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Comments about the soundtrack for The Perfect Storm (James Horner)
Very Uninteresting Score

Robert
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William
Very Uninteresting Score   Sunday, July 15, 2001 (12:26 a.m.) 

What an incredibly uninteresting score. Horner should hang his head in shame. The main cue is repeated about 1,000 times. The film runs approx 2:10 and there is approx 1:30 of score, most of which is repetition of a very uninteresting cue. They used six orchestrators, apparently in the hope that one of them could come up with an interesting treatment of this main theme. They, unfortunately, did not succeed!!

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William
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Robert
I Must Agree With Robert/Uninteresting   Monday, August 13, 2001 (11:55 p.m.) 

I must agree with the comment posted by Robert who called this a very uninteresting score! He is, of course, referring to the seemingly endless repetitions of one of the two main cues in the score. The cue he refers to is indeed repititious and uninteresting.

This cue is a melodic line which takes place within the interval of a perfect fourth. If you were to sit at a piano and play this cue in the key of C it would be as follows: C-D-F-E-D-C, C-D-F-E-D-C, C-D-F-E-D-C-D-C, AND THEN IT REPEATS!! The chord changes which accompany each of the series of C - C would be C Major, A minor, F Major and then C Major again and then it would repeat with each series. Unfortunately, Horner thought it would be a good idea to repeat this cue many times in the score thereby adding to the tedium!

It is rather difficult to imagine what Horner must have had in mind! The irony of the situation is that Horner has a reputation in Hollywood for writing great soaring melodic lines, e.g. "Legends Of The Fall" and to a lesser degree, "Titanic."

Whether melodic lines and/or chord progressions are interesting is, of course, quite subjective but I am certain that even Horner upon reflecting upon this score must realize that he did, indeed, exercise rather poor judgment regarding this particular cue and its seemingly endless repetitions!

We both studied music composition at UCLA and if Horner were to submit this score for a grade he would be far from happy at the grade which he received!

These comments are in no way intended to demean the talent of James Horner for he is, indeed, a brilliant composer as well as orchestrator. Hopefully, in the future he will sit back and be able to take a more objective view of some of his composing.

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