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 Posted:   Oct 27, 2009 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

What do you think of the score for The Killing Fields done by Mike Oldfield?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2009 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I find some of the suspense tracks (like "Execution") a little grating, but "Etude" is beautiful. A couple of other highlights too, like "Pran's theme" and "Requiem for a City".

 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2009 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

From what I remember in the film, it works pretty well (brilliant film!). Cant say I have ever sat down and listened to the score. On another point, its 30 years since the great John Pilger reported the holocaust carried out by Pol Pot in Cambodia. Shame on ALL who were responsible for what happened to that poor country.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2009 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

From what I remember in the film, it works pretty well (brilliant film!). Cant say I have ever sat down and listened to the score. On another point, its 30 years since the great John Pilger reported the holocaust carried out by Pol Pot in Cambodia. Shame on ALL who were responsible for what happened to that poor country.

I was actually in the capital Phnom Penh in March, but time prevented me from visiting the Killing Fields (we went to Angkor Wat instead). Curiously, on the 6-hour bus ride from Siem Reap (where Angkor Wat was located) to Phnom Penh, they showed this film on the television. Kinda strange choice, since the majority of the passengers were locals. It's not exactly upbeat viewing and one would think it would ressurect some kind of national trauma.

 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2009 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

I think it's a great score, particularly the tracks Thor mentioned, and also "Good News".

I'm a pretty big Oldfield fan, though it seems most of his fans find this a weak listen.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2009 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I had the LP once and found it very amateurish. Didn't like it at all, and I usually like Oldfield.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2009 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I find some of the suspense tracks (like "Execution") a little grating, but "Etude" is beautiful. A couple of other highlights too, like "Pran's theme" and "Requiem for a City".

I think you know I love this one. The electronic elements of the score may not be to everyones taste but I've always said it was worth picking up for the superb orchestral moments of which I'm certain British "classical" composer David Bedford had more than a hand in.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2009 - 5:57 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I had the LP once and found it very amateurish. Didn't like it at all, and I usually like Oldfield.

Harsh words FB. I totally disagree, maybe it's time you gave it another try?

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2009 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I had the LP once and found it very amateurish. Didn't like it at all, and I usually like Oldfield.

Harsh words FB. I totally disagree, maybe it's time you gave it another try?


I don't have it anymore. I just think it sounded amateurish compared to some of his later (non-film) works like Tubular Bells II, Songs Of Distant Earth, Tubular Bells III and Tres Lunas, to mention a few.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2009 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   BrendonKelly   (Member)

What a coincidence! I pulled this one out only yesterday having not heard it for a few years.
Love the main theme (Pran's Theme) and its orchestral variants particularly in the choir (Requim For A City). Putting all those elements into your mp3 playlist makes a fine suite. The electronics are quite challenging (hardly amateurish!) and difficult to listen to with the exception of the last two tracks.

I do remember an interview with James Horner years ago when asked about what his favourite score was and initially he cited Mike Oldfield's The Killing Fields and made a point of mentioning the way he used the electronics in the score. I think he also then went on to mention Bernstein's To Kill A Mocking Bird.

The orchestral elements in The Killing Fields are a great listen whilst the electronic section varies from challenging to good (Etude - not by Oldfield though if memory serves me right).

NP One Little Indian (Jerry Goldsmith)

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2009 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Etude is composed by Francisco Tárrega but arranged by Oldfield (in a very Oldfield fashion).

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2009 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

A fine score to a fine film.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2009 - 8:00 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

It turned out to be better than I was expecting (it didn't sound as 1980s as previously thought).

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2009 - 8:00 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

From what I remember in the film, it works pretty well (brilliant film!). Cant say I have ever sat down and listened to the score. On another point, its 30 years since the great John Pilger reported the holocaust carried out by Pol Pot in Cambodia. Shame on ALL who were responsible for what happened to that poor country.

I was actually in the capital Phnom Penh in March, but time prevented me from visiting the Killing Fields (we went to Angkor Wat instead). Curiously, on the 6-hour bus ride from Siem Reap (where Angkor Wat was located) to Phnom Penh, they showed this film on the television. Kinda strange choice, since the majority of the passengers were locals. It's not exactly upbeat viewing and one would think it would ressurect some kind of national trauma.


Why were you there in the first place?

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

I find some of the suspense tracks (like "Execution") a little grating, but "Etude" is beautiful. A couple of other highlights too, like "Pran's theme" and "Requiem for a City".

I think you know I love this one. The electronic elements of the score may not be to everyones taste but I've always said it was worth picking up for the superb orchestral moments of which I'm certain British "classical" composer David Bedford had more than a hand in.


That's not an unreasonable assumption, probably no more than Shirley Walker in her years as an orchestrator for various composers.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

The use of a popular Puccini aria to emphasize the writer's emotional suffering came in for much criticism at the time. Of course this was the filmmakers' choice, not the composer's.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2013 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

From what I remember in the film, it works pretty well (brilliant film!). Cant say I have ever sat down and listened to the score. On another point, its 30 years since the great John Pilger reported the holocaust carried out by Pol Pot in Cambodia. Shame on ALL who were responsible for what happened to that poor country.

Crikey...a moral post of some social conscience by me over 4 years ago. I've even impressed myselfsmile Whatever happened to that guy!

 
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