Cult Cuts: Music from the Modern Cinema

Cult Cuts: Music from the Modern Cinema

by Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
     
 
Although the title Cult Cuts might make for a mildly amusing fractured cliché, this album, a compilation of tracks drawn from Silva Screen Records' library of re-recordings of film music, doesn't actually feature music from cult movies. The term "cult" is subjective, to be sure, but it's hard to call a film a cult picture when it has

Overview

Although the title Cult Cuts might make for a mildly amusing fractured cliché, this album, a compilation of tracks drawn from Silva Screen Records' library of re-recordings of film music, doesn't actually feature music from cult movies. The term "cult" is subjective, to be sure, but it's hard to call a film a cult picture when it has grossed upwards of $100 million and been up for, or won, a number of Academy Awards, and the selection here includes such Best Picture winners as Crash and The Departed. In fact, most of the movies are Hollywood favorites of one sort or another. A better description is the subtitle, "Music from the Modern Cinema," since, while the films cover the years 1968 to 2006, in fact 12 of the 16 tracks come from movies of the 1990s and 2000s. To the extent to which they can be considered typical, they suggest that film music, influenced by decades of rhythm-heavy rock, has become somewhat less orchestral. Indeed, although the back cover credits the performances on the album to the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (Silva Screen's workhorse for building its catalog) and London Music Works (whatever that is), the Prague appears on only eight of the tracks. Two cuts, the Lalo Schifrin compositions from Dirty Harry and Bullitt, are performed by National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the rest either by London Music Works or the equally generic-sounding London Ensemble, both probably pseudonyms for people laboring over hot synthesizers and computers. This is music for thrillers and high-profile dramas, with plenty of pounding beats and unusual sounds, culminating in Tyler Bates' heavy metal effort, "Fever Dream," from the live-action cartoon 300. This is not the music of cult cinema, except to the extent that modern cinema addresses itself to several large cults of consumers, but it does give a good sense of the kind of music being made for the more popular efforts at the local multiplex in the late 20th and early 21st century.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0738572127022
catalogNumber:
1118940
Rank:
216285

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Performance Credits

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Primary Artist
National Youth Jazz Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
James Fitzpatrick   Conductor
London Ensemble   Ensemble
London Music Works   Ensemble
John Howlett   Guitar
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Composer
Mark Isham   Composer
Jerry Goldsmith   Composer
Bernard Herrmann   Composer
Cliff Martinez   Composer
Thomas Newman   Composer
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Composer
Gustavo Santaolalla   Composer
Howard Shore   Composer
Hans Zimmer   Composer
Tomoyasu Hotei   Composer
Clint Mansell   Composer
Tyler Bates   Composer
Unspecified Enemies   Composer
Damien Doherty   Art Direction
John Powell   Composer
Reynold da Silva   Executive Producer

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