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NEW EPISODE SOUNDTRACK ALLEY: ALIEN http://www.cinematicsound.net/soundtrack-alley-alien/ The fifth episode of SOUNDTRACK ALLEY here on CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO is a discussion between Erik Woods and Randy Andrews about the film and score of the 1979 Ridley Scott directed sci-fi/horror/thriller, ALIEN, starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto. The film tells the story of the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo, who encounters an aggressive and deadly Alien creature who is set loose on the ship. The original score for the film was composed by Jerry Goldsmith, performed by The National Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted by Lionel Newman. The original soundtrack recording was initially released on 20th Century Records on LP in 1979. The expanded edition release of the score was produced by Intrada Records and was released in 2007. Enjoy! -Erik-
Hey all, I'm doing an assignment for my uni course and thought the knowledgeable members of JWFan could help with this particular detail. I'm analyzing a sequence from the film, the Chest-burster scene and the funeral of John Hurt's character, Kane. The funeral scene is underscored with one of my all-time favourite cues: 'Nothing to Say'. Anyhow, the assignment requires that I analyse the use of music for the scene and this is where I became stuck, particularly because of my terrible apprehension of the difference between instruments. Does anyone here know of the instrumentation and orchestration of this cue and in particular the statement of the main theme?
Ladies and gentlemen, young and old, this may already seem an unusual procedure for me to speak to you all before we begin this memorial/appreciation topic about even the music of a certain dead film and television music composer, but... I know this film and TV composer guy has been dead for a decade already but I am a great fan of this guy's scoring style. In fact, according to TV Tropes, this guy "was a very prolific composer so awesome he even scared the hell out of his peers....He was known for his thunderous, percussive orchestrations, his love for strange musical instruments, and his inventive integration of synthesizers as the 'fifth element' of the orchestra." And so, to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the death and passing of this legendary film and TV maestro back in 2004, let us talk about and even appreciate the music of Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), especially his music for film, TV, etc. Let the Jerry Goldsmith Memorial Appreciation begin!