Last Airbender

Last Airbender

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by James Newton Howard
     
 

Director M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender is based on the cartoon TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender, with the first word of the title presumably lopped off to avoid confusion with the 2009 blockbuster of that name. Shyamalan is known for his unsettling mystery films, which would seem to make this children's fantasy something of a change of paceSee more details below

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Director M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender is based on the cartoon TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender, with the first word of the title presumably lopped off to avoid confusion with the 2009 blockbuster of that name. Shyamalan is known for his unsettling mystery films, which would seem to make this children's fantasy something of a change of pace for him. But James Newton Howard's extensive orchestral score suggests that it may not be as far in tone from the usual Shyamalan thriller than might be expected. Howard has been given full rein, employing a 119-member ensemble spread across a Hollywood scoring stage to play his full-bodied music. There's nothing particularly innovative about it, but the early cues (which, on the soundtrack album are unusually long, starting with the 11-minute "Airbender Suite") have a slow, ominous feel that wouldn't have been inappropriate to one of Shyamalan's creepy earlier movies. Martial action music, with lots of pummeling percussion, follows, and "The Blue Spirit" owes something to John Williams' theme for Darth Vader from Star Wars. Things come to a head with "The Spirit World," which seems to mark the dramatic climax of the picture, and the later music is calmer and sweeter, notably "We Are Now the Gods." Howard revs up a bit for the final track, "Flow Like Water," but the music never enters a really triumphant mood. The Last Airbender may have employed Star Wars creator George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic special effects company, but Howard takes a more downcast tone with the music than Williams did with Star Wars, no doubt in keeping with Shyamalan

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
Label:
Lakeshore Records
UPC:
0780163415223
catalogNumber:
34152
Rank:
359821

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Performance Credits

James Newton Howard   Primary Artist
Jim Walker   Flute
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Richard Todd   Horn
William Booth   Trombone
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Darius Campo   Violin
Brian Dembow   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Christine Ermacoff   Cello
Alan Estes   Percussion
Richard Feves   Bass
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Endre Granat   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Roland Kato   Viola
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
Malcolm McNabb   Trumpet
Edward Meares   Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Barbara Northcutt   Oboe
Katia Popov   Violin
Jay Rosen   Violin
Geri Rotella   Flute
Kim Scholes   Cello
Jim Self   Tuba
Haim Shtrum   Violin
George Thatcher   Trombone
Doug Tornquist   Tuba
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Roger Wilkie   Violin,Concert Master
Gayle Levant   Harp
Ann Atkinson   Bass
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Daniel Kelley   Horn
Peter Limonick   Percussion
Andrew Shulman   Cello
Tom Boyd   Oboe
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Brian D. O'Connor   Horn
Susan Ranney   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Pete Anthony   Conductor
Leslie Reed   Oboe
Jennie Hansen   Viola
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Shawn Mann   Viola
Darrin McCann   Viola
Sara Parkins   Violin
Antony Cooke   Cello
David Parmeter   Bass
Keith Greene   Viola
Robert Berg   Viola
Steven Gordon   Viola
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Michael Valerio   Bass
Trevor Handy   Cello
Oscar Hidalgo   Bass
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Ralph Williams   Clarinet
Allen Savedoff   Bassoon
Nicolas Philippon   Bass
Lisa M. Sutton   Violin
Aimee Kreston   Violin
Dave Walther   Viola
Cassandra Richburg   Viola
Andrew Malloy   Trombone
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Julia Ann Gigante   Violin
Donald Foster   Clarinet
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Timothy G. Morrison   Trumpet
Serena McKinney   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Searmi Park   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Neil Samples   Violin
Nina Evtuhov   Violin
Stephen Dress   Bass
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Armen Ksajikian   Cello
Stuart Clark   Clarinet
Donald V. Ferrone   Bass
Gina Coletti   Viola
Thomas Diener   Viola
Kenneth Yerke   Violin
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Michael Nowak   Viola
David Duke   Horn
James Thatcher   Horn
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello
Phillip Levy   Violin
Kenneth Munday   Bassoon
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Paul Cohen   Cello
Marc Sazer   Violin
Steven Becknell   Horn
Luke Maurer   Viola
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Dave Everson   Horn
Matthew Funes   Viola
David H. Speltz   Cello
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Heather Clark   Flute
Michael O'Donovan   Bassoon
Jeanne Skrocki   Violin
Cecelia Tsan   Cello
Armen Anassan   Violin
Kevin Connolly   Violin

Technical Credits

James Newton Howard   Composer,Producer
Alan Meyerson   Engineering
Shawn Murphy   Engineering
Roger Wilkie   Orchestra Leader
John Bergin   Art Direction,Layout
Conrad Pope   Orchestration
Pete Anthony   Orchestration
Jim Weidman   Producer
Jon Kull   Orchestration
Adam Michalak   Scoring Recordist
Marcus Trumpp   Orchestration
M. Night Shyamalan   Executive Producer
Mark Graham   Music Librarian
Pamela Sollie   Score Coordinator
Erik Swanson   Pro-Tools
Steve Smith   Music Librarian
Richard Grant   Auricle Programming
Jim Honeyman   Orchestration
Andrew Hauschild   Music Librarian
John Ashton Thomas   Orchestration
Stuart Michael Thomas   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Rob Persaud   Technical Score Advisor

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