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Videodrome: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
In this soundtrack to a near future where the video camera is the "mind's eye," Howard Shore re-creates the angst he usually achieves with an old-fashioned analog orchestra with a Synclavier II synthesizer. For some purist... more »
In this soundtrack to a near future where the video camera is the "mind's eye," Howard Shore re-creates the angst he usually achieves with an old-fashioned analog orchestra with a Synclavier II synthesizer. For some purists, this would be a lackluster venture into cost cutting, but for those who have seen and even bought into Videodrome's depressing sci-fi message, the results are thematically precise and satisfying. These metallic drones inspire a strange sense of '80s nostalgia. Images of wandering through some sinister Atari game come to mind. The computerized voices that begin the disc with "Welcome to Videodrome" are deceptively saccharine, and the rest of the tracks proceed to inundate the listener with those feel-bad timbres so common to "industrial music" but without all the self-importance. --Joseph Lanza
One of the best Shore/Cronenberg collaborations
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This review may a bit biased since I totally enjoy David Cronenberg's 1982 cult biological horror hit. But Howard Shore's electronic/orchestrated score absolutely accentuates the morbid overtones Cronenberg intended to open society's eyes to its derranged obsessions with TV sex and violence. "Videodrome's" soundtrack parallels much like the works of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. Horror/sci-fi films seem to just beam with an unforgettable eerie edginess when accompanied by synthesized melodies (as was true in the "Halloween" movies). "Pins and Needles" is my personal favorite with its sensual violin/cello combinations (besides the fact this track occurs during James Woods and Deborah Harry's only nude scene together). Also, I recommend the scores to "Scanners" and "The Fly" for some other Shore/Cronenberg musical treats!"
Howard Shore + Videodrome = Masterpiece!
Benjamin Dotson | East Ridge, Tennessee United States | 06/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music is creepy and unforgetable. The works of Howard Shore & David Cronenberg compliment each other beautifuly. The electronic score with all the weird sound effects is errie and excellent for listening to in the dark. It's too bad varese sarabande has deleted this from their catalog because there's much more to Howard Shore than the lord of the rings scores he's done recently. Good news is this cd is still availiable from amazon's u.k. web site for about $18, so go get it before it's gone and don't pay a lot for a second market copy."