The Last Airbender

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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 ...
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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: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • UPC: 780163415223
  • Catalog Number: 34152

Album Credits

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
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 Jr. 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
Geraldine Rotella Flute
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
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
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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