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Comments about the soundtrack for Event Horizon (Michael Kamen)

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This is a challenging, innovative score.
• Posted by: Jason Comerford
• Date: Saturday, May 14, 2005, at 5:17 p.m.
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Kamen's a composer I'm really starting to reevaluate my own opinions about. His style never really seemed to fit the typical film music mold -- there was always something really jagged and prickly about his music that made it hard to immediately like. I've always liked the "Event Horizon" album because it certainly wasn't like any other film score I'd ever heard. I always thought the fusion of the electronics and the orchestral elements were done in a really cool way (not necessarily favoring the acoustic instruments but not overpowering them either), and besides, it's great for Halloween night.

I like it when musical boundaries are gleefly obliterated. When it's done as aggressively as it's done here, with no adherence whatsoever to typical film-scoring tropes, it's bound to have its detractors. People who can hear only hummable leitmotifs and gushy string crescendos in film music need not even bother with this one. The more I listen to Kamen's work the more I wonder if he won't get a serious reappraisal in the future, because with the many interesting musical choices he made in scores like this one, and especially "Jack", it seems as though his body of work was largely underappreciated in his lifetime.

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