K-Pax [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

K-Pax [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Edward Shearmur
     
 
Prot, the character Kevin Spacey portrays in the sci-fi film K-Pax, might be an extraterrestrial visitor, or he might merely be a psychotic human. Edward Shearmur's sophisticated score manages to convey this duality in musical terms by alternating and combining ethereal elements with more earthbound ones. Hazy strings often hover in the distance while

Overview

Prot, the character Kevin Spacey portrays in the sci-fi film K-Pax, might be an extraterrestrial visitor, or he might merely be a psychotic human. Edward Shearmur's sophisticated score manages to convey this duality in musical terms by alternating and combining ethereal elements with more earthbound ones. Hazy strings often hover in the distance while electronic bleeps fade in and out of perception like music from another sphere. But from time to time, Shearmur's music is grounded by sounds representing the here and now, such as the beat that drives "Taxi Ride" forward and the insistent rhythmic patterns that crop up on several tracks, ticking off time like a mechanistic clockwork. With shades of the music from another Spacey vehicle -- Thomas Newman's score for American Beauty -- the sound here is often colored with marimba and other mallet percussion. Throughout the score, other musical elements bridge the gap between alien mystery and earthly hubbub, such as the melodic piano, wordless female voice, and solo violin and guitar, all of which provide a recurring touch of humanity and emotion. For the most part, K-Pax is made up of contemplative and unobtrusive music, although one track, "July 27th," builds up a good deal of dramatic tension. The piano solo on the final track, "Coda," however, offers a quietly satisfying and beautifully peaceful resolution.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Edward Shearmur's score for K-Pax appropriately combines orchestral pieces with electronic music, so to match the fanciful tone of a film about a mental patient (played by Kevin Spacey) who claims to be from another planet and his psychiatrist (Jeff Bridges). But a solo piano-like sound, playing slow, introspective single-note melodies, is the primary musical element, the piano backed by haunting synthesized sounds on a cue such as "Good Morning Bess." The result is a soundtrack that works as an ambient new age album much of the time, as well as providing a souvenir to the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0044001619229
catalogNumber:
016192

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Performance Credits

Edward Shearmur   Primary Artist,Conductor
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Chas Smith   Percussion
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Edward Sheamur   Conductor
Melissa Kaplan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Composer
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Joel Iwataki   Engineer,Engineering
Larry Mullen   Composer
Edward Shearmur   Producer
Brad Warnaar   Orchestration
Sandy De Crescent   Orchestration
Penny Bennett   Art Direction
Bryan Carrigan   Programming
Chris Fogel   Engineer
Edward Sheamur   Producer
Robert Elhai   Orchestration
Herwig Maurer   Programming
Jeff McIlwain   Programming
Iain Softley   Executive Producer

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