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Taken
(2002)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Laura Karpman

Orchestrated by:
Linda Martinez
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 25th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print. A compilation of songs was released by Dreamworks for "Taken" a few weeks prior to the score release, and that product includes no score material.
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Buy it... if you enjoyed the sweeping, thematic material in the show and want a small slice of that Americana feeling (along with a few creative horror strikes) on album.

Avoid it... if the limitations of the 40-member performing ensemble are as transparent to you as the similarities between this work and John Williams' "Amazing Stories."
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,207
WRITTEN 12/12/03, REVISED 3/16/09
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Taken: (Laura Karpman) In the early 2000's, Steven Spielberg increased his efforts in producing large-scale, epic mini-series for television, and after the great success of his World War II series "Band of Brothers," he turned his attention to the ultimate story of UFO abductions. Following a spread of alien-related ideas Spielberg explored in classics such as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the 20-hour mini-series "Taken," produced for the Sci-Fi Channel and debuting in November of 2002, immediately became (at the time) the highest ranked show ever for the channel. Winning an Emmy award for "Best Mini-Series" and enjoying a plethora of positive reviews from critics, "Taken" went on to several rebroadcasts and a DVD set in 2003. In addition to the hype about the series, the score for "Taken," written by rising composer Laura Karpman, also experienced a separate album release to the public at the time of the DVD set's initial offering. The story of the series spans the entire latter half of the 20th Century, chronicling in a very serious manner the abductions of average and not-so-average Americans by aliens in saucer-shaped UFOs. The script does play to some pop culture representations of alien abductions and their visual representations, but the scale of the treatment of the subject is refreshingly new. Three generations of a single family at the heart of the story deal with their supernatural encounters while the overarching series roots itself strongly in real-life historical events. To capture the spirit of the American people, Karpman was asked to write music for all 20 hours of the series that represents the best pastoral environment possible. Even if the contents of the music were in doubt, there was no denying that the physical task of the scoring the lengthy project was impressive, and Karpman managed to write a massive amount of music at breakneck speed with only a few, limited resources. Those limitations (outside of the quick post-production schedule of the series) included a smaller orchestral ensemble than you'd regularly expect for a project of this magnitude. With only 40 members of the Hollywood Studio Symphony performing for "Taken" (the budgetary needs for a regularly sized ensemble to perform for 20 hours of a show would have been jaw-dropping), Karpman was forced to increase the melodrama of her themes and motifs directly in the construct of the music, as well as experiment with a sometimes bizarre set of electronic effects.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 45:41
• 1. Main Title (1:00)
• 2. Spaceship (1:41)
• 3. Artemis (2:37)
• 4. Implant Mania (2:42)
• 5. Romans (4:04)
• 6. Mothership Arrival (2:47)
• 7. To the Rescue (4:07)
• 8. Ride (2:28)
• 9. Tom's Revenge (2:32)
• 10. Truth Kills Owen (2:38)
• 11. Allie's Fire (2:14)
• 12. Lift Off (4:35)
• 13. Mary's Dream (3:01)
• 14. Allie's Miracle (3:33)
• 15. Allie is Gone (4:53)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a short note about the score from writer/producer Les Bohem.
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