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Comments about the soundtrack for Flightplan (James Horner)
Putty Pianos!!!

Trevor
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Putty Pianos!!!   Tuesday, September 26, 2006 (8:48 p.m.) 

WOW! Horner has once again impressed me with this score of dark, yet light; child-like sad theme; such as his piano solo to Casper.
I love the beginning of the CD; the dark piano rolls with the woodblocks sounding distant and a distant sounding metalic object that echoes with a feel of being alone. Also; the harp in there adds a note that I think represents insanity.
"Creating Panic" is awsome!!!! Right from the beginning of the song, it speaks out "sneaky trouble" as 14 seconds into it; the top part of the piano plays an ominous sneak cue. Now on 1:36, the 4 pianos played the beginning of a relentless attack of panic. From 1:46 to 1:47; Horner uses the 4 pianos and has them play an ugly pounding of piano. The strings playing the notes following have to have hated Horner with the severe dynamics he put into the music. Two groups of strings answer to each other with growing and fading fast dynamic changes to represent the lights flickering on and off.
The musicians playing the pianos had to "prepare" the them by putting putty between the strings because of the constant pounding of them.
In 50 seconds of "Carlson's Plan", the pianos take another round of beating and in 1:10 into it; the strings play a major time signature change only to change back to the original time signature; it will fool the listener for the first time; for it sounds like he moves into something complex but then goes back to the point.
Horner really spent a lot of time on this score and the music is well written for the style of the movie. The woodblock rhythems with the the wierd echoing, out-of-this-world instrument; or synthesized instrument is played many times throughout the cd with nothing but that. It is nice; because it keeps people on their toes with the mystery of what's going on feeling. A good example of this is on 3:15 of "The Search" with the swells in strings and that Australian instrument. The flurishing flutes adds a feeling of lost heart.
This is a very well written score for halloween music if you want to scare the trick-or-treaters, as you can choriograph some scare tactics with the music.
Horner deserves an A in my book!

Signed,

Trevor


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