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How much of our love of scores can be classified objective?
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• Posted by: Riley KZ
• Date: Monday, June 27, 2022, at 11:50 a.m.
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So we talk and debate this kind of stuff a lot - what’s objectively or subjectively bad or good when it comes to art. I think usually we fall on the side of 80% of what we like is purely subjective and the 20% objectivity, say, happens if an instrument is accidentally out of tune and therefore “not good”, I dunno.

But how much of this, especially with film scores and the role they must play, can be just quantifiably and objectively labelled as great (or bad) regardless of your personal opinion? A little? Some? Tons?

Mostly asking because I watched Once Upon a Time in the West again the other day and I just don’t think I’m wrong in saying it’s objectively great movie music. Personally, yes I love it and love listening to it, but man, even if I didn’t, how it fits the flick perfectly and helps tell the story (and fill us in on character motivation and emotion) is just objectively goddamn great. Like, 100% so, not that 80% silliness I mentioned earlier.

I dunno….what do you folks think? How much is personal, and are there are any famous or major times where we can just say “screw personal, that’s masterful music right there”?

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