Atli Orvarsson talks music moments to listen for in ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’

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Composer Atli Orvarsson talked with The Hollywood Reporter about seven music moments to listen for in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which is now in theaters in select countries.

Check out the list below and let us know what your favorite was! (Warning: Spoilers from the film below!)

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The Mortal Cup: “The Mortal Cup theme sounds like ancient music … The first time you really hear it in its purest form, it’s played on an old, old instrument, the predecessor of the modern string orchestra, called a viol. I found a gentleman who plays with an early music ensemble and they play this instrument. It’s a very metal-sounding violin, and it’s usually played without vibrato, so it’s got a very piecing, pure tone.”

The City of Bones: “What’s happening when you see the City of Bones is there’s two melodies playing at once — it’s Clary’s theme and the Mortal Cup theme. It’s the legend of the Shadowhunters and their history and all that, and we’re trying to depict or convey Clary’s awe, the experience of seeing this magnificent city that we don’t really see. The beginning of that piece, when they’re walking into that underground bunker, that has its own rhythmic thing, and it all has its big crescendo when the Silent Brothers are able to rekindle her memory.”

Clary and Jace’s love theme: “There’s a simple piano version, and then there’s a big string arrangement, and there’s a major and a minor key version. There is a scene where Jace and Clary and Simon encounter and kill a demon who is disguised as Madame Dorothea, and [Clary] has to choose between who she hugs and finds comfort with, and she goes with Simon, and the camera goes to Jace. I play the love theme in a minor key, the unattainable, lost-love version of it.”

The greenhouse: “I used a love theme there, through Jace’s story, and I think they found a really graceful way to segue into the song that Diane Warren wrote for it [‘Heart by Heart,’ sung by Demi Lovato] … It’s more piano and bells and sort of atmospheric. It’s a very sparse version of the love theme.”

Valentine’s theme: “I always felt that he needed to have sort of a Darth Vader theme … The Valentine theme is like a bolero, a bass line that keeps building and building. I used that when he comes out of the portal and he and Hodge are plotting and talking. While we were recording, our engineer had a great idea. He said, ‘let’s rent out a Minimoog synthesizer, and you should play his bass on this old synthesizer.’ It’s got this old, fast bass sound.”

Clary’s reunion with her mother: “I played the love theme there, which obviously most of the time is reserved for Clary and Jace. But because of what has transpired in the film, with Valentine putting the idea in their heads that they’re brother and sister, Clary sort of puts the question to her mom … It was one of those happy accidents where I decided to try it and see how my sketch of that theme worked over that scene, and it did.”

Jace: “Jace doesn’t really have a theme — he has sort of an action motif, because he tends to come and save the day.”

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“Almost Is Never Enough” by Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes — from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack — is the No. 1 most tagged song globally on Shazam. Keep tagging it so we can remain at the top spot!

Check out the official music video, featuring footage from the film, which debuted last week.

If you haven’t gotten your copy of the soundtrack yet, be sure to pick it up in stores or on iTunes!

Watch: New ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ soundtrack TV spot

Shadowhunters! Check out this new TV spot for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones advertising the film’s official soundtrack, which is now available from Republic Records. The soundtrack features songs from Demi Lovato, AFI, Ariana Grande + Nathan Sykes, Zedd, Colbie Caillat and more!

Watch: ET takes you behind the music of ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’

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Entertainment Tonight aired a segment during their show taking audiences behind the music of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with composer Atli Örvarsson.

‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ soundtrack and score on sale now

Shadowhunters! We’re now one day away from the release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and to get you ready for the film’s release tomorrow, the official soundtrack and score are both now available.

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The original motion picture soundtrack comes from Republic Records and features songs from Demi Lovato, Colbie Caillat, Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes, AFI, Zedd and more.

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City of Bones Score

The original motion picture score by Atli Örvarsson comes from Milan Records and features songs from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

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Be sure to pick up your copies today!

Buy ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ soundtrack at Target + get 2 exclusive tracks

Shadowhunters! The official Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack from Republic Records will be released on Tuesday (August 20). And if you buy it from Target you’ll get two exclusive bonus tracks on it. The soundtrack will be sold for $11.99.

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How excited are you for the soundtrack?

Music video for ‘Almost Is Never Enough’ to premiere worldwide on Monday

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Shadowhunters! The official music video for “Almost Is Never Enough” by Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes — off The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack — will premiere worldwide tomorrow (Monday, August 19) morning on VEVO.

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Ariana Grande posted this teaser:

No confirmation on whether the video will feature footage from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but the hash tag #MortalInstruments has been used throughout the video’s production and seems a likely possibility!

Are you excited to see the music video for “Almost Is Never Enough?”

Watch: Music video for ’17 Crimes’ by AFI from ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ soundtrack

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Check out the official music video for “17 Crimes” by AFI, which appears on the official soundtrack for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (out August 20) and plays in the end credits of the film. The remixed version of this track will appear on the soundtrack from Republic Records.

Listen: ‘Heart by Heart’ by Demi Lovato off ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENT: CITY OF BONES’ soundtrack

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Shadowhunters! The official soundtrack for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be available from Republic Records on Tuesday — one day before the film debuts — and now you can listen to one of the tracks, “Heart by Heart” by Demi Lovato. Take a listen!

Watch: Demi Lovato has a message about ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’

Sony Pictures posted a new video message from Demi Lovato, whose song ‘Heart by Heart’ is featured on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack. Check out the message below:

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on Wednesday, August 21.

Purchase advance ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS’ tickets on Fandango + receive free download of ‘When the Darkness Comes’

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Fandango is hosting a promotion where if you purchase advance tickets for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones you will receive a free download of “When the Darkness Comes” by Colbie Caillat, off the film’s official soundtrack (out August 20).

Head to Fandango to order your tickets now!

Listen: ‘Magnetic’ by Jessie J from ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ soundtrack

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Entertainment Weekly exclusively debuted another song from the upcoming The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack, that will be released by Republic Records on August 20. Take a listen to “Magnetic” by Jessie J!

What do you think of Magnetic? Does it have that badass Shadowhunter vibe?

Listen: ’17 Crimes’ by AFI from ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ soundtrack

Shadowhunters! A remixed version of “17 Crimes” by AFI will be featured on the official soundtrack for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which hits stores and digital retailers on Tuesday, August 20.

Take a listen to the un-remixed version of the song, which was featured in an international TV spot for the film.

Listen: ‘Strangers’ by Seven Lions from ‘CITY OF BONES’ soundtrack

Shadowhunters! Take a listen to “Strangers” by Seven Lions (feat. Myon and Shane 54 and Tove Lo) from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack, out August 20.

Three More Character Playlists on Spotify from Republic Records

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The Release of The Mortal Intstruments: City of Bones draws near, and Republic Records has released playlists for Jace, Valentine and Simon on Spotify to celebrate! Check out the playlists below!

LISTEN TO JACE’S SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

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Here are the track listings on Jace’s playlist:

  1. “End of The Beginning” by Black Sabbath
  2. “Rowing” by Soundgarden
  3. “Headache” by Metz
  4. “Awake” by Godsmack
  5. “Blitzkrieg Bop [Remastered Version]” by Ramones
  6. “Fuel” by Metalica
  7. “Bad Karma” by Ida Maria
  8. “Night Terrors” by Valient Thorr
  9. “High Heel Leather Boots” by Baby Bee
  10. “Save me” by Hinder
  11. “We’re in this Together” by Nine Inch Nails
  12. “Roads” by Portishead

LISTEN TO SIMON’S SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

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Here are the track listings on Simon’s playlist:

  1. “I’m Not Okay” by My Chemical Romance
  2. “Milstone” by Brand New
  3. “The Brightest Lights” by King Charles, Mumford & Sons
  4. “Again I Go Unnoticed” by Dashboard Confessional
  5. “The Golden Age” by Beck
  6. “Timeless” by The Airborne Toxic Event
  7. “If I Had a Tail” by Queens of the Stone Age
  8. “Every Word is a Knife in My Ear” by The Bravery
  9. “Subway” by Yeah Yeah Yeah
  10. “New Cannonball Blues” by TV on the Radio
  11. “Money Trees” by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock
  12. “Walk Alone” by The Roots, Truck North, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw
  13. “Sierra Leone” by Frank Ocean
  14. “Wow” by Snow Patrol
  15. “Poison Arrow” by Sonic Youth
  16. “Alison” by Elvis Costello

LISTEN TO VALENTINE’S SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

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Here are the track listings on Valentine’s playlist:

  1. “Wrath of God” by Crystal Castles
  2. “Rampage” by Kavinsky
  3. “Immortal” by Kid Cudi
  4. “Gunwalk” by Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda
  5. “Wings of a Butterfly” by HIM
  6. “Pick a Fight” by BRONCHO
  7. “Blindfolds Aside” by Protest The Hero
  8. “Body And Blood” by Ghost B.C., David Richard Campbell
  9. “Dead But Rising” by Volbeat
  10. “Only When I Lose Myself” Depeche Mode
  11. “Like the Angel (Demo)” by Rise Against
  12. “Stripped” by Rammstein

Tell us which playlist is your favorite in the comments!

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