ANT-MAN by Christophe Beck – Soundtrack Review


Well what fun this is, just a short way into Track 1, the Ant-Man Theme, and you get these short orchestral punches, very loud and with such a very quiet start I guess it’s sending a message which is Ant-Man is big! No menace, just positive punches and in those short notes such deliberation!
A little menace pops up in Honey I Shrunk Myself [great play on words] in it’s wiry strings, you definitely tell something is afoot. Ant 247 feels a little bit like a Mission Impossible cue but the Ant-Man Theme pushes through mainly in the brass. Paraponera Clavata [meaning Bullet Ant] has a great jungle feel to it. San Fransisco 1987 is beautifully illustrated and is extremely sad.
I am always going about the lack of bongo drums in scores, in the 60’s and 70’s they were a ‘must use’ – and here they are in this score – yehah!
Here we are with the fun aspect again with I’ll Call Him Anthony, and somehow First Mission, which is an action cue, Beck injects fun into this as well mainly due to the terrific percussion and brass. Old Man Have Safe is another variation of the films theme, here you get tiny musical darts thrown at you and the whole cue has a real ‘battling hero’ feel about it complete with clashing cymbals.
CrossTech Break-In has a nice techno bleep running through it together with shadowy violins, rhythm sticks and yes… those bongo drums. Great fun. As is Tales To Astonish which is like a surfing track with guitars and trumpets. If ants danced they would me dancing to this cue.And do not ignore the track Borombon by Camilo Azuquita, it’s very cool.

Overall this score delivers in glorifying a hero, giving lots of thrills and is one of the strongest soundtracks in the genre so far this year.

1. Theme from Ant-Man
2. Honey, I Shrunk Myself
3. Escape from Jail
4. Ant 247
5. Paraponera Clavata
6. San Francisco, 1987
7. I’ll Call Him Antony
8. Tiny Telepathy
9. First Mission
10. Signal Decoy
11. Old Man Have Safe
12. Pym’s Lab
13. Antfiltration
14. Your Mom Died a Hero
15. Scott Surfs on Ants
16. The Water Main
17. CrossTech Break-In
18. Into the Hornet’s Nest
19. Become the Hero
20. Insecticide
21. A Center for Ants!
22. Cross Gets Cross
23. Fight of the Bumblebee
24. Ants on a Train
25. Small Sacrifice
26. About Damn Time
27. Tales To Astonish
28. Borombon – Camilo Azuquita
29 Escape – Roy Ayers
30. I’m Ready – Commodores

Interview with Penka Kouvena

Film, TV and game composer and orchestrator Penka Kouneva hails from Sofia, Bulgaria. She has lived and worked in Los Angeles for 15 years. Penka has orchestrated with Hans Zimmer [Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End] and Steve Jablonsky for the Transformers franchise and video games Gears of War 2 and 3

Penka has also composed 2 concept albums, A Warrior’s Odyssey in 2012 on the Howlin’ Wolf label and the recent The Woman Astronaut released by Varese Sarabande. This last album shows Penka’s musical storytelling with it’s sweeping emotional themes and orchestral textures.

Penka is also a member of the Alliance For Women Film Composers, an organization which highlights the fantastic women composers that are out there and to mentor those women in their career aspirations. I talked with Penka recently about her career, The Woman Astronaut and the AWFC.



The Woman Astronaut
Varese Sarabande

1. Earth — featuring Lili Haydn, violin (5:00)
2. Starry Way (3:43)
3. The Forest — featuring Sara Andon, flutes (2:40)
4. Land Of Burning Fields — featuring Andrew Duckles, viola (2:10)
5. Looking Up — featuring Katia Popov, violin (2:45)

6. Training — co-composed with Jeff Broadbent (3:50)
7. Broken — featuring Mike Lang, piano (2:21)
8. Taking Flight — featuring Sara Andon, flutes (4:55)
9. Alarm and Rescue (2:15)

10. In Space — featuring Ayana Haviv, voice, and Nathan Barr, bowed guitar-viol (4:07)
11. Insomnia — featuring Lili Haydn, violin, and Mike Lang, piano (3:45)
12. Siren — co-composed with Christopher Lord (3:30)
13. Goodbyes In Zero Gravity — featuring Lili Haydn, violin (3:19)
14. Solar Flare (4:00)

MPW-47734Here is the link to August’s radio show [even though it does say September!].
Also available as an iTunes podcast.

Theme from Ant-Man /Christophe Beck/Ant-Man
Take A Chance-Man Title/Luis Bacalov/Rebus
Les Choristes/Bruno Coulais/Les Choristes
First Day of School/Michael Giacchino/Inside Out
Audience With The Prime Minister/Joe Kraemer/Mission Impossible:Rogue Nation
Accident/Johnny Dankworth/Accident
Carry me Home/Joseph Trapanese & Sohn/Insurgent
Escape From the Planet of the Apes-Main Title/Jerry Goldsmith/Escape From The Planet of the Apes
Shopping Spree/Jerry Goldsmith/Escape From The Planet of the Apes
The Wedding/James Newton Howard/Restoration
Soloman Lane/Joe Kraemer/Mission Impossible:Rogue Nation
His Name Is Napolean Solo/Daniel Pemberton/The Man From Uncle
Coming Up Roses/Danielle Brisebois/Glen Hansard&Keira Knightly/Begin Again
Arirport Main Title/Arthur Newman /Airport
On the Beach/Christophe Heral/Eleanor’s Secret
Breaking In [Searching The Factory]/Daniel Pemberton/The Man From Uncle
Centipede/Henry Jackman/Pixels
Tower Heist – Main Theme/Christophe Beck/Tower Hesit
New York/Alfred Newman/How To Marry A Millionaire

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