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2008 Music Preview - Quarter 1 (February)
A Look Ahead at this Year's Soundtracks

Quarter 1 | January | February | March
Quarter 2 | April | May | June

Quarter 3 | July | August | September

Feature Films 2008


by John Powell
Opens: February 14, 2008

Poor Annie hasn't had much luck at the box office since Revenge of the Sith.  Well, things are looking slightly better with his next film, JUMPER.  At least he has Mace Windu and director Doug Limon (The Bourne Identity) with him on this one.  The second trailer for JUMPER is infinitely more intriguing than the first teaser, but seeing JOHN POWELL's name in the credit list is an even brighter spot. 

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles
by James Horner
Opens: February 15, 2008

2007 was a very quiet year for the usually busy composer.  James Horner gets things going in 2008 with THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES.  This is yet another children's fantasy book being mined for box office gold.  The film may give Horner the chance to return to some of his early-career magic heard in scores such as THE LAND BEFORE TIME, THE PAGEMASTER or even WILLOW...or perhaps he'll do something completely unexpected!  Come on...there's always hope.


by Joby Talbot
Opens: February 19, 2008

One of the hidden gems of 2007 was JOBY TALBOT's work for ARTIC TALE.  The music performed by the small ensemble being lead by piano, woodwinds, and a number of chromatic instruments gave the score a light, even magical feel.  The music used on the official Penelope Movie Site shows that Talbot has pushed this feel into this score even further.  I can't help be reminded of some of Elfman's work and more recently James Michael Dooley's score for PUSHING DAISIES.  The film is about a girl born with a pig's nose and her fight to be accepted as she is perfect territory for such a score.  It may turn out to be a score that features lighthearted, but memorable themes, heartbreaking as well as uplifting moments, so I have no trouble in putting fairly high expectations on this one!

The Counterfeiters

The Counterfeiters
by Marius Ruhland
Opens: February 22, 2008

This film was originally released in 2007, but doesn't make its way to the USA until February 2008.  This looks like it could be a fairly interesting film based a bit of little known, World War II history.  How novel.  The composer, MARIUS RUHLAND, is a German composer who has been involved with, among other films, a couple ILAN ESHKERI projects:  STARDUST and HANNIBAL RISING.  I'm looking for a fairly subdued score here for a small ensemble.  Not much to get too excited about, but we'll see.

Vantage Point

Vantage Point
by Atli Örvarsson
Opens: February 22, 2008

You might not recognize the name straight off, but Atli Örvarsson has produced some interesting music in his career.  Having worked with Hans Zimmer et al on such projects like THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLDS END, and THE HOLIDAY, Ovarsson seems primed to deliver some good action/suspense cues for this film. VANTAGE POINT looks like it could be an entertaining ride at the theater this February, so I'm holding out hope for an equally entertaining score from Ovarsson.

The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl
by Paul Cantelon
Opens: February 29, 2008

This is one to beware of...the strong trailer music could set us up for some disappointment here.  Adjust your expectations accordingly.  Now with that said this could really be a good flick...and the score just may follow suit. Originally EDWARD SHEARMUR (one of Hollywood's more under-utilized composers) was tied to this project, but instead PAUL CANTELON ended up with the gig.  Not being nearly as familiar with Cantelon's work as I am with Shearmur, I have to drop my level of anticipation on this one by a half-a-notch or so. 

Video Games 2008

February - March

Just as the movie industry goes into a bit of a lull this time of year, so does the gaming industry - especially in January.  Afterall, who has any money left after the Christmas shopping season?  Still, there is a handful of noteworthy games to be released in the first months of 2008 (sans January) - possibly continuing the streak of good game music begun in 2007.  Here are some game scores to be on the lookout for in Quarter 1.


Turning Point:  Fall of Liberty


Turok (PS3, Win, X360)

Composer Unknown
Game release date: February 5


Conflict: Denied Ops (X360, PS3, PC)

Composer: Richard Jacques
Game release date: February 12


Turning Point:  Fall of Liberty (X360, PS3, PC)

Composer: Michael Giacchino
Game release date: February 26


Universe at War: Earth Assault (X360)

Frank Klepacki
Game release date: February 26


March 2008


Quarter 1 | January | February | March
Quarter 2 | April | May | June

Quarter 3 | July | August | September


Tracksounds 2008 Music Preview is just that - a preview.  Release dates are subject to our composers attached to these projects.  The details found in the following are subject to change.  We'll endeavour to stay on top of such changes, but if you spot something out of date or incorrect, please notify me.



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Jeff Russo (2014)
Neil S. Bulk (2014)
Sean Callery (2014)
Trevor Morris (2014)
Oscar Araujo(2014)
Tom Salta (2013)
Jesper Kyd (2012)
Robert Duncan (2012)
Sam Hulick (2011)
Alan Menken (2010)

Mark Griskey (2010)
Tom Hajdu (TomandAndy) (2010)
Kevin Riepl (2010)
Jamie Christopherson (2010)
Tomoya Kishi & Marika Suzuki (2010)

Clinton Shorter (2009)
Brian Tyler (2009)

Ed Lima and Duncan Watt (2009)
Sean Murray (2008)

John Ottman (2008)
Inon Zur/ Stuart Chatwood (2008)
Jesse Harlin (2008)
Jeff Beal (2008)
Miho Nomura (2008)
Mark Griskey (2008)
Harry Gregson-Williams (2008) | (2005)
Jeff Rona (2008)
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard (2008)
Ramin Djawadi (2008)
E.S. Posthumus (2008)
Tyler Bates(2008)

Scorefront Profiles

Assaf Rinde
Stephen Harwood Jr.
Colin O'Malley
Duane Decker
Karl Preusser

David Buckley (2008)
Kaveh Cohen & Michael Nielsen (2008)
Christopher Lennertz (2008)
Sascha Dikiciyan & Cris Velasco (2007)
James Dooley (2007)
Jesper Kyd (2007)
Garry Schyman (2007)
David Robidoux (2007)
Scott Glasgow (2007)

Tyler Bates (2007)
Jamie Christopherson (2007)
Mychael Danna (2007)

Howard Shore (2006)
Trevor Rabin  (2006)
Christopher Lennertz (2006)
John Debney

Greg Edmonson
Ron Jones
Edward Shearmur
Thad Spencer
Hans Zimmer
Don Davis:  1 | 2
Michael Giacchino
Jeff Rona




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