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Children Of Dune (Brian Tyler) Soundtrack

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Like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings cycle, Frank Herbert's epic Dune saga has found its road to the screen a difficult one. This follow-up to the Sci-Fi Channel's modestly budgeted, yet warmly received first mini-series installment profits greatly from the unabashedly epic score of budding young film scorer Brian Tyler. The composer begins with a strong symphonic foundation, utilizing themes whose melodic power is straightforward, yet often suitably Wagnerian in their dynamic and execution. Tyler then gracefully interweaves a variety of ethnic instruments and modalities to give his cues a rich, if deceptively exotic sense of time and place. It's an epic score that belies its cable roots, yet one that remains masterfully restrained and informed by a dedication of purpose that's even inspired the composer to translate the lyric of his gorgeous, ethereal vocal piece, "Inama Nushuf" into the language of novelist Herbert's native Fremen people. This is the sound of a confidant young musician meeting a daunting dramatic challenge, and then some. --Jerry McCulley

1. Summon The Worms
2. Dune Messiah
3. Main Title (House Atreides)
4. The Revolution
5. Fear Is The Mind Killer
6. The Arrival Of Lady Jessica
7. Leto Atreides II
8. Inama Nushif (Montage)
9. War Begins
10. Battle Of Naraj
11. Rya Wolves
12. I Have Only Now
13. The Impossible Wager
14. Face Dancer
15. The Throne Of Alia
16. Trap The Worm
17. Salusa Secundus
18. The Jihad
19. The Ring Of Paul
20. Exiles
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Product Details

  • Performer: Brian Tyler
  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 266 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008NGHU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on April 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Children of Dune," the original television soundtrack, features 36 tracks of music composed by Brian Tyler. This is a stunningly beautiful, emotionally rich musical score. This disc is full of excitement, suspense, tenderness, and exoticism.
The epic musical journey starts out strong with "Summon the Worm," which has a big, rich sound--the fitting prelude to an epic. The main title has a heroic, upbeat flavor. Many tracks have strong ethnic/exotic flavors; some of these include "Trap the Worm," "Exiles," and "My Skin Is Not My Own." Also noteworthy on this disc is the strong percussive element to many of the tracks.
But the track which really blew me away is "Inama Nushif (Montage)." The liner notes state that the vocal on this track is sung in the fictional Fremen language of the Dune saga. This composition is joyful and uplifting, with a truly mystical quality. "Children of Dune" is a superb piece of science fiction film scoring; it's a disc that rewards repeat listenings.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on March 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of the most memorable aspects of the ambitious CHILDREN OF DUNE mini-series is the soundtrack. Bryan Tyler's score is far different than the dark, morose and mysterious soundtrack used in the original DUNE.
In my mind, the makers of the 2nd DUNE got their money's worth by hiring Tyler. The original score has both the sorrow and the majesty to be commensurate with the scope of the film itself. From the bold brass melodies to the sad, sombre phrases of woodwinds and strings, Tyler delivers.
One of the most mesmerizing tracks is INAMA NUSHIF (MONTAGE). It covers a very pivotal part of the film and listening to it brings back the powerful and poignant images of the story.
All in all, Brian Tyler may very well be (or become) the best composer of soundtracks this side of Hans Zimmer. If you don't believe me, buy this CD and then decide for yourself!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The score for Children of Dune is breathtaking, haunting, and majestic on a scale rare for any film, much less a television miniseries. The themes of tragedy, betrayal and sacrifice in the film are conveyed expertly by composer Brian Tyler, transforming a simple score album into a narration of the tale of Dune that is powerful enough to stand on its own. An especially poignant track is "Inama Nushif", which utilizes an otherworldly female voice singing in the native language of Dune to express the beauty, strength, and ultimately unforgiving nature of the planet and its people. Another superb track is "Farewell", which leaves the listener with a sense of hope after the adversity and misery suffered by so many of the characters.
This score is an emotional experience in and of itself, made better yet by the movie with which it works in such harmony. While there are few stand-out tracks, the entire album is simply beautiful and well worth listening to.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Get beyond the bland cover art (why ignore the mini-series key art?) and you have a truly gorgeous score that's got it all - big theme ("Summon The Worms", "The Revolution", "The Jihad"), and full-tilt action scoring ( "Rya Wolves", "Fear Is The Mind Killer"), balanced with "ethnic" percussion and woodwinds ("Trap The Worm", "Exiles", "My Skin Is Not My Own") and ethereal solo vocals ("Dune Messiah", "Inaaama Nushif (Montage)" - the closing cue from part one of the series).
Despite the score having a whopping main theme, which is unleashed with great intensity in the opening track, "Summon The Worms" and reprised with as much vigor in "The Jihad", Brian Tyler doesn't automatically stamp it into his score over and over again. Instead, it's split up, disguised and manipulated. You'll hear it via beautiful and soft female solo in "Dune Messiah", and on brass in the majestic "Main Title (House Atreides)". There's also an epic quality in Children Of Dune that has been lacking in previous Dune scores. You'll find it in the attractive "The Arrival of Lady Jessica", with soft-choral samples and regal brass fanfares. An album highlight, "Inama Nushif (Montage)", is also a showcase for the strong female vocal component of the score. Written appropriately in Fremen and performed over a slow-groove of percussion, brass and strings, the track has strong pop elements. After a major album highlight, "The Jihad", which reprises the main theme with great passion, the second half of the disc settles into a more ambient mode, but not at the expense of melody or interest. Moments to look out for include "The Throne Of Alia", with it's tenuous duet of duduk and solo female voice, "My Skin Is Not My Own" which unleashes an arsenal of percussion and grooves.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AntVector on December 1, 2003
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Most recently, the central theme of this soundtrack, 'Summon the Worms', made its way into the trailer for Master and Commander. Its quite easy to see why they chose this particular track - its a rousing, soaring, emotionally charged overture that drives, without dominating, this sweeping score. Strains of it seep into many of the tracks, from the haunting, ethereal 'Dune Messiah' to the anthemic 'Children of Dune'. Brian Tyler has crafted a wonderfully rich and seamless soundscape for the TV miniseries, drawing on ethnic themes, and weaving them with powerful, though deceptively simple orchestral pieces. The sound includes exotic arabian, tribal african and haunting icelandic themes, binding them with a common and cinematic grace that is at once recognisable, yet otherworldly.
Stand-out tracks include 'Inama Nushif (Montage)', a beautiful and sweeping vocal piece, sung in Herbert's invented Fremen language, and 'My Skin Is Not My Own', which draws on evocotive tribal themes.
This score is an excellent compliment to the miniseries, in equal measure touching and transitional, mirroring the complexity of the plot. In terms of the album alone, it would have been nice if some of the tracks had been given more room to develop, since some feel 3 minutes too short. Equally, some melodies feel at times overused, and I would have sacrificed the number of tracks for the expansion and devlopment of the remainder. However, the tone of the score feels so honest and convincing that its easy to overlook its brevity.
I confess, my main incentive for purchasing this soundtrack was track one, 'Summon the Worms', which plays endlessly in my head and gives me chills whenever I hear it. Tyler uses its melody with both restraint and conviction throughout the album, and I shouldn't be surprised if it makes its way onto many more stirring movie trailers.
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