Watchmen [Original Motion Picture Score]

Watchmen [Original Motion Picture Score]

by Tyler Bates


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In films like Watchmen, based on comic books (sorry, "graphic novels") about superheroes in silly costumes, the struggle between Good and Evil is paramount. In the necessarily over-the-top music written by composers such as Tyler Bates to accompany all the special effects, a different struggle plays out, that between the orchestra and the synthesizer. The big budgets and the endless chase and fight scenes call for large orchestras full of dozens of string players sawing away, not to mention a large chorus singing "Ah" in an urgent manner. But that isn't enough. The superhuman efforts of the characters also require electronic accompaniment, especially in terms of percussion, and the composer must augment the strings and voices with lots of organized noise, some of which is indistinguishable from sound effects. In the battle between natural and unnatural sounds that is the score to Watchmen, the synthesizer generally comes out on top, although the Hollywood Studio Orchestra and the Hollywood Film Chorale do not give up without a fight. There are passages meant to accompany down moments in the film when the audience is allowed to catch its breath (or go out for popcorn), and Bates sets them to wistful string parts. But sudden crescendos lead to loud climaxes that then fall away immediately, all of which is easier to achieve through electronic means. And then, of course, there are all those industrial sounds. The writing of a film score is always both a technical and a creative achievement; for Watchmen, Tyler Bates may have had to worry more about the technical aspects than indulge in the creative ones, and while he's constructed an efficient aural background to the action, this is not a memorable work on its own.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2009
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624980933
catalogNumber: 516750

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tyler Bates   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Loops
Sue Raney   Cello
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Walt Harrah   Tenor (Vocal)
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Joan Beal   Soprano (Vocal)
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Aleta Braxton   Alto
Amick Byram   Tenor (Vocal)
Darius Campo   Violin
Alvin Chea   Baritone (Vocal)
Randy Crenshaw   Tenor (Vocal)
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Richard Feves   Cello
Mike Fisher   Percussion
Julie Gigante   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Linda Harmon   Soprano (Vocal)
Scottie Haskell   Soprano (Vocal)
Luana Jackman   Alto
Clydene Jackson   Alto
David Joyce   Tenor (Vocal)
Jon Joyce   Baritone (Vocal)
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Peter Kent   Conductor
Randy Kerber   Piano
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Edward Meares   Cello
Bruce Morgenthaler   Cello
Gary Novak   Percussion,Drums,taiko
Bobbi Page   Alto
Katia Popov   Violin
Mark Robertson   Violin
Andrea Robinson   Soprano (Vocal)
Geri Rotella   Flute
Kim Scholes   Cello
Gary Stockdale   Tenor (Vocal)
Doug Tornquist   Tuba
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Carmen Twillie   Alto
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Dicky Wells   Tenor (Vocal)
Ann Atkinson   Cello
Susie Stevens Logan   Soprano (Vocal)
Peter Doubrovsky   Cello
Julie Rogers   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Bob Joyce   Baritone (Vocal)
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Kerry Katz   Baritone (Vocal)
David Loucks   Baritone (Vocal)
Guy Maeda   Tenor (Vocal)
Lisbeth Scott   Soprano (Vocal)
Shawn Mann   Viola
Dana Kelley   French Horn
Mike Geiger   Baritone (Vocal)
Greg Whipple   Tenor (Vocal)
Frances Liu Wu   Cello
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Keith Greene   Viola
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Chris Chaney   Electric Bass
Roberto Cani   Violin
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Andrew Schulman   Cello
Lisa Papineau   Vocals
Trevor Handy   Cello
Oscar Hidalgo   Cello
Liane Mautner   Violin
Caroline Campbell   Violin
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Ralph Williams   Clarinet
Dieter Hartmann   Loops
Reid Bruton   Baritone (Vocal)
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Amy Fogerson   Alto
Hollywood Studio Symphony   Performing Ensemble
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Alyssa Park   Violin
Cindy Bourquin   Alto
Jonathan Mack   Tenor (Vocal)
Jenny Kim   French Horn
Wolfgang Matthes   Synthesizer
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Kristy Morrell   French Horn
Agostino Castagnola   Tenor (Vocal)
Debbie Hall Gleason   Alto
Hollywood Film Chorale   Choir, Chorus
Neel Hammond   Violin
Belinda Broughton   Violin
Donald Foster   Clarinet
Judith Farmer   Bassoon
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Gerald White   Tenor (Vocal)
Fletcher Sheridan   Tenor (Vocal)
Karen Whipple   Soprano (Vocal)
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Scott Dicken   Baritone (Vocal)
Mark Adams   French Horn
Zack Schipono   taiko
Giovanna Moraga Clayton   Cello
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Stuart Clark   Clarinet
Justine Leichling   Violin
Alice Kirwan Murray   Alto
Thomas Diener   Viola
Alex Iles   Trombone
Tim Williams   Conductor
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Leanna Brand   Alto
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Michael Lichtenauer   Tenor (Vocal)
Donna Medine   Alto
James Thatcher   French Horn
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello
Phillip Levy   Violin
Kenneth Munday   French Horn
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Paul Cohen   Cello
Marc Sazer   Violin
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Elissa Johnston   Soprano (Vocal)
Eric Bradley   Baritone (Vocal)
Greg Ellis   Percussion,Hammered Dulcimer
Matthew Funes   Viola
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Heather Clark   Flute
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Tonoccus McClain   Baritone (Vocal)
Steven Harms   Tenor (Vocal)
Stephen Grimm   Baritone (Vocal)
Sheri Izzard   Alto
Ryan Alvarez   Baritone (Vocal)
Royce Reynolds   Baritone (Vocal)
Melissa Mackay   Alto
Mary Hyland   Soprano (Vocal)
Mark Beasom   Baritone (Vocal)
Laura Griffith   French Horn
Kathryn Bostick   Alto
Jenny Graham   Soprano (Vocal)
Holly Pitrago   Soprano (Vocal)
Helen Nightingale   Violin
Ed Zajak   Baritone (Vocal)
Drew Harrah   Baritone (Vocal)
Diane Freiman   Soprano (Vocal)
Zack Shipono   taiko
Justine Leichling   Violin
Tim Williams   Conductor
Ann White   Alto
Virenia Lind   Soprano (Vocal)
Edie Lehmann-Boddicker   Alto
Edie Lehmann   Alto
Samela Beasom   Soprano (Vocal)
Bill Edwards   Baritone (Vocal)
Christy Crowl   Alto
Daniel Chaney   Tenor (Vocal)
Teri Eiko Koide   Soprano (Vocal)
Kevin Connolly   Violin

Technical Credits

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Gustavo Borner   Engineering
Marco Cimino   Album Administrator
Tyler Bates   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Lawrence Gordon   Executive Producer
Lisa Margolis   Album Administrator
Keith Zajic   Album Administrator
Dieter Hartmann   Percussion Programming,Pro-Tools
Lloyd Levin   Executive Producer
Deborah Snyder   Executive Producer
Zack Snyder   Executive Producer
Tim Williams   Orchestration
Marc Cimino   Album Administrator
Tim Williams   Arranger

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