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 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

I'm not talking just about scores for films set around water, but scores that actually audibly reflect the qualities of water. Two come to mind for me:

Deep Blue Sea:
I'm not familiar with the names of all the instruments or synthesizer effects used, but throughout Trevor Rabin's score you can hear what sounds like water dripping and echoing within a confined place, as well as what sound like the plaintive underwater cries of whales in tracks like "Hunting in Packs" and "Shark Side".

Thunderball:
The swirling harps in tracks like "Bond Meets Domino" remind me of the movement of water rippling, and the gradually descending notes there and in other parts of the score make me think of something falling slowly through water to the bottom. In fact, large parts of Barry's score seem to luxuriate in a slower pace reflective of how people move underwater or slowly lapping waves.

So what other scores can you think of that contain tracks that mimic the sounds or motion of water?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   ddddeeee   (Member)

Harry Manfredini does in in Friday the 13th Part IV when Tommy confronts Jason after shaving his head.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

You can hear the moon reflecting on the ocean:



Also, another Barry:

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Trent Easton Navarro   (Member)

Carter Burwell's Blair Witch 2 score uses water as percussion

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Off the top of my head, Tango, the one that springs to mind is Herrmann's BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF. Okay, so it IS set in the water, so it's an obvious example, but the richly evocative score is a huge asset. Harp glissandos and appropriately turbulent low-growling tubas for the ocean floor. Herrmann was great at that. MYSTERIOUS ISLAND is another.

Improvising here, so please forgive the ramble - Goldsmith's ISLANDS IN THE STREAM. There's a kind of wave-like roll to some of it, which was probably inspired by one of Britten's "Sea Interludes".

Here's a not-so-obvious one - the unusual percussion effects and "dripping" sounds in Goldsmith's CHINATOWN. Water is one of the major themes in the Polanski movie, and Goldsmith evokes the subtext in the way mentioned. I only know that because I read it in a book.

Be prepared for an onslought of one-line replies with the title of movies that have water in them and the composers' names!

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Lady in the Water.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

See? But you forgot to mention JNH, mastadge!

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

Patrick Doyle GREAT EXPECTATIONS

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

Another excellent one is BOY ON A DOLPHIN (Friedhofer).

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

Great minds, Tango! I started a similar thread a while back in which you'll find many useful recommendations:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=59157&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 4:07 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


Miklos Rozsa's Main Title to "Moonfleet" sounds just like the sea beating against the rocky, Cornish coast.

Likewise, Bernard Herrmann's beautiful score to "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef" is full of seawater !

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

See? But you forgot to mention JNH, mastadge!

But my reply was honest, not just a list of water-related scores. The score bubbles and shimmers and ripples and surges. I have never heard another score quite like it.

Another one that evokes water for me is that David Hirschfelder score for that crappy James Cameron-produced caving movie from a couple years back.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 5:02 PM   
 By:   Matt B   (Member)

Another one that evokes water for me is that David Hirschfelder score for that crappy James Cameron-produced caving movie from a couple years back.

SANCTUM - a really great score!

Also thought of FINDING NEMO and WATERWORLD... especially the "Swimming" cue.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Goldsmith's LEVIATHAN main title.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Bond's "funeral" music from YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

"The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" - Herrmann's score ebbs and flows with the waves crashing to shore.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 7:25 PM   
 By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

WIND - Basil Poledouris
TITANIC - James Horner
THE LAST AIRBENDER - James Newton Howard (yes, I know this is air, but there is water too!)
MAGIC IN THE WATER - David Schwartz
THE ABYSS - Alan Silvestri
(Parts of) THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS - Randy Edelman + Trevor Jones
AQUAMARINE - David Hirschfelder
SPLASH - Lee Holdridge
THE BOUNTY - Vangelis
FLIPPER - Joel McNeely
JAWS - John Williams (and the other JAWS movies)

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 7:35 PM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

Ennio Morricone's A PURE FORMALITY.

Masterpiece!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)


SPLASH - Lee Holdridge


Yup! Big time! One of my faves. The unused main and end titles cues in particular evoke the rapture of being underwater perfectly. I'd also throw in his theme from THE GREAT WHALES, which was rerecorded on his "Film Music of Lee Holdridge" compilation and is truly gorgeous.

Also, John Scott's 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and JULES VERNE ADVENTURES (plus a large handful of his COUSTEAU scores, i.e. "Australia" and "Parc Oceanique"), Christopher Gordon's MOBY DICK (the main theme is one of the best evocations of the ocean's grandeur in music history in my opinion), the title theme from Harry Manfredini's DEEP STAR SIX, Debney's SEAQUEST DSV (that old Varese album is a great listen), and finally, CHristopher Gunning's fantastic WHEN THE WHALES CAME.

Among dozens more of course...

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 8:38 PM   
 By:   The Shape (Steve H)   (Member)

Harry Manfredini does in in Friday the 13th Part IV when Tommy confronts Jason after shaving his head.

I'd also recommend Manfredini's main title to Deep Star Six.
A great maritime sounding theme.

 
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