A little while ago I picked up the soundtrack to the film ‘Black Swan’ by Clint Mansell and recently I picked up another of his, from the movie ‘Moon’. I watched the film a while back but had no idea that Mansell had done the music, so the plan now is to watch the film again and pay a little more attention to it in context.
If you haven’t seen the film then I highly recommend it as it has a lot going for it. Firstly, it’s a British Sci-fi film, which you don’t see many of, it’s considered to be scientifically possible rather than far fetched flying through space faster than light speed and shooting lasers at each other and suchlike. It’s also a good story and has a great performance from Sam Rockwell who goes through a bit of a personal crisis towards the end of his three year solitary shift mining Helium-3 on the far side of the moon.
This was a modestly budgeted film that grossed under $10 million worldwide, but that same year The Pink Panther 2 grossed over $75 Million, which actually proves nothing other than how much a film grosses is not a measure of it’s quality. The Pink Panther 2 was bloody abysmal.
Just in case you didn’t know, The script for Moon was written by Duncan Jones, who is the son of David Bowie. Here is a trailer for the film so that you can get an idea of what it is all about and there’s a bit of the music by Mansell in it as well:
The soundtrack is subtle, repetitively simple even, with piano appearing throughout and with a repeating theme, sometimes in glimpses and sometimes not but with each piece evoking what has past and what is to come. I like Mansell’s soundtrack work, well, the tow I’ve heard so far anyway. ‘Black Swan’ is a lot more intricate, which it would be, being based on ‘Swan Lake’, but there’s a lovely ambience around the Moon soundtrack and it is a good listen regardless of being a soundtrack.
|1||Welcome To Lunar Industries||7:12|
|2||Two Weeks & Counting…||2:00|
|3||I’m Sam Bell||3:45|
|4||I’m Sam Bell, Too…||5:05|
|5||Memories (Someone We’ll Never Know)||4:53|
|6||Are You Receiving?||3:18|
|7||Can’t Get There From Here||3:17|
|8||“We’re Not Programs, Gerty, We’re People”||5:10|
|11||We’re Going Home||3:42|
|12||Welcome To Lunar Industries (Three Year Stretch…)||10:04|
Here is the entire soundtrack: