Just Go Listen To Adam Young's Film Scores
Start writing a post

Just Go Listen To Adam Young's Film Scores

No, his name isn't actually Owl City.

Just Go Listen To Adam Young's Film Scores

I can pretty much guarantee that you've heard at least a couple of Owl City's songs. "Fireflies" is the classic you couldn't escape in the glory days of early middle school, and then "Good Time" with Carly Rae Jepsen happened in high school. Owl City has a distinctive sound that is pretty easy to recognize, and although for some may be a bit of an acquired taste, makes some pretty good music.

However, that music is not what this article is about. Last year, Adam Young, aka Owl City, undertook a project of releasing one film score each month of 2016. Each month's album was a full album of solely instrumental music, which tells the specific story of whatever event he focused on in that month. Each month has a very individual flavour, unique to the story being told, and one that I think encapsulates the emotions behind the event very well. I'm sharing just a few of my particular favourites, from a couple of the albums but I highly encourage you to explore all of the albums and find the music that you enjoy the most.

Apollo 11:

(Here's the link to Apollo 11, the first album, from which you can find all of the rest.)

Launch- This track encapsulates the triumph and power behind doing something so daring and extreme as travelling into the depths of space.

First Step on the Surface- It's almost as if you can imagine yourself out in space through this music, the silence and beauty of seeing our planet from a distance. The track encapsulates serenity.

Re-Entry- The choral addition to this piece amps up the 'epicness' factor in my opinion. You simply feel like something incredible is being achieved through the music.

Honourable Mentions: CSM-LM Docking, Lunar Liftoff, Splashdown

RMS Titanic:

Boarding- This is one of my all-time favourites. It captures the excitement and exhilaration of boarding on the Titanic, and yet manages to foreshadow the tragedy that awaits the passengers through modulating twists, all in 1 minute 57 seconds.

Maiden Voyage- I like to imagine this was the feeling on the Titanic before anything went wrong- full of power, uncertainty, and yet somehow simultaneously, confidence.

Sinking- I must admit that I rarely listen to the end of this score, simply because it really captures the emotions of the people that genuinely were sinking- but this track does it so well, that it deserves mention.

Honourable Mentions: Southampton, Silence

The Spirit of St. Louis:

Takeoff- Really good when in need of motivation to get started on the day, this track is full of drive and energy.

Wheels Down- In correlation again with the track title, this song is good for winding down at the end of a long day, when you just need to relax.

Honourable mentions: Stars Appear, Land Ahead

Project Excelsior:

The Pilot- I love the laidback mood on this one, while still gradually building throughout the entire piece. This is good one to relax to as well.

Helium Balloon- Full of positivity, you can't help but smile once the full instrumentation enters in. The key change helps as well.

Honourable Mentions: Ground Crew, On the Ground

Corduroy Road:

(This is probably one of my favourite scores overall.)

Country Hymn- Just listening to this track once completely relaxes me, especially when I'm over stressed. It really helps me just breathe and put things in perspective, and has a really calming effect.

Kennesaw Mountain- Another good one for relaxing before bed, full of peace and the quiet sound of rain fall. It's almost like you can imagine you are lying out under the stars.

How Sweet the Sound- built around the traditional hymn, this again is a track full of serenity and calmness.

Honourable Mentions: Atlanta, The Deep South, March to the Sea, Fall of the Confederancy

Mount Rushmore:

Construction- This song always motivates me to be productive and on-task, like I have a mission. It sounds cheesy, but can be really helpful when trying to work on homework.

Shrine of Democracy- For lack of a better word, this track is full of triumph. When you accomplish something big or simply need to feel good about working hard on something, this is a good one.

Honourable Mentions: Gutzon Borglum, Dynamite

These are just a few of my favourites, from only a selection of all of the albums available! Go check them out, and experience the stories behind each of the compositions Adam Young has put together.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments