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Arrows of the Thunder Dragon
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Greg Sneddon
Label: Plaza Mayor Company / Sergent Major Company /The Orchard
PMC 815 1208
Release Date: 11 December 2015

Plaza Mayor Company release Greg Sneddon's score for Arrows of the Thunder Dragon. Set in the 1970s, the story follows brother and sister Kuenphen and Jamyang where in a remote Bhutanese village, they learn traditional archery from their old warrior grandfather. When Kuenphen has to leave the village to take his mother on a 3 day walk to the old castle for medical treatment, Jamyang's own desire to explore a wider world other than the norm of following her mothers traditional life is stimulated...

Greg Sneddon's score for Arrows of the Thunder Dragon is remarkable and made even more impressive when you consider that he also wrote and directed the movie. The soundtrack contains 13 tracks (31 min, 54 sec) and includes a number of beautiful themes.

The score opens on the right note, with the impressive and memorable 'Opening Theme'. This main theme is woven throughout the score and fuses traditional sounding native instruments with a beautiful synth sound. In fact, this theme (most notably in the track 'Valley Picnic') reminded me of Vangelis's work on Blade Runner, in particular ' Memories Of Green').

This is an impressive collection of tracks. Hopefully we'll hear more from Sneddon in the future.


Darren Rea

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