Composed By: Jack Moik

Distributed by: MovieScore Media/Kronos Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the science fiction thriller NydenionJack Moik is Rick Walker, a disillusioned former fighter pilot turned freelance flyer.  Hired to transport the mysterious Cynthia Perkins (Annette Schmiedel) to the secret location of peace negotiations.  An ambassador, Perkins has been secretly assigned to end the stalling of peace talks between the warring colonies of the galaxy.  When the transport is attacked, they crash land on the remote planet of Nydenion.  It becomes a race against time and space to complete their mission, throwing them up against a traitor within their ranks, one that Walker knows all too well.

                The musical score of Nydenion was created by German composer and star of the film Jack Molk.  Music was a big part of Molk's life early on, learning to play the piano from his grandmother and going on to learn how to play guitar.  Molk performed in a number of bands, but his great passion was musical scoring, having caught the bug ever since seeing Star Wars.  In 1987, Molk built his first composing studio and he has been composing music for ads, movie promos and games since.  Nydenion is Jack Molk's first feature film and he sees the score as a tribute to composers of sci-fi favorites like Star Wars and Star Trek.

                The Main Titles of Nydenion feature a brass fanfare reminiscent to the one used in the original Red Dawn and often utilized to represent the space program.  That dramatic fanfare always reminds me of the dawning of a new day and the mysterious wonderment that awaits us within.  The score of Nydenion is mainly orchestral, heavy on the brass and percussion and definitely features some bits of homage to John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith throughout.

                But, although listening to the Nydenion Soundtrack definitely clues the listener in to the fact that this is a space drama and that there is some possible military or war aspect to the film, it's still quite difficult to tell what might be going on in the film from the score alone.  Created as background music to enhance the visuals, the listener will be hard pressed to figure out the story without them.  The score is interesting enough to enjoy and a good first foray into feature films for Jack Molk, but I doubt that anyone but a fan of the film will actually purchase the soundtrack.


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