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Why Howard Shore's work is so impressive


Nov 18 2012, 8:35am

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Why Howard Shore's work is so impressive Can't Post

In a way, he had to face what PJ had - insane expectations. He had to cater the LOTR fans who adored his score for the trilogy, who demands the re-usal of some of the already classic scores (such as Concerning Hobbits etc) but only to a degree, or he'd be faced with enormous critique of re-hashing his previous scores. He had to find the perfect balance between the old and the new, and making sure every new theme he composed was top-notch. I think he succeeded...

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.

(This post was edited by macfalk on Nov 18 2012, 8:35am)


Nov 18 2012, 11:39am

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Me too! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've only listened to it twice. Once at work with headphones & once at home on my Bose speakers but with distractions. I'm going to listen to it again today.


Nov 18 2012, 2:32pm

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Someday Bomby needs to Rent.. [In reply to] Can't Post

"THE FLY" with JeffGoldbloom & Jenna Davis just to hear
HS's soundtrack.
Also "The Silence of the Lambs" for the very same reason.

PJ stated he hired Howard intially
to get that Creepy sound especially
For Shelob's Lair.


Nov 18 2012, 6:17pm

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I've decided not to listen to it yet [In reply to] Can't Post

I've only heard the first trailer songs and Radagast's theme - will wait for the movie to hear the rest!

(This post was edited by kzer_za on Nov 18 2012, 6:17pm)


Nov 19 2012, 11:10am

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Yes, you should. [In reply to] Can't Post

All of his scores are excellent! I saw Gangs of New York without realizing he'd done the score & I recognized his work. Thought it sounded a bit LOTR. It was the best thing about that movie.


Nov 19 2012, 3:17pm

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I have to say... [In reply to] Can't Post

I quite enjoy the score to Twilight Eclipse - although I have less than zero interest in the stories or movies. In fact, I played a little game in my brain that I was buying the score for a niece. I just didn't want people at the store to think I was a Twilight fan!

I also have the Ed Wood score which is a bit different. And Eastern Promises which I like a lot.

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Nov 19 2012, 5:52pm

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The only thing [In reply to] Can't Post

i liked with the that franchise was in the new moon when the female vampire was chased , maily due to some cool camera angles and Tom Yorkes music.

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Nov 20 2012, 1:41pm

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His score for Hugo was incredible [In reply to] Can't Post

Just a fantastic piece of work and again showed his skill of weaving motifs in so many different ways throughout the score. It's a wonderful film and Shore's score does so much to keep to tone perfectly balanced between childlike whimsy, the romance of the setting and the dark, mature themes creeping around the edges.

His scores for Panic Room and A History of Violence are favourites of mine too.

As for The Hobbit, I've promised myself one listen before the film and I'm resisting using that up just yet - once the CD arrives I'll sit in a room with headphones on and take it all in. Then hopefully forget it all so I can experience it anew with the film!


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