1999 Filmtracks Review

1999-03-29 14:25  
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What's Cool in 1999?
Monsoon, 1998
Composer Spotlight:
The Music of
Alan Derian

Included with the January, 1999, issue of Film Music Magazine was a promo sampler that includes short examples of music by a variety of rising composers. Above and beyond all others, the track composed by Alan Derian caught my attention.

Derian has scored twenty films over the past fifteen years, and his music spans a diverse collection of film genres. The track that caught my attention was from the score for the erotic/kumasutra thriller Monsoon (India). With a consistently distinctive and melodic touch, Derian's score combines two styles (two that might not seem a likely pairing at first): Mark Snow's electronic mastery with John Barry's orchestrally massive themes. The result is Monsoon, a score with similarities to the finale of Snow's television score for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I recently presented a collection of late-1998/early-1999 scores to a group of associates, mostly including the Academy Award nominated efforts in both dramatic and comedy/musical categories. I also slipped Monsoon into the pile, and all of my associates agreed that Derian's Monsoon is a better score than over half of the Oscar nominated scores!

I cannot speak for Derian's scores as they fit in the films, but without a doubt, they are enjoyable listening experiences. Chris (Yumbo) Caine indicated recently, however, that Monsoon's score received positive responses from audiences in Fiji movie theatres. Derian's The Howling Leopard features a romantic and mystical motif that would please die hard Hard Zimmer fans (and especially those who appreciate a deep, male chorus); the track "The Hero's Battle" is astounding in its combination of fantasy and a heroic Western theme.

Clips of Alan Derian's most recent scores, including Monsoon and The Howling Leopard, can be downloaded at his official website: http://www.alanderian.com. I highly recommend journeying over to his site and sampling the clips; and I whole-heartedly hope that Derian's career flourishes. His music features a thematic power and awesome spirit that I have not heard many times in my film music publishing career. The best of luck to you, Alan!

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