“Alien: Covenant” by Jed Kurzel

Considering the amount of time I’ve spent on Alien: Covenant‘s predecessor, I’m really as quick as lightning with this week’s custom covers collection. But you gotta be fair, I didn’t even roughly try to spend the same effort or reach the same scope as on Prometheus. And that’s okay, because at this point in time the available source material is nowhere near as good. The official marketing campaign brought us some spine-chillingly (or rather back-burstingly) good posters, yet overall I was a bit disappointed. Even more so when I think about how Ridley Scott in his old age seems to be getting better and better. In the…

“Prometheus (Deluxe Edition)” by Marc Streitenfeld, Harry Gregson-Williams

During my massive three-year undertaking for Marc Streitenfeld’s Prometheus I constantly persuaded my dear friend SonicAdventure to bless this score with one of his trademark Deluxe Edition treatments. He’s a freelance audio wizard who’s had mixed and remastered numerous film score recording sessions in the past. And Prometheus seemed to me like the perfect opportunity for us to collaborate again. One lovely evening I’ve sent him a design sketch for a Deluxe Edition and I guess that finally won him over. He gave in and decided to have a look (or rather, a listen) to the sessions. At the same time I started working…

“Prometheus” by Marc Streitenfeld, Harry Gregson-Williams

My most wanted film of 2012 was Prometheus by Ridley Scott. Despite all its mind-boggling flaws, I still enjoyed the hell out of this movie. A thing that initially couldn’t be said about Marc Streitenfeld’s score though. While it’s still very effective and on certain tracks actually really good, it definitely fell behind the previous four scores of the Alien saga (yes, even Resurrection). Having said that, it kinda grew on me over time and I really appreciate the score now for being able to set the mood. Its atmospheric and unsettling sounds deserve recognition and what better way than…

“ADR1FT” by Adam Orth

A few days ago I got the chance to play ADR1FT on a virtual reality setup – and it was absolutely mind-blowing. As long as I can remember I have been fascinated by space. However unrealistic, it has always been my biggest dream to look upon Earth from outer space. To see this marvelous, blue glowing ball hanging in front of me with nothing in between but black void. And I think ADR1FT has fulfilled this dream as much as possible. I can now somewhat imagine what it must feel like to float in zero G, unable to tell up from down. I’ve never been…

“Kong: Skull Island” by Henry Jackman

For the most part I was pretty underwhelmed by Kong: Skull Island. Instead of being entertained by an adventurous thrill ride I was irritated by a whole lot of problems. The “plot” is an absolute joke. Pacing is all over the place. The characters are your usual stereotypes… and even the monster fights can’t stand a chance against Peter Jackson’s King Kong from 2005. It seems like there’s not much left to like about this film. Certainly not Henry Jackman’s mediocre score. Okay, maybe the atmospheric cinematography by Larry Fong. And a particularly nice typography during the film’s opening and closing credits. But there’s…