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Bring Some Exotica Into Your Weekend
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ON THE ROAD WITH HOLYCHILD.
ON THE ROAD WITH HOLYCHILD.
ON THE ROAD WITH HOLYCHILD.
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Scoring a film is a delicate task. The job of the composer is to sweep us into the sonic world of the picture, allowing us to feel in tune with the characters and in the proper mindset of the story’s narrative themes, while not manipulating our emotions and ultimately serving to enhance the director’s vision. But when a film is given so much space for silence, and explores both literal and metaphorical worlds of alienation, such a feature calls for a score drenched in atmosphere—one that will impress itself deeply into the bones of the film and create a psychological landscape in which to experience the film through. And with Jonathan Glazer’s long-awaited follow up to 2004’s Birth, the visually-stunning and masterfully-crafted existential science fiction wonder Under the Skin, the film’s score holds you captive from the very start—as  if another character itself, luring you in deeper and deeper into Glazer’s haunting world.
Based on Michel Faber’s 2000 novel, Under the Skin penetrates the world of an extraterrestrial woman of unknown origin (played by Scarlett Johansson) who drives through isolated highways and city streets searching for men to seduce and prey on, then drag back to her unearthly lair of unknown darkness. And as tactile as the film is in its colors and textures, Mica Levi’s incredible score is just about as stimulating and psychologically tickling as you can get. With its schizophrenic swirl of ominous sounds, Levi has created an otherworldly hybrid between the likes of Angelo Badalamenti, Bernard Hermann, and Vangelis. Previously known for her band Micachu & The Shapes, Levi has been creating experimental music across all genres, butUnder the Skin marks her first foray into film composing—and it’s a hell of a first go at it.
COMPOSER MICA LEVI ON JONATHAN GLAZER’S UNDER THE SKIN
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STREAM MICA LEVI’S SCORE FOR UNDER THE SKIN
STREAM MICA LEVI’S SCORE FOR UNDER THE SKIN
STREAM MICA LEVI’S SCORE FOR UNDER THE SKIN
STREAM MICA LEVI’S SCORE FOR UNDER THE SKIN
STREAM MICA LEVI’S SCORE FOR UNDER THE SKIN
STREAM MICA LEVI’S SCORE FOR UNDER THE SKIN
STREAM MICA LEVI’S SCORE FOR UNDER THE SKIN
STREAM MICA LEVI’S SCORE FOR UNDER THE SKIN
STREAM MICA LEVI’S SCORE FOR UNDER THE SKIN
STREAM MICA LEVI’S SCORE FOR UNDER THE SKIN
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Music Supervisor Randall Poster on Working With Wes Anderson and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Music Supervisor Randall Poster on Working With Wes Anderson and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
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LISTEN: BRIAN ENO X LOU REED WITH ‘METAL MACHINE MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS.’
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BlackBook Tracks #59
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When interviewing musicians, one of my favorite questions to ask is always in regard to their favorite sounds outside the conventional realm of music. For composer Nico Muhly, who seems to always be in transit, he told me that his dream large-scale project would be a “big piece of civic music-making”—to redo all the “alert sounds of New York. I would do all the airports, Penn Station, subway stations—I want to do all that shit.” And when it comes to all those sounds we hear so frequently in  everyday life that our conscious mind may not always even be aware of, it seems Muhly isn’t the only one with a passion for such. And recently, we’ve learned that musician James Murphy has been working to re-imagine the sounds of the New York subway stations himself.

James Murphy Wants to Make Your Subway Experience More Sonically Pleasurable
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ROMANTIC ACHE: BLACKBOOK’S FAVORITE LOVE SONGS
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In Nicholas Ray’s wonderful film In a Lonely Place, Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele says, “A good love scene should be about something else besides love. For instance, this one. Me fixing grapefruit. You sitting over there, dopey, half-asleep. Anyone looking at us could tell we’re in love.” And when it comes to cinematic depictions of the heart’s great affliction, we’ve seen everything from the existential romantic longings that crush our soul, the ecstatically thrilling tales of love that spans lifetimes, the beautiful friendship of soul mates that never fades, and the most brutal and horrific heartbreak that one never fully recovers from. For all the myriad ways love can transpose itself, cinema has offered us portraits that reflect our own unrequited desires and expose the true feelings residing inside us. But of course, any good love story would be incomplete without a soundtrack to linger through it and heighten our most visceral emotions.
Soundtrack for an Imagined Love Story