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 [...]

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Soundtrack Month: “Vikings: Season 2” (Trevor Morris)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8-G1t5W4yI&list=PLkvtu-zWyS5hsbrNnCBhIHHAzdUPYSLeG&index=1 Vikings is a fascinating, unsettling, and frequently brutal series, but it’s also bar none for strange atmospheres. The music is no exception. Trevor Morris (with more than a little help from some neopagan enthusiasts) mixed beat programming, ambient thoughts, and a variety of unique solo instruments together to get the mysterious cocktail that is [...]

Soundtrack Month: “The Golden Compass” (Alexandre Desplat)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iuu2CTQo-Lw&list=PLOe4317hNRKIuKbdt42cxmXgXjLicD3hw While The Golden Compass as a movie made some disruptive and dividing waves among viewers, the soundtrack is delightful. I don’t always understand Alexandre Desplat’s music (especially when  the moments in this score when an army of pianists play through a section at the same time – talk about organized chaos!), but the balance [...]

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 [...]