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Ludwig Göransson's THE MANDALORIAN - Both Season 2 OST Albums now available (2020)

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For all the challenges that 2020 brought us, the two albums for the second season of The Mandalorian were an encouraging reward at the tail end of an...interesting year. The music was, for me, love at

Due to the nature of this season's score release, I have concluded that while it is not exactly ideal to continue the thematic analysis precisely as I did last year, it would still be good to dissect

EDIT: Sorry to spam with so many Youtube links  .  Just wanted to get the discussion started on this score more in-depth!  Also, @Falstaft some potential new entries for your catalog     ---

59 minutes ago, The Illustrious Jerry said:

Should've been Haab, would love to hear more Powell Star Wars, but at the end of the day Goransson is good enough for me. Not thrilled, but interested. I didn't expect that much for this.

Am I the only one not the least bit interested in a Haab Star Wars score?  The last thing this new series needs is reheated leftovers

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On 12/19/2018 at 9:07 PM, John said:

I wasn’t expecting for there to be so much talent attached to this show. Very much interested in seeing how it turns out. 

I am also surprised. There are big names attached to this, at least "bigger" than expected names. Goransson comes as a surprise.

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On 12/20/2018 at 6:03 AM, crocodile said:

Black Panther...and both Creed scores. The latter ones show that he can write and really properly develop a theme. I think the main Creed theme consists of no fewer than 3 sections. It's first rate stuff and he runs with it.



The ability to write a good theme is a more important quality in a Star Wars composer than being able to exactly replicate Williams' style IMO


Now I'm not saying that Haab CAN'T write a good theme or anything but none of the Battlefront melodies were all that hot (particularly that main melody from the first game, which becomes really grating after a couple renditions).  



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They added some new credits to the music section on IMDB I noticed. A few familiar names in there of course. Mark Graham and Pete Anthony are the conductors (which leads me to assume they're either using the Hollywood Studio Symphony or the London Chamber Orchestra, as I expected). Also Henri Wilkinson is one of the orchestrators (additional composer for Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: The Old Republic).

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The LA Times published a long profile of Göransson and the score




The way I approached it was to try something completely different. The loneliness of a single solo flute. The bass recorder became the sound of the Mandalorian. That’s how I started. ... I wanted the core soul to be organic. Then I wanted to add a tech sound to it. And I also wanted to add on a cinematic orchestra, which makes it feel like ‘Star Wars.’ ”

Sounds like he’s trying something pretty different from imitating Williams, which is only a good thing IMO

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I'm cautiously optimistic about the score. I've heard only a little big of Ludwig's music before, and wasn't that impressed. He's not a bad composer, just kind of... bland? Not sure if that's the word I'm looking for exactly. 


I just hope it sounds like Star Wars, and not Hans Zimmer / Junkie XL shit.

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