Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt
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"This is the fun-vee. The hum-drum-vee is back there."

It's been a strange week thus far. At work I keep ending up with these really bizarre jobs. It's been extremely taxing, I've been slightly anti-social of late.

I did, however, have today off, and Raz and I decided that since we wanted to catch Iron Man once more before it left theaters that we would do a Marvel double feature with The Incredible Hulk. It ended up working out really well; we had about an hour between showtimes, so our asses never ended up feeling like Play-doh (see: Return of the King) and the films are different in tone from each other as so to prevent any information overload (which, hopefully, bodes well for this mega-franchise).

I did, however, receive Bruce Broughton's score for The Ice Pirates, which I had previewed last month, and I have to say that it is a really weirdly infectious score that is something of a testament to Broughton's skills as a composer. The smaller budget meant that he had to improvise to give the score a "big" sound for the action sequences, and his use of electronics and brass somehow manage to straddle the line between an Errol Flynn film score and the rock and roll stylings that pervades the rest of the score.

"Passion's Storm" is a standout track, the rock idiom combined with Broughton's gift for melody making a very sensual result. While I have no plans to revisit it any time soon, that scene in the film is actually fairly erotic; the track title referring to a tape of a synthesized environment so the hero and heroine can make love in the rain despite being aboard their vessel (a precursor to the holodeck). The music reflects the rain with the descending piano figures and the love theme plays out in a full-on outbreak of rock. I usually associate Broughton's output with a more traditional orchestral sound, and the love theme itself is pretty interesting because it is very much written for the ensemble that it performed in the film by; an orchestral arrangement would no doubt sound very nice, but it would have the same 'toothlessness' that those symphonic adaptations of classic rock always seem to have for me.

Most importantly, I want to congratulate Dave and Fran!!!
Tags: bruce broughton, cinema, film music, science fiction, work
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