I'm currently doing a tour with the CBSO playing some of my favourite film music - some of my choices like Silent Running and Planet Of The Apes might seem a little left field. What are your favourite unconventional movie scores?

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  • Comment number 259. Posted by Fergus Purcell

    on 2 Mar 2014 13:51

    Rumblefish.
    Startlingly original, one of the few soundtracks primarily exploring rhythm. These rhythms act to drive the story forward urgently. I love how it leaves behind the conventions of the orchestral score yet is still rich & emotional & magical. The soundtrack, just as the film itself, is rather under-rated.

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  • Comment number 258. Posted by seanetta

    on 26 Feb 2014 18:23

    Sophie's Choice, & by that, I don't mean the film of the same name. How difficult it is to pick just one. It really comes down to 2; the original "King Kong" "The Creature from The Black Lagoon". I am going to have to go w/ "K.K.", because I own a re-issue of it on vinyl. http://youtu.be/3gXWf44Xd1A

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  • Comment number 257. Posted by Robert Alfredson

    on 25 Feb 2014 22:12

    I forgot to add that I absolutely love Ennio Morricone. I think he is possibly the greatest of all time. Also Thomas Newman. How that man has not won an oscar, I do not know. Should have won for the Shawshank Redemption and American Beauty

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  • Comment number 256. Posted by Robert Alfredson

    on 25 Feb 2014 21:14

    Most of these are really mainstream but anyways...

    Lawrence of Arabia; The Godfather; Chinatown; LOTR trilogy; Inception; Dark Knight are among my favourites

    More recently however I love the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack and Arcade Fire's score to Her.

    The Third Man has a pretty incredible score. Also anything by Bernard Herrman

    I absolutely love that Mark loves Jonny Greenwood's music to the PTA films. I too am astounded that There Will Be Blood was nominated for Best Original Score, especially when I conside Paul Thomas Anderson to be the most talented director at the moment.

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  • Comment number 255. Posted by Roger

    on 23 Feb 2014 07:18

    Loved the fanfare opening of the original Superman;
    Lawrence of Arabia;
    the film of Fame;
    West Side Story
    Hair - the broadway version, anyway
    the score for The Piano...I don't remember it, though I do remember it was haunting;
    Blade Runner;
    The Right Stuff;
    Koyannisquatsi;

    That's all I can think of right now. I still want to find the original Vangelis score for Blade Runner.

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  • Comment number 254. Posted by wildkatwriter

    on 23 Feb 2014 00:15

    Don't know if anyone else is as obsessed as me but THE soundtrack album of my youth was John Williams' music for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. Music is such an integral part of that film, seeing as it's how the (friendly) aliens communicate with Richard Dreyfuss and his impressive sideburns. Anyone remember the musical "conversation" between the mother ship and the Moog synthesiser on Devil's Mountain? Ennio Morricone's music for CHARIOTS OF FIRE which somehow put slow, tranquil music to men doing the sprint in big shorts and slow-motion and made it absolutely right. If you judge a score by whether it makes you cry, then Morricone's score for THE MISSION (1986) certainly did (sniffle!) Then Hans Zimmer (? I think) did the music for WITNESS in 1985, where Harrison Ford hangs out with the Amish.
    More recently, and moving away from vinyl, various other Zimmer tracks - not least the music for INCEPTION which was appropriately, erm, dreamy. And anything, anything at all, by John Murphy and Underworld. They did the music for 28 DAYS LATER (music to kill zombies by!) and then reteamed a few years later with the same writer, director (Danny Boyle) and star (Cillian Murphy) to provide the stunningly beautiful music for my currently favourite film, SUNSHINE, the trippiest space movie since 2001. And the music for GRAVITY, which has just deservedly won a BAFTA. As you may be able to tell, I'm not really into musicals.....

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  • Comment number 253. Posted by Peter Locke

    on 21 Feb 2014 20:09

    In 1962 I visited Rome. A few days after returning, I went to see 'Lovers Must Learn' with Troy Donahue and Suzanne Pleshette. Not a great film, but when Max Steiner's main theme soared over the main titles, I could smell Rome. It is a great score. The film was titled 'Rome Adventure' in the US. The vinyl LP had Steiner's score on one side, and Neapolitan tunes on the reverse. It is a great score, and totally captures the atmosphere of Italy.

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  • Comment number 251. Posted by iiitsiwan

    on 10 Aug 2013 09:29

    Personally, Michael Giacchino's 'Up' practically makes the film what it is. Brilliant score.

    1. Up - Michael Giacchino
    2. Crank 2 - Mike Patton
    3. Little Miss Sunshine - DeVotchka

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  • Comment number 250. Posted by D_A_I_S_Y

    on 8 Aug 2013 21:14

    There's so much wonderful film music. I love all of John Williams' music, but I suppose he wouldn't be considered 'unconventional'? I'd agree with a lot of the comments below - Ravenous and The Shawshank Redemption are two of my favourites, plus the Draughtsman's Contract and the Piano, and most recently I loved the music in Stoker. But I also loved The Social Network, Moon, Atonement and Pride and Prejudice.

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