ByBenji Bouwman, writer at
I like movies. I like people in movies. People talking about movies. I watch movies about people talking about movies.
Benji Bouwman

Before we start I just like to say something as this is my first post.
I write in the style of Gonzo (A whatever? No, not that kind of Gonzo.) journalism, so be prepared for that. I hope this and all my future posts are informative and funny. Basically Gonzo means I report from my own experience and opinions so without further ado here is part one of a series I’m planning to do about movie soundtracks.
So many to choose from, everyone can hum most of the tunes from John Williams, knows the screeching sound of the violins from Psyco and can picture any scene of Lord of the Rings just by listing to the tunes!

So let’s talk about Edward Scissorhands.

I love this image. It just sums up the movie so good. And just going with this image it might give you a clue what kind of task the composer was faced with. Making it a good subject for my first post.

The soundtrack for this gorgeos and stunning film is truly beautiful and has to be one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. Now of course I am a nobody in the world of soundtracks so don’t take my word for it. Take Danny’s. Danny Elfman, the composer of the soundtrack, has often said his work on Edward Scissorhands was his favorite.

And with good reason. Just listen to it. Try to listen to it like you never seen the film, or get a friend in who never seen it and see there response.

Just from the first few notes you can feel this is something different. Something special. Its not easy to combine a fairytale, creepiness and compassion in a soundtrack, but Elfman delivers. Oh boy does he deliver. To illustrate my point lets take a listen (and a bit of a look) to the score he wrote to go with the Cookie Factory scene.

It’s all over the place without it ever feeling weird.
Try to see what Elfman did here, what he accomplishes here.
In two minutes you go from almost haunting, industrial sounds, to a kind of fairytale, upbeat and uplifting waltz and you end up getting your heartstrings pulled with love and compassion.
Instead of the music guiding the visuals it almost feels the other way around. A sign of a good soundtrack if you ask me and I’m just going to assume you asked me as you are reading this article. So if you would ask me what is a sign of a good soundtrack, that pretty much will be my answer.

Let’s end this article with the best track of the movie and arguably the best track of Elfman’s career. Now this may feel like to much build up, but this song is just perfect. The tone, the feeling, the buildup, it truly is magical. Magical really being the only word what can be used here. The word 'magical' was invented to describe these 1 minute and 45 seconds of music.

Ladies and gentleman, this is the “Ice Dance”.

Isn’t that just something. Just give yourself a moment.

Well I hope you enjoyed these first ramblings of mine and I hope to see you movie lovers soon when we will discuss more soundtracks, take a look at a few movies I love but everyone seems to hate and the other way around and just my thoughts and funfacts about film in general. Hack we might even discuss my favorite moviewatchingsnacks!
Yes, I do think that should be a word.

I like sharing my love for film and all I can hope is that my style of writing makes it fun for you readers as well. There really are a lot of things I would like to talk to you guys about. I hope this is the platform for it.

Oh, by the way. Sorry if you came here to read more about Elfman and for example his musical influences. I really wanted to focus on the soundtracks not so much the composer. But I am to please so that you don’t leave empty handed: Modern classicist composers, including but not limited to Philip Glass, Sergei Prokofiev and Erik Lou Harrison have influenced the style of Elfman’s music. And to throw another fun fact in there; it was the soundtrack of the original Day the Earth Stood Still what made him a fan of film music.

Class dismissed.


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