Watchmen [Original Motion Picture Score]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In films like Watchmen, based on comic books (sorry, "graphic novels") about superheroes in silly costumes, the struggle between Good and Evil is paramount. In the necessarily over-the-top music written by composers such as Tyler Bates to accompany all the special effects, a different struggle plays out, that between the orchestra and the synthesizer. The big budgets and the endless chase and fight scenes call for large orchestras full of dozens of string players sawing away, not to mention a large chorus singing "Ah" in an urgent manner. But that isn't enough. The superhuman efforts of the characters also require electronic accompaniment, especially in terms of ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In films like Watchmen, based on comic books (sorry, "graphic novels") about superheroes in silly costumes, the struggle between Good and Evil is paramount. In the necessarily over-the-top music written by composers such as Tyler Bates to accompany all the special effects, a different struggle plays out, that between the orchestra and the synthesizer. The big budgets and the endless chase and fight scenes call for large orchestras full of dozens of string players sawing away, not to mention a large chorus singing "Ah" in an urgent manner. But that isn't enough. The superhuman efforts of the characters also require electronic accompaniment, especially in terms of percussion, and the composer must augment the strings and voices with lots of organized noise, some of which is indistinguishable from sound effects. In the battle between natural and unnatural sounds that is the score to Watchmen, the synthesizer generally comes out on top, although the Hollywood Studio Orchestra and the Hollywood Film Chorale do not give up without a fight. There are passages meant to accompany down moments in the film when the audience is allowed to catch its breath (or go out for popcorn), and Bates sets them to wistful string parts. But sudden crescendos lead to loud climaxes that then fall away immediately, all of which is easier to achieve through electronic means. And then, of course, there are all those industrial sounds. The writing of a film score is always both a technical and a creative achievement; for Watchmen, Tyler Bates may have had to worry more about the technical aspects than indulge in the creative ones, and while he's constructed an efficient aural background to the action, this is not a memorable work on its own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2009
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624980933
  • Catalog Number: 516750

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tyler Bates Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Loops
Sue Raney Cello
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sid Page Violin
Walt Harrah Tenor (Vocal)
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Joan Beal Soprano (Vocal)
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Aleta Braxton Alto
Amick Byram Tenor (Vocal)
Darius Campo Violin
Alvin Chea Baritone (Vocal)
Randy Crenshaw Tenor (Vocal)
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Greg Ellis Percussion, Hammered Dulcimer
Stephen Erdody Cello
Richard Feves Cello
Mike Fisher Percussion
Julie Gigante Violin
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Linda Harmon Soprano (Vocal)
Scottie Haskell Soprano (Vocal)
Luana Jackman Alto
Clydene Jackson Alto
David Joyce Tenor (Vocal)
Jon Joyce Baritone (Vocal)
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Peter Kent Conductor
Randy Kerber Piano
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Victor Lawrence Cello
Edward Meares Cello
Bruce Morgenthaler Cello
Gary Novak Percussion, Drums, taiko
Bobbi Page Alto
Katia Popov Violin
Mark Robertson Violin
Andrea Robinson Soprano (Vocal)
Geri Rotella Flute
Kim Scholes Cello
Gary Stockdale Tenor (Vocal)
Doug Tornquist Tuba
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Carmen Twillie Alto
Josefina Vergara Violin
Dicky Wells Tenor (Vocal)
Ann Atkinson Cello
Susie Stevens Logan Soprano (Vocal)
Andrew Shulman Cello
Peter Doubrovsky Cello
Julie Rogers Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Bob Joyce Baritone (Vocal)
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Natalie Leggett Violin
Kerry Katz Baritone (Vocal)
David Loucks Baritone (Vocal)
Guy Maeda Tenor (Vocal)
Lisbeth Scott Soprano (Vocal)
Shawn Mann Viola
Dana Kelley French Horn
Sara Parkins Violin
Greg Whipple Tenor (Vocal)
Frances Liu Wu Cello
Paul Klintworth French Horn
Keith Greene Viola
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Chris Chaney Electric Bass
Roberto Cani Violin
Rose Corrigan Bassoon
Lisa Papineau Vocals
Trevor Handy Cello
Oscar Hidalgo Cello
Thomas Dienner Viola
Liane Mautner Violin
Caroline Campbell Violin
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Ralph Williams Clarinet
Dieter Hartmann Loops
Reid Bruton Baritone (Vocal)
Dave Walther Viola
Ana Landauer Violin
Amy Fogerson Alto
Hollywood Studio Symphony Performing Ensemble
Larry Hall Trumpet
Alyssa Park Violin
Cindy Bourquin Alto
Jonathan Mack Tenor (Vocal)
Jenny Kim French Horn
Wolfgang Matthes Synthesizer
Andrew Duckles Viola
Agostino Castagnola Tenor (Vocal)
Debbie Hall Gleason Alto
Hollywood Film Chorale Choir, Chorus
Neel Hammond Violin
Belinda Broughton Violin
Donald Foster Clarinet
Judith Farmer Bassoon
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Gerald White Tenor (Vocal)
Fletcher Sheridan Tenor (Vocal)
Karen Whipple Soprano (Vocal)
Alma Fernandez Viola
Scott Dicken Baritone (Vocal)
Mark Adams French Horn
Zack Schipono taiko
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Stuart Clark Clarinet
Justine Leichling Violin
Terri Koide Soprano (Vocal)
Alex Iles Trombone
Tim Williams Conductor
Steven Holtman Trombone
Leanna Brand Alto
Phillip Teele Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Michael Lichtenauer Tenor (Vocal)
Donna Medine Alto
James Thatcher French Horn
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Michael Geiger Baritone (Vocal)
Phillip Levy Violin
Kenneth Munday French Horn
Marlow Fisher Viola
Paul Cohen Cello
Marc Sazer Violin
Steven Becknell French Horn
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Lily Ho Chen Violin
Elissa Johnston Soprano (Vocal)
Eric Bradley Baritone (Vocal)
Greg Ellis Percussion, Hammered Dulcimer
Matthew Funes Viola
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Heather Clark Flute
Tonoccus McClain Baritone (Vocal)
Steven Harms Tenor (Vocal)
Stephen Grimm Baritone (Vocal)
Sheri Izzard Alto
Ryan Alvarez Baritone (Vocal)
Royce Reynolds Baritone (Vocal)
Melissa Mackay Alto
Mary Hyland Soprano (Vocal)
Mark Beasom Baritone (Vocal)
Laura Griffith French Horn
Kathryn Bostick Alto
Jenny Graham Soprano (Vocal)
Holly Pitrago Soprano (Vocal)
Helen Nightingale Violin
Ed Zajak Baritone (Vocal)
Drew Harrah Baritone (Vocal)
Diane Freiman Soprano (Vocal)
Dan Chaney Tenor (Vocal)
Alice Murray Alto
Zack Shipono taiko
Justine Leichling Violin
Tim Williams Conductor
Kristy Morrell French Horn
Ann White Alto
Virenia Lind Soprano (Vocal)
Edie Lehmann-Boddicker Alto
Edie Lehmann Alto
Samela Beasom Soprano (Vocal)
Bill Edwards Baritone (Vocal)
Christy Crowl Alto
Kevin Connolly Violin
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Technical Credits
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Gustavo Borner Engineering
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Marco Cimino Album Administrator
Tyler Bates Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Lawrence Gordon Executive Producer
Lisa Margolis Album Administrator
Keith Zajic Album Administrator
Dieter Hartmann Percussion Programming, Pro-Tools
Lloyd Levin Executive Producer
Deborah Snyder Executive Producer
Zack Snyder Executive Producer
Justin Moshkevich Digital Editing
Nicholai Baxter Digital Editing
Jason Tregoe-Newman Digital Editing
Tim Williams Orchestration
Marc Cimino Album Administrator
Tim Williams Arranger
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