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Comments about the soundtrack for The Hurt Locker (Marco Beltrami/Buck Sanders)

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Re: Solid effort, but... strange
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• Posted by: Flo   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 4:18 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Solid effort, but... strange (Scott W. Williams)

>Whew! Sorry for rambling!
Long post .

In essence... and much shorter ... you are right.
But I guess it's the same as it was when John Williams composed the music for Star Wars. Currently Hollywood favours selling every aspect of it's productions - and challenging scores being not exactly your idea of a best seller - so they tend to demand stuff that is either pretty bland and only appeals to people the same way that radio makes you buy a CD in a store. Countless repetition.

> I just don't focus on it. I focus
> on the fact that I'm glad that I love film music, I'm glad it's available
> to hear, I enjoy examining different composers, different approaches,
> different ideas, how a composition is designed, why, what different colors
> or textures are used, how it integrates with the film. I love what I
> listen to and I love that I can enjoy it so purely and be entertained or
> moved or excited while still intellectually able to appreciate the art and
> science behind the profession.

Same goes for me. I listen to a lot of different composers. Why? Because I like what they do. Hans Zimmers orchestral works are not really appealing to me, but he composes the hell-of-a-music for smaller ensembles (smaller for HIM) like Black Hawk Down. A lot of people don't like it, i find it terrific. it's something different from a guy who has come to a point where at least I feel that I have heard it one too many times.
So when something as crazy and different as this score by Marco Beltrami comes around, it's like... Hey, that sounds interesting. I know Beltrami can do good things with an orchestra and he knows a lot about electronic effects. But here... that's new. I hope - better, know - he won't abandon his other way, but it's nice to hear something different for a change.
So - to other people who think like Christian in this review - give this thing a chance.

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