The Score

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  1. MBSHOOT

    MBSHOOT Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys what did you think of the last movies score? Me personally loved what Steve did, especially with the Decepticon themes. I hope this has alot more daker themes since it looks like theres going to be alot of the story revolved around the Decepticons and the Fallen.
     
  2. jametron

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    I thought it was a great score! The day my copy came from Amazon (Oct. of last year) was like Christmas came early!!! Then, through many dark places I travled to obtain twice as many cues as was on the album, making a near complete (about 95%) score! I still listen to it fairly often.

    Favorites are:
    "Decepticons Mobilize"
    "Are You LadiesMan217?"
    "Arrival to Earth"
    "Bogey Approaches"
    "Sector 7"
    "Prime vs. Megatron (part 1)"
    "Soccent Attack" to name a few.

    Can't wait to see what Jablonsky does for TF2.
     
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    I've said it before I hope Jablonsky composes more themes for the Decepticons. The Autobots have three. Perhaps more militaristic or seductive (if they try to gain human trust) leitmotifs.
     
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    The only thing I want to add is that I absolutely hope that Jablonsky is going back. Seeing the Autobot Arrival scene for the first time in the cinema along with the soundtrack playing was pure bliss.
     
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    "The Allspark" and "Cybertron" are still my favorites, and I love Jablonsky for his work.
     
  6. Mr. Sinister

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    I just hope the score isn't as hard to locate this time around. But I absolutely loved the orchestral score--next to "Dark Knight" it's the best one.

    One question: Which song is playing when the Autobots are driving down the freeway? The one with the pumping strings just before they meet up with Bumblebee?
     
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    That is part of Scorponok's theme on the Soundtrack CD, and yeah it's awesome.

    I absolutely loved Jablonsky's work on the first movie, grabbed the CD off Ebay as soon as I could.
    My favorite tracks are Arrival to Earth, Optimus, Autobots, Bumblebee, Scorponok, The Allspark, You're a soldier now. There's so many good pieces.

    Optimus' theme in particular is fantastic, I think it's only heard in the movie during the Autobots at the observatory scene and it's different to the one on the CD but it's great, it truly sums up Optimus Prime's character in music.

    Then there's the great fanfare when Prime shows up in the city (You're a soldier now)... Awesome, simply awesome.

    I have no doubt Jablonsky will do another great job for ROTF.
     
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    My relationship with the Jablonsky score is a strange one: basically, I'm very fond of it despite the fact that I really don't think it's very good. When I first heard it with the film in the cinema, I dismissed as an one-note synth-bass dominated identikit action score, of the sort that's been being mass-produced by Hans Zimmer and his farm of soundalikes since the mid-90s. Having seen the film multiple times since, and having obtained the album release, however, I...well, actually, my opinion hasn't changed at all. :)  It is an unremarkable, by-numbers action score, but somehow that seems to suit the material; for me, the essence of Transformers, Optimus Prime and Megatron and all is a simple, robust and uncomplicated battle between the good guys and the bad guys, and Jablonsky's no-frills music actually does a good job of capturing that, especially in stirring highlights such as Prime's arrival fanfare from "You're a Soldier Now" (as Thundercrackah mentioned), or of course the undeniably kickass "Arrival to Earth".

    Was it the best score that could have been written for the franchise? No. Might it have been potentially more interesting to see a more creative take from someone like Michael Giacchino, Marco Beltrami or, going back a bit, Jerry Goldsmith? Probably. But in the final analysis, Steve Jablonksy's music served the film just fine, I was happy with it, and I've built up sufficient goodwill and attachment to those themes and that musical identity to be happy to see it developed in RotF. Don't let us down, Steve! :) 
     
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    It's great. I've had it since the day it came out and listen to it all the time. I hope he comes back for #2.
     
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    I hope there's a score for Soundwave!
     
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    Just for any one who wasn't sure Steve will be back for the sequel.
     
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    love the score. been listening to it everyday.
     
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    Wait! The one i bought off iTunes didnt have some of those! WTF!
     
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    Digilaut My name is Drift.

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    I totally love the score from the first movie. Think mr. Jablonsky did great work on it, and I really hope the score for movie 2 will be just as good.

    I do hope there's an orchestral rendition of the old cartoon's theme, though. I think, like the transforming sound, the theme song is so memorable and special that it deserves to be in it. Maybe in the big finale...some kind of mix between the Autobots and Decepticons themes, that gradually transform into the cartoon theme?....:) 

    By the way, anybody played Gears of War 2? It's scored by him as well..has a couple of cool songs, but it's also obvious there's alot of influence from his work on Transformers.
     
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    Thanks for the info dude:) 

    I think you can find a lot of them on the promo score that came out a little bit before the retail release.

    He scores Desperate Housewives too. Danny Elfman did the main theme and he does the music in the show. Its pretty rad.
     
  16. jametron

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    As BustaJesse pointed out, there was a promo release that circulated prior to the official release. It contained 52 cues in total:

    01 - soldiers arrive
    02 - bogey approach
    03 - my ladies
    04 - under attack - transformer takes aim (Soccent Attack)
    05 - crazy grandfather
    06 - angry camaro
    07 - young subject matter
    08 - the lake (Sam at The Lake)
    09 - belly shot
    10 - pentagon to air force one
    11 - main frame tampering (Decepticons pt. 2)
    12 - camaro on the run
    13 - skorponok (Scorponok. film version)
    14 - sim in the compact
    15 - deciphering the signal
    16 - satan's camaro
    17 - sam's pink bike pursuit
    18 - are you ladies man 217?
    19 - we're locked in
    20 - why are you here (Cybertron, film version)
    21 - witwicky house pt. 1 (Witwicky)
    22 - witwicky house pt. 1
    23 - witwicky house pt. 2
    24 - take em and bake em pt. 1
    25 - take em and bake em pt. 2
    26 - criminals are hot
    27 - autobots to the rescue
    28 - not to hear that
    29 - simmons takes it off
    30 - speaker phone
    31 - when feds attack pt. 1 (Sector 7)
    32 - when feds attack pt. 2 (Bumblebee Captured)
    33 - hoover dam
    34 - frenzy falls
    35 - people are going to die here
    36 - the all spark
    37 - nokia bot
    38 - speeding autos
    39 - optimus sword
    40 - f-22s to the city (Downtown Battle)
    41 - stumble bumble pt. 1
    42 - stumble bumble pt. 2
    43 - soldiers retreat - take the cube (You're a Soldier Now pt.1)
    44 - sam takes off - optimus hero (You're a Soldier Now pt. 2)
    45 - megatron vs optimus
    46 - mountain dew
    47 - sam in the building
    48 - surreal mikaela
    49 - sam flares it on the roof (Sam on The Roof pt. 1)
    50 - sam and statues (Sam on The Roof pt. 2)
    51 - no sacrifice, no victory (Prime vs. Megatron)
    52 - sam our hero (No Sacrifice, No Victory)

    It was basically a labor of love re-editing and mixing these cues with the OST in order to present the score as heard in the film.

    I can agree with this... when listening to it, there is no doubt where Jablonsky cut his teeth, but I would offer that unlike many of Zimmers clones (or even Zimmer himself), Jablonsky does add a bit more actual melody and beauty to his music. He employs strings, woodwinds and brass to a much greater degree (as opposed to one horn over massive percussion for an entire score, a la Zimmer) than most of those guys IMHO.
     

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