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Each one of composer Michael Giacchino's movie scores took a lifetime to write. Be it the forties French jazz of Ratatouille, the hyperactive pulsation of Speed Racer, the retro-futuristic adventure ballads of Star Trek, or the unexpected melancholia of Up, Giacchino's orchestral sounds aren't just logical responses to a picture. They're the culmination of the composer's vast pop culture memory, and when Giacchino starts banging out the notes that will eventually comprise the score to a movie like The Incredibles, he's tapping into his affection for film and letting it pour. Vulture talked to Giacchino about the instincts, inspirations, and instrumentals that helped him discover the sounds of his feature film work. How did he know that arrangement at that moment would work that well? Here's a look back at Giacchino's finest big-screen moments and the composing lessons they each illustrate. (Oh and one small-screen lesson from Lost because »

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