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#1
I believe a soundtrack is just as important as the acting so tell me pit what are you favourite movie soundtracks?

mine is the soundtrack from The Brothers Bloom



Here is a song from the soundtrack that I found awesome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwyv2lKuApQ&feature=related
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#3
John Williams
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John Williams


Ah, well done

Tron has one of the single best soundtracks i've ever witnessed. Seamless baby, seamless.
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John Williams, Star Wars V. Superb orchestration, superb writing and development, superb synchronization.

Herbert Spencer should be credited too for the logistics of the orchestration.

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John Williams, Star Wars V. Superb orchestration, superb writing and development, superb synchronization.


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John Williams, Star Wars V. Superb orchestration, superb writing and development, superb synchronization.



Glad to see you're not on the 'Jhon wliiams iz suk' bandwagon. I guess even filmscorers have their own trve kvlt fans.


I really like a lot of the work Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, PotC, The Dark Knight) does even though he's only good at making 'epic' themes and rips himself off all the time.

And finally, Joe Hisaishi, who scores the Miyazaki films (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle) always has really great work.
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Glad to see you're not on the 'Jhon wliiams iz suk' bandwagon. I guess even filmscorers have their own trve kvlt fans.


I really like a lot of the work Hans Zimmer does even though he's only good at making 'epic' themes and rips himself off all the time.

Hans Zimmer is awful. Meatheaded music, at least recently anyways. John Williams apparently has been accused of ripping off romantic composers but I don't think that really matters. He makes the music original, regardless of whether it's a ripoff or not.

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Hans Zimmer is awful. Meatheaded music, at least recently anyways.


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Hans Zimmer is awful. Meatheaded music, at least recently anyways.



I admitted he has plenty of flaws. I still enjoy the adventurous themes of his music.
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#14
Amelie has a great soundtrack.
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#16
Lord of the rings,


why only movies?

I really enjoyed music in Gothic and elder scroll game series, they play an even more important role there, than music in movies.
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I admitted he has plenty of flaws. I still enjoy the adventurous themes of his music.

That part's easy though. And his approach has become so unimaginative:

lower brass for foreground melody
diatonic, refrained harmony
strings playing 16th staccato ostinato layer
loud percussion to drown out/cover up any need for finer details

or

50000 tracks of percussive electronics to bash your head with

oh wow perfect example even though I wrote all that without thinking of any specifics:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_DSq-LhOyU&feature=related

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Pulp Fiction


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Lord of the rings,


why only movies?

I really enjoyed music in Gothic and elder scroll game series, they play an even more important role there, than music in movies.

Pretty sure there was a thread on that a few days ago...
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#23
The big lebowsky, into the wild and forrest gump are great examples.
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I admitted he has plenty of flaws. I still enjoy the adventurous themes of his music.

Oh don't get him started. Don't mention Danny elfman either.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcvjoWOwnn4

Charlie Chaplin speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zagwDT7kPVM

Inception soundtrack.

Skip to 1.02 on the Charlie chaplin vid and play the inception track at the same time.

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#27
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That part's easy though. And his approach has become so unimaginative:

lower brass for foreground melody
diatonic, refrained harmony
strings playing 16th staccato ostinato layer
loud percussion to drown out/cover up any need for finer details

or

50000 tracks of percussive electronics to bash your head with

oh wow perfect example even though I wrote all that without thinking of any specifics:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_DSq-LhOyU&feature=related



I already admitted he rips himself off all the time and can really only do 1 thing well. Why are we still talking about this?
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That part's easy though. And his approach has become so unimaginative:

lower brass for foreground melody
diatonic, refrained harmony
strings playing 16th staccato ostinato layer
loud percussion to drown out/cover up any need for finer details

or

50000 tracks of percussive electronics to bash your head with


If it sounds good, it's good. I admit it can get repetitive, but hey, it gets the job done, and sounds good from an aesthetic standpoint even if it's not particularly inspiring technically.

Anyway:

~As pretty much said above, Hans Zimmer. I don't want to get into this too much because I feel like doing so will get into a fight with Xiaoxi, who, much as I love his knowledge of theory and actually understanding how an orchestra works, tends to post giant walls of text when he does so, so I'm just going to leave it at that.
~Ennio Morricone. The man essentially defined the sound of westerns. And it's a great sound, he's probably one of the few composers who consistently leaves me breathless.

I've also recently discovered a fondness for Noriyuki Asakura's work, though that may be due to nostalgia more than anything else.
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I already admitted he rips himself off all the time and can really only do 1 thing well. Why are we still talking about this?

I'm just trying to pinpoint what it is that he's doing that's too formulaic. Really I should've said that his quality is declining but he used to be alright.

Earlier chase/action cue from Zimmer :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks8a568JAng&feature=related

pretty good and it was tailored for those specific shots

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If it sounds good, it's good. I admit it can get repetitive, but hey, it gets the job done, and sounds good from an aesthetic standpoint even if it's not particularly inspiring technically.

I understand that. That's the same kinds of things I do when I'm running out of time on an assignment.

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I understand that. That's the same kinds of things I do when I'm running out of time on an assignment.


...I'm not sure if that was agreement, indifference, or condescension.
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I'm always amused at the story of the Star Wars soundtrack.

Lucas asked Williams to do The Planet's Suite by Holst, but Williams said "How about I write stuff like The Planets?" then BAM, Star Wars music.
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I'm just trying to pinpoint what it is that he's doing that's too formulaic. Really I should've said that his quality is declining but he used to be alright.

Earlier chase/action cue from Zimmer :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks8a568JAng&feature=related

pretty good and it was tailored for those specific shots



I always tear up when I here this. That's good music to me.
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...I'm not sure if that was agreement, indifference, or condescension.

What you said isn't wrong. His music gets the aesthetics across, which is the fundamental role of a film score. But how he goes about achieving it doesn't really do anything to advance artistically. Like I said, I do the same thing when I'm running out of time on an assignment, which doesn't have to be artistically good.

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I always tear up when I here this. That's good music to me.

It is. I just wish he had the same attention to detail today.

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I'm always amused at the story of the Star Wars soundtrack.

Lucas asked Williams to do The Planet's Suite by Holst, but Williams said "How about I write stuff like The Planets?" then BAM, Star Wars music.

That's how the typical process is. Most directors aren't musical but they might have a good idea of what kind of music they want to get across with a point of reference. It's the composer's job to create an original score that should sound like the point of reference. Many working versions of a movie will even have a "temp score" in which existing music is put on to explicitly show what kind of music the director is looking for.


During the making of Stanley Kubrick's 2001, Kubrick commissioned Alex North to write the score, with a temp score consisting of existing classical music for reference (like Strauss's Zarathustra). He scored the entire thing and got his paycheck. During the opening night of the movie, it became apparent that none of the original music he wrote was in the movie, and it turns out that Kubrick fell in love with the temp score and didn't want to change it or tell North about it. What a kick in the nuts.

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#34
Snatch and Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels have great soudtracks, though it's not really scored ones...just a choice of music.
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What you said isn't wrong. His music gets the aesthetics across, which is the fundamental role of a film score. But how he goes about achieving it doesn't really do anything to advance artistically. Like I said, I do the same thing when I'm running out of time on an assignment, which doesn't have to be artistically good.


Alright, fair enough, I can agree with that.
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Snatch and Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels have great soudtracks, though it's not really scored ones...just a choice of music.

This
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The Godfather
Pulp Fiction
300
Lethal Weapon ( the bluesy jams and songs, I think it was Eric Clapton )
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Blade Runner
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#40
Alexandre Desplat. Didn't like watching Benjamin Button much but the soundtrack is top-notch... very, very musical in its own way.
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