Notably good film scores, anyone?

My apologies, for I can't be too descriptive about this, but I'm bored of the scores for most of today's popular films and am wondering if anybody can enlighten me to a great bank of odd-metered or harmonically intricate soundtracks for films and shows you've watched.

All would save a young composer from his murderous creative rut. Thank you.

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  • 1492, Blade Runner,  note how the music works with the intermit parts of the film. In fact watch the making of Blade Runner it's on you tube. Also the score for Aliens was done at break neck speed the making of Aliens is there also. I like Thomas Newman, you can really go for broke with his stuff. Paris Texas by Rye Cooder now there is story and a sound track. There will be blood had a great sound track.

  • There will be blood - Jonny Greenwood.
  • One of my favorite movie soundtracks is the cartoon Balto.  It's James Horner doing it so you're not going to get anything truly unorthodox, but I feel it's in his top 3 best scores.  The song "Treachery of Steele" is an awesome song that I think you'd like if you're looking for something you don't really hear all the time.

    I can't think of any odd-metered soundtrack songs right now but for harmonically intricate, the song "Towards the Climax" on the Death Note soundtrack is a very good example.  I would also suggest if you're looking for awesome orchestral music that you listen to the soundtracks of the games Morrowind and Oblivion.  This guy, Jeremy Soule who does those soundtracks is easily my favorite composer - songs like Sunrise of Flutes, Silt Sunrise, King and Country, Wings of Kynareth, Peace of Akatosh, Minstrel's Lament, etc contain what I consider some of the best use of harmony and orchestration in the modern day.  He doesn't do films, but many of these songs would go great in a film of an appropriate genre.

  • Now that I compose (a little bit, lol) and am into music a little bit...


    I naturally find myself really HEARING any soundtrack at all, although not alwaays. SOMEtimes I just NOTICE IT... then sometimes it JUST keeps making sure I really "notice it"...


    anyways... the last one that REALLY made an impression on me? Not that it was od in any way, rather jazzish slightly...


    was "THE FIRM".



    honestly blew me away. I mean, its just this SINGLE PIANO thru the WHOLE movie...


    and it was so cool......


    someone on HERE or another music site NAMED the guy, and pointed out he was VERY famous for doing  piano work like that...


    it just made a huge impression on me, not that it was in any way odd metered or odd tonality or anything like that...


    dont know the composer/performer... just "some guy with a piano" who created a whole score, 1 piano only... and it stays fresh and exciting all the way thru.


    or, I am such a newb I am easily impressed, thats believeable too, lmFao...


  • I gotta say Oldboy to this. I recently watched it again and it's the first movie that comes to my mind. It's a korean film and i think composer is korean aswell. The best known piece from the film is probably extremely beautiful "last waltz". I highly recommend movie and the soundtrack.

  • Ardent admirer of Shostakovich as I am, his film scores are not really worth listening to. Some of the greatest are by the Jewish emigres who 'came to Hollywood' in the mid-20th. Century. Erich Korngold is chief amongst these, although his film music does not rate with his serious stuff, and the extant recordings are rather terrible - (US orchestras were pretty bad back then). Seems to me Clint Eastwood peppers his production films with some interesting and nice music, probably because he is no slouch himself. I am very interested in any list of seriously interesting and/or attractive film music. But please don't bore me with John Williams, he couldn't write one really original note in his life. Listening to his Star Wars stuff is like having the pure scotch of Shostakovich's 10th. Symphony 2nd. movement mixed with bloody soft drink.

    Please list those really interesting and/or attractive scores.

  • Some personal favorites: Leonard Rosenman wrote the score to "The Fantastic Voyage," a 1966 sci-fi movie about a group of adventurers who are shrunk to microscopic size and injected into a near-dead scientist on a mission to perform a brain operation to save his life. Wonderful, simple, and evocative. Also, there was never a better theme song than Bill Conti's theme to Rocky, the 1976 movie starring Sylvester Stalone about a boxer. It's heroic and uplifting. The most recent score I can recall noticing as "good music" was the 2002 movie, "Catch Me If You Can," about a con man played by Leonardo DiCaprio. John Williams' title track was jazzy, subtle, and 60s-ish.

  • Thanks for the suggestions. Will look up some. John Williams is a good craftsman who writes some catchy music, or good catch-cry music - nothing above or beyond that. I'll look up Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. Any other suggestions? How about from 70s American films, before the return of high-production schmaltz. There was a great detective film with Gene Hackman that had some really effective modern music? Ascent to the Scaffold - Miles Davis, actually real art music - not just jazz.

  • not sure if you've heard the Dead space 1 soundtrack by Jason Graves (My favorite Composer) it's the most chaotic score I'v ever heard. hands down. check out this track

  • Had a listen to several themes by  Mr. Morricone, and as a kid I used to like the theme from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - even mimicked it on the guitar. Yeah, it is iconic. The Dead Space 1 soundtrack, for all of its superficial chaos, is actually very predictable. But I'm up for any other leads. I found the music to Girl With a Pearl Earring attractive, but then I was seduced by Vermeer a long time ago.

    Amazing that no-one in this thread has has said - Henri Mancini. Listening to the words, I think Moon River was written about Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn. Might actually have been more interesting than O'Toole and Hepburn, extravagantly beautiful as she was. The Days of Wine and Roses, what a song - even the Wes Montgomery version, and what a film. Then there's Andy Williams singing, Dear Heart. Yes, I can take Mancini seriously. Don't think I can cite anything for the script of 'odd-metered or harmonically intricate soundtracks', a little too prescriptive. But, of film composers - Korngold and Mancini, for me, take the cake. Have a listen to Korngold's opera, Violeta - quite a masterpiece, sort of a quietened version of Viennese ultra-romanticism.  

    Raymond Kemp said:

    Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
    Notably good film scores, anyone?
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