The Dark Knight [Soundtrack]

The Dark Knight [Soundtrack]

by James Newton Howard

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - 180 Gram Vinyl)

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Even high-budget Hollywood movies generally get by with one A-list composer, but the renewed Batman series that kicked off with Batman Begins under the direction of Christopher Nolan in 2005 used two, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, both of whom return for the second installment, The Dark Knight. Although Zimmer and Howard are co-credited with each of the cues (with Lorne Balfe given a credit for unspecified "additional music"), their styles are sufficiently distinct that their individual contributions don't seem hard to delineate. The highly percussive synthesized music, much of it seemingly already mixed in with sound effects, sounds like Zimmer; the more conventional orchestral passages, sometimes giving way to solo piano, sound like Howard (who is, in fact, credited with playing piano on the soundtrack). Both approaches are combined in these sometimes lengthy cues, however. Those pounding, thunderous drums (or synthesized percussive effects) are never absent for long, even if certain tracks, notably "Harvey Two-Face," "Blood on My Hands," and "Watch the World Burn," have a pastoral, classical feel. Other tracks, such as "I'm Not a Hero" and "A Little Push," in which the percussion dominates, may be more Zimmer than Howard. Still, the two work well together on a score that, by definition, is "dark," laden with ominous sounds and relentlessly rhythmic accompaniments to the fast-paced action in the film. [A Limited Edition was also released.]

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Release Date: 08/12/2008
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624985976
catalogNumber: 511101

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Dark Knight [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most highly anticipated film scores of the summer season is finally on store shelves as we have finally reached the eve of the premier of the new Batman film &quot The Dark Knight.&quot The innovative score to &quot Batman Begins&quot brought James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer together for a rare collaborative effort that only added to the success and drama of that film, so it was no wonder that director Christopher Nolan would ask the two back for another look into the darker side of Batman. &quot Batman Begins&quot brought in a new era to the Batman film genre by taking a darker look at Batman in both film and music, making batman look like more of a graphic novel rather than a comic book. The music was especially innovative in the sense of there not being a clear, stereotypical hero theme like the famed Danny Elfman them of the 1989 &quot Batman&quot movie. Instead, Hans and James created a more texture and feeling based theme for Batman that only consisted of two notes! However, the moment that you here those two note, you know without seeing the character, who he is and what he represents. These musical elements easily carry over into the &quot Dark Knight&quot were we see an even more dynamic look at the use of texture and feeling which make these scores so unique. &quot The Dark Knight&quot is a triumphant return for the dynamic Duo of these composers as we get to look into the especially dark and perverse character of the joker. Going along with the idea of the score being texture and feeling, Hans went to extraordinary lengths to make the joker theme surprising simple, narrowing it down to one note. The perversion and bizarreness of this note, however, creates a very dramatic and uncomfortable feeling in the listeners ear, only adding to the complexities of the character. As Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard have discussed, Hans wrote the &quot dark music&quot for the films and James wrote the &quot elegant music.&quot Now where is this more present than in James' look at the character of Harvey Dent. 'Harvey Two-Face' is as you would expect: a dynamic musical sound base to the two distinct sides of Harvey Dent. James does a spectacular job of contrasting beautiful melodic strains with rhythmic pulsations to give you a sense of the two sides of this character. He finally climaxes with the beautiful, heart throbbing melody in the strings that he used in &quot Batman Begins&quot that just leaves you aching for more of this truly dynamic music. If you would like to read more about the composition of the score to &quot The Dark Knight,&quot check out these interviews with Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard: SoundtrackNet - Anarchy and Justice: Two Sides of a Coin &amp Tracksounds! - Return of the Dynamic Duo. If you would like to read more about film scores, visit my blog at
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love the entire soundtrack but have to say &quot Why So Serious&quot is my favorite. Just a very different sound.Plus I can't hear that song without thinking of the Joker :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago