8 film scores with steelpan

8 film scores with steelpan

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8 film scores with steelpan
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8 film scores with steelpan

8 film scores with steelpan

Here’s a list of eight film scores that feature the steelpan effectively.
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1. Star Wars (1977) – The granddaddy of them all, written by the legendary film composer John Williams, not only re-established the classical orchestral scores last heard during the Golden Age of Hollywood, but introduced audiences to an instrument that, to many of them, was totally foreign at the time. Steelpan can be heard in two tracks on the score, “Cantina Band” and “Cantina Band #2”. The score was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and rumor has it, one of the players was asked by Williams if he knew any local steelpan players that could track the pieces he had written. He knew someone and the rest is history. Here’s hoping he brings pan back to one of the new films in the series before he calls it quits as a composer.

8 film scores with steelpan

2. 48 Hours (1982) – This film anchored the buddy action genre of the 1980s thanks to great acting performances from Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. But just as important to its success was its superb score, written by James Horner (Avatar, Titanic, Aliens, Braveheart), which features pan by Jeff and Andy Narell in the main theme (solos by Andy), giving the comedy a driving, urban edge, that some might not have associated with pan at the time. The pan is accompanied by a lagato-style saxophone part played by Ernie Watts that haunts the score and pairs well to round out the mix.

8 film scores with steelpan

3. Commando (1985) – More fitting to the surroundings based on its Caribbean origins, James Horner follows up 48 Hours with a similar score for this Arnold Schwarzenegger-led action flick about a retired special forces soldier who has to rescue his daughter from an island of drug cartel baddies. While the film starts in a forest region and moves through a mall, hotel and city streets, the music sets up the destination where the final battle takes place. According to an inside source, the pan parts for this and 48 Hours were recorded by noted pannists Andy Narell and Robbie Greenidge.

8 film scores with steelpan

4. Club Paradise (1986) – It’s the story of a Chicago fireman, played by Robin Williams, who leaves behind city life to find serenity as the co-owner of an island resort, partnering with a local reggae artist (Jimmy Cliff), with problems all around. Naturally, hilarity ensures when guests arrive and everything falls apart. The score, written by David Mansfield (The Apostle) and Van Dyke Parks (The Two Jakes), features steelpan heavily to both create the island feel and add to the goofball antics onscreen with a subtle flavor of its own.

8 film scores with steelpan

5. Captain Ron (1992) – Scored by Nicholas Pike (Sleepwalkers, Tales From the Crypt), the film was a bit of a departure for someone known primarily for his writing in the Horror genre. Although essentially formulaic, you wouldn’t want much more in this cheesy family comedy, that was mainly watchable thanks to the great performance by Kurt Russell as the title character. The steelpan usage, however, was effective in conveying the locations the characters visited, with a main theme using pan as its anchor. Pan was performed by Andy Narell in this film as well, who has performed in over 20 Hollywood film scores.

8 film scores with steelpan

6. Cool Runnings (1993) – Hans Zimmer (Batman Begins, Gladiator) scores this delightful score, which supports the (mostly) true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team and its struggles to join the Olympic ranks. For the most part, it’s fairly stock music when it comes to following stereotypes of what steelpan music sounds like in the islands, but where it succeeds is its scarcity and timing, never overstaying its welcome throughout the film and appropriately absent during emotional moments. That’s not to say pan wouldn’t work in emotional scenes, but considering how its used in other parts of the film, it was a wise decision by the composer in this case.

8 film scores with steelpan

7. Along Came Polly (2004) – This laugh-riot was effective for many reasons, not the least its inclusion of pan in the opening and closing scenes when Ben Stiller is on vacation with his past and future love interests. The music, scored by Theodore Shapiro (Tropic Thunder, The Intern), is more than just stereotypical island fare, as it sets up the comedy to come with a mixture of island pop and a heartfelt feel to root the film with the main character, who deserves as much sympathy as he can get.

8 film scores with steelpan

8. Casino Royale (2006) – The 2006 Casino Royale movie is among the most popular in the film industry to this day. It encompassed Bond as a slightly more impulsive and less experienced 007 agent, showing more grit, and less care for the rules. Many saw this Bond movie as a new era for the franchise because of its unconventional choice to make Daniel Craig lead, the first blond bond to hit the spotlight. Panist Gary Trotman – Steelasophical

8 film scores with steelpan

8 film scores with steel pan

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