i thought there was some unusually interesting music here and there in The Hunger Games when i saw it at the weekend
turns out one of the bits is a vintage track by Laurie Spiegel
Geeta Dayal has the story here at Wired
conversely, and more typical of Hollywood sdtrk output these days, is there anything more putrid than the instakitsch soundtrack of Avatar? it's a sort of science fictionized exotica: according to Wiki "composer James Horner recorded parts of the score with a small chorus singing in the Na'vi language in March 2008" and "worked with Wanda Bryant, an ethnomusicologist, to create a music culture for the alien race." Horner "took advice from his assistant and they put an unusual amount of virtual instruments in this project"
an aural palate cleanser is required after that swill -- here's some more Laurie Spiegel