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Prometheus (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Soundtrack]

Marc StreitenfeldAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Planet
2. Going In
3. Engineers
4. Life*
5. Weyland
6. Discovery
7. Not Human
8. Too Close
9. Try Harder
10. David
11. Hammerpede
12. We were right
13. Earth
14. Infected
15. Hyper Sleep
16. Small Beginnings
17. Hello Mommy
18. Friend From The Past
19. Dazed
20. Space Jockey
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Since working as music supervisor on Ridley's Scott's 2005 film, Kingdom Of Heaven, Scott has called on Marc Streitenfeld to score all of his subsequent movies including A Good Year, Body Of Lies, Robin Hood and American Gangster, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA. Prior to his work as a composer, Streitenfeld had collaborated with Scott as music editor, music supervisor and technical score advisor on several projects, including Matchstick Men, Black Hawk Down and Gladiator.

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Why, oh why, is there always some controversy regarding the musical scores for films by the great Ridley Scott? This is of course an exaggerated question, but it is often the case and the music for Scott's notable production of "Prometheus" is no exception here. This is an outstanding film that works in every way on the screen (and it begs for a sequel...soon!). And indeed the music is fine...on the screen, but is cut a bit short on the album. The first problem emerges on the soundtrack recording which seems to be missing some of the most memorable music from the film; then slowly reality sets in. What is clearly the main theme in the score as seen on the screen appears only in one cut (with minor appearances elsewhere,"We Were Right," and "Earth"): "Life," because it was not written by the primary artist here, Marc Streitenfeld, but by Harry Gregson-Williams who is simply credited as having contributed "additional music". In the end it is certainly more than that. Now to complain loudly of missing music is only partially warranted because the theme is in fact on the soundtrack just not in the manner it appears in the film and certainly not in a form representative of how often it is heard in the film. On the screen this is a significant part of the music, perhaps even the "main theme" and it works very well throughout the film. This is not to diminish the contribution of Strietenfeld, and indeed most of the score (and some 85% of the soundtrack) is his and it is very effective in the final production. Read more ›
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable theme June 12, 2012
Format:Audio CD
OK, it's not Alien or Aliens, but that aside I actually really like this soundtrack. One of the first things I listen for in evaluating a soundtrack is whether there's a memorable theme. I found the beginning theme in Prometheus quite memorable. I apologize as I'm not an expert in music so I can't describe the notes, but you'll recognize a distinctive theme pretty early on.

The theme used throughout the soundtrack and is rearranged slightly to convey different moods. Personally, having just seen the movie, I thought it adds a lot to the film. There aren't as many dark or scary themes, but then again Promtheus isn't really a horror movie like Alien. Rather, the music is haunting and conveys a sense of discovery gone wrong.

While Prometheus the movie IS kind of a prequel to Alien (despite what Ridley Scott says), the music IS NOT. The soundtrack doesn't even have the same DNA as the Alien or Aliens music. However, as I said, I love it and think in terms of quality it's one of the better new movie soundtracks I've heard in recent years. I'd recommend watching the movie first to see if you like the soundtrack.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
marc streitenfeld delivers in "prometheus" a reasonably good score straight out of the moody wing of the zimmer-gregson-williams school of film scoring embellished with some postmodern twists. in concept, the score is quite similar to something like HG-W's "smilla's sense of snow". this means -- a simple but okay theme, uncomplicated harmony, long, flowing and lean melodic lines whose spareness works well in evoking the vastness of space and barren landscapes on display. every now and then, the requisite chaotic passage erupts to support the monster action on-screen. electronics are very tastefully incorporated -- there are various rumbly noises and sound effects, but nothing sounds overtly synthesized or unnatural and the textures are interesting and unified. an unexpected bonus: quotes of goldsmith's marvelous original score, including the main theme and the conch effects. parts of the score, such as the track "hello mommy", also reflect the long shadow cast by elliot goldenthal's alien 3 score -- the distorted guitar, rattling percussion and brass fireworks are straight out of the goldenthal method. the score, overall, works extremely well for the film. as a piece of standalone music, it is less successful. when you strip away the effects and orchestration, the underpinnings of the score -- melody, harmony, and rhythm -- are just too simplistic to reward repeated listens. one can only imagine what an elliot goldenthal or howard shore might have done with such an opportunity. all that said -- far from a failure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Soundtrack for an amazing film! August 18, 2012
Format:Audio CD
So many good tracks in this. Not overbearing. They serve to enhance the picture.

Some favourites include A Planet, Going in, Life, Dazed, Space Jockey, Collision, and Debris.
You will have to see the film to truly appreciate the way these tracks are used, giving each of their settings a highly surreal and atmospheric feel. No surprise from the Master Ridley Scott.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I feel as if Marc Streitenfeld has been under the industry microscope ever since he became Ridley Scott's go-to composer. He has never done a score without Ridley being involved in some fashion. His only two non-Ridley directed films are Welcome To The Riley's and The Grey; both are produced by Ridley Scott. Never has the microscope been more focused than for Prometheus; undoubtedly the biggest score of his career so far. I never had any doubts, but some people did. Then word got out that Harry Gregson-Williams had to come in to help with additional music. Why is this a big deal for many? I have no idea. The result is an absolutely masterful effort on Streitenfeld's part only enhanced by the grandiose wonder Harry brought to the table.

Prometheus' score is such a complex soundscape of different layers, tones and melodies that all blend into this mysteriously wonderful terror. It's clear that Harry was brought in to give the film some big cosmic and existential theme, which is what he did. A theme that is referenced a few times throughout the film. It serves as an anchoring point but it blends so perfectly with what Streitenfeld did. Clearly Streitenfeld and Harry worked together on this one as you can hear this motif in the track "Earth", which is credited to Streitenfeld. So to say that Harry "rescued" the film is completely inaccurate. The other 99% of the score by Streitenfeld is dark, brooding and at times thrilling. The music builds on you and is never boring. The score is structured almost perfectly and in the film it plays such a major role as music always does in a Ridley Scott film. The subtle undertones work very well as do the big overt cues. The film is driven by the score and as a musically conscious viewer I felt this score working over me every step of the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
Prometheus is a polarizing movie to be sure, but I love the original score. This has every piece of music. Great background music for coding or studying.
Published 19 days ago by Ralph T Sacco
5.0 out of 5 stars The trick is not minding that it hurts.
I loved this movie and so I bought the sound track. Appropriately dreamy, it helps prolong the dream state that the film produces. Except for the monsters, that is.
Published 1 month ago by Meredith Folsom
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
I am the kind of person that loves the classical horror music, so if your not like me then i don't think you would like it also i am a fan of the movie so i had to get it lol.
Published 4 months ago by Johnny Rekall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful and worth every penny I spent. It's hard to find muscial scores that I enjoy and I loved the entire soundtrack. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tess mcAvoy
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful music
Bought the album for background music for work atmosphere and it is wonderful. There are a couple tracks that my toddler likes falling asleep to at night.
Published 10 months ago by Lucky Mommy310
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful/haunting score.
It took some time for me to fully appreciate this score. Ultimately, i feel that the score for prometheus is appropriate and complementary to the image/film as well as expressive... Read more
Published 13 months ago by joeyjoe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Nothing thrilling here. Better than the movie itself. Won't rewatch the movie. Will listen to CD again, albeit not a top choice.
Published 15 months ago by Michelle Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and a little spooky too
Loved this movie and while watching it the soundtrack caught my attention. The music is beautiful and worthy of a listen.
Published 16 months ago by Annmarie Ortega
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, dark, and scary too.
Marc Streitenfeld's Prometheus soundtrack is as huge as this film's intergalactic concepts and equally as mysterious. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andy George
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soundtrack
Like the film, this soundtrack is getting unfair hatred due to misguided expectations. If you're a fan of Goldsmiths original score this should not disappoint you. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Edwin O. Eschberger
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Prometheus Score: My thoughts
Harry-Gregson William's contributions to this soundtrack (Life and We Were Right) are especially memorable, very much in line with Goldsmith's. The soundtrack is overall a nice blend of orchestral and industrial.
May 17, 2012 by William Rich |  See all 4 posts
Maybe Vangelis did it. They should have put all the tracks in order.
Jun 12, 2012 by Spiritual Architect |  See all 2 posts
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