It may be Darren Aronofsky’s most (wrongly) maligned movie, but even those who flinched from his cosmic fairy tale can luxuriate in its score. Availing himself of the Kronos Quartet and Mogwai, composer Clint Mansell, who also penned the much-recycled theme for Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, moves from melancholy strings through Tibetan chant and feedback storms, climaxing with the stellar sweep of “Death Is the Road to Awe.” Both epic and intimate, The Fountain‘s soundtrack goes around the galaxy only to find its way back home.
By Justin Davidson on 12.12.11 in Icons
"Music is a huge place," violinist David Harrington once said, and no ensemble has explored vaster territories, or returned with more trophies, than the Kronos Quartet. Harrington founded the polymorphous string quartet...
By Seth Colter Walls on 07.15.14 in Reviews
Between this album of compositions from Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and the March release of St. Carolyn by the Sea/There Will Be Blood from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and the National's Bryce Dessner, Germany's s...
By Jayson Greene on 03.30.14 in Features
The Wilco drummer talks about making the leap to composition.
By John Schaefer on 11.05.13 in Reviews
With his twin brother Aaron, the guitarist Bryce Dessner is at the heart of the band The National. He is also a composer whose resume includes a double concerto for electric guitars and orchestra, and a set of works for...