The Avatar Soundtrack: Our First Reaction
Posted on Monday November 23, 2009, 10:41 by Ian Freer in Empire States
Deep in the bowels of 20th Century Fox, we got a chance to listen to the most anticipated score of 2009: James Horner’s music for James Cameron’s Avatar.
As you would imagine — and even on the tiny speakers we heard them on — the music is huge in scope and heart. Mirroring the film’s dynamic of technology vs. the spiritual, the music splits between synthesised and acoustic instruments, the entire orchestra getting a thorough workout: everything from South American instrumentation to solo violin, choral chanting to driving percussion gets a chance to shine.
Reteaming with Cameron for the third time after Aliens and Titanic, Horner’s score flits between shimmering enchantment (the seven-minute Pure Spirits Of The Forest; The Bioluminiscence Of The Night), rousing battle hymns (Climbing Up Ikinmaya; Gathering All The Na’vi Clans For Battle) and complex, brutal action music (The Destruction Of “Hometree”; War).
Yet the stand out cue is Becoming One Of “The People” Becoming One With Neytiri, a breathtaking piece that starts with a simple, beautiful theme and builds to something strident, powerful and muscular before returning to its small, intimate roots. Lovely stuff and, on first listen, something that will stand up against the best of Horner’s mighty back catalogue.
For the record, I See You, the Avatar theme choon sung by Leona Lewis, was not ready for us to hear.
The Avatar score will be available from December 15th with the movie following three days later.
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Posted on Monday November 23, 2009, 14:14
at least theres no celine dion crooning away.
Posted on Monday November 23, 2009, 17:29
Isn't Leona Lewis supposed to sing in it?
Posted on Monday November 23, 2009, 21:40
I'm gonna snare the CD for sure - just hope that Lewis girl ain't on it though!
Posted on Monday November 23, 2009, 21:50
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Posted on Monday November 23, 2009, 22:01
Nice little write up. I'm really looking forward to hearing this. I do love a really good, epic soundtrack.
I know Horner comes under quite a bit of criticism but I think some of his stuff borders on genius. His Braveheart score is beautiful and tragic and let's hope that AVATAR is much the same.
Posted on Tuesday November 24, 2009, 09:04
sounds like its gonna be a sweet soundtrack, might even be better than titanic's, and i know that sounds gay but i think that film has an awesome ost
Posted on Wednesday November 25, 2009, 16:48
sounds like code for over the top cliched Mickey Mousing bollox