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The Maze Runner
(2014)
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Composed and Produced by:
John Paesano

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Nolan Livesay
Jason Livesay

Additional Music by:
Braden Kimball
Josh Johnson
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Sony Classical
(September 16th, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the idea of sonic wallpaper in the action/adventure genre as long as it is rendered with interesting orchestrations, relative newcomer John Paesano impressing with his capability to emulate the best of other composers.

Avoid it... if a clean musical narrative is your interest, this effort a bit thematically obtuse because of its position at the start of a tale of mystery, or if you are easily bothered by scores that expose their inspirations too readily.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,599
WRITTEN 12/21/14
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The Maze Runner: (John Paesano) Ah, yes, yet another dystopian science fiction book aimed at teenagers makes its big screen transition, the concept written by James Dashner in the late 2000's meant to take advantage of that seemingly endless demand for depictions of average teenagers placed in heroic circumstances. This particular low-budget 2014 venture, The Maze Runner, performed extremely well financially and 20th Century Fox immediately green-lit its sequel. Its The story tells of a group of random teenagers that find themselves deposited in the middle of a large natural maze, with few memories of their prior life and left to their own devices to survive. How refreshing it must be to not worry about prom dances all of a sudden. But wait, of course, there's the apocalypse awaiting them outside the maze that is the true story. Where would any of these films be without a little "end of the world" intrigue? The crew and cast of The Maze Runner is largely unknown to mainstream viewers, the director making his major successful debut here. The same could be said of composer John Paesano, though he has a few big screen credits and a plethora of video game and television experience under his belt. His press kit and online biographies indicate that the classically trained Paesano has worked to some degree with John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, and while he suggests that he wrote additional material for three of Goldsmith's final scores in the early 2000's, his involvement on those projects must not have been significant enough to merit crediting on any of the albums for those scores. He was clear in naming Goldsmith, Williams, and Hans Zimmer as his inspirations when approaching The Maze Runner, however, and veteran film music collectors will be able to hear the connections to not just the works of these composers, but a wealth of others as well. It's always interesting to hear newcomers to the big stage quote their inspirations and then judge the temp track adherence that results. In the case of Paesano and The Maze Runner, it's a pretty transparent series of adaptations of style from not only the composers he specifically references, but from James Horner (an Avatar homage), James Newton Howard (the finale), Thomas Newman (character interludes), and Trevor Jones (the opening theme), among others. For some listeners, these recognizable influences will be a deal breaker. That said, though, given the relatively lower budget nature of this film and Paesano's lack of major credits thus far in the Hollywood feature franchise realm, listeners have to be satisfied with this first effort.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 63:26
• 1. The Maze Runner (2:49)
• 2. What is This Place? (3:03)
• 3. My Name is Thomas (3:15)
• 4. Ben's Not Right (2:41)
• 5. Banishment (3:14)
• 6. Waiting in the Rain (1:50)
• 7. Into the Maze (2:36)
• 8. Griever! (2:40)
• 9. Going Back In (2:31)
• 10. Why are We Different? (2:01)
• 11. Chat with Chuck (2:18)
• 12. Section 7 (5:14)
• 13. Maze Rearrange (2:07)
• 14. Griever Attack (3:55)
• 15. Trapped (2:07)
• 16. WCKD is Good (1:56)
• 17. Thomas Remembers (3:35)
• 18. Goodbye (2:08)
• 19. Final Fight (2:43)
• 20. WCKD Lab (5:57)
• 21. Finale (4:17)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a note from the composer. The text on the page with the bulk of the production credits is nearly impossible to read due to poor design.
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