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 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

This may sound like an odd subject to post, but was an atonal score ever composed for an animated film?

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 2:07 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've seen plenty of animated 'art films' that employ an atonal language. And of course, even more mainstream films may have single tracks that venture into this territory. But I have to think a little bit about any titles.

Does Leonard Rosenman's THE LORD OF THE RINGS count?

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Brave Little Toaster by David Newman isn't your normal Disney sugar.
Some of it is quite...cacophonous at times. Jarring, but brilliant.

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Not sure I understand the definition. Would Fantastic Planet apply?

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 2:26 PM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Not sure I understand the definition. Would Fantastic Planet apply?

Was about to post Planete Sauvage smile And depending on the definition of atonality, you might want to count Goldenthal's Final Fantasy as well.

And there must be more than one Anime with atonal music in it's score.

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

Rosenman's Lord of the Rings and Kraft's Fire and Ice.

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

How are we defining "atonal?" That term s thrown around a lot.

And does it have to be a feature, or do shorts count?

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

How are we defining "atonal?" That term is thrown around a lot.

Good question. helpfully describes "atonal" as: of, pertaining to, or marked by atonality. big grin

Then again, I've often seen "Alien" described as an atonal score, despite having a good amount of melodic content, so maybe that's a good example: any score with a decent amount of non-melodic material.

One of my favorite animated scores, Kenji Kawai's "Ghost in the Shell", features atonal work:

And while I'm not as familiar with the score for "Akira", I seem to recall some rather cacophonous atonal material featuring there.

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 9:15 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

Scott Bradley used the twelve-tone system in Tom & Jerry before Rosenman could even write music.


 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 10:54 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

A lot of Japanese animation uses it, not just GITS - not surprising when you consider that 70% of animation in the world comes from Japan...

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   MD   (Member)


 Posted:   Aug 21, 2013 - 12:25 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

If I'm not wrong there should be something atonal in animated ALLEGRO NON TROPPO by Bruno Bozzetto.

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