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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.I open to ANY composer in this movies.<br><br>To answer the question, YES, i'm ready<br><br>Specially to a guy, who loves G14, KSi and KOTM
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Lorne BalfeMax ArujSteffen ThumQueenie Li
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His Dark Materials (TV Series) (The Musical Anthology)
Label: Silva Screen
Length: 55'05
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  1. His Dark Materials (1:38)
  2. The Alethiometer (4:35)
  3. Lyra - The Child Of Prophecy (2:20)
  4. The Settling Of A Daemon (3:54)
  5. Scholastic Sanctuary (3:06)
  6. The General Oblation Board (2:58)
  7. The Life Of Roger Parslow (2:42)
  8. The Machinations Of Lord Boreal (2:50)
  9. A Gilded Cage (1:24)
  10. The Strength Of Gyptians (3:38)
  11. A Plea To Fate (3:13)
  12. The Legacy Of Svalbard (2:30)
  13. Mrs. M. Coulter (2:05)
  14. The Magisterium (3:03)
  15. The Path Foretold (2:15)
  16. Release The Spy-Fly (2:07)
  17. The Tales Of Lee Scoresby (2:43)
  18. The Compass Points North (2:34)
  19. Will - The Knife Bearer (2:15) (Physical CD Bonus Track)
  20. The Witches Of Lake Enara (3:15)
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Knight reply Replies: 0 || 2019-12-23 19:57:08
Is volume 2 of HDM going to be added soon?

BrianP reply Replies: 1 || 2019-12-22 13:36:43
Really love the fact Lorne Balfe is posting the score music for all of the themes for piano.Volume 1 has to be the best tv soundtrack this year


mpolonest123 2019-12-22 14:33:39
Hate on the man’s music all you want, I’ve never seen a composer interact and give so much to his fans. Really cool guy!

Micheal reply Replies: 1 || 2019-12-21 22:51:50
Is Balfe doing Bond ?


Mr.Unbreakable2019-12-22 00:00:55
Nope,The composer is Dan Romer (Maniac).

Mr.Unbreakable reply Replies: 1 || 2019-12-21 02:07:54
Something has failed with the complete score, knowing what Balfe is capable of doing by arranger good themes, I don't quite understand why the score stands out so little.


mpolonest123 2019-12-21 02:49:10
Having seen the first few episodes I was surprised at how “in the background” the music really was. Especially compared to the excellent concept album released earlier.

I took a spin with the new album, there are still some standout tracks but I do feel like a good chunk has that underscore feeling to it.

AndreasP reply Replies: 0 || 2019-12-21 00:19:51
Loving the complete score for His Dark Materials.Silver Guillotone, Armored Claws and Polar Adventure are the best cues of the album.This soundtrack and 6 Underground have made Christmas !

Balfe reply Replies: 2 || 2019-12-20 13:55:40
I am willing to give Balfe the benefit - the concept album is great and there are good points in the show - but the actual score is frigging terrible. Like a cheap youtube approximation of Hans Zimmer. What the fuck is this?


Drone2019-12-20 14:01:49
So, either Balfe does all the great music, and the drones get on it and make it sound synthetic and pointless, or Balfe likes the pointless......Who composed the His Dark Material Anthology? Who composed the score for the BBC show? And what the fuck happened in between? The themes are the same but the performance is totally different and the theme development is pitiful. So is it the case that Balfe did a 50 minute concept album with an actual orchestra that some interns put to picture, cos this is a massive disappointment?


badbu2019-12-20 14:54:18
i like the complete score very much!
the cue "everyone is special" is amazing!

MrZimmerFan reply Replies: 1 || 2019-12-19 15:32:15
Now in Itunes NZ, the album for the first season

https:/ /music.apple.com/nz/album/his-dark-materials-original-televi sion-soundtrac k/1491 851961


Test2019-12-20 13:52:54
Yeah, the actual score is actually pretty bad. Totally synthy, or at least cheap two-band orchestra, HZ-trailer muzak from the early 2000s. What happened here - massive disappointment.

maholen reply Replies: 0 || 2019-12-19 10:36:10
You don't have to agree with me. But it is my attitude towards the music of Lorne Balfe and as I mentioned. Not everything is bad, but not everything is really good either. His scores are uninteresting after listening to them a third time at the latest. Precisely because everything sounds familiar. He was a good composer for additional music for various Hans Zimmer scores. And yes, he was also one of the additional composers for the first two parts of Transformers. Not all Remote Control composers are suitable for being the main composer. I also don't want to hear music from the same people all the time. That's why I'm open to film music. I've been listening to film music for almost 30 years! So I know what I'm talking about. Of course you cannot know everything. But I don't want to know everything either. In my opinion, Lorne Balfe should take a slightly more careful look at his work and not deliver one score after the next. That's why his music is so monotonous. Rarely do you experience surprises and unfortunately there are not really many in 6 undergrounds. The drums on "Tons of Blood" don't sound bad, but it's better that way. It reminds me of the gaming soundtrack by Need for Speed &#8203;&#8203;- The Run by Brian Tyler. There are great drums in there. So don't take it personally, just accept it.

Thomas reply Replies: 12 || 2019-11-13 12:36:09
This is Balfe’s best music yet for sure and shows a side to his musical skills we don’t get to hear much I think.
It’s been interesting reading posts about Balfe doing Bond.Has he confirmed yet if he is ?

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NotSoAnonymous2019-11-13 17:32:06
Well, "No Time To Die" (Bond 25) is being scored by Dan Romer. So, No; he is not scoring it.


Anonymous2019-11-13 22:36:22
lol no he’s not


HunterTech2019-11-14 01:37:02
The report about Romer leaving wasn't even confirmed, so I think it's just people wanting the expected to happen at this point.


;)2019-11-14 18:34:27
Neither Romer or Balfe are scoring Bond 25


NotSoAnonymous2019-11-15 17:36:12
Well, unless you have a source, or can point to a credible publication reporting Romer is not scoring it, I think it is safe to assume (for now) that the composer announced and still listed on the official website as the composer for the film is in-fact the composer for the film..

He wouldn't be my personal choice for the job, but I am not going to ignorantly pretend that he isn't currently the hired composer.


;)2019-11-15 21:20:21
Ok.


AlitaFan2019-12-17 21:57:48
I heard Hans Zimmer is scoring Bond 25 :)


Miralsice2019-12-17 22:05:09
Just rumors, nothing else :)


;)2019-12-18 02:09:39
Might want to start believing those “rumors” lol.


HunterTech2019-12-19 00:26:25
With the amount of projects Zimmer has for 2020 already, there's a lot time he'd have to squeeze in if he needed to get job done by April. Balfe at least looks to be done with his current slate of upcoming movies, so he has a higher chance.


JD2019-12-19 01:40:21
What is your source?


HunterTech2019-12-19 09:21:03
Well that's what I want to ask the others, since Zimmer's 2020 line up has definitely been confirmed (WW84, Dune, Top Gun 2, Spongebob 3 (as of now)). With Balfe, Military Wives had its TIFF screening back in September, and Bad Boys For Life is just next month. So that gives him barely enough time to squeeze in, if he were to be hired.

MrZimmerFan reply Replies: 0 || 2019-12-17 20:02:11
This Friday, the final album comes out, at least digitally in February, physically

http: //filmmusicreporter.com/2019/12/17/new-soundtrack-album-for- bbcs-hbos- his-dark-materials-announced/

MrZimmerFan reply Replies: 2 || 2019-12-07 10:39:26
Balfe say it and i can confirmed now

6 Undergrond is coming by Paramount Music, and that means, only digital.

13 December, as the movie hit Netflix.


JD2019-12-09 18:49:19
Good to know. Hybrid do you have any insight on this release?


rockhound2019-12-12 12:24:50
sound clips

https:// music.apple.com/nz/album/6-underground -music-from-the-netflix-film/ 1490017912

mpolonest123 reply Replies: 0 || 2019-11-10 17:00:26
“The Alethiometer” might be my new favorite track of the year. Those chord progressions scream JNH/Jerry Goldsmith and are pretty similar to Balfe’s work on Beyond: Two Souls/Blackwood.

I’m glad to see this score getting some love, I’ve always been annoyed with how people seem to slam Balfe for his more workmanlike efforts while ignoring the stronger scores he has done over the years.

iamtommie44 reply Replies: 0 || 2019-11-09 19:26:00
I really like this score. Not a big fan of Balfe, but really enjoy this one.

And is it me or does The Tales Of Lee Scoresby really sound like Sweetwater from Westworld?

Mephariel reply Replies: 0 || 2019-11-06 17:15:06
Haven't been this impressed by Balfe since KP3.


Shince Thomas reply Replies: 0 || 2019-11-06 13:50:58
Lorne surprised me with this score, I am blown away. This is such a great music, best of this fall.

JBSO99 reply Replies: 2 || 2019-11-05 21:25:08
Okay, so I'm not the biggest Balfe fan, but when he does it right, I have to recognize it.

And this is a really good example of the best he can achieve. Tracks like the main theme, The Alethiometer, The Strength of Gyptians or A Plea To Fate show how great he can be, and makes me wonder why he would not use this style more often in his scores.

Anyway, I cannot wait to hear how he develops and uses the themes when the score album is released!


Ds2019-11-05 23:33:28
I fully agree. 2019 has been a bit disappointing musically, and I have the impression this score finally shakes things up a bit! Possibly a shot at my favourite of the year. Looking forward to the rest of the show & the music!


superultramegaa2019-11-06 03:44:31
Damn. After skimming the album, you might be right about this being a great product from Balfe. Jesus, woodwinds, beautiful string and choral writing, melody, and an overall creative sound pallet. The only other score of his that gets close to this quality IMO is Genius Season 2.

There are a few moments where the electronics sound ugly and overbearing, but they're thankfully pretty sparse.

I fully agree that we need more of this Lorne style!

Ro reply Replies: 0 || 2019-11-05 17:22:15
Alethiometer is a peculiar track and my favorite cue of the album.

It starts off with a Piano motif that is not awfully different from James Newton Howard's central theme for Signs. From there it briefly touches upon the Watergate Piano chord from Frost/Nixon. There are also times when I am almost ready to hear something from "Da Vinci Code" though it doesn't fully materialize.

The orchestral parts have hints of "Sky Ferry" from the Golden Compass by Alexandre Desplat too. I am also hearing a faint reference to the chorus melody of "Arriving At Atoll" from Waterworld.

What a journey!

Balfe fan reply Replies: 1 || 2019-11-04 10:39:23
I have to admit I totally eat all my negative words about Balfe. This is a fantastic and innovative score, full of great melodies, full orchestrations, vocal work, and innovative instrumentation. Clearly, he has spent a lot of time developing this. A clear sense of thematic purpose and melody!


NOW A BALFE FAN2019-11-05 15:14:59
best soundtrack this year so far I think with great themes and his best best since Beyond Two Souls

rockhound reply Replies: 0 || 2019-11-03 09:56:37
This is a fantastic score. Beautiful themes, a very nice orchestration and great vocal and choir parts. I think his best score so far.

Anonymous reply Replies: 1 || 2019-10-31 23:29:28
Tina Guo and Richard Harvey are musicians


Knight2019-11-01 00:30:10
Peter Gregson as well

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