Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Composed By: Frederik Wiedmann
Distributed by: La-La Land Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Airing Saturday mornings on the Cartoon Network, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is based upon the DC Comics superhero. Green Lantern's alter ego Hal Jordan is used to facing danger head on, but a trip to the farthest reaches of deep space has him wondering just what he has gotten himself into as he prepares to defend the Guardian Frontier from an invasion staged by the Red Lantern Corps.
The music of Green Lantern: The Animated Series was created by German composer Frederik Wiedmann. Coming to Los Angeles in 2004 to become a film composer, Wiedmann worked as an assistant to veteran composer John Frizzell for three years before scoring his first feature film, Return to House on Haunted Hill. Since then, he has composed the musical scores for such notable horror films as Mirrors II, Hostel III, Hellraiser: Revelations and The Hills Run Red.
Right away, Frederik Wiedmann knew that the breathtaking animation of Green Lantern: The Animated Series was worthy of an epic musical score. "Early on in the process, we decided that the music for this series needed to be of a larger scale, epic, orchestral and thematic. In addition, we had a great opportunity to take the music to an 'other-worldly' place, since the main thread of the story takes place in outer space." This opened up a whole world of possibilities for Wiedmann, who realized "the musical possibilities are endless. I get to write a blend of sci-fi, heroic action, adventure, utilizing all kinds of worldly instruments. It is a rare opportunity for a composer to have this much variety in creating music for one project."
At first, when you listen to the soundtrack of the series, all you hear is the normal horn fanfare and clashing of cymbals expected from a heroic musical score. But as you listen more carefully, you notice a variety of interesting nuances that give the score a unique exotic quality. In addition to the violins, violas, horns, flutes and cello that one would expect from a musical score, we also hear ethnic wind instruments, electric cello, electric violins and the duduk. Several tracks feature solo vocal performances by Ayana Haviv, enhancing the other-worldly quality of the score. The musical score is not all heroic fanfare - there are moments of painful loss, indecision and doubt also expressed in the music, further underscoring that this is not your average superhero soundtrack.
Featuring thirty six tracks, amounting to over an hour of music, the Green Lantern: The Animated Series Soundtrack is a steal at $15.00US. For someone who is mainly known for his horror film scores, Frederik Wiedmann truly knows his way around an superhero soundtrack creating a score that transforms an animated series into an epic adventure.