Cloud Atlas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Cloud Atlas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Johnny Klimek
     
 

A truly cooperative affair, 2012's mesmerizing new age/fantasy/science fiction/drama Cloud Atlas utilized not only three directors (Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski), but three composers (Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil) as well. The trio, who penned scores for Tykwer's other films including Run Lola Run,See more details below

Overview

A truly cooperative affair, 2012's mesmerizing new age/fantasy/science fiction/drama Cloud Atlas utilized not only three directors (Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski), but three composers (Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil) as well. The trio, who penned scores for Tykwer's other films including Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and The International under the moniker Pale 3, do a remarkable job in unifying (musically) the multi-layered film, which spans 500 years and six different stories, by ignoring its density and concentrating on a handful melodies as a catalyst. One of the film's most important threads is that of the "Cloud Atlas Sextet," which travels through the narrative like a boomerang, affecting characters across centuries. The piece itself is lovely, deftly balancing sorrow and sentimentality without ever becoming cloying, occasionally subverting the melancholy with impish, wicked whimsy. The other thread, "The Atlas March," is more subtle, offering up a simpler melody that retains its other half's drama, yet carries with it the weight and wistfulness of age. Tykwer, Klimek and Heil could have tried to take on Cloud Atlas' immensity head on, utilizing the kind of explosive, heavy artillery that has become the norm for big spectacle films (which is what many composers would have done after feasting their eyes on the film's epic, sumptuous visuals), but by choosing a more nuanced discipline, they've not only helped to illuminate the film's emotional core, they've gone and unearthed it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
Label:
Watertower Music
UPC:
0794043163814
catalogNumber:
39384

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Klimek   Primary Artist,electronics
Reinhold Heil   electronics
Tom Tykwer   electronics
Kristjan Järvi   Conductor
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey   electronics
Ragna Schirmer   Piano
Waltraut Wachter   Concert Master
MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Michiyo Suzuki   Clarinet
MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Taka Kigawa   Piano

Technical Credits

Reinhold Heil   Arranger,Composer
Johnny Klimek   Arranger,Composer
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar   Mastering
Tom Tykwer   Arranger,Composer
Lisa Margolis   Music Business Affairs
Sandeep Sriram   Art Direction
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey   Programming
Gene Pritsker   Orchestration
Marcellus Puhlemann   Legal Advisor
Robert Baldowski   Engineering
Thomas Wieber   Engineering
Matthias Sachers   Engineering
Charles Coleman   Orchestration
Olaf Dix   Engineering
Max Knoth   Orchestration,Engineering
Vincent Oppido   Orchestration
Justin Bell   Programming,Orchestration
Jordan Balagot   Programming

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