Here's a full Howard Shore track from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Can you feel the excitement building? I can. New Middle Earth on the big screen in just over a month. I love it when we get to this point in a big franchise film's release. I remember with the prequels we'd be getting brand new pieces of John Williams Star Wars music and now with The Hobbit's release just around the corner we have a brand new piece of Howard Shore score.
The track is called Radagast The Brown, who is Gandalf's friend and ally and based on my time on the set the character I predict to become a massive fan favorite. He's already super likable in the book, but Sylvester McCoy... well, he's bringing some great things to the role and I think people are really going to take to him.
Give it a listen:
So, thoughts? Sounds right to me, but I'm an incredibly easy target for Shore's Middle Earth stuff. Now we just have to petition for a Fredegar Chubb theme and all will be right in this world.
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Nov. 5, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST
See what I did there?
Nov. 5, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST
He ain't no spring chicken . . .
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST
by peter skellen
Has been hired to do the new Star Wars score. This site is just slow with the news.
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST
by D o o d
everyone is slow today.
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST
by Cameron Harrison
Okay, I apologize for the subject line. But I'm really digging this music! Definitely sounds like it exists in the same universe as LotR, but with a wholly unique character and feel...and just as good as anything we've heard before. I'm so excited!
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST
I think he got mentioned once or twice in The Hobbit, but he wasn't a character in the book.
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST
Why hasn't Shore scored a Super-Hero flick? He's one of the few composers left who can write a memorable theme
He is so under utilized it's a crime. His music made the LOTR trilogy. Maybe he's not easy to get along with?
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST
How's my Hobbit buddddyyyy?
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST
James Newtom Howard still did an incredible job given the short amount of time(3 weeks!?) he had. But it had to be awkward for PJ and Shore. I know they said they separated amicably but that's the usual Hollywood BS. They featured Shore is a video diary for Kong then 2 weeks later his score was rejected. I'd love to hear it.
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST
by Robert Appleton
...this sounds like an unfinished track from a bad Omen movie. I'm sure it works better in context, though. Was hoping for something more magical for Radagast.
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST
by Bedknobs and Boomsticks
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST
I hope this doesn't go down the road of the SW Prequel Trilogy: not bad but a far cry from the original, both artistically and musically. I liked the music from the first trailer much better. Was that original music or leftover from the Lord of the Rings?
Nov. 5, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST
and I hear nothing of the nature loving/earthy character from the book. The video clip I've seen hits the mark but this music doesn't, except for the first five or ten seconds.
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST
Kinda o eminded me of Bram Stokes Dracula film score. Great score that.
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST
Fantastic. I'm so excited.
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST
Is all about context with what we see onscreen.
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST
That's true, good point.
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST
I'd think this music accompanies some bad news, a portend of the evil to come, that Radagast will psychically read from his hedgehog friends seen in the trailer.
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST
Hey Fredegar, Now that you mention it, did you ever finish posting your set visits? I loved them. Are you now forbidden to speak of some of it, because it got moved to movie II?
Nov. 5, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST
by David Duchovny
Lame lame lame lame lame lame lame lame mooooooovie ?
Nov. 5, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST
Honestly, I can't really figure out what the hell they were going for with this one.
Nov. 5, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST
Radagast is NOT in the book except for a mention. He is in Fellowship, but in a narrative-within-the-narrative as Gandalf explains his absence from Frodo's flight at the Council of Elrond. And that appearance is fleeting as is.
Nov. 5, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST
Is a track made of music from most likely different scenes in the film. Like most every soundtrack, you're going to get a piece that, in the final film, plays at different times. On soundtracks they combine these scenes into one track for a more easy listening experience. These tracks aren't meant to be individuals joyful experiences. They're pieces of the movie combined for the best possible independent listening.
Nov. 5, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST
But Tolkien was a Roman Catholic.
Nov. 5, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST
I used to sketch what i imagined he looked like... I doubt I was alone in him being a favorite of the other wizards that were mentioned. The blue wizards were always the least interesting. Radagast the brown intrigued me as he was not white or grey, and that he became lost in his love of nature.
Nov. 5, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST
It's great and who fucking knows the context of the scene? Jesus. Go listen to Hans "i fucking repeat myself" Zimmer you fucking rubes!
Nov. 6, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST
by Anthony Torchia
Nov. 6, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST
Who the fuck is Radagast? I read the Hobbit many years ago but I don't remember any Radagast. Just a cool character PJ brought from obscurity to have some fun with.
Nov. 6, 2012, 3:23 a.m. CST
....but I do know that he was the inspiration for Mustrum Ridcully. And that makes him pretty damn awesome in my book.
Nov. 6, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST
Radagast the bird tamer?
Nov. 6, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST
I would buy it.
Nov. 6, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST
he has come a long way since "The Fly". This sounds like he never stopped writing for Middle Earth - stunning! A nice continuation from the Rings Trilogy. The soundtrack release this time will feature 2-discs worth of score: One will be a standard 2-disc; the other will also feature 2-discs with longer cues found on the standard with bonus tracks...Phew! No doubt at some point in the future, the Complete Recordings will be unleashed when the extended cuts are put together.
Nov. 6, 2012, 7:21 a.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST
Wasn't Shore interviewed by this site shortly after the release of LOTR in which he mentioned that he'd already written companion pieces for The Hobbit should the need arise?
by Mel Garga
In other words, he's had plenty of time to chew on this. I still wonder what specifically got him shitcanned from Kong though. As for this piece, I think one needs a specific visual context to know whether the music works or not. I still listen to the trilogy sountracks regularly so I have confidence in Shore.
Nov. 6, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST
Is there anything here they DON'T knock ? Almost Knee-Jerk
Nov. 6, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST
Albeit briefly. But what did you guys expect? They're making 3 movies here. They're trying to flesh out the story lines with the Necromancer and trying to tie it more in with Lord of the Rings. There's obviously going to be content in the movies that wasn't in the book(s). That's to be expected. My worry is what they do with that content. And that they stay true to the spirit of Tolkien's story. Of course I'd feel more at ease if Christopher Tolkien was more on board with these films. That's never going to happen, but Christopher has all his father's files and unwritten works (though much of it has been published in the form of Lost Tales and Unfinished Tales). One can only hope Jackson gets it right. I thought he did an admirable job with Rings. Not perfect, but better than anything we've been given so far. And I would have really liked to have seen what Guilermo Del Toro could have done with the Hobbit. But much like the Star Wars news that's cropped up recently, I'm being cautiously optimistic about what comes next. I doubt Jackson will get it exactly right (and I've already seen some stuff in the trailors and video diaries that I don't like). The Hobbit has always been a personal favorite of mine. It's one of the things that inspired me to become who I am today (career wise and otherwise). So I've always been partial to it. I'll probably be one of the films biggest critic. But I'll also probably take the same approach as I did Rings. Is it better than not having an adaptation of the material at all. In Rings case, yes it was. I'm going to try to go into the Hobbit with an open mind. I have a feeling I'll come out feeling the same way as I did with Rings.
Nov. 6, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST
by Bill C.
...it's suitably sweeping and quirky, though its pacing has me thinking "Damn, what's Radagast actually doing? Running from the forces of the Necromancer or something?"
Nov. 6, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST
I can't help it. I'm just not that excited about these movies as I was for LOTR. I really feel PJ is turning what is essentially a children's story into some sort of forced epicness. I'll still be there, no doubt as LOTR speaks for itself and it sure looks like he's keeping the visual continuity anyway, but more than a little pessimistic at the actual finished piece.
Nov. 6, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST
by Michael Tyree
But then, like Quint, I'm an absolute fool over the LotR soundtrack so it's hard for me to be impartial. Sounds a bit heavy for a Radagast with bird poo in his hair though...he-he. If the entire score is half as good as LotR, I'll be twice as likely to love it.
Nov. 6, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST
by Michael Tyree
I mean, there will be the story, of course, but if anyone thinks it's going to be anything other than a prequel to Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" then you just haven't been paying attention. The childlike tone will simply not be there though after seeing Radagast' giant bunny sleigh in action, I'd say there's still going to be a good bit of whimsy. That's great and it would be nice if the whimsical element stays through all the way up to when **SPOILER** Gandalf leaves the company at the eaves of Mirkwood. Things are quite a bit grimmer by that time on the book. I also like how, evidently, the movie will start with the necessary flashback scene that will include Frodo and the older (Ian Holm) Bilbo. This is very reminiscent of the setting for "The Quest for Erebor" only it's Gandalf relating the tale of how he came to choose Bilbo to Gimli, Pippin and others of the Fellowship. Yes Quint, I'm excited as well. Nonetheless, I'm still advising people to read the book to their little ones before taking them to see the movie. Otherwise, the book will probably seem quite tame after the movie.
Nov. 6, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST
The music rich and intriguing. So, since we are but a MONTH from the fucking release, how about some more tidbits? Something? Anything? Quint's Hobbit Set Reports???????
Nov. 7, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST
by Jack Desmondi
...but he is getting up there so it is possible. If so, as brilliant and unforgettable as his Star Wars scores have been, I hope they start fresh. When the "new guy" composer on Superman Returns had to recycle William's main theme, he was basically shot it the foot because all the original stuff "new guy" came up had to compete with Williams' stuff. It was a no win situation, so the new score didn't even try and do anything original or memorable. Plus, I found the blend of old and new more melancholy than exciting. If they are going to "reboot" the series with new writer, director, producer--might at well start over with the music as well.
Nov. 7, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST
by Bill C.
...and I think I agree with your "melancholy" comment, though that doesn't mean the score itself is actually bad. John Ottman was definitely hamstrung in places by needing to connect it to JW's Supes leitmotifs, certainly, apart from the one genuinely good original piece ('You're Not One of Them'--and that's certainly melancholy as all get out). If anything, for some insane reason it's reminding me of Elliot Goldenthal's Batman film scores...which is a strange connection to make.
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