Friday, September 27, 2019

The Killing Fields...original film by Mike Oldfield

The Killing Fields (Original Film Soundtrack) was Mike Oldfield’s 10th studio album and soundtrack album to Roland Joffé’s drama film of the same name. Originally released on 26th November 1984, it spawned one single, Étude (Theme From The Killing Fields).

Mike Oldfield's first and really only venture into scoring a movie. It is a beautiful score with very emotionally charged music. The strong, unique, and sometimes stirring music covers a range from classical, to metallic, to light rock, to ethnic. Oldfield was reluctant to accept this assignment due to the nature of the film and his peaceful nature. He wanted to let people feel the horror of war, and was very successful. The music he created was powerful, and very ethereal in nature throughout the piece.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pride and from the motion by Dario Marianelli, performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Dario Marianelli is an absolute genius and you'll agree when you hear the music from this soundtrack. It is a perfect reflection to the movie and compliments this classic story very well. Performed by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet with The English Chamber Orchestra. By listening to this soundtrack you will feel the emotions of the actors on the scene and be able to imagine Jane Austen's greatest work come to life.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Constant Gardener..original motion picture composed by Alberto Iglesias

Original music composed by Alberto Iglesias and featuring music performed by acclaimed Kenyan percussionist and Real World recording artist Ayub Ogada. Alberto Iglesias' ("La Mala Educacion," "The Dancer Upstairs," "Todo Sobre Mi Madre") lush score evokes the film's compelling African and European landscapes.

Alberto Iglesias composed the bulk of the music that accompanies "The Constant Gardener". His score is moody and dark, reflecting the screen adaptation of John le Carré's novel about the death of a British diplomat's wife in Kenya and the surrounding conspiracy. The energy in the "Constant Gardener's" score is punctuated by Ayub Ogada's spirited Kenyan folk music. Iglesia's music contrasts with Ogada's vignette's of poor villagers who are victimized not only by AIDS but also by a truly evil Swiss drug company. The ambiance in the film is a successful amalgam of polished cinema orchestration with the simple, raw power of Afro-Caribbean world music. 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Plunkett and Macleane - Original Motion Picture Score by Craig Armstrong

Genre: Electronic, Classical
Style: Trip Hop, Breaks, Score, Downtempo, Contemporary
Year: 1999

Craig Armstrong proved with his Romeo and Juliet score that he can seamlessly mix several genres of music together to create a singular sonic experience. Many have complained that the modern sound of Plunkett and Macleane completely contradicted the movie's pre-industrial revolution setting. But it works in ways a period score would fail.

There's something here for everyone who uses a movie score for imagination fuel. Plunkett and Macleane is full of tension, booming bass, orchestra, angelic voices, nervous sound effects and haunting ambience, and exciting 'driving' pieces that are sure to get your blood flowing. (Amazon review by Inspector Gadget)