Europa Report (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

August 2, 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 2, 2013
  • Release Date: August 2, 2013
  • Label: Sparks & Shadows
  • Copyright: 2013 Sparks & Shadows
  • Total Length: 56:24
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  • ASIN: B00E1U2KSK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,480 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Good work music for those of us sitting in front of computers all day.
JB
His style is instantly recognizable and he is able to build some amazing sonic worlds with his music.
Kaya Savas
Do yourself, your mind, and your ears a favor...pick up a copy of Europa Report's score on CD.
Michael Modjeski

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jared M. Kuntz on July 30, 2013
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I constantly buy and collect movie/video game scores, and I've come to see that Bear McCreary, who is easily the best musician to score anything science fiction related, always has some other kind of element to help embody what it is he's providing the score for. With Battlestar Galactica, he used a great many tribal sounding instruments and sounds, mixed with the epic sci-fi themes. With Caprica, it was more emotional and thought-out, sounding minimalist but grand in scope. With Eureka, the sci-fi themes there were more fun and energetic, bouncing over the place as if you were listening to the scientists experiment. But here, with Europa Report, Bear brings us his greatest masterpiece, and easily one of the Top 5 scores for the year.

Europa Report centers on a group of astronauts sent to Europa, Jupiter's moon, to discover the existence of extra-terrestrial life. What makes this movie stand out among most SF films, is that it is almost 100% fact-based; the science is all there, there are no idiotic or over-dramatic subplots, and the characters all act as if they are true scientists and astronauts. So, Bear did the impossible. He didn't just help make this movie even more great, but he helped to show the grandeur of space, how something like this could truly affect how we perceive the galaxy, and what life truly means to us. No specific track stands out as a favorite to me (all being truly incredible), but the track "Water" does sound similar the closing scene from Gladiator, with Djimon Hounsou's character planting the toy soldiers in the arena's dirt. The vocals are slightly haunting, but also sound hopeful, as if a new light is shining against the unfamiliar darkness.

I cannot express my complete admiration for Bear McCreary or this soundtrack in words, but I must say it's a must-own for any fans of his, and for classical/instrumental music fans
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kaya Savas VINE VOICE on October 18, 2013
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Bear McCreary is probably the best composer working in television right now. He has composed some amazing work for some fantastic series. His style is instantly recognizable and he is able to build some amazing sonic worlds with his music. However only when you get to hear his work in a film do you really understand what he's capable of as a storyteller. TV shows span many episodes and many seasons, so the structure of the music is very dependent on the show itself. With Europa Report McCreary delivers a hauntingly beautiful adventure into deep space that chills as much as it awes. After I discovered McCreary's work via Battlestar Galactica I became a huge fan of his. It's so very rare for a composer to have such a strong voice and handle on the material that he or she touches. McCreary is evident of this and I think Europa Report is one of his best scores.

The theme for Europa Report is instantly recognizable to McCreary fans as it's an echo of his theme for the video game score to Dark Void. I'm not pointing fingers at self-plagiarizing as I absolutely love to hear connections from a composer's previous work. I just find it magnificent how this theme builds a sense of wonder and hope. You start off this adventure with all the expectations the characters have in the film. Then as more electronics blend with the strings we get a sense of seriousness as we are placed in the heart of the narrative. The music has an organic pulse throughout that gives it a sense of being alive. The theme is used beautifully and often, and I love thematically focused scores. The almost ethereal yet haunting vocals in the track "Water" were a brilliant human touch that placed life in the spotlight, and it was very appropriate to use vocals then and there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Truesdale on August 31, 2013
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After devouring the Battlestar Galactica: Season One and his latest for Da Vinci's Demons (Original Television Soundtrack), I knew I had to have more Bear McCreary in my life. I quickly downloaded this score and have had it on repeat ever since.

At times uplifting, at times ominous and dark, this soundtrack captures the wonder of space travel and what it means to be a human in the face of the vast unknown. While the movie was an interesting exercise in "real" science in movies, the score elevates the science to pure art. McCreary continues to create wonderful sounds. I would also recommend checking out his blog for really cool insight into the process of creating those sounds.
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This score to Europa Report is film composer Bear McCreary's finest to date! It is rich with pulsating synths and rhythmic strings while interweaving a lush minimalistic, and hauntingly beautiful soundscape for the listener. It easily conveys a sense of vast openness...the infinite frontier of outer space! McCreary's Europa Report doers not disappoint, but leaves the listener wanting more as he/ she creates a visual landscape of the Jovian moon. I can't begin to understand how one reviewer gave this wonderful score only one star. Perhaps they need to reassess their initial review and WAKE UP!?! Do yourself, your mind, and your ears a favor...pick up a copy of Europa Report's score on CD.
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By Chip on April 16, 2014
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I've been a fan of Bear McCreary since season one of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, and so buying this without even seeing the movie or hearing previews was something of a risk, but I'm not disappointed at all. Unlike BSG with its driving, percussive vibe, this is more mannered. All of the musical pieces are simple variations on a theme, which might be repetitive and boring for some, but the overall effect is nicely coherent and contemplative. Maybe I'm biased, but this is brilliant. Subtle, but brilliant.
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