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Old May 9 2009, 12:49 AM   #136
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Re: Soundtrack -what do you think about it?

Yeah, it took awhile before being able to whistle the theme.

But "Labor of Love" was great even before seeing the movie.
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Old May 9 2009, 12:51 AM   #137
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The score goes great with the movie. We miss quite a few cues that are present in the movie full score in the soundtrack. However, I enjoy the three themes presented on the soundtrack. I think that they avoided the use of a lot of the 'Courage' or 'Klingon' themes because those haven't happened yet.

I think that Giacchinno's is trying to establish this Star Trek's own themes (1) because it is a new universe and (2) those themes haven't happened yet. (Batman Begins approach). That's why we get 'Courage' at the end. Although if your attentive you will hear the hints of the harps and trumpet fanfares at times. Those are certainly distinct Trek elements. Also, in 'Enterprising Young Men' we get that staccato intro that is present in so many other Trek themes. I think what you have to look for in this soundtrack is the "beginning" of our Star Trek music collection. The elements are what are being emphasized, broken down, and used to create new themes.

Of course Giacchinno's use of percussions can never be questioned. That guy can bang some drums. To me the percussions really reminded me of TOS at times, especially in 'End Credits.' People will probably call this nothing but loud, summer music! But, actually percussion in movies is a lost art that Giacchinno is kind of the up and comer in.

However, once you see the movie pay attention to the stuff that's not in the soundtrack. There are a lot of wonderful cues at least. I hope we get in an expanded release. Also, he has a lot to build from in upcoming movies.

Just getting the 'End Credits' as a 9 minute full suite was fantastic. That was certainly the most creative part of the score. Particularly after the drab rehash of Insurrection, FC, and Nemesis in the ending credits. Here we get full fledge integration of themes and 'Courage' as well as new material. The CD is worth the buy just for those 9.5 minutes.

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Old May 9 2009, 12:52 AM   #138
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I didn't like it so much at the beginning, but as the movie went on the music was good. The end putting in Alexander Courage's theme was a great touch.
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Old May 9 2009, 12:55 AM   #139
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It sounds great in the movie, but I agree it doesn't work quite as well on it's own.
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Old May 9 2009, 12:58 AM   #140
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I wasn't very impressed at first, but I found myself singing the theme after a couple of days.
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Old May 9 2009, 12:58 AM   #141
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Well, I'm not a fan of Michael Giacchino's work in general, and his Star Trek work is no exception. I found it very bland.
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Old May 9 2009, 01:01 AM   #142
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I love the recurring theme, it's simplistic and stays with you.

I don't very much care for the rest, while it was good as a musical score; as something to actually listen to it's not for me -- even though I love a lot of different genres, most musical scores tend to fall flat when there's no movie to accompany it.

In fact, the only soundtrack I ever liked to listen to 'out-of-context' is the soundtrack from the game (gasp!) Fable by Russel Shaw. Really, you should try it (You can listen to a small sample here at Amazon -- unfortunately, the best moments aren't in the samples). Especially the second song on the album; Oakvale. Close your eyes, start the music and you'll believe yourself a kid in an ideal, green village with lots of friendly neighbors and not a problem in the world.
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Old May 9 2009, 01:03 AM   #143
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Re: Soundtrack -what do you think about it?

USS Gettysburg wrote: View Post
The score goes great with the movie. We miss quite a few cues that are present in the movie full score in the soundtrack. However, I enjoy the three themes presented on the soundtrack. I think that they avoided the use of a lot of the 'Courage' or 'Klingon' themes because those haven't happened yet.
I didn't mean to suggest that we should have those themes in this film, just that they were almost instantly hum-alongable. I kind of miss such instantly hum-it-while-you-leave-the-theatre themes, is what I meant.
However, once you see the movie pay attention to the stuff that's not in the soundtrack. There are a lot of wonderful cues at least. I hope we get in an expanded release.
Ooooh, me too!
Just getting the 'End Credits' as a 9 minute full suite was fantastic. That was certainly the most creative part of the score. Particularly after the drab rehash of Insurrection, FC, and Nemesis in the ending credits. Here we get full fledge integration of themes and 'Courage' as well as new material. The CD is worth the buy just for those 9.5 minutes.
9 min 11 sec. -yeah, I wholeheartedly agree! - But then "End Credits" are always the best part of OST's
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Old May 9 2009, 01:11 AM   #144
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I enjoyed it.
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Old May 9 2009, 01:11 AM   #145
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I'm afraid that the soundtrack didn't do it that much for me. It really needs the scenes to go along with it, though "To Boldly Go" is still great and I like the new Star Trek theme.
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Old May 9 2009, 01:11 AM   #146
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I love the main (Kirk?) theme. I keep humming it.
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Old May 9 2009, 01:17 AM   #147
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I am 1/2 way through it, at 'Nice to Meld with You'.
Affirmative. I like it.

-And FINALLY, Chorus Chanting worthy of the Borg or Darth Maul!
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Old May 9 2009, 01:19 AM   #148
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I loved it, even though MG borrowed a Lost theme, can't remember which scene in the movie at the moment, but it's the theme on Lost when 'a journey' is about to take place, at the end of 'Follow the Leader' for example.
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Old May 9 2009, 01:21 AM   #149
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I would've prefered to have had a bit more of the Enterprise theme.
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Old May 9 2009, 01:23 AM   #150
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I found myself consciously enjoying it while watching the film but there was no "omg I have to get this soundtrack" thought. I will be listening closer with my next viewing. At this point I don't think it translates into something I want to listen to outside of the movie.

Memories of playing my STAR WARS [ANH] double record all summer, and the smell of the black album cover with Darth Vader on it come flooding back.. that was great stuff a long time ago in another world. I'd love to hit that level of muscial love with a Trek film.
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