Beyond the Serpent's Grasp
May 3, 2012 11:55 AM   Subscribe

On Sunday, April 29, 2012, composer Joel Goldsmith, son of famous film composer Jerry Goldsmith (Jerry's MeFi Obit Post from 2004), passed away at 54 of cancer.

Joel Goldsmith was generally known for his work on MGM Television's Stargate televison shows, primarily Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis (Both based off of the feature film Stargate). Goldsmith's work on both shows resulted in Emmy nominations.

Examples of Goldsmith's work: Lastly, a window into Goldsmith's personality via his greeting at his official site, FreeClyde.
This is my official website. If someone had made an unofficial website about me, I wouldn’t have gone to all this trouble to make this official website. But alas, no one did. I personally like the unofficial websites. They make the subject of the site seem more worthy. Whereas the official sites tend to be slick promotional tools for people to sell their wares and brag. I wish I had an unofficial website.

I dislike braggarts, with the exception of a few dear friends of mine who really can't help themselves. I'm also uncomfortable with self-promotion. In fact, I am a rather modest person, magnificently so!

So now, you're probably asking, “What’s the deal? Why is "Mister Modest" going to all this trouble to make his "official website"?” Good Question. I have answers!

1. I guess I like the idea that other composers can come here and see the gear I use and how I have my studio set up. We composers LOVE to talk about gear, and we love to keep an eye on what everyone else is using.

2. It’s a terrific way to let my mom know what projects I’m working on.

3. I also think this will be a good place to sell my CD’s and some swag we have so I can buy that Maserati Quattroporte I’ve had my eye on. Did I mention that I was modest and unassuming? Please feel free to purchase all you want.

4. This can be a good forum to answer the question, “Are you Jerry Goldsmith’s son?”.

5. I can also post some recent and/or unreleased compositions so that my fellow composers can listen to them and then talk smack about me! We composers LOVE to talk smack about other composers.

6. It also seems this will be a good place for a producer considering me for a project, to come and see behind the scenes and watch just what really goes on at my studio. (Probably NOT such a great idea).

Though this is sounding more and more like one of those promotional sites I despise, I am committed and determined to offer an informative and entertaining website. Your webmaster will be George. At times, (I will put my own two cents in, as I deem necessary. - J.G.). Also be warned, to me, sarcasm is a staple and I consider flights of fancy fair play...I wouldn’t want to bore you.


posted by Atreides (6 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Well, shit. I'm not a Stargate fan at all, but I've always enjoyed the music. I'm a sucker for that style of bombastic orchestral score. I'm particularly fond of the Atlantis theme.

(Also, his father was amazing.)

posted by brundlefly at 12:36 PM on May 3, 2012

Aw, man, I never really thought about the Stargate music before, but it really was quite good, wasn't it?

So many interesting people out there that I keep hearing about only after they're dead. Sigh.

Oh, and brundlefly, the first few seasons of Stargate were excellent, the closest to hard SF I've seen on TV in a long, long time. They actually had writers that understood physics, and if something should be impossible, characters would say, "That's impossible!" and then spend a bunch of time figuring out why it worked.

It got kinda messed up in later years, and Atlantis was never very good (the whole Tayla character, for instance, I just found offensive top to bottom... Native Wise Woman, yuck. ) But the first, oh, probably three seasons of the original Stargate were first-rate.
posted by Malor at 1:00 PM on May 3, 2012

Oh, and wow, that Nox theme is great stuff.
posted by Malor at 1:01 PM on May 3, 2012

We composers LOVE to talk about gear, and we love to keep an eye on what everyone else is using.

So, so true. A man after my own heart. *checks gear page*

posted by Doleful Creature at 1:25 PM on May 3, 2012

Far too young. Damn.

posted by dbiedny at 2:23 PM on May 3, 2012

I enjoyed his work. Some themes go stale, but his didn't for me.

posted by dragonplayer at 6:15 PM on May 3, 2012

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