Jun 18, 2017

Sundaze 1725


Today's Artist is an American composer, best known for his work scoring films for director David Lynch, notably Blue Velvet, the Twin Peaks saga (1990–1992, 2017), The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive.He received the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for his "Twin Peaks Theme", and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Awards and the Henry Mancini Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.. ....N'Joy

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Badalamenti was born in Brooklyn, New York to an Italian family; his father, who was of Sicilian descent, was a fish market owner. He began taking piano lessons at age eight. By the time Badalamenti was a teenager, his aptitude at the piano earned him a summer job accompanying singers at resorts in the Catskill Mountains. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music and then earned Master of Arts degrees in composition, French horn, and piano from the Manhattan School of Music in 1960.
Film scoring

Badalamenti scored films such as Gordon's War, and Law and Disorder, but his big break came when he was brought in to be Isabella Rossellini's singing coach for the song "Blue Velvet" in David Lynch's 1986 film Blue Velvet. Inspired by This Mortal Coil's recent cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren", Lynch had wanted Rossellini to sing her own version, but was unable to secure the rights. In its place, Badalamenti and Lynch collaborated to write "Mysteries of Love", using lyrics Lynch wrote and Badalamenti's music. Lynch asked Badalamenti to appear in the film as the piano player in the club where Rossellini's character performs. This film was the first of many projects they worked on together.

After scoring a variety of mainstream films, including A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, he scored Lynch's cult television show, Twin Peaks which featured the vocals of Julee Cruise. Many of the songs from the series were released on Cruise's album Floating into the Night. From the soundtrack of the television series, he was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the "Twin Peaks Theme".

Other Lynch projects he worked on include the movies Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive (where he has a small role as a gangster with a finicky taste for espresso), and The Straight Story as well as the television shows On the Air and Hotel Room. Other projects he has worked in include the television film Witch Hunt, and the films Naked in New York, The City of Lost Children, A Very Long Engagement, The Wicker Man, Dark Water and Secretary. He has also worked on the soundtrack for the video game Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in North America).

He was composer for director Paul Schrader on such films as Auto Focus, The Comfort of Strangers and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. In 1998, Badalamenti recorded "A Foggy Day (in London Town)" with artist David Bowie for the Red Hot Organization’s compilation album Red Hot + Rhapsody a tribute to George Gershwin which raised money for various charities devoted to increasing AIDS awareness and fighting the disease. In 2005, he composed the themes for the movie Napola (Before the Fall), which were then adapted for the score by Normand Corbeil. In 2008, he directed the soundtrack of The Edge Of Love, with Siouxsie, Patrick Wolf and Beth Rowley on vocals.

Badalamenti received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2008. On July 23, 2011, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers presented Badalamenti with the Henry Mancini Award for his accomplishments in film and television music.

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David Lynch's surprisingly direct, heartfelt film The Straight Story features a score by his longtime musical collaborator, Angelo Badalamenti. Elegant guitar pieces and Badalamenti's characteristically moody ambience match the film's unique look at a man who crosses the Midwest on his tractor to visit his ailing brother. Here the orchestrations are atmospheric, but a subtle strain of folk music is evident throughout. "Rose's Theme" is filled with acoustic guitar finger-picking against a string section, "Alvin's Theme" has a fiddle mimicking a locomotive, and "Country Waltz" is just that. "Farmland Tour" is the Twin Peaks theme gone sentimental. A hint of nostalgia, a certain Midwestern innocence, and plenty of vast-sounding passages make this the perfect sonic backdrop for a film set in America's heartland. It's another memorable effort from Badalamenti.

Angelo Badalamenti - O.S.T. the Straight story  (flac 224mb)

01 Laurens, Iowa 2:45
02 Rose's Theme 2:55
03 Laurens Walking 4:11
04 Sprinkler 2:56
05 Alvin's Theme 4:25
06 Final Miles 4:06
07 Country Waltz 2:46
08 Rose's Theme (Variation) 3:07
09 Country Theme :38
10 Crystal 4:07
11 Nostalgia 6:51
12 Farmland Tour 3:09
13 Montage 7:24

Angelo Badalamenti - O.S.T. the Straight story   (ogg 107 mb)

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Angelo Badalamenti's score for Arlington Road is about as ominous and darkly ambient as film music gets. Add two clanging, moody pieces from electronic artist Tomandandy that take things to a brisk industrial apex, and one has the soundtrack to a shadowy nightmare. It's a nightmare that just happens to contain moments of great beauty. The music, though frequently eschewing repeating melodies, is quite accessible when detached from the movie. The overall feel is one of creeping menace, but Badalamenti still contributes a number of lush, emotional pieces. "Values" is as fragile and mournful as the slower moments in Ennio Morricone's Untouchables score, though Badalamenti's work is more techno savvy in this instance. "The Truth Is Out There" almost sounds like meditation music, were it not for the swarming sound effects peppered underneath; when the dance beat crops up, it doesn't dampen the hushed mood. Badalamenti works just as expertly with the background music for the action scenes. "Escape" throbs as if it's a Bernard Herrmann score to a Looney Tunes episode where everyone's favorite roadrunner just manages to outwit the coyote. If the music sometimes gets a bit too busy for home listening, one can't help but admire the stylish complexity and sustained atmosphere of the overall work. Arlington Road is an engrossing listen and a fine addition to Badalamenti's growing list of beautiful film scores.

Angelo Badalamenti - O.S.T. Arlington Road (flac  344mb)

01 Bloody Boy / Neon Reprise 5:50
02 Old Newspapers 1:44
03 Lament For Leah 3:50
04 It's Something Personal 2:06
05 The Party 4:45
06 He Repeats, He Repeats 1:57
07 Discover Troops 2:40
08 Into The Cage 2:04
09 The Yearbook 1:43
10 Copper Creek (Tomandandy) 3:37
11 Values 2:29
12 Cheryl 1:08
13 The Truth Is Out There 3:10
14 The Study 2:04
15 What Message (Tomandandy) 2:26
16 Last Day 7:56
17 Stoplight Flight 1:25
18 Escape 4:50
19 The Bomb 2:02
20 Aftermath 5:30
21 Leah's Theme 3:50

Angelo Badalamenti - O.S.T. Arlington Road  (ogg  137mb)

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Angelo Badalamenti brings his listeners on a voyage to "the beach" and back. Many of these pieces are so stunningly exotic, how could you not feel as if you were traveling to some remote island paradise? The glorious orchestral piece, which first appears in the second cue ‘Swim to Island’ is one of those tracks of music that leaves you reeling. With soaring strings, a solo piano, a children’s choir, and a truly beguiling melody, Badalamenti manages to relate the whole romantic notion of a fantasy island in one single musical moment – exotic, pristine, but almost untouchable due to its unparalleled beauty. Although the theme itself only appears in five of the fifteen tracks (the aforementioned ‘Swim to Island’, the ambient ‘Starnight’, the dreamy ‘Mythical Waters’, the slightly downcast ‘Mystery of Christo’, and towards the end of ‘Waterfall Cascade’), it is worth having this album purely for these few minutes of music. It is, by far, the most attractive thing Badalamenti has ever written.

But The Beach is certainly not just a landscape score. To maintain the film’s vibrant, modernistic tone, Badalamenti worked closely with Barry Adamson, a collaboration which is marked here by the cue ‘Bizarre City’, which pulses and throbs to endless undulating synth loops and a frenetic dance music beat that cleverly captures the garish, neon-lit madness of Bangkok at night. In addition, Badalamenti also contributes plenty of action to the proceedings, illustrating the constant dangers Leo and Co. face while trying to protect their tropical paradise from drug dealers, unwanted guests, and even sharks. ‘Vision of Fantasy’, ‘Killing Fields’, ‘Grassmark’, ‘Pure Victims’ and ‘Pursuit of a Shark’ leave especially positive impressions with their energy and vitality, most of which is generated by mixing the orchestra with Adamson and Phil Marshall’s augmented high-tempo electronic beats and clever, crushing dissonance.

Angelo Badalamenti - O.S.T. The Beach (flac 260mb)

01 Bizarre City (Rmx Barry Adamson) 4:08
02 The Beach Theme (Swim To Island) 3:25
03 Vision Of Fantasy 4:04
04 Mournful Myth 2:12
05 Starnight 1:46
06 Killing Fields 5:42
07 Blue Sex 2:38
08 The Beach Theme (Mythical Waters) 1:59
09 Grassmark 2:45
10 Daffy's Done 2:15
11 Mystery Of Christo 1:53
12 Pure Victims 2:44
13 Pursuit Of A Shark 1:55
14 Waterfall Cascade 3:56
15 Dreamburst 2:47

Angelo Badalamenti - O.S.T. The Beach  (ogg 96mb)

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The Twin Peaks Archive by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti is an album with rare and unreleased tracks from both the television series as well as the prequel film.The counter officially stops at a whopping 212. Two hundred and twelve previously unreleased Twin Peaks tracks. The catalog was initially released between 2011 and 2012 via davidlynch.com. None of the 212 songs were —at least in their full-length form— previously included in the Music From Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More and   Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me soundtracks. So much material here covering both the TV series and film. Everything from familiar cool jazz, and percussion shuffles the series is known for, to the deep brooding synthesizer moods and ambiences of the film score. Listening to it reminds me of again why the show impacted pop culture the way it did. Coincidentally, Death Waltz finally reissued its long awaited vinyl release of the original Twin Peaks soundtrack just days ago, and the liner notes have Mr. Badalamenti remarking Twin Peaks as being his defining work, this compilation showing just how great he is at sculpting these surreal atmospheres.Rare Twin Peaks production stills appeared in the background on David Lynch’s website.

There are currently no plans to release Twin Peaks Archive by Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch as a physical album, and they’ve been removed from davidlynch.com. But today, you can purchase download the entire catalog of nearly 10 hours of music as a digital download for only US $9.90 . Here, expect every Sundaze posting to end with 70 minutes plus batch of tracks the coming 8 weeks.

Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch - Twin Peaks Archive part 5   (flac 310mb)

107 Dark Mood Woods (Studio Version) 9:51
108 One Eyed Jack's Parlour Music 2:53
109 Twin Peaks Christmas Greeting 0:12
110 Dance Of The Dream Man (Fast Soprano Clarinet) 3:41
111 Laura Palmer's Theme (Baritone Guitar Punctuation) 4:52
112 Leo Returns 4:06
113  Laura Palmer's Theme (Caroline) 1:14
114  Laura Palmer's Theme (Clarinet Bridge) 0:22
115  Laura Palmer's Theme (Clarinet Strings Bridge) 0:20
116 Laura Palmer's Theme (Dark Synth) 2:15
117 Laura Palmer's Theme (Letter From Harold) 1:18
118 Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) (TK1) 1:06
119 Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) (TK2) 1:07
120 Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) (TK3) 1:13
121 Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) (TK4) 1:14
122 Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano B) (TK1) 0:56
123 Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano B) (TK2) 1:33
124 Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano Bridge) 0:20
125 Laura Palmer's Theme (Solo Piano) 4:13
126 Laura Palmer's Theme (Vibraphone) 4:17
127 Abstract Mood 3:07
128 Abstract Mood (Slow Speed) 5:00
129 Slow Speed Orchestra 4 (White Lodge Rumble) 12:13
130 Audrey's Prayer (Flute) 1:48
131 Harold's Theme (Harpsichord) 0:53
132 Audrey's Dance (Clean) 3:40
133 Audrey's Dance (Clean) 5:15

Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch - Twin Peaks Archive part 5  (ogg  154mb)

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