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Author Topic: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER: Style and Technique 3: The Score  (Read 4790 times)
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« on: September 14, 2003, 11:16:23 PM »

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"You try to write a theme that will glue the whole thing together, and that can be used a little bit later in the picture, and that's why I used such a simple theme so that it would sound like a character from Clint's Italian Westerns without sounding exactly like Morricone. And then I could go ahead and stretch out on the weird sounds of the whipping scene, from the one little cue that gets the Carlin Brothers from the prison, and back to Lago, a kind of far-out thing with voices and quarter-tone harmonica. I got a little pitch diversion there -- I put the two singers in a booth where they couldn't hear the rest of the music, and that's how we got the spooky sound, because the pitch between the people playing harmonica and synthesizer and the singers was different -- the girls had perfect pitch, and, of course, we weren't tuned to perfect pitch."
(Dee Barton, quoted in Fuensanta Plaza's Clint Eastwood/Malpaso, p. 50)

Dee Barton composed the scores for three Eastwood films: Play Misty For Me, High Plains Drifter and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. What do you think of the score for High Plains Drifter?
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2003, 07:54:32 AM »

I like the score to High Plains Drifter. It has such an eerie quality to it, it almost sounds like it could go to a ghost story. And still, it seems to go well with a western too.
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2003, 03:00:20 AM »

The score is probably the best non Leone western theme in a clint movie. As Christopher said, it could be made for a ghost story. Its eerie, it builds up the mood and it never seems to be "out of place" as some scores can be in movies
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2003, 08:19:43 PM »


I was sorry that there was so little of it. What there is is just great ..... perfect for the film's supernatural theme.

I would loved for there to have been a soundtrack release for any of the Barton scores .




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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2003, 02:08:18 PM »

It was a nice score. It really did help set the mood, and actually, going against what philo said, sorry buddy, I'm glad there wasn't alot of it.

I like how Eastwood doesn't use alot of music in his films. Films today tend to just use alot and it seems as though there using it to try and divert your attention from something and sometimes that's not a good thing.

But this score was used in the right spots for the right amount of time.
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2004, 09:31:16 PM »

Thanks, everyone! This thread is now locked.  Please post any additional thoughts you have on this topic in the Westerns forum.
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2010, 04:43:50 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2010, 11:34:26 PM »

I was sorry that there was so little of it.

Actually, I think that's why it works so well. It's there in the right places but it isn't over bearing so you can't hear the dialogue of the film. The less the better is the case for this score. Not saying that in a bad way. As I said in the Oscar Worthy thread, it's a great eerie score. It's used sparingly throughout the film but it all fits together nicely.
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2010, 11:48:23 PM »

Actually, I think that's why it works so well. It's there in the right places but it isn't over bearing so you can't hear the dialogue of the film. The less the better is the case for this score. Not saying that in a bad way. As I said in the Oscar Worthy thread, it's a great eerie score. It's used sparingly throughout the film but it all fits together nicely.

Exactly SK.  This is the case in most of the movies Clint directs.  It is just in the background at the right time and makes you feel spooked sometimes when you notice it.
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2010, 05:52:33 AM »

I was sorry that there was so little of it. What there is is just great ..... perfect for the film's supernatural theme.

I would loved for there to have been a soundtrack release for any of the Barton scores .

I'm in absolute agreement on this one. It's a shame there's nothing like a "movie score compilation"  CD for Barton's work.
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2011, 03:25:04 AM »

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