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Comments about the soundtrack for Casino Royale (David Arnold)

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Re: John Barry tribute
• Posted by: SomeGuy
• Date: Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 5:35 p.m.
• IP Address: bas4-toronto12-1088720971.dsl.bell.ca
• In Response to: Re: John Barry tribute (Brendan Anderson)

> Oh I wouldn't say that at all. Arnold's style is unmistakable at this
> point. There are elements of his writing that run throughout all his
> different genres...you can hear it most often in his accompaniment figures
> such as:

> -His melodic layering is his most telling characteristic. No matter what
> is happening in the melody or accompaniment, it always involves some form
> of melodic theme or motif. Almost more than any other film composer
> working today, Arnold maintains melody all throughout his writing and also
> layers melodies on top of melodies to create a very "busy"
> sound.

> -His frequent use of the minor i chord to minor iii chord progression
> (heard serving as villain music throughout Independence Day, Godzilla, Die
> Another Day, Stargate, etc. etc.)

> -His rhythmic fanfare figure (heard most prominently in the opening
> trumpet fanfare of the Independence Day End Credits - shows up also in
> little accompaniment figures in The Stepford Wives, The Musketeer,
> Stargate, his Bond scores, etc.)

> -His rhythmic emphasis on beats 1 and 2 of each measure or sometimes beat
> 1 in eighth notes (i.e. opening guitar riff of You Know My Name, the
> entire rhythmic structure of Pipeline from The World is Not Enough,
> emphasis of beat 2 thoughout Indpendence Day's action cues, etc.)

> -His sweeping melodic style (very similar melodic figures can be heard in
> the romantic cues of Last of the Dogmen, Enough and [bleep!] Royale among
> others)

> All of these are huge aspects of the style that makes up David Arnold's
> writing. I would recommend listening a little closer to the various scores
> of his career to hear how this style plays out.

> -Brendan

Thanks for explaining. Otherwise, I used to get annoyed when ppl used to say that Arnold is copying Barry all the way.




Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • John Barry tribute  (5678 views)
       Eric - Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at 11:49 p.m.
    •    Arnold has his own style  (5509 views)
         SomeGuy - Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 5:33 p.m.
    •    Re: John Barry tribute  (5510 views)
         Brendan Anderson - Thursday, December 7, 2006, at 11:23 a.m.
      •      Re: John Barry tribute  (5689 views)    We're Here
           SomeGuy - Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 5:35 p.m.
      •    Re: John Barry tribute  (5675 views)
           G.K. - Friday, December 8, 2006, at 5:35 p.m.
      •    Re: John Barry tribute  (5682 views)
           Eric - Thursday, December 7, 2006, at 11:43 a.m.
        •    Re: John Barry tribute  (5792 views)
             Brendan Anderson - Thursday, December 7, 2006, at 1:00 p.m.
          •    Re: John Barry tribute  (5521 views)
               Eric - Thursday, December 7, 2006, at 3:13 p.m.
            •    David Arnold  (5391 views)
                 kingdomcome - Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at 2:50 p.m.
              •    David Arnold  (5330 views)
                   kingdomcome - Thursday, December 21, 2006, at 11:49 p.m.


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