With the sheer number of films and soundtrack releases that come out on a weekly basis, it's not possible that we can cover every single one. Film.Music.Media tries to be your #1 source for coverage on the newest and most recent releases, but it's inevitable that some may slip through the cracks. This isn't to say the ones that were missed are worthy of ignoring. So in an effort to shine a light on some of the scores we missed during their initial releases, here's a little spotlight on those that deserve it.
(by Stephen Barton)
This score really surprised me. While the single player campaigns of recent first person shooters have had some outstanding musical scores, the multiplayer side of things rareley had any music at all, except for victory or defeat themes. Titanfall, being multiplayer only did it right. Barton created a unique style for Titanfall, combining interesting (and unusual) instruments to create a unique feeling while still creating an action score that could very well accompany a big budget sci-fi movie.
The World‘s End
(by Steven Price)
Just before Steven Price scored the successful Gravity, he worked on the comedy The World‘s End. With a lot of traditional (and even cliche) sci-fi sounds and electronic action, the score is not as emotional as Gravity. But through the medieval influences, it reminds us that The World‘s End is a story about knights after all. And that really makes this score unique and memorable.
300: Rise Of An Empire
(by Junkie XL)
While Tyler Bates‘s music for the first 300 movie recieved mostly negative coverage, Junkie XL‘s work on the sequel should get the opposite. While the quieter parts sound alike, it‘s the action that stands out. It‘s a movie about war after all. Intense action consisting of heavy percussion and fast paced rythms, with occasional bursts of electronic sections and an „End Credits“ track that carries through the various battles give the spartans musical company worthy of the epic battles without sounding like a stereotypical history movie.
White House Down
(by Thomas Wander & Harald Kloser)
While not everyone liked it, the recent score to yet another White House under siege movie to me is one of the best action scores to come out in this decade. The score covers it all, from playful melodies and stunning (and patriotic) themes to (most importantly) excellent action pieces. After starting with the brutal “Let‘s Go“, the score reaches it‘s finale in “Gonna Shoot Me?“ perfectly concluding this amazing journey. Superb action writing throghout the score make this an excellent example of what action scores should be.