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ScoreKeeper Has News About The Release Of Michael Giacchino's CLOVERFIELD Overture!!

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here with news straight from the mouth of the monster from CLOVERFIELD (2008). No, not the gigantic creature that destroyed New York City. I’m talking about the monstrously talented composer Michael Giacchino who penned a groundbreaking overture played during the closing credits of the film. It’s an amazing composition which pays homage to the classic monster movie sound defined by legendary GODZILLA (1954) tunesmith Akira Ifukube. I belong to a growing body of folk who are dying to get their hands on this piece of music whether it be a digital download via iTunes or a soundtrack CD. A lot of rumors have been flying around and Giacchino himself sorts it all out. Available for download in this month’s issue of Film Score Monthly Online, there is an on camera interview with Michael Giacchino in which he addresses the unsuspecting demand for the CLOVERFIELD overture and its impending release. Giacchino reveals, “We’re working on that now…there are a bunch of legal knots that need to be tied…” He admits had they foreseen the demand they could have been “ready months ago”. Nobody suspected there would a market for one piece of music. Giacchino also reveals that the original composition was thirteen minutes long while the version which ended up in the film was edited down to eleven minutes. He concludes by saying the version they’re going to release will be the full thirteen minute work. He didn’t disclose how the music would be released. If you’re not already familiar with FSM Online I highly encourage fans to become acquainted with this staple site. I had been a loyal subscriber of this publication when it existed in magazine form since October 1993. Since they converted their content to exclusively an online publication several years ago my patronage followed. Each monthly issue is packed with news, reviews, editorials, interviews, and multimedia content devoted to the world of film music. For more of the Michael Giacchino interview where he discusses his Academy Award nomination, scoring LOST, analog vs. digital, and his score for the upcoming SPEED RACER (2008), check out the site and sign up today. Go! Go! Go! Giacchino!


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  • March 31, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Cloverfield, BEEYOTCHES!

    by Pennsy

    Which is eligible for an MTV Movie Award for Best Movie, BTW...

  • March 31, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    god cloverfield sucked

    by Mr Gorilla

    i'm all for having unknowns play the leads in these films, but they have to be unknown actors, not just, you know, unknowns.

  • March 31, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Awesome! I'll buy it.

    by nascentia

    Both times I saw Cloverfield, I convinced my friends that we needed to stay for the entire credits just for this song. And both times, they thanked me. Now if we could just get the damn Sunshine soundtrack released somehow...

  • March 31, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    That may be true, Mr. Gorilla...

    by acorvey25

    But the song was fucking awesome.

  • March 31, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    Ughh. Imagine being with this guy in the theatre? You just want to to leave after the movie and hit the bathroom while this dude's like "No, No, we have to stay and listen to the end music!" Then proceeds to sit there for ten minutes with his eyes closed making those conductor movements with his hands.

  • March 31, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    already bought!

    by Roderich

    ... but only when it appears on iTunes!Giacchino = Incredibles = Pixar = Apple = iTunes!

  • March 31, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I've checking every tuesday since the flick came out for it.

    by logicalnoise01

    I never stayed for the credits and I heard that is quite a epic song.

  • March 31, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Just make a midi file.

    by SkeletonParty

  • March 31, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I've been looking for this, too

    by flickchick85

    I had just about given up on this (since the last time Giacchino had mentioned it was January). I didn't love Cloverfield, but that song was worth the whole trip. Thanks for the heads-up, Scorekeeper! This news made my day.

  • March 31, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    this was awful

    by snowtires

    My roommate and I, both composers, stayed after the movie (which he thought was great, but I didn't really like) because someone on here said that the music was this mind-blowing piece of film score brilliance that absolutely had to be heard. We stayed for about thirty seconds of the music, heard the ridiculous female choir vocals come in, got up and left. Maybe it gets better, but the part I heard was generic and shitty.

  • March 31, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Listen here....

    by MarcsOnFire

  • March 31, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by Sithdan

    IT was entertaining, but definitely not good enough to own on DVD. Man, my head still hurts from that jerky camera.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    yeah but what film did that score belong in?

    by knowthyself

    Not in Cloverfield.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    cloverfield 3: poppyfield

    by ironic_name

    poppy Montgomery stars.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    first time I stayed for a song

    by ironic_name

    i figured we might get something cool at the end, but halfway through the music i knew they do something shitty, and just decided to listen to the music.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST

    cloverfield: the series

    by ironic_name


  • March 31, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by ConanBaltar

    Please write an update once this piece of music is released somewhere. I'll forget about it if someone on AICN doesn't remind me. That's right, I'm a lemming.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by Mort Meyers

    As an artist, self proclaimed or not, you should try taking in the entirety of a piece before making your overall assessment. It is impossible to critique something you've never heard. Your post makes you come across as a hack. Sorry to be so bold.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Giacchino can be really good...

    by Christopher3

    But his "overture" for this film was -- probably intentionally -- hammy.

  • March 31, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Anyone know where I can get the interview for free?

    by me_so_horny

    I dont want to sign up. I cant afford it.

  • March 31, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Stupid haters...

    by Kasch

    Probably never saw a Godzilla movie in their life. If you're a wannabe film composer, maybe you should, y'know, actually study music styles. Giacchino perfectly nailed that old Toho music.

  • March 31, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Yeah but snowtires is...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...a composer. And so is his roommate. And they live in a loft in Soho.

  • March 31, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    mort meyers

    by snowtires

    The first rule of writing a good song is to make the song immediately grab your attention and make the listener want to hear the piece in its entirety. If the first minute of a song is God awful, why on earth would I want to sit through another twelve minutes of it? I mean, do you need to listen to an entire Celine Dion song to know that it sucks or can you figure it out within the first 30 seconds?

  • March 31, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    to everyone with a big mouth

    by snowtires

    Could you kindly explain to me what makes a non-musician a better judge of musical content than someone who has been writing music for longer than they can remember?

  • March 31, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Just saying...

    by rutgersjaffo

    Cloverfield kicked ass. Loved it, will see the sequel. Just saw The Mist this weekend. Not sure why they felt the need to end it like that. Pretty sure I don't really care for that needless change, but it didn't completely ruin the film for me either. Meh...

  • March 31, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    If I turned off some Rush songs after only one minute I would have missed out on some rockin' good times.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Tribute, or partially (or completely) lifted?

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    I thought the score was interesting as a sort a textural recap of the film, but at first I was offended by the obvious passages ripped out the Ifukube book. Very retro, and unlike what you usually get after a big budget horror flick. Then I realized it should have been shitty, dropped tuning Metal (if you buy into how they market such films,) and began I appreciate what I was hearing. I hope more filmmakers start seriously considering how soccer mom rock negates the thrills and chills they're going after.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Cloverfield TNG: Strawberry Fields Forever

    by Geekgasm

    "a groundbreaking overture"??? What the hell was "groundbreaking" about it? The fact that it wasn't in the rest of the movie? THAT makes it "groundbreaking"? I'm so fucking tired of people jizzing all over their shirts about every aspect of that moderately entertaining movie.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by Mort Meyers

    What makes you think you are the only musician posting on this site? Feel free to post a link to your music. I promise I will give it a full listen and give some feedback and criticism where it is warranted. I'm sorry if I offended you in any way with my previous post, I just don't think that by not giving the entire piece a chance you have allowed yourself any credibility. I think I do reserve the right to not like a song within the first 30 seconds, but if I do not give it a full listen, then I do not have the right to offer my thoughts to the public. I also get the feeling you don't like Celine Dion. She sort of rocked not to long ago. P.S. Sailor Rip, I want to hang out with you. Please live in Texas.

  • March 31, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Anyone who refers to film cues as "songs"...

    by Osmosis Jones an idiot.

  • March 31, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Mort Meyers

    by Sailor Rip

    NJ. Born and raised.

  • March 31, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Creative "rules"

    by flickchick85

    I'm not a musician, so I was unaware of the "30 second rule" snowtires brought up, but I know there is a similar rule in screen writing (and no, I'm not a screenwriter, either, but screenwriting classes were part of my college curriculum and I did retain a couple of things) that says all your exposition should be out of the way (and the 1st turning point should occur) within the 1st 20 minutes of your movie. Does that mean every movie that doesn't follow that rule is bad? To me, these creative "rules" are more like standards. And there are plenty of people who do things outside of the standard methods. And as a non-musical expert, while Giacchino's Cloverfield suite may have defied the "30 second rule," my untrained ears really enjoy listening to it.

  • March 31, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Finally, ROAR! news...thanks ScoreKeeper!

    by BuffaloDrummer

    Thanks for stayin on it. Nice to know we'll have this fabulous score piece to hear whenever we want! And I agree with logicalnoise01..I too was checking iTunes first thing every Tuesday morning to no avail.

  • March 31, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    How quickly did cloverfield vanish from

    by emeraldboy

    Us theatres. It only opened in the UK and ireland in Feb and yet by March it was gone! no really it tanked that fast.

  • March 31, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Although I'm sure Snowtires would be pissed off

    by half vader

    if people listened to his stuff and subjectively wrote it off after 30 seconds, especially as he's been doing it for "longer than they can remember" (does that mean you're senile?). <p> And don't talk about yourself in the third person. You come off like a prat and it makes people doubt your objectivity, thus defeating your point. <p> Sure you've got an informed opinion, but by your own argument it doesn't make you the ideal critic either, can you concede that? To get REALLY ironic, wasn't it Bob Dylan that said "you don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"? You're probably just pissed off that he's had so much success after coming from (ugh!) videogames! ;) by the way. <p> Getting back to this music, why was it even an issue? I would have thought that putting it online rather than on a physical disc would have been par for the course. Although I do hate compression. Would it have been any more complicated than your average CD single? In all seriousness Snowtyres, maybe you can help us out there. Do you know that side of things? Also, is tyre really spelt with an 'i' where you are?

  • March 31, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by half vader

    First the stupid stuff about the Muppets and now this. Anyone who belittles people for referring to the 'songs' or likewise those who call ships boats is anal retentive. Ignorance doesn't actually mean you're stupid, it just means you're not informed. Having said that one doesn't rule out the other (referring back to the embarrassing Muppet thing). Lighten up mate.

  • March 31, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Cloverfield 12: A Fistful Of Little Miss TermiMuppets

    by performingmonkey

    God I would pay to see that. Even if it was Bay at the helm.

  • March 31, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Michael Giacchino did The Incredibles right?

    by Amy Chasing

    which was wonderful. Ratatouille was nice too. Mission Impossible 3... why does the recording of the theme sound like it was done by a high school orchestra?

  • March 31, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST


    by theycallmemrglass

    I so wanted this track since hearing it at the cinema that I repeatedly listen to the horrible cinema capture knowing that they will probably never release it. So glad that there are significantly more like me that they will release it officially. Its awesome. And I cant wait to buy this 13 minute cersion. I have all of Michael Giacchino's Lost soundtracks which are absolutely brilliant, there is such a distinct signature to his work yet so varied from the dark scary thumping tracks to the searing heart wrenching ones.

  • March 31, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Skillful Toho tribute...whoopde fuckin...

    by quantize

    Not a particularly memorable piece when you compare it to any classic theme or cue... I never heard it in the cinema because I was OUTTA there asap!.. I felt i'd been violated enough by JJ and his box of repetitious shitty magic tricks..

  • March 31, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST

    how could you not love "ROAR!"...

    by quantize

    because you might be an informed film music listener and can appreciate the skill involved in a tribute style monster track but also identify a pretty ordinary tune... fucking TBers

  • March 31, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST

    snowtires I wirte music too

    by logicalnoise01

    but your opinion is as valid as the rest. Like I said I haven't heard the piece yet but I intend to give it a good listen when I can(in a decent format). I'm "the bad one andy" my stuff is on amazon, itunes and rhapsody.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    This song was BEST thing about Cloverfield


    Sometimes a good score will make a mediocre movie above average. Too bad this came late in the show! Can't wait.

  • March 31, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Akira Ifukube's ZATOICHI ?!?


    And where the HELL IS THE FREAKIN ZATOICHI COMPILATION?!?!?!? Some of my favorite music by Akira are for Shintaro Katsu's Zatoichi. Too bad Japan has limited printing of anything.

  • April 1, 2008, 5:39 a.m. CST

    The Best Thing About CLOVERFIELD...

    by LaserPants

    Was how awful it was. How hilariously awful it was. An unintentional comedy, really, who's conceit runs out of steam in the first 15 minutes, and spends the rest of its running time getting more and more ludicrous. Then again, if I was 10, or a mentally retarded adult, I would've loved it.

  • April 1, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST


    by LaserPants


  • April 1, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    ROAR! Female vocalist

    by Padface

    Is it just me or does the female vocalist's style on the ROAR overture sound vaguely familiar? To me it sounds like someone warming up for the STAR TREK original series theme tune, which im guessing will be making atleast a fleeting appearance in the new movie. Just a thought.

  • April 1, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST

    I will get soundtrack when it comes out

    by Dazzler69

    I am surprised it was not released at time of movie and then overfill it up with current hip hop shit versions of songs.

  • April 1, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Who gives 2 shits....

    by JimmyJingles


  • April 1, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    you do

    by logicalnoise01

    since you clicked and then posted in the talkback.

  • April 1, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    I know it shouldn't, but the lion thing still cracks me up.

  • April 1, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    But when is the Lost Season 3 soundtrack out?

    by the ageless stranger

    That is the question Michael.

  • April 1, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    LOST Season 3

    by ScoreKeeper

    LOST Season 3 is being released by Varese Sarabande on April 29, 2008. It's going to be 2CDs too!

  • April 1, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Just heard the Cloverfield overture!!!

    by BigTexas42

    It was awsome!!!

  • April 2, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Lovely stuff Scorekeeper

    by the ageless stranger


  • April 23, 2008, 4:35 a.m. CST


    by jerseycajun

    The music builds slowly from beginning to end, and as someone else pointed out, it's a great homage to the genre. If you really are a student of the medium, you should be aware of the motifs inherent in the classic city-stomping monster flicks. This music brought all that back in spades, refined it, and then released it in a slow burn that builds up to an intense inferno.