Listen to Michael Giacchino’s Dr Strange Score

Marvel have come under flack recently for how middle-of-the-road their scores tend to be. I have to admit for the most part I agree, and that for a studio who places faith in allowing maverick directors to helm their movies, they really should be letting great composers have more freedom to go wild.

It’s therefore great to get a first listen to Michael Giacchino’s score for Dr Strange. This is something that doesn’t just stand out from the Marvel crowd, but from all current cinematic music. Giacchino, known for his ability to meld with source material to create unique soundscapes, has embraced the bizarre trappings of the Steve Ditko era Strange. This leaves us with music that sounds like 60s psychedelia, with some Queen (by way of Flash Gordon) guitar harmonies, and an ethnic leaning that feels like a totally awesome trip dude.

Check it out.

Talking about the score Giacchino said “I was really excited when I got the call to score Doctor Strange since I had been a fan as a kid. Once I saw the film, I was impressed at how well the character had stood the test of time. This rendition of Doctor Strange gave me the opportunity to bring to life all of the crazy things I heard in my head while reading those comic books growing up in the 70s.”

Director Scott Derrickson added “Michael Giacchino’s score does so much more than support the visual images, it adds new, additional layers of meaning and emotion to the film. The Doctor Strange theme is memorable, moving and yes, magical. I don’t know what the movie would be without it.”

With less than a week until the UK release of the film (It has it’s first preview on 25th October), colour us very excited indeed. What do you lot think? Let us know below.

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.