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Editors’ Notes

Composer Nathan Johnson, who heads up the rock group The Cinematic Underground, received a fair amount of attention for his score for Brick, the excellent 2005 neo-noir directed by his cousin Rian Johnson. Nathan combined traditional and custom-made instruments to create the film’s effective music, and he went on to score Rian’s next two features, The Brothers Bloom and Looper. The latter movie is set in 2044, when Mafia-style hitmen known as loopers are hired to kill marks that are sent back to them from even further in the future. Johnson is clearly expert at blending musical instruments with other sonic phenomena. It’s unclear what sources were used to craft “A Body That Technically Does Not Exist,” but it successfully creates a sense of intrigue with just a handful of sounds. Johnson certainly knows how to write requisite action-scene music where strings chug, horns blast, and drums pound, but the most interesting tracks are the more atmospheric ones, like “Seth’s Tale.” The album concludes with “Everything Comes Around,” a piece for piano, strings, and music box.

Customer Reviews

Crazy Awesome

Innovative. That’s the first word that springs to mind as I listen to the score for Looper. Composer Nathan Johnson didn’t exactly go for the traditional approach – and I, for one, am delighted that he didn’t. According to one interview, his stated goal was to write music evocative of Looper’s futuristic, wormhole-riddled world; a world which is, quite literally, falling apart. In pursuit of that goal, Johnson and his team got creative with their instrumentation… like, really creative. They scavenged hardware stores for plastic tubing and sheets of metal. They captured the audio of slamming car doors and used it as a foundation for kettle drums. They even found a way to incorporate the clicking sounds of a revolver (as if emphasizing the movie’s violent premise). Crazy stuff. Awesome stuff. But of course, all this innovation wouldn’t be worth squat without heart and brains to back it up: Looper has both. I trust it is no exaggeration to say that this is the coolest, cleverest, most exquisite sci-fi soundtrack to come along since 2010′s Inception.

Top notch!

As a composer myself, I rarely review other peoples work. But Nathan has outdone himself and it just had to be said. :) Innovative, fun and tense...Can't wait to see the movie.


Futuristic, innovative, a nice change after listening to Traditional Music

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