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

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Solid effort, but... strange
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• Posted by: Flo   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 10:07 a.m.
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I can't really agree with the review. It is indeed a pretty strange score. Haven't seen the film, and most likely never will, because the subject matter doesn't really interest my I only got this score because I like the style Beltrami has evolved to.
It's pretty difficult to really appreciate this thing, and it's not a score I would listen to all day, or maybe more than once a while. But somehow, I find the ideas pretty cool and fresh. Today I watched a Vince DiCola interview and he mentioned something that I thought was pretty interesting. It was along the lines that he'd like to see more synthesizers utilized in filmscoring as it's currently very centered on orchestra-heavy music. Now I don't wan to be disrespectful or anything but I tend to agree with him. This score is different for a change, maybe not the most pleasant thing around, but different.

To those people who speak of this more as sound effect than music, I think that you don't need a motiv or melody for everything. Sometimes a certain sound suffices (I think of what Zimmer did with the Joker Theme). Totally depends on what you are aiming for. So I wouldn't bash those people who like this score with sarcastic comments about them having some emotional problem. If that were so, what about those people who listen to - for instance - Wagner a lot?


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