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Background Noise: Some Horror Film Music and music to The Road

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on June 8, 2010

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this morning we step into the realm of music for film. The horror genre has always been a fertile ground for inventiveness in the film scoring. We begin with the score by Max Steiner for the 1933 film King Kong and fast forward to last year to the score by Christopher Young to the wonderful Sam Raimi gore/splatter film drag me to hell and then onto the truly beautiful dark in the tarkovsky tradition film  from this year the road and the music of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

First King Kong. King Kong was Max Steiner‘s and film music’s greatest achievement in the early Thirties. It wasn’t until 1933 and King Kong that Steiner was offered a film wherin music would play such an important role in creating and sustaining atmosphere, characterization and pacing. The composer worked in close to what the collaboration with the directors during the composing of the score. The score was begun by Steiner on December 9, 1932, and completed about eight weeks later.It Was One of the composer’s favourite scores and one of his few modernistic.Moscow Symphony Orchestra rec. 1996,naxos radio label. A selection beginning with the main title.

Track, title, duration

*1,main title,2’09”




19, Kong escapes,4′ 27″

Drag Me to Hell. 2009 film one review of this score by Christopher Young: The immediate appeal of Drag Me to Hell is its almost ridiculously overblown, unabashed style. There is no musical style heard in this score that has not been heard many times before; but so fresh are the employment of those styles, and so blatant are their uses, that it never once comes across as cliché or uninteresting. It is a score which thrives in its own self-aware intentions. A selection beginning with an exemplar of scoring against on screen action, creepy.
 Track, title, duration



10, 5′ 12″


The Road from this year, nick cave says about the film  “The movie is about the loss of things, the absence of things, the lack of things,” The music was composed as a direct response to the film. A light, haunting, simple score with a sense of absence and loss at its heart.” A selection beginning with the title track.

Track, title, duration

2,3′ 49″

4,2′ 09″

5,1′ 27″

6,2′ 46″

9,3′ 16″

13,1′ 17″

17,3′ 09″

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