Friday, 23 December 2016

Thought 423: The Dark Knight Soundtrack

The Dark Knight soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard is simply out of this world in terms of sophistication, epic scope, heroic momentum, instrumental arrangement and passion. 

Great, great Art, with a capital A. The album gives added strength and meaning to Nietzsche's assertion that
"art is worth more than truth"
when art acts as a potent stimulant compelling us to life in all its rich, inexhaustible, multilayered and tragicomic tapestry. 

P.S. Let it be noted and recorded that I do not regard Hans Zimmer as highly as other film and TV composers, in particular Angelo Badalamenti who collaborated with film-maker David Lynch on the features Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive, all of which have exceptional, superior, varied and gut-wrenching scores. 

Jerry Goldsmith (whose pieces from AlienBasic Instinct and the wonderful opening tune from Total Recall, The Dream, are favourites of mine) and Brad Fiedel (of Terminator fame) also deserve more than honourable mentions, although of course well-known to those who know about these things.

[Others like Bernard Hermann, Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota and, of course, John Williams hardly need be mentioned by name given their justifiably recognised stature.]