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 Posted:   Aug 11, 2022 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   ddddeeee   (Member)

Seems like a great gig with a good director.

“White Noise” dramatizes a contemporary American family's attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world.

 Posted:   Sep 1, 2022 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   ddddeeee   (Member)

The movie premiered at Venice yesterday and Elfman's score is getting good notices.

The feeling remains that Baumbach is more in command with character-driven material than with this kind of accelerated absurdist plotting, which works to the extent it does in part thanks to Danny Elfman’s dark funhouse score, an exuberant return to vintage form.

He turns White Noise into a pastiche of 1980s Spielbergian action fantasy, with its downright nostalgic portrait of a small-town disaster. (There’s even a playfully crescendoing Danny Elfman score.)

But it moves with purpose from the get-go as composer Danny Elfman’s Coplandesque strains herald a new school year coming to life for Jack, a protective husband/father in a bustling family with kind, attentive fitness instructor Babette (a crispy-permed Greta Gerwig) and their hyperaware brood: contrarian know-it-all adolescent Heinrich (Sam Nivola); observant tweener and eating-health monitor Denise (Raffey Cassidy); and littler ones Steffie (May Nivola) and Wilder (Jodie Turner-Smith).

If one awards-season prospect leaps out at this early stage, it would be for Jess Gonchor’s tasty popsicle-hued production design, followed closely by Danny Elfman’s nuanced score, which channels the modern classicism of John Adams, but adds a note of irony to the gravitas.

Danny Elfman’s score pastiches all the usual beats from thriller to epic to romantic resolution via gunfire: this is an American neurosis after all, so one of the flavours is cordite.

A blend of orchestral and electronic music in Danny Elfman’s score represents this shifting approach to satire, irony, and empathy.

 Posted:   Sep 1, 2022 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   DS   (Member)

Sounds like it's a bigger and more prominent score than most movies get now, but it's kind of odd how one reviewer compares the score to Aaron Copeland while another compares it to John Adams. I've been tired of minimalism in film music for a very long time now, so for my taste I would vastly prefer more of the former than the latter.

 Posted:   Sep 1, 2022 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

 Posted:   Oct 11, 2022 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Interview with Elfman, Baumbach, and more

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2022 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

First score clip:

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2022 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

New score clip

 Posted:   Nov 17, 2022 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

The 45 minute score album is now out in any country where it is already Friday

1. Waves and Radiation (1:22)
2. Me First (2:05)
3. Duel Lecture (4:59)
4. Airborne Toxic Event (0:31)
5. Toxic Chemicals (1:00)
6. Chew Gum or Smoke (1:32)
7. We’re Late (1:03)
8. Highway Disaster (1:06)
9. Up There (2:09)
10. Teddy Bear (1:51)
11. Panic (1:07)
12. Terribly Sad Moment (4:39)
13. Trash (3:34)
14. Bad Dream (2:16)
15. Lost in the Kitchen (1:14)
16. Finding Mink (3:02)
17. You Shot You (1:45)
18. Sunrise (2:43)
19. Wrap Up (0:55)
20. Nebulous Mass (2:32)
21. The Cloud Is Coming – Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips (4:02)

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2022 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   DS   (Member)

Any thoughts on this? The one clip I've heard is in that same minimalistic style that Elfman has been into for many years now and which I don't specifically like.

Are there actually a few tracks reminiscent of Aaron Copeland or was the reviewer who wrote that reaching?

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2022 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

I'm really enjoying it. It flirts around many of Elfman's earlier styles with nods to the likes of Mars Attacks! and even The Simpsons! Certainly not minimalistic IMHO.

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2022 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   DS   (Member)

I'm really enjoying it. It flirts around many of Elfman's earlier styles with nods to the likes of Mars Attacks! and even The Simpsons! Certainly not minimalistic IMHO.

Sounds very promising. Hopefully I will also respond to it that way.

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2022 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   John Mullin   (Member)

I love this album. I haven't seen the movie, but the 45 minute score presentation is my favorite new Elfman soundtrack in years and years... maybe since 2015 or so?

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 1:28 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

This was a big anti-climax for me, I'm afraid. Based on references to Tangerine Dream that Baumbach himself mentioned in interviews, I was expecting -- and hoping -- for a score in the vein of WISDOM or at the very least THE CIRCLE. Something purely electronic, loads of sequencers etc. It certainly isn't. While there are electronics here, they're used far more discretely, as colouring. And the rest of the score -- as it is -- sits in an OK, straightforward orchestral-minimalist style instead. So the disappointment I felt in that it wasn't in the idiom I expected, will have to subside until I can hopefully enjoy it for what it is.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2022 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Loved the first track... the rest, not so much.

 Posted:   Nov 22, 2022 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

I finally got to listen to this! And I quite loved it. Classic Elfman all the way through and touches on so many genres that he has mastered: Sci-Fi, Drama, Offbeat Comedy. You can hear them all here. I was pleasantly surprised by the bits of theremin, as I had no expectation of what this would sound like.

I'm really curious whatever interview with director Baumbach which Thor mentioned. I'm actually insanely thankful this isn't another Tangerine Dream wannabe, as there are already enough hack artists doing that today so thank heavens Elfman can be himself.

 Posted:   Nov 23, 2022 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

 Posted:   Nov 23, 2022 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Is there a reason why all the people are too big?

 Posted:   Dec 30, 2022 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Elman's score is praised in this review which calls it one of the best scores of the year. Sounds like the movie has three parts which Elman captures. I'm interested is seeing the film and hearing the score.

 Posted:   Dec 30, 2022 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

The score:

 Posted:   Dec 30, 2022 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

My thoughts:

It's not a bad score. It's kind of all over the place, but not necessarily in a bad way. It's got a lot of the old Elfman sounds I miss. It has all the common little Elfman-isms we know, from the ideas to orchestration. There's a surprisingly amount of "Men in Black [1]" similarities, at one point even tinging it with electronic ideas from the main theme from "Planet of the Apes" (AKA: The best cue from that score).

Choir harkening back to "Mars Attacks!", only not played up in a seriocomedic fashion can even be heard, and at the end of one track, the pulsing synth sound from "Mars Attacks!". I have to say -- I like the combo of serious choir and "Men in Black" ideas; this is something I'd like for him to explore more.

In the end I think my only gripe is that while there is a lot to like about the score and tracks with replay value, it doesn't really go anywhere and clearly just does what its supposed to do: service the film.

I recommend fans check it out.

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