Soundtracks

‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’ – Jerry Goldsmith’s Complete Score

Twilight Zone Soundtrack Cover

If you’re a soundtrack fan you’re going to love this.  Film Score Monthly have released Jerry Goldsmiths complete 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie soundtrack – but if you want it you better grab it fast because it’s been released as a Limited Edition of 3000.

From Screen Archives:

Twilight Zone: The Movie was released on LP at the time of the film, a program since issued on CD in Japan and Germany. For the first time, FSM presents the complete, chronological score, with bonus tracks of the film’s songs (“Nights Are Forever,” by Goldsmith as featured on the LP, and “Anathesia” by Joseph Williams, previously unreleased) plus album edits of relevant cues. (The CD is carefully designed so that the LP sequence can be programmed if so desired.)

The complete score has been newly restored from the first-generation masters by Mike Matessino in cooperation with Bruce Botnick, Goldsmith’s longtime recording engineer and colleague who has mastered this CD. Matessino and Jeff Bond provide the authoritative liner notes.

For a full track listing together with MP3 samples and the ability to order the CD go here.

Thanks to the ScoreKeeper at Aint It Cool News for the heads up.

‘Star Wars: A Musical Journey’ At London’s O2 Arena

Star Wars - A Musical Journey

On April 11 London’s O2 Arena played host to Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a light and sound spectacular tribute to John Williams’ iconic Star Wars musical score.

Conductor Dirk Brossé led an 86-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra together with the Royal Symphony Choir for over two hours of specially adapted Star Wars music to a light show and various clips (on a 100 foot video screen) from George Lucas’ movies.

Anthony Daniels (aka C3PO), who’s voice is instantly recognizable as C3PO, provided perfect and at times humorous introductory narration to the arrangements.  You’ll love listening to his introductions!

Fortunately for us, footage of the event has been uploaded to YouTube (thanks go to user rufusqaz and others).  The video footage is average but the sound quality is good enough to leave you wishing you had been there.  Watch the clips now:

Star Wars: A Musical Journey, O2 11/04/09 part 1
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‘Star Trek’ Soundtrack Details And Six Promo Images

Here’s our first look at Varese Sarabande’s cover to the Star Trek soundtrack by Michael Giacchino:

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Click the image to pre-order the soundtrack for its release on May 5, 2009

Here’s the track list:

1. Star Trek (1:03)
2. Nailin’ the Kelvin (2:09)
3. Labor of Love (2:51)
4. Hella Bar Talk (1:55)
5. Enterprising Young Men (2:39)
6. Nero Sighted (3:23)
7. Nice To Meld You (3:13)
8. Run and Shoot Offense (2:04)
9. Does It Still McFly? (2:03)
10. Nero Death Experience (5:38)
11. Nero Fiddles, Narada Burns (2:34)
12. Back From Black (:59)
13. That New Car Smell (4:46)
14. To Boldly Go* (:26)
15. End Credits* (9:11)

Interested in hearing Michael Giacchino’s score to the opening credits of Star Trek?  Then check out this article:
Star Trek (2009) Alternate Trailer With Score By Michael Giacchino

Interested in learning more about the music that’s in the Star Trek trailers?  Then check out this article:
Tell Me About The Music In The Star Trek Trailer

Further, here’s six new promotional images from the film:

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Bear McCreary Scores ‘Dark Void’, A New Epic Sci Fi Game

Dark Void

Capcom have announced the score to their upcoming game Dark Void has been composed by Bear McCreary, the renowned music composer behind Battlestar Galactica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Eureka and the upcoming Battlestar prequel, Caprica.

Bear McCreary states that he has always wanted to score a video game but has been waiting for the right one to come along.  Watch the following in game footage and you’ll realize just why Dark Void is the one that caught his attention:

In game footage from Dark Void:

If you like Battlestar Galactica music, then you’re likely to get right into the music of Dark Void.   Bear McCreary has stated fans of Battlestar Galactica music would “flip out” over the Dark Void score.  Heres two short excerpts from the score:

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Famed Composer Maurice Jarre Passes Away

Maurice Jarre

After fighting a long battle with cancer famed Music Composer Maurice Jarre has passed away, aged 84.

The French Composer added his touch to the music of more than 170 film and television titles.  His music was even featured in films as late as last year, including Ocean’s Thirteen and My Best Friend’s Girl.

His more well known scores include Ghost, Dead Poet’s Society, Gorillas in the Mist, and Fatal Attraction, as well as the classic Lawrence of Arabia.  He also scored the first episode of The Simpsons.

His sci-fi scores include Enemy Mine, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Dreamscape, and The Island At The Top Of The World.

Jarre was the winner of 3 Oscars, numerous Grammy’s,and received dozens of other nominations throughout his lengthy career.  He was honored at the 30th Flanders Film Festival with a Lifetime Achievement Award and in February 2009 received a Golden Bear honor at the Berlin International Film Festival for his pionieering of musical scores.

He also has a star on the Hollywood Blvd Walk of Fame.

He is survived by his two sons, Jean-Michel and Kevin to whom I send my deepest condolences.

Watch the following video presentation that presents some of Jarre’s best music together with the title (so you know what it’s from):

McCreary To Release A Ton Of Galactica Related Music In 2009

In what is great news to film score and Battlestar Galactica fans, famed music composer Bear McCreary has announced La La Land Records will be releasing three Galactica related soundtracks this year.

Caprica

The first will be the score to the new Battlestar Galactica prequel series, Caprica.  The album is finished and currently being mastered and will hit stores in June.  If you want it earlier, you’ll be able to buy it in May directly from La La Land Records website.

Bear McCreary: The sound of this score is much more intimate than Galactica, but I think fans will nevertheless be surprised at how lyrical, passionate and thematic it is. In fact, many of the musical shifts you heard in ‘Daybreak’ were inspired by the harmonic language I devised for Caprica.

Battlestar Galactica 'Daybreak'

The second will be the score to Battlestar Galactica’s fourth season.  Presently scheduled for a release in the second half of July, this release will be a 2CD set with the second disc containing virtually all the music from the Battlestar Galactica finale, ‘Daybreak’.

Battlestar Galactica Razor

The third is a planned soundtrack release for the two Battlestar Galactica straight-to-DVD movies, ‘Razor’ and ‘The Plan’.  The arrangement of this soundtrack has yet to be made so the release date is some time off – it has been tentatively set to hit stores later on in the year.

But that’s not all.

Bear McCreary is also planning to release a multi-CD set of previously un-released material from all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica – as well as the score to a ’secret’ video game that McCreary says will make you “flip out” if you’re a fan of Galactica’s music.

Bear McCreary: I’m hoping to assemble a multi-CD set of un-released material from all four seasons, perhaps even including demos, sketches, out-takes, source pieces and other odds n’ ends I’ve produced for the series.  I am certain that there will be more “Music of Battlestar Galactica” concerts this year and next, one of which will hopefully lead to a concert DVD.  There are also tentative plans for more ballet performances, orchestral concert suites, documentaries and sheet music releases.  So, I guess what I’m trying to say is… I’m not done delivering the Galactica goods.

I’m also hopeful that we’ll be able to release a soundtrack album for the super-cool top-secret video game project that I scored recently.  If you guys like the score to BG, you’re going to frakkin’ flip out when you hear this!  Details will be announced as soon as I’m allowed to say what it is!

All great news for Galactica and soundtracks fans alike.

Source: Bear McCreary’s Blog

Battlestar Galactica Season 1 Soundtrack
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Battlestar Galactica Season 3 Soundtrack

Star Trek (2009) Alternate Trailer With Score By Michael Giacchino

The following video is a fan-made video that edits clips from four different Star Trek trailers.

But what is really cool is that it is meant to contain the music of Michael Giacchino, the music composer behind Star Trek.

The music cue used is reportedly the original music from the film’s main theme.  I have no official confirmation of that, however it certainly sounds the part.

So far all the Star Trek trailers have not contained music from Giacchino, and so if this is really the films main title music, then a big thanks goes to the fan that put this together. 

Tell Me About The Music In The Star Trek Trailers

 

Trailerhead: Awesome Trailer Music from Immediate

Having just posted an article on the music in Star Trek XI and feeling somewhat depressed that music by ‘Two steps from hell’ is unavailable to the general public, I felt compelled to post another article about trailer music that is available to the general public.

If you aren’t already aware, one of the most popular sources of trailer music comes from the Emmy awarding recording artist Immediate.  Immediate have been composing scores for trailers for more than 15 years and are probably considered the best in the business, if not one of.

Immediate’s music is a combination of electronic, full 100 piece orchestra and a 70 member choir.  Their music has been showcased in trailers for so many films its ridiculous, including Spider Man 3, The Island, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Incredible Hulk, Harry Potter 5, Hellboy 2 and more.

The best thing is 15 of their best tracks are available on an album titled Trailerhead, and you can grab it from Amazon (and download the mp3 format immediately if you want).  Check it out:


Tell Me About The Music In The Star Trek Trailer

Here’s the low down on the music behind the Star Trek trailer that everyone seems to love.

The Star Trek Featurette trailer contains music from a track titled ‘War Begins’ that was composed for the miniseries Children of Dune by Brian Tyler.  Tyler is of course not the music composer behind Star Trek (it is Michael Giacchino who scored Speed Racer, The Incredibles and a host of others. His music is not in the trailers).

Here’s the featurette trailer so you know which one I’m referring to:

Then there’s the second Star Trek trailer.  This one features a specially written custom score titled ‘Down With The Enterprise’ by a group called ‘Two Steps From Hell‘.  Two steps from hell is the group name for composers Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix who specialize primarily in music trailers. Their custom score begins after the boy says “My name is “James…Kirk” and was written specifically for this trailer.

Then there’s the third Star Trek trailer which also contains music by ‘Two Steps From Hell‘.   In the third trailer, the track is from their ‘Legend collection’ and is titled ‘Freedom Fighters’.   Here’s the trailer in question:

Here’s the full track courtesy of Imeem.com:

Do you want to buy yourself copies of the music featured in the second and third Star Trek trailers?  Well I do too, but I’m sorry to say we you can’t.  Two Steps From Hell don’t sell their work commercially – they only licence it for use in projects such as movie trailers.

But you can buy the music from the Star Trek Featurette.  You can also hear a snippet of it by listening to the mp3 clips on Amazon for the Children of Dune soundtrack by Brian Tyler. It’s a great soundtrack irrespective of the Star Trek connection. Click the image below to head to Amazon’s Children of Dune page to have a listen.

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Finally, if you want to know more about Two Steps of Hell, visit their website here:  Two Steps From Hell

Vote For Your Favorite Sci Fi Theme Tune Competition

Want the chance to win a subscription to a Titan Magazine of your choice, a free cinema pass, and some other kind of mystery thing?   Then all you have to do is cast your vote in a competition being run over at Totalscifionline to determine what the greatest sci-fi theme tune is.

Here’s Totalscifionline’s shortlisted candidates:

Battlestar Galactica (remake)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Doctor Who
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Quantum Leap
Red Dwarf
Star Trek (Original Series)
Thunderbirds
The Twilight Zone
The X-Files

Visit Total Sci Fi Online to cast your vote

Poll results will be announced by Totalscifionline on Monday 20th April.