Here’s the rest of my favorite soundtracks to listen to, especially when working at night. Of course, it’s an ever-growing list and has a few left out… partially because I’ve gotten sick of them, but mostly because I can’t remember them all. But yeah, below are a few more of my staples.
I know, I know. But like I said in the previous post, these are my favorite work themes precisely because they’re not iconic. They don’t muddle what I’m working on, creatively. Jablonsky filled this score with powerful anthemic melodies that helped me enjoy reading the Sinestro Corps War like a pig in shit. And that’s a good thing.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
And while we’re dealing with big robots and proud majestic themes, we contrast good guy music with my absolute favorite bad guy audio. Anytime an angel shows up in the cartoon, the music jacks up the tension ten-fold, which is why the Eva OST always has to be on queue for sinister shots.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
But sometimes ominous music has to be big and grandiose too, and that’s where Jin-Roh comes in. Evocative of dystopian scenery, this OST has a healthy balance of destructive melodies and sentimental snippets. And on a side note, this feature had one of the most man-tear choking endings of any animated film. Ohgoddamnit.
Among the most recent of my favorite scores, Djawadi’s compositions had the upbeat feel of Ghost in the Shell, but de-personalized it to the point where it feels more like an anthem than a personal soundtrack. Conversely, while GITS has a more textured feel to its sound, Iron Man’s as sleek as the hotrod-hued suit itself.
It seems fitting to end this list (for now) with my latest favorite. Mansell’s soundtrack is lonely and emotive — equally uplifting and haunting. The string symphonies and piano-drum pieces both succeed in saddening without being depressing, a definite must-hear.