Alan Silvestri - The man behind the Avengers’ superb soundtracks

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Have you watched Avengers: Endgame yet? If not, hurry up and get your tickets! With a record breaking opening worldwide over the past week, “Avengers: Endgame” serves as the rousing final chapter to the Infinity Saga. The success of the film is further accentuated by its superb soundtrack written by Grammy-winning composer, Alan Silvestri.

Alan Silvestri was not a newcomer to the Marvel franchise, having participated in “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011), “The Avengers” (2012), and “The Avengers: Infinity War” (2018). Born in New York City and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Silvestri originally had aspirations of becoming a jazz guitar player. After spending 2 years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Silvestri went on tour as a performer and an arranger. Eventually, at the age of 22, he acquired a position in Hollywood and achieved success in composing music for low-budget but successful films such as “The Doberman Gang” and its sequel, “The Amazing Dobermans”.

Lead by major improvements in music technology, the 70’s witnessed the rise of synthesisers in film scoring. Adapting to the trend, Silvestri began to include the use of synthesisers in his film scores such as the TV highway patrol hit, “CHiPs”, which eventually caught the eye of Robert Zemeckis, a budding filmmaker. Their first collaboration together in 1984, “Romancing the Stone”, became the basis for the long-time collaboration between the filmmaker and the composer in subsequent years.

Silvestri experimented frequently in his music, crossing every imaginable style and genre. His music brings excitement and emotion to the hard-hitting orchestral/percussion scores of “Predator”, lends trills to the effects-driven scores for “The Mummy Returns”, and of course, evokes both nostalgia and awe with the iconic Avengers theme that will continue to resonate in our hearts for years to come.

Interested in reading more about the impact of music on our favourite films? Check out our previous blogpost here on the ingenuity of renowned film composer John Williams and his music!

Alan Silvestri’s Main on End (No Spoilers) below:

In the meantime, Play on and Tinkle Away!!