Brick Soundtrack (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
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Beauty By Way of Kitchen Utensils
This is Nathan Johnson's first score. Yes, his first score. He has done nothing else, and what a debut it is. Now what you must understand is that this score is like no other. It is very different from the mainstream fare that we've become accustomed to. There is no 90+ piece orchestra. There is Nathan, a group of musicians (Cinematic Underground), his apartment and a beat up Powerbook. Oh yes, can't forget the ONE microphone. However he does this, I don't know. But he pulls it off perfectly. The score opens up with "Emily's Theme" which pretty much sums up how original the rest of the score is. It's a fantastic track that starts out with a few chords from a guitar, and what I can only guess is what's called a wine-o-phone. It basically sounds like glass bottles being clanged together to deliver a melodic tune. If you're open, it can amaze you. The score climaxes with "War", which starts out subly with a haunting theme played with a few trumpets. The track dies down, but by the end it swells with amazing precussion, trumpets, and whatever else they felt like throwing in there. It's not messy at all though, it seems everything is played for a purpose. Every instrument and quasi-instrument is used to the best of its ability. Whether it be a violin or a Wine-o-phone, they're all used beautifully. There are three songs on the soundtrack and also a spoken word poem. Two of the songs seem to be originally from the 30s-40s, I'm not sure. And the other song is by The Velvet Underground. The poem is performed by Nora Zehetner, who plays Laura in the film. She performs this poem nicely. I'll conclude with saying that this soundtrack is not for everyone. As Soundtrack.net said, it's not Lord of the Rings or Titanic. It's a score that was done by a small group of people in a small space with a small amount of equipment. But if you can consider this, and consider the obviously talent that's involved, then you certainly WON'T be disappointed.
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Great Soundtrack to a Great Movie
I saw a preview of this film several weeks ago. The story was great and the music fits so well with the movie. The music as a whole is understated which is a good thing. It is not telling you how to feel, but rather an aid to help move the story along. Emily's Theme is simply het has a haunting feel to it. For those who like the film you really should buy or at least check out the soundtrack.