Friday, September 26, 2014

Score Sample: Stargate

When it came to big and bold adventure scores in the 1990s it was hard to top David Arnold. These days most film score fans know him as the man who took over scoring duties for the James Bond series after John Barry retired from the franchise. But Arnold had composed music for three popular blockbusters prior to his jump into the world of 007. I'm not a big fan of Stargate, Independence Day, or Godzilla as films, but the scores are all really well worth checking out. Of the three, Stargate is my favorite. It combines big bold themes, traditional desert movie scoring (think Laurence of Arabia) and choral bombast. Hard to pick a favorite cue, but Kasuf Returns contains a little bit of all those elements. Check it out.


  1. I'm not a big fan of Independence Day or the Godzilla films either, but I actually like Stargate. (One beef with it is a boneheaded error: did no one in the production know the difference between a solar system and a galaxy? Really?) The music is indeed good stuff and the TV series borrowed liberally from it.

    1. Yeah this is my favorite of that goofy 90s trilogy. But man did it not hold up well to repeat viewings. David Arnold wrote some really great music. Sadly he's retired from film scoring and seems to be focusing on British television work.