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Old 04-24-2010, 01:38 PM
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If you had never seen or heard about Avatar, and got an opportunity to listen through the entire OST - would you still like it as much as you do? (naturally this question is for those who like the OST )

I've always loved music soundtracks and is a great Horner and especially Zimmer fan, so I think that I would still have enjoyed it very much.

However, despite thinking it is good music, I would not have gotten the same connection with it, I think. After all, it has a deeper meaning than the music itself...
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:42 PM
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Definitely you would enjoy it without watching the movie, but its obvious that after watching it, the soundtrack takes on a whole new.. life of its own.

You hear in fascination where Neytiri finds Jake for the first time, your mood lifts when Jake is inducted into the Omaticayan clan, you break down at the sad destruction of hometree, your spirit is lifted up with the war song. All these torrential emotions just wouldn't exist if you didn't know which part they were in..
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I think you need the movie as a reference point for the soundtrack.
There's no way I would be so affected bu Iknimaya and Jake's first flight if I couldn't imagine the scenery, the happiness on their faces...
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We have much in common, then

I think that I would still think that it is good, just like I think most OST's are good, and I would definitely enjoy it. However, as you say, when you can relate to all these beautiful moments in the movie it gets not just good... it gets magical.
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:57 PM
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Absolutely!
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Some of the more epic parts, I would have (Gathering All The Na'vi Clans For Battle, War, the later part of Quaritch, parts of Jake's First Flight). Some of the other songs, I'd probably have liked enough but not massively (Becoming One Of The People, You Don't Dream In Cryo). I probably wouldn't have liked I See You though.
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Yeah I agree HNM..I don't enjoy I See you..
I like the Thanator chase as well
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If you had never seen or heard about Avatar, and got an opportunity to listen through the entire OST - would you still like it as much as you do?
No.

In fact, I didn't really care as much about it when I first got it; something just told me I'd like it later... plus, I knew my sister would go ballistic finding out I bought the soundtrack the same day we watched Avatar (opening day). The "I See You" track was something I just skipped over most of the time... and I still do. In fact, I only included it in my edited score version because it transitioned directly from the last cue.

I didn't like James Horner, and even now I still have (to some degree) contempt for his composing ability, because after 1997 he stopped being creative, with the exception of his theme for "A Beautiful Mind". Pretty much after "Titanic" he started copying himself to death. Every score sounded practically the same afterward. Even "Troy" sounded like an ancient-ized version of "Glory". And then came "Bicentennial Man". ...Good God, don't get me started on his work for that.

If I heard the score before seeing the film I would've thought, "Wow... just the same old Horner up to his old tricks again." Sure, I would've thought some of it was good music, but even now, when I adore his score, I still understand perfectly well how much he leeches off his own stuff.

However, if I heard the complete score before seeing the film, I'd absolutely love it, and many here can already understand why.

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Going a little of topic, but the OST of "A beautiful Mind" is completely amazing.
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i wouldnt probly loved it as much
i just love to close my eyes and remember the ( or at least try to ) action that is going on at the same moment in the movie
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No, I didn't. I got the soundtrack before I'd actually seen the movie. It's a long story. But I listened to it and thought there was some interesting ideas but wasn't wild about it. It was only after I had seen the movie that I was able to put context to the music. That turned "Jakes First Flight" from interesting to amazing.
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I would have liked it, but I may have never given it a chance without Avatar. The movie opened the door, so to speak.
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In fact, I didn't really care as much about it when I first got it; something just told me I'd like it later... plus, I knew my sister would go ballistic finding out I bought the soundtrack the same day we watched Avatar (opening day). The "I See You" track was something I just skipped over most of the time... and I still do. In fact, I only included it in my edited score version because it transitioned directly from the last cue.

I didn't like James Horner, and even now I still have (to some degree) contempt for his composing ability, because after 1997 he stopped being creative, with the exception of his theme for "A Beautiful Mind". Pretty much after "Titanic" he started copying himself to death. Every score sounded practically the same afterward. Even "Troy" sounded like an ancient-ized version of "Glory". And then came "Bicentennial Man". ...Good God, don't get me started on his work for that.

If I heard the score before seeing the film I would've thought, "Wow... just the same old Horner up to his old tricks again." Sure, I would've thought some of it was good music, but even now, when I adore his score, I still understand perfectly well how much he leeches off his own stuff.

However, if I heard the complete score before seeing the film, I'd absolutely love it, and many here can already understand why.
You pretty much just read my mind word for word! I can not think of anything to add, I agree!
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It would definitely have been a different experience... I still would've enjoyed it, but not as deeply, because experiencing the movie gave me a deep soul connection to the soundtrack... as you can see from my Becoming One thread
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:31 PM
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I would have liked it, it's no masterpeice though.

If you want soundtracks that you could love and get into without seeing the movies, def John Williams. I hope JC picks him up for the next movie.

I mean, damn.




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