Mirrormask [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Mirrormask [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Iain Ballamy
     
 

Director Dave McKean's MirrorMask, a film developed through the Jim Henson Company, is an elaborate fantasy that has been likened to a 21st century version of The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland in the sense that it follows a girl into a strange world, albeit a darker one than those depicted in such children's books. McKean imagined an extremely diverseSee more details below

Overview

Director Dave McKean's MirrorMask, a film developed through the Jim Henson Company, is an elaborate fantasy that has been likened to a 21st century version of The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland in the sense that it follows a girl into a strange world, albeit a darker one than those depicted in such children's books. McKean imagined an extremely diverse background score. ("I wanted the film to sound like everywhere and nowhere," he writes in the liner notes to the soundtrack album.) And he has gotten it in the first such effort by jazz saxophonist Iain Ballamy, who, for his part, claims with justification to have created "a unique and eclectic soundtrack." Eclectic it certainly is. One minute an accordion is playing circus music (in keeping with the opening setting in a circus). Soon after, Eastern European music reminiscent of Kurt Weill (and later Tom Waits) appears, then a complex, fast-paced classical composition that sounds like something Frank Zappa would come up with ("Rabbit Band"). There are eerie passages that sound orchestral (although much of the music is programmed rather than played), and here and there the Scandinavian singer Josefine Cronholm turns up, notably in an odd-sounding, multi-tracked cover of the old Carpenters hit "Close to You." This is a long soundtrack album, running more than 74 minutes and including 30 cues, and, without reference to the film, it sounds like a lot of different soundtrack albums patched together. But maybe that's just a way of saying that the director got what he wanted.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
La-La Land Records
UPC:
0826924103128
catalogNumber:
1031

Tracks

  1. Sock Puppets / Flyover
  2. Circus Overture
  3. Spanish Web
  4. Gorillas!
  5. Running for the Bus
  6. Abandoned Hall
  7. Leaving the City
  8. Arresting Helena
  9. The White Queen Sleeps / The White Palace
  10. Rabbit Band
  11. The Library
  12. The Myth of Creation
  13. Fish Street
  14. Looking Through the Window
  15. Giants Orbiting
  16. Outside Bagwell's
  17. Mrs. Bagwell's Rhumba
  18. Meeting the Sphinx and the Dark Queen
  19. Monkeybirds
  20. Dream Park / Meeting in a Dream
  21. Conjuring a Dome
  22. In the Dark Forest
  23. Betrayed!
  24. Close to You
  25. A New Life
  26. A Rather Tense Dinner Party
  27. Butterfingers
  28. Discoveries / Fight or Flight? / Goodbye Evil Helena
  29. My Waltz for Newk
  30. If I Apologised (for the film Mirrormask)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Iain Ballamy   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wood Flute
Kálmán Balogh   Cimbalom
Chris Batchelor   Trumpet
Martin France   Drums
David Powell   Tuba
Ashley Slater   Trombone,Vocals
John Parricelli   Guitar
Stuart Hall   Banjo,Violin
Josefine Cronholm   Vocals
Stian Carstensen   Accordion
Arve Henriksen   Trumpet,Vocals
Neil Percy   Percussion
Matthew Sharp   Cello
Igor Outkine   Accordion
Martin Sharp   Cello
Trifon Trifanov   Alto Saxophone
Dave Powell   Tuba

Technical Credits

Iain Ballamy   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Ashley Slater   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Audio Production,Engineering
Ford A. Thaxton   Producer
Dave McKean   Composer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Michael V. Gerhard   Executive Producer
Matt Verboys   Executive Producer
Neil Gaiman   Composer
Chris Lewis   Engineering
Jeremy Cox   Engineering
Michael Polis   Producer

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