Additional Music by Imagine Dragons Additional Music Production: Hans Zimmer Additional Music Sound Design by Sonny Moore AKA Skrillex
Music Editors: Bryan Elliott Lawson, John Finklea, Sam Zeines, Alex Gibson & Kevin McKeever Additional Music by Jacob Shea, Joseph Trapanese, Dave Fleming & Michael Yezerski Music Conducted by Nick Glennie-Smith Supervising Orchestrator: Bruce Fowler Orchestrators: Walter Fowler, Yvonne S. Moriarty, Carl Rydlund & Jennifer Hammond Music Preparation: Booker White Music Contractor: Peter Rotter Music Recorded & Mixed by Jeff Biggers Music Production Services: Arata Music Technical Score Engineer: Lori Castro ProTools Operator: Kevin Globerman Scoring Editor: David Channing Additional Recording: Alan Meyerson, Lori Castro & Scott Smith
Soloists: Vocals: Dan Reynolds Guitar: George Doering, Wayne Sermon & Andrew Synowiec Viola: Daniel Platzman & Rob Brophy Cello: Cameron Stone, Steve Erdody & Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Drums: Jon Jablonsky, Daniel Platzman & Matt Chamberlain Bass: Ben McKee & Chris Chaney Erhu: Karen Han Woodwinds: Chris Bleeth Percussion: Wade Culbreath, Greg Ellis, Greg Goodall, MB Gordy, Brian Kilgore & John Wakefield
Music Sound Design by Eddie Jefferys Ambient Music Design: Jon Aschalew Vocal Contractor: Jasper Randall Vocal FX Group: Lesley Leighton, Nike St Clair, Jasper Randall, Michael Geiger, Reid Bruton & Oliver Music Score Recorded at Sony Pictures Studio Music Score Mixed at Arata Music
Release date : 06/30/2014
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Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014), Steve Jablonsky (CD) [0027324CD] Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014), Steve Jablonsky (Score-CD) Auf 3000 StŁck limitierte CD Infos vom Label: "TRANSFORMERS AGE OF EXTINCTION! Clocking in at well over an hour, this full throttle, non-stop action score will take your breath away. Jablonsky has delivered his best Transformers score yet with Age of Extinction - a score filled action packed adrenaline pumping cues and touching melodies. Alternative rock band IMAGINE DRAGONS provide some back ground vocals on a number of tracks that lend a lyrical touch to this driving score. PRODUCED BY STEVE JABLONSKY and RANDY SPENDLOVE MASTERED BY PATRICIA SULLIVAN AT BERNIE GRUNDMAN MASTERING"
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I know it's PR, but best Transformers score yet? I think it's the worst, personally...
This information is for the La-La Land CD release. You're posting in the EP not the OST
Does anybody know what happened to the score & Ep downloads on iTunes/Amazon? I looked there today to download them & they were gone on both sites. Any info/insights would be really helpful. Thanks.
Steve posted an answer on FB, and I learned something today, even digital music is "limited" (crazy) :
"Iíve received a lot of questions on Facebook and Twitter asking why the TF4 soundtrack was removed from iTunes. Hereís the short-ish answer: The AFM (American Federation of Musicians) has rules regarding soundtrack releases and re-use fees. One option they offer is the option to produce and sell 14,999 units without any additional re-use fees. Once sales hit 15,000+ units, additional payments kick in. The number 15,000 was chosen I believe because a good selling soundtrack generally sells around 5k-10k units, so this option provides most union film productions the opportunity to release a soundtrack and sell up to 15k units without incurring any additional re-use costs.
Now because you guys are so awesome, the TF4 score hit 15,000 units really quickly. I honestly had no idea the score had been pulled down until fans started contacting me asking why the soundtrack had vanished from iTunes, only a couple months after the release of the film. I suspected the 15k limit was the reason, a little investigation proved that to be the case. Some of you have asked another great question: why are TF1 and TF2 still available? For both of those scores, the people responsible for paying the additional re-use costs chose to go ahead and pay them. In other words they allowed sales to go beyond the 15k limit. Different people are in charge of TF3 and TF4, and they have chosen not to pay the additional costs, which is why neither TF3 or TF4 are available any longer. Itís strictly an economic decision. The additional re-use costs can and do add up to significant numbers, especially with scores like Transformers. These movies are huge with a ton of score, and I hire a lot of very talented musicians to perform, which results in even higher re-use costs if we go beyond the 15k limit.
I have had many many discussions about this topic, unfortunately it is out of my hands because I am not the one responsible for paying the re-use fees. For those interested in a physical TF4 CD I believe La La Land records has some unsigned copies left (sorry the signed ones are all gone). After these are gone, the TF4 score will no longer be available. The TF3 score is already gone. My hope is that we will figure out a way to re-release in the future, but for now this is the situation.
This topic is very close to my heart. Itís really hard to put so many months of work into a score and then hear from people all over the world that they would love to purchase your music but they cannot because itís not available. These are good people looking to buy this music, asking me what happened where did it go, and I donít have a good answer for them. Iím hoping with more discussion we can find better ways to address this issue. I do believe there are better ways, where everyone can benefit without fans being left out in the cold because they didnít buy the score fast enough. thanks
I've read that too. It's really crazy :p
I'll make sure never to erase those 2 scores from my computer :D
I heard Zimmer once say they sometimes come to Europe to record a score. We don't have crazy rules like that here for re-use.
That's exactly why I don't put money on Spotify and all. The music can disppear overnight.
Any time they, any composer will record in Europe...
But if the film is a complete US production (like Disney movies, or Michael Bay movies), you have no choice but go with unions...
Better keep this on the DL then; HMV Digital in the UK are still selling downloads of both the EP and score album. Not sure if people outside the UK can download from HMV Digital, but it's probably worth a look, especially if you still want the EP tracks.
1. Decision 2. Best Thing That Ever Happened 3. I'm an Autobot 4. Optimus Is Alive 5. Cemetery Wind 6. His Name Is Shane and He Drives 7. Hacking the Drone 8. Transformium 9. Galvatron Is Online 10. Your Creators Want You Back 11. The Final Knight 12. Punch Hold Slide Repeat 13. The Presence of Megatron 14. Galvatron Is Active 15. Have Faith Prime 16. Hong Kong Chase 17. The Legend Exists 18. Dinobot Charge 19. Thatís a Big Magnet 20. Drive Backwards 21. Honor to the End 22. Leave Planet Earth Alone 23. The Knight Ship
And the iTunes link!! https: //itunes.apple.com/us/album/transformers-age-extinction/ id896006953
It's very nice, and I'm glad these tracks are only demos and not real album tracks, because they really sound like demos (especially the drums).
What I don't like is that maybe it means that the album isn't coming until a couple of weeks... If it was gonna be released in 2 days, I doubt Steve would've put this EP out... But I may be wrong :-)
I really digging into Lockdown's theme, is so tremendous and darker
So glad this was released last night, I had it on repeat for hours.
By far Lokdown's theme is te best. But after the great job in Ender's Game last year, I was hoping an improve over the last Transformers movie. This material is miles ago of the notable "Dark of the Moon" score. And yes I know this is only a sneak peek but my hopes of great music are gone. For example Autobots Reunite in my personal opinion lose against the original Autobots Theme. And if your memory fail, check this epic track again.
I agree, original Autobot theme is better. But the new one will grow on me
Can anyone else hear a slight variation of "4m59 The Drop" from RoTF in "Hunted"?
Around what minute, David?
I'm loving these demos, and I think they sound brilliantly for being demos and all. Will hear the whole score tomorrow with the film, finally.
At around 5 seconds in, and various points from then on. No specific area, just kinda all around - and then it switches to 5m39a/7m55 from DotM
But, that's not before Imagine Dragons show up and do their thing, then the "Battle" theme from DotM (5m39a/7m55) shows up at about 4:31 ;)
i can't understand why you people like "Lockdown" the most. It's that typical electro BS, which is so present thesedays. Zimmer lost his orientation totally because of this damn electro pop sound.
Everyone critizes him because of that, and now here, everyone loves this electro dump track. While Hunted, Tessa and Autobots Reunite are also electronical sounddesign, they also have melodical themes, which makes them beautiful.
i hope we don't have too many of these "lockdown" tracks in the final ost or in the future of scores. enough of it!
Agent Smith, Lockdown is amazing and fits the character so well.
Have you even seen the film?
"Fits the character so well"? It's a Michael freaking Bay film. I could write a good score for a cardboard box too.
The music fitting Bay's character is a hilarious notion, but you have to admit, it's pretty cool -- even to Jab's standards.
I'll admit no such thing. "Lockdown" (the second half at least) is exactly the kind of music Jablonsky's been pumping out lately that I HATE...abuse of the BWAAA, low ugly crackling beats, no melodic line whatsoever, unpleasant sound design (thanks for nothing, Skrillex). It's all the heinous attributes of Battleship all over again. Compare that with the clever, flexible choral theme/ostinato for the Decepticons in the first movie. Much better. More of THAT please, Steve.
The first half of the Lockdown cue is OK though.
I should have said *the first half* instead of *it's*. My mistake. And yes, the beats painfully remind me of that God-awful Battleship.
Edmund said above just about the Decepticons theme from 2007. Personally, I miss the loud and fast-varying beat-based style along with the melody of SOCCENT Attack more. IMHO, the overtness of melody was what set Jablonsky apart -- among the more electronic composers.
I was liking it up until I got to whatever the shit was up with the last couple minutes of "Lockdown". They could have found a BAAAAWWWM that sounds a bit less like the parody BAAAWWWM everyone's been using for the last four years. It's kind of hard to take seriously anymore.
Other than that, though, I quite like this. The production values aren't great and I hope we'll see a step up for the actual album (Dark of the Moon had a similar synthy sound though, so I'm not super hopeful). But the themes themselves are pretty enjoyable. "Hunted" is a good climactic-type cue (although I could kind of do without Imagine Dragons; the vocal is well integrated but there's a reason I don't listen to music with lyrics), "Tessa" a very pleasant soft-rock track in the style of Divergent or Lone Survivor, and "Autobots Reunite" a cool, energetic new theme. Even the first half of "Lockdown" is enjoyable.
This could be Steve's first really decent score since Gears 3.
After a first listening, i think this is good stuff. Hunted seems to be perfect with the movie climax. However, it's a pity that the end of the track sounds too trailerish! The add of "Imagine Dragons"' song is, by contrast, very well arranged. Tessa is a great track, very spiritual. It's like a mix of "Lone Survivor" design with the voice of Imagine Dragons. "Autobots Reunite" isn't the best "Transformers" theme but it has merit to bring new stuff to the franchise. By the way, the theme is similar to a theme of a song in 'Gears of Wars 3' (Gary Jules - Mad World). And, to finish, Lockdown, copy-paste of some "Man of Steel" ambient cue. I think it will be well-adapted to the movie but I regret the way Steve had chosen in previous movies (mechanical choir, big brass and old Remote Control themes : remember "Bogey Approach" in TF1).
Finally,this EP leads to predict a good score with good new stuff and a beautiful collaboration with "Imagine Dragons". I hope Steve has integrated some reprise of "Arrival to Earth" in his score because it's simply the best track of TF, this is THE main theme of the franchise, in my opinion. The theme you are waiting to listen and when it appears, it's always the best part!!
Ps - sorry for my approximative english! :D
Yes, I feel the same when I listen Lockdown many times more. Very similar sound like "DNA" track in MoS score.
Steve needs find his own sound, because many times sound like a regular clon of Zimmer. His career is literaly very short, and we hope an evolution, but for this he must be join with a great filmaker that helps him to mature and grow up. It's my humble opinion of course.
The original theme of Autobots is in the movie ;)
And "Arrival to Earth" theme is in the movie, Mr ZimmerFan?
MrZimmerFan, that cue should be called "The Legend Exists" ;)
@Hale: Well, Arrival to Earth is a variation from the Autobots' theme, but isn't in the movie is that form, but the Autobot's theme is in the movie, like eaglesfans says ;)
I agree with the MoS. I kept thinking of DNA when I was listening to Lockdown.
It seems like Lockdown's theme has drums inspired by Revenge of the Fallen, synths inspired by Man of Steel and sound effects from Battleship. Nonetheless, it's still a fantastic cue.