James Horner's Avatar Score Promises to Be 'Hugely Cinematic'
by Alex Billington
October 7, 2009
I normally don't talk about movie scores before a movie comes out, but today I'm making an exception because it's Avatar, and I love James Cameron. MovieScore Magazine recently did an interview with Mike Knobloch, the executive VP of Fox Music, talking about composer James Horner (known for his work on movies like Braveheart, Apollo 13, Titanic) and his score for Avatar. While this could've been just another interview, Knobloch went all out, saying that the score he's working on will be "epic" and "hugely cinematic." Anyone else getting chills just thinking about it? Okay, sure that was cheesy, but I love great movie scores!
"Horner is doing a brilliant job of creating music that transports us to another world, but supports the film using the traditional orchestral conventions to make a sound that’s hugely cinematic," Knobloch explained. He also goes on to says that Horner's score is "a brilliantly unique blend of traditional and contemporary, electronic elements and spans the entire spectrum of attitude and energy – from bombastic action to the delicate, romantic discovery of a new world." Sounds wonderful already and I haven't heard much of it. I've heard bits and pieces during the clips at Avatar Day and Comic-Con and on the official website, but that's it.
In terms of how much music Horner is producing, Knobloch says, "the film will run the better part of three hours and there will likely be nearly as much score." He also reveals that "the music also features vocalists singing in the film's Na'vi language." Horner has been working on the Avatar score for "more than a year and was doing pre-records and working on ideas with Cameron already back in June 2008." From my interview with James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer last year, they started working on The Dark Knight score before Chris Nolan had started shooting, and that turned out amazing. I'm hoping for the same here.
I'm sure we'll be hearing more and more of Horner's score as we reach the December 18th release date. If you want a small taste, head over to YouTube, as the piece of music from the official website has since been removed. If you can't tell, I'm as big of a movie score nut as I am a fan of movies in general. Head over to MovieScore Magazine to read more from Knobloch. And stay tuned right here for more updates on Avatar!