Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2014 June 09 • Monday

For the 322nd Soundtrack of the Week we have Altered States by John Corigliano.

This music is great. I'd love to see the movie again. I remember almost nothing about it.

Corigliano was well known as a concert composer when he got this gig, his first film scoring assignment. He came up with complex, modern, multi-layered and shifting music, inventing ways to notate what he called "motion sonority" to avoid having to write millions of notes.

In addition to the brain-melting avantgarde music there is a simple and beautiful love theme that runs throughout.

This new release by La-La Land—my copy is autographed by the composer!—is a re-issue of the original soundtrack album, in accordance to Corigliano's wishes. It's fantastic.