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Did you just copied and paste the tracklist above? lmaoThe reprise of "Batman on Fire" from Begins (1:59-2:30 in the Transfiguration suite) is good stuff! I wonder why Hans decided to reuse that particular idea.When are we going to see you in Chicago?Indeed, this score reminds me — in a good way — of The Rock.Track 11, Onwards, here is my most favorite cue from the CoH franchise. It has that old school "power anthem" thing going on about it with full force. I truly wish this style is brought back to life again soon.
Are there any more tour dates planned?Lord of the Rings - Shore<br>Battlestar Galactica - McCreary<br><br>Both are up there as my two favorite collection of works. GOT doesn't even compare to BSG. <br><br>For solo albums, my candidates are:<br><br>Titanic<br>The Lion King<br>Interstellar<br>Memoirs of a Geisha<br>Jurassic Park<br><br><br> <br><br>@superultramega<br>Honestly I feel like most of the issues with AUJ (and the other two hobbit films) were stemming from Peter Jackson editing the hell out of the music after the fact. It could be why they ended up dumping some themes in the following films.<br><br>Still, I don’t understand some of the criticism that the Hobbit trilogy scores received. DoS has some of the best action material imo, and the interpolations of Smaug’s theme(s) throughout the films are personally some of my favorite music from any LoTR project.<br><br>And this might be controversial, but I would put PoTC (the first three at least) on the level of Lord of the Rings in terms of the sheer amount of themes and development they receive. Maybe not quite as complex but they shouldn’t be overlooked.The Lion King and The Last Samurai are good choices, but I'm not as much of a fan as Zimmer's aesthetic or thematic work nearly as much as Howard Shore, or even Jablonskly at times. Game of Thrones I still can't comment on as I've never watched the show, or payed attention to Djawadi in general.<br><br>I would say Shore's heart wasn't in Desolation and Five Armies, but to say that about Unexpected Journey doesn't really feel right to me. Even themes like Gondor Restored and Nazgul's uses have some logic to them. <br><br>Gondor Restored was also used when the Ring is destroyed, meaning it also has a secondary meaning of victory against evil, (yes I know it affected Gondor too, but Gondor it isn't as direct). Which also applies in The Hobbit, as Bilbo saving Thorin was not only important for their relationship but also the future of Middle Earth as Thorin is vital to the battle against the orcs in Five Armies. <br><br>The Nazgul theme also makes sense as its first appearance is in Fellowship's opening, playing over Sauron's army of orcs, then Sauron himself. So it's linked both to Sauron himself and his servants, which includes Azog. Plus the version that plays in the film is the exact same variant (and lyrics) that plays in the Fellowship prologue. It serves almost as a precursor to the Nazgul. Plus I don't see why themes can't have several meanings anyway.  <br><br>Plus I love most of the new themes of AUJ (before they were abandoned in later films).Not really a fair comparison, Hybrid, since videogames as a medium are much younger than films, and their scores weren't using real orchestras right until... mid 90's, would be my guess (feel free to correct me, guys).<br><br>The all time best film score for me would be a battle between The Last Samurai and Lion King. If "movie" includes TV shows, then it's Game of Thrones without a doubt, but I'm not gonna have this argument again ;)<br><br>Btw. I wouldn't mention Hobbit in the same sentence with LotR, even music-wise. A couple of great cues cannot hide the fact that Shore's heart wasn't in it.
IS * lion kingBest film score of all time in lion king. Without any doubt. ;-)Can I just add, the album presentation for MW2 is really lame? It's a big, dare I say "epic" score in the 1990s Media Ventures mold. I think it's really solid. There are lots of different ideas from the first mission to the last, and a lot of them are written in the power anthem style that Hans ans co. don't really use much these days. Even Opening Titles is a throwback for Hans himself. <br><br>Unfortunately, almost none of the music as heard through the game is here. Instead, we got a bunch of shortened theme suites. :P<br><br>But the Gulag mission, the oil rig stuff, The Enemy of My Enemy, and lots of other missions all have pretty engaging and powerful music. I wish the RCP guys would do scores like this one more.Lord of the Rings (and even The Hobbit), are the only film scores that I'm buying an entire book for, just to fully understand the themes and motifs.Every time I revisit this score the first cue I automatically go back to is “This Isn’t Right”. Something about RGW’s string writing always stuck with me, even if he isn’t the most memorable when it comes to themes.<br><br>As for this score itself, I feel like it might have become a classic had it not been paired with such a shitty film. It’s funny, the score sounds less like Hans’ style to me and more like James Horner’s. Granted he only wrote one cue apparently...
But the best film score of all time is Lord of the Rings... :>Guys... Video Game music didn't start in 2008... lol<br><br><br>Your little game is actually impossible... It's pretty much like trying find "what is the best film score of all time"...I agree with Araujo and Knorr wholeheartedly. Cannot say the same for Soule; I always found his music lackluster and unfocused, sans the main theme of course. I'd like to mention my first runner-up, which is Destiny: Rise of Iron alongside Destiny 2. I was never a huge fan of the first two scores (original game + the first expansion), but the moment a guy named Rotem Moav got on Salvatori's team, the music became incredible (even though I have no evidence that those two events are related). Nevertheless, since it's stylistically so different from old-school and symphonic LAIR, I'd probably name it my No.1 alongside it.<br><br>If you guys are looking for recommendations, be sure to check these out:<br>The Witcher 3 (Marcin Przybyłowicz, Mikolai Stroinski, and a band called Percival), LotRO: Riders of Rohan (Chance Thomas), Assassin's Creed IV (Brian Tyler), Alone In The Dark (Olivier Deriviére), Eagle Flight (Inon Zur), Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius (Noriyasu Agematsu), Ni No Kuni I/II (Joe Hisaishi), and of course Medal of Honor and Gears of War IV by Ramin ;)Gonna have to chip in for Skyrim as well, although I'm biased because I used to put hundreds of hours into that game :p<br><br>Oscar Araujo's music for the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow games is pretty good, as well as Geoff Knorr and his team's work on the last few Civ games.Donkey Kong Country 1, 2, Returns and Tropical Freeze.
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Ramin DjawadiBrandon CampbellStephen ColemanWilliam Marriott
ComposerAdditional MusicOrchestratorTechnical Score Engineer
Game Of Thrones (TV Series - Season 5)
Label: WaterTower Music
Length: 58'40
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  1. Main Titles (1:45)
  2. Blood Of The Dragon (1:33)
  3. House Of Black And White (5:08)
  4. Jaws Of The Viper (2:31)
  5. Hardhome, Pt. 1 (5:06)
  6. Hardhome, Pt. 2 (4:31)
  7. Mother's Mercy (2:14)
  8. Kill The Boy (2:07)
  9. Dance Of Dragons (3:08)
  10. Kneel For No Man (4:45)
  11. High Sparrow (3:23)
  12. Before The Old Gods (2:37)
  13. Atonement (2:54)
  14. I Dreamt I Was Old (2:16)
  15. The Wars To Come (4:48)
  16. Forgive Me (3:17)
  17. Son Of The Harpy (5:17)
  18. Throne For The Game (1:20)
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kingfannypack is the MILFcommander reply Replies: 0 || 2018-04-20 08:25:19
The Stark theme always left a big impression on me, but the way it plays when Jon Snow dies gives me the chills


... reply Replies: 0 || 2016-05-16 23:12:14
OMG the music was great in episode 4! The ending piece has to be on the OST!

... reply Replies: 1 || 2015-09-06 23:36:27
Wow. Ramin has done it again. I think that the new themes work brilliantly and that the development of old themes blends perfectly. Son of the harpy is such a great track. Too bad we don't have the version that plays in episode 9. It's a bit different.


Alan2015-09-07 14:21:59
the season 3 score is better

Felix reply Replies: 0 || 2015-06-19 23:15:48
Hello Hybrid, do you have a cue from Ramin's The Srain: Season 1 Score?

Phil reply Replies: 2 || 2015-06-16 18:28:04
soo many Cello-Solo parts :) very nice


Edmund Meinerts2015-06-16 20:58:41
That's not such a surprise considering Djawadi plays the cello and thus eliminates the expense and effort of hiring a soloist. :p


Hybrid Soldier2015-06-16 21:07:12
The POTC 1 cello !

Ramin influence everywhere !! :P ;)

Macejko reply Replies: 13 || 2015-06-14 13:51:32
Awesome as always. "High Sparrow", "Son Of The Harpy", "Dance of Dragons" and "Hardhome" are simply astounding. Too bad there's some music missing, like the cue from Brienne's chase sequence, the Stone Men theme and more from Dorne - I expected more than just a little bit of guitar in "Jaws Of The Viper".
P.S.: I really hope that once the series is over we'll get some giant expanded edition of music from all the seasons.
P.P.S.: I've never been more ready for you, Warcraft!


Ds2015-06-14 14:37:00
I'll never understand why you're so crazy about this music, Macejko. Probably you like so much Djawadi that everything he puts out HAS to be great. The whole thing about the Game of Thrones music is that it is ambient music that doesn't take a big place, that remains in the background, providing dark and tense atmosphere, but that's it. I find these albums to be a rather boring listening experience, except for a few great cues of course, and a magnificent main theme. If only the actual score for this series sounded more like its main theme...


Macejko2015-06-14 15:08:35
Not all music needs to be a spectacular one like the main theme. In fact, it mustn't be, for obvious reasons. What can I say, I enjoy both types, be it the spectacle in "Dance of Dragons" or the eerie, mysterious quality of "House Of Black And White".
Of course, everything Ramin comes up with DOESN'T have to be great and there is stuff I consider only serviceable. But he doesn't compose to please ME personally, so who am I to complain if there are few tracks that don't blow me away? I find his albums to be amazing as an OVERALL work of art, with MAJORITY of the cues being great. I never said that I worship every single cue he's ever done. That would be impossible, and not just for me, but for everybody who has a favourite composer of their own, be it Hans, Goldsmith, Mansell or literally whoever else.


Hybrid Soldier2015-06-14 15:10:18
Wow Belgian / Slovakian showdown ! Let me grab my popcorn !!


Macejko2015-06-14 15:17:51
Oh, come on :D
Ds and I actually see eye to eye on most of the topics :)


Ds2015-06-14 20:17:56
Yeah we agree on almost all topics, except when it comes to Ramin. I dont hate his music but I just dont understand why Macejko worships him :-D

I get your point and I agree. I also like ambient scores, but Game of Thrones' music is too simplistic, too sober for my own taste. Scores like Broken City or Pain and Gain I find really pleasant on album, because they are much more layered. GoT, not so much...


Adam2015-06-14 23:28:47
There's a lot more than just ambience in Game of Thrones, Ds! There are actual themes! Like Daenerys' theme (Mhysa) and Jaqen H'ghar's theme (Valar Morghulis)! They're great stuff. So good!


Edmund Meinerts2015-06-15 11:01:17
The thing about Djawadi's themes for Game of Thrones is that (with some exceptions) they're so basic, so unmelodic, that hearing references to them in ambient/underscore cues doesn't do a whole lot to raise the interest level of that cue. Yeah, it's nice that there's recurring motifs and such, but when the motifs themselves are so dull that doesn't do much for me. People say the same about Howard Shore's Hobbit scores but Shore's themes are much more interesting and cleverly manipulated than Djawadi's.


Hybrid Soldier2015-06-15 12:56:05
Unmelodic ? How so ?


Macejko2015-06-15 15:15:27
Not even Shore developed his themes like Ramin did. Rearranged? Sure. Developed? Listen to "King's Arrival" from Season 1, then to "The Throne Is Mine" from Season 2 and finally to "First Of His Name" from Season 4, just to name a few. THAT'S development. A true emotional shift, a brand new context.


Edmund Meinerts2015-06-15 15:44:43
Unmelodic in the sense that a lot of the motifs (eg Stannis' or the White Walkers) are just very short ascending or descending patterns or textures, rather than full melodies with distinct phrases. Yes, it's a recurring theme, which is nice, but the theme itself is so short that it doesn't carry any emotional weight. It doesn't make the music more interesting beyond "oh, there's that theme".

And are you seriously going to suggest, Macejko, that Shore's thematic development in LotR/The Hobbit is in any way inferior to Djawadi's in Game of Thrones? Seriously? Don't make me laugh. What you cited with "The King's Arrival" is smart, admittedly, but there are literally hundreds of similar developments running all through the LotR scores. Look at what he does with the Fellowship theme. It starts out heroic but still subdued when it's just the Hobbits and Aragorn, then gets huge and fanfare-ish once the entire company is assembled in Rivendell, falls apart towards the end of FotR after Gandalf dies and then picks up steam again in TTT and RotK. You never hear that theme played the same way twice. In comparison, all Djawadi ever does with his main theme is play that same damn ostinato over and over again...different speeds, maybe, but always the same feeling (the only exception, and it's a great one, being "Three Blasts" from season 2). The way Shore's different themes have shared melodic fragments that connect the concepts to one another (e.g. the half-step opening of the Ring theme, Sauron's theme and the Ring's seduction theme) is another compositional nuance that's entirely lost on Djawadi.


Hybrid Soldier2015-06-15 16:16:03
In The Hobbit ? Let me think... YES... lol


Macejko2015-06-15 16:38:48
IMHO, all those nuances mean pretty much nothing when they are so buried in the soundscape that you have to be extra attentive to even notice them, or listen to the soundtrack a thousand times to discover them. From my point of view, the basic layout is this: in LoTR, the melody encapsulates the change, however in GoT, it's the change that encapsulates the melody. What this means is that while in LoTR you seek for a emotional differences in theme-variations that sound really similar to one another, in GoT you search for a theme in cues that couldn't be more emotionaly distinct from one another. I consider this to be a huge difference, and also one of those that separates the "old school" (Shore, Williams...) from "new school" (Hans, Ramin...), if you will. I think you rely a little too much on musical theory and missing a bigger picture. The way the things are done nowadays is not bad simply because it differs from the past methods, and you shouldn't say that something "is entirely lost" on Ramin. He and many others from RCP studied music and they are certainly well aware of the "old school" methods the critics are blaming them for not using. They might have simply CHOSEN to not use them.


Ds2015-06-15 19:17:39
Macejko I agree with your last post, about those old and new views on film music. However, while I fully appreciate Hans' method (actually I'm in love with it), I often find Djawadi to be too simplistic. I'm not looking for musical complexity (for instance I didn't enjoy the Hobbit scores at all, and I'm a huge fan of the heavy, brutal sections of Man of Steel), but I want the music to float in my ear, to move me somehow, I want a "full" sound with many layers, some crazy rythms. In my opinion Hans has got an amazing sense of entertaining, crowd-pleasing music (and I mean that as a compliment). Djawadi's music often lacks depth, it's like he's trying so hard to become Hans but stops at the "demo" stage. And the result is often kind of cheap-sounding and hollow.

Macejko reply Replies: 5 || 2015-05-12 11:38:53
It's only half of the season and we've already been introduced to three new themes. I can only imagine what awaits us down the road, and I can't wait for the score to come out :)


Zimson2015-05-12 12:03:21
I can't wait for his Warcraft score to come out. They keep delaying the release, but I'm pretty sure they're going to show the trailer at gamescom and hopefully include some of his music.


Anonymous2015-05-12 14:57:26
Well, I can't wait for POI season 3 & 4 soundtrack. What's going on with these?


Mark2015-05-12 15:02:54
Wow, great news. I think 'July 17' will be for the CD release. So the digital version will come out earlier on June, like the year past.


Medigo2015-06-04 15:11:20
woo samples
woo Kill the Boy


Radik2015-06-09 19:19:22
Son of the Harpy, what a excellent track! that moment when it's start plays in the show freaks me out. Pretty creepy and scary moment of entire season :)

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