Category Archives: Soundtracks

Cinematic Sounds Radio – Best of 2012

I need to listen to two radio shows online:

  1. Best individual cues of 2012
  2. Best scores of 2012

Erik Woods puts on a really good show and plays lots of cool music.

His show for the best Re-recordings made me buy a few CDs.

Also, his John Williams series was awesome.


Individual Cues Show

  • The track from MIEL DE NARANJAS (Malo) is beautiful. Might be worth checking out the movie.
  • The track from METSAN TARINA (Aaltio) is really awesome. I wonder where I could find the rest of the soundtrack before possibly buying it.
  • KINECT STAR WARS (Haab/Newmaster) sounds cool
  • THERE BE DRAGONS (Folk) was mentioned in the Cue Awards too. Maybe worth checking out.

Scores Show

  • All the albums have a separate 20 minute highlights section. So now THERE BE DRAGONS could be listened to. And it’s really quite good.
  • SKYFALL by Thomas Newman is way better than they were saying on The Soundcast.
  • PRICELESS by Naoki Sato is pretty awesome actually.
  • METSAN TARINA can only be purchased digitally. iTunes. $17

Cue Awards Todo List

I just finished listening to the Cue Awards, an annual awards show done by the team at

As usual, there were heaps of albums mentioned that I haven’t heard.

As a result of listening to the awards show, I now need to check out:

The usual plan is to listen to these online, then buy them if I like them.

I would like to see John Carter, so I’ll hold off listening to that until I see the movie. Similarly for Life of Pi, Cloud Atlas, The Hobbit. Usually, If am at all likely to ever see a specific movie, then I’ll avoid listening to reviews of the soundtrack or even listening to the soundtrack until I’ve seen it. I have very little opportunity to watch many movies, especially movies intended for grown ups. Three young kids take up a lot of time. Although I really enjoyed Brave, and the soundtrack has really grown on me. I enjoyed watching Wreck it Ralph, and I’ll need to check out that soundtrack.

I won’t be playing the games, so I can check those out for the music.

The movie Journey 2 looks like I won’t bother seeing it, so I’ll check that soundtrack out.

I’d already bought and listened to the Journey soundtrack by Austin Wintory, which is great. In fact, it may result in me borrowing someone’s PS3 just to play the game.




Helen San’s Top 50 Movie Scores from the 80’s

I like soundtracks and I listen to The Soundcast podcast quite often. I recently listened to a podcast where the usual cast discussed the top movie scores from the 80’s. As usual, they had an entertaining discussion about lots of movie scores; many of which I had never heard, or considered checking out.

One of the regulars on The Soundcast is Helen San, who happens to like my favourite animated TV series “Avatar: The Last Airbender“, and recommended one of my favourite scores of all time “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas“. The music for Avatar actually started my resurgence of interest in soundtracks. Helen has put a list of her top 50 80’s scores on YouTube, and I have transcribed it here for reference (with lots of useful links).

  1. Conan The Barbarian (1982) – Basil Poledouris
  2. The Mission (1986) – Ennio Morricone
  3. Batman – Danny Elfman
  4. Krull (1983) – James Horner
  5. Beverly Hills Cop (1984) – Harold Faltermeyer
  6. Back to the Future (1985) – Alan Silvestri
  7. Glory (1989) – James Horner
  8. High Road to China (1983) – John Barry
  9. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – John Williams
  10. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) –  John Williams
  11. The Last Starfighter (1984) – Craig Safan
  12. The Untouchables (1987) –  Ennio Morricone
  13. Cherry 2000 (1987) –  Basil Poledouris
  14. Farewell to the King (1989) – Basil Poledouris
  15. Goonies (1985) – Dave Grusin / Cyndi Lauper
  16. Black Rain (1989) – Hanz Zimmer
  17. The Blue Lagoon (1980) –  Basil Poledouris
  18. Out of Africa (1985) –  John Barry
  19. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan –  James Horner
  20. An American Tail –  James Horner
  21. Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – John Williams
  22. Star Wars VI: The Return Of The Jedi (1983) –  John Williams
  23. Something wicked this way comes (1983) –  James Horner
  24. The Little Mermaid (1989) – Alan Menken
  25. Rambo: First Blood (1982) – Jerry Goldsmith
  26. The Terminator (1984) – Brad Fiedel
  27. The Princess Bride (1987)- Mark Knopfler
  28. Big (1988) – Howard Shore
  29. The Fly (1986) – Howard Shore
  30. The Beastmaster (1982) – Lee Holdridge
  31. RoboCop (1987) – Basil Poledouris
  32. Flesh & Blood (1985) – Basil Poledouris
  33. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) – James Horner
  34. Red Dawn (1984) – Basil Poledouris
  35. Willow (1988) –  James Horner
  36. Rain Man (1988) – Hanz Zimmer
  37. Born on Fourth of July (1989)  John Williams
  38. The Big Blue (1988) – Bill Conti
  39. Scrooged (1988) – Danny Elfman
  40. The ‘Burbs (1989) – Jerry Goldsmith
  41. Amazons (1984) – Basil Poledouris
  42. Splash (1984) – Lee Holdridge
  43. Cocoon (1985) – James Horner
  44. Gorky Park (1983) – James Horner
  45. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985) – Craig Safan
  46. Hoosiers (1986) – Jerry Goldsmith
  47. The Dark Crystal (1982) – Trevor Jones
  48. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) – Jerry Goldsmith
  49. Tron (1982) – Wendy Carlos
  50. Beetlejuice (1988) – Danny Elfman

If I only had time to check these out…