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Gremlins!

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Back to the already-famed :P Goldsmith studies I watched Gremlins (1984) to give its soundtrack a thoughtful listen… and this is a tricky one for sure.

From the start if you check the IMDb page for the movie you’ll see where it’s filed: under “Comedy/Horror”. Those are two absolutely diverse genres regarding the mood a soundtrack should aim for, so scoring for such an aberration can’t be simple in the slightest. :)

Gremlins

Mr. Goldsmith starts nailing it for the easier (in theory) side: the main theme. It sure is remarkable and fitting and could give any arranger enough material for a good development. But that’s not the only issue: there’s still the setting (Xmas), the pace (“Adventurous”), the content (“Fantasy/Mystery”)… Too much for an average joe to handle. Masterfully the man pretty much wraps it all up in a single under-2:00 piece, presented in one of the first important scenes of the movie, before the main theme really shows up.

It hints at everything yet to happen in the movie–even the main theme–while merging absurdely well with the current scene and scenario. Truly a sign of who is the craftsman behind it. :)

Check this and the main theme out and enjoy the ride. :)

See ya, take care!

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Bleeding Fingers Contest!

February 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you all been?

Well, it seems Mr. Hanz Zimmer wants us. :) I’m taking part in a contest held by Bleeding Fingers to make a remix on an original theme by the man and just putting the thing together was a good time. :)

Hans Zimmer Wants You

From the first moment I listened to the original piece I imagined the main voice floating over a more acoustic, slow-paced ground… It’s a very beautiful and delicate melody. My take on it was to mess a good deal with the harmony (making it Major to start) and after that developing a more “organic” epicness–if I can put it that way–by recording real percussion.

Here’s the work. I hope you like it, and if you do I would appreciate a vote or “favorite” from you dear visitor. ;)

http://www.hanszimmerwantsyou.com/tracks/4015

See ya, take care!

A Great, Underrated Soundtrack Given the Proper Attention. :)

February 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Coincidentaly in a week I was digging my ol’ Bomberman II (NES) cart to make some scans I stumbled on this fortunate surprise: its soundtrack is now neatly organized at Soundcloud. :)

Bomberman II

June Chikuma–the awesome composer behind the work–was kind enough to upload a lot of videogame stuff at her profile there and there are plenty of lessons to be taken for free. My favorite one is the aforementioned Bomberman II OST because in this work she managed to expand former ideas to unconceivable depths at the time and turned something until then only catchy into some really classic pieces.

Without further ado, enjoy her generosity and take a listen yourself. I’m sure you’re gonna enjoy it. :)

Take care, see ya!

Frances… Ha!

February 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you all been?

This week I took a break from those Goldsmith studies and watched Frances Ha, which lays a lot on the light-hearted side of… hearts? :)

Frances Ha

I’ve heard plenty of good talk about the movie’s soundtrack, but I would credit the fluidity of the whole thing much more to the edition (both video and sound ones) than the music itself. Actually I could go further and say the presentation overall (form and content as well) is what holds the movie together and it ultimately succeeds in hiding an “amateur” flavour of some sort from the average watcher.

None of this is to be taken against it, in fact the movie is nice… But I thought I should render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and here the guys deserving the coin are the editors. ;)

Take a peep at the trailer (it sells the movie poorly, mind you) and go watch it if it matches your mood… Then, come by to drop your own two cents. ;)

Se ya, take care!

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