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 Posted:   Apr 29, 2013 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Listened to the score independently today for the first time. Wonderful! It's brilliantly composed and performed, and really deserves all the praise it's been getting! It's tough to pick favorite tracks, but mine include "Sad Memories," "I'll Do What I Gotta Do," "Come Back to Me," and "The Pendant / Evil Tango." And I can't get those piano melodies outta my head!

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Received the La-La Land from Darkdel today, love the quotes inside the booklet about Baños. Movie is out on wednesday over here. smile

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   David Kessler   (Member)

Received the La-La Land from Darkdel today, love the quotes inside the booklet about Baños. Movie is out on wednesday over here. smile

saw it yesterday and it was awesome, a great socalleed remake that took itself and its origins seriously and was a hoot and as an avid horrorfan , even I shrugged at some scenes smile

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2013 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Saw Evil Dead today and it definitely had me turn away on a couple of occasions, but I can't help but feel that I wanted to laugh as much as I wanted to be shocked by this movie; Which is basically my main criticism of this remake. By taking away the Campbell character with his college smarts to react and mouth off to the demons, the demons themselves feel lifeless (pardon the pun) and I feel like I'm just watching a torture porn in an updated Evil Dead setting going through the motions. On its own it's still an ok horror film, I did enjoy the necronomicon bits, the demon sequences and definitely Baños' score which helps the movie a ton, but for me "Drag me to Hell" was more "Evil Dead" than this "Evil Dead". They should have revived lady Ganush for this one. wink

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2013 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Saw Evil Dead today and it definitely had me turn away on a couple of occasions, but I can't help but feel that I wanted to laugh as much as I wanted to be shocked by this movie; Which is basically my main criticism of this remake. By taking away the Campbell character with his college smarts to react and mouth off to the demons, the demons themselves feel lifeless (pardon the pun) and I feel like I'm just watching a torture porn in an updated Evil Dead setting going through the motions. On its own it's still an ok horror film, I did enjoy the necronomicon bits, the demon sequences and definitely Baños' score which helps the movie a ton, but for me "Drag me to Hell" was more "Evil Dead" than this "Evil Dead". They should have revived lady Ganush for this one. wink

Think you nailed it Francis. Whilst its better than a lot of the remakes, it just lacked the magic that was the spirit of the old Evil Dead. I watched the original again the other night and still loved it. The black humour just wasn't in the new one and thats what made the old one fresh at the time in amongst the buckets of blood.
The new score rocks though. Brilliant job by Mr Banos and one of the best horror scores of recent times.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2013 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   Dr. Voorhees   (Member)

I was disappointed with the movie. It was pretty much just going for the gore, and it didn't have enough freshness to back it up. It was still somewhat enjoyable, but nothing like the other entries in the series. The score, however, has really been growing on me. La La Land put out a great release there!

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2013 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

Jason got disappointed.

He has feelings, afterall!

Scary stuff!

 
 Posted:   May 16, 2013 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   David Kessler   (Member)

Yes Yor, we´re doomed, we are all doomed...
Now I gotta go hiding howling to the moon...beware the moon

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Lewis&Clark   (Member)

I have listened to the score for over a week now, went to see the movie yesterday. FRAK ME! Gorgeous score and one hell of a bloody fun ride. It's so over-the-top sometimes that you can't help but laugh to get over it. Really, really loved it. As well as the score. The best horror score in years and a fantastic listen on the La-la-land CD. I'm sure this CD will be in the top 5 if not top 3 of this years new scores. Bravo!

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2013 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

Live performance of a 12 minute suite.

https://vimeo.com/70786184

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2013 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Live performance of a 12 minute suite.

https://vimeo.com/70786184


Oh MAN that's awesome! Watching Banos conduct is a friggin' blast too! Putting a GoPro on his podium was a brilliant idea.

I like the way he added those trombone lines to the final portion of the suite (the "Evil Tango") though I do wish he had included "Come Back to Me", which is one of the most moving pieces I've heard in a while - horror genre or otherwise. Might have 'balanced' the dissonant portions nicely.

Thank you so much for sharing!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2013 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   ChristianKühn   (Member)

Fantastic piece of music!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2013 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

I was sitting five rows back from Roque, really terrific performance, what a night that was in Cordoba, great to have it on film!!!

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 2:25 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

That's an amazing live performance! Gave me the chills smile

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 3:48 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

Superb score, superb concert performance.

Imagine that they had to persuade the studio/producers to hire Banos in the first place (although he's an Award-winning composer in Spain), but the likes of Hans Zimmer getting every single blockbuster thrown after him.

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Superb score, superb concert performance.

Imagine that they had to persuade the studio/producers to hire Banos in the first place (although he's an Award-winning composer in Spain), but the likes of Hans Zimmer getting every single blockbuster thrown after him.


Let's not bring Zimmer into yet another thread please?

Evil Dead was a $14 million dollar picture which by today's standards is almost independent as far as budgets go. No way did they have the money to hire anyone from RC much less Zimmer (they were probably all busy on almost every blockbuster score from the summer anyhow). The director did have to convince Raimi and Campbell to go with Banos mostly because he's not a well known composer in North America. Luckily for everyone, the composer delivered one of the most memorable, well crafted scores a lot of film score fans have heard in years.

Listening through the expanded LLL release confirms the time, care, energy and pure skills that Banos has. Every cue is a derivation of the two main themes. Nothing is by accident or arbitrary. The attention to this kind of score architecture is a rare thing these days. I'm so glad that Banos was given creative latitude to go nuts on this score. While it doesn't present anything we haven;'t heard before as far as orchestral fx (Xenakis, Ligeti, Crumb, Varese, etc pioneered them 50 years ago) it's how he's applied and married these techniques with his more melodic material that really cements this score as a strong piece. Frankly, I would LOVE to see this make its rounds next year at award time. It serves the picture beautifully which itself is a solid film making effort- barely any of the hand held crap we so too much of these days and the photography in parts is plain gorgeous. When was the last time a horror score got nominated anyhow? Much less win?

Goldsmith's The Omen? Williams' Jaws? I cannot recall. I know Goldenthal's Interview with the Vampire was nominated in 2005.

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I will add that I hope Gareth Edwards is open to someone like Banos scoring his Godzilla film next year. From all accounts, it sounds like a solemn, realistic tribute to the king of the monsters and whomever he goes with needs to respect Ifukube's similarly intoned original score.

Banos' imbued a poignancy and sense of pathos into a remake of a gorefest film from the '80s. This guy would do very well with Godzilla. Heck, his cue "Come Back to Me" is more emotive and emotionally charged than scores for most Oscar fare that have come out in the past few years. That says heaps about his compositional abilities and strengths.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

Great score. Movie was a little disappointing but good. The score brought back to me the belief that there are some new composers out there that know how to write and just do not sit behind a keyboard and stretch notes.

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

Live performance of a 12 minute suite.

https://vimeo.com/70786184


What a magnificent performance! "Evil Dead" is only my third Roque Baños score, after his wonderful "Machinist", followed by "Alatriste" which I still have not seen in context with the movie.

I must admit I was critical of the whole "Evil Dead" reboot idea, as I was a fan of the originals, so I was late coming to the party. As it turned out, the movie worked surprisingly well. I thought the filmmakers did a fine job of acknowledging the original, but it was its own beast, with some strong performances, particularly Jane Levy in the lead, and very effective scares. It was SOAKED in blood but somehow retained a sense of fun, without being as maliciously repugnant as other recent horror offerings. They played it straight, and with a sense of drama.

And holy heck that score. It was just a roller coaster on fire with a rocket up its rear end, whirling between completely bat-guano five-alarm insane, Grand Guignol operatic, and low-key tender characterization. The concert suite captured all of that, and señor Baños and the Orchestra de Córdoba gave a breathtaking performance. Really thrilling. Great music. A wonderful talent. Here's a GoPro podium shot:

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I truly hope we see the rise of Banos in the next few years, at least as far as domestic films are concerned. Not only can he write great scary music but his sense of rhythm and kinetic energy in Abominations Rising puts to shame a lot of official "action scores" from the past decade. one of the few composers to use rhythmic ostinatos in pitched instruments with percussion being used only to accentuate the tempi not control it.

I saw an interview where Banos was sitting in front of a computer monitor with Pro Tools on it. Not sure whether he actually composes by hand or not, but his music has that sound of freedom and a lack of metronomic adherence that is endemic to most keyboard based composers.

He acknowledges JN Howard as an influence and one can hear it in his plaintive piano thematic work. Plus, he references that churning string figure from The Happening in that opening track on Evil Dead where they are performing an exorcism on that teenage girl.

I love that we can all enthusiastically discuss such a great score uniformly. It's an honest breath of fresh air. So the moral of the story is that we need more Banos inspired awesomeness to keep us all happy campers on this forum. wink

 
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