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 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

We all here on the Board are meant to be about the music I think most would agree, but do you feel that even amongst enthusiasts like us, your first go-to reaction would be to a popular movie soundtrack rather than a smaller score? What i mean is do you actively try lots of new composers or soundtracks you would normally not maybe look at as films in the pursuit of music, or stay with safer 'know the style or composer or film' options.
I was thinking this after reading a lot of the PACIFIC RIM comments, a film that is getting a huge marketing campaign thrown it at you. Musically it gives you a certain modern style type of score ( that i did like) but there's another film with a similar modern style HANSEL AND GRETAL WITCH HUNTERS that totally bombed at the box-office but, for my money, had a better score (of that type). How many PACIFIC RIM fans gave that one a look ( just as an example)?

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Well, this is a poser.

I mean, I love books. I love reading books. I'm always open to a new writer with new ideas, but I find myself drawn to the writers I've grown to love more than branching out looking for anything/anyone new. My reading time is finite.

I'm pretty much like that with movie scores, too. That said, whenever someone raves about a new composer, I'm more than willing to seek him out by watching the film or listening to the score. I can listen to several scores in the time I takes me to read one-quarter of a novel.

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

Frankly, I don't see an angle for discussion here. That's basically the same question why art house movies are less often brought up in discussion as mega blockbusters. Or why IMDB discussion boards on said blockbusters feature a hundred new threads an hour, while often those of direct-to-DVD thrillers often have a single thread, or a couple. More people see or hear it, more people will talk about it.

That being said, there are essentially two types of film music lovers. Those who buy scores to the films they watched, mostly as a reminder of the movie, and those who buy the music and do not necessarily watch the film, or will never do so - the latter regard music as an independent entity, to be judged on its own terms. They are more likely to sample just anything that has the word "soundtrack" on it, or that reads "Composed and Conducted by". THAT discussion has been done many times over.

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Some buy just about anything/everything that's new. Whether they "listen" to all of it or not is a subject for discussion, as well.

But I do know some very vocal fans who don't care how the music fits the film...just how it plays. They might just as well be listening to John Tesh and other new-ager composers.

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

This board is too general to discuss smaller scores because there is little interest in them and they tend to slip away quickly in the thread overview; if people don't own it or don't want to own it, you'll have a hard time getting them to pay attention. If it's an unreleased score, the appeal will be bigger, especially when it's at least a composer people are familiar with. I'd love to go over my collection and pick out some scores to talk about, but I just know it will be mostly ignored.

With a super popular score like the new Superman or Star Trek, everyone has an opinion (even those who have not yet watched or seen the movie/music) and it's the other end of the spectrum. But I get bored by those discussions real quick.

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Okay...valid points.
What i was trying to say was I look at film score collecting in two ways. One..get anything by a composer i like, no matter what the score, or two..take a chance on something.
The thing about film music is that its meant to support the mood and story of a film, right? Therefore i've often looked at soundtracks offered on dealer sites and ended up with stuff ive either never heard of or composers Ive never tried, simply because you see a film title, get an idea of the story and judge roughly what the feel of the mood and therefore the music might be. Ive found many a composer ive ended up loving simply by taking a chance. I was just curious to see if other folk might have done similar or if its mostly just the new releases from the regulars?
Its the same with the usual 'top five list' thing.For example I love horror scores and have many of them ( maybe too many!..) and if you get a list of them here its often the same stuff....THE OMEN, JAWS, ALIEN..etc. except from a few posters such as 'losher' 'Francis' ' nuts-score' 'Deputy Riley and a couple of others. Threads that start on more unusual or obscure or smaller stuff don't seem to last long...i just wondered why. How many folk here go and buy scores by an unknown due to maybe someone posting on the Board or are you mostly happiest going with what you know?

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Frankly, I don't see an angle for discussion here. That's basically the same question why art house movies are less often brought up in discussion as mega blockbusters. Or why IMDB discussion boards on said blockbusters feature a hundred new threads an hour, while often those of direct-to-DVD thrillers often have a single thread, or a couple. More people see or hear it, more people will talk about it.
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Yeah but amongst the musical world, film score fans ARE almost the 'art-house' mob in terms of size and obscurity. If we are in a musical minority to start with then we must be looking for something a wee bit different musically to the 'norm'. It doesn't therefore follow that the biggest film music discussions HAVE to be about the biggest popular blockbusters, no?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2013 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Over the years time restrictions play a lot in how one will enjoy film music. If you were a lp soundtrack collector you could knock about 5 lp soundtracks off that it would take to see one film.I have seen thousands of films appreciating the scores but I have heard many more lp's and cd's of soundtracks, no less compilation cd's or lp's.I enjoy both pretty much equally. I enjoy the music away from the film and with the film.Funny but the level of both is about the same , now middle age as it was when I was in my 20's. However with the computer it surely is easier to listen to pieces of film music now then decades ago. Meanwhile films were always available to be seen , for sure in a big city.

 
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