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Comments about the soundtrack for Batman Begins (Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard)

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Your Batman Begins score review is ridiculous.
• Posted by: John Smith   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, December 10, 2006, at 3:12 p.m.
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I am a great fan of Zimmer and of Howard.

First I should mention that I am a professional arranger/composer myself. Music is what I do.

After reading this site's review of the Batman Begins score, I am wondering if the people writing it are true musicians, or overweight Americans who judge by their first impression. Your faulty descriptions of the score's notation makes you look like you know what your talking the untrained eye (or ear, rather). When I look, I see a bunch of garbage.

Any Batman film is going to be dark. Even the overweight Americans know that. You don't need to point out biased ideas about how Elfman "started" the dark theme in the Batman films. If Zimmer wrote for Batman instead of Elfman, it would have been dark just the same.

However, the comments in the above paragraph are simply "politics" of the musical industry. Anyone could look up quotes and post their opinions. So, good job on looking up the info. You sure didn't look up the score, and it shows.

Try doing what we composers have to do: ignore anything in the past or in the future, and just write. For you, just listen openly without making any relation to any past score you've heard.

This is a Batman Begins Score REVIEW, not a Batman Begins Score COMPARISON.

I apologize for the brutatlity of this message, but please consider this: to have your own work, your own timeless memories, smashed by mindless, donut-eating critics is one of the most depressing things that a composer can go through. I've been through it. I've chosen, after many years, to not read reviews. I know I've done well, and so do many others who email me daily.

I want you to do something, that is, if you've made it this far down in the email. I want you to put in the Batman Begins sountrack disc, and listen to the track called "Eptesicus" at full volume. Close your eyes. Think of nothing but the music you're hearing. I'm certain you will enjoy this track, and you will be moved.

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