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Comments about the soundtrack for King Arthur (Hans Zimmer)

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• Posted by: Byro
• Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at 10:37 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Zimmer seems to like doing that... (kurt)

> I don't Know.

You are all so clueless! Lol! It's a cheap spin on "Do You Think I'm Sexy?"

As for the suite-arrangement controversy, I have to say I agree with the people who are irritated by it. In my opinion, there's no excuse for these silly 10 minute plus compilation tracks. Yes, I agree that it's great to have a consistent listening experience without loads of silences, but there's something we're forgetting here:

A lot of Zimmer's albums - and indeed many other soundtracks - have tracks that crossfade into each other. Take Gladiator, where the first three tracks all merge together, or Hannibal, where there's loads of cross-fades. Why can't Zimmer just break these silly suites into seperate tracks that just flow continuously into one-another? The whole point of a CD is that, apart from its superior sound quality, it has the advantage over analog tape because you can jump instantly to tracks without winding through for ages to find the bit you want. these "suites" are nothing but completely backward in regards the opportunities that this technology gives us.

Take "Alabama" on Crimson Tide. That is made out of three distinctly seperate cues (the sinking, the launch EAM and the counter-mutiny to be precise), and lasts 23 minutes! Zimmer could easily have broken that into three tracks without silences. He cross-faded tracks 4 and 5, so why not those? The same could apply to "K2" - the "ascent" and "descent" could be easily turned into sub-tracks - because so many good cues are burried deep within them. It's just sloppy.

Also, if you want a shining, prime example of ridiculous "suite" arrangements, take a look at the release for Basil Poledourois' "Les Miserables" - 46 minutes of music condensed into just four tracks! (doesn't help that the track lengths and names are all wrong too).

I say suites are fine if you think that is the best way to present the music, but please don't forget the whole point of what CDs are for, either, and give us those tracks properly indexed! Cross-fading works so well you'd never know the difference - until you want to find your favourite cue.

chateau Byro

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