Soundtracking

by on Mar.25, 2014, under Syndicated from the Web

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Dug out this old favorite – James Horner’s score to Star Trek III:  The Search for Spock.  Probably the scariest and darkest of all the Trek films.  The Enterprise gets mothballed.  The Genesis Planet is a failed experiment.  Two starships get blown up – one is packed with Federation crew, the other is loaded with Klingons (so we’re happy about that one).  There are horrible Klingon bastards, who take hostages.  Kirk’s son is one of those hostages, and they murder him.

It’s a dark, slow movie.  And it’s my favorite of the series.  And as I listened to the soundtrack last night, I realized that it would never get made today.  It wasn’t over-the-top enough.  It wasn’t packed with chaotic effects and people running and shouting.

The score was massive.  Ten feet thick in most places.  So you had this giant score put to slow-moving scenes of slow-moving starships and slow-moving drama.  And it worked.  Incredibly. 

I felt kinda sad knowing that there will never be something like it again from Hollywood.  And weird to ponder that most of the cool movies I worship from my youth would never be made today. 

But I felt lucky to have known it.  So there’s that.

Click below for a cool track to a nice drawn-out scene where two starships are about to wrastle.


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