I like the orchestral version of BUILING THE BARN much more and it shows the well crafted piece .The synths scores always sound too cold..especially for this kind of musical piece, which is structured like a canon and very much classical..so whats the point for the synth.( in my opinion)
I feel the opposite... I have a number of recordings of Jarre's orchestrated version and although I like it, I never feel it quite works compared to his original electronic version.
I grew up exposed to MJ's synth work because those films always played on cable in my misspent youth. Unfair to just write them off as some old composer who was cluelessly fumbling around machinery he didn't know about.
He worked closely with his players and the synth scores were more elaborate and expensive than certain orchestral works!
I get it if one doesn't like the music - at least respect the creation.
Thank-you. That's pretty much how I feel.
I'll just add that electronics were a constantly-changing and evolving medium in the 1980s -- evolving so fast that pretty-much everything was experimental and trial and error for all those people -- not just Goldsmith, Jarre and other film composers, but Vangelis, Faltermeyer, Carlos, etc. as well. And everyone's setup was unique to their method. That's why I've always resisted the notion that some composers were "using them wrong". (Sorry Thor!)