Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Falling in Love with Film Scores


I think the first film in which I truly noticed the score was Pearl Harbor. I'm reading an article on Taiko drumming and remembering the Taiko scene, then the immaculate silence used in the film when the battle finally ended. So was it Hans Zimmer I fell in love with all those years ago?
I've seen most films he's scored. Many because of his work, alone (I didn't see the one with Vince Vaughn... does that even really count???).

Epic films are probably only my favorite kind because of these amazing scores. What would Superman be without that pull of the "Up, up and away!" triadic motion? But now I'm asking myself "Do I love epic film scores because the films are epic?" or "Do I love epic films because the scores are epic?"

I'm slowly approaching the end of my musicology paper and getting a little stuck as to how to conclude this discussion. Hans Zimmer, with his whirring electronic instruments captures Heath Ledger's psychotic Joker so well, so mysterious, sad, angry and confused. But there's something about that Carnival theme Danny Elfman uses for Jack Nicholson's Joker. It's so quirky and weird, and Jack Nicholson is so twisted and open about it. I can't choose how to address this! Do I even begin to discuss Prince? Ah, Prince... with the Little Red Corvette... teehee. <3 p="p">
Instead, though, I am listening to Titanic. It's sad and beautiful and a little bit Irish.

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