Alien 3 (soundtrack)

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Alien 3
Elliot goldnethal-alien3.jpg
Soundtrack album by Elliot Goldenthal
Released June 9, 1992
Genre Classical, avant-garde, modernist, musique concrète, electronic
Length 47:58
Label MCA
MCA MCAD-10629
Producer Matthias Gohl
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The avant-garde Alien 3 score was written for the motion picture of the same name. Scored by Elliot Goldenthal, it was his first big mainstream score; he described it as an experiment and spent a whole year creating it.[1]

The score[edit]

Goldenthal cites the score as one of his six stand-out soundtracks.[2] Whilst creating the score in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles riots of 1992 were going on and he has noted that the wild and tempestuous atmosphere in the city was an influence on the score's dark and visceral sound.[citation needed]

In 1995, the Industrial band Front Line Assembly sampled the cue "Agnus Dei" on the track "Infra Red Combat" from the album Hard Wired.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Filmtracks 2/5 stars[4] 4/5 stars[5] said that most of the cues are quite "dissonant" and "bleak" for a casual movie score listener.[5] AllMusic described it as "...mandatory for all serious enthusiasts of film music."[1][6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Agnus Dei" – 4:29
  2. "Bait and Chase" – 4:42
  3. "The Beast Within" – 3:09
  4. "Lento" – 5:48
  5. "Candles in the Wind" – 3:20
  6. "Wreckage and Rape" – 2:43
  7. "The First Attack" – 4:19
  8. "Lullaby Elegy" – 3:41
  9. "Death Dance" – 2:18
  10. "Visit to the Wreckage" – 2:04
  11. "Explosion and Aftermath" – 2:21
  12. "The Dragon" – 3:08
  13. "The Entrapment" – 3:42
  14. "Adagio" – 4:14


The menacing cue that comes with the opening sequence of the Sulaco being evacuated by the on-board computer because of the alien presence and fire. This sample is taken from the part where the escape pod is hurtling through the planet's atmosphere.

Cue of the failed attempt to capture the alien.

Cue from the scene where the sprinkler system is activated to destroy the alien.

The cue from the scene where Ripley commits suicide in the blast furnace.


  • Music composed and orchestrated by Elliot Goldenthal
  • Music produced by Matthias Gohl
  • Conducted by Jonathan Sheffer
  • Additional orchestrations by Robert Elhai
  • Synthesizer programming by Richard Martinez
  • Music mixed by Joel Iwataki at The Enterprise Studios
  • Electronic music recorded at The Enterprise Studios, The Village Recorders, Los Angeles, and Eastside Sound, New York
  • Orchestral music recorded by Tim Boyle at Twentieth Century Fox
  • Boy soprano soloist on "Agnus Dei": Nick Nackley


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