Audio: On The Score With Steve Jablonsky

By • June 27, 2011

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Of all the composers who’ve blasted through modern action scoring’s answer to Cybertron, Steve Jablonsky might best represent the kind of rhythmic energy that’s spelled success at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control studios. Coming up under the watch of this Optimus Prime, Jablonsky served as a programmer and additional composer on the likes of “Chicken Run,” “Hannibal,” “Tears of the Sun” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” But if there were two fortuitous productions that Jablonsky applied his propulsive talents to, then it would be Michael Bay’s “Armageddon” and “Pear Harbor.” With a proud, energetic sound that matched Bay’s flair for quick-cutting and explosive visuals, Jablonsky soon progressed on his own steam from the ambient chills of the Bay-produced chillers “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Amityville Horror” to the rip-roaring action of “The Island.”

Jablonsky’s fun future shock music would truly rocket into the stratosphere when Bay took on the most formidable of all robot franchises with “Transformers.” Jablonsky’s thematically rocking symbiosis of orchestra and percussive sampling would become the musical voice of Bay’s splashy effects-driven style through two films that pitted heroic Autobots against villainous Decepticons- all while the composer showed of his own diversity outside of Bay’s camp with the eccentric stylings of “Desperate Housewives” and “Your Highness” as well as carving out a video game scoring career with the likes of “The Sims” and “Prince of Persia.”

Yet there was no denying that the Transformers series was the composer’s ’A’ ride in terms of mass audience entertainment- a grade that Michael Bay is now going after with a 3-D vengeance from both popcorn audiences and highbrow critics alike with “Dark of the Moon.” Not only has Bay’s visual game been stepped up, but also the real world danger that’s derived from these toys-to-mechanical-men. And a big part of the Autobots’ planet-shattering battle is won here through Jablonsky’s powerhouse music that epically pounds away with the clashing, ever-morphing metal, while also giving real melodic heart to both robots and humans alike in a way that’s truly multi-dimensional.

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Now on a new episode of “On the Score,” Steve Jablonsky talks about his third teaming with Optimus Prime and friends for an energized, yet emotional soundtrack that meshes with Michael Bay’s saga like never before.

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a Buy the Soundtrack: TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
a Buy the Soundtrack: TRANSFORMERS: THE SCORE
a Buy the Soundtrack: GEARS OF WAR 2
a Buy the Soundtrack: YOUR HIGHNESS
a Visit Steve Jablonsky’s fansite

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