That was then, this is now: Movie Music

About a week ago I got an application that would allow me to get my DVDs onto my laptop. It's a slow and tedious process, but it's nice to be able to download a movie I already own onto my iPod Touch, etc.

I've had "300" playing in the background here at my desk for an hour or so, and when I'm not watching, I'm listening. This serves to bring the movie music to the attention. At least for me anyway.

Which got me to thinking... a century or two ago, what we call Classical Music was what they called Popular Music. And we still listen to that music today. Composers names are known across those many years. Certainly there are those who have been forgotten as well.

But here's the thing.... 2 centuries from now, what are they going to call our music? And who are the composers whose names will be engraved on busts? Who is writing that music now?

I think there are several answers to this question, but in this context, in the "Classical Music" context, I think there will be several names of those who composed movie music.

Who are YOUR favorites? Do you even think about it? How often are you watching a movie, and you say under your breath, wow, nice music.... Or does it even enter your mind. It is said that film music SHOULDN'T enter your mind, but for me it does. But it doesn't distract me either.

One of my favorites is Danny Elfman. Another is the ubiquitous John Williams, a giant in this genre. Also on my list are Hans Zimmer and John Barry.



Jesse Harris said...

I'll go out of my way to see a movie if Danny Elfman did the score. I'm glad his musical genius lives on long after Oingo Boingo has retired.

CVF said...

I agree with Hans Zimmer, John Williams. I would say that U2 would be considered 'timeless' by then.

Now the question is what do we do with Weird Al Yankovich? There will probably be a religious cult worshiping him by shaving cats somewhere in Montana by then. :-)

OneHungMan said...

Fortunately, 80s music is always going to be called 80s music. Any music after that is just goint to be referred to as shit.

That One Guy said...

Jesse: ME TOO!

CVF: Possible on U2, how bout other "pop" acts? Beatles? Certainly. Rolling Stones? Yes. Jackson 5? Unfortunately likely. Eric Clapton? Others?

OHM: 80s music - In A Class Of I its Own? Are there ANY new acts from the 90s? Doubt it.

Reach Upward said...

I have actually pondered this precise thing for years without coming up with a satisfactory answer. There is such a broad variety of availability that it's difficult to guess what will endure the years.

I do have to say that I find it rather odd to discover my kids and their friends listening to stuff that was popular 30 years ago when I was their age. We NEVER willingly listened to anything from our parents' generation. Now I find my kids acquiring stuff from my generation on their own.

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