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Island of the Sharks
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Alan Williams

Orchestrated by:
Larry Rench

Co-Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(December, 1999)
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Promotional release, with a limited pressing by Intrada Records. It was made available through Intrada and other soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you enjoy the expansiveness of John Barry's dramatic 1980's string writing and the rhythmic flair of Jerry Goldsmith's 1990's jungle rhythms.

Avoid it... if you easily become annoyed by scores that make no attempt to conceal the origins of their influences, no matter how adept their adaptation of those styles.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,208
WRITTEN 1/21/00, REVISED 10/16/07
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Island of the Sharks: (Alan Williams) Among the many IMAX films to bring a distant location to a really big screen near you was 1998's Island of the Sharks, a standard nature documentary about the area surrounding Cocos Island (off the coast of Costa Rica). This film deals primarily with the underwater creatures, utilizing the ever-evolving technology of underwater IMAX filming to capture awe-inspiring scenes of animal interaction and movement. As the film's producer, Michele Hall, states, films like Island of the Sharks "require a big sound." And audiences have been trained to expect a significant score for such pictures since the mid-1990's as well. Proving himself capable of providing such music at the time was composer Alan Williams, whose career has proven to be defined by IMAX projects in the years since. He was provided a 70-member orchestra with which to play for Island of the Sharks, and he would, for some listeners, use the opportunity to eclipse his work on the IMAX film Amazon, which had gained him significant attention and praise two years earlier. In a procedural sense, Williams' technique of adapting proven ideas from other scores is likely the central talking point of Island of the Sharks. At times, you hear so many influences from other modern works in scores like Amazon and Island of the Sharks that some listeners will be too dismayed by such references to be able to enjoy each new entry. But then again, if the sound isn't broken, then there's no reason to fix it. By not reinventing the concepts in Island of the Sharks, Williams provides a score that will heavily remind veteran film score listeners of John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, and a handful of others. The trick to Williams' success, though, is his ability to adapt all of these styles into a cohesive whole that works extremely well for Island of the Sharks (moreso than in Amazon) despite the somewhat shameless nature of the inspirational pull.



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Average: 3.56 Stars
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Total Time: 35:19
• 1. Main Title (2:04)
• 2. Underwater Currents (3:36)
• 3. The White Tips (1:09)
• 4. Hammerheads (2:00)
• 5. El Nino (1:49)
• 6. Marlin Attack (2:11)
• 7. Dying Corral (1:00)
• 8. Cave Hunting (1:00)
• 9. Sea Stars (1:12)
• 10 Sea Turtle and Hermit Crab (2:14)
• 11. Fairy Turne (0:45)
• 12. Rain and Rebirth (3:00)
• 13. Night Hunt (2:11)
• 14. Hammerheads Return (1:52)
• 15. Marble Ray Romance (2:05)
• 16. Creole Fish (1:17)
• 17. Shark Attack (2:46)
• 18. Cocos Island (2:34)

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The insert includes a note from the film's producer, Michele Hall:

    "Island of the Sharks is a Large Format film that explores the fascinating marine wildlife living in the ocean depths off Cocos Island, Costa Rica. The seas surrounding Cocos Island are teaming with life. I knew I wanted to capture the Cocos story on the largest film format available, and to then have it seen on the largest movie screens in the world. The IMAX format brings Cocos Island to moviegoers in a way that no other film format is able.

    The musical score that accompanies a film's images plays an integral part in the outcome. Images filmed in IMAX are big and descriptive. They deserve -- no, they require, a big sound. It takes a special talent to compose big sound for that big picture, with the specific requirements of playback in an IMAX theater. From the first time I heard an Alan Williams' film score, I knew that he was the one I wanted to musically capture the emotion of Cocos.

    One of the thrills for me as the Producer of Island of the Sharks was watching Alan conduct the 70-piece orchestra gathered for the recording session on the scoring stage at Sony Pictures. His dedication to this project paid off on that day as the film images came to life when accompanied by his soundtrack."
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