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Comments about the soundtrack for The Day After Tomorrow (Harald Kloser)

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Re: Wow.. Tough Crowd!.. Word to the contrary..
• Posted by: Danny French
• Date: Sunday, February 11, 2007, at 2:41 p.m.
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• In Response to: Wow.. Tough Crowd!.. Word to the contrary.. (Michael Samson)

With utmost respect, I am a composer too, and I disagree with almost everything you wrote regarding the music score for this film.

Melody is indeed that great enigma of composition. You can be the finest orchestrator in the universe, and stumble over the theme. It takes something special to distinguish between a series of notes in order that reccur (a theme), and a memorable melody.

Kloser's theme - for this is all that it is - is bland, and somehow emotionally void... We have a film here in which most of the people on the planet Earth are killed, folks...

Simple things are beautiful, but simplicity is not the same as lack of inspiration, lack of feeling, not saying what needs to be said. Simplicity is saying what needs to be said, naked, unornamented. Simplicity is a very dynamic concept in music -- sometimes you need one note, sometimes you need a thousand notes.

Kloser's score is yet another example of musical wallpaper, and another example of a score which could've been so much better.

> Been reading all the comments about this movie's soundtrack and I am
> surprised by just how much criticism there is.

> As a movie, The Day After Tomorrow was mostly ordinary.. however, as far
> fetched as the scenario was, I did like the message the movie was trying
> to convey.. that if we do not take care of our environment we will pay for
> it.. I thought this was well stated in this movie. I happen to like
> disaster movies.. they are very entertaining to me.. its that evil streak
> in me I think of liking the the world to fall apart.. of course I don't
> really want this to happen.

> One thing about this movie that was not ordinary however was its main
> theme. While I will agree with most of you that the majority of this
> soundtrack is borring.. I just bought it and listened to it all.. the main
> theme is really something special. I noticed this theme the second I heard
> it during the opening of the film.. While the theme is simple.. sometimes
> it is the most simple things that are the most beautiful. The main theme
> of this movie is gorgeous.. it is soulful and has an attention to nuance.
> This theme is very emotional and conveys a message of beauty and tragedy
> at the same time.. the perfect fit for this movie.. as nature can heal
> itself. I found the melody line to be deep and resonant.. I love deep
> strings and subtle nuances and this theme definitely stuck in my head..
> which is a good thing.

> I am a composer myself.. and I think sometimes people take for granted how
> difficult it is to write a compelling melody or main theme. My music is
> also melody cenetered.. and as a theme, I was inspired by Harold Kloser's
> main theme in this movie. I do agree that the rest of the soundtrack is
> ordinary.. but the main theme is not.. Track 1 "The Day After
> Tomorrow" and Track 14 "President's Speech" feature this
> beautiful theme. While the other themese in this movie could have been a
> lot better.. the main theme more then makes up for this. The one thing
> that is missing in this soundtrack is the End Credits.. it is too bad
> because they had a really nice version of the main theme in it. Anyways..
> I will be enjoying this theme for long time. =o)

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • Wow.. Tough Crowd!.. Word to the contrary..  (3366 views)
       Michael Samson - Friday, March 17, 2006, at 9:40 a.m.
    •      Re: Wow.. Tough Crowd!.. Word to the contrary..  (3014 views)    We're Here
         Danny French - Sunday, February 11, 2007, at 2:41 p.m.

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