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The reason why Zimmer's Inception is genius
• Posted by: privetbenjamin
• Date: Sunday, July 18, 2010, at 12:48 p.m.
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Message Edited: Sunday, July 18, 2010, at 12:49 p.m.

What makes a great score isn't only that it should sound great on Oscar highlight reels, but also we should appreciate the Inception score for its simplicity while being able to evoke the right mood and feel of the film, and to me, Hans Zimmer's Inception does this flawlessly.

Never before have I heard a score evoke a multitude of moods: the grandness of the Dark Knight, the tech minimalism of the Matrix, the intrigue of James Bond, the constructivism of John Coolidge Adams, and the peaceable future-noir moments of Bladerunner... all into one seamless soundtrack of just a few thematic lines.

I put Nick Hooper's underappreciated Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince in this same category. Just a few lines, but the moments fit so perfectly in the scene of the movie. (Slughorn's Confession comes to mind, so understated yet so impactful)

I think we should all just step back a moment and not wonder about which tracks and themes sounds great compositionally in a conventional sense. This is film soundtrack composition, not music for the radio or concerts. I think on the subconscious level, we've got to at least appreciate the mood-evoking aspect of this industry. Just like Dom Cobb's dialogue in the movie about an idea being the most resilient virus, that is to me with Zimmer's work... I somehow keep playing it in my head over and over again and dreaming about it!

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