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Powell vs HGW
• Posted by: Mike
• Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at 8:57 a.m.
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I find it very difficult to compare these two composers. Gregson-Williams is an orchestra conductor, while Powell is a percussionist. These talents are very obvious in their music. Listen to HGW's The Borrowers or the orchestral parts of Spy Game or Powell's I Am Sam or Italian Job to hear the difference. When Powell goes large orchestra, as in Evolution or El Dorado, the percussion and accoustic guitars are still very important to the score; when HGW goes action, it's either electronic (Rock, Enemy of the State) or orchestral as in Sinbad. Even when they work together, they do not actuallt write cues together. Who did what is audible, though they are very good at melding their two styles, as both are very different. They also reorchestrate each others' themes in their joint scores to give a more cohesive sound. Solo, they score very different movies with very different approaches, so it's really hard to compare. In it's own way, "Torn Away" from Powell's I Am Sam is as powerful as "Operation Dinner Out" from Gregson Williams' Spy Game. Basically, both are awesome.


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