Laura Karpman

Taken [Original Television Score]

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Composer Laura Karpman does her best to channel John Williams for the Steven Spielberg-produced television miniseries Taken. From the opening woodwind/celeste crescendo, she manages to evoke the fantastical whimsy that he employed throughout his sci-fi heydays. That's not to say that her own voice is muted by Williams' work; rather, it's shadowed and informed by it. She exhibits a light touch on the main theme that only occasionally touches on the descending piccolos and bursts of Vader-esque dissonance that propelled the Star Wars trilogy. The work's highlight is the shimmering "Mothership Arrival," a fresh and exhilarating piece of ear candy that tosses a wonderful brass motif in circles before deflating into a lush field of chords. Unfortunately, the score as a whole never takes off. Karpman misses the opportunity to establish a real voice by opting for long forgettable soundscapes instead of evolving the opening theme into a memorable creation.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Taken, television score
1 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 01:03 Amazon
2 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 01:44 Amazon
3 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
4 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:44 Amazon
5 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 04:07 Amazon
6 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:50 Amazon
7 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 04:10 Amazon
8 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:32 Amazon
9 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:35 Amazon
10 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:42 Amazon
11 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:17 Amazon
12 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 04:38 Amazon
13 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 03:04 Amazon
14 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 03:35 Amazon
15 Laura Karpman feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 04:53 Amazon
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