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Hans Zimmer is one of the biggest film composers working in the industry today.  He won an Academy Award for his work on The Lion King, and has been nominated for six other films including Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, and As Good As It Gets. With The Last Samurai he celebrates his 100th film score, and SoundtrackNet had an opportunity to talk with Hans a few weeks ago during a rare break in his busy schedule working on Something's Gotta Give.<br><br>You've scored many projects during your career, and The Last Samurai is being touted as your 100th film score…<br><br>Well, I'm terrible with math, so I'm not doing the counting. It could be more, it could be less – but apparently it's the 100th.<br><br>So how did you get involved with the project?<br><br>If you're lucky enough to get nominated for an Oscar, you get invited to the Oscar nominee's luncheon where they hand out these little nomination certificates. There are usually 150 people standing there, and people are invited up in alphabetical order, starting with the As. By the time they get to the Cs, everybody's already back at their table chatting and eating, and while the first people called get thunderous applause, you can imagine what it's like when your name starts with Z!<br><br>So Ed Zwick and I were standing there, waiting at one of these luncheons about four years ago, and we started talking to each other. I asked him what he was working on and he told me about this movie called The Last Samurai, which I thought sounded interesting and I asked him to send me a script. After the script arrived, I didn't hear from him for a long time and I thought he'd forgotten about me, not thinking about how difficult it is to set up a samurai movie these days. The other thing I liked about the project was that Tom Cruise was involved, so it was like returning home, since I've scored a bunch of his movies – I knew we were going to have a good time.<br><br>Did it end up that way?<br><br>Ed and his editor Steve Rosenblum are such gentlemen, so together and professional, and they basically did one cut of the film, screened it, and everyone loved their work. So after this, they had plenty of time to come and hang with me, and while I usually love the re-cutting process because it's a diversionary tactic to keep the director and editor out of my life, these guys were great to have around. <br><br>Of course, my sense of paranoia made me think that something was going wrong all the time, waiting for the other shoe to drop, as it were, but it never happened. Ed phoned this morning and I thought, "Oh my god – rewrite!" It's just how my brain works. But I think he and I feel a bit odd now: we've been seeing each other every day for months, and suddenly we're done. I completely understand why people have a problem finishing a movie, because there's something really nice about the process – completion is far more boring.<br><br>For Samurai, you used Japanese percussions and ethnic woodwinds, without getting too 'Japanese'.<br><br>My problem is that I feel Japanese music is really inaccessible to Western ears, and I was really struggling with this film initially, trying to figure out what I was doing. This idea popped into my head for using Western-style themes, but applying a Japanese aesthetic to them, which sounds great of course, until I had to ask myself what I meant! Actually, I think it's just my way of not overloading certain things with too many colors, or being geometrically precise about my cues and not making them too flowery.<br><br>The Tom Cruise character is one of those nasty drunks at the beginning, who obviously has some serious problems he's trying to deal with, or not deal with. He's obnoxious and restless, suffering sleepless nights and is very un-Tom. For me, this character's journey was about his need to earn tranquility and peace, so within the score there's this very romantic, overblown and passionate theme. It's like a juvenile way of dealing with life and death – the pain and liebestod.<br><br>However, to contrast with these very relentless themes, there are a number of stark, formal and sober pieces, because I wanted to take Tom's character on a journey. He comes from America and ends up in this foreign place where he doesn't speak the language or understand the culture. But at the end of the movie, I want the audience to think that there isn't a more beautiful place for him to be, that he is at home in Japan and finally at peace.<br><br>There are many useless acts of bravery we do out of misguided romanticism, and this movie is full of courageous and dignified acts of bravery. So I wanted to play off these acts, since both the American and Japanese cultures have a concept of heroism, and I just wanted to see if I could play with the nature of the two different concepts.<br><br>So you didn't want to do the stereotypical Japanese thing...<br><br>Absolutely not! Take Akira Kurosawa's Ran, for example, which has this brilliant score where Takemitsu writes Western music, but with an Eastern accent. Somebody asked me a few days ago why As Good As It Gets was European – why did I write a European score for a quintessentially American story? For me, it's because Jack Nicholson was crazy in the movie, and I felt one of the great things about America is how they always think we Europeans are crazy. So by writing a European-styled score, it's my way of saying that Jack is crazy, but it's alright!<br><br>How do you feel about people who criticize your work for not fitting into the time period, like Gladiator?<br><br>The reason I take these jobs is because I'm interested in foreign cultures, and every time I get to work on a movie I'm thrown into the adventure of whatever that culture is, the time, and wherever the story's taking place. So one of the things I'm very careful about is not to be historically correct to the culture, but, on the other hand, not to insult the underlying aesthetics of that culture either. I remember watching Chariots of Fire and thinking how brilliantly the music worked, never missing that it wasn't period instruments! I grew up listening to Bach played by a symphony orchestra – it's the wrong sized orchestra with the wrong instruments, but I don't think that's the point.<br><br>With Gladiator, Pietro Scalia brought in a CD saying "this is Ancient Roman music," and I said, "Says who? You went to the Ancient Roman music store and bought an Ancient Roman music CD? Bullshit!" We're not anthropologists. Look at he costumes Ridley Scott had: they were more Napoleonic than Roman, which was perhaps fitting since Napoleon had stolen all of his good ideas from the Romans regarding how to make his generals look cool – and so did Hitler! So I got criticized for making the "Entry into Rome" cue too Leni Riefenstahl – but that was the joke! I am allowed to have a sense of humor in my music!<br><br>Earlier this summer your credit on Pirates of the Caribbean was "Score Overproduced by". What was the deal with that?<br><br>Well, I thought honesty was a virtue! But seriously, Jerry Bruckheimer quite rightly asked me not to give him "that old-fashioned Pirate music," and Gore Verbinski, who I adore and did The Ring with, said, "Well, it is a pirate movie, so we have to disguise it." In the end, I spent a day and a half writing tunes, Klaus Badelt wrote a lot of stuff, and we rolled up our sleeves, got drunk, behaved in a debauched way, and produced a score!<br><br>There was a lot of criticism regarding that score, but in the end it had to serve the film - which it did. You seem to get a lot of criticism on any project you do.<br><br>I had the misfortune of going onto the Film Score Monthly web site recently to look something up and vanity made me type in my own name. I suddenly realized that you can't ever get it right. Who do people want me to be? The guy that writes Matchstick Men? Or the guy that writes The Rock? Or the guy that writes Driving Miss Daisy? My need is ultimately to write for myself. I mock myself and I'm ironic about the way I speak about it because if I take it too seriously, it would be a pompous and boring thing to do. But at the same time I take each note I write very seriously – none of them are random.<br><br>The Internet Movie Database always lists you as being attached to multiple projects, so I was curious, what's Sharktail?<br><br>I complained to Jeffrey Katzenberg that I couldn't cross any more Red Seas, or deal with any more horses that can't speak – I wanted to do one of the fun animated movies instead. There's also a hip-hop element in Sharktail, and I haven't been there yet, so it's new territory! King Arthur is still in production, and I literally just got the first bits of footage just before you came here.<br><br>Are you working on all of these projects simultaneously?<br><br>I'm thinking about them! I'm also working with Jim Brooks on his new comedy, Spanglish.<br><br>And speaking of comedies, you recently did Matchstick Men for Ridley, which had a very Nino Rota vibe to it....<br><br>And I gave him credit! I thought, what if Nino had written the theme and I was just doing the variations? But I bet I'm going to get criticized for that because it's not like Gladiator.<br><br>So when did you last have a vacation?<br><br>Well, I went to Japan for a couple of days at the end of November for the Japanese premiere of Samurai, but look, I love what I do! In January I'll travel to Morocco because Ridley will be shooting his next movie, Kingdom of Heaven, so that's like a holiday!<br><br>My family and I are going away at Christmas, and what we used to do would be to rent a house in the mountains and go on these skiing holidays. It would be a crappy house, not as nice as the one we live in, my wife was still going to the market, and we're still washing our plates – so it wasn't a vacation, it was a lot of work! It's taken us a long time, but we just figured it out: we're not practical with vacations – we're staying at hotels! But while the Zimmer family isn't talented when it comes to vacations, we're talented when it comes to work!<br><br>I sat through Samurai the other day, and for the first time watched the whole movie from top to tail with everything finished and completed. It felt really good, better than a vacation. But luckily there were enough things wrong for me to think that I learned something from the experience, and now I can't wait for the next project to try these new ideas out.<br><br>The soundtrack to The Last Samurai is available from Elektra Records, and the film is currently in theaters. Matchstick Men is available on Varese Sarabande Records.<br><br>With thanks to Chet Mehta at Chasen & Co, Jason Cienkus at Warner Brothers, and Nina Lynch and Mark Wherry at Media Ventures for helping with this interview. And, of course, special thanks to Hans.Mulan get his release... through Disney+, 4th September.Mulan is being released on sept 4th. Can't wait to hear Harry's score!!!!Here's an interview about Last Samurai from Soundtrack.net https: //www.soundtrack. net/content/article/?id=112You can find an interview with Hans on his process for TLS on soundtrack.net somewhere, back in 2003 or 2004
The tracklist they posted has 58 tracks and yours contains only 54<br>interesting thing, He never really spoke about Last Samurai. but you have to realize, even when He speaks, its not always the truth. <br><br>The only thing I know, in 2013 doing press for Rush, He really said the hardest job was Last Samurai, well its not true according to himself, if you watch the behind the scenes stuff from Matchstick Men from 2003, right there He says that he was working on 3 huge films, (tears of the sun / Pirates / last samurai) and Mathstick men was the absolute hardest for him.<br><br>also Ed Zwick talks about working with Hans on the dvd commentary sometimes, but nothing really fancy.<br><br>Im sure there is an interview for this film with him, since he was at the premierI am struggling to find an interview where Hans speaks about this soundtrack. Does it even exist? <br>I spent the last hours digging but nothing. I always desired to hear some comments about it, like he does for the other works he's done.<br>I know it's a far stretch for Hans To release docu scores, but am really curious as to what Brave Miss World, Believer and Jalous of the Birds sound like...<br><br><br>@Mephariel<br>You can find Great Bear Rainforest on bleedingfingersmusic.com under Anze RozmanMondo only offered to send me a return label and a refund. No info yet on if they plan to fix it. :-/
Mine arrived today and is definitely sped up.LOL klaus badelt hardly composed pirates 1You know what? I love the booklet credits! Klaus Badelt is the same guy who scored Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.Thanks Hybrid soldier for the good news<br>I can't wait to see the documental film and hear the score of lorne balfe & hans zimmer.A score will be released.<br><br>You can always count on Lorne for that. It's in the works.
What was the last Zimmer documentary score that they released outside of BBC? <br><br>I am still waiting for The Great Bear Rainforest.I hope they can the soundtrack release for "Rebuilding Paradise" composed by Hans zimmer & Lorne balfe, including an original song for the film. I hope there is a possibility that they will release the score.How to get this at all?Any news about Rebuilding Paradise soundtrack?@Hybrid:<br>Any news about a release for Ron Howard "Rebuilding Paradise" soundtrack by Hans ans Lorne. The documentary airing today. Any info will be much Appreciated.
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Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Label: La-La Land Records / Paramount Music
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  1. A Storm Is Coming (1:12)
  2. Your Mission (2:14)
  3. Should You Choose To Accept... (2:34)
  4. The Manifesto (1:44)
  5. Good Evening, Mr. Hunt (4:19)
  6. Change Of Plan (5:47)
  7. A Terrible Choice (2:54)
  8. Fallout (1:30)
  9. Stairs And Rooftops (6:00)
  10. No Hard Feelings (4:20)
  11. Free Fall (4:14)
  12. The White Widow (4:42)
  13. I Am The Storm (2:07)
  14. The Exchange (5:54)
  15. Steps Ahead (1:02)
  16. Escape Through Paris (5:05)
  17. We Are Never Free (6:57)
  18. Kashmir (4:29)
  19. Fate Whispers To The Warrior (3:54)
  20. And The Warrior Whispers Back (3:56)
  21. Unfinished Business (1:49)
  22. Scalpel And Hammer (5:10)
  23. The Syndicate (6:00)
  24. Cutting On One (3:42)
  25. The Last Resort (2:55)
  26. Mission: Accomplished (1:15)

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  27. Plutonium Trade (2:54)
  28. As Ugly As They Come (2:26)
  29. Framing Ethan (2:01)
  30. Je Suis Désolé (1:06)
  31. Trapped (3:26)
  32. This Mission Is Terminated (2:10)
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Jerry reply Replies: 2 || 2020-04-02 23:56:30
My Attempt at a chronological order with edits (feel free to correct any mistakes or if I missed anything)

1. A Storm Is Coming (0:00 - 0:36) (Logos)
2. Should You Choose To Accept (0:00 - 0:52)
3. Good Evening, Mr. Hunt (4:19)
4. Plutonium Trade (2:53)
5. A Terrible Choice (2:55)
6. The Manifesto (1:44)
7. Fallout (1:30)
8. Your Mission (2:14)
9. Free Fall (4:14)
10. As Ugly As They Come (2:26)
11. The White Widow (4:42)
12. Should You Choose To Accept (0:52 - 2:34)
13. Framing Ethan (2:01)
14. The Exchange (5:55)
15. Escape Through Paris (5:05)
16. Steps Ahead (1:02)
17. Je Suis De Sole (1:06)
18. We Are Never Free (6:57)
19. Trapped (3:26)
20. The Mission Is Terminated (2:09)
21. No Hard Feelings (4:20)
22. Stairs And Rooftops (6:00)
23. Kashmir (4:29)
24. Fate Whispers To The Warrior (3:54)
25. And The Warrior Whispers Back (3:56)
26. Scalpel And Hammer (0:00 - 2:19)
27. Cutting On One (0:00 - 2:23)
28. Unfinished Business (1:49)
29. A Storm Is Coming (0:36 - 1:12)
30. I Am The Storm (2:07)
31. Scalpel And Hammer (2:19 - 5:10)
32. Cutting On One (2:23 - 3:42)
33. The Last Resort (2:55)
34. Mission: Accomplished (1:15)
BONUS TRACKS:
35. The Syndicate (Unused) (6:00)
36. Change Of Plan (Unused) (5:47)


BC2020-05-18 04:04:02
Thanks for this! Just saw the movie for the first time in awhile after listening to the score (the action cues are great to listen to at work) and realized that the score wasnt in order. I was planning on figuring it out, but you beat me to it!


Jerry2020-05-19 05:44:05
No problem at all, I happy you can enjoy the chronological listen. I always find a chronological listen to be better

av reply Replies: 7 || 2020-05-13 21:31:24
Balfe is officially back for MI7&8 - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/light-the-fuse-a-missi on-impossible-podcast/id1404667823


HunterTech2020-05-13 23:57:00
Not particularly surprising, considering the reception Fallout got. I'm hoping that if McQ is still pushing for 7-8 to feel different like he did 6 from 5, then that Balfe is encouraged to challenge himself on these next two. He's definitely gonna need it after how BB3 turned out.


Ds2020-05-15 09:28:35
"He's definitely gonna need it after how BB3 turned out"

What the hell does this mean?


MrZimmerFan2020-05-15 10:40:30
Yeah, what does mean that?

I can understand some don't like that score or something else, but... he deliver what Bruckheimer wanted or the directors


HunterTech2020-05-17 03:35:11
Did we really forget the amount of people noting how particularly derivative BB3 was even for his standards? Practically every element can be pointed from a previous work of his, and not even in a fun sort of way. And I don't buy the "deliver exactly what the producers wanted" excuse, because there's quite a few scores I enjoy where that was certainly the case. Manufactured entertainment can be bad too, ya know.

I know Balfe has the reputation of being able to work in a short amount of time, but BBFL was the one case where it clearly showed. I may not be huge on GitS and Fallout (which I'm aware had more time to it), but they do have their merits. And I really like Ad Astra, so I definitely want him to succeed more often than fail.


MrZimmerFan2020-05-17 11:57:52
GitS, wasn't specially a good score (butchered by the producers, obiously) and Ad Astra, well, if you see the movie, is indistinguishable, what is from Balfe and what is from Ritcher, and in not a good way.

BB3 is entertaning (well, put in this, i was entertain by that score), specially when you compared with things like Hurricane Heist (that's is bad, really, really bad) or more simple and not enterally good like 12 Strong (13 Hours is more engaing, for example).

BB3 is a Jerry Bruckheimer movie (if you know how works Bruckheimer, you know what can expect), let put this: BB2 by Rabin is terrible score, i hated it, and BB3 next to it is a masterpiece.


Mr.Unbreakable2020-05-17 13:05:03
I think that GitS was good, it could have been better, but it had really good things. Ad Astra if it can be differentiated from Ritcher and also Balfe's score (complete) is good, it has a lower dramatic theme, but the sound set is powerful.


Mr.Unbreakable2020-05-17 13:15:13
Regarding BB3, the music ends up being fun (the action section) although it does not fit me on the images of the film, which is rare. So I think Balfe either didn't have much time or was really a Bruckheimer puppet.

JohnF reply Replies: 1 || 2020-05-14 18:02:24
Anyone know where that unreleased Helicopter Chase Long Version cue came from on YouTube? Man that cue kicks ass... how it was omitted from the lengthy soundtrack is a crime. I want it... wish it was downloadable.


Felix2020-05-14 19:21:05
It isn't a crime, the Blu-ray have an Isolated Score ;)

Andrew reply Replies: 0 || 2020-05-14 02:29:49
Lorne Balfe returning for Mission Impossible is great news.

Anonymous reply Replies: 1 || 2020-03-17 11:30:56
additional composer credits please


Knight2020-03-17 11:32:34
There won't be any. The cuesheet is blank

BC reply Replies: 2 || 2020-01-10 14:17:23
Has Lorne been confirmed for Mission: Impossible 7-8? McQuarrie's confirmed that the editor will be back, and just cast Nicholas Hoult as the villain in 7. This was definitely one of my favorite scores from 2018, and I'd love to see what Lorne could do with the next two films.


Anonymous2020-01-10 18:34:53
i think he’s *A* villain like John lark to Solomon lane. about a month ago McQuarrie cast Shea Whigam for 7 & 8


HunterTech2020-01-11 01:36:05
McQ did mention that he had decided to mix up parts of his crew for Fallout to help make it feel different from RN. I believe the editor is actually one of the people that stayed the same between both films, so that doesn't immediately tell me that everyone else will stay.

ThePhantasm reply Replies: 33 || 2019-11-02 19:40:21
Apperantly Dan romer has left the new james bond movie, you think Lorne is being phoned as we speak? Lol I'm lowkey hoping for David Arnold but if we gt Lorne I'd be just as excited


Mr.Unbreakable2019-11-02 21:20:22
No doubt Lorne is a reasonable option, and I would love to see what you can do. but I would like to see a more refreshing sound, something different. Although I repeat I would like to see Lorne in this.


Antonio2019-11-03 00:28:17
Balfe For Bond - gets my vote


ThePhantasm2019-11-03 02:16:55
Wow i thought it was gonna be getting a lot of hate but ya'll dig the idea? that's different for this site lol I think Henry Jackman would be a great choice as well.


Mr.Unbreakable2019-11-03 02:39:41
Benjamin Wallfisch would be a curious option to be more classic than most RC


Edmund Meinerts2019-11-03 09:41:33
Arnold or riot


Hybrid Soldier2019-11-03 10:41:32
Arnold ?

We got that again & again & again already...


Powell would be interesting !


J2019-11-03 11:46:23
Where's did you find the news that Dan Romer has left?


Edmund Meinerts2019-11-03 13:22:12
I will accept Powell. :p


ThePhantasm 2019-11-03 17:10:52
I doubt Powell would do it, he's pacifist. Def wouldn't like doing a JB movie he's extremely picky about what he does now. That being said he'd be incredible for it. My choices would be Balfe, Jackman and Arnold


TDKR2019-11-03 19:25:16
Pemberton is the best choice.


Tony2019-11-03 19:45:27
I just saw Balfe for Bond hash tagged on twitter!!!!
He would be the perfect choice.He reinvented the Mission Impossible theme like no one else has done before.
He also wrote a great Bond type song He Is Dave for Penguins of Madagascar


Mephariel2019-11-03 22:43:51
Please no Pemberton. I don't need another sonic wallpaper score.

Go with someone unconventional or a female composer.


Knight2019-11-03 22:55:56
"A female composer" so we are just giving away Bond to people based on something as insignificant as gender?


Mr.Unbreakable2019-11-03 23:09:56
Pemberton is an incredible option. Also a collaboration of Balfe / Jackman would be great as they did Zimmer / Powell, little is said about Hans and James Newton Howard ...


Andrew2019-11-03 23:47:43
Balfe is the best bet.Pemberton is interesting but can not write melodies.
#bondforbalfe


HunterTech2019-11-04 00:52:34
@Hybrid And yet just how many installments did Barry do for the series when he was around? :P

I think I agree with the notion that if this was going to be the last of the Craig films, having Arnold come back to conclude it would be the logical choice. If I had to pick someone else, getting Joe Kraemer would be nice. I just don't need Balfe becoming the second Giacchino in terms of getting every single franchise in existence under his belt. Though at least 007 has had its odd choices for him to not feel out of place if he was picked.


Macejko2019-11-04 10:21:59
To counter the overwhelming lornanism, I would give John Paesano a shot. After Spider-Man I'm pretty sure he could pull it off, and it would be a bit of a satisfaction after he got fired from Pacific Rim 2 over Lorne.


Edmund Meinerts2019-11-04 12:27:23
Lornanism. Fuck me, that's brilliant. :D


Bill Koufo2019-11-04 14:11:19
Balfe or Jackman (or both) would be the perfect choice from RCP for me.

But I would also be interested in having a Bond score from Hans, or James Newton Howard, or even Michael Giacchino!


Stephen 2019-11-04 15:36:40
I always though Balfe’s Penguins of Madagascar was brilliant Bond music.
He is ready for this after hearing Fallout


#balfe4bond !!!!!!


Miguel2019-11-04 18:41:25
I said it before when Balfe did Mission Impossible that he should do Bond and he would be great to do Bond


Miguel2019-11-04 18:41:26
I said it before when Balfe did Mission Impossible that he should do Bond and he would be great to do Bond


TDKR2019-11-04 21:09:11
Like I said before Pemberton is the perfect choice he proved he could do lot of genre. Balfe will just Kill it.


Andrew2019-11-05 00:23:56
Balfe for Bond from me
Anyone asked him if he is doing it ?


Mr.Unbreakable2019-11-05 02:14:35
I have asked him, although I have not received an answer, I did not expect what he would answer ... hahaha


Shince Thomas 2019-11-06 13:55:58
Yesterday I was listening to Last Resort from Mission Impossible Fallout and now I want him to compose James Bond. Lorne will surprise us with his score.


Anonymous2019-11-06 13:57:17
no. bring back David Arnold or Thomas Newman please


mpolonest123 2019-11-06 16:29:17
I wouldn’t be opposed to LB tackling Bond, if only because he went above and beyond with MI6 and showed that he was willing to incorporate previous themes intelligently.

David Arnold is my personal pick, for obvious reasons. Daniel Pemberton could be interesting, but his writing tends to more sporadic and fragmented. Just please no Thomas Newman. I enjoyed Skyfall for being different but I don’t need any more experimentation with Bond.


Markus2019-11-06 21:18:26
Balfe is one of the most versatile composers especially after watching His Dark Materials and he would blow it up if he did The new James Bond also how he gave a new life to the Mission Impossible Fallout theme so he can do it


AndrewsMusic2019-11-07 07:54:01
I think Balfe would be amazing for Bond because Fallout was one of the best action score of all time.
David Arnold would be great but I think a new voice should be heard for the franchise


Miralsice2019-11-07 08:17:24
My guess it must be Joe Kraemer. It would be good balance since Lorne takes Mission Impossible franchise and Kramer go to Bond :)

Maybe it won't be experimental (like it could have been with Dan Romer's work), but definitely a new voice with fresh ideas for the Bond's series.


MrMusicfan2019-11-07 10:19:42
The fact they have replaced a composer means they want some with experience and Joe Kramer is not that based on only one big movie.David Arnold would be a great choice but if not Balfe or Zimmer or get them both like Sherlock


Mrmarchiliois2019-11-16 13:55:02
Balfe is the best composer since Powell from the Zimmer training
After hearing what Lorne Balfe did for Mission Impossible it would be great to hear what he would do with the James Bond theme.

Macejko reply Replies: 3 || 2019-11-04 10:24:26
Oh, and female composer? Two words: Penka Kouneva.


Scorefan2019-11-04 16:23:47
I agree Penka or Debbie Wiseman


MichealP2019-11-04 16:59:56
Why should it matter what sex the composer is ?Makes no sense.I love Debbie Wisemen’s music but have not heard anything close to a big modern action score from her.
Balfe or Zimmer ...... or both would be great I think.


Macejko2019-11-04 17:32:27
I wanted to post this to a thread below, where someone pondered this question.

evolved reply Replies: 1 || 2019-07-24 00:14:37
so... Lorne is scoring new Bad Boys film


Knight2019-07-24 05:53:41
I'm curious to see what he does with Mancina's old theme, and if he will use anything from Rabin/HG-W

Edmund Meinerts reply Replies: 5 || 2019-06-30 02:25:26
So looks like Balfe is scoring Ang Lee's Gemini Man, replacing Marco Beltrami. He's really cementing his reputation as Hollywood's go-to guy for a quick fix. Bruckheimer is producing, so even less surprising that it ends up with an RCP guy.


Mr.Unbreakable2019-06-30 03:56:05
I'm really happy with this, but I do not know how Lorne can work so much. (The guy does not stop)


ThePhantasm 2019-06-30 15:38:39
Marcos music never really interested me at all. I'm so happy its Balfe. I hear he might also score the new James Bond


Scorefan2019-06-30 15:56:33
And don't forget Max Aruj is scoring The Crawl the new film from Alexander Aja and produced by Sam Raimi.


mpolonest123 2019-06-30 17:22:15
Eh, the film doesn’t look that great. I’m hoping for a score that isn’t completely generic.

As far as Balfe replacing Beltrami, it doesn’t bother me too much. Beltrami is a fine composer, but he has rarely “wowed” me save for a few scores here and there. Balfe could write something that works extremely well, or he could phone it in.


MrZimmerFan2019-06-30 17:44:27
If is make something as fun like Geostorm, i'm in. But if the end result is like Pacific Rim Uprising or Hurricane Heist...

Mr.Unbreakable reply Replies: 0 || 2019-05-18 16:50:52
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Mike reply Replies: 10 || 2019-05-04 22:03:09
Any truth in the rumor Lorne Balfe is doing the new James Bond film ?


Mephariel2019-05-05 06:35:56
I think that would be a uninspiring choice.

But I hope it is true so I can see the shit storm from all the film music fans.


HunterTech2019-05-05 09:00:07
Bond has had many eclectic choices in its long lifespan, so it'd be pretty inevitable that it'll get an RCP score for a future entry.

That being said: hiring the guy who just did Mission: Impossible? Yeah, I call bullshit on that. Then again, we have recently had a composer who's done two big Sci-Fi franchises (Giacchino), so who knows for sure. We'll just have to wait and see.


Andrew2019-05-05 11:24:35
This would be fantastic

He wrote the best Mission Impossible score in my opinion.

Any news if he is doing the next two Mission Impossibles ?



Edmund Meinerts2019-05-05 12:35:33
This is the first I'm hearing of it. I guess it's possible, but only a rumor at this point. Cary Fukunaga has used a lot of different composers on his previous projects, the last two were Dan Romer but I can't see Eon going with someone so unproven. He's also worked with Dario Marianelli on Jane Eyre and that would be a really interesting choice IMO, though a bit counterintuitive (then again, Thomas Newman was super counterintuitive).

Personally I'm hoping for the return of David Arnold. I miss him.


Ds2019-05-05 12:46:51
Balfe would be a great choice, if his M:I-Fallout is any indication. But I'm also for Arnold's return.
The only one I really don't want is Thomas Newman, we've had enough, it's time to have some fun!


mpolonest123 2019-05-05 14:01:48
My fingers are crossed for David Arnold, he definitely needs more work.

Lorne Balfe could be an interesting choice if he doesn’t write something similar to Fallout. And as much as I enjoyed Thomas Newman’s take with Skyfall, he just doesn’t fit with Bond.


Miralsice2019-05-05 16:59:24
Arnold's return would be wonderful.


Damian2019-05-06 02:28:13
Arnold would be great but my first choice is Balfe

How he reinvented the old themes was genius

The film music fans would probably hate it though but no ones really


ThePhantasm2019-05-06 04:40:50
is anyone else kinda hoping it's gonna be Henry jackman? he seems so perfect for it


MrZimmerFan2019-05-06 14:32:38
David Arnold for sure!, big fan of his, here.

Also, by default, Fallout was the only good work by Balfe the past 2018. If he is the choice, it's fine by me.

jack bell reply Replies: 1 || 2019-04-09 01:55:28
Look what i found https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=olVd063Awuo


Anonymous2019-04-09 01:58:06
yup that’s “the plot” from the original series. it’s in several of the films.

AndrewP reply Replies: 0 || 2019-01-20 23:07:53
Does anyone know about the live performance of Fallout ?

Daniel reply Replies: 22 || 2019-01-15 03:34:07
Mission Impossible 7 AND 8 has just been announced.

Balfes score for Fallout was the best of the series .Not sure how he beats that’s score


Edmund Meinerts2019-01-15 12:37:32
I'm hoping for the return of Kraemer but that's sure to be an unpopular opinion around here


Martine2019-01-15 17:30:20
From the way the director and editor talks about Balfe and his music On the DVD I doubt they would ever get Kraemer back.Even Cruise has said it’s the best Mission soundtrack they have ever had .

The score to Fallout makes the film which the last time I felt this was Dunkirk.


mpolonest123 2019-01-15 18:04:59
@Edmund Not at all! I think Kraemer’s score honestly is one of the best in the series, especially with the way he approached the material. On the same token though, I am also a massive fan of what Balfe did. A different approach for sure, but it still helped elevate the film much in the way Fury Road’s score did for that film.

Personally though, I feel like bringing a new composer on board to give a different take would be the most ideal, but that’s just me.


Andrew2019-01-15 19:36:07
Rogue Nation was a great soundtrack but Fallout has to be one of the best action scores since The Dark Knight.I hope they keep Balfe on for the next 2 films


Jason2019-01-15 21:05:08
I honestly love stairs and rooftops that track I could listen to that segment from about 3:25-4:20 over and over again. so I hope balfe does it again


Jason2019-01-15 21:05:40
was that segment in any of the bounus tracks? from LALA LAnd.


Peter2019-01-15 22:48:52
Stairs and rooftops is a fantastic track.Does anyone know why Kraemer wasn’t used?


Anonymous2019-01-16 01:00:39
@ Jason Stairs & Rooftops was a standard track not a bonus

@ Peter cruise wanted a different composer and director for every film so they all have a different feel. McQuarrie made history there as the first filmmaker to do 2 M:I films


Quantum2019-01-16 01:10:44
I liked Fallout but Rogue Nation is where it's at. I wish Kraemer could return :/


Moggyman2019-01-16 01:54:01
I think that it's ridiculous that there is going to be a mission impossible 7 & 8. Hopefully, these are going to be the last ones and that they end on a high note. I do want Balfe back if they are going to make these films.


Scorefan2019-01-16 01:58:31
MI5 Rogue Nation was a completely breath of fresh air in the series. Thanks to McQuarry and of course Cruise. But also, Kramer take the music in a new level and for me it's one of the best scores in the series. Balfe elevate the music to the netx level. No one doubt is the best in the series, even Balfe took some motifs from Giacchino's scores. So if Balfe return it would be awesome hear what could be the next level in his music, but if Kramer returns, is sure he will take the music to all new level. One of the things Cruise take care in the series is the music, he has a good ear, so many people were surprised when he choose Balfe to score the film.


AntonFilm2019-01-16 04:44:06
I would rather Balfe do the next Bond.


Jason2019-01-16 08:09:03
I was meaning in addition to stairs and rooftops is there any other segments that play that part


Mephariel2019-01-16 19:13:33
Personally, I do not want Balfe or Kraemer to return. I found Kraemer's score to be too restrained, and while Balfe's score is exciting, when I watched the film, I thought the music worn out quickly by the middle of the film. Too much of the same orchestrations.

I hope they go with someone new.


Mike2019-01-17 01:52:56
I think Balfe has to come back because Fallout was the first since Mission 2 the music worked.He made Lalo’s theme sound modern and cool.


...2019-01-17 07:25:35
Modern and cool? Seriously Balfe is the reason why the theme works? Let’s have balfe re write Star Wars to make it modern and cool.


Mike2019-01-17 10:13:18
Now that would be an interesting to hear what he could do with Star Wars


Edmund Meinerts2019-01-17 11:42:45
Lalo Schifrin certainly didn't need Lorne Balfe to make him sound cool.


rockhound2019-01-17 13:17:49
...but modern


Mephariel2019-01-17 17:04:09
If you want modern, have Ludwig Göransson score the movie. Him or Don Davis. If you want to stick with RCP, I would love to see Benjamin Wallfisch take a stab at it based on his work on King of Thieves.


FilmAndyM2019-01-17 19:28:30
Have to agree about Balfe and Fallout being the best mission score.would be interesting to see what he would do with bond or even Star Wars.
There seems to be comments on twitter that Balfe will be doing the score live at the The Royal Albert Hall.anyone know ?


HunterTech2019-01-20 11:03:23
Assuming McQ changing up the crew for newer installments applies to the composers too, I'd certainly like to see someone else take the mantle. Would be interesting to see David Arnold tackle a different sort of spy film, or John Ottman taking a stab at it.

Though if anyone were to return, it'll likely be Balfe, just from all the buzz Fallout got. Would love to see Kraemer again, but the supposed BTS issues make that unlikely.

Meistermind reply Replies: 4 || 2019-01-18 00:49:19
Balfe is what in the 80s you might have called a TV composer. He has skills to get the job done but no imagination on anything. There'll be a few live bongos in the next film, a lot of supposedly live brass that sounds exactly like my keyboard, and no imagination.

That's the seemingly Chris Nolan way they want to go here. But if McQuarrie and Cruise are sticking to their mandate on making every film different, well how about (they are not going to go full Lathimos whatever), trying the Jeremy Dyson way, and go for Frank Ilfman. How about being more creative, Mansell has burned his bridges but still does excellent music but how about Richter, he can do anything, or even a Murray Gold. If you hire a pointless HZ flunkie, we'll get someone good, This used to be fine, but now with these dingdongs it is increasingly difficult


Peter2019-01-18 01:17:01
Meistermind - what’s wrong with being a TV composer ?

You sound like those idiots on Film music forum that think they know so much .The keyboard comment is exactly the nonsense said.

Fallout is one of the best action films ever in my opinion with a brilliant soundtrack.



Jason2019-01-18 06:16:01
JohnWilliams Started out or rather got more into the realm of composing being doing Tv SHows


Ds2019-01-18 11:02:47
Saying Balfe has no imagination is beyond stupid. Take a listen at some of his work on animated movies (Home, or his work on KFP2-3), it's definitely not to work of someone without imagination.

On Fallout in particular, I honestly think he makes the best use of the classic themes in the series. That's maybe not "imaginative", as these themes aren't his, but it's definitely clever and not something every composer can do. Even an experienced guy like Michael Giacchino had 2 stabs at this franchise, and yet failed not only to give a memorable score, but also failed in using these classic themes in such a fun way.


HunterTech2019-01-20 10:58:33
You seriously mean to tell me "Light The Fuse" isn't fun or creative in the slightest? Probably is my favorite rendition of theme regarding just the films. III was certainly dull, but GP proved Gia had a voice for the series.

Balfe does do some cool things with The Plot, but I fail to see how his renditions of the main theme add anything new. Even the epic choir gets mostly dialed out in the final film. They're perfectly solid, but nothing that I'd say is great.

bdange reply Replies: 1 || 2019-01-17 19:42:43
In my opinion this soundtrack is very different than the others.
Six films and five composers, with a different styles and this soundtrack is very different.
For me it's a great soundtrack but the sound is too similar at the dark Knight and Dunkirk.


BrianK2019-01-17 21:48:29
Balfe did produce both !!!!!!!!!!so ofcause they would sound related
Fallout was an excellent film and great soundtrack

Anonymous reply Replies: 1 || 2018-12-14 12:17:48
I think some pices of music was simillar to bane theme in dark knight rises. Isnt it ?


Hulse2018-12-18 11:44:33
I thought so too! Especially the track 'The exchange' I think is very batman inspired.

ThePhantasm reply Replies: 0 || 2018-12-14 08:43:40
So the complete score is now available on YouTube and it’s AWSOME. Particularly Escape through Paris

Knight reply Replies: 0 || 2018-12-12 15:15:15
Booklet info: https ://imgur.com/a /D2vY6Fm

Andrew reply Replies: 2 || 2018-12-02 04:10:12
Balfe is performing at The Game Awards on Thursday live with an orchestra .hopehe performs some Beyond two souls


Peter2018-12-03 03:18:19
When he did the VGAs is was amazing and he mentioned on Twitter he was doing a game music tour


AnthonyP2018-12-03 05:04:14
He is playing his own music or other composers and how do we watch it

Frank reply Replies: 1 || 2018-12-02 10:12:06
Hybrid, I'm wondering when you gonna add Lorne's Florida Project to the website. I know it's only one cue and it's actually an arrangement of Celebration, but I really like the film and this cue.


Anonymous2018-12-02 17:42:45
i wonder when we’re gonna get mission impossible complete

antovolk reply Replies: 6 || 2018-11-10 10:51:46
Have any of the slate titles surfaced for this? Would be useful when dividing up that (brilliant!) isolated score into tracks. Got it off iTunes earlier this week and pretty much been on repeat all week, so awesome.


...2018-11-10 11:20:31
What quality does the isolated score from iTunes have?


antovolk2018-11-10 13:55:01
I believe it's stereo at around 160kbps (since it's a stream from iTunes Extras)


Anonymous2018-11-10 15:06:34
ur kidding. is it like the last jedi? why cant it be in surround sound


Ahmad2018-11-10 16:50:02
I wonder what the quality on the disc will be like but definitely not expecting lossless. Three commentaries and the isolated score and language tracks. That's a lot and the movie is not short lol.

In general, I don't think we're missing much to begin with (but it's really cool and should be done more often). There's a cool bit where the "Syndicate" theme was used I think in the film version of "Escape Through Paris" and the album version doesn't have that bit.


antovolk2018-11-10 17:41:38
@Anonymous on the Blu-ray it should have surround sound. Just that it's out on iTunes in Australia already - which is how I got it - and iTunes bonus features are obviously only in stereo.

@Ahmad - the benefit here is really all the film version edits of the cues we already have on the album. And some of them are quite different from the album ones....

The tracklist I came up with for now for the iso score. Total runtime is 2:08:16.

A Storm Is Coming (Logos) / Julia / Good Evening, Mr. Hunt 4:51
Self-Destruct 0:23
Plutonium Trade / A Terrible Choice 6:14
The Manifesto 1:46
Fallout (Main Titles) / Your Mission (Part 1) 2:07
Your Mission (Part 2) 2:21
Free Fall (Part 1) 1:57
Free Fall (Part 2) 2:14
Grand Palais / Consequences Of Love 2:01
Bathroom 6:12
No Pain, No Gain (Outro) / As Ugly As They Come 2:09
I'll See You In My Dreams / Widow Bar 2:33
The White Widow / Should You Choose To Accept... 5:38
Busy Day Tomorrow 0:41
Framing Ethan / The Exchange 6:37
Escape Through Paris 6:11
Steps Ahead 1:11
Je Suis Désolé 1:04
Unfinished Business 0:34
Did You Ever Choose Not To? 1:51
You're Mine Now 0:30
We Are Never Free 4:52
Widow In London 1:45
Trapped 3:14
The Mission Is Terminated 2:02
No Hard Feelings / The Exhortation 6:46
Stairs & Rooftops 6:25
Kashmir 7:10
Julia (Reprise) / Fate Whispers To The Warrior 5:06
And The Warrior Whispers Back 8:20
I Am The Storm (Part 1) 4:12
I Am The Storm (Part 2) 1:21
Scalpel & Hammer 3:47
Cutting On One 1:25
The Last Resort 1:48
There's No Reason To Be Sorry / Mission: Accomplished (Curtain Call) 4:51
End Credits 6:28


Anonymous2018-11-25 08:43:35
@hybrid soldier

is there going to be a page for the complete score?

Jean-Luc reply Replies: 0 || 2018-10-05 18:36:23
I wish Mission Impossible Fallout Blu ray & 4k ultra supposed not come out in December, 4th because it's too long for two months, but November is perfect timing before thanksgiving start. In my opinion is a digital HD should come out early in November, 6th, then Blu ray combo & 4k ultra come out in November, 16th will be a perfect for sale price before black Friday start. I'm can't wait to watch commentary by composer Lorne Balfe by bonus features.

NeoMaximuz reply Replies: 0 || 2018-10-04 21:36:07
Hey guys, I may be wrong, but I was just re-listening to the score for the umpteenth time and I noticed what may be a callback to M:I-2. Very faintly, on track "The White Widow" at 3:00 in, sounds a lot like the beginning of "Bare Island" from M:I-2. It lasts for about 45 seconds, and I only heard it when I was listening to it a little louder than usual with my noise cancelling headphones.

Bayhem reply Replies: 0 || 2018-10-04 12:02:37
Oh, wow! One of the bonus features on the upcoming BluRay of the movie is "Commentary by composer Lorne Balfe". I'm happy they did that. DVD commentaries with composers are extremely rare. So I'm definitely looking forward to that one.

Mike reply Replies: 0 || 2018-09-27 15:17:06
Does anyone know if there is a vinyl release ?

antovolk reply Replies: 10 || 2018-07-25 23:48:14
Had a go at putting together a chronological order after seeing the film again today...looks like also a lot of editing was done in the film versions of the score cues.

A Storm Is Coming (Logos)
Should You Choose To Accept...
Good Evening, Mr. Hunt
A Terrible Choice
The Manifesto
Fallout (Main Titles)
Your Mission
Free Fall
The White Widow
The Exchange
Change of Plan (that's the only cue I can't place...could go before/after No Hard Feelings?)
Escape Through Paris
I Am The Storm (another one I can't seem to place)
Steps Ahead
We Are Never Free
No Hard Feelings
Stairs and Rooftops
Kashmir
Fate Whispers To The Warrior
The Warrior Whispers Back
Unfinished Business
Scalpel and Hammer (lol at that mistake in the tracklist)
Cutting on One
The Last Resort
Mission: Accomplished (Curtain Call)
The Syndicate (Suite)


antovolk2018-07-27 15:53:16
Finally have a chronological order down
A Storm Is Coming (Logos)
Should You Choose To Accept...
Good Evening, Mr. Hunt
A Terrible Choice
The Manifesto
Fallout (Main Titles)
Your Mission
Free Fall 
The White Widow
The Exchange
Escape Through Paris
Steps Ahead
We Are Never Free
No Hard Feelings
Stairs and Rooftops
Kashmir
Fate Whispers To The Warrior
The Warrior Whispers Back
Unfinished Business
I Am The Storm 
Scalpel and Hammer
Cutting on One
The Last Resort
Mission: Accomplished (Curtain Call)
Change of Plan (not in film)
The Syndicate (not in film)


Hybrid Soldier2018-08-03 11:15:51
For your information, Change of Plan & The Syndicate are not "suites" or anything. They're actual cues from scenes that got edited out in the film...


Anonymous2018-08-03 13:50:25
either way they are still unused and rightfully placed chronologically


Hybrid Soldier2018-08-03 15:13:42
Oh yeah I'm not saying the contrary.

I agree with the chronological above, despite the many editings in the film and or the released cues. Let me add the bonus cues in it :

A Storm Is Coming
Should You Choose To Accept...
Good Evening, Mr. Hunt
A Terrible Choice
The Manifesto
Fallout
Your Mission
Free Fall
As Ugly As They Come
The White Widow
Framing Ethan
The Exchange
Escape Through Paris
Steps Ahead
Je Suis Désolé
We Are Never Free
Trapped
This Mission Is Terminated
No Hard Feelings
Stairs And Rooftops
Kashmir
Fate Whispers To The Warrior
The Warrior Whispers Back
Unfinished Business
I Am The Storm
Scalpel And Hammer
Cutting On One
The Last Resort
Mission: Accomplished
Plutonium Trade (Alternate of second part of A Terrible Choice)
Change Of Plan (Unused, most likely an alternate of The Exchange)
The Syndicate (Unused)


...2018-08-04 02:40:36
With the bonus cues, is this more or less complete or is there still a lot missing?


...2018-08-04 03:06:14
And what would be the best listening experience? Chronological or how it’s presented on the ost?


Hybrid Soldier2018-08-04 09:22:24
I'd say 90% complete... A couple of cues missing, nothing of real interest.

Chronological is way better, for sure.


...2018-08-04 11:36:47
Are these bonus tracks only available at the end of August?


Ahmad2018-09-24 21:27:28
FYI:

I AM THE STORM comes after SCALPEL AND HAMMER.

Gotta get my hands on the physical copy. Curious to hear the bonus tracks.


Ahmad2018-09-24 21:29:25
Oh wait... SCALPEL AND HAMMER is a combinations of two cues and I AM THE STORM is sort of in the middle :D

Ds reply Replies: 5 || 2018-07-30 20:49:23
I liked (not loved) what I heard on the CD, but it was nothing compared to the cinema experience. The score is incredibly tense, louuuuud in the best of ways, and is an absolute delight on picture. Now I understand all the praise Lorne got for it. Totally deserved.

Best score of the franchise, beaten only by HZ's Injection. Kraemer is not far behind, but definitely behind.


SPECTER2018-07-31 02:30:40
was there any material from Hans' MI:2 score reused or referenced in this film. I haven't seen the film yet.


Screenworks2018-07-31 07:52:58
Balfe references Zimmer's "Mombasa" from Inception heavily in "The Exchange". It's practically stolen.


Ds2018-07-31 13:06:36
@Screenworks: Indeed. But given Balfe's involvement on Inception, I wouldn't call that "stolen". If you take money from your own wallet, do you consider yourself as a thief?

@SPECTER: no, no reprisal of HZ material from MI2. However it's heavily influenced by the sound and rythmic pattern of TDKR and Inception.


Edmund Meinerts2018-07-31 13:27:45
I guess it's not stealing (because Balfe's not about to sue himself and Zimmer's not about to sue an employee :p ), but it could still be considered lazy or inflexible. James Horner took plenty of crap over the years for his, shall we say, self-references (rightfully so).


screenworks2018-09-10 08:33:29
Syncopy and WB paid him for the inception score and own the rights, whereas Cruise/Wagner and Paramount paid for the MI score and own those rights. So in a technical sort of way, it's kind of stealing. But it's also art, so there will always be influences.

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