Adaptation [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Spike Jonze's Adaptation, starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, is based on Susan Orlean's 1999 bestseller The Orchid Thief, which tells the tale of the rare ghost orchid and the cryptic gentleman who attempts to poach it from a federally protected Florida swamp. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's Möbius strip–like treatment is more a meditation on passion and the creative process than a film translation of Orlean's book. Reflecting Adaptation's shifting narrative is Carter Burwell's lush, noirish rock- and jazz-infused score. Noted for his work with the Coen brothers on Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, and Fargo as well as Jonze on Being John Malkovich, Burwell hints at his...
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Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
Spike Jonze's Adaptation, starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, is based on Susan Orlean's 1999 bestseller The Orchid Thief, which tells the tale of the rare ghost orchid and the cryptic gentleman who attempts to poach it from a federally protected Florida swamp. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's Möbius strip–like treatment is more a meditation on passion and the creative process than a film translation of Orlean's book. Reflecting Adaptation's shifting narrative is Carter Burwell's lush, noirish rock- and jazz-infused score. Noted for his work with the Coen brothers on Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, and Fargo as well as Jonze on Being John Malkovich, Burwell hints at his own arty, downtown New York origins in the score's masterful mix of spectral synths, urbane drum loops, and classical instrumentation. Befitting the mysterious, slightly sinister flower at the story's heart, a warm air of the exotic echoes throughout these gorgeous pieces. The disc also features the Turtles' 1967 classic "Happy Together" and an exclusive Fatboy Slim remix of Burwell's Adaptation theme. With Burwell's Adaptation, one of the year's most talked about films gets an equally arresting musical complement.
All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
The unusual, uncategorizable Adaptation is hardly what anyone would call a thriller in the conventional sense of the word. Carter Burwell's atmospheric soundtrack, however, while never quite "creepy" or "eerie," does mine a palpably suspenseful vein from ominous start to melancholy finish. Since you never know what's going to happen next in Spike Jonze's acclaimed "meta-movie," this seems only fitting. Best known for the many soundtracks he has composed for the equally iconoclastic Joel and Ethan Coen, Burwell's complete score is included with the release, along with two non-dance-oriented remixes: "Adaptation," as interpreted by Fatboy Slim aka former Housemartin Norman Cook, and "The Screenwriter's Nightmare," by Zeno. Longtime Jonze fans are sure to appreciate the aptness of Cook's participation as the director who was also behind the award-winning video for "Weapon of Choice" featuring a kinetic Christopher Walken. The Turtles' radiant "Happy Together," which plays a key role in the film, caps things off.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2002
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • UPC: 724354348426
  • Catalog Number: 43484

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carter Burwell Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Conductor, Sampling
The Turtles Ensemble
Bill Mays Piano, Celeste
John Patitucci Electric Bass
David Torn Guitar
Gordon Gottlieb Percussion
Myung Hi Kim Violin
Yurika Mok Violin
Sandra Park Violin
Shelley Woodworth English Horn
Rebecca Young Viola
Elizabeth Lim Violin
Melissa Kleinbart Violin
Erik Charleston Percussion
Ann Kim Violin
Eileen Moon Cello
Sharon Yamada Violin
Robert Rinehart Viola
Lisa Kim Violin
Vivek Kamath Viola
Jeremy McCoy Bass
Jung Sun Yoo Violin
Sarah Kim Violin
Tom Rosenfeld Viola
Judith McIntyre Cello
Alan Stepansky Cello
Stacey Shames Harp
Technical Credits
Carter Burwell Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Essay
Fatboy Slim Remixing
Spike Jonze Executive Producer, Soundtrack Executive Producer
Errol Kolosine Producer
Jason Stasium Engineer
Ryan Smith Engineer
Vincent Landay Producer
Dean Parker Composer's Assistant
Charlie Kaufman Author
Andy Jenkins Graphic Design
Jorge Zeno Remixing
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