Ten Tracks Today – 30th April 2012


01 – “Fall From Grace, Pt. 2” – L.A. Noire – Andrew Hale Great use of a small ensemble of players in this track: strings and brass come together in a tense (courtesy of the strings) and dramatic (brass) for a superior game score. The score as a whole is well worth hunting down. 02…

Ten Tracks Today – 23rd April 2012


01 – “The Airport Scene” – Catch Me If You Can – John Williams It’s the rhythms that are the attraction with this cue and the way that Williams skilfully passes the energy between the various sections of the orchestra. The score itself is not one of my favourites but this is a track that I do…

Ten Tracks Today – 24th December 2011


01 – “Bayou” – The Mechanic – Mark Isham A quiet reflective track this one. Isham’s use of electric guitar with the orchestra (as well as electronic percussion) melds well here. Not a particularly notable track but a pleasant enough piece to start off with. 02 – “When It All Started” – The Christmas Tango…

Ten Tracks Today – 17th December 2011


01 – “Deer Hunting” – I Am Legend – James Newton Howard There’s nothing much to the start of this cue – a tinkling piano motif – but pounding rhythms begin to intrude into the track as the peril of the deer becomes apparent. It’s not an over-orchestrated piece this, and it highlights well Howard’s…

Ten Tracks Today – 9th December 2011


01 – “Rambo Theme” – Rambo – Brian Tyler I think that Tyler does a sensitive job with Jerry Goldsmith’s original theme(s) here. Personally, I think what Tyler added himself fits really well with the more emotional side of the original. When the score goes all action-oriented it is a Tyler score, but then a…

Ten Tracks Today – 21st November 2011


01 – “The Source” – Doctor Who: Series 4 – Murray Gold It’s easy to forget sometimes that Gold’s music slows down a bit and becomes such an emotional cornerstone for the time traveller’s escapades. The first half illustrates this well with some trademark strings/brass combinations typical of the composer’s music for Doctor Who. I…

Ten Tracks Today – 17th November 2011


01 – “Punjabi’s Last Stand” – Jackboots On Whitehall – Guy Michelmore Starts off the cue with a lovely, uplifting passage but soon descends into a more comedic piece that is straight out of the “score for animation” drawer. But the cue is saved by some good dramatic string scoring to finish off with. Luckily…