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 Posted:   Dec 15, 2017 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

FYI

New western coming out in about a week called HOSTILES. I’m always hoping for a grand, rousing western score similar to Goldsmith, Bernstein, or Poledouris, but that hasn’t happened in years. Since I can’t have those composers, I would have liked to hear a score by Broughton or James Newton Howard.

Instead this western will be scored by Max Richter. I don’t know much about this composer. I thought his score for THE LEFTOVERS was unique and interesting. I liked the use of On The Nature Of Daylight in ARRIVAL. Otherwise, I’m not familiar with his other scores.

Critics have been fairly positive in their reviews, especially towards Christian Bale. Since it has been called a “contemplative” western, I doubt that I’ll get a repeat of The Magnificent Seven.smile ? It will probably have a more minimalist score. (Still one can hope!)



 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2017 - 6:56 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Interesting -- I haven't seen anything about this and I love westerns so thanks for putting it on my radar. I thought Bale was excellent in the 3:10 to Yuma remake, and he and the rest of the impressive cast look good in this.

Have you tried the Netflix western miniseries Godless? It is absolutely superb, and the music starts out somewhat promising and then just gets better and better as it goes on...I wouldn't say it has an old fashioned sensibility but it's earthy, acoustic and memorable, with a number of excellent themes for various characters and such that really stick with you after the film is over. I think it's my favorite score of the year, which was a huge surprise since I wasn't familiar with Rivera.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2017 - 1:20 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm a HUGE fan of Max Richter (one of the most interesting composers of his generation, IMO), and looking forward to both seeing this film and hearing the score. He's very much a composer after my taste these days.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2017 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Thor, it will be interesting to see what he does with the western genre.

Yavar, I have all of the big cable channels but don't do Netflix, but I have been reading about Godless on this board. I should be checking out the music. Bale was excellent in 3:10 to Yuma which also starred Ben Foster. Foster is also in Hostiles.

We western aficionados need to demand more westerns from movie makers!! (Yeah, like that will do any good.)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2017 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Yup, big Richter fan after listening to Taboo and The Leftovers. Now own 6 or so of his albums. Really like his stuff. Also love Westerns, so I'm hoping for good things from film and score. Good reminder.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2017 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   alamobob2007   (Member)

Richter is no slouch and 'a new hope' for scoring (along with a few others). He became entrenched on my radar with his score for the devilishly good Tom Hardy series 'Taboo'. (The CD from that series is a treat). His contributions to the 'Black Mirror' series were also fantastic. His is the only music which stood out to me in 'Arrival'. I think that western will be in good hands, but in keeping with the modern trends to avoid thematic approaches, it very well may be minimalist and/or concentrating on 'atmosphere' rather than on the rousing old school style.

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2017 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   acathla   (Member)

I'm obsessed with Max Richter's score for The Leftovers!
Just so amazing and very different to all the other composers!
I have yet to see/hear Taboo, but it's on my list (is the score in the same style as The Leftovers?).

Will definitely check this out purely based on it's composer!

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2017 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   BackToTheFutureFan   (Member)

Love Richter’s stuff, especially Memoryhouse and his 8 Disc Sleep album. A Richter western score sounds interesting.

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2017 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)




Soundtrack coming on Deutsche Grammophon.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2017 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Glad some people here are looking forward to hearing Richter's score.

Lokutus, thanks for posting that youtube video so that we could hear Richter talk about his score.
I liked the words "themes, spaces, 24 cellos." Not sure I liked the word "drone." I'm not a big fan of music that drones, but it may mean something different in the context of the movie.

Sounds like this will be a contemplative score, probably quiet, not rousing. Damn. Doubt there will be strong action music or music for rugged horse riding which we discussed long ago in this thread.

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=11616&forumID=1&archive=1

If not action music, I'd take a John Dunbar type of theme or something similar to the main theme on Lonesome Dove. Both were gorgeous.

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2017 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)





1. The First Scalp (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
2. A Woman Alone (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
3. Leaving The Compound (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
4. Cradle To The Grave (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
5. Scream At The Sky (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
6. Camanche Ambush (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
7. Where We Belong (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
8. River Crossing (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
9. A New Introduction (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
10. Leaving Fort Winslow (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
11. How Shall A Sparrow Fly (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack) - Bingham, Ryan
12. What Did They Die For? (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
13. The Lord's Rough Ways (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
14. Something To Give (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
15. The Last Of Them (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
16. Appeasing The Chief (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
17. Yellow Hawk's Warning (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
18. Never Goodbye (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)
19. Rosalee Theme (From "Hostiles" Soundtrack)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2017 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Nice to see that there will be a score release, but I'll wait until I see the movie to know if I'll buy the score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2018 - 6:36 AM   
 By:   soundtrackdan   (Member)

Score is available on Apple Music - had a first listen on the back of the Guardian review praising the score and I very much liked what I heard. It's quite dark and brooding but has a beautiful track at the end titled 'Never Goodbye'. Definitely need to have another listen.

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2018 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   acathla   (Member)

Must take a listen to this!
I am slowly building an obsession with Max Richter and his work.
Would you say it`s "classic" Max Richter? Or is it something different for him?

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2018 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Mike S   (Member)

I'm a HUGE fan of Max Richter (one of the most interesting composers of his generation, IMO), and looking forward to both seeing this film and hearing the score. He's very much a composer after my taste these days.

Just going to leave this here because Thor captured my feelings perfectly. Richter is one of the very few composers now working whose name alone will sell me an album. If the cue towards the end of the featurette clip above is any indication, I've got this one in my immediate future as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2018 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Mark Kermode did a YouTube video on the score -- and gives information on the one-of-a-kind musical instrument, the Yaybahar, used in the score:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1t4EUXjVa4

which seems a bit like some of the instruments that Harry Partch used to create. Very interesting!

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2018 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   Mike S   (Member)

Instead this western will be scored by Max Richter. I don’t know much about this composer. I thought his score for THE LEFTOVERS was unique and interesting. I liked the use of On The Nature Of Daylight in ARRIVAL. Otherwise, I’m not familiar with his other scores.

There is a lot to explore but among his film scores check out THE CONGRESS. I loved his work on Tom Hardy's FX show TABOO, even if there isn't much meat on the album.

There is a glib remark to be made that if you've heard one Richter score you've heard them all, but I find his endless permutations of his post-minimalist style to be fascinating and enchanting. There's an identity and point of view that shines through his work and that's worth a lot. It's also, quite frequently, utterly gorgeous. That's worth a lot, too.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2018 - 7:20 AM   
 By:   soundtrackdan   (Member)

Must take a listen to this!
I am slowly building an obsession with Max Richter and his work.
Would you say it`s "classic" Max Richter? Or is it something different for him?


I'd need to defer to others as I have not heard his work before. I need to correct that!

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2018 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   acathla   (Member)

Instead this western will be scored by Max Richter. I don’t know much about this composer. I thought his score for THE LEFTOVERS was unique and interesting. I liked the use of On The Nature Of Daylight in ARRIVAL. Otherwise, I’m not familiar with his other scores.

There is a lot to explore but among his film scores check out THE CONGRESS. I loved his work on Tom Hardy's FX show TABOO, even if there isn't much meat on the album.

There is a glib remark to be made that if you've heard one Richter score you've heard them all, but I find his endless permutations of his post-minimalist style to be fascinating and enchanting. There's an identity and point of view that shines through his work and that's worth a lot. It's also, quite frequently, utterly gorgeous. That's worth a lot, too.


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You are so right! Yes, he (mostly) has the same "style" in his score projects, but that style is so amazing and such a pleasure to listen to that I WANT that same style for all his scores!
Some of his cues are very simple (like the Departure theme from The Leftovers), but it is so addictive and simply just very beautiful and I could listen to it all day.

Right now I am listening to his Black Mirror score from the Nosedive episode he did.
Again, amazing! It`s "classic" Richter, but you just never get tired of it!

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2018 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

I'm a bit wary of films reviewed as being "contemplative". Usually, the word "lethargic" would have been more appropriate.

 
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