> Even though Bates used Goldenthal's music, his usage of the music and the
> score as a whole was better than its usage in Titus. I found Titus to be a
> bit too weird for my liking.
I can see where you're coming from. Shakespeare Surreal isn't going to work for everyone. On top of that the play itself is a real doozy. For my money, Goldenthal did a great job in creating music that supported that world and the film itself. It takes a real skilled composer to pull it off, and to create something that is beautiful on top of it. The fact that Bates or the director liked the music enough to borrow it tells you that Goldenthal had created something with power outside of the film.
But the fact remains that "Titus" has more power and creativity in it than the whole of "300", both in film and the score. Bates could have created something really powerful and there are elements in the score that hint at what could have been done, but most of these come from Goldenthal's material.
Of course it's all personal preference, but I don't think you can argue that while "300" may be more entertaining (film and score), "Titus" is a better made and more intelligent product (score and to an extent the film).
> I listen to score music for the
> music. Let the composers and the record companies deal with the
I try to do the same with Yoko Kanno. I love the power of her music, but so much of it is borrowed that I feel dirty for enjoying it. Its a real puzzle.