Pacific Rim (2013)

  Pacific Rim (2013) Composed by Ramin Djawadi Released by Watertower Music Purchase at:  The lovechild of Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim is one of the most interesting properties to be released during the Summer months in several years. A homage to both kaiju cinema and the mecha anime genre, Pacific Rim is del Toro’s first production since 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The reason for the lapse in the popular director’s career were the production hells of The Hobbit and The Mountains of Madness. It was just three days after Mountains fell apart due to preproduction negotiations that del Toro signed up for Pacific Rim, with complete creative control. He wrote the script with Travis Beacham, who although has not gathered much attention has put significant effort into building the world of the film before he even began work on the screenplay. This can be seen in many promotional posters and the graphic novel “Tales from Year Zero”, which acts as a prequel to the film and narrates the creation of the Jaegars. For this epic conflict between giant monsters and collosal robots, del Toro turned to Ramin Djawadi. Djawadi is most known for Game of Thrones, whose music started off poorly but has gained a stronger presence in the years. He also composed the music for Iron Man and Clash of the Titans, both of which were poor contributions to their films. With those two soundtracks he sacrificed complex orchestrations for banally simple melodies; style over substance at […]

Remember Me (2013)
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Remember Me (2013) Composed by Olivier Derivere Released by Capcom Purchase at: Set in a near futuristic cyberpunk-laden Paris and inspired by the prevalence of social media sites, Remember Me is a game that has caught the gaming public’s attention since it was revealed in Gamescom 2012. Remember Me immediately caught the imagination of gamers – from the beautiful art style, the unique setting of Neo-Paris, and the underdog status of the developers Dontnod. Since the beginning the developer had difficulty selling the game to publishers, as the protagonist Niln was female as well as non-white. Many publishers wanted Dontnod to change Nillin to a male for higher marketability. Eventually Remember Me found a home in Capcom. To compose the music for the game Dontnod went with fellow Frenchman Olivier Derivere, who is best known as the composer for the 2008 reboot/sequel Alone in the Dark, as well as Obscure 1 and 2. Ever since Alone in the Dark, Derivere had incorporated the talents of a major musical group when recording his score. With Alone in the Dark (2008), The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices. For Of Orcs and Men (2011), he made use of The Boston Cello Quartet. For Remember Me Derivere turned to The Philharmonia Orchestra. Additionally, and this is definitely the most defining aspect of the score, Deriviere programmed “glitches” into the music. It would be erroneous to call what Derivere has created as emulating corrupted music files – corrupted music will create just outright static, which is […]