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Re: Danny Elfman did it again
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• Posted by: Scott
• Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2002, at 5:11 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Danny Elfman did it again (OklahomaBorn)

Why do I HAVE to know what a term in music means? It's the sound that I look for, not the technical whatevers. And to me, listening to the score as I watched the film, I kept on hearing the same stuff coming from Elfman that I've heard since 1989. And since when does someone need a formal education in music composition to form an opinion as to whether or not they think something sounds the same as something else? Go peddle your superiority complex elsewhere. You're an Elfman fan and you're defending your hero. Cool. I'm not a fan and I'm pointing out a perceived similarity.

You know that rolling sound he likes? You know the term, please tell me so I am as smart as you. Well, that damned "rolling thing" is in rearly every freaking score of his for the past 13 years (I hear it every day on the Simpsons). I'll give you this: Planet of the Apes WAS a departure for him. It's was all full of percussion (the correct term, Professor?) and less of his fall-back sound. HOWEVER, aside from the main titles, it was pretty dull stuff.

And yeah, John Williams is sounding the same these days. So is Goldsmith. But, cripes! They've been doing this for over 45 years! They're in their 70's! Elfman at the point in his career that Williams and Goldsmith were in the early 70's, which was their most innovative time. Elfman is just being...oh never mind. Think what you like and I'll think what I like. My opinion doesn't matter, Professor. I don't know what a one quarter thingy is.


> Too bad you have absolutely no musical inclination. This stuff does and
> doesn't sound like the overbearing Elfman of the late 80s/early 90s. He's
> much more subdued in this soundtrack, but very thematic and sets the mood
> of the film.

> I hate to break this to you, but Williams sounds the exact same to me as
> well. I grew tired of his work after Raiders, and once I heard Mr.
> Elfman's cinematic style, I was hooked.

> Face it, Batman is 13 years old, and that's about as far removed as this
> soundtrack is from that one. They're both great. But Elfman has matured so
> much that he is actually asking more of the listener then to just sit and
> listen. His music now evokes real emotion...and if you don't believe that,
> listen to the soundtrack for "The Family Man" sometime, and tell
> me I'm wrong.

> I'm curious if you know what quarter or a half note even is....

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