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SNOWPIERCER  (2013)
Production Company: Moho Films, Opus Pictures, Stillking Films, CJ Entertainment, Stone Comics Entertainment, Snowpiercer
Distributors: The Weinstein Company & Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release date (South Korea): 1 August 2013

Director: Joon-ho Bong
Screenplay: Joon-ho Bong & Kelly Masterson
Based on Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand & Jean-Marc Rochette

Music Composed by Marco Beltrami
Orchestrated by Dennis Smith
Recorded and Mixed by John Kurlander
Music Editor Chris McGeary, Angela Claverie & Ron Finn
Music Produced by Buck Sanders

Synopsis: Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway.

A NOTE FROM THE COMPOSER

The first task was to come up with the "Wilford song" that the teacher and kids sing in the classroom. Bong needed it for shooting, so I employed my wife and kids and they gave me strange looks but dutifully sang for me nonetheless.  After that I began adapting some of my thematic ideas to the picture pieces that Bong would send me and would mock them up and send them over to him in Korea. I believe the first cue I sent was the standoff with the axe wielding hooded guards. The idea was to use familiar sounds (piano, strings, brass) and treat them in such a way that they were alienating, perhaps intimidating. With this I also sent a thematic idea for the opening of the picture. I held my breath for a bit, and when Bong responded well to both ideas, I knew I was off and running.  Over the course of the next few months as the picture was being edited, I worked at refining my ideas. We would have Skype calls periodically at my studio in Malibu to review cues and Dooho would translate. One of the major areas to tackle was the whole steam car and dance club scenes. Buck got ahold of all sorts of train and steam sounds to process and used that as an underlying pulse. Again, here in this section, the sound world and music world became blurred.  I usually understood the gist of Bong's comments, but in a couple of places it took me a few runs to get it right. The sushi scene was the hardest. Finally, in desperation I think, Bong told me to look at The Deer Hunter. At last it clicked. Bong's attention to detail and nuance was exacting. He pushed me to think in new ways, which in the end is really what collaboration is all about.  It has been an honor for me to be involved in the process of Bong's genius throughout this project. I hope the score succeeds at providing a cohesive emotional undercurrent, and I am very thankful for having the opportunity to get to know one of my cinematic heroes.

SNOWPIERCER Premiere
Los Angeles, USA

   

V A R E S E   S A R A B A N D E  (302 067 296 8)

01. This is the End (3:41)
02. Stomp (1:00)
03. Preparation (3:10)
04. Requesting an Upgrade (3:40)
05. Take the Engine (2:04)
06. Axe Gang (2:22)
07. Axe Schlomo (1:47)
08. Blackout Fight (4:24)
09. Water Supply (2:32)
10. Go Ahead (2:45)
11. Sushi (1:14)
12. The Seven (1:00)
13. We Go Forward (2:05)
14. Steam Car (2:38)
15. Seoul Train (2:26)
16. Snow Melt (2:02)
17. Take My Place (5:56)
18. Yona Lights (3:33)
19. This is the Beginning (4:00)
20. Yona's Theme (3:38) PDF

Release date: 22 July 2014
Total Time: 55:57
Length of the Score: 74 minutes

 

Purchase linksAmazon US, Varese Sarabande, iTunes

C J   E  &  M   (CMDC 10153)

01. This is the End (3:41)
02. Stomp (1:00)
03. Preparation (3:10)
04. Requesting an Upgrade (3:40)
05. Take the Engine (2:04)
06. Axe Gang (2:22)
07. Axe Schlomo (1:47)
08. Blackout Fight (4:24)
09. Water Supply (2:32)
10. Go Ahead (2:45)
11. Sushi (1:14)
12. The Seven (1:00)
13. We Go Forward (2:05)
14. Steam Car (2:38)
15. Seoul Train (2:26)
16. Snow Melt (2:02)
17. Take My Place (5:56)
18. Yona Lights (3:33)
19. This is the Beginning (4:00)
20. Yona's Theme (3:38) PDF

Release date: 27 August 2013
Total Time: 55:57

 

 

Purchase links: Yes Asia, Amazon US, Naver Music

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