'Gravity' is the film in which George Clooney most convincingly plays an astronaut floating about in space and having a conversation with Sandra Bullock. They're out there for a while, so Steven Price decided to score some music for them to hang out with. The resulting soundtrack has now been pressed on vinyl for the first time since the film's release.
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- Gravity by Steven Price
Forty quid? Forty?! I love you Mondo but that's quite a lot of money. I guess it's not cheap licensing a recently Oscar-winning soundtrack. The soundtrack in question is 'Gravity' of course, an improbable space opera which features ER's Clooney and While You Were Sleeping's Bullock in some prolonged extraplanetary peril stranded on the wrong side of the atmosphere. With a cast list so short, you betcha they needed some music to help it seem like things were happening, and thankfully Steven Price's score is a lovely mixture of assured, understated grace and punchy, distinctive theatrics.
In general Price sticks to a combination of cosmic ambience and rousing blockbuster orchestration, just as comfortable drifting in a velvety black nothingness of plaintive synth drones and sad processed piano twinkling as bringing out the John Williams-esque happy-ending uplift in 'Shenzou'. Some of my favourite moments come with the use of subtle, evocative micro-electronics and the clever occasional inclusion of orchestral parts played backwards on tracks like 'Don't Let Go' that really give the sensation of the sound getting sucked out of the room rather than pushed into it. It's a good soundtrack, for the big-budget collector.
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