Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Lalo Schifrin mp3s from Enter the Dragon - Theme Song and The Big Battle

Lalo Schifrin compositions from the Enter the Dragon OST:
Enter the Dragon Theme Song (mp3)
The Big Battle (mp3)

Lalo Schifrin, 1971

The killer soundtrack from Lalo Schifrin to the classic Bruce Lee vehicle, Enter The Dragon. Enter The Dragon was the first American produced martial arts movie. For the soundtrack, Schifrin exploited the full use of brass instruments whilst also adding Chinese instruments and themes to give the music a 'local' colour. It could also be said that he was the first musician to use sampling when he integrated Bruce Lee's fighting screams into the main theme.

Schifrin's involvement with the score started when he begrudgingly took his older son to see a martial arts movie and heard his theme to Mission Impossible being used (unauthorised) for the soundtrack. He wasn't impressed and said to himself that he wished he could score the music to a martial arts movie as he knew he could do a better job. The same day his agent rang and said that Warner Brothers (the producers of Enter The Dragon) wanted him to do the music to Bruce Lee's first American movie!


"It is like a finga pointing away to da moon...don't concentrate on da finga or you will miss all that heavenly glory. Do you understand?"

Acquire wisdom from these Bruce Lee quotes:

Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.

The aim of art is to project an inner vision into the world, to state in aesthetic creation the deepest psychic and personal experiences of a human being. It is to enable those experiences to be intelligible and generally recognized within the total framework of an ideal world.

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.

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