Soundtrack Trends and Styles in 2013, Part II

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller 'Gravity,' a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller "Gravity," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Let's investigate some highlights from film scores released in 2013. Are there particular trends? Yes, it seems so. Lots of scores are musically simple and texturally complex. More and more scores are not traditionally orchestral. And moods are generally established with wafting waves of sound.

In this second of two parts, David Garland presents music released during the past year from science fiction and adventure films such as "Gravity," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Ender's Game," "Man of Steel," "Europa Report," and several others. Part one in this series, featuring music from Indies and dramas, aired on December 14, 2013.

Comments [4]

beth from lancaster, pa.

this is the third listen-through of this program...a space fan, a musical space soundtrack fan, and a Garland fan....three is the magic number. Thank you, David, for what you bring to listeners far and wide. One can only hope they are listening out there to you in space, too!

Jan. 12 2014 11:36 PM
Chris&Michael from Brooklyn, New York

I had to stop and write this. I'm working this Saturday night (not uncommon) and I find myself transported, yet again, by Mr. Garland's marvelous aural night at the movies. I want to applaud but I'm engaged in using my hands.

Bravo Mr. Garland! Thank you for making my working nights such a delight. You and Terrance McKnight are my favorite staycations from late night labors!

Jan. 04 2014 10:01 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

I forget who it was that was feted here recently as the inspiration for many of the 'modern' composers - I'm thinking of the music of Philip Glass, who was one of the inspired - - anyway the common theme I noticed was the throbbing aspect as if the listener had done a little too much nitrous oxide. Sometimes it works, as if the listener senses a heart beat in the ears. But often its just annoying, as its been for me in the pieces so far.

Speaking of annoying, there was an earlier piece that had wailing voices rising in volume a la Bolero (forgive me Ravel) and abruptly cut off to silence. A silence I speculate was filled with a chorus of "Thank you"s from the movie audience.

Jan. 04 2014 09:34 PM
Bob from LI, NY

Bear McCreary did many Battlestar Galactica franchise soundtracks, but I don't think he did any of the Star Trek soundtracks.

Jan. 04 2014 09:22 PM

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