More sound tracks, more genres, more 21st century stuff ideally. Even take modern American, there are tons of interesting records beside Gershwin. If COP judging reward more for originality, creativity and choreography difficulty, then may be we will get more risk taking programs.
I'd like to see a bit more variety in soundtrack choices.
I think Top Gun would make a great program for some of the guys out there - particularly Max, actually, if you opened up with the intro to "Danger Zone", and then segued it into "Top Gun Anthem", with "Memories (Goose's Death)" for the slow section.
And I absolutely LOVED Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for Rush. If nobody uses "For Love" or "My Best Enemy" in the coming seasons then all are fools!
So can I give props to Papadakis/Cizeron for skating to modern music for their FD? I had never heard of Woodkid until I heard their FD, and now I play his music all the time! Which got me thinking to other music in that genre (orchestral/baroque pop?) that would work really well.
It would be fun for someone to skate to selections from Sufjan Stevens' BQE, which is essentially an orchestral score to a movie about the Brooklyn Queens Highway. Here's the first movement, called "In the Countenance of Kings": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05__Fsn_nHs
Or how about Sigur Ros? I would love someone to skate to "Svefn G Englar": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtemrZ7-pj0
Another song that would be great would be "Saeglopur": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84i7zQ_ACnU
Also I'm curious, has anyone ever skated to New Order? I think with the right cuts it would make for a great program.
I think in some way choreographers ARE lazy. But you can't just take a recording and skate to it. It has to be mixed, spliced, the right amount of time, etc. In that respect I feel they just use what they've already worked on. But I honestly do feel that anyone using Carmen these days is ridiculous. How many different interpretations can you come up with that are new, fresh and exciting. They've used classical music in the past because it's lyrical and relatively easy to skate to. I also think there is a challenge between interpreting the music and getting all the jumps and spins in to maximum points. If the choreography becomes too overwhelming than something is going to suffer. So using "modern" music and having to maybe hit every beat could be disastrous for someone who has little dance ability (Max?)
I've always liked piano music and there are some great pieces out there that aren't old and hackneyed but lyrical and skateable. (is that a word?)
Beyond choosing less hackneyed classical pieces, skaters should also skate to video game music. These days, they are no worse than most movie soundtracks and a few are much better. Only issue might be copyright.
Joe Hisaishi has done a bunch of great soundtrack music that could be edited into workable programs. Occasionally somebody will do the main themes from Nausicaa or Princess Mononoke but there's plenty more good stuff there. Also....nobody laugh....the original Conan the Barbarian soundtrack by Basil Polidouris has some fabulous pieces on it though nobody seems to know more than Anvil of Crom (for the he-men skaters).
Kevin Reynolds did that in 2012, he skated to Crono Trigger. I had that game on SNES. I thought it was a cool idea and it suited himBeyond choosing less hackneyed classical pieces, skaters should also skate to video game music. These days, they are no worse than most movie soundtracks and a few are much better. Only issue might be copyright.