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Comments about the soundtrack for Interstellar (Hans Zimmer)

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A worthy and appropriate review
• Posted by: Steven   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, January 26, 2015, at 6:23 a.m.
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Thank you for your well thought out review of the score. This review is exactly what I expected to read and I agree with many of your opinions. Specifically:

“He has a tendency to seek the proper audience response via resonance of sound rather than complexity of thought, and this technique practically sums up the entire issue some will have with this score: it's irritatingly simplistic.”

While the sound/timbre/tone of an instrument can assist with creating emotion, it is not enough to do so on its own. I respect and admire Zimmer’s ability to create interesting synthesizer sounds and his production techniques yield fantastic results, but these alone are not enough to disguise repetitive and simplistic compositions. Some of the best melodies are simple - that’s fine - but endlessly repeating overly simple melodies with the only variation being volume and layers does necessarily mean development to me. Plus, the use of the vi – IV movement with the melody remaining the same is tired and lazy. vi – serious, somber, hope is lost. IV – a new beginning, hope is renewed. It is a touch insulting. I digress.

“you hear self contained ideas without synchronization points, conceptual counterpoint references, or meter changes to denote any kind of change in action or realization on screen”

It is film composition after all and not instrumental album production. Again, I respect Zimmer’s methodology as it relates to production and achieving a certain sound, but more time needs to be spent on creating interesting compositions and less on production. I would prefer the innovation that he talks of to explore changing meters, key and tempo changes, chord embellishment, counterpoint, and even occasional bitonality, as well.

“Why not use a synthesizer rather than asking them (and the occasional voices) to produce otherworldly noises that are held so far back in the mix that they are indistinguishable?”

A large wind ensemble and choir was used? I agree, these elements were barely noticeable.

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