Category Archives: Composers

Americana (Music from the Film Wish You Were Here) by Jordan Shapiro

A beautiful score to the indie film “Wish You Were Here” is a homage to Americana for this coming of age film shot as a adventurous trek across the United States. Summer is here and this collection of score and songs by Jordan Shapiro is a well placed companion for this road trip season.

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Americana (Original Music from the Film Wish You Were Here) by Jordan Shapiro

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Arlington Road : The Best Movie You Never Saw – JoBlo

It really nice to see a film get recognized for it’s genius even if it comes late. This week JoBlo.Com recognized Mark Pellington’s work on Arlington Road as one of the best movies you may have not seen.

WHY IT’S GREAT: ARLINGTON ROAD was, unfortunately, ahead of its time. It’s a film that tackles themes that were not yet as prevalent in society as they are now, American or otherwise. The film focuses heavily on the idea of how much we actually know about our neighbors, even something as simple as a name. The central theme is the threat of homegrown terror, but it’s built around the notion of what we view as plausible vs. implausible. In a pre-9/11 world, the film serves almost as a cautionary tale, one that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
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Of course the music is also what helps to make this film great. We’ll let the album review on Itunes do the talking for us.

Angelo Badalamenti’s score for Arlington Road is about as ominous and darkly ambient as film music gets. Add two clanging, moody pieces from electronic artist Tomandandy that take things to a brisk industrial apex, and one has the soundtrack to a shadowy nightmare. It’s a nightmare that just happens to contain moments of great beauty. The music, though frequently eschewing repeating melodies, is quite accessible when detached from the movie.

The overall feel is one of creeping menace, but Badalamenti still contributes a number of lush, emotional pieces. “Values” is as fragile and mournful as the slower moments in Ennio Morricone’s Untouchables score, though Badalamenti’s work is more techno savvy in this instance.

“The Truth Is Out There” almost sounds like meditation music, were it not for the swarming sound effects peppered underneath; when the dance beat crops up, it doesn’t dampen the hushed mood. Badalamenti works just as expertly with the background music for the action scenes. “Escape” throbs as if it’s a Bernard Herrmann score to a Looney Tunes episode where everyone’s favorite roadrunner just manages to outwit the coyote.

If the music sometimes gets a bit too busy for home listening, one can’t help but admire the stylish complexity and sustained atmosphere of the overall work. Arlington Road is an engrossing listen and a fine addition to Badalamenti’s growing list of beautiful film scores.

Name Artist Time
1

Bloody Boy/Neon Reprise Angelo Badalamenti 5:51
2

Old Newspapers Angelo Badalamenti 1:45
3

Lament for Leah Angelo Badalamenti 3:51
4

It’s Something Personal Angelo Badalamenti 2:07
5

The Party Angelo Badalamenti 4:46
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He Repeats, He Repeats Angelo Badalamenti 1:58
7

Discover Troops Angelo Badalamenti 2:41
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Into the Cage Angelo Badalamenti 2:05
9

The Yearbook Angelo Badalamenti 1:45
10

Copper Creek Angelo Badalamenti 3:32
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Values Angelo Badalamenti 2:30
12

Cheryl Angelo Badalamenti 1:09
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The Truth Is Out There Angelo Badalamenti 3:11
14

The Study Angelo Badalamenti 2:05
15

What Message Angelo Badalamenti 2:47
16

Last Day Angelo Badalamenti 7:58
17

Stoplight Flight Angelo Badalamenti 1:26
18

Escape Angelo Badalamenti 4:51
19

The Bomb Angelo Badalamenti 2:04
20

Aftermath Angelo Badalamenti 5:31
21

Leah’s Theme Angelo Badalamenti 3:50
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DRIVE Composer Cliff Martinez Video Interviews!

Below are two video interviews with Film Composer Cliff Martinez talking about his work on Drive and The Lincoln Lawyer respectively.

DRIVE SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD : http://bit.ly/DriveSoundtrack

LINCOLN LAWYER SCORE DOWNLOAD: http://bit.ly/LincolnLawyerScoreAlbum

Quick trivia question… who knows what both Drive and Lincoln Lawyer have in common in addition to scores by Cliff Martinez? We’ll give you a hint, one is music and the other is an actor.

Hanan Townshend talks about To The Wonder Soundtrack

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Most of what you hear on the album is used in the film. So, that was a big purpose. I’ve got a lot more material, but I didn’t want to release stuff that wasn’t going to be used in the film. There are a couple pieces that aren’t used that are in there, but I really thought they needed to be there.

It is a very fragmented kind of film score. I didn’t really go into it certain of what we were going to come out with and I kind of felt that, to some degree everyone, was kind of feeling around in the dark trying to find what was out there and these were the things that the picture required. There’s quite a distinction between some of the pieces, there’s a lot of the very drony pieces that never exist in the film in their entire.

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Part 1: http://anobiumlit.com/2013/06/09/a-perfect-fit-for-wonderland-hanan-townshend-talks-malick-part-1/ 

Part 2: http://anobiumlit.com/2013/06/11/diving-down-the-rabbit-hole-hanan-townshend-talks-malick-part-2/

Fathers Day Soundtrack : The Tree Of Life by Alexandre Desplat

In celebration of Fathers Day we offer The Tree Of Life.

Album Available at iTunes :
The Tree Of Life, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Music by Alexandre Desplat

David Ng from the Los Angeles Times writes,

In each of his five feature films to date, Malick has used classical music as his principal soundtrack. “The Tree of Life” features selections and snippets from more than 30 individual pieces — including works by Brahms, Mahler, Bach, Górecki and Holst. They are all woven together seamlessly with the help of some original music by Alexandre Desplat.

A movie that envelops the intimate story of a family between the birth and death of the universe, “The Tree of Life” is a cosmic experience that resists easy narrative summary. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May but has polarized critics and audiences. At its core, the movie focuses on the conflict between the natural and the spiritual worlds, which is to say that it pits the seen versus the unseen.

Malick’s choices of music stand in for the unseen in this thematic equation, though not always in obvious ways. The media-shy filmmaker is said to be a classical-music buff, along with being a birdwatcher and a hiking enthusiast. His soundtrack selections for “The Tree of Life” could spawn a lengthy essay on their own. Here are a handful of key pieces that provide the movie with some of its most musically inspired and memorable moments …

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Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’: The classical music factor

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