Music Composed & Produced by Hans Zimmer & John Powell
Executive in Charge of Music for DreamWorks Animation: Sunny Park Soundtrack Executive Producer: Robert Townson Additional Music: Lorne Balfe, Dominic Lewis & Paul Mounsey Music Editor: Adam Smalley Additional Music Editors: Peter "Oso" Snell & Slamm Andrews Score Recorded by Nick Wollage & Sam Okell Score Recorded at Air Studios & Abbey Road Studios, London
Score Mixed by Alan Meyerson Additional Recordings by Daniel Kresco Score Technical Engineers: Thomas Broderick, Victor Chaga, Chuck Choi, Andrew Kawczynski & John Traunwieser Sample Development: Sam Estes, Michael Hobe Score Assistant Engineers: John Barrett, Tom Bailey, Olga Fitzroy, Pete Hutchings, Adam Miller, Ben Robinson & Christian Wenger Score Editor: David Channing Score Mixed at Remote Control Productions, Santa Monica
Score Mix Assistant: Greg Vines Supervising Orchestrator: John Ashton Thomas Additional Orchestrations: Dave Metzger, Rick Giovinazzo, Andrew Kinney, Gavin Greenaway, Tommy Laurence & Germaine Franco Percussion Soloists: Frank Ricotti, Paul Clarvis, Gary Kettel, Stephen Henderson, Bill Lockhart & Ian Thomas Erhu Soloist: Hua Qi Timpani Soloists: Michael Baker Solo Cello: Anthony Pleeth Score & Choir Conducted by Gavin Greenaway Orchestra Leader: Emlyn Singleton Choir: Metro Voices Choir Master: Jenny O'Grady Music Preparation: Mark Graham Librarians: Jill Streater & Dave Hage London Orchestral Contractor: Isobel Griffiths Assistant Orchestral Contractor: Lucy Whalley
Music Managers: Roger Tang & Susan Thampi Additional Overdub Production by Germaine Franco Music Production Services by Steve Kosky Studio Managers: Czarina Russell, Alison Burton & Colette Barber Score Coordinator for Hans Zimmer: Andrew Zack Music Clearance: Julie Butchko Music Business Affaires: Dan Butler, Liz McNicoll & Jennifer Schiller Album Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Dumpling Warrior Remix by Tom Holkenborg
Hans Zimmer & John Powell would like to thank: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bill Damaschke, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Melissa Cobb, Guillermo Del Toro, Clare Knight, Sunny Park, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Slamm Andrews, Bob Badami, Eva & David Balfe, Lorne Balfe, Jason Bertsch, David Channing, Matt Dunkley, Papa-Ginou, Gavin Greenaway, Isobel Griffiths, Hua Qi, Andrew Kawczynski, Steven Kofsky, Daniel Kresco, Dominic Lewis, Rachel McDonald, Hu Mee, Alan Meyerson, Vivan Milanova, Paul Mounsey, Jenny O'Grady, Adam Smalley, Peter "Oso" Snell, Roger Tang, John Ashton Thomas, Lucy Whalley, Nick Wollage
Hans Zimmer would like to thank: John Powell, Bonnie Abaunza, Tiffany Bordenave, Ben Burfield, Max Golfar, Peter Gorges, Michael Gorfaine, Jasha Klebe, Christina Mansky, Lee Rossignol, Jeff Sanderson, Sam Schwartz, Shalini Singh, Chris Strong & a special thanks to Suzanne Zimmer & the "Mini Z's", & Zoe Zimmer
John Powell would like to thank: Hans Zimmer, Laura Engel, Jeffrey Light, Emlyn Singleton, & a special thanks to Melinda & Oliver
Additional thanks: David Altschul, Dasmarie Alvino, Melissa Baldwin, Jim Beshears, Candace Carlo, Ann Daly, David Dinsmore, Tina Duke, Kim Fast, Shane Glick, Anne Globe, David Gueringer, Michiel Groeneveld, Richard Hamilton, Katie Hery, Mark Hester, Charlene Huang, Sonia Jauregui, Dinah LeHoven & the Huntington Library Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, Carole Sue Lipman, Nick Loritsch, Debbie Luner, Darrin Ly, Sean McGinn, Cynthia Park, Michele Reed, Chevion Reese, Cristina Schweitzer, Mona Shokrai, Rob Stone, Steve Tom, David Yanover
Release date : 05/24/2011
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Thinking about Kung Fu Panda 3 here, and wondering, score-wise...
Powell, Zimmer, and co. did Kung Fu Panda 1, and Powell's influence was stronger than Zimmer's. Powell, Zimmer, and co. did Kung Fu Panda 2, and Powell was dissatisfied with the process, while Lorne Balfe's musical voice was given a lot of airtime. Still, there was a lot of Powell influence throughout the score due to the quotations from the first movie.
Now, last time Zimmer worked on an "officially" collaborative score with one other composer was Chris Nolan's Batman movies. For The Dark Knight Rises, though, the only references to the previous films' music were references to the Zimmer material, with none of JNH's music being directly referenced. So given that, but also considering Powell's influence on this series, how much do we think we'll hear references to Powell's KFP contributions in the third movie?
There's clearly some JNH influence in TDKR !
But yeah... not as much as if JNH was there... lol
Rabbit hole but...I wish JNH had decided to do that movie rather than leaving because of Zimmer and Nolan's established friendship :(
Anonymous: No argument there!
Hybrid: I guess. Cues like "Nothing Out There For Me," with the piano cue from the other films, do reflect JNH's influence, along with "For Old Times' Sake," which is "Preparing Equipment" from Begins in extended form (which JNH was supposedly in charge of). But the other 99% of the time, TDKR is made up of Hans' contributions to those movies. Still, I guess both composers wrote the core material for Begins, so JNH's influence will ultimately be everywhere.
Either way, back to the KFP topic, it will be interesting to see a KFP film without Powell directly involved, though given that the director loves her temp music, we'll no doubt here Powell contributions tracked into the film. ;)
I simply hope it's not going to sound like nobody in the music department gave an F about the project - like "certain few" projects of yesteryear(s) did.
What are the odds of it being a Hans/Lorne score (which I suppose KFP2 basically was anyway).
NM, those odds are likely IMO.
i'd say it's more likely that, since lorne is so busy nowadays, steve mazzaro and andrew kawczynski will be brought onboard to help out (zimmer's new bffs) :P
Mazzaro and Kawczynski are both so electronic though...I hope they can bring in Dom Lewis and/or Paul Mounsey instead to keep that Powell touch.
Well Dominic Lewis has at least worked on Zimmer scores before (Sherlock Holmes 2, Rango, vocals on TASM 2), so that's not too far-fetched. Paul Mounsey? Maybe. But I don't know.
Mounsey has worked on at least one "Zimmer" score...Kung Fu Panda 2! :p
Mounsey is now a regular Elfman guy... :P
I meant scores where Zimmer is the composer at the helm...And even on KFP2, Mounsey was working under Powell. ;)
Yeah...It's funny how much I thought Epic sounded more like a Powell score than an Elfman one when it first came out, and I take a closer look, and there Mounsey is doing additionals. ^^
@Hyrid "It's not HZ who didn't do KFP 2, it's Powell who jumped ship !"
Just to move that discussion back here... can you tell us what happened on that score? It seems like most people's assumptions were completely wrong! (as usual haha)
Powell couldn't stand the director who was in love with the KFP 1 temp music... Of course the director is also the KFP 3 director... lol
You know, that's a fairly good reason to dislike a director. Why bother with a sequel score if most of it will be rehashing anyways?
And yes, it is surprising how wrong we tend to be about HZ's involvement on scores like this. There's more to his composing than meets the eye...or ear. lol.
And just so we're sure, John Powell will *not* be returning for KFP3, right? No way, no how?
Actually his departure is the reason Lorne got so much to do...
And of course Powell would NEVER EVER return for KFP 3...
Thanks for the info Hybrid. The whole thing makes a lot more sense now!
Out of interest so the issue can be settled once and for all, do you know what tunes/cues HZ worked on on this one?
To me Shen's theme is very Hansi...
From Powell's mouth the last act is mostly Lorne (Zen Ball Master to My Son Is Alive). Actually in the cue sheet the last cue, "My Son Is Alive" (which is the very end of the movie), is the only cue credited to HZ/LB without Powell, and it's sounds quite a lot like Lorne's Harry's Arctic Heroes lol...
Does that last cue correspond with the track "My Fist Hungers For Justice"? If so, it reminds me A LOT of "My Name Is Lincoln" from The Island soundtrack...
And due to Hybrid's track postings, we know Powell was the main guy behind "Po Finds the Truth." ;)
so zimmer did the shen music and supervised/contributed to the project, and powell did po finds the truth and eventually left the project due to creative differences, and the ghostwriters--mostly lorne--did everything else? ;)
huge oversimplification, but that sounds like the gist of it. lol.
Well in the end, Hans' influence—since he stayed throughout the whole project—will be everywhere. Especially on the Lorne cues, we can assume he did legitimate writing to some extent (beyond the "completely Lorneish" cues like Stealth Mode). Just because an additional guy is credited doesn't have to mean Zimmer, one of the main composers, was just sitting back in a lounge chair till his assistant composer made him happy. lol.
Same goes for Powell. He worked directly on Po Finds the Truth, but even before he decided enough was enough, we can assume he had a hand in writing the entire project, especially the Dom Lewis and Paul Mounsey cues. Hybrid has pointed out before, very often when the "ghostwriters" are working on a cue, the main composer will have already written a basic version of it. So even with the new revelation about Powell, we can assume both he and Zimmer had a reasonably sizable role anyway.
"And due to Hybrid's track postings, we know Powell was the main guy behind "Po Finds the Truth." ;)"
Who says it's not Hans with Powell credited for KFP 1 ? -_- lol
The "new" parts of "Po Finds the Truth" sound like Hans to me.
"Especially on the Lorne cues, we can assume he did legitimate writing to some extent (beyond the "completely Lorneish" cues like Stealth Mode)."
Yeah. The end of "Face to Face" sounds like Hans to me - the part where the very aggressive low brass comes in. Parts of "More cannons" do as well. "Invasion Begins" sounds like the beginning of a suite that was just plugged in. Indeed the Shen tune is in nearly every cue in various guises. It's actually prob the reason the score doesn't sound like a rehash.
It's such a shame it only exists in fragments and not as a satisfying full arrangement.
Even though Powell did Sacred Pool of Tears for the first one, Hans wrote the theme beforehand. So, it's technically more Hans than JP anyways. So, in conclusion until now, we can safley say Powell at least started the Mounsey tracks and Hans did Po Finds The Truth. That one always sounded like a typical unscholarly Zimmer arrangement to me btw.
Hybrid: "Who says it's not Hans..."
THAT explains so much. lol. I knew that track sounded Zimmerish, but wasn't gonna doubt your expertise in this area. xD Thank you!
Whoops, last post was me.
So to finally, finally put this topic to rest, the breakdown is...
1. Hans Zimmer and John Powell both did: main themes from first movie 2. Hans Zimmer did: Shen theme and Po Finds the Truth, as well as other contributions throughout, especially on cues with Lorne's name attached 3. John Powell did: some amount of contributions, probably early versions of the Paul Mounsey and Dominic Lewis cues (since those two worked with him on HTTYD), and the temp material from the first film like in Po Finds the Truth (new material in there by Zimmer, though) 4. Lorne Balfe did: several cues working with Zimmer, as well as "Stealth Mode," "Zen Ball Master," and "My Son is Alive" 5. Dominic Lewis and Paul Mounsey did arrangements for Powell
Sound right? If so, we should finally be able to calm down about whose "voice" is heard most here. It sounds like Hans and Lorne ended up doing the legwork, and Powell's sound carries over from his large contribution to the first movie.
I think, judging from all that's been said, Jed's got it. There's no doubt more to it still, but this sounds like a reasonable breakdown.
Basically, I think we can all admit that "Music by Hans Zimmer & Lorne Balfe" may have made for a somewhat more apt cover credit, with a "Themes by Hans Zimmer and John Powell" sub-credit. lol. But in the end, this is just a really fantastic score, whoever made the biggest contributions, and everyone who wrote it deserves kudos for making it that way. ;)
am I the only one who hears tons of zimmer all throughout daddy issues? especially with what the strings do around 2:44. sounds almost like the beckett theme haha.
No, I agree with that one...Po Finds the Truth and Daddy Issues are probably the two tracks where Zimmer's musical voice bleeds through most clearly (as well as Inner Peace, which is just a rehash from KFP1, but the woodwinds in there make me think of The Last Samurai...).
I just find it hard to believe that Powell had a hands-off approach to a cue like "Zen Ball Master". The first 3-4 minutes of that sound so much like authentic, fresh (fantastic!) Powell material that my brain is having a hard time reconciling the idea that it might just be Lorne Balfe. Certainly I've never heard anything else by Balfe that shows he has the capability of writing an orchestral action cue of such complexity and color.
This score hurts my head. It's worse than The Rock. :(
Check some of his orchestral for Directors Cuts... The kind of stuff no one ever asks him to do... lol
Yeah, this one may hurt the head, but it sure pleases the ears... lol
Who do you guys think wrote the villain's tune, as heard in the opening track (1:43-end), and "Save Kung Fu" (2:31:2-41), Fireworks Factory (4:44-5:24), etc? Zimmer or Powell?
To me it sounds like a Zimmer theme, but put through a Powell arrangement/orchestration most of the time.
To me most of this score sounds like Balfe's, with a few Zimmer spices here and there. I get the feeling that Powell got the co-credit because of the significant amount of stuff that were carried over from the original.
I agree. Zimmer isn't heard obviously in much of this score, as has been repeatedly hashed out, but neither is Powell, if you ask me! It does seem like the additional guys did most of the writing here, albeit copiously using old themes and cues and doing so, presumably, under Powell and Zimmer's direction. I honestly don't see Zimmer *really* doing much of KFP3, either, even though his name is the main credit so far.
I agree, to me the score mostly sounds like Lorne Balfe.
But I dunno, as I've said before, I don't think it's a case that Zimmer or Powell write a sketch and then sit back and drink coffee while the others do the work. I imagine it's very collaborative.
Unfortunately there's very few interviews/info about this score compared to a lot of others, which is a pity, because it's one of the best RCP collaborations. It's a really tight, well put-together, consistent, enjoyable score, and it's a shame none of the composers involved want to talk about it!
There aren't much interviews because the projects didn't go that well during its production. And Powell actually didn't do much.
Any ideas which scenes Powell actually worked on, if any?
Powell did "Po Finds the Truth," apparently. I do find it pretty funny that it seems like the two primary composers didn't have as big a role as some of the secondary ones...And yet, this score is still great!
Oh? That's interesting. Was it like a "Pirates" situation where everything was rushed or a producer thing?
Listen carefully to the score. Its not hard to see who did the work.
Zimmer writes his simple, strong themes like the shen one and then Balfe gives them the ornate orchestrations and Powell-esque arrangements. Simple. Like I said here months ago on the batman page. Zimmer doesn't write this style of complicated cue himself. That's not his style. He doesn't do frilly and swirls and trumpets, he does austere and basic. Enter Balfe to spice it up.
Maybe that's why people are mixing up and thinking Powell did more than he did. Zimmer tunes + Balfe arrangement and you get a decent impression. Which was pretty much Megamind as well, a mini-Powell score in parts. Balfe is a very good arranger let's give him credit.
So here's my list of what I claim to be the credits of each track. I think it's pretty split between Hans and John, and that they played equal roles in the making of the soundtrack. I have reasonings too for the choices. As I mentioned before, Lorne Balfe is Hans' long term scoring partner and it would be irrational to say that Hans' name just shows up on the cover because his themes from the first film were used here (which is wrong). As you can see Lorne was involved in 9 tracks, so I suppose Hans has written them. Paul Mounsey only worked for John Powell in the past. Dominic Lewis worked with both before KFP 2, but I think he did write for John here, since he was involved in HTTYD and he first worked with Hans on Rango which came out a few months before KFP 2. "Inner Peace" and "Po finds the truth" are guesses, but they do sound like Hans, so he gets the credits here.
Let me hear what you think about this.
1. John Powell 2. John Powell 3. Hans Zimmer 4. John Powell 5. Hans Zimmer 6. Hans Zimmer 7. Hans Zimmer 8. Hans Zimmer 9. John Powell 10. Hans Zimmer / John Powell (First part Hans, second part John) 11. Hans Zimmer 12. Hans Zimmer / John Powell (First part Hans, second part John) 13. Hans Zimmer 14. John Powell 15. John Powell / Hans Zimmer (First half John, second half Hans) 16. Hans Zimmer
Completely disagree with a few of your guesses. "More Cannons" is clearly, blatantly, 100% Powell. So is "My First Hungers for Justice" (it sounds like the HTTYD flying theme). And I think all of "Zen Ball Master" is Powell as well, with the last minute or so showing some Lorne Balfe influence from Megamind. In fact, I'm willing to bet that the parts people such as yourself are labeling as "Hans" are in fact mostly Balfe.
Hans had a terrible year in 2011, and this score is incredible, which also lends to my gut feeling that Powell was the chief driving force here.
A terrible year ?
2 words => The Moriarty Suite, the Rango Suite, the Bane Suite (which was technically done BEFORE even Sherlock 2) ! :P
Hmm....Hans hardcore fan vs Powell hardcore fan. Interesting :D
Yes, a terrible year. You can't point to individual tracks and say otherwise. Yes, those cues are all good, but what about the scores themselves? Rango - incoherent. Pirates 4 - AWFUL. Sherlock 2 - a mess of random source pieces and whatnot. Bane suite doesn't count.
@Ed I based my guesses on, let's say "empirical data". The truth is that "More Cannons" is featured on Lorne's personal website, so it can't be a "clearly, blatantly, 100% Powell", unless you are saying, Lorne's lying, lol. The second half of "Zen Ball Master" is also featured on his website. But you're right, Lorne did play a big role here and except for "Inner Peace" and "Po Finds The Truth" you don't get much of a Zimmer vibe here.
I guess there's no accounting for taste. Game of Shadows was the one soundtrack that made me a fan.
There's a part at the end of "More Cannons" that has the same Megamind rhythm you hear at the end of "Zen Ball Master", so yeah, I guess there's a bit of Balfe in there as well. But the main part from 0:00-2:11 bleeds Powell to me. Those trumpets, dude...nobody writes for brass like that in RC except Powell.
Game of Shadows is a decent score with an awful, awful album release. If I wanted to hear a Slovakian jam session I'd buy a Slovakian jam session CD.
2011 wasn't a year of terrible scores as much as terrible albums (POTC4 [lame score, too], Sherlock Holmes 2, Rango...). But then, 2012 had some lame albums, too. Last year and this year (so far), Zimmer's album releases have picked up.
It's true that the albums for Rango and Sherlock 2 are worse than the scores themselves. But Pirates 4...man, that one is really hard to forgive all around.
Too right. The only good thing about the POTC4 score in my opinion was the mermaid theme.
So why would Lorne put the whole track on his website if he only has written 30 seconds of it. I agree that the similarities are there, but since Henry Jackman has written "Puss In Boots" I'm convinced that some trademarks are not just limited to one specific composer. Btw the jam sessions only make up about 7 minutes of the soundtrack release and I do not count the track "Did you kill my wife".
I found POTC 4 unappealing as a whole, but "Angelica" and "Palm Tree Escape" are worth a listen.
I can tell whether music is Powell or not. I've been listening to him obsessively over the past four years or so. I'm not sure why Lorne would put up the entire track, but I guess he didn't want to just edit out the part he did.
And as for Sherlock 2...it's not just the jam sessions (which total a lot more than 7 minutes if you include the bonus cies). There's another pointless remix, and then there's the two weird opera mutilations...and the waltz track...and the fact that the entire album is sped up like it's trying to avoid getting taken down on YouTube...gaaah.
The opera track was basically an arrangement of Mozart's Don Giovanni with Zimmer brass technique (It is Zimmer, right?) and it was kind of messy, but still good. The remix is actually one of the better ones out there. I don't think we will get to agree with each other on this topic. :D Btw this thread got really off-topic. Why is there no activity in the forum. It would be perfect to discuss such things.
It's Lorne mimicking Powell...
Stealth Mode for instance is 200% Lorne...
And the very ending of "My Fist..." is Lorne too...
And yes I can point any single track I want, because scores are basically a sum of tracks ! Quality wins over quantity... And I'm talking Zimmer tracks...
Stealth Mode doesn't really sound like Powell, though...I never thought that one was. I didn't know that about My Fist Hungers for Justice though.
Quality does indeed win over quantity...but when there's one or two quality tracks in amongst a messy rest of the score, that's not enough. I think that's the problem I've been having with Zimmer scores lately. He just writes a few "ideas" for a score and the rest is just repetitions, or filling in the blanks. He doesn't write to the picture anymore, he writes to concept...
Kudos to that very, very last part Edmund...if you ask me, his quality as a whole has dropped because of that. He's still a good composer, but he isn't what he used to be.
Edmund, I think the end of "My fist..." sounds more like "My name is Lincoln" from The Island. I never thought about HTTYD when listening to it.
Hybrid, you wrote "The Moriarty Suite, the Rango Suite, the Bane Suite (which was technically done BEFORE even Sherlock 2) ! :P"
THANK YOU!! SO many people overlook the Sherlock 2 score (especially the Moriarty music, which in my humble opinion is one of Hans' best themes ever) and even the Bane suite (also one of the best IMO)
Edmund argues that single tracks don't save a score - well, look at Game of Shadows. Yes, the album release was bad, but that doesn't make the score itself bad. Yes, it felt a bit erratic at times, but the movie itself IS that way - the characters are moving from place to place, and as such the styles change.
Yes yes, we all know On Stranger Tides was a disaster... but it isn't terrible, and I don't think one disastrous score makes the year terrible.
Rango was all around decent, nothing there that makes it a terrible year.
"Bane suite doesn't count"? So, you're suggesting that because one theme is good, it "doesn't count"? As Hybrid said, scores are just compilations of themes, so single tracks can make a score decent as long as the other tracks aren't terrible - bringing me to my next point,
Rises was actually pretty good, even without Bane. Bit too synthy a couple of times, but overall it's a very emotional score (even without JNH) and a majority of it IS Bane's theme. I think there's more Bane music in the film than there is Batman music, which is fine because Bane's theme was very well-written and is loved by many listeners.
This is just my opinion... I'm not trying to re-spark an old argument or anything, I just want to defend the composer and the soundtracks I cherish. I listen to Rises and Sherlock 2 quite a lot, they're two of my favorite soundtracks.
Even if Zimmer technically wrote Bane material in 2011, it's still for a 2012 score and so it doesn't count when discussing how good or not good his 2011 was. That's what I meant by saying it doesn't count. I'm not a massive fan of Rises but it's certainly a better score than anything Hans put out in 2011.
Again, it's hard to fairly judge Sherlock 2 with that album release, which must be one of the worst in film music history.
Ah, I see what you mean as far as the release dates.
To judge GOS, simply watch the movie :)
I haven't seen Game of Shadows since it first came out. I remember the score being decent in film (still not quite as good as the first one, but a three-star effort at least). Still, until a complete for that one finally emerges, I don't think I'll be able to judge it fairly. In film (under sfx etc. where you're not able to hear the details in the music) isn't enough for me.
It is indeed an awful album, but I quite enjoyed Game of Shadows in-film, personally. I actually thought it complemented the film BETTER than the first one, but that the first one was better when taken by itself.
The complete score of game of shadows doesn't offer much more than the soundtrack. Sure, there's the wedding cue, some fine rearrangements of the main theme, also the fight scene with the assassin, but we got the Shadows suite, a few Lorne tracks and the Roma sessions were all in the movie. That's pretty much all the new ideas for this movie.
I know this topic gets really, really stale...So if no one replies that's fine... :P But I'm genuinely surprised that Po Finds the Truth is a "Powell cue." I can definitely hear Powell at the very beginning and end, but the midsection/meat of it sounds totally Zimmerish, and not Powellish, to me (for the longest time I felt convinced that even if Zimmer did little else in this score, he did the majority of this cue). And interestingly, although it's apparently otherwise, the Shen theme *doesn't* sound like Zimmer to me, even though it's credited to him!
Collaboration scores like this can be fascinating, can't they?
(I guess in the end, this whole score is a co-score: so even if Powell did most of the cue, it's still entirely possible that Zimmer did the middle of it).
this score feels a lot more cohesive than the first one. anyone else feel that way too? the first one felt like it had 2 different sounds, the Powellish stuff and the Zimmerish stuff, but this one is more "together" and has a unified sound all throughout.
Completely agree. This soundtrack album is a real pleasure to listen to, while the first one... not so much imo.
Well the scores are completely different, the teams & all... Exit Henry Jackman & James McKee Smith, welcome Lorne, Dom & Paul Mounsey... But yeah I agree, just like Begins sounds more collaborative than TDK...
Hybrid, I'm really interested in how they put together this score. It's a great score. Do they all toss in ideas? Do some people start cues, others finish? Did Hans & John sit down and write the themes first? It'd be cool to see any detailed articles or anecdotes about it.
It's one of my favorite recent RCP scores and not a whole lot of interviews or interesting reads about it compared to, say, Man of Steel.
Hans said he sat down with John and someone would come up with an idea or starting to write a cue and the other one would finish it or expand it. So, they worked closely together on this series. Example from the first one: John got the basic idea for "Panda Po" and Hans added a middle part to it. I guess it's the louder part with the drums.
There were two for the previous one (Panda Po and Oogway Ascends), but I don't think this one has any. Honestly, I find that scores NOT based entirely on suites (this one, or Batman Begins) turn out better, with more varied and interesting cues, but that's just me. :)
Oh don't get me wrong I love this score, almost every minute of it. It's engaging, inventive, addictive, fun and in my opinion better than the first one.
But I like hearing suite presentations of themes. It makes it easier to appreciate how they're woven into the score. Imagine how awesome all of the elements of the Shen theme would sound as a proper fleshed out suite of music.
Holy crap, I just noticed this wonderfully rich score has a 2/5 rating!? WTF happened to people's ears??
They fell off because the score was TOO wonderfully rich, and they couldn't judge the rest of it well, and gave it a 2/5. ;)
Haha, you must be right. I have to admit it took me quite a few listens to fully enjoy it!
Never trust the ratings at this website. Never.
Just listening to "Bull Run" and missing Powell so much. This track is so wonderfully insane and absolute fun.
Yeah. Here, it would be best if one would read the comments below rather than seeing the rating. Even though we see different kind of opinions about that particular score one can get an idea on what to expect from the score.
The Thing is that Zimmer is capable of the low pitch perc. and the other stuff. there wher some other elements that sounded like Zimmer in the score. I'd have to listen to it again to tell you.
Is it safe to say that everything that Lorne Balfe worked on is by Zimmer? I suppose Paul Mounsey only worked with Powell here. He gets credited for additional music on several Powell projects and has never worked on a Zimmer project. Dominic Lewis has worked for both composers so far, so it's harder to tell. He currently works at Remote Control Prod. while Powell has his own studio now. (ram.ac.uk/dominic-lewis)But I guess he worked for both on this score.
A composer/arranger named Sebastian Wolff put some music sheets from the first movie online. He credited Zimmer for Sacred Pool of Tears, Oogway Ascends and Zimmer and Powell for Panda Po. You can see a Dreamsworks copyright on the bottom of the sheets. I would take this as a serious source. Since some themes in Sacred Pool of Tears were used in Save Kung Fu and Po Finds the Truth, I suppose these tracks are by Zimmer.
Any thoughts, criticism on this?
My criticism is of the following: since some themes in Sacred Pool of Tears were used in Save Kung Fu and Po Finds the Truth, I suppose these tracks are by Zimmer.
They do sound like Zimmer, you're right, especially Po Finds the Truth (I have every confidence Zimmer did that one). But the KFP scores are full of Powell using Zimmer's music and vice versa, so it's impossible to say for sure. Batman Begins was the same way. If Hybrid Soldier is at all correct, James Newton Howard did several of the cues which really sound like Zimmer and use his themes.
"If Hybrid Soldier is at all correct, James Newton Howard did several of the cues which really sound like Zimmer and use his themes."
I agree on that, same with TDK. You think that it's definitely Howard but suddenly you hear the Joker theme in the background. I guess they want you to be confused. ;)
No matter who did what, Zen Ball Master is a masterpiece ! Cant stop listening to it ! This whole album is a very good team work and its very interesting to feel each composer influence in the cues like some of you already did !
And by the way, about the possible confusion between John Powell and Lorne Balfe contributions to this score, I just noticed how the end of the cue "freedom fighter" (from 1'40) of Balfe's Assassins Creed III OST sounds like Jason Bourne...
Sorry for multiple post , I meant (from 1'50) Ti sum up, sometimes it maybe hard to tell precisely which composer is responsible for a part of a team work....
I know this topic has been beaten to death, but some time has passed and maybe Hybrid can confirm this:
I am 99.9% sure that Hans wrote Shen's theme and that John wrote the lovely theme we hear at the very end (My Son Is Alive) and focused on developing Po's theme. I'm not concerned with who did which cue, we have that information (although it's still a bit vague and confusing). I'm talking about themes. I'm fully convinced that Powell wrote that last theme although the cue sheet credits Hans and Lorne.
Btw, the other 0.1% is a hunch that tells me that Powell might have been involved in Shen's theme as well. But it sounds competely like a Zimmer theme to my ears :)
There are few composers I'm more familiar with than Zimmer and Powell - I've heard the scores from at least 80% of the former's films and probably more like 90% of the latter's - but I'm just basing this on my own opinions, so take it with a grain of salt:
I'm fairly sure that Zimmer had very, very little to do with this score. As you say, he may have written Shen's theme, but the way it is orchestrated, and this goes for the entire score, is pure Powell in style. Like take the cue "Invasion Begins" - the percussion writing in that track is a trademark of Powell's. In fact, the only parts of the score I can point to and definitively say that I hear a voice other than Powell's are the ends of "More Cannons" and "Zen Ball Master", both of which reprise the 7/8 action meter from Megamind. But that, to me, seems more indicative of a Lorne Balfe contribution than a Zimmer one (as I get the impression from Megamind that Zimmer wrote the themes in "Giant Blue Head" and "Roxanne", and Balfe the rest of the cues and underscore). "My Son is Alive", or the end of "My Fist Hungers for Justice", is definitely a Powell contribution because it's basically the flying theme from How to Train Your Dragon.
But mostly the reason I say it's Powell is because it's orchestrally dynamic in a way that few Zimmer scores have ever really been. In general, Powell's orchestral writing tends to be far more complex than Zimmer's (which isn't a criticism of Zimmer or anything, but you can't deny that his orchestral writing is usually pretty straightforward - and there's a ton of woodwinds in this score and other recent Powell scores but hardly any recent Zimmer scores).
I think the reason the cue sheets credit Zimmer is because he was probably involved with writing the themes from the first KFP and, as you say, maybe also Shen's from this one. But I'd say that the actual writing of the cues is down to Powell on this one. Also note that other than Balfe, Dom Lewis and Paul Mounsey are regular additional music contributors to Powell scores - another clue.
Just my two (or more) cents. I love this score to pieces, hence why I've given it so much thought. :)
I agree wholeheartedly on some points. I think it was Powell's decision to make the orchestration of this score more dynamic. Although, I believe Hans incorporated the majority of the ethnic instruments. I also believe the cue sheet is, well, misleading. I trust my gut and instinct more than the cue sheet most of the time because, as we've agreed, the My Son Is Alive cue is definitely Powell. I also believe Powell took more liberty with using Hans' themes whereas I can't point to a specific cue where it sounds like Zimmer handled Powell's themes.
What I can't agree with is the notion that Zimmer took a back seat here. There are so many moments in the score where I can safely say, that's Zimmer. Some of the best moments of the score, and you can't disagree with me here, are thanks to Zimmer's lovely themes. If Zimmer wrote Shen's theme, and I do believe he did, then he wrote a theme suite. Sticking to tradition that theme suite must be around (a mere guess of mine) seven minutes. It could be up to twelve or sixteen minutes, idk. But most likely, if such a theme suite exists most of the statements we hear of Shen's theme are taken from and inspired by that theme suite.
Here's why I'm so confident that Shen's theme is 100% Zimmer. It's greatly influenced by many of Zimmer's themes. Listen to The Pirate Lord of Singapore, Tribal War from Black Hawk Down, and Air Battle from the Pearl Harbor bootleg. I can name a few other influences: Sherlock Holmes, Rango, The Last Samurai, etc. The rest is just my intuition. From the first moment I heard this score I identified Shen's theme and all of its variations as Zimmer's work and contribution.
Apart from the fact that Zimmer's themes dominate a lot of the score, there are many cues that I believe are 100% his. I'd like to name them all, but I would need some time to listen to the score and jot them down. I believe, and this is just a hunch again, that Hans contributed more of the Lalo Schifrin style to this score (mainly heard in Gongmen Jail).
You know, it's pretty interesting how our hunches lead us in different directions. I must confess that I haven't listened to nearly as many of Powell's scores as I have Zimmer's. But I think I've gained enough intuition from listening to Zimmer's scores (I've listened to the vast majority of them) to know, as far as I'm concerned, what he wrote. I think this score is pretty much a split 50/50 as far as who did what.
Not to interrupt, but "Po Finds the Truth" and "Inner Peace" sound completely Zimmer to me.
I totally agree. I think Inner Peace is mostly Zimmer except for the last thirty seconds or so. I think Powell's contribution in Po Finds The Truth is the theme that plays from 0:18 to 0:40, and the rest sounds like Zimmer to me. I also think Zimmer contributed the most in Daddy Issues, Stealth Mode, Gongmen Jail, Po and Shen/Face to Face, and More Cannons
I'd also like to say that to me, the first film sounds mostly like Hans Zimmer, the second film sounds mostly like John Powell. I think that makes sense, too, because maybe the second movie was a sort of "preparation" for Powell's solo effort, How to Train Your Dragon.
Forget that. KFP2 came after.
To figure out the two sounds, Zimmer is more Eastern 'Prokoviev' and Powell is the Eastern 'Ron Goodwin' with the brass trills.
I think it's mostly Powell
Shen's theme's writing is so dynamic where Tai Lung theme is more generic, the latter's style is usually Zimmer's with its brasses( mostly trombone), the former's is always Powell's with its incorporation of many strings and brasses, complemented with woodwinds with its flowing-kind-of notes.
We can see here that Powell takes the lion share, starts with Shen's theme, and then "three masters" theme, again dynamic (the trademark is the usual trumpets background), and then goes again with "rickshaw chase", the beginning is so Powell that we usually hear, and also the timpani and dynamic style, with returning cues from "the bridge" in the first film which i believe was written by Powell, and of course "how to train your dragon" theme in the end (the use of the french horn is obvious), etc.
I think Zimmer name placement is mostly because some of the first movie's theme.
But the real question; Where is powell in 2013, no credits of him whatsoever???
@MGDrone: Thanks for the reply! But there are certain points I disagree with. For one, I don't think Zimmer wrote a theme suite for Shen's theme...if he did, then why isn't it on the album? Zimmer usually hides his theme suites on the album somewhere (not with Dark Knight Rises, but they emerged eventually). But because it's a relatively short theme, I think that even if he did write it (which is very possible), he left the arrangement and development and orchestration of it to Powell and co. So he may have written the notes down at the conceptual stages, but I think it's Powell who took that theme and applied it on a cue-by-cue basis. Hence, I give him more credit for it as it appears on the album and in the film.
Also, let me just run quickly through the cues you claimed were Zimmer's:
"Inner Peace". As you say, the last 30 seconds are most definitely Powell's, sounds a lot like Shrek. The beginning of the cue, with the flute puffs, could be Zimmer (sounds like Last Samurai woodwind work). As for the rest of it, even if it is Zimmer, it's basically just a carbon copy of "Sacred Pool of Tears" from the first score - so it isn't evidence for new Zimmer writing on this score either!
"Po Finds the Truth". Yeah, a good Zimmer-candidate. It's one of the cues I don't listen to as often (in fact, that goes for many of the tracks you listed! Maybe that's just because I enjoy Powell's recent work more than Zimmer's). And again it contains a lot of quotes from "Sacred Pool of Tears". BUT the end, the last minute or so, is 100% Powell - the fast woodwind runs, the style of the percussion, the trumpets at 4:41. But I think you found one of the more co-composed tracks in the score. As is "Po and Shen/Face to Face", but again, I think Powell at least did the percussion for that cue. And the second half is mostly Powell to me - the playful moments, and then the vibrant action cue in the second half.
"Stealth Mode" and "Gongmen Jail". Kind of hard to tell. These are two of the sillier tracks in the score. For the former I'd make the case for Powell because of the dynamic flute and percussion writing (kind of a Horton Hears a Who style). In general I think they're closer to Powell's long back catalog of animated writing, but I wouldn't bet my life on that.
"More Cannons", though, is DEFINITELY Powell. It's got the sort of frantic fast-paced but light orchestral writing I associate with him, and none of the Zimmer heaviness. Just check out the fast string runs and brass fanfares that run all over it. And the percussive undercurrent. And the almost James Bond-like slurring of the brass (which there's much more of in Zen Ball Master) is something Powell's done in the past (Paycheck, Hancock) whereas Zimmer's brass sound is heavier, usually overdubbed with synth samples for extra power (and you can hear that brass sound in the first KFP in eg. "The Bridge", but not in KFP2). But as I said earlier, the last 30 seconds I think are Lorne Balfe's Megamind influence. Zimmer had nothing to do with that track IMO.
@alden, I agree with you. I think Zimmer maybe wrote the basis of Shen's theme and perhaps contributed to maybe 5-10 minutes of the album tops. As for Powell, I heard that he's not taking on as many assignments these days because he wants to spend more time with his son. I don't think he has anything planned for next year, and in 2014 he has HTTYD 2 and The Good Dinosaur (Pixar movie). I'm really excited for those two projects because I think they'll lead to better scores than the more silly movies like Ice Age 4, The Lorax and Happy Feet Two. But it'll be a long time to wait!
Mounsey & Lewis arranged cues that were Powell's charge.
Lorne did the rest. Stealth Mode is pure LB, and the very end of the movie, the cue "My Son Is Alive" credited to Hans & Lorne indeed has a Powell vibe, but above all is sounds a lot like Harry's Arctic Heroes' finale by Lorne...
Shen's theme definitely sounds HZ/LB to me.
Also check Lorne's cues for the short film KFP Secrets Of The Masters on his website, it's also a good indication. ;)
01. Prologue (2:32) 02. Prologue (Alt.) (2:32) 03. Thirty-Eight Bean Buns! (0:59) 04. Thirty-Eight Bean Buns! (Alt.) (1:10) 05. Master Shifu (1:57) 06. Master Shifu (Alt.) (0:34) 07. Attack (3:53) 08. Attack (Alt.) (3:07) 09. Who am I? (3:28) 10. Shen in Gongmen (2:34) 11. Shen in Gongmen (Alt.) (2:16) 12. Destroy Weapon! (2:36) 13. Come On Guys Let's Go (1:19) 14. Come On Guys Let's Go (Alt.) (1:19) 15. Dream (1:25) 16. I'm...Training (0:20) 17. Gongmen City (1:51) 18. Gongmen City (Alt.) (2:00) 19. Future (2:04) 20. Future (Alt.) (1:40) 21. Find this Panda (0:43) 22. Stealth Mode (2:34) 23.Stealth Mode (Alt.) (2:28) 24. Fight (1:27) 25. Fight (Alt.) (1:27) 26. In Gongmen Jail (1:27) 27. In Gongmen Jail (Alt.) (1:27) 28. Pursuits on Carts (2:29) 29. Pursuits on Carts (Alt.) (2:29) 30. We Surrender! (1:20) 31. We Surrender! (Alt.) (1:20) 32. Keep Moving (0:52) 33. Keep Moving (Alt.) (0:52) 34. Weapon (1:32) 35. Why Are We Laughing? (0:30) 36. Fear The Bug (1:36) 37. Fear The Bug (Alt.) (1:39) 38. Run, Run, Little Panda! (2:10) 39. Happy New Year, Sir (0:55) 40. Happy New Year, Sir (Alt.) (0:55) 41. You're Staying Here (0:28) 42. Look, I'm Going (0:52) 43. Escape of Po (3:20) 44. Escape of Po (Alt.) (3:20) 45. You locking for Me (1:47) 46. You locking for Me (Alt. (1:47) 47. The Shot (1:21) 48. The Shot (Alt.) (1:31) 49. The Truth (4:42) 50. The Truth (Alt.) (4:42) 51. What is That? (2:14) 52. What is That? (Alt.) (2:13) 53. Disc of Destruction (0:12) 54. Take Aim! (3:15) 55. Take Aim! (Alt.) (3:15) 56. Let Finish This (1:17) 57. Let Finish This (Alt.) (1:17) 58. Skadoosh (2:12) 59. Skadoosh (Alt.) (2:12) 60. Shen's End (1:10) 61. Father of Po (3:48) 62. Father of Po (Alt.) (3:48) 63. End Credits (8:40) 64. End Credits (Orchestral) (8:40)
Let's get back to something more... related to the score : the complete "score credits" given by ASCAP :
ANCIENT CHINA - STORY OF PEACOCK Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Paul Mounsey DUMPLING WARRIOR - LATE FOR TRAINING Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Paul Mounsey INNER PEACE Hans Zimmer, John Powell WOLF ATTACK Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Dominic Lewis MUSICIANS VILLAGE Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Paul Mounsey FATHER & SON - BABY PO Hans Zimmer, John Powell MASTER SPAR Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Lorne Balfe SAVE KUNG FU – JOURNEY TO GONGMEN CITY Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Lorne Balfe PO DREAMS OF PARENTS Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Paul Mounsey DADDY ISSUE – SHEN’S PALACE Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Lorne Balfe STEALTH MODE - ENTERING THE CITY Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Lorne Balfe GONGMEN JAIL Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Lorne Balfe RICKSHAW CHASE Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Paul Mounsey SURRENDER PALACE Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Paul Mounsey FACE TO FACE Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Lorne Balfe MORE CANNONS Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Lorne Balfe THE HARDCORE DO UNDERSTAND Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Lorne Balfe SHEN FREES SOOTHSAYER - FIREWORKS FACTORY Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Dominic Lewis PO FINDS THE TRUTH Hans Zimmer, John Powell INVASION BEGINS - PO RETURNS Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Dominic Lewis PO THROWS HAT Hans Zimmer, John Powell FREE THE FIVE Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Dominic Lewis THE FUTURE IS HERE - ZEN BALL MASTER Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Lorne Balfe PO DEFEATS SHEN - REUNION Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Lorne Balfe MY SON IS ALIVE Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe DUMPLING WARRIOR REMIX Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Junkie XL SKADOOSH SUITE Hans Zimmer, John Powell
Great you dug this up! Although I am not sure you should credit that Dutch dude :P
Now it's just getting confusing. Notice "Wolf Attack" and "Musicians Village" are 2 separate entities. Which means....what? And where did you get this? I am so confused!
Does this mean there SHOULD be or IS GOING TO BE a "Complete" score? Can someone shed some light on this?
I can shed some light on this. It's only a track list. The composers registered the track titles on ASCAP. That doesn't mean that something is going to "leak".
@Adrian: it's not like Hybrid has any control over the credits for who did what. He just posted this list as he saw it from ASCAP.
Can't hurt to hope!
Have you guys taken into consideration that it wasn't the real Hybrid Soldier who posted this? I have never known him to post ASCAP track lists, but other people have. What Hybrid does is actually edit the official track list at the top of the page. Plus, he usually leaves some kind of smiley at the end of his sentence. I'm not talking about ";)", it's usually something different. Unless Hybrid actually comes here and says it was him, I don't believe he posted this list.
Who is the "real" Hybrid Soldier?
Interesting concept Mr. Charles ! Who is who ! Sounds like a David Lynch movie... haha
Anyway the best way to prove I am who I am is : how the hell did I detail who did what on the CD page above if I'm not me ?
Oh and I posted it here cause I thought it might interest people (I mean, it's H-Z.com right ?). I usually did this on the forum, but who would see it ? :O
Lorne is behind My Son Is Alive, best cue of the score (last part of My Fist Hungers For Justice) : no surprise here ! ;)
If you don't believe him, check ASCAP yourself :P
could someone help me out here i have a 820 page full orchestral score for this and its so hard to pick out songs from all the damn cues could someone post a list of all cues starting with 1m1 and so on. i would really appreciate it
Adam, I don't think anyone knows the slate numbers and the cues....
( srry posted wrong comment above) oh, alright guess i will have to figure it out. yay for me :) doesnt help the songs are actually suites cut up of cues from all parts of the full score grrr
Could you please list these so-called "most known John Powell scores that suck"? Because the only scores by Powell that I'd apply that harsh word to are Bourne Identity (and that's only because the sequels did the same thing so much better) and Jumper. The Bourne sequels, X-Men, Hancock, Paycheck and every single damned animated score he's ever done are all awesome. Just because he can actually use an orchestra properly (unlike his former mentor lately)...
Putting the composer of How to Train Your Dragon below Örvarsson and Balfe is beyond ludicrous. Then again, you seem to actually think Badelt was responsible for most of PotC (news check: it was Zimmer's themes and Badelt was only one of a dozen or so arrangers; his name's on the front for contractual reasons), so perhaps I shouldn't be taking you so seriously.
Didn't you read the whole thing? He said: "this is my opinion so it's not personal". People are entitled to their own personal opinions and they shouldn't have to explain themselves all the time.
Also, @Snake: who the heck are you responding to? You know you can hit "reply to topic" or whatever it says and respond to the conversation already in progress started by zeroman. Otherwise, you're out in the middle of nowhere and it looks like you're responding to a brick wall. And one last thing: did you really make three responses to zeroman's question? Why?
oh, alright guess i will have to figure it out. yay for me :) doesnt help the songs are actually suites cut up of cues from all parts of the full score grrr
1. Harry Gregson-Williams 2. Steve Jablonsky 3. Klaus Badelt 4. Trevor Rabin 5. Lorne Balfe 6. Mark Mancina 7. Atli Örvarsson 8. John Powell
1. Harry Gregson-Williams: Hans Zimmer's most talented, trusted and beloved protegé during his time at the formely known "Media Ventures". Worked and works with such acclaimed director as Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Andrew Adamson, Jon Favreau, Peter Berg, Nick Lord, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, Mike Newell and Ben Affleck. Many of his scores are enjoyable and has many powerful and soft elements that fits perfectly with any kind movie themes or topics, not mentioning the exclusive signature he have developed during all his years as a composer and applied thanks to Hans Zimmer.
2. Steve Jablonsky: Probably Zimmer's most trusted apprentice to date in RCP. He's starting to gain respect in Hollywood thanks to teachings he took from Harry Gregson-Williams, Hans Zimmer and Nick Glennie-Smith, the only thing is that some of his notable works come from petty and horrible movies. I mean, the Transformers films (his most notable works to date) suck, but the music makes those movies decent. He has the talent and the passion; he just need to work on more serious projects.
3. Klaus Badelt: Probably one of the most recognized composers around the world, I've heard some of his soundtracks and they're good, but I loved his work on Pirates of the Caribbean. Who knows why he's not involved with RCP, but he's doing a good job not only in Hollywood, but in foreign films too.
4. Trevor Rabin: An awesome guitar player. I don't like his scores of today, but he has great scores from past movies, especially from the 90 and earlier 2000s films.
5. Lorne Balfe: I put in this place because I like his Modern Warfare 2 soundtrack. Just that.
6. Mark Mancina: A great composer of the 90s. Who knows why he's not working now on recent stuff.
7. Atli Örvarsson: Being working as an additional composer on Zimmer's scores gave him confidence to score films by himself, but he needs to be involved in more serious films, like Steve Jablonsky.
8. John Powell: He gained respect being one of Zimmer's protegé. He has scores that are great, but his most known scores aren't great and to me, his most known scores suck (this is my opinion so it's not personal), but I'm not saying he totally sucks. I'm just saying I don't find his works as enjoyable. I like some scores like X-Men The Last Stand and Green Zone. Those are great to me. That's all.
Many people would agree with me. Many people won't. We have different tastes and opinions, and that's what I like about giving reviews about film scores.
1. Harry Gregson-Williams: Gained respected around the world for his works becoming one of the most successful, recognized and respected film composers of all times, not only composing music for movies, but for videogames too.
2. Steve Jablonsky: He's currently gaining a place in Hollywood and following Harry Gregson-Williams's and Hans Zimmer's footsteps.
3. Klaus Badelt: The same I said before about him.
4. Trevor Rabin: The same.
5. Lorne Balfe: A composer who's rising in film and videogame music.
6. Mark Mancina: One of the most wanted composers at the past two decades.
7. Atli Örvarsson: A composer who needs to improve on his works.
8. John Powell: A man who gained a place in film industry thanks to Harry Gregson-Williams, Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt worked with him. And he keeps himself busy working on high budget projects which is good for a film composer.
Definitely Harry Gregson-Williams. Today, he relies on Steve Jablonsky, but before him, he relied on Harry Gregson-Williams. Besides, he is still good friends with Hans. Not mentioning John Powell, but sometimes he depends on Zimmer's team, while Gregson-Williams has his own team now, thanks to Zimmer's teachings.
Out of all of the Hans Zimmer's protege's who would you all think or vote for to be best the protege of Hans Zimmer?
That is my vote. It's a matter of opinion, not fact
the former protege: Klaus Badelt!
1. John Powell 2. Harry Gregson-Williams 3. Klaus Badelt 4. Steve Jablonsky 5. Mark Mancina 6. Trevor Rabin 7. Henry Jackman 8. Nick Glennie-Smith 9. Rupert Gregson-Williams 10. Atli Örvarsson
Definitely no Balfe or Djawadi for me. Neither of them have written any interesting scores, yet, IMO. The only good Djawadi track is the main title from Game of Thrones. ;)
Honestly, Powell has no competition, though.
How About Iron Man or Clash of the Titans? I liked them. Anonymous, I can agree with you on Klaus Badelt
1. Harry Gregson-Williams 2. Steve Jablonsky 3. John Powell 4. Henry Jackman 5. Mark Mancina
In my opinion, it's hard not to like Gregson-Williams the best. His scores for Narnia, Kingdom of Heaven, Prince of Persia, and Arthur Christmas were amazing. I have always loved the Transformers scores, so Jablonsky is a close second. I've never enjoyed the Bourne scores, however Powell's How to Train Your Dragon score was by far the best of 2010.
1. John Powell 2. Harry Gregson-Williams 3. Klaus Badelt 4. Henry Jackman 5. Mark Mancina 6. Steve Jablonsky 7. Jim Dooley 8. Atli Orvarsson 9. Trevor Morris 10. Ramin Djawadi
I think that Djawadi is starting to grow into a competent composer. I actually liked most of "Clash" and he's done good work on "Game of Thrones." He has the potential to show more skill if he's given more than contemporary actioners to score.
Lorne Balfe. :)
Hans would probably not disagree. ;)
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1, John Powell 2, Harry Gregson-Williams 3, Mark Mancina 4, Trevor Rabin 5, Klaus Badelt 6, Jeff Rona 7, Steve Jablonsky 8, Henry Jackman 9, Atli Orvarsson 10, Nick Glennie-Smith
I definitely like the older protege's better than the current minions. Not sure if Rabin really counts though, considering he's not really a protege.
Powell of course :)
HHTYD is the best score of the decade!
While I'm enjoying seeing everyone's favorite proteges and this is a nice little discussion with no hatred or harm, I can't help but feel like this should be somewhere else. It's no big deal though. Hybrid, I like Lorne Balfe, too.
1.) Steve Jablonsky 2.) Klaus Badelt 3.) Ramin Djawadi 4.) Lorne Balfe 5.) Trevor Rabin (wish he was still part of RCP) 6.) John Powell 7.) Harry Gregson-Williams
Wow. Balfe and Djawadi above Powell and Gregson-Williams? Baffling. The best of the former two is about equal to a slightly below-average score from Powell.
I see you haven't been on for a while, Edmund. If you hate this place so much, why do you come crashing through here making everyone mad with comments that so clearly say, "I hate RCP and everyone who works there and all of your opinions are worthless"?
I don't understand why people like you feel the need to post on here--nay, simply exist. These people are just having a constructive conversation on their favorite RCP composers, which is all their opinion and you come in and say, "No, your opinion is wrong and you're a dumbass for thinking it."
Nobody else worded their sentences like you. You wanna see how it feels? Oh, Edmund, you put Powell at the top of your list? Look at all the crap he writes. And you even included Nick Glennie-Smith? What were you thinking?!
Oh, and by the way, Edmund was the name of the kid in Chronicles of Narnia who kept disobeying his siblings and ended up going behind their backs and betraying them. You're the bad kid.
On the contrary, I don't hate RCP at all. John Powell is my favorite composer. Hans Zimmer used to be (though I really haven't liked his work in the past few years, particularly the way his albums are arranged lately). I really enjoy Steve Jablonsky, (most of) Harry Gregson-Williams' and Mark Mancina's works. Nick Glennie-Smith has written some really enjoyable stuff (Man in the Iron Mask, The Rock). I just think that Ramin Djawadi and Lorne Balfe are nowhere near that level, that's all.
I was a bit strapped for time when I made that final comment, and yes, I probably should have just asked which works by Balfe and Djawadi they find superior to Powell and Gregson-Williams. Are Clash of the Titans and Ironclad really better than How to Train Your Dragon or Sinbad? Sure, it's all about personal opinions, which is why I'd like to hear their reasoning behind those opinions.
Why the hell would I be here if I dislike RCP? I like them a lot. Just not every single thing they do.
A soundtrack to me is one which included all of the music, no matter how short the songs are, from the movie.
And what it looks like to me is that these Kung Fu Panda soundtrack released only include Zimmer's compositions. And not Powell's or Balfe's, etc. it also seems like they've just left out the fight scene music. There must be a reasoning behind this, so what is it?
My Zimmer soundtracks are the only incomplete ones, so maybe it has something to do with him?
And no, I don't have any Pirates soundtracks.
We didn't ask what your definition of a soundtrack was (which, btw, is somewhat inaccurate)--we asked what your definition of "complete" was.
Okay...so we know what some of your incomplete soundtracks are from RCP (big surprise). What are some of your 122 scores that are actually complete?
And you don't have to keep making new topics for your posts. You can just as easily post below your Final Edit same as the rest of us are doing, and it keeps the conversation flowing better and more organized.
The fact is that there should not be a "complete" soundtrack, but only a soundtrack that is complete.
In a soundtrack, I like to be able to listen to the whole thing, start to finish, and while I'm doing it, watch the movie in my head, because I know what goes on during that music that is playing, which means the soundtrack has to have every piece of music from the movie. But now, I cannot, because of what has happened here (I think I've already said this).
An example of a soundtrack which I can do this with, is the Princess Mononoke soundtrack, composed by Mamoru Fujisawa (Joe Hisaishi).
It is complete in the sense that I can listen to it, start to finish, without any problems of missing music.
Honestly, I don't think I've ever come across an official soundtrack release containing literally every second of music used in its film counterpart. This simply does not happen today (with exceptions, obviously, but I'm generalizing), especially with mainstream films. In fact, most soundtracks that I've heard usually contain slightly to extremely altered "album versions" of cues used in the film, to make for a better and more comprehensive listening experience.
That's what my definition of "official soundtrack" has always been - an execution and presentation of musical ideas from its film counterpart. Whether or not this entails the simple transference film masters or a separately-executed effort of suites or album versions usually depends, but it does not by any means mean that every second of film music will be included.
These things are made to market score material to the public. We have to face the fact that people who buy a soundtrack and actually listen to it comprehensively, let alone in-depth enough to tell exactly what music is missing, is an extremely limited market. Most people I know that own the POTC scores have no idea of (let alone interest in) the politics behind them. Official soundtracks from studio labels aren't tailored for avid fans like us, they're put together for the general mainstream who would come home from a film and plop themselves on iTunes to put its name in the search bar.
Unfortunately - and I'm sure I'm not the first to say this here - this is just not an ideal world for an avid film score fan to live in.
When I think of a soundtrack, I envision it as having all of the actual songs from the film, not including small 5 second cues, etc.
This soundtrack would be perfect, but unfortunately, it's missing 2 unforgettable pieces. Even if it doesn't have exactly ever song frm the movie, these 2 missing pieces are what would have made it, in my opinion, a "Complete Soundtrack" (They are the Musician's Village Fight Scene and Shen/Master's Council fight Scene)
I don't know why they had to skip out on 2 important pieces of music.
I guess we'll never know.
The Kung Fu Panda 1 soundtrack is what bothers me though, because it's missing a lot of memorable songs, such as he part where Tigress jumps off the roof, (Amazing Percussion), as well as the first Furious Five fight scene with shifu and his Flute.
It's just these larger, longer, more notable songs and connecting songs that make the soundtrack incomplete. (Again, they skimped on some important songs, and why? who knows.)
I would have directed this message elsewhere but unfortunately there is nowhere else to direct it to, so now you get it, whoever may be reading this.
Dear Hans Zimmer/John Powell/RCP/ DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.... It has come to my attention that certain movie soundtracks have been released that do not contain the full soundtrack of the movie. What I mean is, soundtracks of DreamWorks Animation movies have been released that do not contain all of the songs from the movie itself, but only 60 minutes or so of random songs from it.
I would like to direct your attention to one DWA movie series in particular...
Kung Fu Panda.
Yes, you heard me right. This movie's soundtrack (scored by Hans Zimmer and John Powell) was released with more than half of the music from the movie missing. Now normally the next step would be an "extended" release of the soundtrack, I suppose, in order to gain more profit, but in this case, it's been almost 4 years, and no "extended" soundtrack has been released for Kung Fu Panda, leaving all the fans of the franchise in the shadowy wake of poor marketing schemes. (and when I say extended, I mean a soundtrack that has been extended from it's predecessor to include more, if not all, of the songs from the movie, whereas the previous version had, say, the main songs from the movie, but not all).
This matter also applies to the Kung Fu Panda 2 soundtrack, as well as the How To Train Your Dragon Soundtrack (However, I've heard there WILL be an extended soundtrack for HTTYD, but who knows).
What I propose is that complete soundtracks for both Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 be released, or at least the missing tracks be released as High-Quality downloads, free of charge.
One more thing I've noticed is that the (Official) Kung Fu Panda WEBSITE includes ALL of the missing tracks, available to listen to (in low quality), but not download.
So why is it that such problems seem to arise from something that should just be so simple? If Hans Zimmer/John Powell/RCP/DreamWorks respect their fans, then full Kung Fu Panda, 1 and 2, soundtracks should be released.
Mitchell Norris email@example.com
You're adressing this to the wrong crowd. I learned recently the whole reason why certain soundtracks get from 30 to 45 min and others up to 70+.
It's an issue with the musicians that play the music, or more specifically, their representatives. They have different fees that they charge in order for their work to be published and heard elsewhere. For their playing heard in the film, the fee is already quite intimidating, add to that the CD recording, which is another fee for re-use, and it depends on how many mins. of music are featured.
Also, the fees are different, with European musician fees usually cheaper, thus, more likely to add as much music as possible.
That's why some CD's have 30 min. summaries and others are full with almost 80 min. of most of the music from the film.
Master of Fate
Yeah, good luck with that. This is a fan site, not a place run by Remote Control Productions. Nobody of importance is ever going to read this and your "proposal" will go unheard forever.
By the way, you're also not supposed to leave your email address out in the open. (The mods will probably be by later to either censor your email or delete all the posts you've made thus far.)
And I'll say this just once more for emphasis: this is a fan site. If you actually cause a revolution in the way that the entirety of the music industry works--or at least that branch dominated by RCP--then bravo to you sir!...Alas, that is about as likely as Friday the 13th and Halloween falling on the same day.
I still think that if they're going to release a soundtrack, it should be complete. I've never come across a soundtrack that was not complete before Kung Fu Panda, HTTYD, and so on. It's only these DreamWorks films that were scored by Hans Zimmer/John Powell that seem to have problems.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
Sad Fan: "I've never come across a soundtrack that was not complete before Kung Fu Panda, HTTYD, and so on."
Are you kidding me? 95% of soundtrack releases are incomplete.
None of the Soundtracks I have are incomplete. I have 122. Movie and Video Game. They all include all the music from their respective titles. (except for KFP, of course.)
KFP 1/2 are the only soundtracks I have that are incomplete.
I find that extremely hard to believe, Sad Fan. 122 scores and all of them just so happen to include EVERY SECOND of their scores? Don't you have a Pirates of the Caribbean CD at all? Because God knows those are far from complete. You must have been incredibly lucky so far in your purchases. Or else you only buy lots of video game scores (and the LotR Complete Recordings). Or scores from really short movies or something. I'd love for you to name some of those scores you have that are allegedly complete.
And your choice of scores to get upset about is really strange...For example, I actually have the How to Train Your Dragon complete score (the Academy promo). You want to know how much more music is on there? Nine. Nine stinking extra minutes than the commercial album. A lot of them are really short cues that I can see why they left off the album, because it would have thrown off the flow of the score. Am I glad to have it? Sure. Would I have torn my hair out if I hadn't got it? Hardly, because all the good stuff was already on the commercial album. And I expect that's the way with the Kung Fu Panda scores.
I remember being just as upset as you way back in 2007 when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End came out, I bought the CD (my first ever score) and realized the music from the parachute escape wasn't on there, neither was the complete end credits suite or any number of other moments that had stood out to me in the film. But I soon realized that that's just not how score releases work, unfortunately. It's a shame, but there's nothing to be done about it (definitely not by complaining at a fan site :p ). Movies are usually 90+ minutes long and only 80 minutes fit on a CD...you do the math. Man, I wonder what you'd have been like in the 90s when every score that ever came out was half an hour long.
Still, I feel for ya, man. It sucks to hear good music in a movie and realize it's not released. But it's just one of those things that score fans have to get used to.
Yes, I too, would like to know what at least a couple of the scores are in your collection, Sad Fan. Like Edmund, I can't believe that you have 122 scores and nearly 100% of them are absolutely complete. I don't have much more than you, maybe around 160 or so scores in my collection, and I can consider only between 10% and 15% of them to be absolutely complete. I have a considerably longer list of *expanded* scores though.
Perhaps, you are just confused as to what the definition of "complete" is. As Edmund pointed out, complete would mean that the score(s) you own contains every second of music heard throughout the whole film.
@Edmund, aren't you glad we finally got that 2CD bootleg leak of At World's End that included the music from the parachute scene?