The Ring / The Ring 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtracks]

The Ring / The Ring 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtracks]

by Hans Zimmer
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The Ring / The Ring 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtracks]

When the horror film The Ring, director Gore Verbinski's English-language remake of the Japanese movie Ringu, was released in October 2002, it was not thought to rate a soundtrack album. But $250 million in worldwide grosses later, that must have seemed like a mistaken decision, so DreamWorks Pictures and Decca Records made up for it with the appearance in March 2005 of this soundtrack album, which mixes music from both The Ring and The Ring Two (the latter film based on Ringu 2 and directed by Hideo Nakata, who directed both Ringu and Ringu 2, in his American debut). Hans Zimmer, who since 1994 has been one of the busiest film composers in the business, sometimes having as many as four movies in release in a year, is solely credited for the music of both films in those small-print credit lists printed in the paper and displayed in television commercials. But the album also lists two other musicians in equal-size typeface on the cover, Henning Lohner and Martin Tillman. Both have worked with Zimmer before, Lohner as an arranger and Tillman as a cellist. Inside the CD booklet, there are credits for "additional music" to James Dooley and Trevor Morris. All of this may suggest that, at least when it comes to the soundtrack album, Zimmer is willing to acknowledge that others make important creative contributions to his scores. Listening to the album, it seems appropriate that an arranger and a cellist get equal billing, if only because the arrangements seem to have a lot to do with the scoring, in terms of the expected moods of dread and suspense the music provokes and underlines, and because there's an awful lot of work for cello, as the lower strings carry much of the sound, sawing away in quick rhythmic patterns at what must be the most frightening moments onscreen. Appropriate to the horror film genre, the music is either very soft and slow, with minor-key, single-note piano melodies backed by sustained violin passages, or very loud and rhythmic, building up to thundering climaxes. The instrumentation changes radically at the ninth track, "She Never Sleeps," however, and the remaining four tracks all largely abandon orchestral instrumentation in favor of synthesizers and programming, some of it with a distinctly rock feel. Unlike the videotape that is supposed to kill its viewers in the films, the disc probably won't harm listeners, but they are liable to feel uneasy, and that of course is precisely the idea.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2005
Label: Decca
UPC: 0602498807781
catalogNumber: 000440502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hans Zimmer   Primary Artist
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Martin Tillman   Cello
Fiachra Trench   Conductor
Mel Wesson   Ambience
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Clay Duncan   Ambience
Gina Segall   Vocals
Bart Hendrickson   Ambience

Technical Credits

Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
Clay   Remixing
Martin Tillman   Concept
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Slamm Andrews   Remixing,Score Remix
Clay Duncan   Remixing,Score Remix
Trevor Morris   Producer,Remixing,Score Producer,Audio Production,Score Remix,Additional Music
Sheryl Gold   Music Business Affairs
Lenny Wohl   Music Business Affairs
James Dooley   Additional Music
Big Al Clay   Score Remix
James Dooley   Additional Music
Bart Hendrickson   Score Remix
Chris Roberts   Music Executive
Jörg Hüttner   Score Remix

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The Ring / The Ring 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtracks] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LiadanESM More than 1 year ago
There was no other way to title the review for "Ring/Ring II," except as such. This soundtrack is so exhileratingly original, I'm not surprised that Hans Zimmer did the honors on this one. This CD is almost "fun" in how creepy and skin crawling it is. If you go for horror movies as your thing, you NEED to get this soundtrack. It's almost like watching a horror movie w/o even needing a movie, which I guess is a testament to the brilliance of H. Zimmer. But really, even if that genre you don't get into it, you still need this CD. I've got more soundtrack CDs than I can remember and this one stands apart from all the rest. It is sheer genius. The solo cello really delivers in most spectacular ways, ushering you to haunted houses and woods in the depths of night, the symphony partners with the cello to be sure you can see the full moon and catch those shadows flitting out of the corner of your eye. I guess what I'm really trying to get at is the power of this CD to transport an audience and powerfully it can stir the imagination. I would in particular say to writers to get this CD if you write to music. This is a potent catalist to get your imagination going. Make use of it. For non-writers, enjoy this CD for all of its quality and merit. Hans Zimmer proves again he is a composer for all genres. Get this CD and enjoy his latest show of bottomless talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I attend a performing arts school and songs without words are great to choreograph to and this music is perfect! It has so much power and emotion to portray through dance.