Tommy’s Top Five Film Soundtracks

Written by Tommy September 13, 2013

*Sits down backwards in chair.* Alright folks, let me level with you here: I have the worst taste in music in the entire universe. I have no idea what is going on with music, and am so tone-deaf I could probably parley it into some disability checks. I can’t tell you much about what makes a soundtrack good, but I can tell you what the soundtrack does for me, personally. Soundtracks are cool that way. Like most of my top 5’s this isn’t in any order of quality; this is just stuff I think is neat.

5. “Star Wars”

It’s iconic for a reason, okay? John Williams’ score is a classic call to adventure. Realising that “Star Wars” is less science fiction and more fantasy with space ships, they wisely decided to stick to the orchestral, and the result is fantastic. While effects may cheapen as technology advances, the music of “Star Wars” will always get your heart swelling and make you wanna go on hella adventures.

4. “Lost in Translation”

“Lost in Translation” is a film about isolation and alienation, and this is carried through the score entirely. One specific track I have in mind, “Alone in Kyoto,” is absolutely masterful at this. It creates a sense of the unknown – of the excitement and fear that comes with knowing that you are a part of a culture that is entirely alien to you. Put that biz on when you’re walking around like, Toronto or something at night and you will get lost in there. It’s pretty awesome.

3. “Blade Runner”

The exact opposite of “Star Wars,” the soundtrack of “Blade Runner” is dark, grimy, and cynical. That and its jam-packed with electronics and I dearly loves me some of that. All composed by this one rad dude Vangelis. As one of the first of its kind, “Blade Runner’s” dark, dystopic track set the standard for all of the cyber-punkyish films to come after it.

2. “Forbidden Planet”

This one is neat because of the circumstances. You see, there isn’t really much real music in the movie. It’s all mostly computer noises and beeps and boops. Like pre-historic electronica. Because of this, the musician’s union at the time refused the movie the right to call it’s soundtrack music. No music, no composers. So to get around this, they renamed their mishmash of computer noises to “electronic tonalities.” Say that out loud. Electronic tonalities, mofo. Now that’s how you score a sci-fi movie. With electronic tonalities. It’s pretty great too, being futuristic and at the same time alien and unknown. It’s legitimately creepy during some of the monster-moments.

Electronic Tonalities.

1 “Castle in the Sky”

It was pretty hard not to make this entire list Miyazaki movies, so I’m just gonna throw my favourite one up here instead. The soundtrack of “Castle in the Sky” is one of hope, serenity, and love. That sounds lame, but what I mean is that it’s the kind of music to put on when you’ve lost faith in humanity. It’s the kind of music that reminds you that everything’s gonna be alright.

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