Signs [Original Motion Picture Score]

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Call it a fortuitous omen: Composer James Newton Howard and director M. Night Shyamalan, both multiple Oscar nominees, collaborated to spellbinding effect on The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, and their latest team effort for the extraterrestrial thriller Signs is just as captivating. The film explores the mysterious appearance of crop circles -- a phenomenon that has mystified researchers for decades -- and their residual effects on farmer Graham Hess Mel Gibson and his family. Thus, Howard's Signs is a score of mounting tension, beginning with "Main Title," a quiet passage that suddenly erupts with a slash of violins, which continue to swirl beneath a storm cloud of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
Call it a fortuitous omen: Composer James Newton Howard and director M. Night Shyamalan, both multiple Oscar nominees, collaborated to spellbinding effect on The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, and their latest team effort for the extraterrestrial thriller Signs is just as captivating. The film explores the mysterious appearance of crop circles -- a phenomenon that has mystified researchers for decades -- and their residual effects on farmer Graham Hess Mel Gibson and his family. Thus, Howard's Signs is a score of mounting tension, beginning with "Main Title," a quiet passage that suddenly erupts with a slash of violins, which continue to swirl beneath a storm cloud of brass. It's a heart-racing theme that segues into "First Crop Circles," which begins with a solitary piano set against a large orchestra, until oboes sound an ominous note. The sense of danger, mystery, and wonder is palpable, and it recurs later, in "Into the Basement," with a chorus of violins playing a meditative, deceptively tranquil melody. Harp, brass, and flute deepen a gentle, almost bucolic moment in this piece, until the tempo quickens with a dark oboe, thunderous timpani, and now-racing violins. A keyboard passage briefly eases the excitement, before the score ends on an eerie note with a full orchestra. Like a good suspense film, Howard's score for Signs is a shifting, multi-textured event that leaves listeners on the edge of their seats.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
With Signs, composer James Newton Howard again joins director M. Night Shyamalan for their third collaboration following The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, and clearly the film presents another thrilling encounter with the supernatural. From his opening "Main Theme," Howard ratchets up the tension, and his music thereafter alternates only between the ominous and the suspenseful. He overloads his lower tones, employing eight basses, five percussionists, and even a tuba, but also uses a large string section for short, fast, repetitive figures meant to keep viewers on the edges of their seats. This is not particularly imaginative music, just good old Saturday afternoon scary movie fare, the only distinguishing characteristic about it -- consistent with Shyamalan's style -- that it is so relentless. There's just no let up; dread pervades every moment of the director's films, to the point of emotional exhaustion for some, and the score has to have the same uncompromising approach, which can make it a little hard to take when listened to all the way through.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616236821
  • Catalog Number: 162368

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Titles - Pete Anthony (1:45)
  2. 2 First Crop Circles - Pete Anthony (3:15)
  3. 3 Roof Intruder - Pete Anthony (2:19)
  4. 4 Brazilian Video - Pete Anthony (1:56)
  5. 5 In The Cornfield - Pete Anthony (5:42)
  6. 6 Baby Monitor - Pete Anthony (1:09)
  7. 7 Recruiting Office - Pete Anthony (2:11)
  8. 8 Throwing A Stone - Pete Anthony (5:47)
  9. 9 Boarding Up The House - Pete Anthony (3:00)
  10. 10 Into The Basement - Pete Anthony (5:23)
  11. 11 Asthma Attack - Pete Anthony (3:42)
  12. 12 The Hand Of Fate - Part 1 - Pete Anthony (5:32)
  13. 13 The Hand Of Fate - Part 2 - Pete Anthony (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Newton Howard Primary Artist
Julie Gigante Violin
Dimitrie Leivici Violin
David Shostac Flute
Jim Walker Flute
Bruce Dukov Violin
Richard Todd Horn
Richard Altenbach Violin
Robert Becker Viola
Steve Becknell Horn
William Booth Trombone
Denyse Buffum Viola
Paul Cohen Cello
Franklyn d'Antonio Violin
Louise Di Tullio Flute
Brian Dembow Viola
Chuck Domanico Bass
Arni Egilsson Bass
Stephen Erdody Cello
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Alan Estes Percussion
Armen Garabedian Violin
Rick Gerding Viola
Endre Granat Violin, Concert Master
Alan Grunfeld Violin
James Kanter Clarinet
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Roland Kato Viola
Randy Kerber Piano
Katie Kirkpatrick Harp
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Janet Lakatos Viola
David Low Cello
Rene Mandel Violin
Edward Meares Bass
Victoria Miskolszy Viola
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Barbara Northcutt Oboe
Michael Nowak Viola
Brian O'Connor Horn
Robin Olson Violin
Katia Popov Violin
Joe Porcaro Percussion
Emil Radocchia Percussion
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Geri Rotella Flute
James Sawyer Trombone
Haim Shtrum Violin
David Speltz Cello
Phil Teele Trombone
Jim Thatcher Horn
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Josefina Vergara Violin
Roger Wilkie Violin
Kenneth Yerks Violin
Robert Zimmitti Percussion
Gayle Levant Harp
Marlo Fisher Viola
Matt Funes Viola
Peter Limonick Percussion
Sebastian Toettcher Cello
Lily Chen Violin
Drew Dembowski Bass
Kenneth E. Munday Bassoon
Susan Ranney Bass
Mario Diaz de Leon Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Natalie Leggett Violin
Gary Bovyer Clarinet
Tamara L. Hatwan Violin
Timothy Landauer Cello
Rafael Rishik Violin
Pete Anthony Conductor
Jennie Hansen Viola
Nico Abondolo Bass
Darrin McCann Viola
Sara Parkins Violin
Antony Cooke Cello
Al Hershberger Violin
Phillipe Levy Violin
Keith Greene Viola
Steven Gordon Viola
Irina Voloshina Violin
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Tim Morrison Horn
Liane Mautner Violin
Mark Robertson Violin
Technical Credits
Richard E. Grant Auricle Programming
James Hill Electronic Score Supervisor
Mark Graham Music Librarian
Dave Marquette Engineer
Shawn Murphy Scoring Engineer, Score Mixer
Brad Dechter Orchestration
Jeff Atmajian Orchestration
Marc Gebauer Recording Assistant
Jay Selvester Recording Assistant
Pete Anthony Orchestration
James Newton Howard Score Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible

    I was first introduced to James Newton Howard's music when I saw the movie SIGNS. Before the main titles were even halfway finished, I knew there would be some amazing music here. And I wasn't disappointed. Not since Elmer Bernstein's Magnificent Seven score have I been so moved by a film's music. Howard makes ingenious use of a three-note motif throughout, and it's used to great effect in conveying such things as fear, hope, doubt, loss, faith and redemption equally as well without ever sounding repetitive. I'm in awe of Howard's talent. This is great stuff, follks. On an amusing note, I don't think it would be too much of a movie spoiler to say that when I listen to The Hand of Fate - Part I, a voice in my head starts chanting "Get the bat, get the bat" in time with the aforementioned three notes... I think SIGNS is a great movie, but I don't feel I would have enjoyed it nearly as much without Howard's remarkable score. To me, it's as much a character as the ones portrayed by the actors. It captures the mood of all that transpires in the film and communicates it to the audience very well, spanning the entire spectrum of emotion from fearful to joyful. James Newton Howard is a wonderful composer, and I think this is a fabulous CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Masterpiece Music

    If you own James's masterpiece music, you must listen to it. It's mind-blowing. You can't get your ears off it and then, listen to it over and over, and it never gets old. 'Signs' soundtrack and motion picture are incredible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    I just recently purchased this score and it is great! What makes it special is that it is just like the movie. They both can scare the heck out of you at times. You know it's coming but you don't know when. James Newton Howard and Shymalan are perfect for each other. The score definitely makes you able to relate to what the Hess family went through. Go buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extraordinary and compelling music

    Newton outdoes himself in this soundtrack. His music fits in all the corners of the movie, and his strings and percussion blow you away. It gives you a sense of fear, wonder, and emotion all at once, a mixture you rarely find in any good soundtrack these days. Absolutely fabulous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazingly well done

    Just like the movie it compliments, this soundtrack isn't so much about creating scary moments, but just as much about describing the human aspects of the whole ordeal. When you listen to this score, you are overcome with emotional responses, especially if you've seen the movie. It's truly special when you find a soundtrack that is so good at mirroring human emotions, and that's what makes this one worthy owning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Newton's Best

    If you see the movie SIGNS, you know that Shymalan scares the living heck out of you. But it would not all come to be without this score, whose credits include THE SIXTH SENSE and THE FUGIATIVE. The music itself is eerie and creepy in its own sense, as well as deeply emotion. It ranks second in the top three movies of the summer, MINORITY REPORT, also with an excellant score, and THE BOURNE IDENTITY, another excellant one. Even coming in at 45 minutes, this is a winner.

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