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Still ‘Goldsmithing’: The Art of Remaining Quiet

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there guys, how are you doing?

Back to the Goldsmith studies, the movie of the week was the already-classic (arguably :P) Sci-Fi Total Recall (90) by Paul Verhoeven.

Total Recall

As far as the movie goes it was interesting to re-watch the groundbreaking (at the time) visual effects and some of them hold up surprisingly well even for today standards. Also, Sharon Stone was indeed THE undisputed sex symbol of the 90s. lol But talking about the music score…

I don’t really think it lives up to the novelty of the movie to be honest. It still sounds like a ten-years-old soundtrack, it’s still based on action movies clichés… Yet there’s something to learn here just like in any other Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtrack: silence is gold. :)

This feature caught my attention in Chinatown, but it makes a good deal of sense here too: Mr. Goldsmith leaves room for the dialogues to stand out. New composers frequently think they should provide a barrage of music to fill every single gap with sound… when, like in most cases in art and pretty much everything else, less is more.

Despite not being that remarkable the soundtrack of Total Recall can teach us this lesson–as valuable as any other. :)

See ya, take care!

Digging: Jerry Goldsmith

January 21, 2014 2 comments

Hi there, how have you been?

Continuing with my soundtrack studies–one composer after another, chronologically–I just arrived at this huge station: Jerry Goldsmith. The man had worked in so many movies, with so many styles that I don’t think I’ll be able to wrap it all up concisely inside my mind… but the trip–which barely started–is been already worth the “trouble”. :)

Jerry Goldsmith

I started a week ago by re-watching one of my all-time favourite movies ever: Planet of the Apes. Released in 1968 it’s an amazing sample of modern scoring in the 60s–I guess pratically every vanguard movies soundtrack back then came from the Sci-Fi genre. From this one I could grab some interesting ideas for “tribal”, percussive music.

Last week I picked a 70s specimen, one I remember my father talking about: Chinatown. From the awesome Roman Polanski this is a tough, sometimes fun, kinda over the top noir detective movie–great, really great stuff. And music helps it a lot by providing the perfect mood aside a very memorable main theme… which is an absolutely diverse work from the aforementioned “Apes”. :)

How many tricks Mr. Goldsmith had in his hat? And how could I afford to pay for such generous legacy? Both questions are hard to answer. :P For the time being just enjoy Chinatown’s solid soundtrack… as for me I’ll watch Alien for the twentienth time. :P But now with eyes and ears on Jerry. :)

See ya, take care!

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