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James Horner

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It can't be easy being faced with the challenge of soundtracking one of the most eagerly awaited films in many years, but James Horner, who died in a plane crash in 2015, was used to pressure, having previously worked with director James Cameron on two other mega blockbusters, Aliens and Titanic.

In the case of Cameron's much-hyped Avatar, Horner went the extra mile, composing not just a traditionally epic score to soundtrack James Cameron's vast computer generated world, but also inventing a whole new musical culture for Cameron's alien creations. Recording choral works sung in the film's alien language of Na'vi and even consulting an ethnomusicologist to create a new musical culture, Horner took composing for film to new heights, and he was rewarded with nominations at the Oscars, Baftas and Golden Globes.