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I did a breakdown of one of John Powell's tracks from Ice Age 3.

Samuel Stalder

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Hey all, hope you're all doing well!

I was curious as to the style of John Powell which I see most prominently in his Ice Age films so I took time to make a mockup of the track "Buck Returns" to really dive deep into his compositional style and how he uses all the sections of the orchestra.

I decided to share my findings here. (My favourite part is his percussion writing).



I hope this was of some insight into how he writes his music. (Or if you're like me and wondered how he wrote that particular track).
 
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Samuel Stalder

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This is fascinating thank you! What a great piece as well.

Thank you! :)) The Ice Age scores are indeed quite cool. Plus, absolutely love Powell's writing style. Isolating each section really shows what go's on in his head.
 
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