Five Scores That Got Under Our Skin

The scores of LA Film Critics winner Mica Levi (Under the Skin), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar), Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game),Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything), and Marco Beltrami (The Homesman) got under our skin in the best possible ways.

1. It wasn’t easy conveying the otherworldly presence of the predatory alien played by Scarlett Johansson, but Levi has come up with the year’s most fascinating score. She summons the visceral strangeness of György Ligeti (who Stanley Kubrick used to great effect in 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut) as inspiration for capturing a range of beautiful, deadly, and horrifying moments.  Levi says the idea was to follow the alien and depict her experiences in real-time — to be “physical, alarming, hot.”

5. Beltrami and associate Buck Sanders went rogue for their innovative score, making the wind an integral part of the musical experience in keeping with Tommy Lee Jones’ iconoclastic Western about the harsh frontier life for women. Beltrami and Sanders created instruments (including an Aeolian wind piano tethered to a water tank) and experimented with recording techniques in their Malibu studio and the nearby Santa Monica mountains. They were dramatically successful in manipulating the wind as a musical element.

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Music, Oscar

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