The Lost World: Jurassic Park (film score)

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Soundtrack album by John Williams
Released April 30, 1997
Recorded 1996 - 1997
Genre Score
Length 1:13:15
Label MCA
Producer John Williams
Jurassic Park chronology
Jurassic Park
The Lost World
Jurassic Park III
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars
Filmtracks 3/5 stars
Movie Wave 4/5 stars

Like its predecessor, The Lost World: Jurassic Park was scored by famed composer John Williams, a longtime collaborator with director Steven Spielberg. The music was orchestrated by Conrad Pope and John Neufeld and recorded in Los Angeles. Notably, Williams did not write a stereotypical sequel score, but instead developed a wildly different style for the different location, cast, and darker tone of the second Jurassic Park film.

The original soundtrack album — released by MCA Records on April 30, 1997 — features over seventy minutes of the film's music, including some material that was not used in the film's final cut (e.g. "The Hunt"). The single disc is packaged in a paper case that opens to reveal dioramas of jungle scenery and dinosaurs from the film.


For this score, Williams largely avoided using the three major themes he had written for Jurassic Park. Quiet strains of "Theme from Jurassic Park" and the so-called "island fanfare" (Journey to the Island) are occasionally heard, with one scene even including a more robust statement copied note-for-note from the Jurassic Park cue "Jurassic Park Gate." But the original "Theme from Jurassic Park" and "Journey to the Island" aren't heard until the film's final scene and end credits, and the four-note melody that underscored the threat of the carnivorous dinosaurs in the first film is almost entirely absent. In fact, the original "Theme from Jurassic Park" was cut due to pacing and only the quieter strain is heard. However the whole theme is fully heard in the album. Also the original "Journey to the Island" was shortened and the dramatic finale of it was cut due to pacing. This is also heard in its entirety along with its much more popular and more recurring counterpart: "Theme from Jurassic Park" in the album.

However, Williams did write two new primary themes for this score. The first is a rousing melody typically given to the horns, trombones, and strings over a churning accompaniment provided by low woodwinds and percussion. This theme is darker and less overtly heroic than the "island fanfare", but its role is rather similar in that it mainly underscores the expedition's adventurous nature. Williams intended to use this theme only four times in the film: for the arrival on the island, for the departure from the island, in the film's final moments, and in the end credits. But statements of this theme were tracked into several additional scenes so that it is heard more often than originally intended, and the version heard in the end credits (simply entitled "The Lost World") has been adapted and published for concert performances.

Less memorable but much more frequently heard is the film's second new theme, a haunting four-note melody that essentially replaces its more boldly menacing predecessor from Jurassic Park. The film opens with this motif, and it frequently returns to convey Isla Sorna's dark, mysterious nature and the dinosaurs that inhabit it.

Style and Orchestration[edit]

The score to The Lost World takes on a very different tone from that of Jurassic Park. The first film balances tense action scoring and horror elements with a sense of wonderment and awe, but the sequel is mostly devoid of the latter. Williams elected to play up the film's jungle setting with a variety of percussion instruments (including congas, bongos, "jungle drums", gourds, log drums, and tabla). These are heard during many scenes on Isla Sorna, sometimes as a quiet rhythmic background and sometimes as an intense, grooving foundation for brassy action music. The brooding, tropical atmosphere is further enhanced by other instruments, such as shakuhachi and "animal sounds" played by a synthesizer. The themes described above are present in some cues, but much of the music is not based on any identifiable theme.

Another common stylistic element in this score is aleatoric writing. To create a sense of chaos and terror, Williams provides a series of pitches to a group of instruments and instructs them to play them quickly ad lib for a given number of measures. Although this technique has been used in many scores by Williams and other composers, The Lost World employs this effect with unusual frequency, particularly for scenes involving the compsognathus.

Original Motion Picture Score[edit]

Original Cue Listing[edit]

Below is the most complete available chronological list of cues recorded for the film, using their original titles and slate numbers.

  1. 1m1 "The Island's Voice" - OST 2 [0:00-3:32]
  2. 2m2 "Revealing the Plans" - OST 8 [0:00-2:05]
  3. 3m1 "To the Island" - OST 3 [0:00-3:33]
  4. 3m2 "The Stegosaurus" - OST 11 [0:00-2:12]
  5. 3m3 "Finding the Baby" - OST 11 [2:12-end]
  6. 4m1 "Fire at Camp"
  7. 4m2 "Corporate Choppers"
  8. 4m3/5m1 "The Round Up" - OST 4
  9. 5m2 "Big Feet"
  10. 5m3/6m1 "Spilling Petrol"
  11. 5m3/6m1 Part II "Horning In"
  12. 6m2/7m1 Part I "Up in a Basket"
  13. 6m2/7m1 Part II "Up in a Basket"
  14. 7m2/8m1 "Pain of Glass"
  15. 8m2 "Truck Stop" - OST 7 [0:00-2:12] & OST 7 [2:12-end]
  16. 8m3 "Reading the Map"
  17. 8m4/9m1 "The Trek" - OST 5
  18. 9m2 "The Compys!" - OST 2 [3:27-end]
  19. 9m3/10mA "The Compys Dine" - OST 10 [0:00-2:47]
  20. 10m1 "Rialto Ripples" - OST 12 [0:00-1:35]
  21. 10m2 "Steiner in the Grass" - OST 8 [2:05-end]
  22. 10m3/11m1 "After the Fall" - OST 6
  23. 11m2 "The Raptors Appear" - OST 9
  24. 11m3/12m1 "High Bar and Ceiling Tiles"
  25. 12m2 "Heading North" - OST 3 [3:33-end]
  26. 12m3 "Ludlow's Speech"
  27. 12m4 "Wompi's Wrench" - OST 10 [2:47-end]
  28. 12m5 "Monster on the Loose"
  29. 13m1 "A Neighborhood Visitor" - OST 13 [0:00-3:24]
  30. 13m2 "The Streets of San Diego" - OST 13 [3:24-end]
  31. 13m3/14m1 "Ludlow's End" - OST 12 [1:35-end]
  32. 14m2 "The Saving Dart" OST 14 [0:00-2:23]
  33. "End Credit Intro"
  34. "The Lost World (End Credits)" - OST 1
  35. "Theme from "Jurassic Park"" - OST 14 [2:23-end]

The new performance of "Theme from Jurassic Park" was ostensibly recorded for The Lost World, but its original title and slate number (if any) are currently unknown. It was most likely cut due to pacing since it isn't heard in the film (though a fainter, strain is heard) It is part of the Lost World: Jurassic Park album.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

  1. The Lost World: Jurassic Park Complete Score Analysis