"Life" & "We Were Right" Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
"Friend From The Past" Contains the "Theme From Alien" Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
Music by Marc Streitenfeld
Score Orchestrated & Conducted by Ben Foster Music Preparation by Dave Foster & Phil Knights for Swing City Music Ltd Score Recorded & Mixed by Peter Cobbin Orchestra Contractor: Isobel Griffiths Assistant Orchestra Contractor: Lucy Whalley Orchestra Leader: Everton Nelson Solo French Horn & Wagner Tuba: Richard Watkins Choir: Metro Voices, Bach Choir & Apollo Voices Choirmaster: Jenny O'Grady Score Recorded & Mixed at Abbey Road Studios Assistant Score Mixing Engineer: John Barrett Assistant Engineers: Paul Pritchard & Aled Jenkins Assistant to Composer: Roger Suen Music Programmer: Sunna Wehrmeijer Music Editor London: Kirsty Whalley Music Editors: Del Spiva, MPSE & Joseph Bonn
Album Mixed by Greg Hayes at Todd-AO West & Brickstone Studios, Venice
Album Mastered by Dave Collins at Dave Collins Mastering, Los Angeles
Executive in Charge of Music for Fox Music: Robert Kraft Music Supervised for Fox Music: Patrick Houlihan Business Affairs for Fox Music: Tom Cavanaugh Music Production Supervised for Fox Music: Rebecca Morellato
Special Thanks to: Ridley Scott
Thanks to: Michael Costigan, Mark Huffam, Michael Ellenberg, Damon Lindelof, Tony Scott, Tom Roghman, Emma Watts, Steve Asbell, Ted Gagliano, Cathy Merenda, JoAnn Orgel, Areli Quirarte, Brianne Porcaro, Ron Bartlett, Dough Hemphill, Pietro Scalia, Teresa Kelly, Bob Mead, Kathleen Latlip, Amal Baggar, Emily Eckert, Nancy Ryan, Mark Stoeckinger, Jeremy Mohr, Sam Schwartz, Rich Jacobellis, Vasi Vangelos, Robert Messinger, Diane McKain, Randy Gerston, Collette Barber, all the great musicians who played on this score, every at Scott Free & Abbey Road Studios
Release date : 06/05/2012
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:-/ So apparently HGW is out of Alien: Covenant. This is really disappointing, considering his contributions to Prometheus were the best parts of the score. I wonder what the issue was, and who is gonna tackle this.
The issue is Ridley Scott. He is known to botch the development of a good working relationship with his composers, especially the ones who have produced some of their best work with him - Zimmer(Black Rain, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Hannibal, Matchstick Men) and HGW(Kingdom of Heaven, The Martian, Prometheus, Exodus). So, its not a surprise that he dumped HGW for someone else. But for a moment, I thought Scott had forged a new partnership with HGW when he had revealed himself as the composer of Alien: Covenant some time ago.
or because they are making the movie in australia and the contract says, you have to hire an australian composer. the same situation was with Exodus.
@Saurabh That's what I initially considered, although it strikes me as odd that he would chase HGW away this early in the process. Especially considering their past working relationship.
@Rockhound If that is true I would at least hope that they keep Harry on as a ghostwriter/co-composer.
A stupid rumor that I read was that he was fired since his son leaked photos from the recording sessions when they were about to commence.
@mpolonest123 Even I hope they keep some of his themes (if he already has written them) and credit him in the 'additional music' dept.
Man, I was really amped up about this one since I loved the atmospheric base that he had created for The Martian and 'Life' from Prometheus.
Agreed. While I'm not generally crazy about his body of work (outside of Narnia and Shrek) I did love his thematic material for Prometheus, and the Martian was excellent.
Personally, I would love to see either Zimmer or Johann Johannsson tackle this. Someone who can write interesting, experimental music but still stay thematic and avoid the typical cliches of the genre. Streitenfeld did a fairly decent job but there was too much generic horror music for my tastes.
Red band trailer is out. Jed Kurzel is composing :/
Man, sometimes Ridley really pisses me off. It really is such a shame to loose Harry in this. I hope he gets a big project soon. I miss his fantasy and adventure scores (even though Martian and Live by Night are both very good).
So disapointed, Kurzel sucks, A.Creed's score is so bad.
I think this is Fassbender's doing. He has a raging hard-on for Kurzel brothers (for some reason), so I believe he is to blame for this. And yes, Jed Kurzel is a terrible composer, his AC is absolutely unlistenable.
What other Fassbender films has Kirzel done?
Kurzel scored that Fassbender Macbeth movie last year (or was it the year before?). I actually thought that was a decent score, if not very fun to listen to. Very heavy on the dark strings, kind of got into the psychological darkness of the play more than anything else. I can see that approach working OK for an Alien film too, although I'd much rather have heard HGW's version.
I love Macbeth too, both the film and the score. His score for Assassin's Creed is actually the few decent things coming out of that film. Definitely curious what his Alien will sound like.
Really disappointed to hear that Jed Kurzel is the composer. As effective as I thought The Babadook was, I still wanted a composer who could bring a fresh and epic style to the film. Not sold on the trailer either :-/
I'm sure, that Harry Gregson-Williams will be doing additional music for Alien: Covenant. That's the way it is.
Fassbender definitely seems to have had some input on Kurzel's appointment. He had done Slow West, Macbeth and Assassin's Creed starring Fassbender which are decent at best.
Macbeth was a brooding and harsh listening experience, while Assassin's Creed had some decent ambient ideas in Abstergo Rooftops, The Animus Room. But Kurzel's themes for Aguilar and the action were okay and some became repetitive, with the same themes throughout the entire soundtrack. It's a shame considering how rich the game soundtracks have been in the past.
I hope they do keep some of HGW's themes (I'm sure he has composed a few ideas at the very least) like Prometheus because Kurzel doesn't inspire much confidence.
Well the first track from Covenant is out on SoundCloud, and it's as lame as I feared. Maybe Kurzel will deliver on the rest (doubtful) but this is such a non-theme.
Disagree. The echoplex like motif hearkens back to Goldsmith's score for the first one and sounds better than Prometheus's flat recording. The only good thing about that for me was HGW's Life. But Kurzel's Assassin's Creed was pedestrian so it's a wait and watch policy for me.
where can I find it? :O
@peter It's on Kurzel's SoundCloud page.
@Saurabh Right, I'm also waiting to listen to the full thing before I form an opinion but going off of this, I'm not too optimistic. Almost every Alien score after Goldsmith's has used that motif in some form or another, but managed to combine it with some pretty strong themes or decent horror material. Supposedly this is the main theme to the film, but I'm really struggling to get anything outside of the echoplex idea.
What this reminds me of is when Streitenfeld tackled Poltergeist and wrote some half-assed idea. You don't need to be Goldsmith but when you have an amazing lineup of James Horner, Elliot Goldenthal, and John Frizzel; all of which able to bring something new to the table while staying true to the original, you should definitely up your game. Still, here's hoping that the rest of the score exceeds everyone's expectations.
Rest assure, Harry's Life theme from Prometheus will be kept in Covenant
And you say this on what authority? It's Ridley Scott. I'll "rest assured" of nothing whatsoever until I hear the final result...
Cannot find Kurzel's track at all, what's the track's name? I've looked through Soundcloud but only find other scores from, snow something and Macbeth,
nvm, found it. Sounds nice, like a combo of Alien and Prometheus, and the strings are bit of a surprise, I thought this would continous sounds over and over like in Assassin's Creed but this has actual potential on making a theme throughtout the soundtrack, so that's something. I think the proble is that it's damn too short.
I saw an early version of it and Fassbender actually played Harry's Life theme on a flute in the film
There is a new track available on iTunes. Sounds great.
yeah no theres not
Euhm yes,there is. At least in my country. They released track 2, The Covenant.
Ah, I see the problem. The score can't be pre-ordered in iTunes US. In Belgium I can pre-order the score, comes out on may 5th. Two tracks are available. Don't know about other countries.
The track is on YouTube (for now) and I actually like it. It's basically a rearrangement of Goldsmith's Alien theme with an added string section and some ambience mixed in. Hopefully the new material will be as strong. Say what you want about Prometheus, but it at least had a few strong themes and ideas.
They keep dropping tracks. Now the track 11.Grass Attack is available.
Schedules and one's expectations of scoring a film don't always fit and this one wasn't going to work out. I move on to another project with gratitude to have worked on many movies with Ridley Scott where the moons did indeed align and I had the chance to burrow in to the core of the project and do the job!
Very curious to hear The Martian score... but how come there's still no word about it? Do someone know if it's going to be released soon?
No confirmation but Lurssen Mastering (who masters a lot of OSTs) was working on it like 10 days ago... So I think we can count on a soundtrack release ! ;)
At first when I read "Lurssen Mastering" I thought it was a name, and then my next thought was "that's an oddly apt name for someone who works on mastering music", and then my next thought was "........oh."
It totally sounds like a Scandinavian name!
All the new TV spots have in the credits SOUNDTRACK ON what looks like the Columbia logo.
The Martian score gets digital release for 2nd October!
It still has not been said who will score exodus. only the music editor is listed on imdb. Will the guy from the counselor score it or someone from RCP?
I am hoping for Hans or Harry....
I'd actually give it to Marc himself. He is soooo underrated. His Robin Hood score was great.
It's Alberto Iglesias.
Rumors are surfacing: Harry Gregson-Williams and Federico Jusid joined Alberto Iglesias for "Exodus"... Real?
Fact, no rumor... It's funny how it's twisted in every way...
Iglesias was helped by Jusid... HGW wrote 30 min on his side.
Very nice, do you have some more information to share about this score? I'm very curious to know why Scott asked HGW to write such a big amount of music on his side...
I'm not surprised Marc Streitenfeld was not asked back after Prometheus....
Iglesias was only hired for his nationality, like most spanish composers on big Hollywood films... Since the films are partly shot in Spain, they pay less taxes with that (think Navarette on Wrath of the Titans, Lucas Vidal on Fast 6, Banos on Ron Howard's next)... Which is sad... In some cases some are really just puppets... But Iglesias is gonna have his name on some big movie, he doesn't really care...
And HGW ? Well he saved Prometheus at the last minute, he's just Ridley's current fireman, proving there was no hard feeling after the butchering of Kingdom Of Heaven... lol
Fair enough. I wonder if the difference in styles of both composers will be audible. 30 minutes is quite a lot of music, and I guess most of it is gonna play in prominent scenes...
Seriously, Ridley Scott needs to find a good composer and stick to him, because the last few years have been... hum... (with the exception of The Counselor, which was really cool).
Ridley Scott really needs to get his sh*t together.
I think Lucas Vidal On Fast 6 And Javier Navarrete on Wrath Of The Titans are really good score. They are very good composers, and the proof is that both have written some amazing scores
Iglesias usually is a good composer, I wonder why such a saving from HGW was necessary.
Fast 6 was also handled by Lorne & his guys...
And Iglesias on a big epic film by Ridley Scott ? LOL
Yeah, whatever strengths Iglesias may have as a composer, he has zero experience with anything large-scale.
Why didn't Marc Streitenfeld compose the music for Ridley Scott's latest film The Counselor?
music by Daniel Pemberton.
I second this, why isn't Streitenfeld returning? He's scored everything from Ridley since A Good Year...
Hybrid, do you know if there's any link between Streitenfeld (or RCP) and Daniel Pemberton?
His score for The Counselor is absolutely gorgeous, you should give it a listen!
Something must have gone wrong during Prometheus. They even brought HGW in to do some last minute scoring for some sequences.
No Pemberton got the job thanks to editor Pietro Scalia...
And yes something probably went ugly in Prometheus, but we already knew that in march 2012 when HGW was brought it to do replacement cues...
Do you think that Hans will ever score a Ridley Scott movie as he used to in the feature?
Ridley's next movie is Moses, so i highly doubt Hans would be thrilled to score the same story for the 3rd time :p
Similarly something might have gone wrong during Matchstick Men, or HZ was still working with Scott.
Would love for the two to work on something together again though.
I'm thinking the Zimmer/Scott divide probably happened somewhere around Kingdom of Heaven, because we had that bizarre assignment switch with Harry Gregson-Williams and Madagascar (seriously, what composer would pass up a huge historical epic in favor of an animated movie full of song placements??). And then HGW's score was replaced by bits of Revell and Goldsmith and God knows what because Ridley Scott wouldn't know what a good score is if it kicked him in the face, and I imagine neither Hans nor Harry have particularly positive feelings towards him over that entire debacle.
HZ started scoring KOH (some early idea might even have inspired the final score), and dropped due to scheduling conflict with Spanglish...
It was either "go score another exhausting Ridley epic (and scoring his films is a total nightmare, honestly) or do Spanglish"...
In the end it was Spanglish. Hans admitted he missed Ridley and he regularly is in contact with him. But does that mean teaming up again ? I'd hope so, but I don't think anytime soon... And yes Matchstick Men was a mess...
2CD FYC score is on sale on eBay. Complete score tracklist also leaked (in alphabetical order though)-
MARC STREITENFELD CUES: A PING CREATION DAVID DISCOVERS CHAMBER DEACON BIRTH DREAM SOURCE DREAMS DROP INTO A GLASS END ROLL SUITE #1 END ROLL SUITE #2 END ROLL SUITE #3 ENGINEER FLURE SOURCE PLANETARIUM ENGINEER FLUTE SOURCE ENTER THE PRYAMID FIFIELD AND MILLBURN STRANDED FIFIELD ATTACKS FINDING THE PYRAMID GHOSTS RUNNING GIANT AWAKES GIANT HEAD / AMPULE ROOM GOODBYE FATHER HEAD AUTOPSY HELMETS OFF HOLLOWAY IS BURNED HOLLOWAY IS SICK INTO SPACE ITS A SHIP JUGGERNAUT/SPACE JOCKEY KAMIKAZI LOVE SCENE NO OXYGEN NOT A TRADITIONAL FETUS OPEN MY PRESENTS PLANET ARRIVAL PLANETARIUM CHOIRS PLANT DESCENT (LANDING) PLAYING POSSOM SHAW & HOLLOWAY BRIEFING SHAW & JANEK BOND SHAW SURVIVES SHAW VS ENGINEER SHIP FALL SLEEPING ENGINEER SMALL BEGINNINGS THERE ARE MANY OTHERS TOUCHDOWN TRY HARDER VICKERS LIFEBOAT WAYLAND CORP LOGO #2 WEYLAND AWAKES WEYLAND CORP LOGO #1 WEYLAND SPEECH WHAT GLITCH/HAMMERPREDE PRELUDE FOR PIANO NO 15 IN D FLAT MAJOR SCHERZO & TARENTELLE IN G MINOR OP 16
HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS CUES (HORN THEME): CAVE CEILING MURALS EARTH GO WHERE THEY GO LIFE PLANETARIUM ENGINEERS PROMETHEUS OPENING TITLES WE COME FROM THEM WE WERE RIGHT
No new about a recording session or complete score unofficial release ?
No. And if there was news, it would have been presented here or elsewhere. That's why they call it news: because it is new to anyone. If you haven't heard any news, that means there is no news. You, of all people, ought to know this sort of thing by now.
Dear me, there's some right obnoxious twats on here. All Darth did was ask a simple question. Just because this site does not have it listed does not mean something hasn't leaked elsewhere. The Thin Red Line sessions tracklist was posted here by a user and have not yet been added to this site, so its quite feasible Prometheus might have been in a similar situation. Darth just wanted to know.
@Mr. Fate... Really? You must still be in high school. What was the point in you even stating that?
Yummy! Hungry trolls! Let me throw you some material: nope, sorry. I am three years into college.
That's the first time I've ever been called out for pointing out such a blatant hole someone's faulty reasoning. Congratulations. Next time you should come up with a more creative name so we don't have to refer to you as "that dick who went by the name 'Really?'".
The bottom line: IF A COMPLETE SCORE COMING OUT OF RCP WERE TO GET LEAKED, YOU WOULD DEFINITELY KNOW ABOUT IT. IT WOULD NOT MATTER IF IT WAS DOCUMENTED ON THIS SITE OR NOT. ONE CANNOT SIMPLY MISS THE LEAKING OF A COMPLETE SCORE OUT OF RCP.
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You are either 3 years into college and still working on your freshman year or you are majoring in leisure studies? Right? You have all this time to be a jerk on a soundtrack forum! Sad. Grow up!
And, you dear sir? What, pray tell, are you currently studying? Could you perhaps be working toward a degree in Carrying on Petty Pointless Arguments with People Who Are Certainly More Mature Then You?
Sorry, friend. I am an engineer. Engineers, as you likely do not know as you seem horribly misinformed, rule the world. They are some of the smartest people this side of the Milky Way. And apparently I cannot use the excuse that I am at home. I'm sorry I'm on Thanksgiving break, with nothing much to do except carry on this trivial nonsense with you!
i have noticed while watching this that the Album Version of Debris is Different from the Film Version its alittle longer, and also Earth (the part when david is looking at the hologram of earth.)I just really hope theres a Complete Score/Recording Sessions SOON!!!!!
I noticed that there is a variation of lIFE that has a fanfare ending, instead of the crescendo used during the opening scene. Also, the exploding head scene has unreleased music if I am not mistaken.
Life (2:30) We Were Right (2:42) David (3:00) Invitation (2:16) Hyper Sleep (2:01) Friend From The Past Weyland (2:04) A Planet (2:37) Going In Engineers (2:29) Discovery (2:32) Too Close (3:20) Hammerpede (2:42) Not Human (1:49) Try Harder (2:03) Small Beginnings (2:11) Dazed (4:29) Infected (1:56) Hello Mommy (2:04) Space Jockey (1:29) Collision (3:05) Debris (0:44) Planting The Seed (1:35) Birth (1:24) Earth (2:35)
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correction ... Planting The Seed (1:35) Earth (2:35) Birth (1:24)
to moderation : could you delete my two first traklistings (maybe... and 80%...) and keep only the last thx ;-)
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Hybrid Soldier > do u have information about a complete track listing ? ;-)
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Life (2:30) We Were Right (2:42) Prelude n15 raindrop (Frederyk Chopin) Invitation (2:16) Hyper Sleep (2:01) Friend From The Past Weyland (2:04) A Planet (2:37) Going In Engineers (2:29) Discovery (2:32) Too Close (3:20) Hammerpede (2:42) Not Human (1:49) Try Harder (2:03) Small Beginnings (2:11) Dazed (4:29) Infected (1:56) Hello Mommy (2:04) Space Jockey (1:29) Collision (3:05) Debris (0:44) Planting The Seed (1:35) Earth (2:35) Birth (1:24) Prelude n15 raindrop (Frederyk Chopin) (reprise) David (3:00) (unused ?)
replace "going in" with "to close" to close comes before going in ,in the movie. Also Try Harder is not used. They used it for the clip they released on the internet but they cut it out of the movie. Its only the beginning of the track that is used.
Aslo there is a theme with peter weyland later in the movie that is close to to close/going in, that is not on this album sadly. And the whole sandstorm soundtrack. i really hope that there will be a more complete score later. Just like with robin hood
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do you have any other informations about the good track order ?
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Well well well...i think it's good now :-)
Life (2:30) Prelude n15 raindrop (Frederyk Chopin) Invitation (2:16) Hyper Sleep (2:01) Friend From The Past Weyland (2:04) A Planet (2:37) Too Close (3:20) Discovery (2:32) Going In Hammerpede (2:42) Not Human (1:49) Try Harder (2:03) (album version ?) Small Beginnings (2:11) We Were Right (2:42) Infected (1:56) Hello Mommy (2:04) Engineers (2:29) Dazed (4:29) Space Jockey (1:29) Collision (3:05) Debris (0:44) Planting The Seed (1:35) Earth (2:35) Birth (1:24) Prelude n15 raindrop (Frederyk Chopin) (reprise) David (3:00) (unused)
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for the moderator :
could you please delete ALL messages from this topic (this message too) but NOT the last tracklising (begin with "well well well")
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for the moderator :
could you please delete ALL messages from this topic (this message too) but NOT the last tracklising (begin with "well well well")
the topic are too long and only th las tracklisting are good
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Life Prelude n15 raindrop (Frederyk Chopin, not in the CD) Invitation Hyper Sleep Friend From The Past Weyland A Planet Too Close Discovery Sandstorm (Not in the CD) Try Harder (album long version) Small Beginnings We Were Right Hammerpede Going In Infected Not Human Hello Mommy Engineers Dazed Space Jockey Collision Debris Planting The Seed Earth Birth
Prelude n15 raindrop (Frederyk Chopin) (reprise, not in the CD) Life (alternate) Sandstorm (alternate, not in the CD) David (unused)
I think Prelude n15 raindrop appeared in the girl with the dragon tattoo special feaures section: maybe in Rape/Revenge David Fincher also a fan of this music. anybody knows what is the classical music in Stockholm Syndrome?
some unreleased music... Hans did the same thing in POTC 4 I think it was the sandstorm score which was awesome in 5.1!
and the piano: Prelude n15 raindrop (Frederyk Chopin)
The sandstorm soundtrack and life
And what track used in sandstorm, i can't identify it :)
its not on the CD sadly. But im sure when the dvd and blu-ray comes out its just to rip it. and boom you can listen to it when you want. i know im gonna do it.
BUT i really hope that we will get a more complete soundtrack since its some pices here and there that is not on the CD
Agreed, or at least the End Credits will provide a clean version of that elusive piece from the storm.
i also missed the soundtrack when Weyland is suiting up and the whole chat with vickers, and davids cat with elizabeth afterwards. the whole thing was one track that was not included on the soundtrack. and it was the same theme as with sandstorm/going in/too close just not so loud. was a really great track in my opinion
Anyone know about the "rejected score submission"?
There are samples of a few of the tracks. Would be nice to see this surface soon
Everyone can compose music and call it submission. Ridley Scott has been working with Marc Streitenfeld since 2000, first as his music supervisor, later as composer. Nikola Kostelac composer? I've never heard of that guy. It is a fan made edition, nothing more.
Yeah, Marc was on Prometheus the day he finished Robin Hood. :P
Fair enough but would be interested to see where this was exposed.
But I don't understand why Filmmusicreporter reported that HGW would be replacing Streitenfeld, since this CD will be released under Streitenfeld's name... Do you know what happened here Hybrid?
Not much more than you Ad, it's just that apparently HGW has been writing additional music for it, some extra help.
What!? Harry Gregson-Williams as an additional composer!? It's a Ridley Scott film, so Marc Streitenfeld must write the whole score. Why is that? I'm a huge fan of Harry Gregson-Williams but I don't understand this. What do you think of it Hybrid Soldier? What could be the possibility of HGW's involvement on this score?
Snake; probably to make it have more of a creepy feel to it, cause HGW has done some creepy music work
So...This score is going to be a mix of RoObin Hood and...the Grey?
Maybe Marc Streitenfeld hasn't enough time to complete it alone? Or his work lacked in something. Idk but the choice of HGW isn't surprising, he works on every Tony Scott movie since many years. Tony Scott is also producing Prometheus.
You mean it's all family business ? ;)
It was just an idea, maybe you know the actual answer? :)
No this time I have no more information than you. I guess we'll find out soon enough anyway !
Ever since HGW is the kind of guy who steps into the breach to help - remember Armageddon!!!
And don't forget : HGW already worked for Ridley Scott. Did you ever heard about a small movie called Kingdom of Heaven ?
There's a new behind-the-scene video featuring some background music. I don't know if it's an outtake of Streitenfeld's score or not, but I thought it was pretty interesting action music.
It's miles away from Goldsmith's Alien, mostly generic modern hollywood scoring, but could be interesting in its own right.