The Hunger Games Score

The Hunger Games is breaking records (the largest non-sequel debut ever) with its early box office performance, and critics say it’s pretty good too! The soundtrack is also expected to top the Billboard charts next week, which is fun news for Arcade Fire, whose “Abraham’s Daughter” appears. Win and Régine also contribute the orchestral work “Horn Of Plenty” to the film’s score. We’ve got the full Panem Anthem below, but first here’s Win discussing the track with EW:

“We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise. And there’s an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself, basically. It’s not a pop song or anything– more of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games. So we did a structure for that, and then James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film.”

The Hunger Games: Original Motion Picture Score is out Monday via Universal Republic.

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  2. Sellouts – bands that write pieces of orchestral score.

    Note: There is a common misconception that bands that make #1 records, win Grammies and headline festivals are sellouts. The truth of the matter is that any band doing a thought experiment on a fiction national anthem is selling out.

  3. I’d like to hear more artists’ doing thought experiments and less trying to make music just to make money (i.e., sellouts.)

  4. Dude, this is the second decade of the new millennium, people don’t care about selling out anymore. If you like it, listen to it. Otherwise, save the room on your iPhone or whatever and listen to that song by that guy from your city that plays rad music and makes no money and won’t be able to properly record his next album or ever be able to take an experimental leap due to lack of funds.

    Projects like this movie soundtrack business pays for actual recordings, production(something often overlooked and not fully understood by non-recording people) and tours. I’d like a new arcade fire album someday but they need to pay for the fantastic production that we’ve come to expect. Without a good producer, most of your gave albums would be unfocused.

    So go ahead and ‘sell out’ bands, I understand you need the money to do things that actually matter, and if that money comes from areas deemed superficial then who cares.

    Also, can’t s band just have fun nowadays?

  5. this is great but (spoiler alert), guys, can you believe Betty is cheating on Henry with Roger Sterling!!!!!

  6. You know, call me a jerkface egomaniac but I can’t help but feel like this article’s extremely prominent exposure on ‘gum (when it is only about a 2 minute long film score track) is personally directed at me. Particularly with the line about the critics liking it.

    I was seeing a girl who was really into Hunger Games so I was trying to wait until I actually ended up seeing it before I said anything, but now that girl seems to have gone crazy and seeing the movie with her is less likely. SO….

    Yeah, it looks like I was wrong about Hunger Games totally sucking. It has 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and, even though if you read the reviews a lot of them seem to be mild praise rather than critical acclaim, I think it is pretty safe to assume it isn’t a steeming pile of poo.

    I’m still annoyed that everyone is constantly talking about it when they have no clue what Battle Royale is, and I guarantee if they came out with a American adaptation of Battle Royale 3 years from now (which for the record, I hope doesn’t happen because Hollywood would probably just fuck it up) everyone would right it off as a “Hunger Games knock-off”.

    But yeah, you all have my permission to go see Hunger Games and I won’t call you “little Twilight loving fan boy” for it either.

  7. The movie fucking ruled! I thought Woody Harrelson was an odd choice for Haymitch at first, but he killed, as did Elizabeth Banks.

  8. not QUITE as poppy as Sprawl but…i like it, new direction…

  9. The movie wasn’t that great, but that’s because the books are written for 7th graders.

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