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Comments about the soundtrack for Panic Room (Howard Shore)

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Re: Two answers to that question.
• Posted by: Fraley
• Date: Thursday, October 30, 2003, at 11:06 a.m.
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• In Response to: Two answers to that question. (Jockolantern)

The whole "short album" complaint has been made numerous times, and there actually IS a valid explaination.

First, as Jockolantern pointed out, many films don't have that much music in the film, as well as on many films especially in the horror/suspense genre, there is a lot of quiet underscore where a lenthy, complete album would not be as interesting as a shorter one with the important cues represented.

Second, often lengthier albums are not financially possible, as orchestral works recorded in the US are subject to "reuse fees", which means that the orchestra gets payed royalties, usually a high dollar figure, based on the amount of their music publicly released. This often means that an album longer than 30 minutes performed by an LA Orchestra would be financially impossible.

Basically, those of us who appreciate the art of film music are happy to get whatever we can.

> 1) Because fans of Shore and film scores in general will purchase it, and
> Varese Sarabane knows that well.

> 2) It's solid compositional work and hardly "themeless" as
> Christian purports. As one of the fellow Scoreboarders here notes quite
> often: "Less equals more," and that really does hold true quite
> often.

> Besides, you can't represent the minimal amount of music in a movie like
> Panic Room on CD by plugging an extra 30 minutes of music on it that
> doesn't exist; the music that Shore composed is what we get, no matter how
> long or short it may be. Also, Spider-Man, while missing a few minor cues,
> is the perfect running length at 45 minutes and is quite a great listen.
> Besides, I find myself NOT wanting to listen to a longer album release if
> I simply don't have the time to listen to most or all of it. Short albums
> do have their advantages, like being able to listen to them in one
> sitting, something I consider extremely important.

> And, heck, if you don't wanna' fork out $14 for it, then just go to
> or something where you can actually get it cheaper. It's not
> too hard to think of money saving solutions, you know.

> Sayonara!
:) Jockolantern

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