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Comments about the soundtrack for Conan the Barbarian (Tyler Bates/Various)

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A bunch of easily forgettable clichés...
• Posted by: A true Filmscoring Fan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, August 12, 2011, at 11:02 a.m.
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It is a shame: the film music genre was relegated to nothing. I miss the days when composers wrote music that could be appreciated independently of the film (memorable scores and not a bunch of easily forgettable clichés). Currently, there is a predominance of laziness: the lack of compositional labor, the use (almost exclusive) of textures, moods, infinite loops and ostinatos (in an absurdly simplistic way). In this context of poverty, Zimmer, Bates, and even J.N. Howard, are some of the major responsibles in the dissemination of such standards (following total submission to the will of filmmakers that are mere technicians, not true artists).

I Miss the times when Goldsmith (Alien 1) and, more recently Goldenthal (Alien 3) bravely defied the dictates of Ridley Scott and some major executive producers from Fox studios. In the end, the composers from ages of gold and silver had balls, unlike the lackeys of modern times. On the other hand, the modern composer deals with the questionable taste of the mass audience (bad music we love to hate), which reaches levels of pure imbecility.

A very sad end to film music (until there is a new revolution, as seen in mid-1970). In the face of the dictatorship of the media, for me, the question remains: a new revolution could happen in front of filmmaker's greed and lack of knowledge?

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