Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Burst of Weirdness

Oddities abound!

:: Well, the track listing for the score CD for Star Trek is out there, and...well, let's just say that these track titles don't make it easier to take this movie seriously. Do we really have a Trek score with track titles like "Hella Bar Talk", "Run and Shoot Offense", and "Does It Still McFly"? Sorry to geek out here, but come on now.

(The music is by Michael Giacchino, J.J. Abrams's composer of habit. I'm of mixed mind on Giacchino: he writes decent enough music, but each time I hear him I get the sense that he's doing more pastiche of other composers than producing his own work in his own voice. So I'm concerned that this score will consist of him aping Jerry Goldsmith.)

:: I know that Republicans have pretty much gone batshit insane over the last year, but now they've reached a point where Little Green Footballs is saying "Whoa Nellie, we need to stop being so crazy". Wow.

That's about it. It was a slow week for funny weirdness, I guess. (And one of these isn't even funny weirdness, just me enjoying a political trainwreck.)


Call me Paul said...

Is John Williams all that different? Most of the original Star Wars soundtrack was flat out copied from Holst's The Planets.

Kelly Sedinger said...

Paul, that is nonsense to such a staggering degree that I can only assume you're saying it to get a rise out of me. The similarities between "The Planets" and "Star Wars" are so overblown as to be almost comical. The main citation is always the climax of the Death Star battle versus the climax of "Mars the Bringer of War", and even there, the pieces aren't that similar -- Holst's long chord blasts are held and sustained whereas Williams's are not. There is nothing in "Star Wars" that sounds anything like, say, the Mercury movement, or the Venus movement, or the Jupiter movement, or the Neptune movement, et al.

Tosy And Cosh said...

All of the LOST soundtracks feature horrible-pun track titles, and a quick spin through the iPod shows that some other Giacchino scores have some as well. Seems like a thing he does. I'm much more in Giacchino's camp than you, although none of his film is anywhere near as good as his LOST work to me.

My favorite Holst lift is the opening piece to the Coppola Dracula score, which is very reminiscent of the opening to the Mars piece.

Call me Paul said...

Well, I'm not a an afficionado, by any stretch of the imagination. All I know is that I own both The Planets, and the Star Wars soundtrack, and have listened to them both, and said to myself, "wow, do they ever sound similar to me."