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Glebe

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Beautiful film music.
« on: March 22, 2019, 08:03:04 PM »
Beautiful film score tracks... rather embarrassingly I only have a few in mind at the moment, but to get the ball rolling:

Mark Knopfler - 'The Long Road', from Cal.

(Admittedly that goes on a bit at the end there, but the first part is gorgeous.)

Vangelis - 'Rachel's Song', from Blade Runner.

A bit of an obvious choice I admit, but it's beautiful nonetheless.

Jo Yeong-wook - 'The Last Waltz (Mi-do's Theme), from Oldboy (original version).

I'll post more when me brain warms up, but in the meantime, it's over to you!

Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2019, 07:57:14 PM »
Obvious choice for me, given my username:

Howard Shore's Main Title from Dead Ringers (the peak of his collaboration with Cronenberg for me):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjW1vmdiMco


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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2019, 08:07:44 PM »
The music that plays at the end of the original Friday the Thirteenth (feeling too lazy to search for a link, right now, but maybe some readers remember it).

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2019, 08:14:12 PM »
My favourite soundtrack is definitely Lubos Fiser's one for Valerie & Her Week of Wonders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ROCrl5Aunc

I tend to love Czech soundtracks in general, especially Zdenek Liska's (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VCE2PRS-C8), but Valerie...with all those child choirs and emergency breaks into dark harpsichords, subtle electronics and chanting.  Just transports me every time.  Recently had this playing in the background, and my brother had to leave due to its supposed 'depressing' nature.

Other favourites are Nino Rota's score for Fellini's Casanova (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn8bQmo-Tw4), Morricone's Maddalena (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X8-Hz1yqEpw)- actually everything he did in '71 was stellar, Fabbio Frizzi's The Beyond soundtrack (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUEC8dNeeYE), always been moved by Ryuichi Sakamoto's Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence theme, The Wicker Man, The Threepenny Opera, Popol Vuh's Herzog stuff- particularly that track playing as Bruno Ganz and Isabelle Adjani are walking on the beach in Nosferatu,  Alain Goraguer's lounge-funk Fantastic Planet soundtrack...

Oh yeah, the Tokyo Kid Brothers/J.A. Caesar's work with Shuji Terayama is psychedelic perfection.  I particularly like the mesh between noh theatrics and proto-punk on Throw Away the Books, Let's Rally in the Streets (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNutUqRYSio).  I listen to that all the bloody time. 

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2019, 08:36:17 PM »
most giallo soundtracks are wonderful (and it's often the only thing that redeems these films - well, that and the pretty ladies amiright)

Fabio Frizzi - Apoteosi Del Misterio (from City of the Living Dead)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWd6_jIT3EM

Bruno Nicolai - Sabba (from All the Colors of the Dark)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxDF94LNCKA

Gobin - Profondo Rosso Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN5wpoNJDUk

Ennio Morricone - Theme from Cosa avete fatto a Solange?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGlLr11snp0

the Easy Tempo compilations are great if you're looking for a well-thought selection of this stuff.

my favourite remains Morricone's soundtrack for Veruschka, with the incredible voice of Edda Dell'Orso.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHSceQhR5gI
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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2019, 08:45:15 PM »
Shriekback - This Big Hush as featured in Manhunter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4U0KBvzi7g

Neomod

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2019, 09:08:21 PM »
Morricone, obviously.

L'Orca Dialogue of the Memories
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwGGiQ8OZhY

Once Upon a Time in the West - Nascita di una città
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_O1SrQtcq8

Cinema Paradiso
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLe9gTKQ4LU

and

Jack Nietsche - Starman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nip7k0m08PM

John Barry - Playing by Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1NePkSnMOM

Jerry Goldsmith - Chinatown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ0FyBGVdu8

Bernard Herrman - Taxi Driver
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx4aK-YsPeU

John Williams - The Eiger Sanction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR_ctDGX-Jo

Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle - One From The Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaUl8M5GZHE

for starters..

Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2019, 09:12:34 PM »
I'll jump in before someone else does with The Hired Hand, particularly the ending.

https://youtu.be/gDxB2gKo8qw

DolphinFace

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2019, 09:19:44 PM »
For me, nothing will ever be quite as beautiful as

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSyC1qmbHVE

Angelo Badalamenti - Rose's Theme - in David Lynch's Straight Story


I watched this film so many times, always utterly loved the haunting beauty of this song. It takes me back to good times.

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2019, 10:32:47 PM »
Fair play Neomod, just enjoyed listening to all those. Really beautiful. More please.

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2019, 10:45:45 PM »
Shriekback - This Big Hush as featured in Manhunter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4U0KBvzi7g
and Coelocanth, also by them from the same film.

Cliff Martinez - Where's The Deluxe Version? from his Drive OST

New Order - Salvation Theme (from the Salvation OST) and Elegia (from the Pretty In Pink OST)

John Barry - Midnight Cowboy ThemeOn Her Majexty's Secret Service and The Ipcress File

Lalo Schifrin - Bullitt Main Title and Scorpio's Theme (from the Dirty Harry OST)

Vladmir Costa - Promenade Sentimentale (from the Diva OST)

Ry Cooder - On The Couch (from the Paris, Texas OST, and shamelessly ripped off by Texas on I Don't Want A Lover)

Harry Dean Stanton - Volver, Volver (from Lucky)



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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2019, 11:08:20 PM »
Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd - One True Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKTyFAp22LM from Mysterious Skin
also Twilight from the same score https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktJEHIkkqHc
nothing could better capture a lonely winter feeling than this

Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2019, 07:12:29 AM »
Vangelis - 'Rachel's Song', from Blade Runner.

A bit of an obvious choice I admit, but it's beautiful nonetheless.!

Not actually used in the film though as Scott went with the already released Vangelis track Memories of Green instead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg0cmhjdiLs

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2019, 09:13:39 AM »
Kenji Kawai - Unnatural City https://youtu.be/QF8WX4HJ318

 From the film PatLabor 2. It plays over a montage of scenes where city life settles down after a military coup, there are army check points and columns of armoured vehicles moving through streets... and then it starts to snow.


Arnór Dan Arnarson - Von https://youtu.be/lfksYyxGRJw
  Not from a movie but from the anime series Terror in Resonance (that I haven't seen). So it's kind of a cheat to put it here, but this is just too lovely not to.

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2019, 09:30:44 AM »
Some Miklos Rosza (Ben Hur, The Lost Weekend)

King Of Kings

King Of Kings soundtrack suite

Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2019, 10:52:57 AM »
From the Magnetic Rose section of the Memories anime anthology this great mix of choral and sax....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo-GVtMVlVM

Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2019, 10:59:26 AM »
Jon Brion - Synecdoche, New York.
Such a pretty soundtrack, particularly the variations on the theme 'Something You Can't Return To' and the song 'Little Person'. Beautiful stuff.

Not beautiful exactly, but the soundtrack I've listened to and enjoyed the most is Thomas Bangalter's soundtrack to Irreversible.
I listened to it repeatedly before seeing the film. Having seen (and been blown away by) the film, my concept of the music completely transformed, in the most satisfying way.
Now I listen to 'Rectum' and imagine the slow descent into hell. It's so incredibly evocative, such a trip to listen to.
Not pretty at all, but beautiful in a sense.

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2019, 11:57:09 AM »
Alex North's Love Theme from Spartacus (1960). Lush, swooning technicolour fantasy, outrageously beautiful chord changes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STnKPNGrlK8 

I equally adore the more stripped-down, haunting version from the scene where Spartacus meets Varinia, but it ain't on the YouTube.

Michel Legrand's 'I Will Wait for You' from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). Somewhat ruined by some tragic middle-aged arsehole trying to chat up my date right in front of me by telling her he could play it on piano, but still a gorgeous bit of music. Extended melodramatic money shot 1:10 onward:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYLQFe8Ovbs

And Love by Mica Levi, from Under the Skin (2013), the wonder and horror of which I have rhapsodised about on here before:

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The perfect music for the scene it accompanies, illustrating the weird alienating dichotomies of sex - passionate, emotional, starry-eyed, but also awkward, lurching, scary as fuck, giving this stranger access to your body. The strings even sound incredibly physical somehow, like a load of highly sensitive nerve endings going haywire. 'Under the skin' indeed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Cc20I-maM

Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2019, 12:23:35 PM »
The theme from Naked Island is my pick, woozy loveliness - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O29eP15vHM

Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2019, 01:15:27 PM »
And Love by Mica Levi, from Under the Skin (2013), the wonder and horror of which I have rhapsodised about on here before:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Cc20I-maM

One of the best interplays between visuals and soundtrack in recent cinema IMHO. Along similar lines Edward Artemiev's soundtrack to Stalker comes to mind, the way the film leaves space for it to bring a lot of the mysterical atmosphere to the story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP1QXKbhqr4

Brundle-Fly

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2019, 02:04:55 PM »
Lots of great links so far. Many of my faves too.

Here are some beautiful horror/ sci-fi related tunes

Theatre Of Blood Opening Titles - Michael J Lewis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyDsT2z5RDw

Dr Phibes Theme - Basil Kirchin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd1hJhRfpus

The First Men In The Moon opening titles Laurie Holloway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OppT10eg3fg

The Time Machine Filby's Theme. Russell Garcia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkVT8GsFzF8

Seven Faces Of Dr Lao - Leigh Harline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4h6la3r5wM

Hellraiser theme (live performance) - Christopher Young
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6gPWL8B58M


Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2019, 02:23:58 PM »
More Morricone. The Falls from The Mission https://youtu.be/YoQUFfYXQHM

Glebe

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2019, 04:34:01 PM »
Not actually used in the film though as Scott went with the already released Vangelis track Memories of Green instead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg0cmhjdiLs

It's weird, I thought it was used briefly in the film... the whole soundtrack is great, of course.

Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2019, 05:16:03 PM »
It's weird, I thought it was used briefly in the film... the whole soundtrack is great, of course.

I think theres a somewhat similar piece of music briefly in the film that isn't actually by Vangelis. My guess is Scott hired him on the strength of Memories of Green(which was on his 1980 album See You Later), got him to record something new in that vein for the Rachel photo scene with Deckard but then ended up preferring the original track.

Blush Response from the 94 soundtrack album isn't in the film either, I always had the feeling that track almost sounded like it might have been recorded or reworked for the 94 release with the very modern sounding beat it has, maybe just Vangelis being well ahead of his time.

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2019, 05:39:19 PM »
Arnór Dan Arnarson - Von https://youtu.be/lfksYyxGRJw
  Not from a movie but from the anime series Terror in Resonance (that I haven't seen). So it's kind of a cheat to put it here, but this is just too lovely not to.

Terror in Resonance is one of the best animes I've seen. you should check it out.

I don't know if it counts, but I love this soundtrack for an imaginary giallo film:
Secret Chiefs 3 - Sophia's Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-J_U9HYdX8

some more Bruno Nicolai goodness:

Main Theme for The Case of the Bloody Iris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udny10zGYYk

Theme for The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ialkzw16-kg

Sequence 1 (La Coda dello Scorpione)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhPcEU3nUAI

Neomod

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2019, 06:22:57 PM »
Jon Brion - Synecdoche, New York.
Such a pretty soundtrack, particularly the variations on the theme 'Something You Can't Return To' and the song 'Little Person'. Beautiful stuff.

Speaking of Jon Brion, his theme to Mullaney's Comeback Kid is lovely stuff.

Jon Brion - Theme from "The Comeback Kid"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1IzpPEOwrg

also a bit obvious/twee maybe but i do love the soundtrack to Amelie.

Yann Tierson - La Valse d'Amelie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40E4u3PeCTE

Lennie Niehaus and Clint - Claudia's Theme (The Unforgiven)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa8Q4cJGMKg

Josef Suk - Kolya
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wnEAyjWxP4

Gravenhurst - The Diver (Dead Man's Shoes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYbkVrVXjEc

And a favourite of students everywhere apparently... 
Gabriel Yared - Betty Blue 37°2 Le Matin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EfSDLgYVvQ



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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2019, 06:28:33 PM »
Vangelis - Theme from Bitter Moon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWtxMNtkP70

Ned Rifle (aka Hal Hartley) - Amateur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX9omwoimyg

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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2019, 11:25:35 PM »
I think theres a somewhat similar piece of music briefly in the film that isn't actually by Vangelis. My guess is Scott hired him on the strength of Memories of Green(which was on his 1980 album See You Later), got him to record something new in that vein for the Rachel photo scene with Deckard but then ended up preferring the original track.
it's not like he didn't have form for keeping bits of his temp score in after the soundtrack had been delivered (just ask Jerry Goldsmith) and he only asked Vangelis to do the score in mid-1981 after he had made his first assembly cut. However, the version of Memories Of Green released on the soundtrack album in 1994 has the last 30 seconds of sequenced synth atmospherics cut off compared to the See You Later version, and in the film only the 2:40 of the track is actually used (the Workprint cuts it about 20 seconds shorter than that).

As an aside, the high-pitched beeps come from Vangelis' engineer Raphael Preston playing a Bambino UFO Master Blaster Station pocket game while Vangelis was playing the piano.

I read a conspiracy theory on the Blade Zone forums once that the reason the soundtrack took so long to be released is because Vangelis had used a session piano player for the track on See You Later (as it was too complex for his piano skills) who then took out an injunction against the soundtrack's release when they heard it had been used on the film. They had obviously never heard any of his keyboard work in Aphrodite's Child.
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Blush Response from the 94 soundtrack album isn't in the film either, I always had the feeling that track almost sounded like it might have been recorded or reworked for the 94 release with the very modern sounding beat it has, maybe just Vangelis being well ahead of his time.
The percussion on Blush Response was a combination of the Linn LM-1 drum machine (released in 1980 - the claps in particular are very distinctive) and samples from his Emulator I, and together with the heavy use of the Yamaha CS80 it's not much different in style to Chariots Of Fire (which was also the Linn LM-1 and Emulator I).. In the appendix of Future Noir that covers the soundtrack, Paul M. Sammon confirms that the only new composition on the 1994 release was 'Wait For Me', and all the rest of the cues were recorded for the film. (you can tell 'Wait for Me' was recorded later too, as the synths sound more 'digital' than the CS80)

He wrote hours and hours of music for the film, most of which has never been officially released, hence the umpteen bootleg 'Esper Edition' multi-CDR collections containing dubs of some of the unreleased music from the pre-mixdown soundtrack masters, such as the two alternative Love Themes that were used prior to the one that was eventually used with the sax on it
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Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2019, 08:41:36 PM »
Some less obvious ones I like:

The Thin Red Line - Hans Zimmer
The Cider House Rules - Rachel Portman
Road to Perdition - Thomas Newman
Black Beauty, Dolores Claiborne - Danny Elfman
Phantom Thread - Johnny Greenwood
Catch Me if You Can - John Williams

Re: Beautiful film music.
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2019, 08:48:24 PM »
most giallo soundtracks are wonderful (and it's often the only thing that redeems these films - well, that and the pretty ladies amiright)

Fabio Frizzi - Apoteosi Del Misterio (from City of the Living Dead)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWd6_jIT3EM

Bruno Nicolai - Sabba (from All the Colors of the Dark)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxDF94LNCKA

Gobin - Profondo Rosso Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN5wpoNJDUk

Ennio Morricone - Theme from Cosa avete fatto a Solange?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGlLr11snp0

the Easy Tempo compilations are great if you're looking for a well-thought selection of this stuff.

my favourite remains Morricone's soundtrack for Veruschka, with the incredible voice of Edda Dell'Orso.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHSceQhR5gI

Not a Giallo, but I'd add Riz Ortolani's beautiful theme to Cannibal Holocaust:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQwu-y51Z2Y
Italian exploitation films had some great music.