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Brian Tyler conducts The Mummy (2017)

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One thing that never fails to get to me is when a wonderful film score is attached to a terrible film: a recent case in point being the most recent box office bomb, The Mummy. Despite the film being an abysmal failure (and hopefully the death knell of the Dark Universe before it really gets going), the score, composed and conducted by Brian Tyler, is really beautiful.

An amazing thing about Tyler is that on his Facebook page he will release footage of himself conducting pieces from his film scores (I have a confession, that’s where I find most of Tyler’s material to share with you). And when I saw that he had posted video of himself conducting the score at a special premiere, I had to watch.

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Brian Tyler conducts The Mummy (2017)

It was beautiful!! Brian Tyler is a very talented composer and it shows in this excerpt. The music begins relatively subdued, with an iteration of a particular theme (I suspect it is Ahmanet’s). But as the music goes on, this theme gains intensity and power, until the full orchestra and chorus is backing it.

Unfortunately, I fear the abysmal reviews of the film will prevent many people from experiencing the beauty of this film score (a similar thing happened with Gods of Egypt; Marco Beltrami composed a great score, but the bad reviews meant that many people never heard it). Thus, I am sharing this performance with all of you and I hope you enjoy it. On a side note, when I commented on Facebook that I loved how the theme built in power, Brian Tyler liked the comment!!

If you feel that I should give this film a chance when it’s available to rent on Redbox, let me know in the comments below (I’ll consider it if enough people think so).

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Brian Tyler scoring Partition (2007)

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Brian Tyler scoring Partition (2007)

Partition is a very sad story, set in 1947 during the partition of India (when Pakistan was created as a Muslim nation). It is based on the Romeo and Juliet story type, where two people fall in love even though it is forbidden. In this case, a Hindu man, Gian Singh, slowly falls for Naseem, a Muslim girl, even though all the rules of their respective religions forbid this.

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With Naseem separated from her parents and Gian finding himself responsible for her, the pair end up bonding over their mutually traumatic pasts and get married, having a son named Vijay. Things become complicated when word arrives that Naseem’s family is actually in a certain village in the newly formed Pakistan. Naseem leaves to visit, promising to return in a month, but her family is so infuriated that she’s married a Sikh that they lock her in a room and forbid her from returning to India. Gian is determined to rescue his wife, so he disguises himself as a Muslim and crosses into Pakistan.

After a disastrous attempt to rescue her, Naseem’s mother recognizes that her daughter really does love Gian and she lets her out so she can catch her husband at the train station. But just as the couple is able to reunite, Naseem’s brother Akbar pushes Gian onto the train tracks and he is killed by the approaching train, to the horror of Naseem. While the police arrest Akbar for murder, Naseem and Vijay are able to escape to England and make a new life.

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What makes this film notable for me is that it features a score by Brian Tyler, who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite film composers. This behind the scenes video shows Tyler at work in the studio, annotating his score and recording with a rough cut of the film playing on a screen in front of him. He also worked with the Hollywood Studio Symphony for recording the score as well.

One big thing with the music that Tyler wanted to create is, that while there is a sense of Western music in the score, there is also a frequent callback to the sound of India as well. He wanted to create the feeling that you (the audience) have been transported through time to this very traumatic period in the history of India and Pakistan.

There is something magical about watching Brian Tyler on the podium conducting his music, I definitely need to hear more of this score now. If you’ve seen Partition, I would love to know your thoughts on the film and the score in the comments below.

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Brian Tyler conducting and scoring Now You See Me 2 (2016)

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Main Theme from Now You See Me 2 (2016)

I have not seen Now You See Me (2013) or its sequel Now You See Me 2, though I have heard plenty about both films. Both films feature a group of stage magicians who use their talents to pull off huge and daring heists. The scores for both films were composed by Brian Tyler, and what I have here is two clips relating to the sequel, Now You See Me 2, which came out last year. The top link takes you to a concert performance of the film’s main theme, which I found very beautiful. I will never stop loving the experience of hearing movie music in a concert environment.

Scoring Now You See Me 2 at Abbey Road

The bottom link comes from a scoring session led by Tyler at the famous Abbey Road studio in London. There is something enthralling about watching Brian Tyler at work; when he is on the podium, you can tell he is 100% into the music.

I know Now You See Me 2 got mixed reviews upon its release, but surely the music was not a part of any problems the film had. I hope you enjoy the recording session and the performance.

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Brian Tyler talks War (2007)

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Brian Tyler talks War (2007)

War is a film that I have not seen but I’m sure I would like, given that it stars Jet Li and Jason Statham. The film is the directorial debut of Philip G. Atwell and tells the story of FBI agent John Crawford (Statham) who becomes obsessed with hunting down an assassin named Rogue (Li) after he brutally murders his partner. But, as it turns out, the story isn’t nearly as straightforward as it seems, there are some mind-blowing twists involved.

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Unbelievably, it comes out that the assassin Crawford has been hunting down is none other than his supposed-to-be-dead partner! It turns out that after being supposedly killed, he tracked down and murdered the real Rogue in order to work his way into the Yakuza to find out who ordered the assassin to take out his family. But there’s another twist: it comes out that Crawford is the one responsible for giving out his partner’s address to Rogue (albeit under heavy duress) because he’s been in the Yakuza’s pocket for quite some time. Talk about twists upon twists!

The film was produced under the working title of  Rogue (named for Jet Li’s character) but it was changed to avoid conflicting with an Australian horror film of the same name that was released the same year.

In the interview (which can be accessed in the link above), Tyler explains that he was approached to work on War after the premiere of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), and after watching some footage from the film-in-progress, he begged for the chance to score the film. Additional music for the film was provided by RZA, Mark Batson and Machines of Loving Grace.

A major element of the story involves the Chinese Triad going to war with the Japanese Yakuza. As a result, Tyler created a musical blend using Chinese and Japanese instruments against one another to symbolize the growing conflict between the two groups.

I have to say, looking at Brian Tyler’s work has given me a completely new appreciation for action films and their music. A lot of people write off action films as being “mindless” or somehow “less than” bigger dramatic films, but I think action films can be just as good as any other film genre if they’re done properly.

It was really exciting learning how Brian Tyler created the score for War and I hope you enjoy the interview too.

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Brian Tyler “Law Abiding Citizen” scoring sessions (2009)

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I actually remember seeing trailers for Law Abiding Citizen (2009), it caught my attention as it had Gerard Butler in it. For the life of me, I could not tell you what the movie was actually about until I looked the summary up. Law Abiding Citizen tells the story of the lengths Clyde Shelton (Butler), a hitherto ordinary citizen, will go to avenge his murdered wife and daughter when the justice system fails to dispense an appropriate punishment to their killer.

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After subsequently murdering the killer himself (ten years after the fact) and being locked up in prison, it turns out that Clyde formerly worked for the CIA and created highly imaginative assassination devices which make him capable of killing anyone, anywhere, at any time (even while locked up in prison). He proceeds to kill the judge, district attorney and several other people associated with the case, but the prosecuter Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) proves to be his undoing.

Behind the scenes of scoring Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

I have found two scoring sessions for this particular film. The first (above) is entitled “Methodology” while the second piece(below) is entitled “Mechanical Mind.” I actually like the second piece better because you can see more of the set-up in the recording studio. Tyler is surrounded by a bank of monitors that show the musical beat, the score and also a working print of the film (watch the monitors on the conductor’s right). There is also a large screen playing footage from the film which is occasionally reflected in the glass behind the conductor.

Scoring “Mechanical Mind” from Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

The 52-piece ensemble that Brian Tyler is conducting comes from the Hollywood Studio Symphony, an orchestra that has worked in the production of many film soundtracks (including Jurassic Park 3, The Last Samurai, Sucker Punch and The Bourne Supremacy.)

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I really think you will enjoy listening to these two pieces; they are both prime examples of the fact that an average film can still contain fantastic music. Let me know what you think of the music in the comments below 🙂

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Brian Tyler “Power Rangers” scoring session (2017)

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Power Rangers scoring session (2017)

This may be the fastest I’ve ever released a scoring session of a film relative to the film’s premiere (the film came out five days ago). In the hype leading up to the release of Power Rangers, and the endless debate of “will this be any good?”, I somehow missed that Brian Tyler would be composing the score for this film. Tyler has been a rising force in the world of film music for the last decade and I was immediately curious to hear what his work for this film sounded like.

Lo and behold….I found a scoring session for the film. It’s tantalizingly short, only sixty seconds in length, but what I can hear is beautiful! I have no idea where in the film this music comes from, but it is very well-crafted and it is clear that Tyler is in his element as a composer and conductor.

Despite this, I still don’t think I will see Power Rangers anytime soon. Of course, I grew up watching Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers way back in the 90s, and I saw a few of the later series on occasion (Mystic Force is still my favorite), but my tastes have greatly changed since then and the film simply holds no interest for me (though I AM pleased that one of the rangers is on the autistic spectrum). However, I may have to get my hands on the soundtrack to hear the rest of this gorgeous music.

I hope you enjoy watching Brian Tyler score a section of Power Rangers, and get ready: this is only the first of many Brian Tyler sessions that I’ve found (I really think you’re going to like them too).

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Brian Tyler “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem” scoring session (2007)

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“Alien vs. Predator: Requiem” scoring session (2007)

It seemed like genius when Hollywood conceived the idea to do a crossover between the Alien and Predator franchises. Think about it: two “ultimate” alien species meeting each other, it’s potential movie GOLD! And to be fair, the first Alien vs. Predator did reasonably well, well enough for a sequel to be commissioned at any rate. Unfortunately, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem was….not so good (to put it politely). In fact, one of the few things praised about the film was Brian Tyler’s score (one of his earlier works).

If you haven’t seen the film, you’re not missing much. It basically picks up about five minutes after the first Alien vs. Predator film ends, with a hybrid Alien/Predator (known as a Predalien) bursting from a slain Predator, damaging their spaceship and sending it hurtling back to Earth. It sounds like it should be a great story (but trust me, it isn’t). Despite the film’s many, MANY flaws, Brian Tyler’s score does what it can to add some suspense to the story, and in the recording session footage that I found, you can hear the complexity that was woven into the material by the composer. I hope you enjoy listening to an example of Brian Tyler’s earlier work (he’d only been working on film scores for 10 years at this stage) and I apologize again for the blurry video quality.

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