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My Life and the… Music

Last year’s Golden Babies were filled with awards never nominated by my more prestigious brethren. One of my favorite being that for “Best Original Score” (Daft Punk: Tron Legacy). Not only was said film a visual success, it was also an audible game changer.

With my trek down the Golden Road well under way I want to further expand upon my lore by discussing the importance of music in movies. The first example concerns a remixed version of the aforementioned score, and the second a soundtrack from a MLatM celebrated selection.

Tron R3conf1gur3d: my favorite track off of the original score remains “The Son of Flynn.” This haunting electro-balled connected with me from the moment I first heard it in theaters. Opening night, before the reel ran, a screen warned audiences that some scenes were to be displayed in 2D and others in 3D. Moans rippled through the crowd as they had paid the extra three bucks to see an off the screen spectacle. However, what we were all unaware of at the time was that the 2D shots were purposeful.

Only the Grid was broadcast with the addition of depth. Whenever Sam was in the real world the picture returned to its classic dimensions. That said, my favorite song played out in reality… in such a surreal way. Over two decades since his father went missing Sam entered the scene speeding through a Neo-Tokyo styled metropolis on a modified Ducati Monster. His title track accompanied him while he raced towards rebellion and I was entranced by the event.

Daft Punk – The Son of Flynn

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M83 Vs. Big Black Delta – Fall

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Since then I’ve awaited the remix album “R3conf1gur3d.” The reason for such was to unite fellow electronic artists in honor of the original’s creators. I must say that this has been accomplished flawlessly, and the most impressive example has to be M83 Vs. Big Black Delta – Fall.

Sucker Punch: Yes, Sucker Punch… again! If you have not seen this movie I not only highly recommend it, I swear by it. In addition to its beautiful performances and cinematic styles this picture also contains one of the greatest Soundtracks EVER! Every song is utilized in the film flawlessly. So well in fact that whenever replaying the album the visuals return to the mind’s eye.

I’ve included three of the songs in previous blogs, and today I would like to include a fourth. “White Rabbit” plays out during one of Babydoll’s four memorable “Dances.” As she herself explains, her dances tell a story of escape, and while she begins to quest for the map pointing to her exit this Alice in Wonderland acid trip blares through the speakers. Gas-powered-zombie-Nazi’s block her way down the rabbit hole, but as she and the girls trip out on mystical potions all obstacles are overcome.  Trust me, it’s a feat best seen to be believed.

Emiliana Torrini: White Rabbit

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In the meantime enjoy the music included in this artistically orchestral my life at the movies ;)

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/g_gryffyn 그웬 (Gwen)

    Wow, I thought I was one of the few who got excited by movie music. There was a time before I stopped buying CDs that I had more movie soundtracks and scores than anything else. Awesome observations. And though I don’t share quite your enthusiasm for Sucker Punch, I have to agree the soundtrack was fantastic. I loved the opening scene, played almost entirely without dialog, with only the music to help propel the story. (Haven’t seen Tron, so I’ll have to take your word for how the music works with the movie. Good selections though. Interesting sound.)

  • http://twitter.com/g_gryffyn 그웬 (Gwen)

    Wow, I thought I was one of the few who got excited by movie music. There was a time before I stopped buying CDs that I had more movie soundtracks and scores than anything else. Awesome observations. And though I don’t share quite your enthusiasm for Sucker Punch, I have to agree the soundtrack was fantastic. I loved the opening scene, played almost entirely without dialog, with only the music to help propel the story. (Haven’t seen Tron, so I’ll have to take your word for how the music works with the movie. Good selections though. Interesting sound.)

    • Anonymous

      Interesting fact. The introductory song in Sucker Punch, as well as two others, are sung by Emily Browning who plays Babydoll. I went into my subsequent viewings with that knowledge and got a lot more out of the silent scenes they played in. As you know I love that movie, I think you would have liked it more if you got the IMAX treatment.

      • http://twitter.com/g_gryffyn 그웬 (Gwen)

        Seriously? That does change some things. Damn. Might have to rewatch the movie just to see how it plays now. And IMAX might be the way to go, but I’d probably have to go to Seoul to do so. I’m lucky when English-language movies last longer than a week out here.

      • Anonymous

        Ya, I’m certain you’ll eventually love the movie. It is like the Matrix, Star Wars, Inception, and so many other movies engaging and detailed worlds. He worked on it for 10 years, and along side Nolan while he did his own dream based project.

  • @MRcromanic

    both such good soundtracks. By far my favourites this year.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, this the music that gets me through all the “ARE YOU SERIOUS” of the day.

  • @MRcromanic

    both such good soundtracks. By far my favourites this year.

  • Anonymous

    Soundtracks are definetly an amazing part of the movie although sometimes the Score itself makes the movie even better. Both of those elemnts have actually combined themselves now as before the soundtracks were always billed as “inspired by the motion picture”.

    I remember the first time that happened was when RZA did the Score for Kill Bill vol 1. That combined soundtrack level music into the film and it was amazing and remains probably my favorite one (of course, its Quentin and RZA!)

    I;d say last year my favs for Tron and Social network. Social network is so good to put on in the background, the build is unreal! Thats easily one of the best laid out movies of the last 10 years.

    This year its for sure Sucker Punch but it is only April so it’s very early. Country Strong is a VERY close second.

    • Anonymous

      I do love and own “Country Strong,” however I have to give my runners up (to Sucker Punch thus far), to “No Strings Attached” and “The Adjustment Bureau.” I need to buy both. I also liked KB1 & Social Network.

      As for my favs in the past… Conan the Barbarian’s score remains at the top of the list. Basil Poledouris work is timeless.

      In the meantime you gotta peep R3conf1gur3d… it’s genius.

      • Anonymous

        I heard it and like it but it’s nowhere close to Daft Punks original for me.

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