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October 08 2005

Composer David Newman on Creating Music for Serenity. "'Serenity' may have the most unusual musical score ever written for a science-fiction film: no heroic fanfares a la 'Star Wars,' no futuristic synthesizers a la 'Blade Runner,' no classical music a la '2001: A Space Odyssey.'" (Reg. required)

Cool interview. I've had to remove the accent from ' la' as the RSS thingy doesn't process them.
what's the address to that "don't bug me" or what not site where you get a password to log in with? I really wanna read this but I'm sick and tired of having to register to every single site out there...
Djungelurban, it's bugmenot.com
Here is a version of the link that doesn't need login or bugmenot:
Serenity music no-login linky

Didn't Universal force Joss to use a "film" composer designated by them instead of his regular people from Buffy/Angel/Firefly? I think that was wrong to do (though I haven't heard the music yet).
The music is fine, TaraLivesOn. It really is in keeping with the feel of Firefly, but it's more cinematic. It works well in the movie - and this might be the first soundtrack in decades I want to own.
Thanks, both of you.
Yeah,it's agreat score. Even though it might not be the best I've ever heard and I'm still a bit biased towards the score of the show, it fits the movie perfectly. TaraLivesOn, you can feel safe.
Watched again yesterday...paid more attention to the score, which is simply marvelous...

(Edited by me to remove potential spoiler.)

[ edited by Chris inVirginia on 2005-10-08 15:36 ]
Saw the film yesterday (even the doubting husband enjoyed it, and, unbidden by me, recommended it at the Macdonald's drive-in window (well, you have to have the whole dinner and a movie thing). That's huge, huge praise for a film. And yes, the music is lovely...understated, gently sweeping, always apt. Whenever I tried to consciously think about the score, all I could hear was violins. And a second viewing is always vital for proper score-listening...!
Chris inVirginia, that's a pretty spoiler-heavy comment for a non-spoiler-tagged thread. Just sayin'.

I thought the score worked well, although it seemed a bit generic to me. But maybe I'm just bitter because I really, really wanted Greg to score the movie.

I liked that Newman included the guitar-based western motifs but missed the pan-ethnic mix that Greg managed on Firefly.
In support of ChrisinVirginia, I think his (now deleted) comments were only spoilery if you'd seen the film. Otherwise, it would only intrigue you, and make you wonder what it meant.
Thanks, SweetMarilyn, that's kind of what I had intended. I didn't think it gave away anything that you didn't get from pretty much any review of the movie.

But it raises a question: with the movie now out for over a week, when does it become fair game to discuss any aspect of it on any forum?
But it raises a question: with the movie now out for over a week, when does it become fair game to discuss any aspect of it on any forum?


Good question. And one I have been thinking about over the last week. Give it another week and I'll get back to you on that one.
I haven't really noticed the score very much on my first couple viewings. In a way that's good, because the music shouldn't be a distraction, but at the same time it left me feeling a little underwhelmed.

Except for the theme when we first see Serenity entering atmo. That was great.
I adore the Serenity score. I like the Serenity theme. In the beginning of the movie , that gave me chills! Very powerful. I only wish that theme was longer on the soundtrack. I also wish the soundtrack had the music from the end credits, especially the Firefly theme remix. I love that version more than the original song.

When I went to see Serenity on thursday, my friend said she wishes the Firefly theme had been put in the movie somewhere. I told her that it should have been in the movie. The acoustic version would have fit nicely there. I don't think the original version would have fit in the movie at all.

I also love the music during . Very pretty and dream-like.
Didn't Universal force Joss to use a "film" composer designated by them instead of his regular people from Buffy/Angel/Firefly?

The only controversy about the score I remember was the fact that Carter Burwell was originally hired and then he parted with the project due to creative differences. David Newman's score is close to the series as far as merging the two major genres but is also completely different, too.
Ehn. I was pretty unpleased with the music in the film. Wasn't, well, Western enough, which means it wasn't Firefly enough for me.
The only controversy about the score I remember was the fact that Carter Burwell was originally hired and then he parted with the project due to creative differences. David Newman's score is close to the series as far as merging the two major genres but is also completely different, too.

I thought that they weren't able to use Greg because he is more of a TV composer than a film composer, and they wanted to use someone who was more experienced in that area. I suspect Joss would have used Greg if he had been able to, but that's not to detract from David's great work. I do think Serenity's score has a slightly different feeling fro m Firefly, but it's hard to pintpoint exactly how.
David Newman did a radio interview recently where he said Joss wanted the music to be different to the TV series. And I'd quite agree.
I just want to know if the "Super Odie Bars" commercial is on the soundtrack! If the soundtrack ever hits iTunes that's the song I'll be buying for sure. As well as the electricspacegirl mentioned.
Mito, the Serenity theme is on the soundtrack, but it's way too short, imo. I don't think The Fruity Oaty Bar song is on it, but the commercial itself may be on the DVD.

I'm sad about the music in the end credits not being on the soundtrack (especially the Ballad of Serenity remix) but I'm sure that once the DVD is out, the song will be ripped and spread around the internet. I'm looking forward to that.

Serenity spoiler:

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