THE THING  (2011)
Production Company: Universal Pictures, Morgan Creek Entertainment, Strike Entertainment
Distributors: Universal Pictures & Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date (USA): 14 October 2011

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Screenplay: Eric Heisserer
Based on the Short Story by John W. Campbell Jr.

Music Composed by Marco Beltrami
Orchestra Conducted by Marco Beltrami & Pete Anthony
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
Orchestrated by Bill Boston, Rossano Galante, Dana Niu, Brandon Roberts & Marcus Trumpp
Recorded and Mixed by John Kurlander
Recorded at The Newman Scoring Stage, 20th Century Fox Studios, Los Angeles & Pianella Studios, Malibu, CA
Mixed at Pianella Studios, Malibu, CA
Assistant Engineers Tyson Lozensky, Jorge Velasco & Tom Hardisty
Music Editor Mark Jan Wiodarkiewicz
Orchestra Contracted by Peter Rotter
Music Preparation Mark Graham, Victor Pesavento, Matt Franko, Steven L. Smith & Jordan Seigel

Music Produced by Buck Sanders

Synopsis: Paleontologist Kate Lloyd is invited by Dr. Sandor Halvorson to join his team who have found something extraordinary. Deep below the Arctic ice, they have found an alien spacecraft that has been there for perhaps 100,000 years. Not far from where the craft landed, they find the remains of the occupant. It's cut out of the ice and taken back to their camp but as the ice melts, the creature reanimates and not only begins to attack them but manages to infect them, with team members devolving into the alien creature.


Thereís that homage to the original Morricone score but the real identity to this score is from three elements. One of them is this notion of treating the orchestra like a living organism itself that breathes. The way I envisioned it was to expand and contract down to a single note then outwards to a wider spectrum. Then it bends in and out, sort of like the billows on an accordion or a human breath. The next theme or idea I incorporated is the idea of being alone and isolated, which is what this movie is ultimately about. Itís set in Antarctica. Even though these people go as a team they really canít rely on anybody. The main character is this girl Kate and she has to deal with her increasing ostracism in the group and her loneliness. So thereís a theme for that. This is more of a melodic idea, very simple melodic idea. These two themes work hand in hand. Also related is a third idea, which is an ever-present wind. The movie starts with it and plays throughout it. Rather than have it be a constant aural, audio presence, we decided to treat the wind as a musical identity as well. So we actually tuned it to the pitches of the organism, which was the first idea, so that the wind itself would subtly bend in and out one pitch center to this chordal, minor triad thing. Actually the movie starts out with the sound of the wind and in the sound of the wind is the bending motif. We achieved that in a couple of ways. Up here in the studio we get some strong Santa Ana winds. We put some bottles outside of the studio. We put microphones in the bottles to pick up the pitches then we were able to process those pitches. We also got the sound that the sound guys were doing and treated that. And we even had a glass wind player come in and perform some wind effects for us.

THE THING: Recording Sessions
Pianella Studios, Malibu, CA


V A R E S E   S A R A B A N D E  (VSD-7118)

01. Godís Country Music (1:27)
02. Road to Antarctica (2:41)
03. Into the Cave (0:39)
04. Eye of the Survivor (2:25)
05. Meet and Greet (2:55)
06. Autopsy (3:08)
07. Cellular Activity (1:32)
08. Finding Filling (3:25)
09. Well Done (1:32)
10. Female Persuasion (4:51)
11. Survivors (3:28)
12. Open your Mouth (4:20)
13. Antarctic Standoff (3:03)
14. Meating of the Minds (4:28)
15. Sander Sucks at Hiding (2:22)
16. Canít Stand the Heat (2:10)
17. Following Sanderís Lead (2:39)
18. In the Ship (2:39)
19. Sander Bucks (0:45)
20. The End (2:33)
21. How Did You Know? (2:29) 

Release date: 11 October 2011
Total Time: 55:50
Length of the Score: 95 minutes


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