16 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“It’s not too often you get to score a love story, gladiators, and a natural disaster all in one film,” says composer Clinton Shorter of his epic, brooding soundtrack for director Paul W.S. Anderson’s historical action-drama Pompeii. Canadian-born Shorter had a career breakthrough with his synth-orchestra hybrid score for Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, and he notes that Anderson originally wanted something similar—with an emphasis on electronic sounds—for his swords-'n'-volcano spectacular. But after seeing the first cut, Anderson and the producers “had a change of heart and went [all] orchestral,” Shorter says. “It was thrilling and daunting at the same time, as I had never had the opportunity or budget to do an entirely orchestral score.” Recorded in England and Germany, Shorter’s soundtrack is massive and nearly wall-to-wall. “They were long days,” Shorter says of the sessions. “The brass players at Air Lyndhurst in London were amazing. And the strings we recorded with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra in Berlin were fantastic, as was the choir.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

“It’s not too often you get to score a love story, gladiators, and a natural disaster all in one film,” says composer Clinton Shorter of his epic, brooding soundtrack for director Paul W.S. Anderson’s historical action-drama Pompeii. Canadian-born Shorter had a career breakthrough with his synth-orchestra hybrid score for Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, and he notes that Anderson originally wanted something similar—with an emphasis on electronic sounds—for his swords-'n'-volcano spectacular. But after seeing the first cut, Anderson and the producers “had a change of heart and went [all] orchestral,” Shorter says. “It was thrilling and daunting at the same time, as I had never had the opportunity or budget to do an entirely orchestral score.” Recorded in England and Germany, Shorter’s soundtrack is massive and nearly wall-to-wall. “They were long days,” Shorter says of the sessions. “The brass players at Air Lyndhurst in London were amazing. And the strings we recorded with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra in Berlin were fantastic, as was the choir.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
Klovergirl7

Bought Soundtrack at end credits!

The music made this movie! Sweepingly luxurious vocals - epic orchestral sections - moving melodic emotion. My kind of Soundtrack! Instant go-to favorite for me.

Jimmy C da OG

NICE!

Just got back from the movie.......and one of the FEW things that was acctually good about this was the score....very well done. If only other aspects of the film were as good.....

Bubbles759

Awesome!

The music is fantastic and I loved the movie so much! I can't get these songs out of my head, definitely worth the money, I love it!

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