Posted by: Wes <Send E-Mail> Date: Thursday, December 5, 2002, at 1:48 a.m. IP Address: albqdslgw4poolb237.albq.uswest.net
First and foremost, I completely deplored the "Shrek" score. However, I'm not posting this to comment on that.
FYI, not all film score fans and collectors in their late teens and early twenties collect this refuse. Many musicians and music enthusiasts of my acquaintance (most in their twenties) find the thematic and stylistic regurgitation of film composers to be aggrivating, and most certainly a waste of money with regard to product purchase. That's why composers like Elliot Goldenthal, William Stromberg and Joel McNeely (sic?) are a welcome alternative to the glamorized fab-five of the film industry (Williams, Elfman, Horner, Goldstein and Zimmer). Reason? They introduce sounds and orchestrations that build on the expectations that popular scores of the aforementioned five have brought about. Don't let me be mistaken...yes, I love many of [their] scores and yes, they deserve their credit as brialliant artists...but shouldn't someone open the door for the efforts of less prestigious 'newcomers' (shameless Howard Shore plug)!? Even the prolific Williams had his share of stinkers.
Goldenthal, Stromberg and McNeely may not have as many credits to their name, but in a world overexposed to the works of a limited number of creative musical minds, they help you to realize there's more to modern movie and visual media music than the themes to "Gladiator", "Batman" and "Star Wars". Sorry, got off on a tangent there.
In short; yes, there is garbage out there to claim your hard earned wages and some of this stuff shouldn't be released. But to lay blame on poor taste of what surely must be a fraction of my age assemblage...tsk, tsk.
Please,don't baselessly scapegoat my generation for pumping sales of mediocre scores like "Shrek"! I for one, did not buy it.