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 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

While Edelman did a fairly good job with it, I think it sort of hurt the score by being all synth.

It would really probably benefit the score with a re-recording from a real orchestra.


I saw GETTYSBURG today in 70mm. If Edelman's score is 100% synthesized, it comes the closest to having an orchestral sound in many passages of any synthesized score I've heard.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Are you sure it wasn't in 70zzz?

Sorry, that was an easy joke that I could never make anywhere else.

Sometimes I wish that Edelman had actually used a full orchestra for this, but part of its charm is its "Anyone Can Do It" sound, and the argument could be made that by going Full Yamaha with this score, he was saving 100 musicians the trouble of choosing sides in the battle depicted in the film, pitting bassist versus bassoonist, etc, etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 3:10 AM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

I believe it's not the music people dislike - it's the choices of instrumentation. I have a really hard time with such prominent and massive use of synthesizers in Civil War score. The video posted of the orchestral version proves my point. It needed an orchestra. Apart from that the only other thing that bothers to me to no end is that the film itself has the most fake-looking beards and moustaches in movie history. It drives me crazy because the actor's play their roles with such conviction through those ridiculous looking hair pieces. I mean, REALLY ridiculous looking. Having said all that, The Battle of Little Round-Top sequence is masterful and makes the film. (I saw it in it's theatrical run).

Those beards may look ridiculous, and even fakey, but they're very authentic. At the end of the film they show the real people, and their beards are even more ridiculous and fakey looking. I guess there's no accounting for fashion, and especially THAT fashion.

It's still not as ridiculous as those powdered wigs that even common (British) soldiers wore in previous centuries. Now there's a really stupid fashion.

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2013 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I believe it's not the music people dislike - it's the choices of instrumentation. I have a really hard time with such prominent and massive use of synthesizers in Civil War score. The video posted of the orchestral version proves my point. It needed an orchestra. Apart from that the only other thing that bothers to me to no end is that the film itself has the most fake-looking beards and moustaches in movie history. It drives me crazy because the actor's play their roles with such conviction through those ridiculous looking hair pieces. I mean, REALLY ridiculous looking. Having said all that, The Battle of Little Round-Top sequence is masterful and makes the film. (I saw it in it's theatrical run).

Actually, I think the orchestration is mostly orchestral. It's just how the synths are overlayed tricks you into wondering what's real and what's not.


I'll apologize in advance for this, given that this thread appears to be a GETTYSBURG love-fest. But I am one of the "people" whose opinions are referenced above, so I get to say that it is the music this person dislikes, not just the inappropriate orchestration. The score seemed to me to be a collection of "songs" (little tune->bridge->repeat little tune->major key resolution) with little subtlety or variation, hardly a strong dramatic score (IMO of course). Some of the little songs are a little catchy, I guess. There are reasons that Randy Edelman has never been a top tier film composer, and for me at least, GETTYSBURG is one of those reasons. The film could perhaps have been helped with a better score, but maybe not.

"People" out...

 
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