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Comments about the soundtrack for Mythodea (Vangelis)

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Re: This reminds me of Fire Water Paper
• Posted by: TimT   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2001, at 7:48 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: This reminds me of Fire Water Paper (Dinko)

> Very little in common, in my opinion, other than the use of orchestra and
> chorus.

> Whereas Goldenthal's was an accomplished work from beginning to end,
> Mythodea is bland and simplistic.

> Fire Water Paper used various orchestral and vocal colours, Mythodea
> pretty much all sounds the same from beginning to end, and if you have
> 1492 and Revell's Red Planet, you don't need Mythodea. Fire Water Paper
> had all these little elements (solo cello, solo voices, orchestra,
> vietnamese children's chorus, adult chorus) which made it much more varied
> and interesting.

> I'm under the impression that Fire Water Paper was given much more thought
> by Goldenthal than Vangelis put into Mythodea which sounds more
> spontaneous. The end result being that Mythodea is perhaps a more easily
> accessible work, but which sounds little if at all like Fire Water Paper.
> .

Well I mentioned Fire Water Paper, because the clips and the review made me think it was kinda the same deal.
But now that I've heard the CD, I will say that Mythodea is alot more enjoyable than Fire Water Paper!

I admire Fire Water Paper alot, BUT its a bore to listen to and some parts are comical (not intentionaly) like when Maddalena starts singing "She Burns, She Burns" over Goldenthal's action music I laughed. Its an incredible work no dought, Goldenthal creates this dark atmosphere with the music but its totally unmemorable when its done. Theres not one melody in Fire Water Paper

Mythodea on the other hand is lot more melodic, and majestic, and its no where near as bland as FWP because that. I actually walked away humming the tune in Movement II. And there are many other memberable parts. He has captured the essence of new ancient civilizations of other worlds and travaling through space to a tee. Goldenthal I agree captured the horric essence of Vientman war but with most of them music its hard to even imagine what the heck it being portraied also I believe it was more spontaneous than Vangelis' efforts. Was Goldenthal intentionally avoiding any type of melody?

Fire Water Paper and Mythodea are both high-class pieces of work, but in the end Mythodea is much more memberable, and enjoyable to listen to. The review above mentioned that it could have been a classic if he inserted more comprehensive themes, and orchestrated them better. I agree with the orchestrations, but the tone of the music is so beautiful and facinating even with its small thematic ideas dominant to each movement that it works without a strong theme. You have to remember that this isn't techniqually a film score!

I would like to know how does he know that, there were 200 musicians and 120 choir members? The inserts don't mention any of that. While there is a big orchestral presence, some of it sounds mainly synthisised in a few places way as the opening to 1492 Conquest of Paradise.
Anyway its more than just a rating of 3-stars, but at least 4 maybe a 5!

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