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‘Prometheus’ Soundtrack Reveals Plot Details
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Prometheus Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

In Space No One Can Hear You Scream…
But they can listen to it on iTunes.

If you’ve consumed every theatrical trailer, television spot, featurette, and every bit of viral marketing for Ridley Scott‘s upcoming sci-fi thriller Prometheus and you’re still chest-bursting with anticipation for more – then this one’s for you. If you’re actively ignoring Prometheus promotional materials in an effort to avoid spoilers and plot details, turn back now…

The Prometheus (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is available for purchase on MP3 (the CD will be out on June 12) and it’s filled with potential spoilers. Since working as music supervisor on Scott’s 2005 film Kingdom Of Heaven, Marc Streitenfeld has scored all of his subsequent films including A Good Year, Body Of Lies, Robin Hood, American Gangster, and now Prometheus.

Previously, Streitenfeld collaborated with Scott as music editor and music supervisor on several projects, including Matchstick Men, Black Hawk Down, and Gladiator.

Prometheus (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) features 23 tracks by Streitenfeld and two by English composer Harry Gregson-Williams, known for his frequent collaborations with director Tony Scott (Ridley’s brother), and his video game scores for the Metal Gear Solid series.

You can preview all 25 tracks from the Prometheus soundtrack on iTunes and pick up the entire album for $11.99. The titles of the individual tracks give us interesting clues on what to expect from Scott’s upcoming science-fiction film, which is a sorta-kinda prequel to his seminal 1979 film, Alien.


Prometheus (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Tracklisting:

1. A Planet
2. Going In
3. Engineers
4. Life
5. Weyland
6. Discovery
7. Not Human
8. Too Close
9. Try Harder
10. David
11. Hammerpede
12. We were right
13. Earth
14. Infected
15. Hyper Sleep
16. Small Beginnings
17. Hello Mommy
18. Friend From The Past
19. Dazed
20. Space Jockey
21. Collision
22. Debris
23. Planting the Seed
24. Invitation
25. Birth

It’s really quite a beautiful soundtrack, even if it is eerie and unsettling. Gregson-Williams’ track, “Life,” is a lovely mix of tranquility and hope – a stark contrast to the rest of the score, which includes the signature rattling strings of Jerry Goldsmith’s Alien score.

The tracks don’t appear to be in chronological order, so it’s not as if you’re reading a plot outline – but tracks like “Planting the Seed,” “Hello Mommy,” and “Birth” hint toward ideas I discussed in my previous feature, Big Things Have Small Beginnings: Ridley Scott’s “˜Prometheus’ & Its “˜Alien’ Origins.

“Space Jockey,” “Engineers,” and “A Friend From The Past” have their own special meanings as well, and I can’t wait to see the nightmarish imagery that matches these music cues.

While the score obviously pays homage to Goldsmith’s work, it is also reminiscent of James Horner’s Aliens score as well as the complex, haunting Alien 3 score by Elliot Goldenthal.

Missing from the soundtrack are the tracks used for the film’s various trailers and television spots. If you’re interested, those tracks are “Judge and Jury” by Audiomachine and “Sarajevo” by composer Max Richter.

Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron, Prometheus opens in the U.S. on June 8th.

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