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Comments about the soundtrack for Apocalypto (James Horner)

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Re: Wow!!!!
• Posted by: brutus   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, January 1, 2007, at 11:16 a.m.
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• In Response to: Wow!!!! (Trevor)
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> Horner is amazing to say the least. He excelles in the world music gere.
> Horner's music was wonderful, my favorite song of the score was the third
> song,The Story Tellers Dreams; it was very sought out and carefully pieced
> together in native rythmic music, the flute in there is absolutely
> amazing.
> When Horner used what sounds like the bagpipes in the song Sacrificial
> Progression, it goes perfectly with the weirdness the characters are
> feeling, an out-of-this-world feeling, put together with Rahat Nusrat Ali
> Khan's vocal solos is just incredible. It is so much better in the movie
> then on the cd though.
> What I like best about Horner scoring for this film is the amount of solos
> of the Pan Flute, the Indian Wood flute, and the guy who does the other
> vocals.
> Words Through The Sky-The Elipse, is a touching moment as the main
> character gets ready to be killed by sacrafice, Horner uses a remarkable
> cue as fear and visions from his wife telling him to come home take over
> him. On 3:10 seconds, the "Dee" sung by the guy (I have no idea
> who he is) throws us in a vision of quietness before death, an eery and
> unsettling sound.
> An Elusive Querry is also a fun and just weird track with the guy's vocal
> solo and the Pan Flutes trills with the drums iand the Australian
> instrument at 57 sec. by the end, he uses a very weird usage of
> synthasized sounds.
> Horner gets a 5 out of 5 in my book; the score is great with the soloists,
> this is a score that is unique, not using a full orchestra was perfect for
> a movie like this. The only full orchestra sound I get out of it was the
> song Civilisations, then ir quickly recides to the meditating wood flute.
> Horner needs to score more of these films, and his usage of the solos puts
> the listener in the character's life, the pain and the amount of calmness
> and realness he has to survive and come back to his wife and kids.
> Does antyone else agree?
> The Good Shepard I can't wait to hear, it will be nothing like this score
> and probably take a little of A Beautiful Mind cues for the darkness and
> mistrust in the movie.

I completely agree. Unfortunately it seems to get not very much attention from the score loving community. This is an amazing score, very fitting to the movie. I also love it apart from it - imho it's a great listening experience!

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  • Wow!!!!  (2637 views)
       Trevor - Thursday, December 28, 2006, at 9:54 a.m.
    •      Re: Wow!!!!  (2490 views)    We're Here
         brutus - Monday, January 1, 2007, at 11:16 a.m.

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