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Comments about the soundtrack for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Hans Zimmer/Various)

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Re: That review is poor.
• Posted by: NM   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, May 12, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: That review is poor. (JFC)

> The film scoring industry, in my opinion, has lost much of
> it's finesse and yeah, complexity. Does a score have to be orchestrally
> complex? Yes.

Not necessarily.

> As a four year composition student I can write more orchestrally
> complex, two hour pieces of crap than a dozen of the Zimmer clones.

Probably not to be honest. These people know their stuff about music otherwise they wouldn't be working on films.

> He killed the industry
> that I was so looking forward to working in but now I want nothing to do
> with. I hate Zimmer because now, to the general public, he is all that
> film scoring is. That fake orchestral sound that is, by the way, killing
> the orchestra. That simplistic rock influenced bull crap that a first year
> piano student could play perfectly simply sight reading.

I understand why you're vexed but you're overreacting. There are still opportunities to write the music you want to write, you have to push hard to make your potential clients see it your way, that your kind of music is what will add value, rather than moaning they just want another sound. It has always been thus.

Listen, as a fellow amateur/semipro composer, I know the frustration of seeing endless reams of crap being produced by people who download some sample libraries and now think they can compose. I know the frustration of finding it difficult to get projects to work on because people are only after the popular sound. But it doesn't stop me writing what I want to write, even if concessions have to be made.

It's probably frustrating feeling like your four years studying music doesn't count for as much, and that the value of your skill-set has been diminished, but that's just how it is, and you got to deal with it.

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