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Comments about the soundtrack for Apocalypto (James Horner)

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• Posted by: Trevor   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, December 28, 2006, at 9:54 a.m.
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• Now Playing: Apacalypto: To The Forest

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.

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       Trevor - Thursday, December 28, 2006, at 9:54 a.m.
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