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Kite by Paul Hepker (Review)

posted Sep 26, 2014, 1:13 PM by Leo Mayr

One of the scores I was actually looking forward to was Paul Hepker‘s Kite. However, when I finally got my hands on the music, I was confronted with one of the bigger disappointments in film scores I happened to experience.

The score in its entirety takes 74 long minutes from the beginning to the end though it feels like a lot longer. The music clearly crossed the limit on how many synthesizers can fit into one score. We start off with “Kratsov‘s Comeuppance“, a rather interesting suspenseful electronic track that gave me a glimpse of hope. However, the majority of the album consists of about 35 short tracks that I honestly cannot tell apart after listening to the album for several times now. There are some nice suspenseful moments that I really enjoyed, but there is hardly any emotion or anything I as a listener can connect to. Don‘t get me wrong, a big heroic theme is not what I was expecting, but a little more than mindless synthetic action is the least I expect from a film score. There is no development throughout the score and when you use the shuffle function on your music player, you will not be able to tell if the track is from the first or second half of the movie, or even the track title. The beginning of “No Kite for Karl“ finally triggered some emotions for a brief second but those get trampled on by the following action track. The 9-minute suite probably best summarizes the entire score, so just listen to that to get your own impression.

Don‘t get me wrong, I am very tolerant to synthetic action music. I really liked Christophe Beck‘s Edge Of Tomorrow for being just that, a really good use of synthesizers and orchestra.
But Kite just crosses the line. If you can manage to listen through the first 20 minutes you have heard about everything the score has to offer. It is a purely functional score that will work for you when you are watching the movie as it will not distract you. If you are into anime scores, then maybe this is the music for you, but otherwise you will be disappointed.