Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Score

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Score
Film score by Steve Jablonsky and Linkin Park
Released June 12, 2009 (UK)
June 23, 2009 (US)
Recorded Remote Control Productions
Genre Soundtrack, film score, industrial
Length 43:53
Label Reprise
Producer Hans Zimmer
Mike Shinoda[1]
Transformers film soundtrack chronology
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Album
(2009)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Score
(2009)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – The Album
(2011)
Linkin Park soundtracks chronology
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Album
(2009)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Score
(2009)
8-Bit Rebellion!
(2010)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Score is a soundtrack that features the musical score by composer Steve Jablonsky and the first score by Linkin Park for the 2009 live-action film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It was released on June 23, 2009. The score was released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on June 12, 2009.[2]

Track listing[edit]

The tracks were announced on June 10, 2009.[3] The following tracks are listed in order:

# Track Name Scene and Musical Description Length
1. Prime Prime is the primary theme for the character Optimus Prime, as well as the Autobots as a whole. Borrowing from Optimus' theme from the 2007 Transformers film, it begins with low arpeggio strings building into a rising melody, with the choir joining the orchestra towards the end. Though not used completely in the film, it is used in various scenes including, when dead Optimus Prime arrives at NEST base and when Jetfire tells Sam, Mikaela, Leo and Simmons about the Primes. 2:14
2. Einstein's Wrong Einstein’s Wrong serves as the theme to Sam Witwicky in this film, played with various mallet and percussion instruments, backed up by a set of cellos. This cue takes motifs from Sam at the Lake (from the previous score), however is much darker in tone than its predecessor. It begins with simmering mallets, with slow, dark strings providing a moving bassline. Halfway through the cue, it builds with the choir chanting the Decepticon theme (dominant in the first film) and fades back slowly into the same simmering mallet/slow string melody. It ends with the cellos slowly fading out. It is primarily used when Sam has his mental breakdown in class, Simmons briefs Sam about what he knows about cybotronian history on earth and when searching for Jetfire. 3:35
3. NEST NEST (Nonbiological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty/Networked Elements: Supporters and Transformers) contains instrumental excerpts from Linkin Park's hit single, "New Divide" that originally appeared on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - The Album. The cue begins with low electric guitar motifs and hi-hat stabs and quickly follows into the main theme from New Divide. It builds, with drums in full force, and choir joins in subtly. A few more guitar motifs are mentioned, and then the full orchestra joins in on the New Divide theme. The cue ends with a pulsating guitar theme and a gong stab. Used only when NEST team are searching for Decepticons and when Bumblebee and Optimus Prime save Sam, Mikaela and Leo from Megatron, Starscream and Doctor. 2:08
4. The Shard The Shard contains a mixture of two themes: the new Prime theme as well as a reworked theme from the track The All Spark, found in the previous score. It begins with the string arpeggio found in the cue of The All Spark. It generally builds into the All Spark theme being played backwards as it represents the evil found in the last piece found on Earth. It then builds further into a four-note string and synthesizer pulse, followed quickly by a militaristic brass and drum melody. It ends with the strings increasing, followed by a low synthesizer.Used many times in the movie including:when Sam drops the shard of the all spark into the kitchen and creates kitchen bots, when Arcee and Sideswipe chase Sideways, when Ravage steals the shard from Diego Garcia, when Alice tries to kill Sam, when Grindor kidnapps Sam and when Bumblbee fights Rampage. 2:42
5. The Fallen The Fallen cue serves as the main theme for the main antagonist, "The Fallen" as well as the Decepticons in this film. The track begins with a low synthesizer beat, slowly building. It quickly goes into a surrealistic version of the Fallen's theme, a four-note harmonic melody, using a mixture of human voice and synthesizer. It builds, and is followed by hard electronic pulses, found in the Decepticon cue from the first film, ending with a bass roll. Used when the Gallaway debates Optimus Prime at NEST HQ, The Fallen and Megatron talk about their next course of action aboard the Nemesis and when Doctor examines Sam. 4:03
6. Infinite White Infinite White is a suite taking cue from the Optimus theme found on the first track. It begins with a human voice (provided by artist Lisbeth Scott) singing and/or chanting Prime’s melody. It builds with slow sweeping percussion and drums. The percussion soon ends, and a full string suite begins taking form from the All Spark theme. It ends with Middle Eastern-esque technological tones. Used when Sam, Mikaela, Leo and Simmons arrive at Petra. 3:58
7. Heed Our Warning Heed Our Warning This was never used in Revenge of the Fallen but was used in Dark of the Moon when the Decepticons begin destroying Chicago. It starts off with low synth inspired beats, and rises with the choir and percussion joining in. The All Spark, Sam, Decepticon, and Fallen themes are all interwoven throughout the cue. 4:26
8. The Fallen's Arrival The Fallen’s Arrival cue is used during the scenes when Optimus Prime dies in front of Sam and when the Fallen himself travels to Earth to complete his plans to destroy life on Earth. The track uses motifs and instrumentation found in The Fallen, but is noticeably changed. 3:47
9. Tomb of the Primes Tomb of the Primes uses the Prime theme in conjunction with brass, drums, and sweeping strings. Lisbeth Scott's voice is also heard throughout the track, especially towards the beginning. Hints of the New Divide and What I've Done theme are also interwoven throughout the cue. Used in the scene where the humans discover the Tomb of the Primes, and hence find the Matrix. 2:47
10. Forest Battle Forest Battle begins as mixture of three themes, Sector 7 and Autobots from the first film, and the Fallen from this film. Moving into a choral chant that is stylistically reflective of the Decepticons theme, it culminates in a brass fanfare at the end of the track. Used in the scene in which Optimus fights Megatron, Starscream and Grindor. 2:04
11. Precious Cargo Precious Cargo uses both the new Prime theme and the Autobots' theme from the first film. It is used in the scene in which Sam and Mikaela are trying to reach the soldiers and Optimus. 1:38
12. Matrix of Leadership Matrix of Leadership begins with low synth and strings and Lisbeth Scott's voice chants Prime's melody. The strings soon move into a reworked version of the Bumblebee theme found from the first film, and eventually the theme is woven within the Prime theme. The track ends with a reflection of Arrival to Earth, on the first film's score album. Used in the scene in which Sam "dies" whilst trying to get to Optimus. 3:50
13. I Claim Your Sun I Claim Your Sun is used during the climatic scene when the Fallen uses the Matrix to activate the Sun Harvester and fight Optimus Prime. The track begins with guitars, electronics, and strings before briefly using a motif from New Divide. The track then fades into a quick version of the Fallen's theme, short followed by the Autobots theme. Sounds from the track, You're a Soldier Now (on the previous score) and The Fallen ends the track. 3:06
14. I Rise, You Fall I Rise, You Fall begins with the Fallen's theme played using an ancient instrument, called the duduk. The choir joins in on the theme, and then the theme slowly fades away leaving quiet cellos. Acoustic guitar joins in, and Prime’s theme begins to play. Much of the track includes direct recomposition from the cue, No Sacrifice, No Victory, from the first score. Used in the scene were Optimus Prime defeats the Fallen and the humans are getting together to enjoy the aftermath 3:35

Album credits[edit]

  • Music composed by Steve Jablonsky and Linkin Park
  • Score produced by Hans Zimmer, Mike Shinoda, Bob Badami, and Ramiro Belgardt
  • Executive soundtrack album producers: Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay and Hans Zimmer
  • Executive in Charge of Music for Paramount Pictures: Randy Spendlove
  • Music Supervisor: Bob Badami
  • Album Compiled by Katia Lewin Palomo
  • Music Recorded & Mixed by Alan Meyerson
  • Orchestra Conducted by Nick Glennie-Smith
  • Orchestrators: Bruce Fowler, Suzette Moriarty, Walter Fowler, Rick Giovinazzo, Penka Kouneva, Elizabeth Finch, and Kevin Kaska
  • Music Production Services: Steven Kofsky
  • Supervising Music Editor: Peter Snell
  • Additional Music by Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe and Atli Örvarsson
  • Ambient Music Design by Clay Duncan, Howard Scarr, and Andrew Kawczynski
  • Music Programming: Ryeland Allison
  • Music Preparation by Booker White
  • Music Contractors: Peter Rotter, Sandy DeCrescent
  • Additional Recordings by Jeff Biggers and Albert Clay
  • Engineering Assistant: Katia Lewin Palomo
  • Technical Score Engineers: Doug Clow and Pieter Schlosser
  • Synth Programming by Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea
  • Music Technical Assistant: Noah Sorota
  • Score Mixed at Remote Control Productions
  • Score Recorded at Sony Scoring Stage
  • Album Mastered by Louie Teran at Marcussen Mastering
  • Music published by Paramount Bella Music (BMI)/Songs of SKG (BMI)
  • Album Art Direction by BLT

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