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• Posted by Nate U
• Date: Saturday, July 22, 2006, at 9:27 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Laying the Zimmer-basher smackdown just like old times? (Southall)

> Indeed - and I do sometimes wonder about this very point. But I don't
> think him being controversial means there is substance to his contribution
> to film music - I think he stirs passions because he works on such a large
> number of very big films, and his scores do not sit easily alongside the
> kind of thing that the majority of film music fans like to hear (though I
> accept that "majority" is becoming more of a questionable word,
> since more and more younger fans probably came into film music because of
> Zimmer).

True, being as high-profile as Zimmer is definitely makes his scores more controversial...a lot of people hear them! And yes his music is not what more traditional film music fans want to hear, but that doesn't make much difference to me...I judge Zimmer scores with a different set of criteria than I do more traditional film composers, I guess.

> I don't seriously think that in fifty years, people will be looking back
> at Pirates of the Caribbean 2 as being indicative of some sort of film
> music golden age, the way we look back on scores from fifty years ago as
> being exactly that. Zimmer is one of the few revolutionaries of film music
> - Steiner, Newman, North and Morricone certainly were, but I'm not sure
> about others. But I really don't think his revolution took film music in a
> positive direction, the way those others did. Perhaps it's just something
> that needs the benefit of time to appreciate, but I can't see that. All of
> those four gentlemen took film music to a higher intellectual plane than
> it was at before, whereas Zimmer is the first revolutionary to actually
> return it to a far less intellectual place. I don't see how that could
> possibly be a good thing.

Good film music isn't necesarily about intellect, IMHO. Perhaps part of being a revolutionary artist is taking one's art to a plane which is not directly comparable to revolutions made in the past. Being a pioneering revolutionary is all about progression in a direction that hasn't been traveled before, afterall.

Time is the best of critics though! A lot of Zimmer's haven't been forgotten though, and I assume that bodes well for Zimmer's legacy.


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