Steve Jablonsky's TRANSFORMERS Score Is Now Out On CD!! A Few Quick Thoughts...
ScoreKeeper is extremely busy with ScoreKeeper stuff, so we thought we'd drop in a mention about a score CD that was relased yesterday.
It's Steve Jablonsky's score for TRANSFORMERS. To be clear, this is NOT the rock compilation album that came out before the movie hit. This is the film's orchestral score.
There's been a promo CD for this score making the rounds for the last few weeks, which lacked several signature movements from the film. The full 20 track CD is much more well rounded; tracks (like the stirring arrival of the Autobots) are often expanded significantly from their on-screen iteration on the new CD.
I mention this release for several reasons:
1) TRANSFORMERS is a subject of perpetual interest here on AICN.
2) The score plays surprisingly well outside of the film, revealing textures, motifs, and nuance which were buried beneath the movie's dense sound design and non-stop Bayhem. To my surprise, this ended up being one of the more enjoyable score CDs I've come across in quite some time.
3) Many folks in the Internet community were asking about the availability of this music when the film was released, but no score CD was to be found when TRANSFORMERS was released this Summer. In fact, at one point, there were indications Jablonsky's work wouldn't be made available at all. A few grassroots petitions popped up online; I've no sense of whether or not these swayed The Powers That Be towards reconsidering the release of the score.
Which brings me to:
The release of a movie's score should not be taken for granted (Christopher Young's SPIDER-MAN 3 score, for example). To help counter this trend...if you remember Jablonsky's work in TRANSFORMERS & enjoyed what you heard...this might be a good item to pick-up. There's more to it than meets...the ear.
Sorry, couldn't resist.
If you can't find the TRANSFORMERS score in stores, you can always get it...
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Oct. 10, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST
by Pound Sand
Oct. 10, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST
by Pound Sand
Oct. 10, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST
jablonsky is a really stupid name.
Oct. 10, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST
by Stereotypical Evil Archer
Fuckin' METAL DARK and BRUTAL
Oct. 10, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST
Jablonsky's work on the Island was much better, I think he was under some duress with the timescale on Transformers and it shows. Most of the cues sounded like they were written on his DAW with what is certainly an impressive library with a minimal amount of orchestral overdubs. Not a standout for me, I'd sooner listen to the likes of Powell's Bourne Ultimatum.
Oct. 10, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST
If it makes you remember the horrible flick<P>I feel for all the talented people involved in this SHIT WRECK.<P>Bay ejaculum smothering all the work I would have loved to have been able to see and hear and apreciate were it not for all the aptly named BAYHEM going on.<P>Other than Vern(who must be despairing at every mention) this site sure does love this horrible MOVIE!
Oct. 10, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST
But since you have already pointed out that it sounds much better without the movie, I try to listen to it again.<br> PS: Yes, I am not ashamed of saying that I love the movie.
Oct. 10, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST
But sorry, cruisin' listening to the transformers score will not just prevent you from getting laid but prevent you from having human contact of any kind. Mike bay excepted. I can see him cruisin' in a topless sports car whilst some "actress" polishes his knob and he's cranking the score from "transformers' over the radio.
Oct. 10, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST
by Rickey Henderson
If you've seen the scene at the end of The Island and heard that music you'd know how talented a composer the guy is. No, he's not an Elfman or a Williams, but he's pretty damned solid and just as good if not better than Hans Zimmer. The Transformers score was just another level of excellence in an already terrific movie. Suck it haters. Suck it hard.
Oct. 10, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
...and Steve Jablonsky scores Transformers. Life ain't fair.
Oct. 10, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST
by Acne Scarface
coz i love me some vince dicola...
Oct. 10, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST
I mean come on, there were music cues STRAIGHT of out Terminator and many other flicks. The movie itself was disapointing enough, but that score was just a collection of ripped off music.
Oct. 10, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST
by Rickey Henderson
Because an alleged one is out there. Not sure if it's legit, but it definitely reads like it is.
Oct. 10, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST
because AICN wants another visit with Bay and company when T2INO starts production.
Oct. 10, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST
Holy shit. This thing costs 16.99 on the itunes music store. That's incredibly overpriced for itunes. It's not a double album, the thing only clocks in at 59.7 minutes. So, what's up?
Oct. 10, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST
and stop listening to such shitty music. The Autobots theme is as well written as Zidane's theme by mogwai. Some of the shit heer is so well layered.
Oct. 10, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST
When I heard it again I just couldn't help but think this is what the Justice League theme should sound like, epic and heroic. Pretty damn perfect.
Oct. 10, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST
Because I listen to Mogwai, Isis, Fugazi and Boris, which are getting rotation right now. And I loved this score, so that makes my opinion more valid than yours. Fuck you.
Oct. 10, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST
First of all, having certain tastes doesn't make your opinions more valid. And if you think THOSE particular bands lends credibility to you, you're even FURTHER off. That's a pretty lame list you got there.
Oct. 10, 2007, 1:08 p.m. CST
a nice read. can you say anything about the liner notes? I was debating buying the hard copy over downloading it on iTunes. I may just do that now, out of sheer impatience, but if there was something worth reading on the liner notes i can hold out for a hard copy.
Oct. 10, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST
Who ever thinks this consitutes as accomplished filmscoring really needs to broaden their sphere of listening. Ok it's slick and serves it's function, I personally rate Jablonsky as a composer (his work on the Island was great), but his gig on Transformers was dialled in, lots of impressive MV sample libs, the customary MV studio patina, buuuut ultimately trite and bland. Fair enough if som bods enjoy it, but high art it aint.
Oct. 10, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST
Most of Michael Bays films have great scores, Bad Boys (but not Bad Boys 2) The Rock (awesomeness), Armageddon and The Island. Pearl Harbor isn't bad, but like the script it's quite lacking. The Island score is incredibly moving and really is one of the strongest points of that movie. Same goes for Transformers. The Arrival of the Autobots montage is a seriously great moment... if only the script had been better and they cut out the military stuff and added slightly more decepticons and autobots then it would have been awesome.
Oct. 10, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST
by Evil Hobbit
Totally underwhelmed in the cinema by the sound effects and rock music interludes. Has the same vibe as Steve's "My name is Lincoln" track from the Island. Good stuff.
Oct. 10, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST
Steve Jablonsky rules. As Vern pointed out, portions of this score rival Schindler's List in musical complexity, and I can't wait to hear what Jablonsky comes up with next!
Oct. 10, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST
While the Transformers score certainly isn't bad, it just sounds like a typical action score. Try telling a story with your music, people, not just playing a theme everytime someone/thing walks onscreen.
This is not complex music. Listen to LOTR for complex music. It's a mix of scores already written (such as Batman Begins) and typical heroic/battle tracks. Again, not bad...just not terrific.
Oct. 10, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST
What's all this rubbish about Steve Jablonsky not being complex? I bet you if Howard Shore is not available for The Hobbit, Janblonsky will be the first person Peter Jackson taps for the project. It's time for Zimmer fans to stop living in shame. Ramin Djwadi for Iron Man!
Oct. 10, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST
by barnaby jones
though it did owe alot to Batman Begins and the Pirates soundtracks.
Oct. 10, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST
There was a piece of music (when the copter was flying to Hoover Dam) that sounded just like the TEAM AMERICA score. Even so, I'll give this a miss. <br><br> And Osmosis...it is truly sad.
Oct. 10, 2007, 9:27 p.m. CST
I always appreciate learning about new scores (especially ones that almost didn't see the light of day), and am glad to purchase this one in order to encourage the Powers That Be to release more. (Alas, I'm still waiting for the scores to Sunshine and Firefox...)
Oct. 10, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST
It was epic and sounded pretty damn heroic. That automatically beats out any of the other scores out there. also be Honest with yourselves...John Williams & Danny Elfman have become rather one-note organic-artisty depricating drivel. Jablonsky fits into that catergory of Jon Ottman, Michael Giachino, james horner.
Oct. 10, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST
i agree with whoever said it earlier that those that dont like it must die..... a great score to go with a great movie... im still surprised we still have the "bay messed with what i hold dear in my life" comments..hope to get it or download it soon...
Oct. 10, 2007, 11:31 p.m. CST
considering how atrocious his score for The Island was, I was pretty happy. Still, nothing will ever top the A+ action scores for Bay's first 3 films.
Oct. 11, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST
Oct. 11, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST
that "dutta-dutta dutta-dutta"? Straight out of batman begins.
Oct. 11, 2007, 6:48 a.m. CST
by Giant Ape Balls
Mindyou I didn't notice a plot either.
Oct. 11, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST
TF score sounds cheap and simple. The usual Media Ventures/Remote Control quick, copy-paste stuff. I'd never understand the excitement around this junk of score while a lot of beautiful score is undereleased till today.
Oct. 11, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST
= TF score!
Oct. 11, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST
You must be joking. Peter Jackson has more intelligence than that. When I speak of LOTR being musically complex...it has over 80 themes which are consistently developed (telling the story: progressing, declining, combining with other themes, trying to overthrow other themes, etc.) throughout the three films. THAT is musical complexity at its finest.
Oct. 11, 2007, 7:01 p.m. CST
In my earlier post, when I said "it's a mix of scores already written...." I meant Transformers, NOT LOTR.
Oct. 11, 2007, 10:09 p.m. CST
by tango fett
you can't really go wrong with Fugazi. just wanted to throw that out there. and besides, who could hate the band that created that whole 'emo' thing? but seriously, they are great.
Oct. 13, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST
Though very much a Zimmer styled score, I think Jablonsky does enough with the themes of the soundtrack to deliver an entertaining one. Suite and Review is up at ScoreNotes.com if interested.
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