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AthleteIamA professional slackliner, and so is my husband, and we just got married in the sky! 400 feet in the air on a spacenet, complete with BASE jumping flower girls, aerialists, and highliners! AMA!

Dec 3rd 2017 by kimweglin • 32 Questions • 67 Points

First, let's get the proof out of the way. So, now, I am managing our company's largest store, and am swamped with managerial duties, training employees, and dealing with annoying vendors. But, I'm taking some time out for all of you guys.

There are lots of new, exciting things that have recently come out/are coming soon!

For those who NEED the most power, I've got just the Crack you need! Since we last talked, there are new bagless and cordless vacuums on the market, and some other exciting things.

So, on to business...here's the copypasta.

First AMA

Second AMA

Last AMA

YouTube Channel Here's some basics to get you started:

  • Dollar for dollar, a bagged vacuum, when compared to a bagless, will almost always:

1) Perform better (Actual quality of cleaning).

2) Be in service for much longer.

3) Cost less to repair and maintain (Often including consumables).

4) Filter your air better.

Virtually every vacuum professional in the business chooses a bagged vacuum for their homes, because we know what quality is. Things you should do to maintain your vac, regularly:

1) Clear your brush roller/agitator of hair and fibers. Clear the bearing caps as well, if possible. (monthly)

2) Change your belts before they break. This is important to maintain proper tension against the agitator. (~ yearly for "stretch" belts)

3) Never use soap when washing any parts of your vacuum, including the outer bag, duct system, agitator, filters, etc. Soap attracts dirt, and is difficult to rinse away thoroughly.

  • Types of vacs:

1) Generally, canister vacs are quieter and more versatile than uprights are. They offer better filtration, long lifespans, and ease of use. They handle bare floors best, and work with rugs and carpets, as well.

2) Upright vacuums are used mostly for homes that are entirely carpeted. Many have very powerful motors, great accessories, and are available in a couple of different motor styles. Nothing cleans shag carpeting like the right upright.

3) Bagless vacs are available in a few different styles. They rely on filters and a variety of aerodynamic methods to separate the dirt from the air. In general, these machines do not clean or filter as well as bagged vacuums. They suffer from a loss of suction, and tend to clog repeatedly, if the filters are not cleaned or replaced often.

4) Bagged vacuums use a disposable bag to collect debris, which acts as your primary filter, before the air reaches the motor, and is replaced when you fill it. Because this first filter is changed, regularly, bagged vacuums tend to provide stronger, more consistent suction.

My last, best piece of advice is to approach a vacuum, like any appliance; Budget for the best one you can get. Buy one with idea you will maintain it, and use it for many years. And, for the love of Dog, do not buy from late-night infomercials or door-to-door salesmen! Stay out of the big-box stores, and visit your local professional who actually knows what they're talking about.

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Does cheese belong on a fajita?

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Hey Mr. Giacchino!

I love your work, especially on films like the Incredibles, Star Trek, and Planet of the Apes, but the one score I love most from you is one that I don’t think gets nearly enough appreciation – that being your score for Jupiter Ascending.

I’m curious what the process of writing that was like, since from what I understand you wrote a good chunk of it before shooting had even started at the request of the Wachowskis. Was it more challenging? Less? Just different? What were you given to go on when it came to developing a tone and themes? How much of your original score made it into the film, and is there a chance of the unused stuff getting a release?

Thanks.


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How many times have you been arrested and what happened?

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Pure gold, thank you.

Drift King


Q:

What is the best Portable Vacuum to have in the car? I do Lyft and Uber and it would be nice to have something small in the trunk.

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cheese belongs on everything


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This was a really interesting project for me because the Wachowskis asked me to write the music before they started shooting. They didn't give me a script they gave me place descriptions, character descriptions and I basically wrote six suites based on their notes. It was very freeing because I wasn't locked to picture. Then after they shot the film we had to go back and add things here and there.

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Once but now the police station is full of subscribers


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This was one of my favorite repurposes. I always preferred videos like this that added something new to it, rather than people who just ripped it and reposted it.

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You might like Dyson's V7 or V8 cordless stick vacs. They're pretty good for that kind of thing.


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What is your favorite place to be on Earth? if you could be anywhere

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Hello Mr. Giacchino! I’m a huge fan of your work. Was it intimidating being the only composer other than John Williams to work on a Star Wars film? Did you work closely with him on the score for Rogue One? What was the process like?

Appreciate you taking the time to answer these!


Q:

What's with the mannequin legs in the garden?

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Get an Immortan Joe mask man, ride eternal SHINY AND CHROME


Q:

What are your thoughts on Roombas??

And have you ever had to fix one?

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As much as I love the mountains and the sky, my favorite place to be is actually underwater...and my favorite place on Earth that I have been was this tiny island called South Water Caye off the coast of Belize, situated on their barrier reef. The snorkeling there was incredible. (I'm so excited because I finally get to go back there for my honeymoon!) Some other stand out moments would have to be: -Earlier this year, I went to Iceland and I got to highline on a glacier...I've never been so cold in my life, but it was one of the most spectacular things I have ever done/seen. -The town of Zermatt in Switzerland holds a special place in my heart. The way the Matterhorn and the alps tower over that tiny town is like no other. I recommend paragliding at FlyZermatt if you ever go there and visiting Papperla Pub! -Highlining in front of Vernal Falls in Yosemite with the thunderous, water crashing down a mere 20-30 feet away from me was one of the times I felt closest with nature and understanding this world.


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There wasn't much time to be intimidated - I had only 4 1/2 weeks to write the score - but I've loved star wars since I was a kid so ultimately it was just a lot of fun even though the schedule was crazy!

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They were left over from a TV project......you can't chuck legs away


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That is a good one, and one that I haven't heard yet. I usually get a lot of people saying references to Bane from Batman and the occasional Darth Vader.

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I think they're okay for doing light cleaning throughout the week, between regular deep vacuuming (assuming carpeting). I think Neato and Miele robots are better systems than Roomba.

I worked on an early model Roomba and it felt like a crap product. They've since made their machines into modular systems that the consumer can diagnose and replace components easily, so I don't see them come into the shop so much.


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I would love to take the silk classes, but I have unusually (and periodically dangerously) low BP and migraines. I really can't do anything that involves my head being lower than my heart or held at an odd angle for any length of time.

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You have scored a couple Disney Parks attractions over the years. If you were given your pick from the higher-ups to re-score anything, what attraction would you like to work on?

Also, thank you for taking the time to talk to my fiancee at D23 while you were signing for her. We're excited to dance to Married Life in April!


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What was one project that you regretting starting because it got too dangerous, costly, etc., but had to finish anyways? Thanks!

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Just reading the ama introduction made my morning. All the best bro!!


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I just bought the Roomba 960 for the wife. We have a very large single floor home with refinished hardwood floors. I tested it out on the tile at work yesterday and it seems to do a reasonable job. I think letting it run constantly will keep the floors looking cleaner longer, especially with a small pet (we have a 19lbs dog). I hope I didn't drop $600 for nothing.

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Honestly, the fear never goes away, it just becomes much more manageable with repeated exposure. For the first year and a half of highlining, I would have panic attacks every time I got out onto a line, but I figured if it scared me that much, that's exactly why I should do it. Fast forward 3 1/2 years, and I very rarely get panic attacks. I still feel fear and nervousness, but I am able to consciously choose to not be overwhelmed by it. It is also relative... I train in Yosemite a lot, which is extremely exposed (most lines are about 1000-3000 ft up), so when I go highline somewhere that is only 400 feet in the air (like where I got married), that height doesn't scare me too much anymore. Every single time that I choose to get out there, it gets easier in the long run. You said you "did silks for a while," did you stop doing silks because of that fear?


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I've already worked on my fav - Space Mountain.

Say hi to your fiancee and have a great wedding!!

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The fire tornado just WOULD NOT WORK but turns out it was just the weather so glad I persevered but was a tough, cold January!


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Same to you, my friend.

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I hope it serves you well for a good, long time.


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How does one hang a spacenet over a gap like that (at your wedding) to ensure that it is secure and doesn't fall?

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Hello Mr. Giacchino, I've been a huge fan since you scored Medal of Honor: Frontline! That score is truly a soothing and mesmerizing theme that elevates the game. "Arhnem" is a masterpiece.

I'd love to know what was your inspiration to Medal of Honor's score?


Q:

How is your relationship with your neighbours?

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Specs on your ride please?


Q:

How do you suggest cleaning out the hose? I have a vacuum with an accordian hose and a wife who routinely vacuums up wet things that should have been cleaned up by other methods.
For everyone that inevitably tells me to fix the wife problem, I have tried, and that would still leave me with my dirty hose that had build up from when it got wet then was used on more dry things.

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We set it up as we do with most highlines, except it required a lot more people to help. In general, we start by getting the anchors rigged. This net is pentagon shaped and required 5 different anchor points. 4 of the anchors were made up of bolts, and one of the anchors we rigged all naturally with spansets and rope by wrapping rocks. We then backed that up to bolts that were nearby. Then we focused on getting a tag line across the gap (usually a string of paracord or cordalette. We use a line that is not our slackline since we trust our lives to the strength of the webbing and don't want to risk getting it stuck on anything or abrading it on rocks). Once we have the line tagged, we tie the end of it to our slackline, and use that tag line to pull our slackline across. So with the net, we have to tag all the separate anchors, and have people at each anchor that are able to slowly let out the net/pull in the tag. This net in particular weights probably about 500 lbs, so this is not an easy feat, and takes a lot of hands to do. Once we get the net to where we want it in the middle of the canyon, we all take turns putting the webbing into weblocks (gear specifically made for highlining). We then put tension on the slacklines using a pulley system and line grip, and we are done!
Because this net is so large/weighs so much/and there's usually a lot of people on it, we also embedded dynamometers into each anchor in order to constantly measure and record the tension that we put on every side.


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I had a great Uncle, Peter Fortunato, who fought in WWII, and he told us so many stories. I knew that his stories represented that entire generation of people who went and fought that war. He was my inspiration.

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They like it when I'm on holiday


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I'm so bad with automotive stuff, truth be told. My dad would probably have a better answer for you. Sorry pal.

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Soak it in vinegar overnight, then rinse it out with just water with a hose sprayer or something. Set it out in the sun to dry completely.

Easy Fix.


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Have you ever had something go wrong on the job?

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I am currently scoring a short film (my first film!) and the director told me a specific scene needed music. However, it’s more of a neutral scene and I’m not feeling any sort of emotional response towards it. And I have no idea what to write! Has this ever happened to you and if so, any helpful tips?


Q:

Do you know that Furz means fart in German? Maybe it was your destiny to become a plumber and now you disturbed the space time continuum?

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Serious question, are there snow tires for electric wheelchairs? Do you use them? We have just had the first snow here two days ago.


Q:

What are your thoughts on Simplicity? (Still good? Maintenance issues to be aware of? etc.) I got a Simplicity canister more than ten years ago, and love it. I think the only thing I've replaced on it was the hose.

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We've had some things ALMOST go wrong a few times, but what we value most in the sport while rigging our lines is redundancy. Highlining is actually one of the safest sports in the world, as there have been no deaths from highlining in the nearly 50 years it has been a sport. If everything is rigged correctly, then there will be backup systems in place for any type of failure situation you could imagine. If it is rigged correctly, it is almost statistically impossible for everything to go wrong at one time that would need to go wrong for our systems to fail. (Minus the entire cliff face falling off...but if that happens, then I can accept that's just my time to go haha.)

Comparatively, other disciplines of slacklining are actually much more dangerous such as tricklining and slacklining close to the ground in the park, as people break their bones/necks/backs etc when they fall off the line and hit the ground. Whereas up high, you just fall and hang on your leash. Even slacklining over water is dangerous as a lot of people have popped ear drums by falling off the slackline into the water the wrong way.


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Yes! That usually means it either doesn't NEED music or the director is feeling insecure about what he has and is trying to "save" it with your score!

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I'm very aware of this and feel I should make a German themed Colin fart video


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I personally haven't seen them, but that would be totally awesome.

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Simplicity is a very good brand. You might not know that Simplicity is Riccar's sister company and the two brand's vacuums are almost identical.


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Hello Mr. Giacchino, my introduction to your amazing music was on LOST. I loved how each character had their own theme, Ben’s and Sayid’s were my favourite, and in a sense the music became a character in its own right. My question is; Which character theme did you personally like the most?

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HOW THE HELL HAVE YOU NOT DIED, YET?


Q:

How do you react when people say people who make memes about you are called insensitive?

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Why in God’s name do they still sell that stupid carpet powder stuff ? Every vacuum I’ve ever cleaned that saw it was just clogged with that crap.


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I really loved Oceanic Six which was a theme for all the characters.

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I ask myself this, maybe I'm a cat...


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Honestly, I think that humor, in good taste, is an often forgotten way of being inclusive. I'm not really easily offended by stuff like that, so I don't know why some people want to do that for me.

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Dude...seriously!


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Did John Williams ever say anything to you about your Rogue One score?

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I've seen all your videos and always wonder, is that tie a clip-on? safety wise of course.

edit: grammer


Q:

Woah, what study are you pursuing? What's your plan after graduation?

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Who makes the good (see; not too f'ing expensive) shampoo vacuum cleaner?

Here in England, you can rent a "Rug Doctor" but no idea if they are any good or not.


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He was very complimentary.

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No it's not! Probably should be..


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My degree is in communications, and my dream is to find a career in advertising, preferably in my hometown of Atlanta. I'm looking to enter the field through a social media management job, but we'll see. Honestly, the next step for me is figuring out how I can actually be employable. Here in the USA, any sort of income stands to dramatically impact my ability to get necessary health care services. I have to learn how to walk the tightrope, or in my case, roll it.

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I don't recommend any consumer level shampooers. Hiring a professional with heated extraction is ideal, renting is better than nothing.


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Hi, Mr. Giacchino!

I have to say that the Incredibles soundtrack is probably my favorite selection from you (though it's hard to really pick a favorite), but as a huge James Bond fan, I can't help but hear the various Bond-esque inspiration within the soundtrack. How did you decide to take that route, and if MGM/EON ever approached you for a Bond soundtrack, would you do it?

A:

What do you use the bunker for? And how does it smell afterwards?


Q:

Seems like all of my heroes are from the ATL. I don't know what they put in the water over there but whatever it is, it seems to produce a lot of strong and inspirational men. Much respect man

A:

We've been pretty happy with Bissel's Big Green Clean Machine, but it's not as good as paying for heated extraction. I think a home unit is great to have for pet stains and kid stains when paying for professional cleaning every time is impractical.


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Director Brad Bird really wanted an old school Jazz orchestra vibe so it all started with that. I feel like the Incredibles IS my James Bond score so I'm good!

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Rick uses it as a band practice room, I watch the formula 1 down there and it's a store for my inventions. It doesn't smell and has never got damp! #amazing


Q:

I love my hometown, it's strangely a part of me.

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I agree. At least the Big Green is a decent machine. Just ALWAYS do a full rinse run after the shampoo run.


Q:

Please tell us you are scoring Incredibles 2, that's half the reason I'm eager to see it.

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Who is your favorite inventor?


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What was the name of the restaurant you filmed the drift video at? I live in Atlanta and want to try the restaurant.

A:

Did you see this clever comic by u/lolnein?


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Yup I'm doing it.

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Wallace of Wallace and Gromit


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I filmed it at a resort in Mexico, sorry about that. Fox Brothers BBQ is fantastic though, definitely worth a visit.

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Thanks! I hadn't seen that before. I chuckled audibly.


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Vanilla or Chocolate? p.s. See you at band practice Alex

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Do you want your son to follow in your footsteps or would you rather he did something a little safer?


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Hello fellow ATLien, I actually pursued the exact same path as you in college and am currently employed by one of if not the largest digital advertising firms in Atlanta. PM me and I could potentially help you out with next steps, post-graduation.

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I work as a repair technician for a goodwill type organization in Europe, my job is to test and repair pretty much everything in your kitchen/living room. I pretty much learn on the job with some courses on the side, so I have a lot to learn. Vacuum cleaners come in all the time, and usually the 'fixes' we do is simply cleaning out the filters and replacing a bag if needed. If there's an actual defect chances are it is too time-intensive to fix, as we do need to make 'some' money.

Have any general tips that could help me salvage more of them rather than forfeiting them to recycling?


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Chocolate Chip! Family Band Practice is ONE HOUR!!! BE HERE!!

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If he is interested in what I'm doing, but I won't push him into it!


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I'm going to plow through these questions and then definitely hit you up. If that's okay.

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Man, I don't know what your margins are like, but I can tell you that Youtube is a great recourse for repair tips. I go there when I've got a real odd ball that even my veteran techs in the company are stumped on.


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Hi Michael,

It blows my mind how you go from a piano composed piece to a fully orchestrated score, what is that process? Do you personally orchestrate the music for each instrument? Collaborate with others etc?

Thanks, Dave

PS 50th Birthday Gala was utterly incredible :)

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Love your show. Do you have any background in engineering?


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Inb4 next year when you post the ama "I got a job by doing an ama! Ama!"

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I have 3 large dogs and 2 cats. What floor cleaning device do you suggest? I've murdered three different vacuums and am in need of advice.


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It's all about how I hear it in my head. Think of it as a painting. You start with a pencil sketch outline (the piano sketch) and then you start to fill in the colors (the various instruments). Painting and Orchestrating are very similar in many regards.

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I'ma plummer by trade but all my welding and machining skills are all self taught. I've just bought tools and tried to use them. Things have been broken along the way


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I'm all for this positivity.

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If you have a lot of carpeting, a carpet rake can be used prior to vacuuming to save on bags or having to empty dust bins as much.

Also, with that kind of heavy duty environment, you really should invest in a premium vacuum and then have it serviced regularly. You should also do monthly maintenance on your brush roller, to remove any built up hair on the brush and around the brush bearing end caps. This will greatly increase the lifespan of the brush roller and belts. Change your belts once a year.


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oh oh! please answer! ive been a follower of your work since jurassic park the lost world on playstation! when you scored jurassic world did you sneak some of that score into the raptor chase scene? also medal of honor and underground rocked!

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What was your favourite build and why?


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What are your long term goals?

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Thanks for the info! Top 3 recommended make/models?


Q:

You are a true follower! I definitely had a bit of the Raptor scene from the Lost World video game for those who would remember. Like you.

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I have many favourites but the bunker gets used the most, the mobility scooter launched the channel and I can't believe the hover bike worked


Q:

Realistically, find a career in advertising. Maintain my health. Maybe one day write a book about the whole experience.

More unrealistically, I would like to create more wheelchair drifting videos and perhaps make a go at developing that into some sort of online career. Maybe even write a book down that path as well.

Regardless of which way I end up, I would like to spread my brand of optimism and perhaps help people learn to look for the best.

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The top three brands in the US are Riccar, Miele, and Sebo. Not necessarily in that order. Obviously, with all three, the more you spend the more vacuum you're gonna get.


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Michael, I love the piece Married Life from Up so much that I brought myself to learn the piano to play it. Was there a piece of music that gave you the motivation to play music?

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Where do you get inspiration from? On a similar note, what youtube channels are your favorite?


Q:

The power of positive thinking! My man! I hope you succeed in whatever you try

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Thank you


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My dad had a huge record collection and I was listening to it since I can remember, so I loved all kinds of music: jazz, big band, classical. I do remember trying to sound out Jaws at a young age!

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Inspiration can come from many places, other videos, silly thoughts and accidental mistakes. Hacksmith, James Bruton and Alec Steele are pretty good!


Q:

I guess the beauty of it all is that I can do both. They aren't mutually exclusive paths, so I guess time and effort would be the only thing that limits me. I'll learn a lot about the future over the next year or so.

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You're welcome. I hope it was helpful.


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Michael, how is it possible to write ALL the movie scores AND still be such the nicest guy possible!?

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How do you feel about the YouTube community right now? Also, have you ever thought about a colab with William Osman or one of the other engineerish channels?


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PLEASE make a youtube channel of you drifting. I will sub immediately.

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My budget is $150.

Mostly laminate floors with a couple of thick rugs. No pets, couple of kids.

Which vacuum do you recommend?


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I wonder the EXACT SAME THING ABOUT YOU in terms of how the heck do you make so many amazing things and STILL be such a nice open person??? You know what - next time we are out together lets start a bar fight and see how the other half lives? Deal?

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I feel YouTube is the same now as it ever was with people talking and sharing ideas. It's just got bigger which can change people's perceptions. I'll have to check that guy out!


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That might be coming soon, keep your eyes out for it.

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Anything under $200 is gonna be pure shit. The best bang for your buck @ $200 MSRP is Fuller Brush's Easy Made. It's a helluva lot of vacuum for the price and won't fall apart as fast as the shitty ones.


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Hi Michael,

For my money you are as close to an heir to John Williams as any composer today. There is a "brightness" to your scores that I really only ever hear in Williams' work. What is the extent of your relationship with John Williams, and have you had conversations with Disney about further work on the Star Wars series?

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Hey Colin. Thanks for the videos. I was turned on to them by an old mate of yours here in Thailand. He passes on this message:

Hey fur ball .. hows it going when can we make some more cheap kungfu movies

(slantie)

As for my question: When are you coming down to Thailand to make a few videos? Let's just say there are fewer safety rules/regulations down here.


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Need more drifting vids.

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So based on your previous threads, I bought a Miele C3 cat/dog. Love the vacuum, but I'm a little confused about setting the height for the powerhead for our carpet.

Obviously too low and it's too hard to push around, and too high and it's not touching the carpet at all. But there seem to be two settings that "work" for each of our different carpets (we have carpeted rooms with a 3/4 inch pile, and then some rugs that are lower).

Is there any more accurate way to determine the ideal height? If there are two that seem to work, is it better to pick the higher or lower one? Am I just way-overthinking this?


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Thanks! John and I are friends - he's been an amazing person to get to know over the years. As for the future - nothing planned as of yet. Pretty busy on non-star wars projects!

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Funny you should ask I have an idea in mind which would take me there. Tell Tanner fish freedom is looking for him


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I might have something for you soon.

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With every vacuum that has height adjustment there is only one proper procedure to determine the best height.

Always start on the highest setting and work it down just until it starts to vibrate the rug/carpet, an NO lower. This allows for ideal agitation in the fibers and airflow into the vacuum. Also, with your Miele, keep in mind that the ideal power settings are the rug settings whenever you're on carpeting.


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I'm making a low budget erotic sci-fi romance movie that's like 50 Shades of Grey meets Star Wars and Zootopia. Would you be interested in scoring it for me? My budget is $13.

And have you ever cried while scoring anything? Specifically Coco or Up?

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How much notice do you give to the neighbours / the police / the council for your projects? The AT-AT for exampple, did you need planning permission for that?


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Are your hands completely functional or do you need to use any specific equipment to use a computer?

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Oh shit, I've been doing the complete opposite! I thought that getting the bristles deeper in = deeper clean. 😫


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I've cried during UP, COCO, INSIDE OUT, APES - you name it. You get very emotionally involved in making the music match the emotions of the characters - so you sometimes have to feel what they are feeling - it's a lot like acting.

Good luck with your film! Sounds genre breaking.

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I find forgiveness is easier to seek than permission


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I have a few minor functions with my hands, I'm able to manipulate objects to do things like drive my wheelchair, play with an Xbox controller, or manipulate the trackpad on my laptop. I use a voice recognition typing software called Dragon Dictate, it's how I am typing this response right now.

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Exactly the opposite of what you intended. It wears out your vacuum and your carpet.


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Have you talked to Rian Johnson yet about his trilogy?

I'm assuming that John Williams will retire after Episode IX and you will be the new SW music guy.

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How did you put out the largest bonfire? Thx!


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How well does Dragon Dictate type your sass and sarcasm?

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What are your feelings in regards to hard wood flooring/tile/linoleum?


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I haven't spoken to him about it but can't wait to see what he's done!

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To my surprise we woke up in the morning and it had all burnt away. I think the ground was so hot it helped keep the coals burning until gone


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Not very well, it absolutely hates proper nouns. I have a manual, on-screen keyboard that I use to make edits. I take a lot of pride in the tone in which I type.

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Bare floors are certainly cleaner than carpeting. Carpeting is the single filthiest thing in one's home.


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Hey Michael, Big fan! Thank you for doing this.

What goes into composing your iconic motifs? The Incredibles, Up, Star Trek... I can't even name them all.

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Hi Colin, been a fan for years, your projects are great.. my favourite is the TukTuk..

Simple question... how many fireworks for 6 million subs and what will they be attached to ? :D


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Huge props to you for all you've accomplished dude. How does the program deal with things like punctuation?

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Ugh, and the weirdest of people that have carpeting in their BATHROOM! How can anyone think that is ok? I can't even keep a bath mat in there...


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Well all I can say is I try to find a musical equivalent to the story and characters of the film. Its hard to explain but it's all about what feels right when Im sitting at the piano.

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For 6 mill I might do something different


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Absolutely horribly, if you aren't good with grammar already, even worse. Luckily, I'm already pretty decent with it. You have to individually say every punctuation while dictating.

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That is fucking disgusting! I actually have a customer with a carpeted kitchen for fuck's sake.


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Is it true you scored Rogue One in only four weeks? Why so short a time? And how did you DO that?

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Hi Colin, Love your work! Have you ever destroyed a safety tie or has it always done it’s job?


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You should! It really brings to light that your disease is mostly physical and as someone who shamefully feels a bit awkward around people with disabilities it gives me more confidence to actually have conversations with people with disabilities.

(Sorry if this comes off as ignorant/insensitive)

A:

I had an apartment with carpeted kitchen. Week 1 I dropped an egg, and from that day on I could never walk barefoot in my own kitchen for fear of what else was in there.


Q:

I came on to the project late after reshoots and Alexandre Desplat had scheduling conflicts, so there was only 4 and half weeks at the point in the production schedule. I just focused on getting it done, and pretty much did nothing else!

A:

We are currently on the 2nd tie and 3rd shirt. The previous tie was falling apart and stank really bad


Q:

I completely understand, it's not insensitive at all. Just remember, we are normal people just like you.

A:

*Shudders....


Q:

I love the (bowed metal?) sound from Rogue One. How was that sound made?

A:

What project are you most looking forward to?


Q:

Thank you for doing this. You mentioned speech issues before. My brother is autistic (not on the severe end, and a grade lvl ahead in math in fact) , so he doesn't talk much/well. But when he texts me, it seems like talking to an entirely different version of him. Pretty much like any other kid. He wants to be a doctor (or teacher).

I've been thinking about how most people don't get to experience that side of him, and limited to only what he can/will vocalize to them. So my question is, when you're having difficulty communicating, what do you do to make it apparent to others that you are in fact just like them and just as capable? Particularly professionally/academically.

A:

Do you know the song from Once, "Broken Hearted Hoover-Fixer-Sucker Guy"? It is a gem. I hope you don't have a similar sad tale.


Q:

It was a LONG NECK BANJO!

A:

Next year I want to test something in an exotic location so I actually get a holiday!


Q:

I don't have a perfect answer for this because I'm still trying to figure out for myself. I am absolutely terrified of having to one day interview for a job. My speech patterns are so up and down that I would be really anxious about whether or not I can make it through unscathed. I really wish I had a better answer for you.

A:

That is a great song. I have a sad tale of my own.


Q:

• Peanut Butter: Creamy or Crunchy?

A:

Hey Colin, love the channel! What project would you most like to do if you had an unlimited budget?


Q:

Spell that. F-U-C-K. Delete that. Spell that. F-U-C-K.

A:

It seems like every time I buy a vacuum cleaner, they lose all suction within a week. My dirt devil just happened to have this problem. I tried cleaning out all the ports on it and still nothing, bad suction like all the other vacs I get. What's going on you think?


Q:

Creamy, definitely.

A:

Homemade roller-coaster


Q:

There is no way you can possibly understand how accurate this is. Every time.

A:

You're buying shitty vacuums.

Seriously, spend more for a higher quality vacuum that has better performance. Also, I'm not saying you're a dirty person, but vacuuming at least once a week can help alleviate clogs.

Also, take your time vacuuming. Racing through the job can cause lots of debris to come rushing in and causing a blockage.

One last thing...do manually pick up any objects larger than dirt, dust, and hair to avoid those clogging your vac.


Q:

Hi Mr. Giacchino, I'm a huge fan of yours. I remember watching Star Trek for the first time and being completely overwhelmed with emotions when Labor of Love played. Absolutely the most beautiful music I've heard. Was there anything that influenced you while you composed it?

A:

Have you made any inventions that you actually use on a day to day basis? I don't imagine a thermite kettle to be too practical in the long run


Q:

Whatcha playing at the moment?

A:

Which one wins in a fight, a roomba or a Corgi? The Corgi has heterochromia if that affects the odds at all.


Q:

Thank you. I was influenced by the story, the fact that this guy was going to die on a mission and at the same time his child was being born who he would never meet. And he was aware of that, it was really sad, so I wrote what I felt.

A:

I just made a sheet metal folder which has come in handy


Q:

Right now, mosty NHL 18. I just finished the fractured but whole, I'm also pretty good At Madden and Halo Wars.

A:

I mean, Roombas are kinda cheaply built. I think a Corgi could take it.


Q:

Big fan of your work..I honestly believe your Star Trek theme is one the greatest themes ever made. That said. What was your favorite movie to score or tv show to score?

A:

Hi Colin - who is your favourite tube supplier in Peterborough and why is it Apex Tubes?


Q:

If you're looking for someone else with terrible sleep habits to play Xbox with, I'm your man. Shoot me a DM anytime you want to play something!

A:

What are your thoughts on built in vacuum systems for homes? I have a Miele vacuum that I love but will be building a home soon and some people are suggesting it would be a mistake not to get one built in. If I do go that route, what are the better brands?


Q:

Thank you so much! No real favorite - enjoyed them all for different reasons - but I do love LOST!

A:

I just love that dairy grade stainless and the free supply of biscuits


Q:

I'll keep that in mind, thank you.

A:

Central vac systems are great if you're building a home. That being said, because of the long, heavy hoses most systems use, just about everyone I know with a CV system also has a conventional vac because the don't enjoy lugging around the hoses.


Q:

You’re my favorite composer ever! Would you come to my wedding?

A:

Have you been to Bombay Cottage in Stamford? I went on the way to Stansted from the north and it was well nice

edit: holy shit I just found this image when googling it https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/07/fb/1c/aa/havin-fun-with-our-tuck.jpg


Q:

I haven't bought nhl 18 yet, is it a big upgrade from 17?

A:

Brand suggestions? And yes, the suggestion was that if we do get a central vac that we get a hose for every floor (which makes me think we might as well get a vacuum for every floor if we do that).


Q:

Depends when it is - my schedule is pretty tight!

A:

YES that's my local Indian!


Q:

Not really, same incremental EA sports upgrades. A lot of the same, but still enjoyable.

A:

The only system I know well that is available today is by ProLine. They have systems big enough for just about any home.

The price to have a system installed, complete with a high-end power brush head is gonna cost roughly $1300-$2000.


Q:

Love your work! I just found out about this AMA seconds after you tweeted it.

Who is your favorite composer? What is your favorite movie score/soundtrack?

A:

What is the most scared you have ever been doing one of your videos?


Q:

If you still have 17, I'll take you on as my hometown Nashville Predators!

A:

Kirby vs dyson?


Q:

That's a question I can never give one name to. I love Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams Alex North, huge fan of Jerry Goldsmith, and then I love all kinds of music, Big Band, classical, marching band, can't name just one. I love the score to King Kong, the original by Max Steiner, it's the grandfather of all film scores.

A:

Half way through the 360 swing build it didn't look safe which was worrying as I was nearly 10 metres off the ground!


Q:

I would have to find it, and I'm not very good. lol

A:

Not a big fan of either. The Kirby lasts forever, but has shit filtration. The Dysons have shit airflow, choke on everything, and fall apart with ease.


Q:

have you ever worn womens clothing? me and my buddy have a little bet going on....

A:

Would you ever consider a colab with Adam Savage, aka. u/mistersavage? A video of you guys on Tested would be amazing.


Q:

How much have scientific advances changed SMA? Took care of a kiddo years ago in the ER with SMA. Haven't seen many cases since. Congrats on graduation!

A:

We have a Rainbow (not my choice, husband bought it some years before we met) and I fucking hate it. I hate its big heavy dumbshit canister, I hate its stupidly short hoses, I hate dumping out carpet soup when I'm done with it. Given the option I'd happily fill the water reservoir with kerosene and light the bitch on fire.

Unfortunately, a quality vacuum isn't in the budget right now. Any tips on keeping this big dumb sonofabitch in good shape?

And thanks for doing another AMA! Never thought vacuum cleaners could be this interesting.


Q:

Once for Halloween, I dressed as Princess Leia.

A:

Yeah there's a few I'd like to collab with that are stateside but the huge, gaping pot of water in between makes things difficult. My next collab will probs be with Alec Steele


Q:

Life expectancy is definitely increasing. When I was diagnosed, the doctors said I probably had 13 years. I well past that now. Currently, there are experimental, really expensive drugs that have shown promise in combating the progress of the disease. I'm not currently taking any of these drugs, but hope to take the steps down that path very soon.

A:

Thank you for the kind words. I'm sorry about your Rainbow woes.

The best thing I can tell you to keep it in tip top shape is to always empty and set the bowl aside to dry when you finish vacuuming. Take off the separator and rinse it off every time. If the separator is caked with scale, soak it overnight in a cup of vinegar.

Wipe the motor gasket (the part that sits on the bowl) and keep it clean and supple.

Change your belt on the powerbrush nozzle once a year, and take the brush roller out once every month or two to check for hair around the bearing end caps.

Good luck.


Q:

Michael, you won't remember me - we use to email one another way back when you were working with Peter at Dreamworks Interactive, I think I sent you a cassette or a CD once? - but I wanted to say thank you for all the music you've created since then, most especially for your work with the Wachowskis. Speed Racer is one of my very favorite movies ever and a large part of that is because of your music.

I guess I only have one question: Way back when your website first went up, you had sheet music from the first two MOH games on there (the title to the first game and Under The City from MOH:U). Is there any chance you can get them (or other cues!) reposted? I've always wanted to try my hand at transcribing your MOH stuff to solo piano.

Thank you so much again.

Justin

A:

Hello, thank you for your time and efforts

How do you scavenge for parts? Do have quite the collection before hand or you go looking during the planning stages?


Q:

Where are you that you started am AMA at midnight EST?

A:

I have inherited a rainbow vacuum that I am pretty happy with, with one exception. I have a Cane Corso (big dog), and even after thoroughly cleaning the vacuum, it smells like heated dog funk every time I run it. Is there anything that can be done to get rid of that??


Q:

Peter and I are still best friends - see him regularly. Unfortunately I can't post that music again - perhaps it will be available one day officially - we are working on that. Go Speed Racer Go!

A:

A little bit of both. Four of the under bench drawers you see in the shed are full of potentially useful items. Sometimes I'll find an item and make the project around that


Q:

I'm actually on the East Coast, I have really bad sleep habits/sleep patterns. lol

A:

Take it to your local vac repair shop for a cleaning service.


Q:

Do you tear up at the first 5 minutes of Up like the rest of us do?

A:

Do you have any more plans to fart at France, did anyone give you shit for pulling that prank?


Q:

I just realized...What were you doing in a bar if you were only in high school?? And how freaking fast does that wheelchair go? Thing rips!

A:

how did the vacuum cleaner cross the road?


Q:

When I worked on it I did - haven't seen it recently so I'm not sure!

A:

Yes, the French need more poking. A post Brexit build may be in order


Q:

I am a bad ass, that's why!

No really, it was more like a bar and grill that was open to all ages and we filmed it early in the morning as to avoid foot traffic.

I've since migrated to a new chair, but the one in the video went about 6 mph

A:

With a really aggressive agitator and a self-propelling transmission, I assume.


Q:

Huge fan! Always excited to see your name come up in the credits when I'm starting a film or tv show. May be a dumb question, but as someone curious about the politics of entertainment, who reaches out to you and requests your work on their project? Is it one of the creative-types involved or is it an executive-type, or does it always differ? That being asked, who first approached you to work on Lost?

A:

Have you ever shat in the fastest toilet?


Q:

You seem to have a great sense of humor my dude. What are your daily challenges that cause the most irritation? Stay happy drift king, and thanks for doing this ama.

A:

I love an overly aggressive agitator, nothing is more funny to me then when my Riccar head for my CV hits a weird carpet and sounds like a wookie getting fucked by an oddly shaped cactus.


Q:

Usually its the director and the producers who call me. But I tend to work with the same directors over and over and we are friends so mostly it just comes up in casual conversation "Hey - guess what I'm doing next - won't that be fun???"

A:

Yes got to fully test things


Q:

Without a doubt, what frustrates me most is when my facial muscles fatigue and it makes it difficult for me to talk. I'm a really talkative guy, and I hate that it makes me sound somewhat unintelligent.

A:

This guys vacuums...


Q:

What type of piano do you have in your home studio?

A:

Which project gave you the most satisfaction when you finished it?


Q:

Pardon if I sound like an idiot or ignorant but...since your facial muscles can fatigue, can you or do you train them?

Like just make timed speeches to yourself in reps or something? And do they work?

A:

I wanted a Riccar Butler, but it seems to be discontinued. Should I buy used or is there a better product in the car-detailing segment?


Q:

It is Steinway upright built in 1876.

A:

The 100mph dodgem as I'd made such a good job of it I couldn't stop staring at it!


Q:

I could do something like that to maintain the correct function I have, but like my other muscles, it will be difficult to make actual progress in terms of regaining ability. Solid question.

A:

Tacony still makes a commercial version of the Butler under the brand name Clean Max. Your Riccar dealer can order one from his supplier for you.


Q:

Being a composer, when you watch a film are you more tuned into the score? Does it ever distract you from the big picture so to speak?

A:

Before you got big, how did you finance all these!?!?


Q:

If the disease becomes able to be cured, how will that benefit those who have had it for most of their lives? Is curing going to benefit only very young children?

A:

If you use a vaccum cleaner to clean another, does it become a vacuum cleaner vaccuum cleaner?


Q:

It is hard not to be thinking "shop" when I am watching a film and I try really hard to just sit back and enjoy, but there are times that I am distracted by the music. Part of the territory I guess.

A:

Some projects aren't as expensive as they look, it was a case of waiting for parts to become available at the right price


Q:

This is a really good question, that I can't give you a perfect answer for. As far as I know, current drugs will benefit in preventing the deterioration of the disease. Considering that I am a sort of an advanced stage, I'm not certain that I would notice any positive physical change, it would just prevent the slow crawl of losing abilities.

A:

It makes you a vacuum cleaner cleaner and your vacuum cleaner cleaner.


Q:

How many messages do you get from couples saying they used the score from the opening scene in UP (The Carl and Ellie montage) as their wedding song?

A:

Do you plan your designs beforehand, or just get an idea and run with it? Also, how often have you gotten to the middle of a project and found you had to change everything? Thanks for doing this AMA! One of my favorite channels on YouTube.


Q:

I have a good friend studying doing her post-doc work on myoferlins and dysferlin (the proteins responsible in a roundabout way for MD) so hopefully gene therapy would be in the not too distant future.

A:

You're a legend!

Thoughts on hand vacuums? I'm looking for something for the car mainly. :)


Q:

A lot.

A:

I may do a rough sketch but most of the time I just start and yes you do sometimes have to change things


Q:

That's awesome, tell your friend thank you for me.

A:

Thanks! There's a lot of options out there. Try visiting your local vacuum retailer. Support your locally owned small businesses.


Q:

Michael, I am such a fan and have been following your career as you soar from amazing project to amazing project. I am a composer myself and am wondering if you’d be willing to share what your writing process is like.

  1. Do you work alone on a piece from start to finish in a DAW at your home studio, or do you have an office/workspace that you go to write?

  2. How much of your writing is “playing around” with melodies and experimentation and how much is a focused approach with a clear direction in your mind?

A:

Hello Colin. I really enjoy watching your videos on YouTube. A lot of the time, it seems that you're working alone in your shed. Are there generally more people around working on things than we see, or are you typically just slogging away keeping yourself (and us) entertained?


Q:

That sucks. I'm really sorry that you have had to suffer with this your whole life.

A:

I work alone in my home office. It's just me here writing. My orchestrations are pretty complete before handing them off for final orchestrations.

Once I have a melody in place that I am happy with I go right to writing the scenes. I don't spend a lot of time playing around - I'm pretty focused and usually know where I want to take something.


Q:

Most of the time it is just me but Rick helps me out on the larger projects where a second pair of hands is needed. But I do all the editing, designing, social media etc all myself

A:

I appreciate the empathy, but I don't really look at it as suffering. Just a different set of scenarios.


Q:

Hi mate, love from Northern Ireland.

How many scores on average do you do per year?...and is it tough to start from scratch on a new project?

Cheers, keep up the good work

A:

How often do sponsors reach out to you to make thing like the Deus Ex gauntlets and others?


Q:

Looking back, what advice would you give to the younger you who is leaving high school and about to enter college?

A:

Hello Northern Ireland! It depends on the year - some years it may be 3 some it may be 5. I love the beginning of a new project - it's always fun to get the engine started and see where it will take me.


Q:

Things come in waves as games, films etc. all tend to come out at similar times eg. spring, summer, Christmas

A:

This is a tough one. I'll probably tell myself to be more useful with my time. The newfound freedom kind of went to my head, I developed a lazy habit, and it took me a while to snap that habit.


Q:

What is your favourite piece you've ever created?

A:

Do you ever plan on doing a bigger project for your magneto shoes? Or something else with the electro magnets?


Q:

Hey dude, thanks for doing an AMA!

Over the summers I volunteer as a camp counselor for kids with MD through the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As a counselor I can't entirely relate with some kids, simply because I've never had to go through the same experiences growing up. Do you have any advice on how I could be a better counselor for these kids?
Thanks again!

A:

Don't really have a favorite but LOST will always have a special spot for me.


Q:

Yeah, mk2 magnet shoes is on the to do list

A:

First of all, you are a legend. MDA camp counselors are the embodiment of Angels.

To answer your question, I would say just focus on being their hands and feet, and being someone that they can talk to. You don't really even have to understand their individual circumstances if you are able to joyfully help them get the most out of Camp. The simplest way to say it is don't over think it. Just being there for them is more than most people have to offer.


Q:

Thank you for the AMA! I loved your scoring of Rouge One and thought you did a tremendous job stepping into the huge shoes of John Williams!

What sort of training do you think one needs in order to scoring films? How reliant are you on common practice composition standards in your writing and how important do you think these are in educating contemporary composers? What advice would you give aspiring film composers?

A:

How does your other half deal with your unique profession?


Q:

You mention your condition is close to be cured by science, do you know what that would entail? Congrats on graduating!

A:

You need to know the basics - learning all of the traditional methods so that you can then take them in whatever direction you want. It's like being an animator - learn figure drawing first THEN break the rules. Take film classes as well - not just music classes. Learn editing directing lighting so you can communicate in the language of film with the people you will be working with. Learn Film History too!


Q:

I am the reward in this ever giving profession mwahahah

A:

Thank you, there is a new series of bleeding edge drugs that combat the motor neuron issues encountered with spinal muscular atrophy. Children born with it in the future are going to have that they need to prevent the deterioration process that the condition brings about. It doesn't look like it will help me out too much, other than to prevent the further crawl of losing abilities.


Q:

What's your favorite instrument? Why?

A:

I mentioned this in a comment section but it didn't really pick up steam so I'm going to mention it here as a potential project for Furze's invention show. Can you make a machine, that makes coleslaw? So you put all your lovely veggies in and a few jars of mayo and it slices the veggies and mixes it all together all at once. Inb4 any smartass tries to mention a food processor or a blender they don't chop things they just mush which isn't what the beautiful slaw is about. On a related note more Furze's invention show pls xox.


Q:

My friend’s son was recently dx’d with type II sma. What was your early journey like? age at dx, abilities... and how did you deal with that as a young child mentally?

A:

I love to play the ukulele.


Q:

It's a good idea but a Furze slaw wouldn't have mayo in as I hate it. Mother used salad cream as a replacement, is this acceptable?

A:

That's my type. It would be hard to say, my parents never really accepted it in the sense that I was any different from my brothers, and as such it would be tough for me to say. I never got cerebral with it until I became a young adult, and by then the physical toll was a little bit more noticeable. I'm sorry if that isn't a great answer.


Q:

Mr. Giacchino, First let me say thank you for all the fantastic audial memories and emotional musical journeys you have brought to every ear that your compositions touch. I think you're a fantastic composer and cannot wait to hear your future works.

For just a bit of backstory, since I started playing Trombone (6th grade), I've always thought about what it would be like to play in the recording of a film score. Although this is not the direction I have taken in my career path (just obtained my Bachelor's in Instrumental Music Education), I would still love to accomplish this dream someday. This is where my questions are coming from.

  1. How are members of the ensemble selected? (Is it usually just a prejoined ensemble, such as the New York Philharmonic, or does the Studio usually have a list of musicians on call?)\ If most studios only use preexisting ensembles, which ones get chosen the most, or if they hire individual musicians: (next 2 questions)

  2. How would a single musician get onto the call list\into the business of recording film soundtracks?

  3. Do you conduct the ensembles recording your compositions, or does someone else conduct them? If not you, then do you pick the conductor, or does the Studio?

And this is just because I'm curious: 4. What was it like to play a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens?

A:

whats your favorite food?


Q:

How did you find out you were such a sensation on the internet? Any first thoughts on seeing all the edits and compilations?

A:

It's the old joke, How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Kidding aside, the musicians who are studio musicians have been working for years. They have to come to the session not knowing what they are playing and sit down and start recording, they sight read on the spot. So it's all about coming out to LA, starting work where you can, meeting musicians, joining organizations such as ASMAC, SCL (look them up), just start gigging. Some of the musicians that play on my scores have been recording things for forty or more years. There really isn't a direct path that I can tell you. We don't use the "LA PHIL" but musicians in the orchestra play for other composers, etc.


Q:

Sunday Roast

A:

Believe it or not, I was concurrently anxiously waiting for a response to a college application and finishing up an important history project. I was procrastinating, so I looked to see the video for some reason. I was blown away that it had about 400,000 views. I was ecstatic, and my parents had no idea why I thought it was a big deal.

At first, I'll admit, I wasn't a fan. Oftentimes, I wasn't credited as the original video maker. As an aspiring online content creator, I saw this as a death sentence to my aspirations of building an audience. I have sense taken a lighter stance on the issue because I remembered that in my original video, I used copyrighted music. It felt hypocritical.


Q:

Michael, over the last decade you have quickly become one of my favorite film composers out there! You've crafted so many fantastic scores with so many fun, memorable themes.

Here are 2 questions I have for you:

  1. What can you tease about the score for Incredibles 2? Other than the main theme, what else might carry over and return musically from the first film? What new material might we look forward to? Having thought you would be fired from the first film, I'd like to hear what excites you about the new film.

  2. More importantly, what has been your favorite pun-filled title that you and you music editors have come up with over the years? I absolutely LOVE them, but was wondering if you have a favorite(s).

Thank you for your incredible music (no pun intended), cant wait to hear what the future has in store for you!

A:

How long did it take to build your bunker?


Q:

Your outlook and attitude is awesome, and congratulations on the degree. Is there a specific core-course that you took that you enjoyed the most?

A:

1) Well the style will be similar but look for new themes and set pieces to expand on the last film.

2) I like a LOT of them - but It Takes One To Rogue One is pretty good I think.


Q:

I started on the first of August and finished 10th October but in the middle I built the Assassin's Creed hidden blade so I think 6-7 weeks

A:

I took a digital writing class last year with the perfect professor. He gave us an wide latitude to write about what we wanted to, and it was something that I can see myself doing in the future as a career.


Q:

What movie score do think has has the biggest impact on the industry?

What is your personal favorite?

A:

ever thought about going on robot wars? or making something even better aka something that wouldnt fit to their pansy safety rules ;D


Q:

Masterbation.. is that something you engage in?

A:

King Kong by Max Steiner is one of my favorites and it was the one that really had the biggest impact on the industry because prior to then it was someone at a piano. It was the first score with a big orchestra and it changed film music forever.


Q:

I nearly did last series but timing wise it didn't work

A:

Without being grizzly, no. Not really a physical possibility, unfortunately.


Q:

Hello Mr. Giacchino,

I have been pondering this question for some time now and I believe you may be able to help. What is the best way to cook eggs for breakfast to start your musical days off the right way? I have tried sunny side up and scrambled by neither quite do the trick for me. Do you have any recommendations?

A:

As a creator who are some of your biggest influences, in the past and today?


Q:

Thank you for answering!!

I'm sure I'll be down voted for asking, but I'm also sure alot of people are curious too.

Although I guess you lose points for not responding "only when you're mom's around to help out"

A:

COYBOY STYLE! Just crack the eggs into the skillet and cook em! Butter and Salt - that's it!!


Q:

Love the Victorians as they built everything so solid and to last. As for the present so many people doing so many cool things it's hard to choose. Also I'm locked in a shed for 24hrs so I have blinkered vision

A:

I kind of an open book, pal. Don't sweat it. It's one of those questions that I'm sure that other people have, but are afraid to ask.


Q:

Currently tearing up just thinking about the “Oceanic Six” How did you and JJ Abrams start collaborating ? I’ve been a fan since Alias ( which btw is severely under estimated )

A:

How smug will you be if you ever actually have to use your bunker?


Q:

But um... Do you ever ejaculate? When and how? And is it on purpose or by accident?

A:

I had been writing music for video games when I received an email from J.J. I actually thought that it was a joke that one of my friends was playing on me, I didn't really know who he was and hadn't watched Felicity. But I called the number on the email and it was him and he said "I heard your music from Medal of Honor, I have a new show coming up called Alias and I'd love to talk to you about scoring it. The rest, as they say, is history.


Q:

I'll be the loneliest smuggyest person around

A:

Not voluntarily, kind of embarrassing so I'd rather not detail it farther than that. I hope that answers the question, I don't want to be evasive.


Q:

As someone who loves all of Pixar's original songs (especially Le Festin, which is how I chose my username) and can't wait to see Coco, I just want to know, has Pixar considered making more musicals? Thank you so much for doing this AMA and for being one of the best composers working today.

A:

Love the channel Colin, also saw your exhibit at Beaulieu which was awesome.

My question is has there been a project you scrapped or altered for safety reasons? Also will you be doing more on YouTube red or will you be doing free to watch from now on?


Q:

Hi Jake, you have lovely eyes. :) I’m a sophomore in college, do you have any tips for surviving finals season?

A:

Go see Coco, it's the closest thing to a musical that Pixar has ever done. At the moment I have no idea if they have a musical in the pipeline.


Q:

There is no more YouTube Red videos so all videos free as normal from now on. I made a bacon cooking machine which at present is a bacon jamming and burning machine

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Thank you, I really appreciate the compliment. As far as finals, I think a lot of people forget to sleep. I'm all for cramming and other vigorous study tactics, but don't do it at the expense of adequate sleep. I know that I probably had a more relaxed schedule than most in college, but if possible, balance rests with total study time.


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Loved your Spider-Man homecoming score! Will you back for the sequel and do you ha e anything planned for it yet?

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How do you find sponsors? Do they come to you or do you go to them? Also what was the best sponsor to work with?


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Is it uncomfortable to have SMA? Is there any pain or something you have to live with?

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That's a ways off but I'm hoping to continue what I started - more news to come.


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All sponsors come to me. They're all great to work with as I only work with sponsors who allow me to do what I want to do

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Not particularly, there are some aches and sore muscles. It doesn't cause pain by itself. A better word to describe it is annoying, especially when it comes to losing abilities.


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Hello Mr. Giacchino, big fan also here. Do you prefer, if you have a preference of course, working on a movie or a tv show?

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Hi Colin!! Been a subscriber for over a year now, love your style of building, what was the first large piece of manufacturing equipment you bought for your shed, and which machine would you miss the most if it broke?


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How are you?

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I love both but with the amount of movies I've been doing its hard to commit to a TV show.


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A pillar drill would be the first large one but welder would be missed as when I first learnt to weld I felt like the world was opened up before me

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Fine thank you. How are you?


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Hey, Mr. Giacchino, how does it feel to doing score for Darth Vader in action scenes?

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Hey Colin. We are engineers and developers. Some of the videos you make inspire us. Have you ever thought of making a jetpack build? A more serious question though, what do you think of STEM initiatives for school children?


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Besides studying for your degree, how do you spend your free time?

Do you play video games? If so, what's your perspective on the impact of video games on people who are physically disabled?

also congrats on the degree, i'm a little bit older and thinking about going back to school and you just added a few gallons to the ol' motivation tank.

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AWESOME.


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Yeah I'd love to make a jetpack at some point as it would complete my James Bond villain status to go with my bunker. As for STEM getting kids into science, building or anything in a practical way from an early age is great

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I really like going to concerts and hanging out with friends.

And yes, I do a fair amount of gaming.

I actually used to have a column on a video game news website that was all about the positive impacts of games for disabled folks. The website is now defunct, so you will probably have to use an Internet archive to find them.


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Where do you look for inspiration when you score for animated movies? Has Joe Hisaishi been an influence on your work? Really proud that someone from South Jersey is doing great things - all the best!

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How did you gain your initial YouTube audience? Was it a viral video that set off your career or was it constant really good videos or something else?


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What is your biggest challenge in day to day life being confined to a wheelchair?

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The inspiration almost always comes fro the story itself and the characters. Putting myself in their shoes. Sometimes however it hits closer to home - like on Inside Out - that was all about my daughter. Go New Jersey!


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Mixture of both. wall of death, mobility scooter, jet bike videos gave initial boost but good content has maintained growth

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Stairs. They are the absolute worst. Thank goodness for elevators.


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How does it feel once you've completed a score and it finally gets recorded? Is there a sense of "Aha, that's it"! Do you ever feel like it was what you expected?

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What do your wife and neighbors think of all of your shenanigans?


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Hi Jake! I have two brothers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - I genuinely see the battles you guys have and have no idea how you cope as well as you do.

Few questions:

  • how old were you when you were diagnosed?
  • do you have any other cases in your family?
  • do you have any tips I can give my brothers about finding work with this condition - they are 26 and 24 and have struggled their whole life

Thanks

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It's always a relief when we are finished recording the score. And sometimes I feel that "aha that's it!" moment, but more often than not I am not totally satisfied, which I think is good because that is what keeps you motivated as an artist.


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There are tough days for them but generally they are supportive!

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I was diagnosed at 20 months.

Fortunately, and against the odds, I am the only person in my family with a neuromuscular disorder.

Honestly pal, I'm trying to figure out this whole employment thing as well. If it eases your mind at all, I know that at least it is possible. I can update you when I have more information.


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Hey, Michael.

A few years ago, I saw you at the Houston Symphony when Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness were played with the symphony playing your music. It was amazing and I hadn't realized how incredible your score was until I heard it live in symphony.

I guess my question is, how on Earth do you have time to do things like you did at the Houston Symphony and write the iconic music that you're known for?

P.S. Do you plan on ever coming back? That was an amazing night for me and my girlfriend.

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Do you have a muscle car drift trophy?


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I love doing concerts but as you can see from our concert schedule, it isn't that often! It's hard to fit things in like that sometimes. At the moment we aren't scheduled to go back to Houston, but tell the symphony that you want them to bring Star Trek Beyond there. Glad you came!

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No I do not, sadly.


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Hey Michael!

Big fan here (duh!) and I have a few quick questions that I hope you can help me with for a project I'm working on about the pilot of LOST.

1.) When JJ, Damon, Mary Jo and their crew were working on the pilot to create a version to present it to the network they used temp music from other movies by composers like Morricone, Carpenter or Zimmer. Those songs created such a different feeling for the pilot - it's really fascinating in comparison to your score.

I still got a copy of that version and I could make out that they used the opening theme from Blade Runner, the song "Silence" from The Thin Red Line and "Queen to Bishop" from Aliens. Do you know who chose those songs? Was it maybe you? Or haven't you been involved with that part of the process?

2.) Do you by any chance remember when you began writing the score for the pilot?

3.) Do you still know when you were done working on the pilot? The scoring for part 1 of the pilot was done/started August 24 2004 and part 2 was done/started, as far as I know, September 7 2004. I'm just curious, because this feels pretty late (just 2 weeks before the show went on air) when there were over 3 months in between.

4.) Has there been something/someone special that inspired your music for the pilot?

5.) Would you be willing to share some sheet music from the pilot? That would be very very cool!

That's all!

-Stefan

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Living with SMA, what unique perspective(s) do you think you have about humanity?


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2) I don't even remember the temp - in fact I'm not sure I really ever listened to it. I don't remember the exact date - but it was a few weeks before we scored the pilot which was pretty close to when it aired. 3)It WAS very close to the air date. Again - not sure the exact date. Would have to check my Cal! 4) The story and characters we what inspired the music - I just loved it. 5) Not really allowed to share the sheet music because that's owned by Disney and I unfortunately don't control that - sorry!

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Maybe empathy, this is a tough question because I don't want to pat myself on the back. I pride myself on being able to roll around in someone else's shoes, so I think that is the safest answer for me.


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Hello Mr. Giacchino, My name is Jonathan. Sorry for the long story but I wanted to take a moment to tell you thank you! In early 2010 I went to a church camp retreat and one night they played UP(never seen it before) for the movie night. I was not a very popular kid, being the really awkward fat kid I used to be. I sat away from the group and began to watch the film. Well we all known that opening scene of the film by now because I surely do. I remember watching that scene for the first time there and I remember seeing how the music was affecting everyone. I saw the church leaders, all the kids, and all the camp leaders go from expressing happy, to laughter, to sadness, to just in tears. To me it was one of the most beautiful memories I will always remember in my life! I felt it and seeing how the music itself was in a way screwing with the audience emotions, I thought that was the most amazing thing I have ever experience and I knew that is what I want to do. Everything I am was back that boy made that decision that night and I am happy with how far I’ve come. I’m proud of my work even though I am a 22 year old college student still learning and desperate to learn as much as I can. It all happened because I saw the movie and listened to the score. Will I make it? Who knows but all I know that my passion for composing and my love for film scores is because of that one moment, that one scene with your piece “Married Life”, that was one of those life changing moments that I just could not pass the opportunity to share with you how much your work has inspired and meant to me. Of course to also say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

My question: I love the MCU, been a fan since May 2nd 2008 Iron man, like huge nerd! So when I heard you were composing for Doctor Strange I lost my mind! Then when it was announced you were working on Spider-man: Homecoming, I honestly felt like this movie was made for me. Cause you got to see it in my point of view, my childhood superhero in the whole wide world who is the sole reason I love comics and everything related, he is finally in the MCU, and it is going to be composed by my idol. It is without a doubt my favorite film from the writing, costume, sets, cinematography, makeup, and of course the music! So I wanted to ask you, if Doctor Strange and Spider-man were to team up and you again were at helms to write the music. How would you approach that? A mix of both their themes or just start from scratch? Also if you have time, in an interview you said you asked Kevin Feige if you could write for Spider-man, besides him and Doctor Strange, which other marvel character would you like to write for? Just a real nerdy music question!

Thank you and I hope you have a safe day!

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Hey! Really appreciate your outlook :D! So, my question is, have you ever watched the FF movies and if so, which one is your favorite or if you haven't what's your favorite movie? Also, what's your favorite food?


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Thanks for sharing your story about how you were inspired by Up. If I was writing a STRANGE/SPIDEY film, I would incorporate both of their themes and then create something new that would represent the story they were in. I am lucky that I have already written for two of my favorite Marvel characters...we will see what comes next.

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I feel like that franchise has went off the rails, I would say that my favorite is probably actually the first. My favorite movie is Team America: World Police. I love well-made chicken wings.


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Will you write a song about net neutrality? please.

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I read that you want to go into advertising, OP. Have you tried applying with Ford, Toyota or another motor company? Perhaps Tesla?


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Will you write the lyrics?

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Not up to this point. There are a lot of hurdles I have to get over to just be gainfully employable. These are all great ideas though, and will definitely be on the radar when the time comes.


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I just saw Coco and noticed your little cameo. Was it a surprise to you, or did you know about it beforehand?

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Do you feel the same as anyone else without SMA but only physically different or maybe you do feel different but in a good or special way? Do you make jokes about yourself or your disability or do you not like those jokes? What do you think makes you different from other people from how you have grown up with SMA, like what people do not realize a lot? Can I ask more questions?


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Well I see the film when I am scoring it. So when I got to that scene to write it, I thought that he looked like me, but didn't want to assume. When Lee Unkrich came by to go over the music we watched the scene together and afterwards he said, " Didn't you noticed something?" So it was a surprise, they were so excited about it. And I am really happy that they did it.

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It comes in phases, as a kid, you couldn't have convinced me that I was any different than anyone else. As I matured, I had to learn to accept my differences, but not accept that they made me worse in some way. It was a tough process.

I love when people joke around with stuff like disability. It's a way to be inclusive that a lot of people seem to overlook.

People don't realize that our mentalities aren't that different. You have the same wants and desires, but I don't always have the ability to make it happen when someone not in this situation.

Feel free.


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Hey Mr Giacchino, big fan of your work The Incredibles soundtrack is one of my all time favourites.

Just want to ask who's idea was it to do the orchestral tv Spiderman theme for the beginning of Homecoming?

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I studied muscular dystrophies for my PhD and am about to finish medical school, starting residency in Child Neurology, with a focus on the neuromuscular disorders next year. Do you have any advice for either physicians or scientists that you wish they knew before you had the chance to work/interact with them?

I had the chance to meet some of the founders of Nusinersen a few weeks ago. Its development from bench to bedside is really a remarkable story and really speaks for the power of science and research to redefine the boundaries of medicine.

Congratulations on graduating and thanks for the AMA man!


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Both Kevin Feige at Marvel and I thought it would be a fun thing to do! And it was!

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I feel like this is the most important question I've had to answer all night, you want me to advise scientists that are much smarter than I am. lol I guess that the only thing that I could think of is to remind them that these are people, each with individual back stories and upbringings, and the work that you do might very well completely alter the course of their life. It's a tremendous burden, but totally worth the fight and effort. Fight as hard as we are, and there's nothing we can't accomplish together.


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Your music is so wonderful. It's my dream to play French horn on movie soundtracks. Any advice on how to get started? I can already play anything put in front of me.

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What is your degree in?


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It depends on where you are. You have to come out to LA and start getting involved in the music scene out here. You will find many musicians in their own groups, small orchestra ensembles, etc who are studio musicians, and they have to be able to play anything in front of them because they don't get music until the day of the gig.

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Communications.


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How do you recommend talking to composers? I'm a commercial director and I try not to do the thing where I point to temp music and say "do that".

Also - what is the musical term for the slow chords thing that's in a lot of your tracks (Joy Turns to Sadness -- Life and Death from Lost, edit, reference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMaqrbWwNTQ&feature=youtu.be&t=104)

Alsoooo i love your work thanks for doing what you do

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I have to say, you have an amazing outlook on life. Not to mention immaculate writing talent. Anyway, if you only had one message to pass on to people, what would it be?


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I think you should talk to composers through story and emotion, what do you want to be feeling, what is happening in the story. That's the best way because composers write what they are feeling and you should be working hand in hand with them to get across the story you are telling.

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Thank you so much, that means a lot to me.

I would say just to lighten up and try not to take life so seriously. I've found that life is a lot more enjoyable/easier when you learn how to be able to laugh at yourself.


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Hello Mr. Giacchino, is there any piece that you wrote for any medal of honor that didn't make it to the game?, and what did inspire you when writing "North Africa" for MOH: Allied Assault? cheers from Chile!

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I am not sure if this has been asked, but IF Science ends up curing SMA and you benefit from it, other than walking, what is the first thing you will do?


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I think it all ended up in the game! As for North Africa I was really going for a vibe that placed you in that geography of the world. Haven't listened to that in a LONG time - I'll have to go back and revisit it!

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Probably give someone a real hug. The ones I do right now are just kind of awkward.


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So like, is anyone going to post the fucking video so people not in the loop know who this is?

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https://youtu.be/_DUF-NiHgO4 Sorry about that, here it is pal. This is the original video, but some of the videos that reused the footage were much larger


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Have you ever had a girlfriend?

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Up to this point in my life, no sir.


Q:

If you had 13 free murders, who would be absolutely fucked?

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That's a lot of pressure, I don't know about this one. That's some death note shit right there. I'm going down to respectfully pass, sorry about that.


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Hey dude! What’s your favourite album right now?

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This is an easy one. I really enjoy crappy pop punk music, so Life's Not out to Get You by Neckdeep is my jam right now. Hon. mention: After the Party by the menzingers