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Movie Soundtracks [RANT], It's a conspiracy!
phong
post Jun 23 2004, 15:19
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WTF is the deal with movie soundtracks?

You go and see a movie, and the music in the movie is cool. You think to yourself "hey, I could get all those cool tunes by buying the soundtrack." But of course, your thought process is critically flawed. The contents of the soundtrack bare, at best, a superficial resemblence to the actual musical content of the movie. Sure, some of the songs on the soundtrack were also in the movie, but they omitted a bunch of the good ones, and a bunch of the others are different versions than you heard in the movie or covers instead of the original artist. The justification for omitting songs is that there isn't enough room on the CD (some movies would add up to more than 78 minutes of music). That completely explains why they could only include 45 minutes of music on the soundtrack. Maybe, if you're lucky, you'll get to pay again later on for an "expanded" soundtrack that still misses a bunch of good songs. Of course, they were nice enough to add a bunch of half-assed crappy rap songs at the end because that totally fits in with a John Williams score or a compilation of 70's rock classics. You can tell that they were really "inspired by the motion picture." If I were Seal, I would be totally "inspired" by "Space Jam" to cover "Fly like an Eagle".

Naturally, they have the nerve to charge almost as much (or more) for the soundtrack as the DVD in spite of the fact that CDs are much less expensive to produce than movies in terms of total production costs. Soundtracks should actually cost less than regular CDs since many (most?) of their production costs were spent making the movie and a lot of the songs are old recordings that just need to be licensed from some subsidiary company. Hell, they out to be included free with the special edition DVD that you need to buy six months after you've bought the regular edition DVD.

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mobius
post Jun 23 2004, 19:54
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Why don't you just watch the movie again to enjoy the songs?


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post Jun 24 2004, 04:04
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Perhaps he didn't like the movie but enjoyed the soundtrack?

Perhaps he likes to listen to music outside of the context of a theater?

Perhaps it's inconvenient to play a DVD in your car or on the train when you want to hear the soundtrack?

I very much enjoyed the soundtrack to Repo Man and would listen to it wherever I felt like it, but then some troglodyte stole it along with my Limited Edition SBM Gold Disc of Wish You Were Here crying.gif

Anyway I agree with Phong. How could I not?

His site is the #2 result on google for "pork rinds benefits" after all, having been replaced at the coveted #1 spot by "J and J's low carb foods and microwave pork rinds".

Did you know that pork rinds have no carbohydrates at all?
I had no idea!
That's health food I tell you!

Soundtrack pricing and length are just another method of extracting the dollars out of the wallets of long-suffering media fans.

QUOTE (phong)
If I were Seal, I would be totally "inspired" by "Space Jam" to cover "Fly like an Eagle".


Thinking about this, I realize that I too would definitely be inspired by the insipid tale of Michael Jordan teaming up with the animated cast of Loony Tunes to defeat the evil intergalactic basketball playing aliens.

Whether I would be inspired to cover a Steve Miller song or to shove razor blades under my toenails is an open question however. I guess Seal made the more "positive" choice.

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post Jun 24 2004, 12:22
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Word. Pretty much the only Albums I buy are movie soundtracks.... I like the blurb that comes with The Green Mile one - "50% of what you are feeling when you are watching the film comes what you see, the other 50% comes from the soundtrack". Spot on.

Although some of Thomas Newman's stuff sounds like it has been recorded onto a tape deck with a tv nearby it (constant high pitch tones and the like) smile.gif


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post Jun 24 2004, 19:39
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QUOTE (Audible! @ Jun 23 2004, 10:04 PM)
Perhaps he didn't like the movie but enjoyed the soundtrack?

I got the impression we were talking about Lebowski here. I usually have that one playing 24-7 somewhere in my house.smile.gif

And I dislike soundtrack albums for other reasons. They remove songs from their original context. That's also the reason I generally dislike greatest hits albums.


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post Jun 24 2004, 21:53
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Indeed, and in that case, it would be safe to play that movie in the background all the time. But I do have the soundtrack, for when I can't play the movie. And it's one of my favorite CDs in spite of the fact that it's missing several good songs from the movie. But it's not the soundtrack that made me bitter, really.


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post Jul 12 2004, 15:54
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But what if it's like a opera or it's a dvd movie.
I wish to separate audio tracks and cut them into pieces, and that way i can put it in to foobar for playing without wasting a lot of memory space, or put it into cd-Rs so i can listen to them on my walkman.

Do i have to use the Tmpgenc??
Are there any websites about grabbing the audio part from a video??
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post Jul 13 2004, 19:27
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QUOTE (davince @ Jul 12 2004, 07:54 AM)
But what if it's like a opera or it's a dvd movie.
I wish to separate audio tracks and cut them into pieces, and that way i can put it in to foobar for playing without wasting a lot of memory space, or put it into cd-Rs so i can listen to them on my walkman.

Do i have to use the Tmpgenc??
Are there any websites about grabbing the audio part from a video??
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see http://www.doom9.net
look under audio section
lots of ripping info

EDIT: wrong link

This post has been edited by pyrosb: Jul 13 2004, 19:28


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