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Do you prefer Western-centric scores or ones that incorporate specialty instruments?
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• Posted by: James Charles Taylor   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 7:39 p.m.
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(Or How to Get Out of the Western-centric Bias)

(This does not include concerns about the use of electronic instruments and/or influences from other music genres because that's a different can of worms)

I feel that I have a particular dilemma that drives my tastes. That would be that I would only prefer to hear ethnic instruments in historical dramas and otherworldly fantasy flicks and a Western-centric style for other genres. I care about accessibility and listenability because "ethnic instruments" have a different timbre and tone from the instruments of the standard orchestra, which would make it or break it in terms of listenability, leading me to avoid ethnic and folk influences if it distracts me from the listening experience.

This question is one of taste. I'm worried that if I were to have a career as a film composer with a strong bias towards Western-centric music, I wouldn't succeed. I would have to follow examples from the differences in tonal color and how they would benefit my work.

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