Soundtrack Month: “The Elder Scrolls Online” (Brad Derrick, Malukah, & Others)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOTIsNELvis Yes, another TES soundtrack. No, it’s nothing like Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls Online caused something of a ripple both positive and negative in the gaming world, not only in terms of its game mechanics but also the soundtrack itself (mostly because Jeremy Soule had departed the series by this time). Brad Derrick and several [...]

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Soundtrack Month: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [The Complete Recordings]” (Howard Shore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F_OH_hX6MY&list=PL99D96766C5C05441 This probably appears to be an excessively obvious choice, but it’s still worth considering if you really haven’t listened to it yet. The Lord of the Rings trilogy had some of the longest soundtracks in recent years. In an age when a 100-minute movie is considered long, only Bollywood soundtracks boast a longer average [...]

Soundtrack Month: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Nicholas Hooper)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21Nk5-Pszno&list=PL37B12F0DC4E243EC Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has a strange place in both the film  franchise and book series. Gone is the startled, biting darkness that Order of the Phoenix so masterfully covered. Harry and those around him are both grimly resolved to fight chaos and irrecoverably entrenched in teen angst. The movie’s overall vibe [...]

Joseph Trapanese and M83 – “Waking Up”

While the growling brass at the beginning is irksome, this song unfolds into a fine, rhythmic meditation with plenty of driving strings but no jarring "adrenaline buzz" moments. Sometimes, you need a song that literally pushes you forward, and this one might just do the trick. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsHKZCmps-w      

Epic Trailer Album: “Magnus” (Audiomachine)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBaHVEQ4wW0 At the rate they generate new material, Audiomachine is, well, practically a machine. Their music is primarily used for advertising and movie trailers, but rumors abound that they have increasingly made more music for the sake of music since the epic trailer genre gained momentum several years ago. Their albums usually have plentiful tracks [...]

James Newton Howard – “Zuwanie Arrival at U.N.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahSk65IAtlM I know, I know, the cut I chose from this soundtrack made for an awkward post title, but hear me (and the song) out. If you've never watched it, The Interpreter is a satisfying thriller a-la-Bourne Identity (just replace the lead spy with a diplomat run amuck). In fact, it would be easy to [...]