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Comments about the soundtrack for The Bourne Ultimatum (John Powell)

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Bourne Ultimatum
• Posted by: Chris Jojo   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2007, at 4:49 a.m.
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I disagree with the reviewers comments concerning the 'forced string' passages that alluded to Bourne's 'identity' theme, in context these were in my opinion wholly necessary in imparting the dramatic strength of the sequence, if anything they serve to further reinforce Powell's ability to spot a scene with great coloration to perfection. The heavy violin vibrato in these harmonic passages reminded me of Goldsmith's approach, expressive and emotive in serving the film state. As for the constant comparisons to David Arnold, I believe Powell is the originator of this milieu, long before Arnold jumped on the band wagon, you only have to look at the 'reboot' that was Casino Royale to see that the Bourne series was the defining template in Bond's new direction.

Powell fans won't be dissapointed with Ultimatum, the level of complexity in percussion, synth programming, sound design, combined with a predominantley string driven orchestra is inspring, to arrange and effectively mix such varied textures into a polished and cohesive score is no easy feat. Further proof of Powell as one of the most versatile and interesting of the post Media Ventures British composers. Highly recommended.

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