Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Release Date: Friday May 24th, 2019
  1. Godzilla (feat. Serj Tankian) - Bear McCreary
  2. Godzilla Main Title - Bear McCreary
  3. Memories of San Francisco - Bear McCreary
  4. The Larva - Bear McCreary
  5. Welcome to Monarch - Bear McCreary
  6. Outpost 32 - Bear McCreary
  7. Ice Breaker - Bear McCreary
  8. Rise of Ghidorah - Bear McCreary
  9. Old Rivals - Bear McCreary
  10. The First Gods - Bear McCreary
  11. Rodan - Bear McCreary
  12. A Mass Awakening - Bear McCreary
  13. The One Who is Many - Bear McCreary
  14. Queen of the Monsters - Bear McCreary
  15. For Andrew - Bear McCreary
  16. Stealing the Orca - Bear McCreary
  17. The Hollow Earth - Bear McCreary
  18. The Key to Coexistence - Bear McCreary
  19. Goodbye Old Friend - Bear McCreary
  20. Rebirth - Bear McCreary
  21. Fog Over Fenway - Bear McCreary
  22. Battle in Boston - Bear McCreary
  23. Redemption - Bear McCreary
  24. King of the Monsters - Bear McCreary
  25. Ghidorah Theme - Bear McCreary
  26. Mothra's Song - Bear McCreary


Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Sdtk Credits
Music by BEAR MCCREARY

Soundtrack Album Produced by:
JOE AUGUSTINE and BEAR MCCREARY

Executive Album Producers:
MICHAEL DOUGHERTY, PETER AFTERMAN and MARGARET YEN

Executive In Charge Of Music for Warner Bros. Pictures:
PAUL BROUCEK

Executive In Charge Of WaterTower Music:
JASON LINN

LEGAL LINE:
(P) 2019 Legendary. Motion Picture Artwork
© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Motion Picture Photography
© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Legendary Pictures Funding, LLC. All rights reserved.



Album Produced by:
JOE AUGUSTINE & BEAR MCCREARY

Score Produced by:
BEAR MCCREARY

Recorded by:
SIMON RHODES, CASEY STONE, JONNY SOLWAY

Mixed by:
GREG HAYES

Conducted by:
BEAR MCCREARY

Orchestrated by:
EDWARD TRYBEK, HENRI WILKINSON, JONATHAN BEARD

Scoring Coordinator:
KAIYUN WONG

Scoring Assistants:
JASON AKERS, SAM EWING, ANDREW HARRIS

Tech Assistants:
COOPER FUQUA, JESSE HARTOV, DAVID MATICS

Assistants to the Composer:
MARISA GUNZENHAUSER, ANGELINA PARK

Assistant Orchestrators:
JAMIE THIERMAN, BENJAMIN HOFF, JORDAN COX, JEFF TINSLEY, DAVID VOLPE

Associate Music Supervisor:
ALISON LITTON

Music Coordinator:
JANE BERRY

Music Editors:
MICHAEL BABER, DANIEL WALDMAN

Music Preparation:
JILL STREATER

Orchestra Contractors:
SUSIE GILLIS and LUCY WHALLEY for Isobel Griffiths Ltd.

Choir:
LONDON VOICES

Chorus Masters:
TERRY EDWARDS and BEN PARRY

Japanese Music Consultant:
DOCTOR OSAMU KITAJIMA

Buddhist Chants Consultant:
REV. NORIAKI ITO

Kakegoe Coordinator:
HIROMITSU NISHIKAWA

Babylonian Consultant:
MARTIN WORTHINGTON

Studios:
AIR STUDIOS. London, England
DEAN ST. STUDIOS. London, England
HEAVEN RECORDING STUDIO. Hong Kong, China

Mastered by:
PAT SULLIVAN at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles, CA

Representation:
KRAFT-ENGEL MANAGEMENT

Executive Album Producers:
MICHAEL DOUGHERTY, PETER AFTERMAN and MARGARET YEN 


Executive In Charge Of Music for Warner Bros. Pictures:
PAUL BROUCEK

Executive In Charge Of WaterTower Music:
JASON LINN

Art Direction:
SANDEEP SRIRAM

Album Business Affairs:
ARI TAITZ and CHRISTINE BERGREN

This album is dedicated to AKIRA IFUKUBE, the composer who taught us that music can roar.


SPECIAL THANKS:
The composer would like to thank director Michael Dougherty for his creative leadership. Thanks are also due to Mary Parent, Alex Garcia and everyone at Legendary Pictures, as well as everyone at Warner Bros. This score could not have been completed without the contributions of Peter Afterman, Margaret Yen, and all the talented musicians who invested their time and talent. Bear would also like to thank all his friends and family for their support during the recording of this score, especially Raya Yarbrough and Sonatine McCreary.

THANKS TO:
Peter Axelrad, Rocco Carrozza, Vincenzo De La Rosa, Kerrylyn Genetive, Ray Gonzalez, Joe Kara, Kevin Kertes, Ny Lee, Katie Lambert, Genevieve Morris, Robert Zick

All compositions by Bear McCreary (ASCAP)
Published by (c) 2019 Warner-Olive Music LLC (ASCAP)

except:

“Godzilla (feat. Serj Tankian)”
Written by Donald Roeser
Published by SonyATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP)
Produced and Arranged by Bear McCreary
Additional Production & Mixing by Jason LaRocca
Performed by Bear McCreary
Guitars: Brendon Small
Bass: Bryan Beller
Drums: Gene Hoglan
Backing Vocals: Brendan McKian
(P) 2019 Legendary

“Mothra’s Song”
Written by Yuji Koseki
Published by Toho Music Corp., Williamson Music (ASCAP)

“Godzilla Main Title”
Written by Akira Ifukube
Published by Toho Music Corp., Williamson Music (ASCAP)

FEATURED PERFORMERS

Yayli Tanbur:
Michalis Cholevas

Ethnic Woodwinds:
Jan Hendrickse, Wan Pin Chu

Solo Cello:
Caroline Dale

Percussion:
Chris Baron, Rob Farrer, Frank Ricotti, Damien Manning

VOICES
Kakegoe Performers:
Tomoro Chigono, Yuichiro Furusato, Hidemasa Hanahara, Kiyomasa Hanahara, Takahiko Hirano, Masaya Hoshizaki, Shinnosuke Ichikawa, Kenjiro Ishida, Yuni Katagiri, Yasunori Kawakami, Kazumasa Katarao, Takanori Masaki, Shohei Nishimura, Kazuki Ogi, Masashi Oomura, Ayato Saito, Hidetsugu Sato, Yasunori Sato, Shonosuke Shimazaki, Tadashi Sugitani, Senri Tai, Kouya Tamiya, Ryuji Tomono, Shigeto Tanabe, Yoshihito Ueno

Buddhist Chants:
Rev. Ryuta Furumoto, Rev. Noriaki Ito, Rev. Shumyo Kojima, Rev. Kazuaki Nakata

London Choir:

Choirmasters: Terry Edwards, Ben Parry
Ben Alden, Catherine Backhouse, Garth Bardsley, Jacqueline Barron, Ben Bevan, Tom Bullard, Andrew Busher, Catherine Carter, Guy Cutting, Tamsin Dalley, Grace Davidson, Michael Dore, Elizabeth Drury, Richard Edgar-Wilson, Deryn Edwards, Cheryl Enever, John Evanson, Sarah Eyden, Caroline Fitzgerald, Lucy Goddard, Alice Gribbin, Natalie Clifton Griffiths, Peter Harris, Vanessa Heine, Katy Hill, Gavin Horsley, Oliver Hunt, Benedict Hymas, Jo Marshall, Timothy Murphy, Philippa Murray, Judy Rees, Melanie Sanders, Katie Schofield, Julian Alexander Smith, Gareth Treseder, Andrew Walters, Lawrence White, Mark Williams, Amy Wood

ORCHESTRAL PERFORMERS

FLUTES:

Paul Edmund-Davies, Nina Robertson

OBOE/ENGLISH HORN:
David Thomas

CLARINETS:
Jon Carnac, Anthony Pike

BASSOONS:
Gavin McNaughton, Rachel Simms

HORNS:
Laurence Davies, Corinne Bailey, Richard Berry, Roger Montgomery, Simon Rayner, Laurence Rogers, John Ryan, John Thurgood, Phil Woods

TRUMPETS:
Andrew Crowley, Christian Barraclough, James Fountain, Catherine Knight, Kate Moore, Dan Newell

TROMBONES:
Dudley Bright, Roger Argente, Tracy Holloway, Lindsay Shilling, Amos Miller, Ed Tarrant, Dan West

TUBAS:
Peter Smith, Adrian Miotti

HARPS:
Hugh Webb, Camilla Pay

VIOLINS:
Everton Nelson (Concertmaster), Daniel Bhattacharya, Thomas Bowes, Sue Briscoe, Charlie Brown, Morven Bryce, Martin Burgess, Miranda Dale, Harriet Davies, Shlomy Dobrinsky, Dai Emanuel, Christina Emanuel, Jonathan Evans-Jones, Roger Garland, Clio Gould, Clare Hayes, Marianne Haynes, Alison Kelly, Rick Koster, Pauline Lowbury, Dorina Markoff, Ciaran McCabe, Odile Ollagnon, Jenny Sacha, Sonia Slany, Julian Tear, Matt Ward, Rose Warren-Green, Dave Williams, Warren Zielinski

VIOLAS:
Peter Lale, Cathy Bradshaw, Judith Busbridge, Paul Cassidy, Reiad Chibah, Phil D’Arcy, Sue Dench, Clive Howard, Helen Kamminga, Julia Knight, Kate Musker, Jake Walker

VIOLONCELLI:
Nick Cooper, Dave Daniels, Sophie Harris, Paul Kegg, Tony Lewis, Martin Loveday, Will Schofield, Jacky Thomas

CONTRABASSES:
Mary Scully, Roger Linley, Steve Mair, Andy Pask, Markus Van Horn, Allen Walley, Steve Williams


LINER NOTES:
‘Monster Opera’ is not a genre I had heard of before. However, when director Michael Dougherty used it in our first creative discussion about the score to Godzilla: King of the Monsters, I fully grasped how important music would be to this film. This term would influence our work through the entire process, shifting even the very language we used to discuss it. The climax of the first battle between Godzilla and Ghidorah was not the end of a ‘scene’. Now, it was the fanfare before ‘the curtain drops for intermission’. I realized from the beginning that I could not focus on simply scoring a film. I was writing an opera!

An essential component of any opera, especially a ‘monster’ one, are voices. Here, I strove to give every character a unique sound. For Godzilla, I used the heroic guttural vocalizations of a Tokyo-based taiko ensemble, performing not with their drums, but instead providing traditional kakegoe with their voices. For Ghidorah, I recorded the hypnotic tones of Japanese Buddhist monks chanting in a variety of styles, which I then mashed together to form unique phrases. Mothra’s Song features ethereal female choir singing in two harmonized lines. Rodan’s musical voice was achieved by pushing the orchestral French horns to ‘scream’ in fast, ripping roars up to their top register, both emulating and supporting the massive creature’s piercing calls.

Themes were as important to the score as the voices performing them. For Godzilla, I chose to incorporate and adapt the legendary Akira Ifukube’s iconic theme, and for Mothra, Yuji Koseki’s immortal “Mothra’s Song”, both being classic themes from the franchise’s origins. Filtering them through my own sensibilities, I hoped to form a connection between Ifukube’s uniquely brilliant style and the aesthetics of modern blockbusters.

For the remaining characters and story arcs, I composed all new themes. As an homage to his biology, Ghidorah’s Theme is a prayer to the number three, built from three-note groups structured into larger three-note phrases. The brassy Monarch Theme gives the film a heroic and muscular sense of modernity. The Family Theme, with its gentle piano melody and sul tasto string orchestra foundation, supports the emotional core of the story. The Ancient Theme, which opens the film, is meant to sound primitive and mysterious, an other-worldly echo from a long-lost epoch when these titans ruled the Earth.

For the choir, I wrote a unique text that was translated into Babylonian, one of the most ancient languages that scholars can reconstruct. This text is sung, in order, throughout the film, acting as a ‘Greek chorus’.

A Tribute to the Ancient Ones
Oh, Ancient Ones,
Those who first walked the Earth
With mighty steps
That shook mountains
And reduced cities of the unrepentant
To ash and stone
We make this offering unto you,
Of obedience, and gratitude.
With our bowed bodies
We clear a path at your feet

I also penned lyrics, sung in Babylonian, for a particularly moving scene:

Goodbye Old Friend
Goodbye Old Friend
Your peaceful breath slows,
Your eyes gaze upon your world
I offer to you
My strength
Goodbye Old Friend
My hand reaches forth,
Striving for divinity
I offer to you
My love

Goodbye Old Friend
At the steps of your kingdom,
We become one
I offer to you
My life

Arguably, the most important lyric in the film is “Go, Go, Godzilla!” From the instant I was hired, I knew that I wanted to find a way to incorporate my favorite Blue Öyster Cult song, “Godzilla”, into the film. I collaborated with vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Brendon Small and the rest of his Dethklok rhythm section, to create my own version of Buck Dharma’s beloved prog-rock classic. This track is perhaps the most audacious piece of music I have ever produced, jammed to the breaking point with orchestra, choir, taiko chanting, taiko drumming, heavy metal rhythm section, Gene Hoglan’s blistering double kick drums, and Serj’s distinct vocals. It is complete musical madness!

After two years of planning, writing, recording, and mixing, finally all the soaring voices of this ‘Monster Opera’ can be heard, both in the film and collected here for this soundtrack album. I am thrilled to witness the coronation of Godzilla: King of the Monsters.


Tracklisting:
1. Godzilla (feat. Serj Tankian)
2. Godzilla Main Title
3. Memories of San Francisco
4. The Larva
5. Welcome to Monarch
6. Outpost 32
7. Ice Breaker
8. Rise of Ghidorah
9. Old Rivals
10. The First Gods
11. Rodan
12. A Mass Awakening
13. The One Who is Many
14. Queen of the Monsters
15. For Andrew
16. Stealing the Orca
17. The Hollow Earth
18. The Key to Coexistence
19. Goodbye Old Friend
20. Rebirth
21. Fog Over Fenway
22. Battle in Boston
23. Redemption
24. King of the Monsters
25. Ghidorah Theme
26. Mothra’s Song



MARKETING SYNOPSIS
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” is an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. Emmy Award winning composer Bear McCreary (“The Walking Dead,” “Outlander”) has crafted the music for the film, collected onto this 26-track soundtrack; comprised of his new compositions, an inspired incorporation of legendary Godzilla and Mothra themes, and his arrangement of a cover of the classic track “Godzilla” which features Serj Tankian on vocals, guitarist Brendon Small, and his Dethklok rhythm section.

The new story sees the mighty Godzilla colliding with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Goodbye Old Friend
Goodbye Old Friend
Your peaceful breath slows,
Your eyes gaze upon your world
I offer to you
My strength
Goodbye Old Friend
My hand reaches forth,
Striving for divinity
I offer to you
My love

Goodbye Old Friend
At the steps of your kingdom,
We become one
I offer to you
My life 





Godzilla (feat. Serj Tankian) - Bear McCreary Godzilla Main Title - Bear McCreary Memories of San Francisco - Bear McCreary The Larva - Bear McCreary Welcome to Monarch - Bear McCreary Outpost 32 - Bear McCreary Ice Breaker - Bear McCreary Rise of Ghidorah - Bear McCreary Old Rivals - Bear McCreary The First Gods - Bear McCreary Rodan - Bear McCreary A Mass Awakening - Bear McCreary The One Who is Many - Bear McCreary Queen of the Monsters - Bear McCreary For Andrew - Bear McCreary Stealing the Orca - Bear McCreary The Hollow Earth - Bear McCreary The Key to Coexistence - Bear McCreary Goodbye Old Friend - Bear McCreary Rebirth - Bear McCreary Fog Over Fenway - Bear McCreary Battle in Boston - Bear McCreary Redemption - Bear McCreary King of the Monsters - Bear McCreary Ghidorah Theme - Bear McCreary Mothra's Song - Bear McCreary








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