Sony Music announces the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Prometheus on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The soundtrack is a recording of stirring music written by Marc Streitenfeld for a major new film that combines human mythology with science fiction. Directed by Ridley Scott, Prometheus opens in theaters on Friday, June 8, 2012.
Ridley Scott's roll-call of successful films includes Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator. Now he returns to a genre for which he is renowned with a story set in the late 21st century. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking story in which a team of explorers discovers a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Scott's cast features some of the most exciting actors of recent years, among them Noomi Rapace (who playedLisbet Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Charlize Theron (winner of an Academy Award for Best Actress in Monster) and, in the role of an android, Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, Shame).
As a director of long-standing distinction, Ridley Scott, who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and gained his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011, can command the services of leading composers. In recent years he has chosen to work with a relatively new talent, Munich-born Marc Streitenfeld, who went to Los Angeles at the age of nineteen and learned film composition from a master of the art, Hans Zimmer (The Lion King,Inception,Dark KnightRises). After working as music supervisor and editor on several blockbusters, includingRidley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven in 2005, Streitenfeld was asked by Scott to compose the music for A Good Year and since then has scored all of Scott's films. For one of them, American Gangster in 2007, he received a BAFTA nomination.
Like his mentor Hans Zimmer, Marc Streitenfeld is able to integrate electronic sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements. When collaborating with Scott on Body of Lies he used a 90-piece orchestra as well as a choir to create an edgy, moving score. The same qualities are evident in his music for Prometheus, which calls for a full range of moods: cosmic and choral sounds create the atmosphere of mystery, pounding rhythms heighten the scenes of tension and conflict, and the music rises to frightening crescendos with harsh drumming and scream-like effects.Streitenfeld has stated that composing dark music has its own kind of challenge but suits his style. Ridley Scott is in no doubt about the quality of the soundtrack for Prometheus: "This score is an evolution. It's a script in itself (…) I'd say that a score is sometimes as important as the visual." Fans of epic movies and high-calibre film music can judge the director's praise for themselves.