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Because i don't support the idea of 'only good scores are full orchestral', don't agree with that statement.<br><br>Yes, i love Your Highness and Steamboy, aslo really like stuff like TF (except the four) and TMNT 2. But also something like Pain & Gain, Bloodshot, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th or the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deepwater Horizon, even i consider (unpopular opinion) guilty pleasure Battleship.<br><br>Yes, i'm weird :p<br>I love revisiting this score. It's just so much fun, and I love hearing this side of Steve's music. I remember watching interviews where he'd talk about programming John Williams' string patterns into midi instruments, and his love for Williams' work overall. This side of him is rarely shown in his projects. <br><br>But then you have scores like this that show off how much of a wizard he can be with music. Melodic action music, fun and creative use of synth, classic Jablonsky choir chants, and beautiful use of the orchestra. Perfect for a fantasy comedy with a modern twist. <br><br>I cannot stress enough how much I love tracks like "Isabel the Strong", "Labyrinths And Humps", and "Mean Knights and Horsies O' My!". "Playful Secrets" in particular shows just how much of an expert Steve is with an orchestra. It sounds straight out of a John Williams score like Harry Potter or Indiana Jones with a fun Danny Elfman choir on top. Not to mention the beautifully performed bassoon and French Horn combo at 0:39 and 0:44! <br><br>These are the kinds of projects I like to see from Jablonsky. Films and games that allow him to show off his skills and test his abilities to the point where he creates complex, unique, varied, thematically rich, and truly poignant music. <br><br>This is something that I can point to and say "that's 100% a Steve Jablonsky score". It has some influence from Zimmer, but is not copying him by any means. Maybe with the slight exception of "Thadeous".Can't really agree that much with Bloodshot. The reason I was able to be engaged in Jablonsky's past scores similar to this (e.g. TF5, TMNT 2) was his strong melodic voice. Even in the more sound design parts of those scores there was at least several themes that I enjoyed, easily identified, and analyzed some lovely development for them. <br><br>Bloodshot doesn't really have that, it's got themes so minimal (except for KT which I can't really enjoy because the melody sounds identical to "Optimus"), that whatever development is there, I feel nothing toward because it's easy and boring to develop a theme that's basically just a series of chords. <br><br>Keanu I can't entirely judge Jablonsky for as it was also Nathan Whitehead's score, but it just sounds like Bloodshot 0.5 to me. Guitar chords, sound design, string ostinatos, wandering piano theme, been there done that. <br><br>Good lord, do I hope Steve works on Orbital Era though. It would be so refreshing to hear a full-on orchestral Jablonsky score again.Not only better than Spenser, it's better than Skyscraper.<br><br>Ok, Bloodshot maybe isn't one of the best works by Jablonsky, but after such disappointing with Skyscraper, see Jab in a work with choir, guitars, cool themes (if don't catch the similarities between KT's theme with the Autobots theme ;D) and good action writing (hang in there, i'm not going say is something good as Steamboy or Your Highness, even some of the Transformers/The Island stuff), as for the sound design, i prefer people like Jab, Zimmer or Holkenborg MORE than something dreadful as Reznor/RossJust listen Bloodshot OST again and I like it better than for the first time. Yes there is a lot of sounddesign elements, but quiet and melodic moments are good at some parts. My favorite track is "Bloodshot". For me this work, despite all the problems, is far better than Spencer Confidential.<br><br>There is extremely need of new Sci-Fi (not like Bloodshot, lol) or Fantasy project for Steve to work on. I'm fairly certain that he could provide amazing music for this genres, but for some reason.<br>Also, I've listened a few tracks from his "Keanu" score (posted on his new website) and it's wonderful, hope there will be a full release sometime. This one reminds me of another genre where Steve is good - comedy and parody movies - "Your Highness", "Pain and Gain", "Sims 3" (yes, it's a game score but it has that comedy atmosphere I'm talking about) all are really great scores for its genre.<br><br>For me "Eternals" from Marvel could be a good movie for Steve to work. And honestly, I would like to see what he could brings to "Godzilla vs Kong" crossover more than Junkie XL.<br><br>At least I hope that Katsuhiro Otomo would like to work with Steve again on his new anime project "Orbital Era", truly a dream-project.
Yes, the sound mixing in the movie is bad, you can't listen the music properly, is buried under a lot of sound effects.<br><br>It was one of those situations where 'the music is trying to overlook the thunderous sound effects',I do kinda prefer the 2014 score over the KOTM score, but McCreary's work does deserve more love than just being called a 'retreat of the original theme'.<br>It also deserved to be heard more, but the movie's sound mixing was terrible.Wasn't expecting to see someone else here for the same reason. Really hoping those two soundtracks return, they're great for studying music.Are Steve Jablonsky and Rupert Greyson-Williams still apart of RCP or they went solo too?I wouldn't disagree that Godzilla KOTM is a good score since it works very well for the movie and by itself. I'm just saying that Junkie XL can bring something new and interesting to the franchise which hasn't been done before.
Before someone jump, i will said in this kind of movies, change a composer is very common, don't say i don't want McCreary will be back, only i prefer other people try other things.<br><br>Like i said, i listen very OFTEN the three scores in this movies, and i love each style (as for the movies... well, prefer G14 and KSI over KOTM)@Moggyman<br><br>If you think that all McCreary did was modernize the Godzilla theme, you clearly haven't listend to the score.<br>He indeed used and modernized the themes for Godzilla & Mothra.<br>Besides that he wrote new themes for Rodan, Ghidorah, Monarch, The Russel Family and a theme he called the Ancient theme.<br><br>Besides this, he used the orchestra, choir, soloist and specialty instruments in the best way they can be used.<br><br>His score was one of the best blockbuster and orchestral scores of the last couple of years, in my opinion.<br><br>Until I hear Holkenborg's score I can't really comment on if it will be good. But at the moment I am sad McCreary isn't coming back. But I am very curious what Holkenborg will doI disagree, the McCreary's score in that movie is really, really good... but I put this, as myself i listen very often the other two: G14 and Skull Island, also really, really good, can't put a score over another because one composer uses a theme (a very mytical one, if you are a movie monster fan), specially in that franchise.<br><br>Yes, Ifukube create a wonderful theme (and the original movie have a really tough score to listen isolated of the movie), but other composer make a wonderful themes (and polaraising), like Otani (which his score for GMK is FULL electronic, but really good) or Oshima (great theme, maybe the inspiration for Desplat's theme), even the most forgotten Reijiro Koroku create a terrific theme for the character in 1984Bear McCreary is a good composer but all he did for Godzilla KOTM was modernize the original Godzilla theme, which isnt super creative. Junkie, on the other hand, may give us a really creative score based on his eagerness to do the project.Yeah besides the massive disappointment that is the movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the even bigger disappointment is that Bear McCreary won't be back for more.
you fool.... its impossible ! everybody knows that there is only one batman theme.... (joke)In a recent interview, Junkie mentioned that he's bringing back themes for Superman and Wonder Woman, while everything else is new. I wonder if he's gonna make a new Batman theme.It's true, there is completely different team from composer to director in crossover :)But the film was particularly bad...<br><br>So I rather have a whole other team do something ELSE lol...Yeah... McCreary's score is one of the best from last year so I'd rather have him again.
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Transformers - Age Of Extinction (The EP)
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  2. Tessa (5:45)
  3. Autobots Reunite (2:57)
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Lutz reply Replies: 8 || 2014-10-05 21:07:00
Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014), Steve Jablonsky (CD)
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Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014), Steve Jablonsky (Score-CD)
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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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Edmund Meinerts2014-10-05 21:41:20
I know it's PR, but best Transformers score yet? I think it's the worst, personally...


Anonymous2014-10-05 22:17:08
This information is for the La-La Land CD release. You're posting in the EP not the OST


Score Seeker2014-11-04 01:23:39
Hi,

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.


Hybrid Soldier2014-11-20 23:44:20
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

Steve"


Ds2014-11-21 00:17:40
I've read that too. It's really crazy :p

I'll make sure never to erase those 2 scores from my computer :D


Anonymous2014-11-21 08:15:25
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.


Hybrid Soldier2014-11-21 08:44:25
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...


D-Fens2014-12-03 17:06:13
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.

Scorefan reply Replies: 0 || 2014-09-09 06:17:36
Autobots Reunite is a different versiůn from the movie. The film versiůn sounds more epic

RealFfingMusic reply Replies: 1 || 2014-07-05 11:16:16
WTF happened to my question?

Okay, here it is again:
The cover art's the same as the EP. Hybrid, are you gonna change any or do you just put the official one?


Hybrid Soldier2014-07-05 12:58:24
Official OSTs : official covers... :)

D A R T H reply Replies: 1 || 2014-07-04 17:09:21
Fulle Track listing ;-)

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


Everan2014-07-04 17:33:45
And the iTunes link!!
https: //itunes.apple.com/us/album/transformers-age-extinction/ id896006953

Bought and downloading right now!

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 16 || 2014-07-01 18:56:51
Here it is... :P


Macejko2014-07-01 19:09:52
Awesome cues, Steve's still got it!


Ds2014-07-01 19:41:32
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 :-)


MrZimmerFan2014-07-01 19:47:48
I really digging into Lockdown's theme, is so tremendous and darker


Adam2014-07-01 20:45:04
So glad this was released last night, I had it on repeat for hours.


jewen2014-07-01 21:08:12
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.


Adam2014-07-01 22:23:38
I agree, original Autobot theme is better. But the new one will grow on me


David2014-07-01 23:08:36
Can anyone else hear a slight variation of "4m59 The Drop" from RoTF in "Hunted"?


Everan2014-07-01 23:51:29
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.


David2014-07-03 06:28:48
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


David2014-07-03 06:33:15
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 ;)


Agent Smith2014-07-03 09:42:32
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!


theeaglesfan0052014-07-03 14:28:15
Agent Smith, Lockdown is amazing and fits the character so well.

Have you even seen the film?


Edmund Meinerts2014-07-03 14:34:03
"Fits the character so well"? It's a Michael freaking Bay film. I could write a good score for a cardboard box too.


RealFfingMusic2014-07-03 14:38:22
The music fitting Bay's character is a hilarious notion, but you have to admit, it's pretty cool -- even to Jab's standards.


Edmund Meinerts2014-07-03 16:28:15
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.


RealFfingMusic2014-07-03 19:03:24
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.

Edmund Meinerts reply Replies: 1 || 2014-07-03 09:58:52
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.


MrZimmerFan2014-07-03 10:12:29
Gears 3 is a very good score ;)

Hale reply Replies: 9 || 2014-07-02 12:33:18
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!!

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jewen2014-07-02 12:52:47
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.


MrZimmerFan2014-07-02 13:10:18
The original theme of Autobots is in the movie ;)


Hale2014-07-02 15:42:30
And "Arrival to Earth" theme is in the movie, Mr ZimmerFan?


theeaglesfan0052014-07-02 16:46:55
MrZimmerFan, that cue should be called "The Legend Exists" ;)


MrZimmerFan2014-07-02 18:34:31
@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 ;)


Kingstyn2014-07-02 19:19:39
I agree with the MoS. I kept thinking of DNA when I was listening to Lockdown.


Brent2014-07-03 00:20:48
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.


Hal02014-07-03 00:25:47
Or perhaps it's just Jablonsky's style


MacArthur2014-07-03 03:52:41
I like the song. all of them are great.

theeaglesfan005 reply Replies: 1 || 2014-07-02 16:42:55
MrZimmerFan, that cue should be called "The Legend Exists" ;)


theeaglesfan0052014-07-02 16:47:18
whoops... i thought i replied on the other topic lol

Geofcraze634 reply Replies: 0 || 2014-07-02 06:56:04
Yes, it is finally here. I have been looking for it. :D

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