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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Streifenfeld created some memorable pieces that stand well on their own.Published 5 months ago by TheCritic
WOW, Loved the music in the film and to listen to it without the stunning imagery is just as brilliant.Published 6 months ago by Matthew Barnes
Get's loud at times and compelling though most of is not strictly melodic. It does grab you though and I fine myself humming crashes and booms.Published 8 months ago by Thought Criminal
Excellent soundtrack, I bought this after watching the movie and really enjoy all of the tracks. Cool sound effects, evoking aliens and caverns. Read morePublished 14 months ago by James R. Hunt
Streitenfeld has created a masterpiece of mainly orchestral music with some "electronic" and choir sound elements in this movie soundtrack. Read morePublished 19 months ago by bowonwing