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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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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. It builds such a solid universe and it feels brand new. Streitenfeld references Jerry Goldsmith's Alien theme ever so slightly in "Friend From The Past"; a perfect track title.
Prometheus is a splendid wonder of brilliant scoring. It hits all the right beats and shows how talented the young Marc Streitenfeld is when it comes to hitting the right emotions. Harry's wondrous theme doesn't steal the show as some people may lead you to believe. It serves as a perfect accent to the already masterful score. Prometheus is a richly composed score that holds this great beast of a film together.
There are also two pieces by Harry Gregson-Williams on this CD.
One track, #18, "Friend From The Past," "contains the 'Theme From Alien' composed by (the Master Himself) Jerry Goldsmith." (See Alien soundtrack review for Goldsmith's experience with Sir Ridley creating the "Alien" soundtrack in the late 1970's)
If you are into movie soundtracks, this CD is a must have.
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especially a music score, then Promethus
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