As a full time writer, I spend an inordinate amount of time staring at my computer screen. While most of that time is spent actually typing, there are times when I simply stare at the blank screen, mentally willing my brain to come up with the words that will form aesthetically pleasing sentences. Or at the very least coherent and grammatically correct sentences. Sometimes I need silence for this to happen, but more often than not the silence becomes overbearing, and I need something to fill in the gaps that my brain refuses to fill with words. When this happens, I usually turn to my “Writing” playlist that is filled with orchestral scores from various films and television shows, and although the list of music to choose from is endless, there’s one film score that I can always count on to get the creative juices flowing again: Pacific Rim.
Set in the near future where humans in giant robots battle giant monsters that emerge from under the sea, Pacific Rim, as directed by Guillermo del Toro, is a fun and entertaining spectacle of epic visual effects, rousing speeches, and perfectly cast characters. It also features one of the best character exits I’ve seen on film courtesy of Ron Perlman’s deliciously campy Hannibal Chau. As the credits rolled and the 3D glasses came off, I couldn’t help but be drawn in to the music that was playing as the list of names began to flash across the screen. Featuring an electric guitar fuelled riff, a pounding beat, and a soaring orchestra behind it, I practically danced out of the theatre, and as soon as I got home I quickly downloaded the entire soundtrack.
Discovering that the music was written by composer Ramin Djawadi, I soon realized why I loved it so much, as he has written some of my favourite scores over the years, including Iron Man, Game of Thrones, and Fright Night among others. However, Pacific Rim is by far my favourite, because every piece is fantastic, and the score as a whole can easily be enjoyed by anyone who hasn’t seen the film. From the blistering opening number, to the triumphant “Canceling the Apocalypse”, to the haunting “Mako” featuring the vocal talents of Priscilla Ahn, each track soars, and with the many writing projects that have come my way since last summer, Pacific Rim has racked up a pretty impressive play count. Not only does it get me pumped up to pound through any case of writer’s block that comes my way, but it’s also just plain fun. And yes, I’m listening to it right now, and yes, it’s awesome.