Category: Soundtrack Reviews

CD: Demons (1985)

CD: Demons (1985)

December 9, 2015 | By

Italy’s Rustblade Records brings Claudio Simonetti’s Demons back into circulation on CD and LP to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary and the longevity of the composer’s insanely catchy title theme…

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MP3: Hexed (2015)

MP3: Hexed (2015)

December 9, 2015 | By

Billed as an evocation of 70s and 80s horror soundtracks, Anders Manga’s non-film work draws from a number of classic sounds to evoke his revenge saga of an ax-wielding zombie with electronica that’s heavy in keyboards, sequenced patterns, and lots of warm bass…

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CD: Doc Martin (2007)

CD: Doc Martin (2007)

December 9, 2015 | By

One of the toughest challenges for any composer with hours of score from a long-running TV series (long-running, in this case, being defined as having matured through 2+ seasons) is to winnow the material down to a faithful representation of the show, its characters, and best-remembered episodes…

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MP3: Goosebumps (2015)

MP3: Goosebumps (2015)

December 7, 2015 | By

Danny Elfman returns to his inner Beetlejuice groove with a heavy theme-based score that’s rich in frenetic energy from constantly churning strings and grounded in a youthful vantage via a recurring children’s choir. Most of the score’s instrumentation is quite grand, but there are specifics that make Goosebumps…

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MP3: Momentum (2015)

MP3: Momentum (2015)

December 7, 2015 | By

There’s a sense the makers of Momentum had a very specific Zimmerlisch sound in mind, and what emerges from Laurent Eyquem’s slick score is a discrete conflict between the sounds tied to big budget sci-fi thrillers verses the composer’s own additions that transcend a work from formulaic to something a bit more innovative…

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MP3: Deep Web (2015)

MP3: Deep Web (2015)

December 7, 2015 | By

Like the surreal and ultimately sad tale of brilliant programmer / convicted drug purveyor Ross Ulbricht, Pedro Bromfman’s score unfolds like a series of short, odd tonal statements, offering up a series of details that gradually form into longer statements about a man with a strange mandate of making hard drugs…

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CD: Nightmare (2015)

CD: Nightmare (2015)

December 2, 2015 | By

For his third audio horror album (after Scream in the Dark and The Doll), filmmaker Dante Tomaselli switches to a decidedly early eighties mode, at least with the fragments of recurring music and bass drones that evoke both slasher and thriller films with mechanical, man-slicing monsters…

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CD: Doll, The (2014)

CD: Doll, The (2014)

December 2, 2015 | By

Whereas most writer-directors may obsess over script details prior to filming a nightmarish shocker, Dante Tomaselli’s attention is on assembling a carnival of sounds that may inspire a film’s images…

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MP3: American Ultra (2015)

MP3: American Ultra (2015)

October 15, 2015 | By

Marcelo Zarvos teams with Orbital’s Pal Hartnoll in this fluid balance of electronics and acoustics, and while the main theme is fairly minimal, consisting mostly of alternating tones, it’s well-suited for keyboard-heavy- tracks, or forming the core components of a recurring stalking rhythm…

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MP3: Everest (2015)

MP3: Everest (2015)

October 15, 2015 | By

To cover the locale of Mount Everest and veering emotions of the climbers who sought excitement, a bit of fame, and the trip of a lifetime before being stranded, Dario Marianelli works with an interesting combination of small string orchestra and light yet densely layered percussion textures…

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