THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ON BLU-RAY
Marc Webb's film is now available. On both Blu-Ray editions James Horner makes an appearance in the documentary ‘Rite of Passage’, in the chapter entitled ‘The Greatest Responsibility: Post-Production and Release’.
Firstly, Marc Webb goes back on the creation of the main theme:
"James Horner would always excel about creating a very specific, simple theme that he could play with one hand on a keyboard. James was walking in the studio one day and he came up and he said “I’ve got something for you” and there was that “tin tin tin” (singing the Spider-Man theme). And I got chills. With the producers we had always wanted since the first meetings this simple recognizable theme when Spider-Man is coming to town, and James cracked it in about an hour and a half."
Then we can see James Horner conducting a part of the track Becoming Spider-Man. He comments:
"It's a very important cue because obviously it’s the transformation of him from being civilian to becoming Spider-Man. And what I’m listening to, in the headphones, is vocal tracks, electronic tracks and pre-layered, and then the orchestra – we hear it in our headset – and the orchestra plays on top of that, overdubs that. I’ve used all kind of interesting electronic colors and weird sort of ethnic instruments and there’s a lot of solo piano music that I played. That’s another reason why we wear headsets to try to sort of follow my crazy piano performances."
Moreover, he speaks about the piano motif, which is heard throughout the album:
"It doesn’t even matter what the notes are, you already cast a certain mood and a spell with just hearing that. And just putting that kind of music in a film like this says realms about the approach of the filmmaker and the approach of the composer, because it’s not a fraud thing. It just works on you in a different way."
Finally the two men conclude by recalling the two main components of the film: the dramatic and intimate sides of it.
"I wanted to protect the simplicity of the love story. I wanted it to feel delicate and a little bit fragile despite all the massive spectacle and the intensity of some of the action stuff. It was important to creating a feeling of smallness. And the best thing was to keep it feeling like there was this little kid. I think what James was able to do was really unify the film and create that vast polish that felt both emotional and exciting."
"The action stuff will take care of itself. It’s gonna look great and it’s gonna sound great. But part that is really important, are the in-between bits. What Peter is thinking, when he gets pensive, when he loses a family member, when he’s developing this relationship with Gwen… It’s really important to bring out the under story, the human story, for me. That’s just the way I like to write scores."