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RIDDLE OF STEEL, RIDERS OF DOOM

20 August 2005

Basil Poledouris. That name was utterly unknown to me up until a week ago. He was the composer for Conan The Barbarian, to me the only movieseries Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in that wasn't merely enjoyable pulp (ironically of course, Conan is the pulpiest of all). Well, maybe Paul Verhoeven's Totall Recall was unique enough as well, but I'm skillfully neglecting that.

Basil Poledouris. The above-mentioned song of the soundtrack (hint: it's the title of the rant) is a fantastic piece, and although I didn't know the soundtrack that intimately, I was very familiar with this song. Because it was used in the trailers for Ocarina of Time and The Windwaker, two fantastic Legend of Zelda games. When I saw those trailers years ago, I was enthralled by the music, having a weak spot for orchestral (choir)music.

My disappointment that the actual song was not featured in the games themselves was appreciative of size, though I paid it little heed and was glad enough it was in the trailer. And even though the practice of borrowing music from other movies for trailers of upcoming motion pictures was and is widespread, I didn't consider that the Zelda-trailers might indulge in it as well. So I was plenty surprised when I heard this piece a while back and consequently foolishly fell in love with the Conan movies by sheer force of music alone.

I must have them on DVD. At once. Basil commands me.

Roderick.