James was born August 14, 1953 in Los Angeles. He studied music at the Royal College of Music in London, England. In the 70's he and his family moved back to Los Angeles, where Horner studied at the USC, gaining a Bachelor's art degree in composition. After earning a Masters degree and a PHD in music composition and theory at UCLA he teached music theory at the same university for a couple of years. But many found Horner's new scores to sound too much like his older ones. He was also accused for stealing, and borrowing, music from other composers, making Horner one of the most controversial composers in Hollywood. The composer's early interest in avant-garde musical techniques helped define his personal style, which often blends traditional harmonies and a conventional orchestral palette with the texture of ethnic instruments and even electronic sounds. Film scoring became an obvious choice for Horner, though he brings to it the perspective of the classical composer and conductor. *Films speak to me right away,* he commented. *The atmosphere, the overall mood dictates the kind of orchestra I will use. Watching a film the first few times, I make a charcoal sketch; later I put the colours in.* In recording his own film scores, Horner often creates his own orchestrations and prefers to conduct the orchestra directly to picture, instead of using click tracks or other mechanical timing devices.
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The Rocketeer, The Flying Circus Disneyland Paris, Discoveryland
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Krull, Colwyn & Lyssa Love Theme Disneyland Paris, Discoveryland
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