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Comments about the soundtrack for Avatar (James Horner)

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Re: Ok, but not great, I even hear a bar of Wrath of Kahn in there!
• Posted by: Ken   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010, at 6:29 p.m.
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• In Response to: Ok, but not great, I even hear a bar of Wrath ... (cjlawrie)

OMG!!! I thought I was the only one in the world who would notice the Count Of Monte Cristo reference in there. Hell of a tip of the hat to a pretty nice score.

And, as for the motif heard in track 1 at 58 seconds in... which seems to be the same motif that is at the other places you listed, it's something that Horner puts in just about EVERY soundtrack he writes. I used to hate him for it and then I finally realized that it was probably something like Carol Burnett tugging at her ear. But seriously, Willow, Aliens, Troy... it's probably even in The Rocketeer somewhere and I just don't remember the score well enough to cite it.

Funny thing about the review, for me, was that a lot of the elements that Horner put into the forefront were elements of his music that I'd never heard before. Between being pleasantly surprised at what I thought was a fresh sound, just at the edge of Horner's comfort level, and his MASSIVE manipulation of the themes for the film (even manipulating that 4-note motif which I've NEVER heard him do) I really enjoyed the soundtrack.

Happy listening.

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