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Event Horizon
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced and Additional Music by:
Orbital

Co-Produced by:
Steve McLaughlin
Chris Brooks
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
London/Polygram Records
(October 14th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2004.
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Buy it... if you have an open mind about hearing techno and electronic music rip relentlessly over the recording of a moderately sized orchestra that is itself exploring avant garde avenues.

Avoid it... if you prefer your horror scores to follow classic, orchestral lines or, more importantly, if you expect to hear a coherent album presentation of the music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,137
WRITTEN 9/17/03, REVISED 4/6/09
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Event Horizon: (Michael Kamen/Orbital) One of the scarier, somewhat trashy horror and science fiction flicks of the late 1990's, Event Horizon is a loose adaptation of William Castle's 1960 film Thirteen Ghosts (which was badly remade for the screen in 2001). The concept of inheriting a house with several brutal ghosts and a machine meant to open the gates of Hell is translated into the script for Event Horizon, in which a starship of that name is built to fold space (and, as in Dune, travel great distances instantly) but instead opens the gates to Hell and kills its own crew. When a rescue ship, "Lewis and Clark," goes to investigate the adrift "Event Horizon" in normal space, the vessel and its crew is attacked by both the ghosts of the previous crew and the ship itself, which is slowly pulling itself back through the gates of Hell now that it has new human souls on board. Thus, the storyline is nothing new, although the execution of the film is beautifully rendered, with the ring-spinning mechanism at the heart of the ship offering extremely disturbing visuals and joined by considerable images of explosions in space and lightning storms and such. The music for the film would take the haunted house horror formula and give it an Aliens personality for the outer space setting. Die Hard composer Michael Kamen was better known for his Earth-bound drama and action scores at the time, however he was also revered as one of the few composers who made a successful transition from pop music into classical, orchestral film scores. Kamen did not journey into the Event Horizon project alone; the techno-electronica group Orbital would provide a modern edge for the more explosive terror sequences in the film. Together, between Kamen's traditional orchestral score for the scope of the setting and Orbital's uneasy, slashing electronica for the warped twists of the script, the Event Horizon recording was an interesting idea. Unfortunately, while it services the film with marginal effectiveness, it doesn't work to any extent on album. It seems as though the Orbital enhancements to the recording are more pronounced on album, forcing the presentation of the music on that product into a losing battle between the two disparate styles of music.



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Average: 2.49 Stars
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Event Horizon
SolarisLem - May 6, 2007, at 2:41 p.m.
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This is a challenging, innovative score.
Jason Comerford - May 14, 2005, at 5:17 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:26
• 1. The Forward Decks (14:01)
  a) Lewis and Clark, b) Neptune, c) Clare, d) First Containment
  e) Core, f) Metal, g) Second Containment, h) Air Lock

• 2. The Main Access Corridor (12:04)
  a) Singularity, b) Ducts, c) Turbulence, d) Medical, e) Gravity Drive
• 3. Engineering (13:24)
  a) Tomb, b) Blood, c) Countdown, d) Outer Door, e) Bio Scan
• 4. The Event Horizon (4:57)
  a) Weir, b) Event Horizon

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