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I absolutely hate him (not him, personally, but his music).   A one-trick pony who either does second-rate Bill Conti all the time, or soulless ostinati and pale, textural colours. He's just

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I'm most familiar with his work on The Mandalorian, which I really enjoy - especially the brassy theme heard near the beginning of the end credits. I've heard Black Panther but it didn't particularly interest me. And I'm watching New Girl, but the music is so unobtrusive that I forget to listen for it.

 

Beyond that, not really sure. But he sure has an amusingly laid-back vibe in all the interviews I've seen with him!

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23 minutes ago, Arpy said:

I wish he would tone back the electronic blibbity-bloo and overall tone of the Mandalorian. He has this amazing theme that is then placed among these techno beats that instantly sour my interest.

 

I'm the opposite, in that I love when he uses the electronics and occasionally makes it a kind of "Star Wars goes Gangsta" sound. Love it. 

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There are whole scenes that instead of featuring any exciting music are scored by a droning, pulsing beat. Sometimes I really love how he's incorporated the electronic elements, but those moments are few and far between.

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His Mandalorian theme is fabulous but I am unaffected by his underscore, I think it lacks texture, verve and storytelling substance. 

 

To be fair to the chap though, I haven't listened to enough of his work in order to be able to make a proper fair assessment of him as a composer. 

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I absolutely hate him (not him, personally, but his music).

 

A one-trick pony who either does second-rate Bill Conti all the time, or soulless ostinati and pale, textural colours. He's just as bad as Giacchino, in my opinion - i.e. an "Emperor's New Clothes"-type composer that everyone raves over, even though there's nothing there -- and that 'intrudes' into films and franchises I like and partially destroy my appreciation of them.

 

I wish he never sat his eyes on film music.

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I also don't like his stuff that much.

 

Tenet is a really weird sounding score IMO, it's nowhere as through produced like Zimmers work, sounds like he picked the first random synth presets he got and mingled all together.

That 747 track is a cheap Zimmer Inception rip off. No other ideas to score this scene? Using the truck siren in Trucks in Place is a nice idea but having this drop in there doesn't fit at all to the scene and style of music he used in the film and stands out weirdly. Feels like he couldn't decide for a style of music to score the film with, and the score lacks identity. Like @GerateWohl said, a lot of experimenting but no real direction to go with the music.

 

So overall, his music doesn't really stand out to me. The Mando theme is nice though.

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Besides Mandalorian, the only soundtrack of his that I’ve checked out is Black Panther, and that one didn’t do much for me.

 

But the theme song for Mando - wow, what a banger! Me and the missus spend our days humming that one as we spend our days locked up waiting for this virus thing to pass.

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One of the things I really enjoy about Goransson, moreso in his feature length scores, are his dramatic instincts in terms of spotting and textures. I keep harping on Creed 2, but I loved that there would be conservation scenes between characters that would go unscored for minutes. Then a character would say a pivot line, and something intimate like a harp and french horn would come in. Felt really old-school and satisfying

 

 

And those strings around the end? Hard to imagine many other film composers now writing those.

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Like Göransson himself said to John Favreau in the Galeria episode about the Mando score: "If you would have expected something like a Williams score we would have had a problem."

 

But I have to admit, the Mando theme does its job well, but it is not what I would call a brillant composition. 

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3 hours ago, Quintus said:

His Mandalorian theme is fabulous but I am unaffected by his underscore, I think it lacks texture, verve and storytelling substance. 

 

To be fair to the chap though, I haven't listened to enough of his work in order to be able to make a proper fair assessment of him as a composer. 

 

 I agree the theme is pretty cool, but I also honestly think it's the only thing by him I have ever enjoyed. I find the rest of the music in The Mandalorian to be quite uninteresting

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Same here, for the most part. There's a couple of nice moments, but nothing to rave about. By contrast, composers like Bruce Broughton, Joel McNeely and John Debney, working on The Orville, have demonstrated what can happen when really talented score composers are given the opportunity to score a big sci-fi set piece for TV. The Mandalorian has its own set pieces, and the music does not grab the bull by the horns and lead the fuck out of those sequences like it should do. It's just there, modulating away the background, quite unnoticed.

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6 hours ago, Romão said:

 

 I agree the theme is pretty cool, but I also honestly think it's the only thing by him I have ever enjoyed. I find the rest of the music in The Mandalorian to be quite uninteresting

 

Agreed. I think he's definitely talented. But I think he's a stronger producer than he is a composer.  His core compositional ideas aren't terribly interesting. But he has an ear for sound.

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4 hours ago, KK said:

 

Agreed. I think he's definitely talented. But I think he's a stronger producer than he is a composer.  His core compositional ideas aren't terribly interesting. But he has an ear for sound.

 

That's a spot on observation, in my opinion

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