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 Posted:   May 16, 2009 - 10:31 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

The recent FSM release of Angela Morley's CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY has me once again donning scuba gear in anticipation of plunging into yet another great film score featuring aquatic sonorities. Historically, the harp seems to be the instrument of choice for describing musically the fantastic mysteries of the deep blue sea, as made evident by two of my other underwater favorites, BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF (Herrmann) and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (Shefter/Sawtell), both of which were also released by FSM. Although the harp is featured prominently in the score, the harpless track "Martineau and Organ" from CAPTAIN NEMO takes underwater music to a whole other fathom, a place where sirens beckon those who dare follow to drown themselves in its sheer loveliness. Powerless to resist its current, I can't wait to be swept away. (Please pardon the predictable puns, I was on a roll.)

So, what are some of your favorite "underwater" scores?

Which have yet to be released on CD that demand attention?

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2009 - 11:53 PM   
 By:   couvee   (Member)

'The Kelp Forest' from George Fenton's Deep Blue. Both 'The Blue Planet' and 'Deep Blue' are my favorite underwater scores. 'Reef Wonderland' from the BBC TV series Wild Caribbean (music by David Lowe) is another favorite. And John Scott's work for the Jacques Cousteau documentaries is also very good.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 12:37 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

So, what are some of your favorite "underwater" scores?


Sorry to be predictable, but Thunderball defined underwater scores for me. It was my cinematic introduction to the sub-aquatic region, and I measure all others by it.

The action in those sequences is often rubbished, but I don't recall anyone criticizing the music.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 12:45 AM   
 By:   Senmut   (Member)

Mysterious Island.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 12:59 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

The Sharkfighters (Jerome Moross)

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 1:37 AM   
 By:   Misanthropic Tendencies   (Member)

Leviathan

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 2:21 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Leviathan

the same smile

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 2:30 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

John Scott's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 2:50 AM   
 By:   Bill Cooke   (Member)


BOY ON A DOLPHIN
ICE STATION ZEBRA
THUNDERBALL
GORGO
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS
JAWS 2


 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 2:52 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

So, what are some of your favorite "underwater" scores?


Sorry to be predictable, but Thunderball defined underwater scores for me. It was my cinematic introduction to the sub-aquatic region, and I measure all others by it.

The action in those sequences is often rubbished, but I don't recall anyone criticizing the music.


Oh, I think Thor has ... but I'm happy to be corrected. Just as he created the sound for gold (in Goldfinger) so John Barry perfected the sound for being underwater in Thunderball. I don't just mean the action scenes in the final segment of the film ... but throughout the film, where Bond dallies with Domino or when he's below the Disco Volante, or investigating the sunken bomber.

But he didn't stop there: the short sequence in You Only Live Twice where Bond is "buried at sea" and "resurrected" is perfect, too.

Or his masterpiece a few years later: The Deep. He just seems to get the sound so right.

I also rate very highly:
Michel Legrand's work on Ice Station Zebra ... slightly specialised in that the sound depicts the submarine under the ice but it does work perfectly.

Roy Budd's beautiful piano arrangment for the end title of Fear Is The Key ... short but gorgeous.

I also like Bernard Herrmann's Beneath The 12 Mile Reef and, in the film (I don't have the score), Alan Silvestri's The Abyss is very effective.

I haven't seen the film but on disc I find Jerry Goldsmith's Leviathan very much an also-ran. It's better now that I have a decent stereo hi-fi system but it's a score I have to think about playing rather than being attracted to playing.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 3:33 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.

Music by Walter Scharf.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 3:54 AM   
 By:   azoun   (Member)

My personal favorites :

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (Bernard Herrmann)
Leviathan (Jerry Goldsmith)
The Abyss (Alan Silvestri)
20.000 Leagues under the Sea (Paul J. Smith)
20.000 Leagues under the Sea (John Scott)

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 4:11 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

I also really like John Barry's music for Raise The Titanic(1980). Wouldn't it be nice to have a disc from Budd Boetticher's City Beneath The Sea(1953) which 'harvested' the combined talents of such Universal International Pictures luminaries as Mancini, Rosen, Salter, Skinner, and Stein, maybe David Schecter can further 'illuminate the murky depths' of this composite opus ? And, while we're at it why not 'throw in' Jacques Tourneur's City In The Sea(1965) which I seem to recall had some 'bubbly music' from Stanley Black...yikes, I need a cup of tea!

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   antipodean   (Member)

Basil Poledouris's "The Hunt for Red October" and Russ Garcia's "Atlantis: The Lost Continent".

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 4:24 AM   
 By:   Vincent Gillioz   (Member)

Sphere, Goldenthal.
The Abyss, Silvestri.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

"Ballet For Divers" from Jaws 2 is one of my favorite "underwater" cues.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm going to interpret your query as dealing with films that mostly take place under water. In other words, while JAWS very much deals with water and even some underwater scenes, it is NOT an underwater movie or score.

THE ABYSS is not only my favourite "underwater" score, it's also one of my all-time favourite soundtracks and one of the earliest I bought on CD. Granted, it has some cues that aren't very interesting, but it's worth it just for the majestic awe of the "Bud on the Ledge" track and the rising of the city cue. James Newton Howard approached the underwater city cues in WATERWORLD with some of the same grandness. I love that.

I also have a soft spot for Goldenthal's SPHERE, which falls in my category "delicious darkness".

So basically the same two picks as Vincent above! smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The action in those sequences is often rubbished, but I don't recall anyone criticizing the music.

Oh, I think Thor has ... but I'm happy to be corrected.


No, you're correct. It did criticize it in this thread:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=20562&forumID=1&archive=1

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

I would add Friedhofer's BOY ON A DOLPHIN.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2009 - 5:57 AM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

Richard La Salle's MERMAIDS OF TIBURON
Paul Dunlap's DESTINATION INNER SPACE (actually recycled cues from ANGRY RED PLANET)
Mark Snow's 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
any VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (film or TV scores)
and can we forget Lloyd Bridges' lost series SEA HUNT?? (probably lots of stock library cues)

 
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