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Prometheus (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Soundtrack]

Marc StreitenfeldAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 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 (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,120 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
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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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39 of 46 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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24 of 29 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
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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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Prometheus sees the eagerly-awaited and highly anticipated return to the Alien franchise of director Ridley Scott, whose groundbreaking science fiction films in the late 1970s and early 80s help shaped the genre as we know it today. While not a direct prequel to his 1979 masterpiece, the film does take place before the events of that classic film, and within the same general universe. However, whereas the original Alien was essentially a haunted house movie in space, Prometheus asks bigger questions about the meaning - and origins - of life itself. Noomi Rapace and and Logan Marshall-Green star as a pair of scientists who, via some ancient cave paintings, discover a "star map" which they think will lead them across the universe to where life on Earth began. Years later, the pair arrive on a distant planet with a cadre of associates funded by the Weyland corporation: icy administrator Charlize Theron, ship's captain Idris Elba, geologist Rafe Spall, biologist Sean Harris, plus a sentient android named David, played with clinical conviction by Michael Fassbender. However, upon their arrival and initial forays onto the planet, the team find much more than they anticipated, and a great deal of danger.

The Alien franchise has a storied and impressive musical heritage, from Jerry Goldsmith on the original Alien, through James Horner on Aliens, Elliot Goldenthal on Alien 3, and John Frizzell on Alien Resurrection, as well as Brian Tyler and Harald Kloser on the Alien-Predator crossovers. It must have been a daunting task for German composer Marc Streitenfeld to step into this arena, not only with the weight of previous composers to consider, but with the added pressure of Prometheus being one of the most highly anticipated films in years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting mood music / bumper music
Published 14 days ago by James E. Canada
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you loved the music from the film the CD brings it all back. Well packaged item as described
Published 2 months ago by OCD-I-Am
1.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best
I'm very disappointed by such a poor soundtrack for a film. If you are a fan of Science Fiction soundtracks then you will be let down by this poor attempt at a memorable score.
Published 4 months ago by David
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 6 months 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 8 months 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 10 months ago by Johnny
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 11 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 16 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 19 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 21 months ago by Michelle Gross
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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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