February 13, 2011

Contextual Soundtracks

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I didn’t have a favorite nominee for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards that aired last night. I did have a favorite category, though. In fact, my favorite category is the same every year: Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. I’m not really sure what other “Visual” Media the award encompasses, but I love discovering new music from soundtracks, especially film soundtracks. The category “Best Score Soundtrack Album” is a close second (re-watch movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Chocolat while focusing on the music and you’ll see what I mean), but original scores do not typically allow the same expansion of your music collection as compilation soundtracks do.

Original Author: Suzanne Baumgarten