There's no real discussion about this score (aside from someone trying to advertise a boot). It's not hard to see why. It's a collection of weird synth noises, plus a few catchy South American pan-pipe dance tunes that can be found on any cheap pan-pipes collections (I'm joking there, but probably only a bit. I'm sure Horner leans quite closely to some traditional/existing melodies). I find Where The River Runs Black similar in style, but more developed and interesting overall. It's a mega rare CD and I would never sell it, despite my lack of love for it, because it's part of my Horner collection and offers some contrast. I enjoy it more than Jade. I do quite like the dance tunes and chimes, but I deffo have to be in the mood to give it a listen. What do others think?
This is the only Horner CD still missing in my collection. Obviously it's not a favorite but still a decent score.. I remember I quite liked one of the cues... The movie isn't entirely bad either. Hopefully we'll see reissue soon... it would be highly appreciated since it seems we are not getting any new Horner score until Avatar 2! :-/
One of the best scores in Horner's oevre. The way he manages the comedy, the sci-fy and the atmosphere of the film shows his craftsmanship.
First of all, the score enhances the effectiveness of the slapstick humor by ignoring it -- not in a way Bernstein did, he made it serious. Horner gives it room to do it's own thing, without letting the movie loose it's pace. Listen to Andes Arrival for example. The melody stops, percussion takes the forefront and after the comedy the melody wraps up the scene and takes you to the next.
I find it's nothing short of a miracle that Horner can cope with both faces of the movie. The comedy is one aspect, but during the sci-fi scenes the tone is radically different. Horner does the trick with his wavey and growling synths and merging them with the softer tones from the pan pipes. It creates a rather coherent score for a film which has an obvious multiple personality.
Lastly, Vibes is not a score on dramatic development. It's not The Robe. There is no room for thematic progression. No emotion to work. Still, Horner provides a functional score which never gets dull or even bland. the textures are quite interesting and rather unique. And with only 30 minutes of score, it's an enjoyable album even after repeated listening. For a film that has nothing to offer, that's amazing.
Interesting comments (though I'm sure there is no need to assault someone's opinion with a laughter track - some growing up required perhaps?). I've only seen the film once and that was many years ago, so I don't recall how well Horner's score supports the film. I gave the CD another listen today but it's still the melodic dance tracks that bear repeat listens for me.
It's a nice, if slight, score. But I think it tends to be overvalued (or disparaged) musically for its rarity. At 1,000 copies, it's probably the rarest legit Horner and one of the few bottlecaps that is out of reach.
It kind of bums me out, since both it and Jack the Bear (1,500 copies) dropped long, LONG before I was collecting, and I therefore never had a chance to get either at a reasonable price.
For me, coming from an Ecuadorian background, the score takes on a personal nature, as well as the film, since it's one of the few major Hollywood films to be filmed around the rural areas of Ecuador. And I suppose that this is where I learned that the ability to musically immerse himself in other cultures is what makes Horner stand out from the rest, whether it's the Andean-influenced music in this movie, or the Chinese source music in Jade.
You could play tracks like "Andes Arrival" or "The Journey Begins", and I would assume it was performed by indigenous musicians, until I was shocked to learn that it was original music by Horner.
And yes, the movie isn't half bad either; certainly, the opening sequence serves as a perfect metaphor for colonialism