Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014) – Part 1

Favourite Fraking Soundtracks (1995 -2014)  

Part 1 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (A-H)

The Heat Soundtrack

The Heat Soundtrack

Part 1 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (A-H)

Thanks to my new fraking cinefiend pal for the inspiring this post. (You know who you are music man.)

The cinematic experience has always been as much about sound as vision. Right from the silent days the Nickelodeon picture house’s musical accompaniment was played live within the venue. Whether elevating emotion, punctuating comedy, heightening tension or rousing spirits, film soundtracks have always been essential to fine tuning audience response to a scenes tone and purpose.

As varied and expressive as the medium itself, ranging from the minimalist scoring that unobtrusively laces nuanced drama to operatic overtures dictating essence, quality composing is a vital component to effectively immerse audiences in the silver screen. For proof, imagine STAR WARS without William’s space opera orchestration. HALLOWEEN with John Carpenter’s tension pulsing keyboard muted. The absolute terror in Bernard Hermann’s strained cello in PSYCHO massacred. Removing the dense ethereal atmosphere seeping from every pulse of Vangelis’ BLADE RUNNER work. The PINK PANTHER minus the sly jazz of Henry Mancini’s melodic wit or the absence of Ry Cooder’s slide guitar permeating heat in PARIS, TEXAS , any of these examples would hex cinema magic.

Rather than a greatest of all-time, (that would just be too hard) today I’ve compiled a list of scores exclusively from the last two decades. Instrumental soundtracks that have morphed my life with certain moods, and motivations, compositions that enhanced the films and echoed in my mind after the final credits exited the screen, never really leaving my consciousness since.

Note, there are 2 very distinct types of soundtrack album and so Part 1 & 2: Original Film Scores and there Composers (A-H) then (J-Z) will be followed next week by Part 3; Compilation Soundtrack Albums.

 

Part 1 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (A-H) (In alphabetical order)

Click HERE to read Part 2 of 3: Original Film Scores and their Composers (J-Z)

Click HERE to read Part 3 of 3: Part 3 of 3; Vocal Compilation Soundtrack Albums

 

A.R. Rahman:  Fraking Favourite: LORD OF WAR

Other Scores worth checking out: 127 HOURS

 

Air: THE VIRGIN SUICIDES

 

Alberto Iglesias: Fraking Favourite – THE CONSTANT GARDNER

Other Scores worth checking out: BAD EDUCATION, TALK TO HER, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

 

Alex Wurman: Fraking Favourite – CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND

Other Scores worth checking out: The NINES, THE DESCENDENTS

 

Alexandre Desplat:  Fraking Favourite – SYRIANA

Other Scores worth checking out: TREE OF LIFE, ARGO, MOONRISE KINGDOM

 

Carter Burwell:  Fraking Favourite – TRUE GRIT

Other Scores worth checking out:  ADAPTATION, 3 KINGS, THE SPANISH PRISONER, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, IN BRUGES, THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE, BURN AFTER READING

 

The Chemical Brothers: HANNA

 

Christopher Young: Fraking Favourite –  DRAG ME TO HELL

Other Scores worth checking out: WONDERBOYS, EXCORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, ROUNDERS

 

Cliff Martinez: Fraking Favourite – DRIVE

Other Scores worth checking out: ONLY GOD FORGIVES, SOLARIS, THE LIMEY

 

Clint Mansell:  Fraking Favourite – REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

Other Scores worth checking out: BLACK SWAN, MOON, STOKER

 

Daft Punk: TRON LEGACY

 

Danny Elfman:  Fraking Favourite – SLEEPY HOLLOW

Other Scores worth checking out: THE WOLFMAN, HITCHCOCK, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

 

David Arnold: Fraking Favourite – CASINO ROYALE

Other Scores worth checking out: QUANTUM OF SOLACE, A LIFE LESS ORDINARY

 

David Herzfelder: Fraking Favourite – SHINE

Other Scores worth checking out: ELIZABETH

 

David Holmes: Fraking Favourite – OUT OF SIGHT

Other Scores worth checking out: BUFFALO SOLDIERS, HAYWIRE, OCEANS 11

 

Dust Brothers: FIGHT CLUB

 

Eddie Vedder:  INTO THE WILD

 

Elliot Goldenthal: Fraking favourite – HEAT

Other Scores worth checking out: TITUS

 

Glover Gill: Fraking favourite – WAKING LIFE

 

Graham Reynolds: Fraking Favourite – A SCANNER DARKLY

Other Scores worth checking out: BEFORE MIDNIGHT

 

Hans Zimmer: Fraking Favourite -THE  THIN RED LINE

Other Scores worth checking out: THE DARK KNIGHT, RANGO, RUSH, THE LAST SAMURAI, HANNIBAL, GLADIATOR, INCEPTION

 

Harry Gregson-Williams: Fraking Favourite – SPY GAME

Other Scores worth checking out: KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, DOMINO, THE TOWN

 

Howard Shore: Fraking Favourite – LORD OF THE RINGS

Other Scores worth checking out: sE7EN, EXISTENZ, HUGO, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, THE DEPARTED, THE AVIATOR, PANIC ROOM, EASTERN PROMISES

 

Coming Soon: Part 2 of 2: Original Film Scores and their Composers (J-Z)

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