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Comments about the soundtrack for Finding Nemo (Thomas Newman)

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Some advice
• Posted by: Film Composer
• Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at 7:42 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: You know who you should get into is.... (Amuro)

I read the comments posted by film scoring colleague, and I must wholeheartedly agree with his comments. I score films in the Independent scene as well, but I think if you're going to in fact "mimic" someone else's style that you take a step back and look at the composers from years past. Williams, Horner, Goldsmith, Zimmer and Newman(s) seem to be setting the standard for modern scoring...but I think serious looks at Herrmann, Steiner, Arnold, and Alfred Newman as well as some of Bernstein's early work would give you real insight. The music of the past simply had a different...feel to it (due to both recording and forms of orchestration) and seemed, in many ways, to be more effective than the music of today.

As a composer do not underestimate the importance of classical composers and their style as well. I am also of the belief that if you're a composer, you must both keep up to date with the current music scene as well as be a practicing musician yourself. Every so often I find immense pleasure in working in the studio setting playing Tuba with my fellow musicians - it keeps me grounded, gives me a firm base to gain musician perspective and more often than not - inspires my next score.

My advice may seem trite or off base, but I thought I'd throw my two sense in. Have a good one and best of luck in your scoring endeavors!

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