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 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   Moonlight   (Member)

I just read this column:

Commentary: Music is essential to movies. Too bad The Academy Museum fails to treat it that way: Film composers deserve a better museum showcase for their art than this: a black box room that's not even playing real movie music.

It seems like The Academy Museum that is opening in Los Angeles soon will cover all aspects of filmmaking except film music.

Music will only be let in through the backdoor.

Your thoughts on this?

 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Sounds weird.

 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   afn   (Member)

Did you honestly expect anything else...?

 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 1:18 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Your thoughts on this?

I think this article is silly.

I mean, the very first paragraph is about the Los Angeles Philharmonic devoting three concerts to film music. Because a concert hall is a venue for music.

A museum is not generally a venue for music. I happened to drive by the Academy Museum yesterday, and there are banners everywhere announcing its opening, and they promote that you can see C-3PO there, and something from Oz, and I can't remember what else. Because museums are (generally) about tangible items. You can listen to music in the car on the way, but you can only see a real E.T. puppet or a genuine costume from Wakanda at the museum.

Of course there's a target on the back of this museum, with people saying it doesn't properly celebrate every possible group's contributions to the form. This is par for the course.

But as a huge film music fan (obviously), I'm not the least bit offended by any of this. And I'm glad film music is being celebrated by a major orchestra, which feels a lot more appropriate to me anyway.

 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

"A Hollywood Museum" is a concept that goes back at least 60 years. And they've repeatedly tanked, footled around, and gotten it wrong.

No surprise they're doofing it up again.

 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

The Hollywood Bowl is Los Angeles's Museum of Film Music.

 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 5:55 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

According to some people here, Golden Age film music is only fit for a museum. They say it doesn't sell and most anyone interested in Golden Age has died off. And that seems to be the thinking of some specialist soundtrack labels too, judging by how little Golden Age we see these days.

Instead of worrying about whether some museum doesn't have a token film score manuscript or two on display, I think we'd do well to be far more concerned about the absence of Golden Age film music releases from our specialist labels.

 Posted:   Sep 12, 2021 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

So I don't go off an obscenity-filled, spittle-flecked rant, just a few notes about Swed's column:

The opening day/night event of the Museum is two screenings of THE WIZARD OF OZ, with David Newman conducting the score live-to-picture.

One of the first screening series focuses on Women Composers.

"Although there is no gallery for film scores, there is a room with a surround-sound setup. From time to time, film composers will be thrown a bone by being commissioned to create a sound installation piece."

Current composers getting the chance to fill an entire room with their music is being "thrown a bone?"

 Posted:   Sep 12, 2021 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

I was going through the section on the museum in the Times and just randomly thought "I'll bet there won't be much on film music." Not as an offended film music fan, just idly considering that given the practicalities there probably wouldn't be huge resources devoted to movie scores in the museum. I was kind of amused then to see Swed's article, as there was a time when Swed seemed pretty dismissive of film music himself. There didn't seem to be a lot of substance in the article either, which was unusual for this writer. So I'm neither here nor there on this--I'm impressed someone gave it some thought in the Times I guess.

 Posted:   Sep 13, 2021 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

"gave it some thought" is being too kind, I think.

I'm curious, how much has Swed ever given a crap about film music before?

 Posted:   Sep 13, 2021 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

Can't read the article. Wants me to pay first.

 Posted:   Sep 13, 2021 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

You could always stand outside with a boombox and blast some soundtrack albums...

 Posted:   Sep 13, 2021 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

"So I don't go off an obscenity-filled, spittle-flecked rant, just a few notes about Swed's column:"


No reason, though, why you shouldn't write an obscenity-filled, spittle-flecked Letter to the Editor.

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