FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS TO RELEASE BATES MOTEL SOUNDTRACK
Featuring Original Music By Chris Bacon
(August 13, 2014– Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande Records will release BATES MOTEL – Original Television Series Soundtrack digitally and on CD August 25, 2014. The soundtrack features the original score composed by Chris Bacon (SOURCE CODE, SMASH). BATES MOTEL will premeire its third season in 2015.
“In my early conversations with the show's producers about the score's direction, they made it clear that we are not trying to re-create or pay homage to the original PSYCHO, which was good news because that's one of the most iconic and recognizable scores of all time and my attempts to emulate would most likely come across as a cheap imitation,” explained Bacon. “BATES MOTEL is not so much a horror show as a psychological drama with real elements of emotion, tension, humor, as well as some horrific events. The tightrope has been trying to play the real emotion between Norma and Norman while maintaining just enough discomfort to underplay the dysfunctional elements of their relationship.”
Chris Bacon burst onto the film-scoring scene with his full throttled score for Duncan Jones’s hit thriller SOURCE CODE. Bacon grew up in Utah, learning playing piano and saxophone before studying music composition in college. He moved to L.A. to attend USC’s film scoring program, which resulted in his apprenticeship with James Newton Howard.
Having cut his teeth as a protégé—orchestrating, co-composing, and writing additional music—of James Newton Howard (on films like GNOMEO AND JULIET and KING KONG), Bacon made his solo debut with the score for ANGELS FALL and hasn’t looked back. He gave animated accompaniments to SPACE CHIMPS and ALPHA AND OMEGA, and composed the dramatic score for the war documentary HIGH GROUND produced by Don Hahn. He also wrote the underscore for the second half of NBC’s SMASH season one, which has earned him his first Emmy® Award Nomination. His recent work includes the score to John Putch’s ATLAS SHRUGGED II: THE STRIKE, season 2 of SMASH, and Stephen Gyllenhaal’s SWORN TO SILENCE.
Produced by Universal Television for A&E, BATES MOTEL is a television series drama inspired by Hitchcock’s genre-defining film, PSYCHO is a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates, relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit. Viewers will have access to the dark, twisted back story and learn first-hand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all. Bates Motel casts includes Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Carbonell.
"There are several musical themes that weave their way throughout the series," said Bacon. "Most prominent are probably the quasi-love theme between Norman and Norma, and a more mysterious theme that we first hear in connection with the house which evolved into the overall theme of the show and its psychology. In addition are thematic accompaniments for many of Norman's relationships, which include his brother Dylan, friend-zone girlfriend Emma, object-of-desire Bradley, and forbidden fruit Miss Watson."
Universal Television and A&E present BATES MOTEL, season three will premiere in 2015. The BATES MOTEL - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Varèse Sarabande Records will be available digitally and on CD August 25, 2104.
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