The GKS music has been quite good (except for the occasional wildly inappropriate pop song played at the wrong moment).
AJK, are you referring to the pop song that is often played with touching scenes, including the scene that showed Jang Youngsil giving Daion a marvelous sendoff with fireworks? If that song is what you're talking about, its title is 'Sowon', meaning 'wish' in Korean by K.will.
I've found out that a lot of people here are disturbed by this song because they think it doesn't quite match with the scenes. This is interesting and strange at the same time, because most of the Koreans who have watched GKS say that the song fits really well with the drama and they'll be reminded of GKS whenever they listen to it. Myself too have always thought the song is extremely effective in making people sympathize with the emotions of the characters. Never have I conceived it as 'wild'.
Maybe it's simply because the lyrics aren't translated. The lyrics really do convey the message of enduring sorrow and not giving up one's hope and dream, the love for the world and the people, which is exactly what GKS is trying to tell. (I'll be happy to post the translation if anyone wants it
If the song is going to bother you anyway, ajk, I just want to warn you that it is going to be played more and more often as the drama progresses(I've seen it to the final episode). Hope it doesn't interfere with your concentation on this drama.
Last Edit: Nov 23, 2008 11:21:08 GMT -5 by oasis6107
I didn't know that about the lyrics, oasis; it does sound like the message of the lyrics fits with those scenes. But for me at least, it isn't so much about the lyrics; it's the type of music. What I don't like about it is that (1) this is a historical series, and it just seems totally out of place to be using contemporary pop music with electronic instruments (especially after not doing it any other times during the series); and (2) the tune and the instrumentation, it just sounds like something I'd hear played in an elevator (at least here in America--maybe Korean elevators are quieter!). After all of the wonderfully orchestrated music the series uses, it just seems like that song doesn't measure up at all and doesn't belong.
But I know there's a lot of personal taste in these things, so I'm certainly not saying I'm right, just that I don't like it myself. If it's going to keep coming back, maybe I'll post a poll on it after a future episode and see what people think. And thanks for the warning! At least I can brace myself for it.
Im not an advocate of pop songs in Historical Drama's at all ,i think Sejong has a great score much more varied than DJY (The OST to that was a big let down ,not only were several cues missing but the title track was the vocal version only ). Although i have not heard the actual OST CD i had a 10 track download that was missing many cues .
What really stinks is the KINGDOM OF THE WIND score the OST is just out and what surprises me is the composer also did Emperor/Sea and DJY . most of the score seems to be cuts by girly band Brown Eyed Girls .
Hi, a new member here. I think the songs for this show is great. Although I don't understand the words, the music is powerful and very touching. Would be grateful if someone could post a translation of the lyrics so we can understand the songs' meaning.
Well, I got the OST as a Christmas present and I have to say I’m disappointed in it. It has 17 tracks and totals 49:02, which is short for a CD. Not only that, but the first three tracks are pop songs. (Yeah, you guessed it, I hit the play button and the first thing I heard was my favorite pop ballad. $#%!&@*.) Take away those three and as far as actual soundtrack music, there are only 14 tracks totaling 36:28. And they sure did leave out some beautiful stuff that we heard during the series. I was particularly looking for the processional march-type variation of the GKS theme that ran in Ep85 when Sejong was explaining the Hangul alphabet. Gorgeous track, but the CD doesn’t have it. I just don’t understand why so much good music was left out, especially when there was plenty of room for it.
Just out of curiosity, I checked my OST CD for Yi Soon-Shin; it has 27 tracks and runs 59:29. That’s a BIG difference. Have to say, KBS did not do a very good job on this CD. Hope this doesn’t become a trend.
You know i got the KINGDOM OF THE WINDS OST and was confronted by about 6 Ballads (groan ###) This is my main complaint about K Historical drama's someone is dying a lingering painful death and here comes yucky crooner to ruin everything . We should do a clip of a Korean Warrior saying "give me death your majesty "while some godawful popsong comes in (he'd rather die than listen to boy band )