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 Posted:   Sep 14, 2019 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well, Balfe is credited with 'Additional Music' in the film, right after Richter in the "main credits" beginning of the end credits. Thanks for the confirmation that a soundtrack is forthcoming.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2019 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

By the way, how IS the soundtrack situation here? Is it forthcoming? Does anyone know? Or is it another GHOST IN THE SHELL situation?

It appears is coming by Deusteche Grammophon... but it weird, in EVERY promo i saw about the movie, the only composer accredited is Max Ricther.


Where have you found news of the soundtrack release?

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   No Respectable Gentleman   (Member)

This "deliberately paced" flick would have benefited enormously from an elegant score that teased out the emotion and enhanced the eerie atmosphere and sense of wonder (think ALIEN). Instead we get a lot of ambient noise and mood organ stylings. I'm frustrated because the film's inevitable failure will scarcely encourage Disney (or anyone else) to invest in ambitious standalone SF projects. We're bound to get more Marvel spinoffs and animated remakes, though.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Actually, I found the score VERY elegant.

Saw it for the second time today, at an IMAX theatre.

I think the electronic thing is Richter, actually, and Balfe's material some slightly more generic music for the more dramatic moments (think a lesser version of Wallfisch's BR2049 material).

I also sat through the end credits this time, and noticed that two other composers were listed with 'additional music': Nils Frahm -- who I've heard about, but never listened to, as far as I can recall. The other was Robert Charles Mann, who I've never even heard about. So that means Richter, Balfe, Frahm and Mann!

Additionally, the film uses some existing music -- including a concert piece by main composer Richter ("Stormy Sea" something) and one piece by Frahm (which I assume is different from the original score he provided). The other song credits rushed by so quickly, I didn't have the time to read them.

What a tangled web! No wonder no one has heard anything about a soundtrack album yet.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

https://www.soundtrack.net/movie/ad-astra/

And from imdb:

Music Department

Max Aruj ... additional music
Tom Bailey ... assistant engineer
Lorne Balfe ... composer: additional music
Christine Bergren ... music clearance and legal
Mark Berrow ... violin
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Simon Burrell ... composer: tv spots music
Rupert Coulson ... score engineer & mixer
George Drakoulias ... music supervisor
Sven Faulconer ... additional music
Alex Ferguson ... assistant engineer
Ben Foster ... conductor
Dave Foster ... orchestrator
Nils Frahm ... additional music by
Lena Glikson ... music editor
Georgina Hay ... assistant to composer
Chantal Janvier ... composer: tv spots music
Dylan C. Jones ... composer: trailer music
Mike Ladouceur ... orchestrator
Roger Linley ... musician: double bass
Steve Mair ... musician: double bass
Robert Charles Mann ... additional music by
Bernd Mazagg ... additional recording by
Katherine Gordon Miller ... music editor: temp score
Jack Mills ... assistant engineer
Perry Montague-Mason ... musician
Everton Nelson ... orchestra leader
Jon Opstad ... composer: trailer
Synchron Stage Orchestra ... additional music score recorded by
Alex Patience ... composer: tv spots music
Daniel Pinder ... music editor: temp score
Randall Poster ... music supervisor
Will Rice ... musical sound designer
David James Rosen ... composer: trailer
Jason Ruder ... Executive Music Producer / supervising music editor
Katrina Schiller ... Co-Supervising Music Editor
Laurence Ungless ... musician: double bass
Synchron Stage Vienna ... score recorded at: Vienna
Johannes Vogel ... conductor
Seth Waldmann ... score mixer
Sam Zeines ... additional music editor
Robert Ziegler ... conductor

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   gyorgyL   (Member)

Mr Richter have 4 co-composers ...

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Would be easier probably to just show who DIDN'T write additional music.

Such a shame that all the artistic compromises in Hollywood these days are made with the screenplay and music.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Well, this movie doesn't appear to be the same old "event-styled" dreck (Avengers: Endgame), and Richter has done well in movies before (Hostiles).

So, even if this is ultimately a committee score, the ostensible theme and production value of the movie are pushing me towards a discount day showing next week (bump that up to Cinerama Dome if the reviews are stellar).

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

The reviews from the Hollywood trades are equivocal: a solid movie, but not stellar.

Though the reviews do indicate a certain ambition to transcendent cinema by writer-director James Gray.

I dunno. On one hand, a movie with some deflated ambition is probably suitable for discount day. On the other hand, if the only stifled ambition is in the combined character/theme department, the Cinerama Dome could provide the boost that edges this material over the quality hump.

What do my fellow sci-fi/score fans think?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I gave my mini review of the film earlier in the thread, Jackal.

The score actually feels surprisingly coherent and organic, even if there are multiple composers involved.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)



Where have you found news of the soundtrack release?


Well, Deutsch Grammaphon state a single is coming out next month. Whatever that means regards a score album I have no idea.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I love all these various spellings of the famous classical label.

It's Deutsche Grammophon. smile

* Grammar police mode off *

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

Well shucks, that's trying to type on a phone for you...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   TShao.Jack   (Member)

Actually, I found the score VERY elegant.

Saw it for the second time today, at an IMAX theatre.

I think the electronic thing is Richter, actually, and Balfe's material some slightly more generic music for the more dramatic moments (think a lesser version of Wallfisch's BR2049 material).

I also sat through the end credits this time, and noticed that two other composers were listed with 'additional music': Nils Frahm -- who I've heard about, but never listened to, as far as I can recall. The other was Robert Charles Mann, who I've never even heard about. So that means Richter, Balfe, Frahm and Mann!

Additionally, the film uses some existing music -- including a concert piece by main composer Richter ("Stormy Sea" something) and one piece by Frahm (which I assume is different from the original score he provided). The other song credits rushed by so quickly, I didn't have the time to read them.

What a tangled web! No wonder no one has heard anything about a soundtrack album yet.


According to what the moderator of Hans Zimmer.com says, Lorne Balfe composed music for the whole movie. The final product of film music is actually a collage of partial Richter and partial Balfe (a bit more than 50% is from Richter's complete score, the rest is from Balfe's score)
So it's really a case of The White Fang here. Also Balfe replied on twitter, indicating we can expect a soundtrack release "soon". I guess compiling tracks for this soundtrack is apparently complicating, so a release by this weekend is not possible.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2019 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

There's a single taken from Richter's score called "To The Stars" that's out on digital services today.

I would expect the full soundtrack release at some point in the future. Looking forward to checking out the music separate from the film.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2019 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

There's a few logic and tech holes in this piece, though I recommend it for being brave enough to give us a trenchant, introspective look at today's humanity through the means of a melodramatic sci-fi mini-epic.

Interesting is the degree to which the protagonist Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) calmly submits to unending monitoring by his military branch's artificial intelligence apparatus.

I think that's the key to the real heart of the film.

Also, Donald Sutherland's small supporting role adds a lot to the movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2019 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Born, you review makes me want to see this movie. Hope I can see it soon.

A reviewer at RogerEbert said, "Also particularly effective is the score by Max Richter, which is somehow both intimately eerie and grandiose at the same time."

I noticed Richter mentioned in another review. I wonder if reviewers or critics realize that Balfe also was a composer for this movie?

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2019 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Probably not, when you consider that IMDb, for instance, only credits Richter.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2019 - 11:36 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Pretty good flick. Definitely recommend seeing it in IMAX.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2019 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Probably not, when you consider that IMDb, for instance, only credits Richter.

That's not how IMDb works.

As another user pointed out from seeing the film, Balfe is credited with additional music after Max, in the end credits. Additional music credits do not go under the main Composers section, they go under Music Department, and indeed if you look, Balfe is credited under the Music Department section.

 
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