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Steve Jablonsky Interview - Michael Bay, The Transformers Franchise & Age Of Extinction

Posted on 11-13-2013 at 09:00 AM by SilverOptimus under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
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Go, See, Talk had the pleasure to interview composer Steve Jablonsky regarding his partnership with Director Michael Bay and his studio; Platinum Dunes. Mr. Jablonsky also gave us an idea how the Score of Transformers 4 a.k.a Transformers: Age Of Extinction may sound like.

"Heís [Michael Bay] a person who takes on these projects that are so huge and massive but heís so focused on everything and every aspect of it from the sound design, to the CG, I mean he flies up to ILM one to three times a week. He told me ďlook I have to do that because I need to be part of it. I canít do it over conference call, I need to sit there with them. These hundred animators show me what they have and Iíll say that looks good, or tweak this hereĒ. Michael really is into everything you see on the screen and he has such a hand in it all so thatís why his schedule is so crazy.

On to Transformers: Age Of Extinction score...

"I mean if youíre on an airplane and youíre listening to something with headphones, sure itís not going to sound as big or important as if you were in my studio. He has so many things on his plate he might only have a minute to listen to a piece and Iíve actually been asked that by his people. Theyíll say ďthe only chance that Michael has to listen to the cue is on his airplaneĒ because heís on his way to China or something. And I know now to say ďabsolutely not, Iím not handing this over so he can listen to it on his iPod. Itís just not going to happen, itís not fair to him, itís not fair to me and it needs to be presented properlyĒ.

I think with each Transformers film heís [Michael Bay] wanted something different and heís always had this kind of specific theme where heíll really want something special so he gives me these goals to reach, ďthis needs to be really emotionalĒ, ďthis needs to be really kick assĒ, and he always gives me new challenges. With Transformers 4 I havenít had that many conversations with him, but I get the feeling that he wants something wildly different. Having said that we might use some of the old themes, though Iím not sure because itís Mark Wahlberg now and a whole different cast, so we might just do something very different. The bottom line is Michael is paying me to make his films better. Whatever ideas heís got, Iím going to listen to them, and fortunately heís got these great ideas.

I fully expect on Transformers 4 whatever we do heís going to want something wild and to go down some road where we use some crazy instruments or something. I donít know yet, weíll see what happens but heís very adventurous in his creative process so Iíve learned that from him I think. He loves electronic stuff mixed in and thatís really where I got a lot of experience and now itís part of my sound, I guess, because I get asked to do it a lot. I record a lot of things and then manipulate them in my computer and I really enjoy doing that that Ė combining it with the orchestra to make something new Ė and he loves that sort of thing, hearing sounds heís never heard before."


The interview is lengthy and more tidbits on it. Check out the full interview at Go, See, Talk.
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BeeOtch217
Awesome! Huge film music fan. Love his work especially on the Transformers saga and The Island
Securis
Cool. Short talk, but glad to know he'll be coming back. In a sea of limp and forgettable musical scores for hero movies, Jablonsky is a standout. His stuff is memorable, like composers of the past. Can you remember a few bars of the Man of Steel score? Me neither. But I remember countless themes from Transformers.
megatroptimus
The score to both Kick Ass movies (Henry Jackman and others) was amazing. Jablonsky was good in the first movie (Scorponok is my favorite piece from the trilogy), but there was nothing particularly memorable in the other 2 movies imo.
Securis
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Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
The score to both Kick Ass movies (Henry Jackman and others) was amazing. Jablonsky was good in the first movie (Scorponok is my favorite piece from the trilogy), but there was nothing particularly memorable in the other 2 movies imo.
Sentinel Prime theme was amazing. So was The World Needs You Now. In ROTF, Forest Battle was balls out amazing. I couldn't possibly disagree with you more.
megatroptimus
Do you have the expanded scores for all 3 movies?
Smashs
This makes me happy. Arrival to Earth, Sentinel Prime, and Battle are three of my favorite movie score songs ever.
Securis
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Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
Do you have the expanded scores for all 3 movies?
I do have all tracks from all 3 movies.
MV95
There's that stupid word "reboot" again

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Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
The score to both Kick Ass movies (Henry Jackman and others) was amazing. Jablonsky was good in the first movie (Scorponok is my favorite piece from the trilogy), but there was nothing particularly memorable in the other 2 movies imo.
gasp! What about "Sentinel Prime" and "Battle"?
megatroptimus
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I do have all tracks from all 3 movies.
TF1: 80 tracks
TF2: 110 tracks
TF3: 82 tracks

That's not even counting the alternate versions that ended up on promotional scores and the official cds.

Sentinel is good, yeah.
The Bucket Kitten
I'm glad he's coming back for AoE, "Arrival to Earth", "Sentinel Prime", "Battle", "There is No Plan" and "It's Our Fight" are my favorites scores from the past three films.
Vector Prime 7
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Originally Posted by megatroptimus View Post
The score to both Kick Ass movies (Henry Jackman and others) was amazing. Jablonsky was good in the first movie (Scorponok is my favorite piece from the trilogy), but there was nothing particularly memorable in the other 2 movies imo.
Jablonsky rocks. Love his work on The Island too... 'My name is Lincoln'/end is memorable. I agree about Kick Ass movie scores, cool and quirky. For Kick Ass 1, the most memorable piece is 'Sunshine in D minor' by John Murphy, originally from the Danny Boyle movie 'Sunshine' (a movie that wasn't well received by critics and folks in general, but I love it...never mind the physics There are lots of great 'Film Music' out there, it's a shame that 'Source' music is always prioritized first (as SJ said, they have much broader appeal).
mandiprime97
Oh God, yes. So glad he's coming back for AOE.
Incepticon
I liked his TF1 and TF3 scores thanks to each one holding several very memorable pieces, but I found is TF2 score a complete letdown. Either way, I'm glad he's back as expected for TF4... especially given that his scores are literally the best thing about these movies.
Repainted
One of the biggest things I've come to look forward to is the scores Jablonsky creates for the TF films. It's a real treat to have him back and hopefully again in the future (TF5?, next series?)
O.Supreme
I know most fans are really sick of Linkin Park, but I think their singles now are as much as part of the movie franchise as Jablonksy's themes, especially since certain chords of LP songs were integrated into the musical scores for RoTF & DoTM. I wonder if LP will collaborate again with Jablonky for this 4th film. I dont know if it was because of having to be cut, or bad writing, but the fact that Optimus Prime never got a proper ending monologue for DoTM never set well with me. I hope that AoE corrects this oversight.
Autovolt 127
I am glad he will be returning to do the score for AOE.
Mechafire
Mmm. Love me some Jablonsky.
dragon
glad hes will be back have trilogy soundtrack of with his work perfect choice if bay is in charge of number 4
Muramasa
Looking forward to more amazing scores.
Omega Charge
Awesome. The music is my favorite thing from the Transformers films (not knocking the movies, but praising his work). Now I know I have at least one thing to absolutely look forward to in AOE; I know I won't be disappointed.
MindChamber
the Arrival to earth scene is by far the most memorable scene in the whole trilogy and a huge part of that is the music, I can watch that scene over and over and still get chills,
moreprimeland
Glad to hear this...love all the scores.
ComfyDeathshot
I think most people new he would come back. Great news non the less.
Ultrawave
At the very least, I hope they keep the Arrival To Earth theme for the Autobots.
Captain
Oh yea I'm very happy about this! I love his work! I'm glad he is back!
spartan 3764
Wait, did Steve Jablonsky say hes mixing orchestral with techno bits?


MY BODY WASNT READY FOR THIS

I hum one of his songs everyday, i cant wait for AOE to give me a new playlist
To enjoy, if theres one thinf Bay got right, its getting Steve on board.
Aeronnz
Steve never disappoints, and I'm extremely excited to see what he'll cook up this time.
Niv3k
Man this is going to be cool =)
Stygian360
I'm of two minds about the scores for the TF movies. They're not exactly what I'd call iconic in a Danny Elfman or John Williams sense. In fact they are largely forgettable and only provide the necessary oomph needed at the specified action beat, but nothing beyond that. I'd argue that the TF movies are more about Linkin Park's involvement, such as it is. Let's face it, these movies sink or swim based largely on the SFX. The music is only a tangential association necessary for most films. Sorry, but the music for these movies is workable, but that's about it.
Timesynch
Good deal. Always did like the scores from the Bay movies, especially TF1 and DOTM. Hopefully there's no more controversy with plagiarism (I vaguely recall there was some hooplah over the final battle theme of DOTM and a musical piece from Inception).
Autovolt 127
Orchestral and Techno mixings. Oh man that'll be good.

I'm already imagining a Libera Me from Hell 2.0 right now.

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