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Do you prefer Western-centric scores or ones that incorporate specialty instruments?
• Posted by: ArborArcanist   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 11:34 p.m.
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• In Response to: Do you prefer Western-centric scores or ones t... (James Charles Taylor)

Most music is case by case. I would never have expected the pairing of tabla and yialli tanbur to be appropriate instrumental representations of a British heroine, but Bear McCreary made it work in Assassinís Creed Syndicate: Jack the Ripper. James Horner of course used the shakuhachi flute in the darnedest of places (the tiger scene of Jumanji comes to mind), while contrarily Eshkeri scored the setting of Ghost of Tsushima specifically with an emphasis on incorporating Japanese instruments. Meanwhile, Brian Tyler chose to grant Crazy Rich Asians a jazz and Western orchestral score (more fitting to the romcom genre than the Singapore setting), and it worked to accentuate how the film carefully avoided ethnic and cultural cliches or stereotyping.

I personally think on both a level of listenability and intellectual interest, there is no true superior method. Sometimes speciality instruments make sense for a given directorís cinematic vision, and sometimes they do not. Of course, I donít find non-Western instruments to affect the experience in a negative way, and often welcome the change of pace they can offer.

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