John Powell, Integrity and the Pareto of BS
In one of the most stunning and revealing quotes about filmmusic which I ever come across to read, film composer extraordinaire John Powell stated:"The medium requires you to underwrite, which is why minimalism works well in film music and why there has been a big swell of minimalism over the last ten years. Obviously it started before that, but really everything is going minimalist. I love minimal music and I don't have a problem with it - in fact that was my main ethos in the Bourne Identity was to try and do minimalist music. I was trying to be a composer as well as fit the film; I would be trying to construct pieces that would have an interior integrity. It's very easy to write music that is an impression of music that does the right thing for movies." (bold by author)
You could praise John the Lord already but he won't stop because now he really gears up:"I would say that 90% of film music is not music, itself, it's doing an impression of music because it doesn't have internal integrity to it. At least, none that I can find."
From this I conclude - and I am 100% with John Powell because I am a John Powell fanboy: 90% of film music is actually not music, it`s just the impression of music or the simulation of music.
Now I am the EVANGELIST of John Powell, who is a saint to me.Definition of evangelist
1 often capitalized : a writer of any of the four Gospels
2: a person who evangelizes; specifically : a Protestant minister or layman who preaches at special services
3: an enthusiastic advocate an evangelist for guys with balls like John Powell.
So what I write next is not, what Saint John said, but what I interpret from what he has said (that's a great job, by the way, you can… [more]