I went to the movies after a long time, seeing "The Day After Tomorrow" (I like watching things break ) and the old pain struck again.
For the last not so few years, most orchestral movie soundtracks are no better than music college exercises in harmony and basic orchestration. Absolutely no melody, no rhythm, same orchestrations, same everything. And the worst of it all, they're signed by world's most famous and respected composers. I won't go into names, as even the terrific friendliness of this forum won't save me from flamethrowers
Where are the days when Clint Eastwood just stood and stared in the distance, while Morricone spoke VOLUMES with innovative use of ethnic instruments thrown in the orchestra?
Where are the days of early John Williams whose themes lodged in your head for weeks after you've seen the movie? Remember you couldn't ride a bike for months without hearing the ET theme? Remember watching the stars and saying to yourself OK brain, switch off the Star Wars love theme, I'm trying to think?
To all the rising soundtrack stars visiting this forum: I beg you, bring us back the soul in film music!!
and DO NOT GIVE ME THAT about film music not supposed to be noticed; it is not true. Good music gives the movie another dimension and makes the whole product better.
(I do realise that many times it is the producer's fault ... but you gotta start the revolution somewhere
Thankfully I believe a new King has ridden into Middle Earth, and Howard Shore is His name.
Just a load off my back