As beautiful as that studio is and as great as that room sounds, I'm probably the only person here disappointed in seeing photos of an orchestra.
I'm just bored of traditional instruments in soundtracks currently as it always ends up sounding way over the top. I was hoping for something more pure digital/serialist. Something really cold and removed feeling and sounds. I really wanted a more inhuman/out there sound track for this one.
Just because they are writing and recording 'traditionally' doesnt mean they aren't digitally processing or adding effects. Also, while I love electronic scores, its 2016, a digital or electronic score is hardly anything new or groundbreaking. Especially in a Ridley Scott film.
You might be surprised, if you did some digging, just how much of the scores in Alien films were enhanced by digital filters, effect processed and even recorded backwards.
I'm a professional sound engineer with enough signal processing in this room to fill a large u-haul (I have a side business of renting out the rare pieces to local studios). I understand what they are doing, I was just hoping they were going to go in a really really different direction. I also understand the amount of processing and sculpting going on in most scores, just it isn't very interesting to me mostly because it isn't completely manipulated or it is weirdly combined with untreated instruments and causes a awkward juxtaposition of sounds that doesn't always work (in my mind and for me).
Suggesting I read up assumes I have zero knowledge, and that is as far from reality as possible. Just because it is manipulated doesn't mean it is interesting (to me),
Maybe I'll be shocked and enjoy this score, but looking at the composers IMDB credits suggests otherwise.
I just wish modern scores took a few more risks. Compose an entire score in something like C-Sound. I also understand that would add a completely inhuman element to the picture, and the general audience wants things they can connect with easily. I also understand my disappointment in this is the disappointment of a person really into a very specific niche market, and doesn't reflect anyone else on earth but myself. I'd just love it if something in this genre took cues from say, the Solaris Soundtrack (the Eduard Artemiev 1972 version) and took it even further (stripping away a lot of the normal elements of it). I think that vibe would work perfectly for an ALIEN film.
Also, just to clarify I am only speaking for myself. I understand the majority of people wouldn't be cool with these ideas.
I am also fully willing to admit i am totally f**king wrong on some things, I am actually relisting to the ALIEN 3 score. It definitely has some really bad ass parts to it. The Strings I am not huge on, but the drone elements are really nice and expansive. I've added it to the list of films I need a physical copy of the score of. There is definitely some really cool parts in there.