Most recently, the central theme of this soundtrack, 'Summon the Worms', made its way into the trailer for Master and Commander. Its quite easy to see why they chose this particular track - its a rousing, soaring, emotionally charged overture that drives, without dominating, this sweeping score. Strains of it seep into many of the tracks, from the haunting, ethereal 'Dune Messiah' to the anthemic 'Children of Dune'. Brian Tyler has crafted a wonderfully rich and seamless soundscape for the TV miniseries, drawing on ethnic themes, and weaving them with powerful, though deceptively simple orchestral pieces. The sound includes exotic arabian, tribal african and haunting icelandic themes, binding them with a common and cinematic grace that is at once recognisable, yet otherworldly.
Stand-out tracks include 'Inama Nushif (Montage)', a beautiful and sweeping vocal piece, sung in Herbert's invented Fremen language, and 'My Skin Is Not My Own', which draws on evocotive tribal themes.
This score is an excellent compliment to the miniseries, in equal measure touching and transitional, mirroring the complexity of the plot. In terms of the album alone, it would have been nice if some of the tracks had been given more room to develop, since some feel 3 minutes too short. Equally, some melodies feel at times overused, and I would have sacrificed the number of tracks for the expansion and devlopment of the remainder. However, the tone of the score feels so honest and convincing that its easy to overlook its brevity.
I confess, my main incentive for purchasing this soundtrack was track one, 'Summon the Worms', which plays endlessly in my head and gives me chills whenever I hear it. Tyler uses its melody with both restraint and conviction throughout the album, and I shouldn't be surprised if it makes its way onto many more stirring movie trailers.