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Re: John Barry tribute
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• Posted by: Brendan Anderson   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, December 7, 2006, at 1:00 p.m.
• IP Address: ip70-176-213-149.ph.ph.cox.net
• In Response to: Re: John Barry tribute (Eric)

> Brendan, to the average listener who doesn't know music as well as you
> apparently do, Arnold doesn't sound very distinct. I can recognize a Danny
> Elfman, James Horner, or John Williams score immediately because they have
> a unique style.

I would challenge you to evaluate how many Williams Horner or Elfman scores you have as well as how much time you have devoted to listening to them compared to how many Arnold scores you have and how many times you've listend to those. Williams Horner and Elfman have been producing commercially available film music for over 30 years. Arnold has only been on the mainstream stage for 10 years or so and even then doesn't write nearly as many scores per year as any of those other three.

The point is, an inability to recognize Arnold's style compared to a style like Elfman is not a fault of Arnold's but rather more a fact of the amount of material available to listen and learn his style. I will guarantee you that if you took 10 Arnold scores (still only a tiny fraction of the number I'm sure you've listened to by Horner or Williams) and listened to them one right after another you would hear many of the stylistic items I was talking about. You don't need to "know" anything about music to hear it. I realize I'm a fanatic, yes ( ), but I really don't think I'm hearing things that aren't there. My recommendations for this "stylistic listening" challenge:

Stargate
Independence Day
Last of the Dogmen
Godzilla
Tomorrow Never Dies
The Musketeer
The World is Not Enough
Die Another Day
Four Brothers
[bleep!] Royale

-Brendan



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Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • John Barry tribute  (5617 views)
       Eric - Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at 11:49 p.m.
    •    Arnold has his own style  (5447 views)
         SomeGuy - Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 5:33 p.m.
    •    Re: John Barry tribute  (5440 views)
         Brendan Anderson - Thursday, December 7, 2006, at 11:23 a.m.
      •    Re: John Barry tribute  (5629 views)
           SomeGuy - Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 5:35 p.m.
      •    Re: John Barry tribute  (5612 views)
           G.K. - Friday, December 8, 2006, at 5:35 p.m.
      •    Re: John Barry tribute  (5621 views)
           Eric - Thursday, December 7, 2006, at 11:43 a.m.
        •      Re: John Barry tribute  (5729 views)    We're Here
             Brendan Anderson - Thursday, December 7, 2006, at 1:00 p.m.
          •    Re: John Barry tribute  (5462 views)
               Eric - Thursday, December 7, 2006, at 3:13 p.m.
            •    David Arnold  (5334 views)
                 kingdomcome - Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at 2:50 p.m.
              •    David Arnold  (5270 views)
                   kingdomcome - Thursday, December 21, 2006, at 11:49 p.m.


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