Jerry Goldsmith - Main Title (Film Version) (Alien: Original Motion Picture Score)

"[After the first version was rejected], I subsequently wrote a new main title, which was the obvious thing, weird and strange, which everybody loved, and I didn’t love and consequently I kept getting kudos for years after for the main title I wrote for Alien, which was not exactly my choice. The original one took me a day to write, and the alternate one took me about five minutes.

The message l was getting was that [Ridley Scott] wanted me to be visual with the music. Music cannot replicate the visuals. That’s not what it’s supposed to do. l can’t be visual with the music. That’s not what l’m supposed to do. Let the director and the cinematographer do the visuals, let me do the emotional element.”