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Comments about the soundtrack for The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer/Various)

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Re: Who is this reviewer?
• Posted by: Hyun21K   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at 10:19 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Who is this reviewer? (Jonathan Broxton)

> I'd dare you to say that to the face of Ennio Morricone, Thomas Newman,
> James Horner, Alexandre Desplat, Howard Shore, Elliot Goldenthal, Philippe
> Rombi, George Fenton, Patrick Doyle, Christopher Young, Wojciech Kilar,
> Brian Tyler, Marco Beltrami, Mark Isham, Dario Marianelli, Bruce
> Broughton, Mark McKenzie, Roque Banos, Joe Hisaishi, Mychael Danna, David
> Newman, or any one of the dozens and dozens of other film music
> specialists who learned composition, counterpoint and orchestration at
> some of the finest music schools in the world.

> You've got a real snobbery thing going on - coming on to a site like this
> with an attitude like "I only listen to modern music, but I think I
> know everything about film scores".

> Give it a rest.

You know what? When I first read your comment, I apologized right away out of courtesy.
But now that I re-read your comment, I wonder why are you so defensive?

My exact words were "I have to confess I am only an occasional film music listener." That means I have a lot to learn! Does the word confess not carry that connotation?

As for that other comment, I shall not concede as much this time. Of course, I would never say that to their faces, for the opportunity of meeting them is too much of an honor. But, with just my ears, I can tell that the scores of John Williams in general have more melodic lines, while listening to the music of those composers YOU mentioned, I have to say that their compositions are primarily homophonic in texture and their harmonic language is on the whole simpler than Williams' (although I know Goldenthal and Kilar are also concert composers).

And finally, this is a discussion, to share opinions. Why do you take all this personally? My comments are certainly not the most rude nor the most ignorant (okay, fine, call me a snob now). If you look at my comments, you will find the reason I posted at "a site like this" was to question the reviewer's logic in reviewing Zimmer's score, not to show-off my supposedly delusional knowledge on film music.

Do you know the film composers personally? I actually have a mutual friend with some of the names you mentioned. To Don Davis, the Matrix was a source of money, not his magnum opus, and most movie composers write on a three-line score or even a piano score, then hand them off to the orchestrators (NOT insulting them, they just have to do it in the interest of TIME).

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