I hoped to hear that mysterious and wondrous horn (from Life theme) again...
I would be very happy if he tried to convey some of the original Alien melodies, tunes and ideas...
For example, Allan Pettersson (1911-1980), greatest Swedish composer, shortly after the composition of above mentioned symphony no.7, wrote this to Leif Aare, his friend and biographer (published in Nutida Musik), with his direct style : "The mankind today is a little boy starving on this earth, right now, and the music nowadays, it is the moaning of this child in this fair for vultures. This is what has been done by the adult man, the fatty and twisted man".
This is obvious example how true artist always tries to depict the deepest emotions and things which affects us all. They do not focus on one individual phenomenon but on the whole system... not only on one particular image but rather on the series of images and their deepest meaning.https://youtu.be/KMG-QHu5QFs?t=36m29s
Like that simple ending with strings, peaceful but bearing some uncertainty and gloominess.
Thats why Howard Hanson's second symphony "The Romantic" worked in the ending of Alien.
It is triumphant, calm, peaceful you can feel the element of relief in the geginning... but as it progresses it all grows slower
towards the end and turning into discomfort and anxiety... the fear for the future. Thats why its called romantic... containing both
specters of the feelings. Jerry's track intended for the end is also great but it only focuses on the aspect
of mysterious, on the uncertainty and pain, there is NOT that triumphant part, a melody of Ripley psychological relief.Hanson symphony no. 2
- used in movieJerry Goldsmith alternate ending
Low strings, and that horns but primarily mysterious trumpets, it almost
feels like Jerry is trying to ask the question is it really over, this was only one monster,
imagine 100 of them... In his music you can almost feel the fear of unknown, of vast universe
lying in front of Ripley.
His version is strongly influenced by another American composer and his famous piece:
Only the use of pure ambiance and metallic sounds and tunes is not enough for Alien movie.
With such "sounds" and soundscapes (that is not real soundtrack and musical composition) you can only depict one aspect of the atmosphere and maybe action but not psychological aspects of the characters which is in my opinion the most important thing to depict with soundtrack. Hope you all agree.
You can use music like (non-orchestral) this to convey and explore some emotions,
but I always feel like there is some small but equally important element missing.
Or perhaps this:
But its just sounds...