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Synchrotones’ Favourites of 2021 (Part 1)

As we leave 2021 behind and the inevitable ‘best of’ lists are being compiled, let’s first have a super quick glance back at the last twelve months.

In Part 1 I’ll have a quick look back; and in Part 2 I will reveal my top favourite scores, with write ups and pictures!

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Independence Day in Full Score (David Arnold)

It was the highest grossing movie of 1996; and the second highest of all time at that time. It cost $75 million to make and made it back more than ten-fold. It won over 20 awards and was nominated for at least twenty more. The original score was performed by a 90-piece orchestra and a 46-piece choir. It won David Arnold a Grammy; and catapulted him into stardom (even more so than Stargate had already done).

Now you can study the full score… all 46 cues and 324 pages of it, courtesy of Chris Siddall Music Publishing.

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The Hitcher (Mark Isham)

The Hitcher

When I was a kid, few films freaked me out more than The Hitcher. Rutger Hauer is absolutely evil as a murderous hitcher, terrorising C Thomas Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film is brutal from start to finish, with one scene in particular, involving a truck, sure to unsettle anyone. The score is an early and eerie effort from Mark Isham.

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