Analysis Of George Miller 's ' Mad Max '

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Succeeding to composers Brian May and Maurice Jarre to score George Miller’s fourth ‘Mad Max’ film ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) delivered a score that mix new technologies and techniques with vintage scores cliches. Tom Holkenborg is a composer from the Netherland who has had a number of hits as a solo artist in the music electronic scene back in the late 90s and more this last decade for his work on film scores with his mentor Hans Zimmer. The pair have provided the scores for some of Hollywood’s biggest recent blockbusters counting ‘300: Rise of an Empire’, ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ among others. Certainly in Holkenborg’s score for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ we can hear an emulation of Zimmer “sound”. Zimmer create simple thematic sequence that he would repeat and make evolve all along the movie. He’s also especially famous for blending electronic music sounds using computers and/or combination of synthesizers with traditional orchestral arrangements. He is particularly adept at blending diverse styles into a musical fusion of classical, pop and world music. His style is very much to create simple thematic material, and then give them the Zimmer treatment to craft them into highly effective pieces of film music embodying the mood of a film, such that music and movie complement perfectly. (Paterson, 2016) Holkenborg had a clear major vision for the score. He wanted to create an insane apocalyptic rock opera that has to be over the top

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