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 Posted:   Nov 24, 2017 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   zipfunk   (Member)

Hi guys;

New to the forum here.
I've been looking around for film scores that are different than the boring usually stuff out today.

I'm not putting down any composer (Williams, Elfman, Zimmer, etc are all great)
but I find there are few original unique scores to listen to today.

American Beauty comes to mind as a unique score.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Drew

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2017 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

What are your tastes?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2017 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   idril   (Member)

Hi! I'm new too. So this really depends on what your tastes are but I can definitely think of a lot of unique scores (for films but also TV/games).

Some of my favourites that spring to mind immediately: anything by the wonderful Bruno Coulais. If you feel like a world music element, go for Himalaya: The Rearing of a Chief or Don Juan. He works especially well with vocals and Les Choristes is just beautiful. Also his work on nature documentary films is particularly unique.

If you like the sound of American Beauty, I might recommend Thomas Newman's other work on Passengers, which has a more subdued experimental sound but with some of the sombre prettiness of American Beauty.

You could try Martin Phipps. He scores British shows mostly and his War and Peace or Virgin Queen are brilliant and I am not sure I could compare them to much else.

Would you be interested in more electronic sounds? Possibly you would like the Social Network soundtrack. Also Arrival by Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Yeah to be honest it depends where your tastes lie but there are definitely many more unique sounding soundtracks that aren't your typical orchestral sound!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2017 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Originality is hard to finds these days. As opposed to the other Carter Burwell score this year (WONDERSTRUCK) this one hit my ears like a winter rain - I came out refreshed. Which makes sense Carter Burwell , like Silvestri and Zemeckiis, only does extraordinary work for the fellows who first discovered him - the Coen Brothers. They produced 3 BILLBOARDS and this actually feels like a Coen Brothers film.



https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/three-billboards-outside-ebbing-missouri-original-motion/id1297079816

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2017 - 12:47 AM   
 By:   Washu   (Member)

Hi guys;

New to the forum here.
I've been looking around for film scores that are different than the boring usually stuff out today.

I'm not putting down any composer (Williams, Elfman, Zimmer, etc are all great)
but I find there are few original unique scores to listen to today.

American Beauty comes to mind as a unique score.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Drew


It would help if you were a bit more specific, unique in general - electronic scores or orchestral scores? How old can the score be?

Check out Jim O'Rourke's The Creeping Garden for a pretty recent unique experimental electronic score:

https://steamroom.bandcamp.com/album/steamroom-35

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2017 - 2:56 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2017 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   zipfunk   (Member)

First off, thank you everyone for being so fast on this forum.

idril,
The Social Network, Arrival and Passengers are great soundtracks. We think alike.
You've mentioned a few I've not heard of that I'll check out for sure.
I'm happy to hear orchestral scores but just not the usual droning cello and jump scare violins and atonal brass/violin combos that we are inundated with these days.

Morricone,
I didn't think of the score to Three Billboards but that movie is #1 on my must see list for the trailer alone.

Lokutus,
This is awesome. An orchestral score with class and using different sounds to make it. Not unlike Brian Reitzel and his Hannibal and 30 Days of Night work.

Any more suggestions of any kind (electronic, orchestral, pots and pans, etc) I'm all ears
(I apologize for that last line, haha)

As an aside, I didn't check the box to be notified of responses to this post when I created it and now can't seem to find a way to activate that function.
If thats possible please Let me know.
If not, I'm okay with checking in regularly.

Drew



 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2017 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   Mr Hand   (Member)

Graeme Revell : Out of Time (Caribbean thriller) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycmtPeLOeuI, Red Planet (old Italian songs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee6OFtSY5vU

Christopher Young : The Vagrant (thriller/horror, weird) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKvrdGSHYEs

Michael Kamen / Orbital : Event Horizon (techno-orchestral) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gaWH2NdZNw

Toshiyuka Honda : Metropolis (Big Band/Dixie jazz) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPfX-VgzUrw&list=PL410AE2845B450C0F

Kenji Kawai : Ghost in the Shell (percussions + Japanese choirs + electronics) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvaC6cIrntI

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2017 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

John Williams:
Images

Maurice Jarre:
Jacob's Ladder

John Corigliano:
Altered States

Jerry Goldsmith:
Alien

Toru Takemitsu:
Ran
La Musique De L'Empire

Vangelis:
Blade Runner

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2017 - 8:25 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

Zdenek Liška - Marketa Lazarová

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu9YYDj1vdI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vn5Tx6gH60

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2017 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

A few that occur to me...





 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2017 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   zipfunk   (Member)

Wedge,
Willard is an excellent choice! It kind of reminds me of 12 Monkeys.

I'm listening to the other two as I type.

Thank you for adding to the list. Its refreshing to hear different scores, different orchestration etc.

Up is great for the fact that its classic instrumentation but not the usual cello drone in for every track.

Drew

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2017 - 6:00 PM   
 By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

It doesn't get stranger than Goldenthal's The Butcher Boy. Here's the sanest sequence:

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2017 - 1:27 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Gary McFarland's EYE OF THE DEVIL.

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/CDID/395/Eye-of-the-Devil/

Samples:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/store/MP3/1101/01_Main_Theme_Philippe_s_Study.mp3

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/store/MP3/1101/03_Catherine_s_Drive.mp3

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/store/MP3/1101/11_Procession.mp3

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/store/MP3/1101/14_Parapet_Pt_1.mp3

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2017 - 2:29 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

Night of the Living Dead. William Loose. 1968

If you're into moody orchestra that's unique, give this a try.. Loose didn't compose many scores, this being very atmospheric orchestra lots of percussions, its my favourite by Loose, outstanding score.

 
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