Edit: Thomas Newman
Not in any particular order and yes, I like John Williams, too...just not as much as Bernard Herrmann or Elmer Bernstein.
That he isn't around any more to score this potential new Conan movie with Arnold makes me very sad.
There are some guys doing orchestration in metal bands who I'd love to see do an epic film score. They'd certainly be more memorable and have more melody than the bland sonic wallpaper from hacks like Tyler Bates.
I grew up mostly listening to showtunes composers like Arthur Schwartz, Cole Porter, Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein (AKA Rogers & Hammerstein), Leonard Bernstein, Nacio Herb Brown etc. When I found my own music it was from guys who were in bands turned composers, Danny Elfman Mark Mothersbaugh, Mike Patton, Joey Santiago, Elmer Bernstein (Animal House), Wendy/Walter Carlos (Tron)
I suggest checking out avant-garde metal band; Fantômas' The Director's Cut. An entire album of film score covers.
A cover of Jerry Goldsmith's The Omen theme.
Mike Patton also did a cover of Deep Deep Down by Italian composer Ennio Morricone theme for Danger: Diabolik (1968)
Patton's score Crank was also pretty good. If you like grindcore and unconventional music in general it should appeal to you.
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