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Comments about the soundtrack for Children of Dune (Brian Tyler)

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Tonality
• Posted by: Joshua Luetkemeyer   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, April 4, 2003, at 7:21 p.m.
• IP Address: adsl-18-64-68.sdf.bellsouth.net
• In Response to: Re: Rip Off ... (Mac Styran)

Coming from a graduate student in composition... it's hard to compose anything "tonal" that hasn't been done before. Composers in the last 400 years have pretty much exhausted all tonal possibilities. In the last 50 years, tonality has found new life through new instruments and rhythmic complexity. There is a movement away from tonality though. Film music itself is about 60 years behind "serious" music (as my composition teacher would say). Since the 2nd Viennese (sp?) school (Berg, Webern, Schoenberg), tonality has gradually lost its place in the music world. Atonal or Pantonal music; however, is not really accessable to most of the listening world (I don't really care for much of it). This is where scores like LOTR come in. Would it surprise people to learn that the majority of that score isn't tonal? (I'd say about 55% to 60%). The chords didn't have typical uses in diatonic or borrowed means. The voice leading made the piece rather than accepted progressions (such as iv, IV, V, I). I've used this type of stlye for a long time (quasi Barber).

The point of this... it's hard to be totally (or even somewhat) unique in music without extending tonality. And most film score listeners (I may be stereotyping too much) probably wouldn't really care for it.




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