Music Published by Warner Olive Music LLC (ASCAP)
Album Produced by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard
Album Co-Produced by Alex Gibson and Lorne Balfe
Soloists: Ryeland Allison, Michael Levine, Heitor Pereira, Satnam Ramgotra, and Martin Tillman
Synth Programming: Hans Zimmer and Howard Scarr
Sequencer Programming: Thomas Broderick, Jacob Shea and Noah Sorota
Music Editors: Alex Gibson and Daniel Pinder
Assistant Music Editor: Ryan Rubin
Technical Score Engineers: Peter "Oso" Snell and Stuart Thomas
Technical Assistant: Chris Bacon
Digital Instrument Design: Mark Wherry
Sample Development: Claudius Bruse, Zain Effendi and Michael Hobe
Orchestrators: Bruce Fowler, Jeff Atmajian, Brad Dechter, Elizabeth Finch, Kevin Kaska, Randy Kerber, Suzette Moriarty and Walter Fowler
Orchestra Contractor: Charlotte Matthews
Score Coordinator: Becky Bentham
Music Preparation: Mark Graham, JoAnn Kane Music Service, Los Angeles, CA; Dakota Music, London UK
Score Recorded at Air Lyndhurst, London, UK; Remote Control Productions, Santa Monica, CA; James Newton Howard Studios, Inc., Santa Monica, CA
Music Recorded by Geoff Foster
Assistant Engineer: Chris Barrett
Music Conducted by Matt Dunkley, Bruce Fowler and Gavin Greenaway
Orchestra Leader: Rose Warren-Green
Principal Viola: Peter Late
Principal Cello: Anthony Pleeth
Principal Bass: Mary Scully
Percussion: Frank Ricotto, Gary Kettel and Paul Clarvis
Horn: Richard Watkins
Trumpet: Maurice Murphy
Trombone: Pete Davies
Tuba: Owen Slade
Synthesizers: Hans Zimmer
Piano: James Newton Howard and Simon Chamberlain
Music Production Services: Steven Kofsky
Score Mixed by Alan Meyerson
Score Mixed at Remote Control Productions, Santa Monica, CA
Additional Recording by Jeff Biggers
Assistant Engineers: Katia Lewin and Greg Vines
Album Compilation: Daniel Pinder
Album Mastered by Louie Teran at Marcussen Mastering Studios
Production Coordinator for Has Zimmer: Andrew Zack
Scoring Coordinator for James Newton Howard: Pamela Sollie
Studio Manager for Remote Control Productions: Czarina Russell
Album Business Affairs: Keith Zajic, Marc Cimino and Lisa Margolis
Music Administration for Warner Bros. Pictures: Debi Streeter
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I'm in Australia and just got a copy of the soundtrack and all I can say is that it is a masterpiece! The opening track "Why So Serious?" is harsh, brutal and down right chilling, but like every track, there is a constant pulse to the music. "Like A Dog Chasing Cars" will be a highlight for many action score fans and "Harvey Two-Face" is just so full of honest passion! The end track "A Dark Knight" is 16 minutes of pure beauty, power and menace and i'd pay huge bucks just to have that one piece of music. It is by far one of the most brilliant pieces of music I have ever heard! "The Dark Knight" score is one of the most innovative and compelling scores I have ever heard. It may sound crazy but every time the Joker's theme comes in, I get a cheeky smile on my face. It is pure genius! This is a score for people who understand and appreciate the realm of sound design aswell as music itself. If this score doesn't take you to the deepest, darkest, adventurous thoughts of your mind then there is seriously something wrong with you! ;) As the Joker would say... "Why So Serious?". This soundtrack is an absolute must for any music fan! Take care all.. :)
The originality of the score is amazing. I love how it still has strong ties to the first BB score, so it's more of a musical evolution than a sequel score. The duo didn't throw much out but instead added upon it and built it in layers. I love the dynamics introduced by combining Jame's pule elegance with Zimmer's very brash bombastico style. In my opinion this is by far the most intrigueing and dark scores ever written. Applaude gentleman, we've just heard the work of masters.
"And No It isn't a Theme Of John god damn williams why should howard take a theme from a composer not as genius as him"
First of all, John Williams IS the GREATEST COMPOSER EVER! However, the theme heard in "Harvey Two-Face" is NOT from "Hook". That is simply a musical idea, or a motif, which occured to James Newton Howard, which concidentally sounds like a theme from "Hook". But, frankly, I cannot recall any such theme in "Hook".
By the way, The Dark Knight music is so good, I already have it pre-ordered at Amazon.com weeks ago!
I think this soundtrack has more action than Batman Begins, also BB themes are here somewhat more developed and much more defined, as if Hans and James attentionally did not allow those themes in BB to fully develop, thus emphasizing the movie's "Begins" character. Here, Batman is stronger, more defined, non-compomising and such is the music, as well.
The theme for the Joker is excellent. It depicts the character as not just some clown, but rather as a real psychotic murderer, also prone to theatricality as is Batman.
"Blood on My Hands" is one of the reare good love themes heard in 2008, or in couple of years. Harvey's theme is very good, nice, ellegant, but foreboding. Newton Howard used one of the themes from Batman Begins for Harvey Dent.
"Like a Dog Chasing Cars" is yet another brilliantly composed chase sequence theme, almost as a sequel to "Molossus" (which I call "Rooftops and Highways").
"A Dark Knight" could have been more thematically developed. However, I should wait for the CD to arrive to judge on that one.
So far, I'm not disappointed. The movie will be undoubtedly the best Batman movie and the best of 2008. Great work!
"I think this soundtrack has more action than Batman Begins, also BB themes are here somewhat more developed and much more defined, as if Hans and James attentionally did not allow those themes in BB to fully develop, thus emphasizing the movie's "Begins" character."
I'm sorry, I meant "intentionally" instead of "attentionally". Lapsus! :-)
So I heard the Leak..and besides the quality, I can't help but notice how repetative the score is..nothing fresh and exciting..I'm hoping that the leak is just stiched together clips, because if not, I'm so dissapointed
I listen the score and I'm a little disapointed to no hear real new things! The score is always between Da Vinci Code, King Arthur and some scores of James Newton Howard and there is cues very exciting (I think "Like A Dog Chasing Cars" and "A Dark Knight") but some tracks like "Why So Serious?" or "Blood On My Hands " are definitely boring). However, it's a pleasure for those who have like the "Batman Begins" score. The themes are here and with a good arrangement but it lacks a piece of novelty. But maybe 'Dark Knight' is the "Dead man's Chest" of Christopher Nolan's Batman serie. I wait his "World's End". Now, it seems that music of "Dark Knight" is very effective in the movie and it's the main objective!! :D
I heard the leak, and even though I was waiting for something more I still think it's brilliant and it grows on you. Just one wasn't there s theme for Harvey Dent that James Newton Howard worked on while Hans worked on the Joker's? I'm just asking
Tracks like "Harvey Two-Face", "Agressive Expansion", "Like a dog chasing cars" or "A Dark knight" are really brilliant. However maybe I'm a little bit disappointed by the rest of the soundtrack; although I think the Joker's theme will be perfect in the movie, it's really unlistenable as a music cue... (forgive my uncertain english I'm french^^)
Track 14 is a masterpiece. It sounds like Chevalier of Sangreal and Am I not merciful. A perfect mix between these two tunes added over the Batman theme give a amazing sound for The DARK KNIGHT one. Brilliant. And it's also the case for the joker's theme. It 's unbelievable how it works well with the batman theme in track 8 : Like A Dog Chasing Cars (5:02)
I don't know how anybody in their right mind could be disappointed by this music!?! It is brilliance in its purest form. When I buy the CD 8 days from now almost every track will be getting a 5/5 stars from me. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard are insanely great separate, but even better when they combine their talents. I'm not disappointed, but enthused and I can't wait for the 15th to get here! The Dark Knight is amazing!!!