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Comments about the soundtrack for Inception (Hans Zimmer)

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Re: Amazing arrogance...
• Posted by: Marc Lawson   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, June 24, 2011, at 9:48 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Amazing arrogance... (untitled)
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> 1. Because Hans Zimmer "puts out dozens of projects a year" does
> not mean we should pity him or treat him (or his music) any differently.
> He does accomplish a lot in a year, but that is his job as a composer for
> film. To applaud composers for writing music is to attend a play and
> thereafter compliment the actors on how well they memorize their lines.

> 2. The music of Inception is boring, it is repetitive to the point where I
> lose interest, and it is downright lazy compared to his earlier works,
> what we all know he is capable of. It was moody, but not sentimental. Not
> honest.

> 3. I take offense to calling music critics "arrogant". We are
> needed and our work is always going to be of value. Art without critics is
> life without consequence. No one would learn and no one would improve. The
> composers as well as the listeners.

You are missing the point. I took issue with the fact that reviewer was judgmental of the composer's motivations and work ethic, not the comments about the music itself.

It takes alot of arrogance to think you know what other people are thinking and why they do what they do.

To your point #3, I think it is absurd to think that any reviewer or critic has ever been responsible for keeping music honest or helping "elevate the craft". The public's opinion (and one's own personal integrity) is enough to keep you honest. And, if a third-party opinion is really needed, anyone worth their salt generally has enough people around them to ask for feedback when they need it.

All a critic can offer is an opinion. The more informed the critic, the more valuable the opinion. That means that the best critics would be other film composers. Fortunately, most of them are too busy creating work of their own (or are too classy) to tear down the work of others.

Leave that to the buzzing gnats on the websites.

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  • Amazing arrogance...  (3397 views)
       Marc Lawson - Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 8:54 a.m.
    •    Re: Amazing arrogance...  (3117 views)
         untitled - Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.
      •      Re: Amazing arrogance...  (2822 views)    We're Here
           Marc Lawson - Friday, June 24, 2011, at 9:48 a.m.

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