMI. I don't know how radio shows do it, but if you can get legal permission, then they might even send you a CD you can use so you don't have to lift it off the DVD.

Can't Take My Gorram Sky

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Saturday, February 7, 2004 7:05 AM

MAXTEMKIN


If anyone has some audio Mp3 tracks of firefly music, I would be happy to provide storage space and bandwidth on my server for people to download from.

Contact me at Max@Temkin.com or on AIM at EnDreamStudios

Thanks!

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Saturday, February 7, 2004 8:45 AM

GEORDIESTEVE2003


Hi, UK fan here, this might sound odd, but there is a radio station here called Classic FM, that basically plays classical music, however in recent years they have been playing more and more movie soundtracks, such as Lord of the Rings, and even some other 'classic' style music. I think the Firefly soundtrack would also sit very comfortably on such a radio station if it was heard.

I've also sent an email to Fox and posted the first post from this thread on some other sites I know of where people are fans of the show and in some of the Firefly yahoo groups in order to get more people mailing!!

Steve

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Saturday, February 7, 2004 9:24 AM

SOUTHERNMERC


Done, and done!

I sorta have a soundtrack running in my head constantly anyway, so having real music playing at the same time is a bonus!

Keep flying!

Jayne: "How big a room?"

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Saturday, February 7, 2004 9:28 AM

KERNELM


Quote:

Originally posted by MalFormed:
I have no idea how to lift audio from DVDs and would appreciate any help that could be given. And how would you eliminate the dialogue???


I posted previously about the software I used. And basically... you can't eliminate the dialogue. One reason (among many others) I can't wait for a real score release.

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Sunday, February 8, 2004 9:53 AM

SERENA


Just sent my email asking for a CD.
Thanks for the info.

"Every well bred, petty crook knows that the small, concealable weapons always go to the far left of the place setting."

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Sunday, February 8, 2004 7:00 PM

SADLITTLEKING


E-mail away. I specifically asked for a CD release.

Hope this effort works.

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Monday, February 9, 2004 6:35 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Sent my email!

I would really prefer a CD, but if I have to burn it from the internet, I will.

"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."


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Monday, February 9, 2004 9:20 PM

SNEAKER98


Email sent :) This browncoat wants the soundtrack VERY badly.

I would indeed prefer a CD, but I'll buy it either way (and just make my own cd with my legally purchased song downloads).

"I do the job... and then I get paid. Go run your little world."
-Malcolm Reynolds

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Monday, February 9, 2004 11:14 PM

KAI


I sent off an e-mail STRONGLY HINTING that I would prefer a CD release over buy'n'burn. I'm not satisfied until I tear off the plastic wrap and crack open a fresh jewel case.

Ah...plastic wrap. One of life's sweet, yet oft overlooked pleasures.

ANYway, one thing I thought of is that if anybody else is going to be making a pitch for CDs over downloads is to mention how much you'd love to PREORDER something like a Firefly soundtrack. Seriously, companies LOVE preorders. They love them to bits. Saying you'll buy a Firefly soundtrack when it gets made is good, but saying you'll put money up-front for it before the master disc has even been burned is better in certain corporate eyes.

Think how impressive it'd be for the first batch of not-even-made-yet CDs to sell out in, let's say, a week. Or less. It might send a message that there's an audience out here willing to front the money for stuff like this, and that the risks they (Fox or whoever) may take when it comes to this aren't really that risky after all.

Or maybe not. Who knows? But it's something to think about at any rate.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2004 12:18 AM

STEALTH


Comments forwarded from the land down under..hope it helps!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2004 2:28 AM

DAVEB


Done and done. Love the music in the show, especially the bit in 'Serenity' near the beginning when they escape from the Alliance. Fantastic stuff.

"Well my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle."

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Tuesday, February 10, 2004 11:30 AM

LTNOWIS


Quote:

Originally posted by sneaker98:
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I would indeed prefer a CD, but I'll buy it either way (and just make my own cd with my legally purchased song downloads).




See, I have the opposite plan: I'll buy the CD, and rip it onto my hard drive. Of course, I'd still prefer a CD. I could put it in my CD case and look at the pretty box.

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Sunday, February 15, 2004 10:52 AM

VENA


Done.

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Sunday, February 15, 2004 11:14 AM

JAKE7


Done!

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Sunday, February 15, 2004 2:20 PM

CANTTAKESKY


Thank you!

You all might be interested in reading the interview with Greg Edmonson, the composer of Firefly, now available online.

The article is not just about the music, but has lots of scoops about the making of the show.

http://www.tracksounds.com/specialfeatures/Interviews/interview_greg_e
dmonson.htm


Here are some highlights:
Quote:

Joss' original vision was of a single guy just sitting on the front porch just playing guitar and singing the song. But FOX always thought of this as a more straight ahead action show...

That is why, if you'll notice, anytime we had a shot of the Serenity in space, it is always guitar and/or fiddle, never horn. This was the antithesis of Star Trek. Does the horn work? Absolutely. But Joss wasn't remaking Star Trek....

The very last piece of music I wrote for this show was when Inara tells Mal she's leaving in the Heart of Gold. And that scene was heart wrenching to me, knowing that there would not be another....

And a lot more!


Can't Take My Gorram Sky

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Sunday, February 15, 2004 3:20 PM

SLAYER730


I sent an email as well, also asking for a cd release. Since the blaster worm, I have no sound driver on my computer (and therefore, no sound) AND it killed my cd burner as well. If they put it out there to download, I could do it, but it would sit on my computer with no way for me to access it.

***Never judge a book by its movie***

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Sunday, February 15, 2004 3:28 PM

FLYINFREE


Done.

"...we're still flyin'."
"That's not much."
"It's enough." Malcolm Reynolds and Simon Tam - Serenity

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Sunday, February 15, 2004 6:04 PM

SERENITYNOW


Quote:

Originally posted by geordiesteve2003:
Hi, UK fan here, this might sound odd, but there is a radio station here called Classic FM, that basically plays classical music, however in recent years they have been playing more and more movie soundtracks, such as Lord of the Rings, and even some other 'classic' style music. I think the Firefly soundtrack would also sit very comfortably on such a radio station if it was heard.



This is a much better strategy than ripping tracks. We should be doing this legally, since stealing the music just hurts our case. I know it's only a small thing, but I say, hold off on the file sharing until Fox renounces its tentative plans to release the music. Then we can do ape-wild with ripping and downloading if they /do/ decide not to.

But here's a new plan: why not call radio stations asking for the music, all innocent-like? Sure, one person does it, they think you're crazy. And if two of you do it (*in harmony*) they'll think you're queer. But if three do it...can you imagine, /three/ people calling up a radio station and requesting the theme song or other music from the show? They'll think it's a movement. And that's what it is--the "I want a Firefly CD" movement in three-part harmony.

Message: You can get anything you want.

(Seriously, though--the Beatles got their first chance on a US radio station because some girl in MD called up her local DJ. And the /radio station/ went to the record company to get it and ended up importing one from the UK when none was available here.)

http://dryope.typepad.com/superfly/

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Sunday, February 15, 2004 6:10 PM

FIREFLYWILDCARD1


Calling the radio stations sounds like a good plan. One question though, besides the Firefly Theme (Ballad of Serenity), how would we ask for the other songs? Like the one at the end of "The Message"? There's no titles to the other songs.

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Sunday, February 15, 2004 6:45 PM

SERENITYNOW


There's no reason to be too specific. Just GUSH. DJs love passion. BE the diehard call-in guy.

I think, in addition to calling up hip classical radio stations or college campus stations for the soundtrack pieces, we could call regular Top 40 stations for the theme song--country stations could play it, too, and so could those new bluegrass/folk programs that have started up in recent years. "The Ballad of Jayne Cobb" would be right up their alley, too

Me--I'm emailing Late Junction ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world/latejunction.shtml), the laid-back world music show (you can hear it online and it is the best thing ever), which plays movie soundtracks, among other things. If you want to email them (politely, since we don't want to alienate them), they're at late.junction@bbc.co.uk. Just innocently ask to hear something from the show, and if they email you back saying they haven't heard of it, tell them how great it is.

http://dryope.typepad.com/superfly/

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Thursday, March 25, 2004 6:00 AM

SERENA


Does anyone know what happened to the Firefly Soundtrack?

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Thursday, March 25, 2004 6:55 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Good question Serena. I was wondering what the status was myself.

"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."


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Thursday, March 25, 2004 10:08 AM

CANTTAKESKY


I haven't heard anything, unfortunately. Last time I talked to someone at FOX, the lady just said that nothing has changed. She said they hadn't routed the emails we sent to her office, but that it didn't matter anyway. They are committed to releasing the soundtrack. I asked her again if there is anything fans can do to help expedite the release, and she said no.

This was vastly different from the first time I talked to her, when she encouraged me to tell fans to send emails and that they would definitely count. So I am confused. I have no idea why she would change her tune that way.

Sorry that I don't have any more news than this.

Can't Take My Gorram Sky

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Thursday, March 25, 2004 10:49 AM

ALDEROUN


Done!

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Sunday, July 4, 2004 9:28 AM

VELOXI


I just sent an email myself. This is something I would definitely buy, especially if it had the piano piece from the final scene in The Message...brings a tear to my eye...

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Sunday, July 4, 2004 3:08 PM

MALICIOUS


I sent one today too. Hope we can get this done!

Mal-licious

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Sunday, July 4, 2004 3:31 PM

DOCTORTAM


mail sent. Any chance we're going to get The Ballad of Jayne/Hero of Canton as a bonus track

Why doesn't it ever go smooth?

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Sunday, July 4, 2004 5:03 PM

PCM311


E-mail sent...I wonder if the people that respond to Fox mail are sick of the "Firefly" fans yet. We just keep petitioning and petitioning. They should learn just to give us what we want. They can't possibly make us go away.

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Sunday, July 4, 2004 9:11 PM

KOHAN


email sent

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