Thursday, August 18, 2016

Soundcast Stereo (Episode 9) Feedback - "China, Millennials and the Theme"

Episode 9 - Listener Feedback #2 "China, Millennials and the Theme"

It's time for listener feedback, so Christopher and Erik take one mega-voice-mail from a long-time listener who responds to the most popular Soundcast Stereo episode to date (Ep. 3 - The State of the Film Music Theme)  Specifically, our listener discusses cultural differences over the "dumbing down" of Hollywood movies and why the film music tastes of the Millennials might be as they are - less appreciative of the classic film music theme. Soundcast Stereo episodes are two channel, 30 minute conversations about a single topic from the world of film, television and game soundtracks.

Episode Highlights

00:00 - Channel 1 and 2
00:57 - An episode with only one piece of feedback?
02:50 - T. Greer responds to "The State of Film Music" (Voice Mail)
14:52 - Feeding back on the feedback
43:46 - The Wrap Up and What should we say? Help us!

Music Selections

00:00 - "The Kraken" (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) by Hans Zimmer
13:50 - "DNS" (Man of Steel) by Hans Zimmer
45:35 - "Rjuken Sabotage" (Medal of Honor) by Michael Giacchino

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1 comment:

Supreme Chancellor Franzen said...

I apologize for being late to respond on this episode.

One aspect that I have not seen discussed regarding modern day soundtracks is the influence that budget (or lack of) has on the quality of a soundtrack. Very few movies get the luxury of affording a full orchestra and supporting staff. Hans Zimmer for one has quickly perfected turning a soundtrack into a commodity and allows for hybrid (mostly electronic) scores to be turned out at an attractive price to the studios.

Much was placed on millennial's tastes in having non-committal or non-emotional themes. However, this generation has completely grown up on music that is sampled/electronic, and is composed, orchestrated, and performed by one artist. Gone are the subtle variations that come from a half dozen violins, all replaced by a cloning of just one violin.

What we have ended up with is a confluence of budget-minded music that happens to be produced in the same manner as current generation's tastes.