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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Giacchino

First, what you do know about Michael Giacchino: he is the composer whose work can be found breathing emotion into every episode of the Hawai‘i-filmed LOST; every shot of blockbuster’s like MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, THE INCREDIBLES, STAR TREK; and who won an Academy Award for UP (which, congratulations and all Michael, but I’ll still never forgive you for making me cry in front of a date just seven minutes into UP, btws.)

In other words, what people do know about Michael Giacchino is that Michael Giacchino is amazing.

Today, he’ll be one of five at BEHIND THE SCENES: A ROUNDTABLE DISUCSSION WITH TOP COMPOSERS (including 9th Wonder, Woodrow Wilson Jackson III, Sarah Matarazzo and Stephanie Diaz-Matos) at 1pm today. Later, Michael will be at a screening of his latest J.J. Abrams-collaboration SUPER 8 + A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL GIACCHINO at 3:15pm.

But before you attend both these sonic treats, here’s a few things you didn’t know about the man behind the music….

1. How to pronounce his name. If you’re gonna fan out, getting the guy’s name right is crucial. I’ve gone through the hard labor of setting this Google Translate up for you so you can hear the pronunciation for yourself. Like any one who attends the same church I do (Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl, noon, Sundays), you know that the “double cc” in Italian makes a “k” sound. It’s not a concrete fact, but every time you mispronounce “gnocchi,” someone’s Rosetta Stone somewhere scratches itself. Also, did you know “Giacchino” means “Jacket” in Italian? Probably not, but that’s not going in your “5.” That one was free.

2. For that infamous LOST score he used parts of a plane fuselage as percussion. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever been “aware” of music in a TV show until LOST. (Then again, I don’t think I’ve ever been “aware” of TV in general until LOST.) I once heard someone say that film is 50% sound, which is pretty astute, but that Michael was able to bring that fact to life on television is truly illuminating. Anyway, I think it says something that he’s able to incorporate components central to the show to the score and it shows. I also think it says I’ve cried during more LOST episodes than I can count and I’m #sorry #notsorry.

3. He scored the Medal of Honor video game series. Who would’ve thought all that time we were telling our parents we were “finishing up our world history homework” (aka dominating Medal of Honor), Michael was right there studying with us the entire time?! And teenagers thought classical musical was “boring”…… Pffffffff.

4. He’s what makes Disneyland’s Space Mountain so thrilling. Hey, so do you guys wanna hear something really dorky OR DO YOU GUYS WANNA HEAR SOMETHING REALLY DORKY? When my college roomates and I discovered LOST we were freshmen at a liberal arts school in Southern California, 10 minutes away from D-Land (that’s Disneyland for all you non-annual pass holders). It’s a semi-long story, but here’s the Fastpass version: Whenever we would ride Space Mountain, right before the first rollercoaster drop, we’d shout out “OH MY GIACCHINOOOOAAAAAAAHH!!!” It sounds about as ridiculous/embarassing as it looks in this blog. But hey, look, at the time, like one half of America’s population, we were obsessed with LOST and didn’t have jobs.

Anyway, there’s a lot more you probably don’t know about him, but you can. Get in on the conversation.

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