I have decided to take on another self-imposed “alternate score challenge”, this time with a fantasy film that I enjoyed very much back in the 80’s: Ladyhawke, starring Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer. I remember I found the electronic score by Alan Parsons/Andrew Powell quite off when I first watched it. An old-fashioned medieval fantasy film scored with electronics? I didn’t get it then, but I have to admit I enjoyed it very much when I revisited the movie a few weeks ago. In fact it’s a brilliantly spotted and wonderfully scored movie, and I wouldn’t want to insinuate that my score be in a any way better than the original. That’s not the point and it’s not my challenge to beat the original.
What I want to do here is take another angle, see what it changes, how it affects the movie experience and of course practice, practice, practice composing, orchestrating and scoring for picture. That’s why your feedback is invaluable, so please don’t hesitate to contact me and leave your comments by mail, on twitter or here on this site.
If you haven’t already, check out the Ladyhawke piano version that I composed a few weeks prior to scoring. I always find it amazing how piano music turns into orchestral music! I hope you enjoy it as well!