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Prometheus Soundtrack

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. Collision
  22. Debris
  23. Planting The Seed
  24. Invitation
  25. Birth


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • ASIN: B007TBCTRK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G M. Stathis on June 19, 2012
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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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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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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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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