The Others [Music from the Motion Picture]by Alejandro Amenábar
The spine-tingling art house horror film The Others, the English-language debut from Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes), generated a big media buzz due to the highly publicized divorce between the film's producer, Tom Cruise, and the film's star, Nicole Kidman, which became final just hours after the Hollywood premiere. Tabloid headlines aside, Amenábar deserves props for the fine work he's done writing and directing the film, as well as composing the score. "For me, the process of making a picture involves a complete integration of music, sound, and image," Amenábar said in an interview for a film web site. And he deftly realizes this vision with his richly textured and impressionistic score, performed by the London Session Orchestra. With its haunting flute, harp, and string arrangement, the main theme sets a dreamlike mood before segueing into the ominous "Wakey Wakey," where a deep oboe note and shuddering strings foreshadow the future perils of the film's heroine. Amenábar further escalates tension, creating a sense of inescapable doom, with the racing tempo and orchestral thunderclap on "They Are Everywhere." While he slows the pace briefly for "Reunion," an innocent, childlike piano piece, he quickly plunges the listener back into a symphony of fear with the oboe-and-strings-accented "I Do Believe It" -- which reveals the filmmaker's masterful skill at evoking the spooky sound of things that go bump in the night.
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