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Moriarty’s One Thing I Love Today! Michael Giacchino’s “ROAR!” Is Coming To iTunes Tomorrow!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. Please don’t think this cheap of me, but you know what I love today? This press release, sent out by the lovely Tamar at Paramount: ITUNES TO RELEASE MUSIC WRITTEN BY MICHAEL GIACCHINO FROM PARAMOUNT PICTURES’ “CLOVERFIELD” HOLLYWOOD , CA – April 23, 2008 – On April 29th, iTunes will release the end credits overture from "Cloverfield" by Michael Giacchino. For the first time, the full length orchestral piece, entitled "ROAR!", will be available exclusively from iTunes paralleling the release of the film for download. Giacchino’s “ROAR!” showcases an epic monster movie style, one that captivated audience members throughout the end credits. The film version of “ROAR!” totaled 9:45. The iTunes release finally makes available the full length, unedited piece that runs 12:15. Giacchino may well be my favorite working composer for movies. I think it’s because he seems to have a certain sort of ‘60s pop sensibility that I love particularly, and maybe it’s just because he’s that damn good. THE INCREDIBLES was the best Bond score ever written for a non-Bond film, his MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE score paid beautiful homage to Lalo Schifrin’s vintage work, and his SPEED RACER score is so much fun it’s sick. But I have a soft spot for “ROAR!” because of how much I love the original Toho GODZILLA scores. It’s a safe bet that Giacchino loved them, too, because he manages to evoke them with crystal clarity here, but without borrowing at all. It’s the dynamics, the emotion, the sense of menace and scale, and I applaud Paramount for finally making this track available for those of us who loved it when it played at the end of the film. You can find the track starting tomorrow on iTunes, where I’ll be getting my copy ASAP so the next time Toshi and I build a Lego Toyko to smash (a favorite post-nap activity these days), we’ll have the appropriate music to motivate us.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • April 28, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    thought this was about the old heath ledger show on FOX

    by PVIII

    would've been cooler

  • April 28, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Exactly what I was thinking

    by Purgatori

    I would have actually bought the Heath Ledger show.

  • April 28, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Anyone seen my dad?

    by Bastard Son of Superman

  • April 28, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    It´s a lion!

    by CuervoJones

  • April 28, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Really? Your favorite?

    by TheLastCleric

    With true legends like Williams and Zimmer still pumping out soundtracks, I don't really get your taste but whatever. The man is very talented to be sure but nothing I've heard struck me as iconic. Perhaps I should watch the Cloverfield credits again.

  • April 28, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by Urushihara

    Just curious, but how do you pronounce your son Toshi's name? "Toe-shee"?

  • April 28, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Great! So it should be on Limewire later that day!

    by googamooga

    Yeah, I'm a pirate, ARRRRR. Sue me.

  • April 28, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    What I REALLY want to know, though...

    by googamooga

    Is will there be 1 1/2 minutes of silence on the track before the actual music starts? I want the genuine movie experience!

  • April 28, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    I don't often sit through the end credits

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    But I did for Cloverfield. Nice piece of music. Mori, Giacchino has also done scores for some of the Medal of Honor games so if you love his work that much you should check them out as well. Great stuff to exercise to.

  • April 28, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    If only the end credits made up for the rest...

    by quantize

    which of course even the most skillful Toho tribute could not.

  • April 28, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by BurgerTime Godzilla SHOULD have been shot and edited. Give us the brief character setups, then send the thing loose and film the carnage and mayhem. And ROAR!...well, that was just the cherry on top.

  • April 28, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    It's an OVERRATED track

    by Proman1984

    It's atchy but a little simplistic

  • April 28, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by JayWells87

    And the "Cloverfield ROCKED/SUCKED" debate begins....

  • April 28, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Christ, geeks can be such old biddies.

    by odysseus

    CLOVERFIELD was a fuckin' blast. Sure its shooting style stretched credibility -- but it's about a giant monster! Should we delve into the physics and biological credibility of such a creature, too? We're lucky someone made such a cool monster flick.

  • April 28, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Wake me up when this is released on an ACTUAL CD

    by Osmosis Jones

  • April 28, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Williams is "pumping out" soundtracks?

    by Osmosis Jones

    The new Indiana Jones movie will feature the first new Williams score in TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS. And Hans Zimmer is a "legend"? He singlehandedly RUINED contemporary film scoring. Now every score is the same bland orchestral/synthetic mush, while genuine talents like Bruce Broughton are forced to score bad Lifetime TV movies. Giacchino is one of the few composers working now who can write complex, thematic orchestral music without leaning on techno synth pads or "moaning woman" nonsense.

  • April 28, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    its a pretty cool track

    by fried samurai

    But cmon some of you guys act like its the best piece of music you've ever heard.Its got nuthin on the original Godzilla theme.

  • April 28, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Awesome news

    by theycallmemrglass

    Roar! is a fantastic orchestral monster mash. It is a tribute to the old Godzilla theme and Giacchino does it justice in his unique way. He also did the best ever Mission Impossible cover, yes, better than Limp Bizkit's version. Its his arrangement of percussion that really pumps your adrenaline senses. And dont start me on how radical his Lost soundtrack is. Cant wait to get this track.

  • April 28, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by supersize

    I wasn't a big fan of the ending either suffer through all that shitt only for everyone to die. meh!

  • April 28, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    a D. Vader thank you

    by Bouncy X

    for mentioning the season 3 Lost soundtrack. i didnt even realize they made any, and especially not one for the first 3 seasons. usually they'll make a "best of" when it comes to tv series scores so this is cool. so yeah, thanks to you i found out and bought the first 2 seasons and pre-ordered 3. i also picked up the two Alias scores cuz i loved his music for that as well, though there's only season 1 and 2, i assume sales werent good enough to release the rest. ANYWAY, yeah thank made my wallet happy. :P

  • April 28, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    All homage, no originality

    by therealkumar

    A Bond homage, his Mission Impossible homage, his Speed Racer homage, his Godzilla homage. Can't wait for the Star Trek homage! Lost doesn't sound like an homage but it's also completely indistinguished.

  • April 28, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    "Cloverfield sucked." "No it didn't." "Yes it did."

    by MattmanReturns

    Enough already. Fuck. Some people like it, some don't. Both sides please shut the fuck up.

  • April 28, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Clint Mansell's one of my current favorite film composers

    by Jackie Boy

    Just sayin'.

  • April 29, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by SpiceWonBruce

    Just downloaded it from iTunes. Changes halfway through from GODZILLA "homage" to 50's-esque movie overture. Love it.

  • April 29, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't rip homages, therealkumar...

    by jerseycajun

    An author or artist is still showing proficiency even when evoking previously established motifs - by reworking them into new pieces. Rock n' Roll really hasn't evolved much since the 70's, but musicians still write new music with that beat and feel- some extremely well. Giacchino is quite simply proving to be a master at working in genre music without copying what's already been done. I also love the fact that to my mind he's showing a great deal of versatility in the process. Unlike Horner, for example (whose work I also like, but not as much) who you can pick out by his use of certain chord progressions and use of certain instruments in similar patterns.

  • April 29, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Just purchased mine...

    by ScoreKeeper

    This is by far the best film music piece of the year!

  • April 29, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I just purchased it as well!

    by GenPion

    I want to support Michael Giacchino so I got it through iTunes as well. I can't wait to hear it in its full, unedited glory.

  • April 30, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by silentbobafett2

    I can't find it under CLOVERFIELD or MICHAEL GIACCHINO!!! Whats that about?

  • May 3, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST

    I saw that too, silentbobafett...

    by jerseycajun

    Though I did get a copy before it went belly up. What's the deal?

  • May 4, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    so I fnally go to buy it and it's gone

    by logicalnoise01

    MOTHER FUCKER! WTF was it pulled?