Keyboardist Kevin Moore will be familiar to fans of modern progressive rock through his work as a former member of Dream Theater and from his solo work under the name Chroma Key; more recently, he has worked with several other prog luminaries in the experimental supergroup O.S.I. But Ghost Book is an almost purely solo endeavor, a soundtrack album consisting of work commissioned by Turkish novelist Dogu Yucal for use in the film adaptation of his novel Havalet Kitap (or "Ghost Book"). Yucel was a longstanding fan of Moore's work in Dream Theater and had quoted some of the band's lyrics in his novel, so the pairing was natural…
Hans Zimmer's credit may headline The Whole Wide World, but in truth the score was written by up-and-coming composer Harry Gregson-Williams, who later proclaimed "Hans didn't write any music for [this movie]. In fact, he heard my score for the first time at the premiere." Zimmer's fingerprints are nevertheless smeared all over The Whole Wide World - bass-heavy synthesizers and bombastic arrangements are just two of his signature moves borrowed wholesale by Gregson-Williams, who also dabbles in a series of melodic contexts spanning from lush romance to epic action to Latin-inspired dance (the idiosyncratic "Sombrero"). Gregson-Williams is nevertheless too much of a novice to command any of these disparate genres with authority, and the result is a score undermined by its disjointed, often haphazard approach.
Lakeshore Records is thrilled to release the soundtrack to “Black Mirror: Black Museum”, featuring score by Cristobal Tapia de Veer (Utopia, “Humans“, The Girl with All The Gifts). Dark, brooding, and hypnotic, the muted opening enters a tribalistic rhythm with a muted piano piercing the pulsations with staccato stabs. Ghostly vocals hover later on, specters that appear briefly before fading quickly into the darkness. The track builds upon the tribal drums and enters the realm of dissonance without becoming offensive to the ears, culminating in a moment of near ritualistic worship.
How I Live Now is the big screen adaptation of the award-winning young adult novel by Meg Rosoff, directed by acclaimed Academy Award winning director Kevin McDonald (The Last King Of Scotland, Marley). The original soundtrack is scored by Jon Hopkins, composer, producer and longterm collaborator of Brian Eno and Coldplay. Featuring some of his darkest, most nihilistic work to date, the score is built from two contrasting elements - atonal, sub-terrestrial drones with a backbone of pounding rhythms, and sublimely pastoral acoustic piano. These two opposing musical forces guide the viewer through the film, by turns disturbing and beautifully meditative. The centrepiece of the score is the track The Hawk, a timeless and heartbreaking theme that recurs throughout the film.
Another TD soundtrack that saw the daylight years after its recording was Deadly Care, music for a TV movie that was composed and recorded back in 1987 by Edgar Froese and Chris Franke but not released until 1992. The CD contains all of the music as supplied by TD to Universal Television. "Deadly Care" is a haunting, detached and at times a melancholic soundtrack. It's dark soundscapes are apropos and the quality of the musical performances are very refined. Edgar Froese and friends entice listeners with an ominously profound, gloomy but high quality CD, namely, Deadly Care.