And the music will be played LOUDLY: The David Arnold Thread

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by DarthBoba, Aug 23, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Moderators: Darth_Nub
  1. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 29, 2000
    star 9
    As the thread title might indicate :p , I'm a pretty big fan of the composer/conductor David Arnold. Right now I have the scores to:

    -Stargate
    -Independence Day
    -Godzilla
    -Casino Royale
    -Quantum Of Solace

    I'd probably have more, but I'm poor. :p


    He also has a huge discography, here's a link:

    David Arnold

    I tend to think of him as someone who just absolutely loves making music for films. His style always seems very very enthusiastic and bold to me-or at least, it's gotten that way over time. Stargate, the earliest I have of his, is actually fairly quiet and dwelling-ish alot of the time, although that definitely changed with Independence Day and Godzilla.

    I'd personally consider his Godzilla score to be my favorite, partly because it took me literally years to find.

    So..other fans? Thoughts? Violent disagreements?

  2. TwiLekJedi Pretty Ex-Mod

    Member Since:
    Jun 14, 2001
    star 10
    I need to watch Godzilla again, because I don't have the score and frankly never noticed it that much, apart from a few flourishes. And unlike 90% of the internet, I don't mind watching that movie :p


    Casino Royale was completely different in that regard, as I immediately got the score after seeing the movie. African Rundown and Miami International are awesome chase scene tracks.
  3. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 29, 2000
    star 9
    Yeah, Casino Royale is great, IMO. I even liked the love theme for Vesper and Bond in it-it's very sad, of course, but still pretty listenable.

    Does anyone know if he did the score for The Patriot? I'm assuming he did, as he's Emmerich's favorite composer it seems.
  4. Strilo Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Aug 6, 2001
    star 8
    John Williams did the score for The Patriot.
  5. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 29, 2000
    star 9
    Oh.


    Well, this is a quandary.

    John Willliams is a great composer.

    The Patriot, which I have not seen, seems to be regarded as quite terrible.


    It's too risky. I don't like it. :p
  6. -Commander_Thigh- Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Aug 8, 2004
    star 4
    I'm really looking forward to hearing his take on the next Narnia score.

  7. Strilo Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Aug 6, 2001
    star 8
    I thought the Patriot film and score were quite good.
  8. Jedi_Keiran_Halcyon Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Dec 17, 2000
    star 6
    David Arnold is doing the next Narnia??

    Damn, I'm probably going to have to see that one, then.
  9. andy1044 Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Aug 26, 2006
    star 2
    Also, his Facebook status updates tend to be pretty funny.
  10. Robi-Wan Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Oct 11, 2006
    star 4
    I like his score to Stargate from 1994. Also, Independence Day. And I think he's done great work on the Bond scores he's done.
  11. emilsson Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Oct 5, 1998
    star 6
    In May this year I attended the Filharmonic concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, David Arnold was one of the guests. He gave the impression of a true gentleman and very passionate about his scores. I was not familar with his work before and I enjoyed the performance of Arnold's Bond theme and a theme from the Stepford wives (I think it was). When I have the opportunity I will probably listen to more of his music.
  12. Kwenn Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Mar 30, 2001
    star 5
    Ah, Arnold generally turns in quality scores. His Bond scores have been excellent, even when the films themselves started to drop off. I love his homage to the main theme from "You Only Live Twice" at the end of "Die Another Day", and his instrumentals of "You Know My Name" are brilliant. "Quantum of Solace" is a far more subtle score than the rest, and bears repeat listens. His "Quantum" theme is understated, but I can't wait to hear how it evolves in the next film.

    His suite for "Hot Fuzz" is equal parts a parody of himself and other action composers, and a worthy listen in its own right. Angel's Theme in particular is a wonderfully melodic composition. I've also got a crush on his title theme for the "Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)" remake, as well as the lyrical version with Nina Persson.
  13. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 29, 2000
    star 9
    Yeah, Bond requires a sort of..silly reckless enthusiasm, I guess, and Arnold's scores are great for that.

    I'm listening to Stargate right now, and jeez, is this beautiful. Definitely up there with Jurassic Park for best score of the 1990s..IMO, anyway. :p
Moderators: Darth_Nub
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.