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UPDATE!! Want To Hear Some of Michael Giacchino's Score for JOHN CARTER?



The show/JOHN CARTER excerpts are now streaming online!! 





Greetings! ScoreKeeper here with a super-quick heads up regarding an upcoming radio broadcast featuring a sneak-listen at one of the first highly anticipated scores of 2012.

Composer Michael Giacchino will be joining host David Garland live on Saturday, December 17th from 9PM-10PM EST on the radio show "Movies on the Radio." David informed me that they're planning on premiering some of Giacchino's score for JOHN CARTER (2012) along with some highlights from a few past projects and even answer listener questions.

There's a web page set up for the show where questions and comments can be submitted in advance.

Folks can also use that page to respond live during the show.

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  • Dec. 16, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Michael Giacchino Huh? Mmmmm, no thanks.

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    guy should've stuck with doing television music

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by VaderSabre

    His oscar for up was surely undeserved, don't you think? yeah, he sucks...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    I know Asimov wants to hear it...

    by Mattman

    He loved his Star Trek score.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    I dug his Star Trek score as well....


    one of the best things about that movie imo

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Michael Giacchino is very good

    by angelopoulos

    I'm sick of all the bashing by the same crowd who worship electronic scores and Hans Zimmer.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    It's not Danny Elfman

    by Mugato5150

    So it has that going for it. Which is nice.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Even his scores to bad movies are good

    by sapno_krei

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    This movie isn't getting nearly enough coverage on AICN

    by Sardonic

    We need at least two more articles per day. I don't care what they're about. If even a single image gets released, I want a four paragraph write-up.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    would exactly he's a bad composer...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

    Just don't think his style works well for big movies. Don't get me wrong, it's great for TV, thought it worked well for Lost. Even works at times for his Disney movies (Incredibles, etc.) There's just no sense of grandeur in his music. At least not in league with say John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner's earlier work. I've always thought if you're doing a genre movie (sci-fi, fantasy, adventure) the music should provide the film with another level to match the spectacular events seen on film. In the last Star Trek film I thought the music fell short of that. Just my opinion though. If ST however somehow returns to television, then there might be something...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    correction: WOULDN'T exactly say...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Incredibles was big and his score was GREAT!

    by Drath

    And while I didn't like that there were not more familiar tunes in his Star Trek score, THAT was good too. The man is great at composing film scores, and by now I think Talkback has spoiled all of its credentials trying to sound hip and too cool for this news by bashing people like him. Hell, it's full circle and now comments about this movie are snarky references to the original snarky responses to it. I've been around since before the Episode One dark times, but lately talkback sounds like vapid tweens who think they're twittering.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Good point choppah...


    I'm also wondering how Giacchino can breath and why he can jump so high?

  • There has never been a golden age where these forums were awash with thoughtful discourse on film. It's always been a few keen observers worth reading, surrounded by trolls, white knights, thread-shitters, and other typical denizens of the internet. The AICN TB community has always lent credibility to the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory. I don't think "lately" applies, as this isn't new behavior.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    I wonder why Andrew Stanton didn't use Thomas Newman

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Newman scored his last two Pixar movies, and the idea of Newman tackling an epic sci-fi project is tantalizing. I love Giacchino, but still wonder what Newman would have done with it.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    These musical notes look horrible... just... BLAND

    by D.Vader

    Musical notes for a movie of this caliber need to look more adventurous... or have a better sci-fi feel to them. Fucking Disney, watering down music notes just to sell tickets.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    nasty in the...:

    by Dollar Bird

    I feel the same way. In fact, when Stanton was announced as the director, the 1st thought I had was, "Oh, good. Hopefully he'll ask Newman to do the music." Giacchino is fine, but I love Thomas Newman's use of weird instruments, and he can write a good, memorable tune. Maybe Stanton thought he'd be too whimsical, but I think some of the music from "Wall-E" shows he can do monumental heroic stuff in addition to intimate and curious. (Than again, maybe Newman was asked and he said, "No.")

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Nah, they'll be using Earth instruments in this

    by Samson_K

    And not the Martian Harp thing from The Martian Chronicles television series - it'll be fucking terrible!

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 2:47 a.m. CST

    I like Giacchinno though

    by Samson_K

    And anyone who whines that television composers never make good film composers I'd like to introduce you to a guy called Jerry Goldsmith!

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Drives me nuts when people say he started with TV

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    He started in video games. Some of his earliest stuff (and still the best imo) was on the Medal of Honor games Listen to some of this and then say he should stick to TV.

  • Now i have an excelent reason to bash the movie. so far things were just reduced to bad trailers and weird visual representation of mars, which could just be a advertizement blunder. but now i know the mother of all hack composers in holywood is making the music for this movie. FUCK!!! Thanks for ruining whatever good will i had for this movie, cocksuckers! Fucking ass!!! Fuck this shit! JESUS WEPT!

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Should've gotten John Powell.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by doom master

    I dont think the guy knows whats right and whats wrong..The secondary theme was WAY fucking better than the main theme in that damn score.... Thats like if he brushes his teeth with soap and washes his face with toothpaste - if the guy's so talented, then why the fuck would he not notice that Oh thats right because he's too busy sucking John Williams old man balls

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    There's hate for Michael Giacchino? The fuck?!

    by DarkHawke

    For The Incredibles ALONE y'all should be on your knees ready to blow him! Speed Racer was awesome as well, but then again I thought the WHOLE damn thing rocked. And Star Trek had no good themes? Perhaps the "main title" music wasn't as developed as Goldsmith's, but it still worked just fine. It was a damn sight more memorable and humable than anything else since Elfman's Batman score. And the rest of the music in Star Trek? Fuggeddaboudit! The piece that comes up as the Enterprise clears the wreckage field and they see the Narada is as memorable as any Star Trek music ever. It's the "Doomsday Machine" leitmotif for the 21st century! I've yet to hear a bad score from the man.

  • Seems that AICN is getting behind thsi movie big time all of a sudden, i wonder why.....?

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    If Giacchino worked with JJ Abrams, Asi will hate him

    by D.Vader

    CORRECTION: If anyone works with JJ Abrams, Asi will hate him.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    No love for Giacchino because of how he fucked speed racer

    by brooks junior

    Ok, he tried to incorporate the theme correctly in the end titles but completely left out cues from the cartoon. If he had sat down and watched a few episodes, he'd know how to score that film.

  • but i admit his ST ost was very disappointing.On the other hand,his Incredibles score was awesome,so i trust that he will do a fine job scoring JC.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    I like this Starhawke person

    by Gordak

    Speed Racer rocked. One of the best scores in recent years. He is the best in the business right now. Deal with it.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Lol best in the business.

    by Sardonic

    Howard Shore rapes this guy with a splintered 2x4.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Giacchino is doing the score for John Carter?

    by Alincia

    Now I'm looking forward to the film even more.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    What the hell? Giacchino's one of the best working today. I'm really surprised at the depth of the hate here.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Very cool


    Elements of Raiders & Lawrence in the John Carter theme...feeling an almost Somewhere in Time vibe in the Dejah theme. Very big, very epic. I think MG was a great choice- can't wait to hear more!

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Just heard it, and...

    by Odkin

    Meh. Just another tuneless cacophony. Some parts sound like love. Some sound like war. No theme, no melody, no hook. The only thing he's ever done that I liked was The Incredibles. I swear that the last decent hero movie theme was for "The Rocketeer".

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Cloverfield´s "ROAR"

    by CuervoJones

    Most epic theme in the last ten years.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Giacchino has his moments

    by thommcg

    Games, TV? Yes. Movies? Not so much. I never find myself thinking, "Geee, Inception [Insert other movie] would be so much better for a Giacchino score." I like my scores, but my Giacchino stuff consists of 10 albums - 8 of which are for TV shows.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Howard Shore's fellowship theme was the last "hero theme"

    by ndally

    Why hasn't shore scored a super-hero film? The man can write theme's like it's nobodies business. Giachino started out great but i don't know. Thomas Newman went the way of James Horner; all his stuff started to sound the same. All the piano and rising string moments sound alike from Newman.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    His scoring doesn't really stand out to me

    by FrodoFraggins

    Almost nothing that I remember after the movie other than the theme to UP and some themes from LOST. I wouldn't be able to match the music to the work for most of his stuff.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Sounds terrific

    by angelopoulos

    Bizzare mixture of western with otherworldly elements... Epic sounding... lots of emotion, yearning. He is a very good composer.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    -"his Incredibles score was awesome"- That's becasue it's a complete rip off of the great John Barry's James Bonds' scores. Easy to be good that way.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, noon CST

    Good Choice!

    by Real Deal

    This guy is writing some great stuff for movies these days. He really stands out as distinctive from other recent composers with a definite style.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    That was not offensive.

    by Dollar Bird

    I liked the Dejah Thoris theme and the other piece was some nice chase/action music with a theme running through it, something sorely lacking from most movie music these days. Oh, how I long for the days of "The Asteroid Field" and "The Basket Game."

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Giacchino's Star Trek used the same coupla notes theme for EVERYTHING!

    by Mickster_Island

    Is it a sad scene? Use the only theme he wrote for the movie. Is it an action scene? Use the only theme he wrote for the movie. Is it a funny scene? Use the only theme he wrote for the movie. It's an okay was way overused in that movie. Even Star Trek IV's score had more variety!

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Interesting tid-bit about Tarazana.


    Skipped to the end and listened again. Definite Indy vibe on the first composition. I'm hearing some of that romance Harry was wondering about on the second. I think this stuff will be very evocative within the context of the film.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Sounds a lot like Star Trek

    by locater16

    I thought Williams was the only movie composer that re-used a lot of the same notes, but Giacchino makes it even more obvious. I would have sworn I was listening to the score for Abram's next Star Trek if the above hadn't said otherwise.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    This is what they're previewing?

    by TinkerTIW

    It's all sound and fury but... where's a theme? That's what previous generations of film composers were so masterful at that today's composers lack. (And yes, I did like his Star Trek score for the most part, but that seems to be the exception.) The first time I heard Jursassic Park, The Rocketeer, The Right Stuff, Robocop, whatever, I heard a hook (or in some cases, more than one) that made me want to rush out and get the CD. I hope I'm wrong, but if this is what Giacchino considers the part he wanted to preview to get fans excited... well, good luck.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    The problem with this score is that it needs

    by KilliK


  • Dec. 18, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I didnt listen to it..

    by rapscallion86

    but I read some of the comments and I have to agree with those saying that even it its enthralling, if it lacks a theme... why bother? When was the last time a movie came out and had a theme in the score that you could whistle and everyone knew what you were whistling? Too bad John Williams gave up a long time ago and noone else tries. For instance, I'm sure most of us agree that Iron Man is a decent movie. Too bad the only music in it is ridiculous butt rock riffs. Same can be said to an even more disappointing degree with Nolan's Batman films (which I love by the way). Hanz Zimmers writes music that adds atmosphere but when it comes down to an actual piece that represents the hero, it is practically non existent besides a few different notes on some horns. Lame.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Good luck waiting for a new theme to enter pop culture...

    by Jay

    When was the last time a movie came out and had a theme in the score that you could whistle and everyone knew what you were whistling?

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Nasty: "...the idea of Newman tackling an epic sci-fi project..."

    by 5_day_forecast

    Other than Wall-E? Qualifies as an epic sci-fi project in my book.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by Jim McGhee

    No, I don't!!

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Movies with great themes from the 2000's everyone should know

    by drkhelmet

    Gladiator The Battle - Hans Zimmer Harry Potter main theme (Hedwig's theme) - John Williams Lord of the Rings the Fellowship theme, Andruil (from ROTK) - Howard Shore Star Wars: Episode II - Across the Stars - John Williams The Incredibles - Main theme - Michael Giacchino Star Wars: Episode III - Battle of Heroes - John Williams Casino Royale Main Theme - David Arnold/Chris Cornell UP - Married Life Michael Giacchino How To Train Your Dragon - This is Bjork - John Powell Cars 2 - Finn McMissile theme - Michael Giacchino and that is just using boxoffice mojo and my memory....and about a half hour of research. Just because songs are not as memorable as a Empire Strikes back or Jurassic Park theme, doesn't mean there hasn't been anything good to come out. Stop being so negative to the industry people!

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Lazarus added. My inital point to rapscallion86 was...

    by Jay

    Movies and their themes won't have that universal connection anymore. Pop culture is at a point where everything can co-exist. Things will be popular to millions of fans while being oblivious to an even higher amount. Movies used to help define pop culture. Not anymore. The amount of people that can recognize a tune does not make it great or bad. That's a silly assumption. You're equating to a meme. You'll never here a theme anymore that everyone on the block will know. The closest we've gotten to that is Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter. Williams doesn't try? Hum that HP tune and see how many people recognize it. Even after countless classic themes, you're still asking for more more more from the guy. It's not that scores suck now. But like a good movie, you just have to look for them. Who cares if your friends don't know it note by note.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Last score to become part of pop culture?

    by Crobran

    I daresay Star Wars still holds that title. The music from Braveheart came close, at least for me personally. I think that part of the problem is that in the big blockbuster films, there's a trend in film scores away from memorable melodies, especially when Hans Zimmer is the composer. I really enjoy the scores to Batman and Inception, but you can't hum anything from those.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    We need to hear more from John Powell

    by Crobran

    The soundtrack to How To Train Your Dragon was pretty great.

  • Dec. 19, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    The Hobbit announcent trailer Dec 20!

    by Orionsangels

  • Dec. 19, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Movies on the Radio-

    by RRL

    In case anyone doesn't know (and I'm sure most of you do!), has all of this year's "Music on the Radio" broadcasts archived for instant listening with really good sound quality. This week's show was quite good- but they usually are. All-around great radio station.

  • Dec. 19, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Yeah, John Powell's HTTYD score is definitely one of the good ones.

    by Orbots Commander

    Even the movie itself is an enjoyable family-friendly flick that manages to capture the wonder of flight.

  • Dec. 19, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Giacchino's Star Trek was bland-ass TV music.

    by Henri Pouper

    Guy does not have big screen chops. Just look at the titles of the tracks on the Star Trek soundtrack, that's a good indication of how Giacchino writes his music (regardless of whether he came up with the titles himself). All fluff and bombast, no depth, no creativity, vanilla orchestration, etc. The best thing he's ever done for movies is "Married Life" from Up -- a "funny little tune but it yielded some good things," to quote Mozart in Amadeus. (Which had some really GOOD music in it, now THAT was a movie score!) Really ever since Goldsmith, Williams, and Barry ramped down (and died, in the case of JG and JB) in the 1990s (man those guys were smokin' hot in the 70s and 80s!), the movie music scene has been a wasteland. Williams is a shadow of his 70s-80s self, although tidbits of greatness poked through in his Harry Potter music. The Lord of the Rings trilogy had some great music in it, but it was just too few and far between (Fellowship was best, the other two had about five good cues between them). But JCfM looks weak anyway, so I guess MG is a good fit, with his goofy ass.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Agreed, Giachinno is Weak

    by bullet3

    His Medal of Honor soundtracks have been the best stuff he's cranked out to date, that and The Incredibles score. He really, really lost my respect when he fucked up Star Trek though. If ever there was an opportunity to have an awesome, epic, memorable score, that was it, and he delivered a weak-ass and unmemorable theme. Its complete weak-sauce when you stack it up against something like Horner's brilliant work on Wrath of Khan. All that being said, I actually really like these bits of John Carter, there's actually a pulse in there, and some really nice orchestration, has a Lawrence of Arabia feel to it. Hope he's getting better.

  • Dec. 20, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    ... he delivered a weak-ass and unmemorable theme.

    by Henri Pouper

    Yeah, despite a pretty darned good lead-in (long shot of the survivors of the Kelvin fleeing the crippled Romulan mining ship) and the thundering brass and percussion that began the title sequence (with the gigantic Federation insignia slowly rotating to face the audience), Giacchino's Star Trek theme (and the whole soundtrack in general) was a big let-down. I wonder if we're stuck with it, now, or whether someone else will be doing the next score and will come up with his own theme. Horner isn't any better, though. He's a journeyman composer, and his Wrath of Khan soundtrack demonstrated that (though to be fair, no one but John Williams, and John Barry on a good day, could have followed Jerry Goldsmith's Star Trek score, which is one of the best he ever wrote, and therefore one of the best soundtracks ever written). In fact, I think Giacchino is probably a better movie composer than Horner, if only because Giacchino isn't given to plagiarism. (Horner did some cool stuff for Apocalypto, I'll give him that.)