Soundtracking 2: Orchestral
As picked up by my ever-astute commentators on the previous soundtrack post, soundtrack slowdowns are big right now. Here’s the soundtrack to ‘Jurassic Park’ slowed down a thousand times. I need to play this whenever I’m overly worked up.
Now, some more soundtrack composer favourites who perfectly accompany the writing of novels. Laurie Johnson is best known as the Avengers go-to guy, but may I recommend his dazzling concerto from ‘The Musical Worlds Of Laurie Johnson’? Michael Giacchino’s best work is the scoring for ‘Lost’, which exists in many official (and unofficial) soundtracks.
Ludovic Bourse scores lovely retro-cool soundtracks for the OSS 117 movies (which I think are great anyway), Carter Burwell’s ‘Gods And Monsters’ score is a knockout (and a great film, of course) and I love Max Richter’s ‘Waltz With Bashir’ (another excellent movie). Dario Marianelli scored ‘V For Vendetta’ beautifully, and Jeff and Mychael Danna’s score for the Gilliam’s charming, ramshackle ‘Dr Parnassus’ is a delight.
Where to start with Ennio Morricone? His concert versions are brilliant – God knows he’s had decades to perfect most of them – but these concert albums skip the occasional earhole-scraping tracks you find on his soundtracks. It always comes as a shock to hear his delightfully camp scores for the three ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ films. Among French scorers, Philippe Rombi (‘Joyeux Noel’, my all-time favourite Christmas film), Camille (‘Priceless’) Bazbaz and Bruno (‘Les Choristes’) Coulais stand out.
Oh, and if you want a copy of Rombi’s ‘Love Me If You Dare’ soundtrack it’ll set you back over a hundred quid. We’ll get to horror and SF soundtracks next…