There are times where I can appreciate a score on its own terms, separated from its horrendous context. Like the old Riefenstahl scores or Breil’s music for THE BIRTH OF NATION. But they’ve had time to simmer. They’re not relevant today, in our own time and culture. So something like this feels far more offensive. I’ve decided that I’m not even going to listen to the samples.
I think I’ll still be able to enjoy my album of STAR TREK: GENERATIONS (and his work on MACGYVER), but as Nils said — from now on, there will always be a bitter aftertaste, even if I dismiss this as a one-off misjudgement on McCarthy’s behalf.