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Comments about the soundtrack for The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)

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Re: This review is way off...
• Posted by: Gashoe13   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 6:05 a.m.
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• In Response to: This review is way off... (pbateman)

> I agree with most of the reviews on this site, but this one seems way off.
> This score complimented film exceptionally well. It's strange that some
> people only consider orchestral music appropriate for film. Too bad.

Only orchestral?...
See: Tron Legacy, Hoosiers, and Crimson Tide. Tron Legacy heavily utilized synth... but in a good way. Crimson Tide was composed literally completely out of synth. Hoosiers also utilized a basically completely synth based score that was fantastic (or I loved it anyways). What this music did wrong wasn't the synth; rather, it was the like of a predominant theme, development of that theme, or even any truly smart music in it. There's no complexity, no emotion, no themes, no character. It's all atmosphere, and that's why it doesn't pass as music. It's just repeated instrumental loops fitting with what's happening on screen. I loved the movie, and I loved how the music complimented the movie, but as a listening experience and as a standalone piece of music, The Social Network is one of the worst scores available. Its liberal use of In the Hall of the Mountain King was especially stupid, if you ask me.

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