12 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Hurt Locker was the David vs. Goliath story of the 2010 Academy Awards, a modestly budgeted independent examination of the Iraq war’s impact on a close-knit bomb disposal squad that eventually captured six Oscars. Though nominated for their musical contributions to the film, composers Buck Sanders and Marco Beltrami could argue they deserve a share of the sound awards as well — so closely is their eerie, synthetic/organic fusion score interwoven with the film’s overall sound design. At the core of their ethereal, disquieting soundtrack are instrumental performances by the composers themselves (Beltrami on significantly altered piano, Sanders on ghostly, wafting guitar), augmented by a dozen skilled session soloists operating in a studio environ where experimentalism was freely encouraged. The resulting musical score contains but the barest traces of traditional themes and musical motifs, wed to fleeting wisps of Middle Eastern modalities in a digitally manipulated soundscape that’s responsible not so much for the film’s sense of time and place as it’s impressionistic, oft-unsettling emotional core.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Hurt Locker was the David vs. Goliath story of the 2010 Academy Awards, a modestly budgeted independent examination of the Iraq war’s impact on a close-knit bomb disposal squad that eventually captured six Oscars. Though nominated for their musical contributions to the film, composers Buck Sanders and Marco Beltrami could argue they deserve a share of the sound awards as well — so closely is their eerie, synthetic/organic fusion score interwoven with the film’s overall sound design. At the core of their ethereal, disquieting soundtrack are instrumental performances by the composers themselves (Beltrami on significantly altered piano, Sanders on ghostly, wafting guitar), augmented by a dozen skilled session soloists operating in a studio environ where experimentalism was freely encouraged. The resulting musical score contains but the barest traces of traditional themes and musical motifs, wed to fleeting wisps of Middle Eastern modalities in a digitally manipulated soundscape that’s responsible not so much for the film’s sense of time and place as it’s impressionistic, oft-unsettling emotional core.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5

51 Ratings

51 Ratings

iTunes. You have made my life complete.

Agent of Chaos

I've been waiting for this soundtrack for forever. I fell in love with the movie and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the music for it. Now I can enjoy it. Thank you sooo much! :)

Finally! One of the best scores of the year!

Neo78956

I was wondering if Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders' fantastic score for The Hurt Locker would ever see the light of day Eerie, moody, and emotional, this is a very ambient score that mostly highlights the suspenseful and emotionally charged scenes of the film. The final track, "The Way I Am" is worth buying by itself. It really captures the entire mood and feelings of the film, which for my money, is the best film of the year. Definitely worth buying! Thanks iTunes!

One of the best this year

Howard Stern’s Penis

I am an soundtrack fiend. This composed ambient music is one of the best i have heard. It goes hand and hand with the greats like "there will be blood" and "blade Runner" do yourself a favor and purchase!!

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