Writer’s Music: Steve Jablonsky II

onesheetA couple of months ago I wrote of Steve Jablonsky, how I only knew his music from a single anime film: Steamboy. Now I can appreciate that steampunk is not everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to genre writing: it’s an eclectic mix of science fiction, fantasy, and history all baked into a single pastry that you’re either going to really, really love, or really, really hate. (Rather like my aunt’s rhubarb cranberry bread, come to think.)

Steamboy is one of Jablonsky’s earlier works, and it feels it-not in a bad way, to be clear. There’s a greater dependency on his theme for protagonist Ray throughout the film; any time something heroic or incredible happens, out pops the theme. It’s a bit like the James Bond theme during the Connery films–all Bond had to do was enter the room, and ba da BA DUN, ba da da! You couldn’t go through ten minutes of the film without hearing his theme. (And now the Craig Bond films don’t touch the theme with a ten-foot pole, but ANYway.) My point is, Jablonsky knew he had a good thing, and was determined to use it whenever possible.

Good job he did, because the theme itself is brilliant. Like Ray himself, who starts a boy and finishes the hero of London, the song starts with delicate sounds: piano, harp, oboe, with strings carefully supporting. Halfway through the song, the harp lets loose, and the brass step it up. The trumpets take over the melody, and the edition of subtle percussion makes the music strong, yet light–like Steamboy, this is a creation made to fly.

Every hero deserves a song. Perhaps Ray’s song is just the machination your story needs to send your hero soaring through the pages and into readers’ hearts.

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Writer’s Music: Steve Jablonsky

Trans2FrontFirst of all: yes. Yes, I have seen this movie. Most of it, anyway. (Being a child of the 80s, I HAD to see for myself what they did to a precious bit of my childhood.) Do I recommend it?

Well. Everyone’s got their own cup of tea.

Moving on to what I DO recommend…

I stumbled upon Steve Jablonsky ages ago through the anime film Steamboy. The film itself is a fantastic bit of steampunk story-telling, and Jablonsky’s themes mesmerize throughout. I lost track of him after that, and then in the last few months, got Revenge of the Fallen from the library on a whim.

Totally worth it.

Whatever you think of the characters, plot, earth being demolished every half hour, etc., Jablonsky’s music provides a beautiful nobility in his blend of brass and percussion. The strings add a unique balance–to the heights with violins, to the depths with electric guitar. The action pieces are intense and strong, the times of sacrifice given the right amount of gravitas without turning cheesy. Considering the franchise, I find that EXTREMELY impressive.

Epic struggles deserve an epic score, do they not?

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