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Re: I get what Zimmer is trying to do.
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• Posted by: Jack
• Date: Sunday, July 18, 2010, at 10:59 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: I get what Zimmer is trying to do. (Mikal)

> I don't think it can and I'll tell you why. Maybe Zimmer's score doesn't
> contain as many key shifts or brass tuplets or leitmotivs as a typical
> John Williams' score would (I'm using him as an example because, judging
> by your username, you're a fan), but those elements are quantifiable,
> i.e., measurable. You can't quantify, or even objectively qualify, boredom
> because it's inherently rooted in subjectivity. It's something that humans
> feel. What one person finds boring, another person may not. Does that mean
> one person is right and the other isn't? No. It can't given the nature of
> the word.

That doesn't change the fact that on sheet music it is simple. You can harangue all you want about subjectivity but,on paper and in the score, it's simple. Listening to the score and hearing it is not subjective cause what you hear is judged on what is heard not the feeling of what is heard therefore making the "subjectivity" void. I'm not expressing my perspective when listening to the score I simply listen. You can say his stuff is boring because if you want to sit and listen to droning Vuvuzuela's all day and call it "subjective art" be my guest but don't give this straw man argument about how we can't understand the music because it's "subjective art." That's elitism and it's a BS statement.

When I listen to Inception I don't "feel" the score is boring. I hear that the score is boring because of it's droning and redundant Zimmer-isms heard in scores past compounded yet again into Hans Zimmer's "creativity." John William's creates elaborate scores with beautiful theme's and complex melodies and themes that are not only interesting but entertaining to listen to. Hans Zimmer over the past couple scores like The Burning Plain, The Dark Knight, and Inception has proven beyond a doubt that he is insane if he calls this complex. This is not one iota more complex that John Williams on sheet music. And I play his music on my piano. Hans Zimmer's scores, which I also play, are remarkably simple ,and while they are effective on screen, they are just forgettable. I give it about to the end of the year for people to get over the hangover of a Zimmer score.

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