Episode 1 Psycho vs Jaws

In episode 1 of Soundtrack Showdown, we look at two classic horror film scores, Bernard Herrmann’s score for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) and John Williams’ score for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975). In a spirit of light-hearted but sometimes heated competition, we break the scores down over five rounds, discuss and analyse how well the music works in key areas, and then declare the overall winner. This week, our rounds are:

1 – Monster Motifs

2 – Main Themes

3 – Techniques and Production

4 – Suspense Music

5 – Legacy and Impact

Who will win?