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Comments about the soundtrack for THX 1138 (Lalo Schifrin)
It's Disturbing...?

Adam D. Sperry
(vnnyca-1-g1-l1-37.vnnyca.adelphia
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Jon Cruz
It's Disturbing...?   Saturday, April 12, 2003 (8:32 p.m.) 

The reviewer didn't like the music because it was disturbing???

It's supposed to be...and very effective at that. All film music doesn't have to be triumphant marches.

On the other hand, the album is something of a mixed bag, listening-wiseThe film calls for various disparate musical elements and the soundtrack album neccessarily contains those.

Basicaly, the music is low-key and eerie in a way that only Howard Shore has come close to emulating.

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Adam D. Sperry
Re: It's Disturbing...?   Friday, April 18, 2003 (10:37 p.m.) 

What I just read may be the most terribly reasoned review for a soundtrack that I have ever encountered.

I apologize if that seems to be a rash generalization, or an off-the-cuff "fan boy" remark, but it is neither. To dismiss a soundtrack for essentially being "too disturbing" is to miss the entire point of Schifrin's incredibly well-crafted score.

The music designed for this George Lucas gem is at once emotional ("The Hologram," the end credits music with Bach's St. Matthew Passion), hollow and disturbing ("Torture Sequence"), chillingly chipper (the unused "Jingle of the Future" cue comes to mind), and tender ("Love Theme"). The hollow, semi-electronic sound to the "First Escape" and "Second Escape," and the steady beat of the "Torture Sequence" track, continue to haunt me. I have listened to portions of this soundtrack almost daily since purchasing the album.

Lukas Kendall and his staff are to be commended for an incredible pressing. The sound quality is amazing and the liner notes were ultrainformative, even to a unabashed Lucasfilm fan such as myself who claims to know everything about Lucas and his work. The sheer breadth of the material would have been enough to impress me, but the sound quality and wonderful research made this a great purchase.

This soundtrack is a must for Lucas fans, sci-fi fans, and fans of avant-garde film music. I love John Williams, but I must agree with a previous respondent who noted that all film music does not need to be triumphant marches. If you want something different, listen to this.

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