Here are a few of the more notable composers and/or musical groups I adore-
John Williams- Mostly because of his sheer versatility, he can do anything from Sf and Superheroes, to drama (Shindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan) to comedy (Home Alone, 1941, The Great Race, The Witches of Eastwick) to action drama/ horror (Jaws,Guns of Naverone) and even video games (the LEGO series) and the Olympics!:eek:
James Horner- Sure some of his stuff sounds alike… (Khan’s theme/ Aliens, Glory/Avatar) But I still enjoy his work.
Bear McCreary and Howard Shore of course.
Kerry Muzzey- He specializes in trailers for movies that do not have a soundtrack yet, very underrated.
Steve Jablovsky- Transformers films, Steamboy.
John Barry- Most noteably for two of my favorite soundtracks, Dances with Wolves and Somewhere in Time, but he has quite a resume.
John Carpenter- Wrote a number of his own soundtracks, has a very interesting minimalist style. I like a number of his soundtracks.
Hans Zimmer- The DaVinci Code, Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, The Dark Knight. Good stuff.
Brian Tyler- AVP, War, among others. I am enjoying his work.
Joe Hisaishi, Yokko Kanno, Nobuo Uematsu, among others I am discovering from across the Pacific.
Ramin Djawadi- Iron Man, I was soooo disappointed they did not use him again for the sequel. Love that soundtrack!
Juno Reactor and Don Davis- Both amazing electronica composers, worked together on the Matrix sequels. Check their stuff out of you enjoy that kind of stuff. Juno Reactor also did some work for Mortal Kombat and The Animatrix, as well as doing some music with Traci Lords which I strangely enjoy, and also wound up in Virtuosity.
Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, big in the 70’s. Tangerine Dream did a number of Movie and TV soundtracks, including Street Hawk, Legend, Near Dark, The Keep, and Risky Business. Vangelis of course did Bladerunner among other impressive works.
I like the work of Cornerstone Cues, E.S. Posthumous, Immediate (see the Spiderman 2 trailer), and Clannad (Legend, Robin of Sherwood, Harry’s Game).
And Nox Arcana and Dark Sanctuary are good for background music while Role Playing.
Soundtracks were a big part of my life as a child, VCR’s did not exist yet and so the only way to relive a moment from a movie was to listen to the music and close my eyes. And as I became an avid Roleplayer and Dungeonmaster music was a huge part of ‘setting the mood’.
Immediate’s ‘Lacrimosa Dominae’ starts building as soon as Doc Oc appears in the trailer (1:11), and really cuts lose during the action scenes, enjoy!