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 shiftin 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.