|Kat Wrote:I've been playing with some of the common themes myself. There are a couple I wish hadn't been recycled between tracks so much, but some of them really bring all of the tracks together. I haven't paid really close attention, but maybe you have (or someone has)-- have they kept all of the tracks in the same key?|
Many of them have, but some haven't. The main theme always seems to start in the same key and then modulates up once or twice until it's over. The one that seems to repeat the most is the escape song - It's this weird 7/4 thing shows up all over the place in the movie. It's EVERYWHERE. It's not only not in the same key, but not even the same pattern lots of the time. It's cool though.
The biggest issues I've had is tempos. Since I'm programming drums, I have to get things to align when arranging the original stuff to get ideas, and the orchestral parts are obviously with a conductor - not a click track. It's been tough.
After studying, I realized how few "main" themes there were - like you said. But then again, if they were played any less, they wouldn't have been ingrained in us so much. So I get it.
Ah, I've not even had a chance to do much looking at what's in the film but not on the ST. Good call.
As far as main themes... yes, I understand they don't want a huge soup of 50 billion different themes, and I commend them on the tie-ins (some of them subtle that I didn't notice until the third or fourth time I really listened to the track). If I am recalling correctly (haven't listen to the ST in at least a month), my biggest issue is with some of the stuff shared between the Clu
tracks... IMO, two such main characters should at least get their own themes without too much "borrowing" from other motifs as much. Perhaps DP had in mind the some notion of Rinzler (vs. Tron) being an "offshoot" of Clu and did it that way on purpose, but another part of me feels like they just said "hey, this little riff in the strings sounds menacing, let's use it in Clu's track and Rinzler's track and in other tracks that are meant to sound menacing..." and then it almost seems overused, rather than a deliberate "look this is Clu's little motif. It is used in Rinzler
'cause Clu ruined Tron. it is used in these other areas cause OMG CLU IS COMING."
(I keep meaning to start a thread to talk about the soundtrack from a musical perspective-- as opposed to the threads we've already had that are essentially 'this is so cool! Yay DP! What is your favorite track?" that are from a fan perspective-- but i'm not sure how much traffic it would see, nor how much before devolving into the latter.)