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Re: Behold Jerry Goldsmith's words and be quiet!
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• Posted by: Bob the Magic Hobo   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, August 18, 2006, at 8:53 p.m.
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• In Response to: Behold Jerry Goldsmith's words and be quiet! (G.K.)
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> How has film scoring changed over the years?

> It's amazing todayhow many dual composers there are. I never saw so many
> shared credits for composing before.

> How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb? On a couple of
> occasions, I've had someone to share the burden with me. It was quite
> apparent why: the scoring schedule was impossible. I'm not ever going to
> do it again--doing it twice was quite enough. I've had enough flack for
> that and was never happy with it.

> There are certain peole now where it's a factory--a couple of factories
> grinding out music, and I think it's despicable and ruining the art of
> film scoring.

> The music sounds the same. It's a formula that becomes repetitious and is
> not ade with a lot of skill.

> Here's a craft, an art that's been developed over years and years that's
> being demeaned for commerical purposes now.

> Fortunately, not all filmmakers go for it. I also think scheudles have
> changed--they are very short now.

> Orchestras and budgets are larger for music now. That's nice, but it can
> also be abused and taken advantage of. There are times we wante 85 or 90
> musicians, but sometimes forty will do. Sometimes, composers' egos take
> over and it's a big track to stand up there in front of 90 musicians
> playing the music. Serving the film is our first consideration and the
> responsibility of all film composers.

> How elaborate are your electronic mock ups?


> ... There's a danger with these mock ups. I think they're wonderful, but
> there are many orchestral things and musical devices you cna't do on a
> computer ... It can become very dangerous when you limit your creative
> ability to what you can accomplish personally on a computer. I'm concerned
> with staying away from this.

> I'll just write it out on paper likeI've been doing for 50 or more and be
> done with it. You have to balance this all out. That's why I find it's
> better to demonstrate the thematic ideas and the general overall approach
> with tehse mock ups, rather than try to demonstrate every single thing.

> 'nuff said.


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