Original score composed by Harald Kloser.
Composer: Harald Kloser.
Personnel: Carmel Echols (vocals); Amy Shulman, Gayle Levant (harp); Elizabeth Wilson (violin, viola); Assa Drori, Al Hershberger, Miran Kojian, Carolyn Osborn, Jennifer Munday, Katia Popov, Robin Olson, Aimee Kreston, Helen Nightengale, Barbara Porter, Phillip Levy , Pat Johnson , Kathleen Robertson , Bing Wang, Olivia Tsui, Julian Hallmark, Franklyn D'Antonio, Jayme Miller, Tamara Hatwan, Mario de Le¢n, Mark Baranov, Pip Clarke-Ling, Becky Bunnell, Connie Kupka, Agnes Gottschewski, Norm Hughes, Robert Brousseau, Joel Derouin, Sid Page, Roberto Cani, Kirstin Fife, Clayton Haslop, Peter Kent, Natalie Leggett, Sara Parkins, Barry Socher, Sarah Thornblade, Roger Wilkie, Margaret Wooten, Tiffiany Yi Hu, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Michael Markman, Josefina Vergara, Dimitrie Leivici, Berj Garabedian, Belinda Broughton, Miwako Watanabe, Rafael Rishik, Charlie Bisharat, Haim Shtrum (violin); Karen Van Sant, Victoria Miskolczy, Andrew Picken, Karen Elaine Bakunin, Karie Prescott, Carrie Holzman-Little, Cheryl Kohfeld, John Scanlon, Pamela Goldsmith, Brian Dembow, Jennie Hansen, Janet Lakatos, Maria Newman, Simon Oswell, David Stenske, Dave Walther, Evan Wilson, Bob Becker , Denyse Buffum (viola); Paula Hochhalter, Trevor Handy, Timothy Landauer, Dennis Karmazyn, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Paul Cohen , Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Douglas Davis , Armen Ksadjikian, Andrew Shulman, Cecilia Tsan, Steve Richards , Stefanie Fife, Todd Hemmenway, Christine Ermacoff (cello); Susan Greenberg, Heather Calrk, Jim Walker , Steve Kujala, Geri Rotella (flute); Mike Grego, Jimmy Ercole, Gary Bovyer, Charles Boito, Gary Gray (clarinet); Catherine del Russo, Joel Timm, Joe Stone, Phil Ayling (oboe); John Mitchell J. , Rose Corrigan, David Riddles (bassoon); Jon Lewis , Bob O'Donnell, Jr., Larry Hall , Rick Baptist, Warren Luening, Wayne Bergeron, Charlie Davis (trumpet); Alexander Isles, Alan Kaplan, Andy Martin, William Booth , Bob Payne (trombone); Bob Sanders (bass trombone); Ross Deroche, John VanHouten, Tommy Johnson (tuba); Paul Klintworth, Daniel Kelley , Jim Atkinson, Phillip Edward Yao , John A. Reynolds, David Duke , James Thatcher, Nathan Campbell , Steven Becknell, Bradley Kintscher, Joe Meyer , Brian O'Connor , Richard Todd , Kurt Snyder (horns); Tom Ranier, Brian Pezzone (piano); Tomas Raney (timpani); Alan Estes, Daniel Greco, Gregory Goodall, Mike Englander, M.B. Gordy, Wade Culbreath, Brian Kilgore (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Armin Steiner.
Recording information: Newman Scoring Stage at Twentieth Century Fox.
Harald Kloser's score for the environmental disaster film The Day After Tomorrow has an appropriately epic, orchestral heft. Mixing slow, implosive passages with sudden outbursts, pieces like "Tornado Warning," and "Sam!" mirror the film's concept of sudden, radical climate shifts wreaking havoc on the U.S.. Even the tracks that have a relatively consistent mood are juxtaposed to create contrast: the mounting panic implied by the squalling horns and percussion in the aptly crashing "Tidal Wave" and the tense "Russian Ghost Ship" is followed by the bittersweet calm of tracks like "Body Heat" and "Hall's Plan." For the most part, the score is ominous; although a few rays of hope peek through on tracks such as "Bedtime Story," "Cutting the Rope," and "President's Speech"; the grim drama of "Blizzard" and "Superfreeze," and the bleak strings on "Because of You" set the tone for the film's music. Despite the score's powerful feel, its pieces are remarkably short, with few of them topping the three-and-a-half minute mark. Given the film's spectacular nature, Kloser could have tried to compete with the visuals and crafted an overblown score, but the conciseness of his music gives the film a little more balance. The score's closing pieces, "The Human Spirit" and "Burning Books," border on the melodramatic, but most of The Day After Tomorrow is an effective counterpoint to the movie's action. ~ Heather Phares