Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Boom boom, boom boom....

I respectfully request that all Bluetooth users observe this rant by jenvargas. As an avid fan of the Bluetooth technology, I assure you that it is perfectly possible to keep the earpiece in your pocket until the phone rings. In fact, it is more comfortable not to wear it all the time. Really.

Got a bit of gruntwork done on a few things today, and got them nicely out of the way. I also took a chance with Stardust and found to my surprise that it was indeed very much like the book. The trailer really didn't have the right tone, but the film works quite well indeed; I'll have an official review of it another time.

I can't stop listening to this new The Wind and the Lion... that film take of "Lord of the Riff" is outstanding. It also makes a better impression on the score version than on the album due to it not following the explosive "Raisuli Attacks." The programming made sense on the LP that it was designed for - "Raisuli Attacks" was the end of side one and "Lord of the Riff" was the beginning of side two - but on a CD the latter track suffers from being in proximity to the former; both cover much of the same thematic material and therefore it sounds almost redundant. Heard in its proper place in the score, however, it really packs a wallop.

I've also been listening to The Ghost and the Darkness as well of late. I discussed this score in an entry a few months ago and it is interesting to hear Goldsmith incorporate the ethnic elements into that score in a way that is very different from those for The Wind and the Lion but still with his distinctive style. And that lion theme really does kick major ass.

Another great find has been Bruce Broughton's score for The Master of Ballantrae, which is essentially Broughton building a score from the same cloth as Korngold, Waxman and Rózsa's grand swashbucklers. It was his first recording with the Sinfonia of London, which is heard in very small combinations owing as to the budgetary limitations... restrictions which extend to the sound quality, which is very hissy and bright. On the other hand, it is recorded with a nice wide stereo soundfield and Broughton's sprightly score is totally infectious. This was a blind buy that really yielded wonders.

Attention melancthe: 1 semicolon was removed from this entry in order to avoid having a run-on sentence.
Tags: bruce broughton, film music, jerry goldsmith
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