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Last post Sun, Oct 04 2009 by lenersen, 6 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Sep 10 2009 21:11
by Fred
Joined on Thu, Jul 26 2007, Trondheim, Norway, Posts 79

The scores are absolutely wonderful! I love the use of clusters and snappy brass instruments. But it is so characteristic for matrix that you can't use it anymore, heh. I do not know if its based/influenced by some other piece (in that degree).

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Posted on Fri, Sep 11 2009 00:01
by fcw
Joined on Wed, May 11 2005, UK, Posts 153

Try listening to John Adams's 'Doctor Atomic Symphony'. When I first heard it, I thought someone had arranged the score to 'The Matrix' in the style of Jerry Goldsmith.

Also, there is a version of 'The Matrix' on DVD (the US two-disk boxed set with the first sequel, I think) that has an isolated music track, where Don Davis talks about the music in the gaps in the score.

Posted on Fri, Sep 11 2009 08:31
by mosso
Joined on Thu, Jun 23 2005, London, England, Posts 376

I loved the score too. It also reminded me of John Adams - Harmonielehre in particular.



P.S. - Also for those that didn't already know, Varese Sarabande released a deluxe edition of the score within the last year or so that's well worth getting.

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Posted on Tue, Sep 22 2009 16:51
by zentrumsounds
Joined on Sat, Jan 03 2009, Posts 152
I think its fair to say that it is a total rip-off of John Adams' style. I remember seeing it in 1999 and being totally distracted by the blatant theft by composer Don Davis. Interestingly his wikipedia entry does not shirk this fact and describes the Matrix scores as influenced by Adams work "a short ride in a fast machine" (a great piece by the way!).

Speaking of originality, the work by Dane Davis and his team who did sound design for the Matrix is far more noteworthy!
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Posted on Sun, Oct 04 2009 08:54
by lenersen
Joined on Wed, Feb 28 2007, Helsinki, Posts 41

I also love this score very much. And besides John Adams, I hear Witold Lutoslawski and aleatoric counterpoint, especially in the cue "Unable To Speak" in the first film.

Don Davis is an incredibly underestimated film composer. He was chosen by John Williams himself to score Jurassic Park III - also one of my favorite scores. He has had to score some pretty awful movies as well, for some odd reason. And after Matrix he has been concentrating on writing an opera. He deserves to get some really good movies to score and fast.

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