2020 was quite the year, everything changed, and a lot of people had to reimagine their lives – including those in the film industry. Luckily, these resilient folks were able to keep the movie magic alive and release some pretty awesome things.
With the pandemic almost levelling the playing field in terms of new feature releases, we also had the opportunity to discover some of the best soundtracks and film scores that we would’ve otherwise never heard.
We’ve also seen female composers emerging in a male-dominated world with Hildur Guðnadóttir winning an Oscar for her work in the Joker, leaving us hopeful for the future of female composers within the film industry. In the same breath, 2020 also saw the loss of industry legend Ennio Morricone.
So, without carrying on too much about the year that was, let’s take a look at some of the soundtracks to come from a turbulent year.
The score for Ammonite was composed by Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran. The romantic drama featured beautiful music from a small orchestra and a piano. While many thought that the palette was restricted, there are many people that believe that the composers showed restraint, taking into consideration the sexual culture applicable to 19th century Britain.
2. Birds of Prey
Daniel Pemberton’s score features a mix of hip hop and Morricone as well as impressive vocals to set the scene and introduce the birds. The score fits in perfectly with the female-dominated cast and helped to illustrate the force of nature within the female-led team.
3. The Call of the Wild
John Powell’s use of choral sections and the use of banjo and piano bring to life this classic tale. Heightened melodies help bring to life the adventure and transformed this feature into an unforgettable musical escapade.
4. Calm with Horses
Ben Power‘s work on Calm with Horses can be described as being an antithetical score that helps to set the scene of danger and violence. It varies from loud and overbearing to beautiful, tender melodies that release emotion with every note. The beauty is in his simplistic approach to telling a story.
5. Colour Out of Space
Colin Stetson, one of the horror genre’s composers du jour took on the score for Colour Out of Space. He embraced the sense of dread often associated with Lovecraft’s works. It’s been described as a beautiful theme taking on humanity’s insignificance mixed with a sonic meat grinder.
It’s Music To Our Ears
Can you imagine your favourite movie or even favourite casino slots Chile games without any sound effects or music? Would it be the same without it? Probably not, and that’s understandable. Music is able to unleash emotions that words fail to comprehend, bringing to life the bigger picture of the story being told.